D&D 5e Combat Options
Crit Academy discusses the collection of combat options in the D&D Dungeon Master's Guide. These optional rules are designed to give players more options in combat. From allowing characters and monsters to flank, alternate initiative rules and even rules for climbing atop larger creatures and moving around their bodies to hide or take cover from their attacks.
Segment: Main Topic: DMG Combat Options!
Advantages of these options:
Gives more actions in combat
Offers additional ways to deal with certain mechanics
May slow down game speed
Not every table will use them, causing player confusion
No rolling – speed up combat
Static 10+3 Dex Modifier
Can speed up gameplay
Each person and monster rolls a d20 no modifier
Whichever side it is, team may decide what order everyone’s actions go in
First team to go, may wipe out other team.
Creates a much less predictable order of combat
Modifiers added to initiative based on size and action taken.
Table on pg 271
Simpler actions give bonus, more complex actions take penalty
Forces character take chosen action or lose action
Enemy Battle Grounds:
Climb onto Bigger Creatures:
Climbing onto a creature can allow for interesting and fun combat
Contested checks to move into place on a creature’s back or limb
Smaller creature gains advantage on attack rolls against it
Duck and hide in difficult places to avoid being attacked by monster
Creature can make attack roll vs contested check to force them to drop a weapon
No damage or other effects apply
Disadvantage if weapon is held by 2hands
In tandem: Kick the weapon away and grab it and run away with it.
Creature can mark target when it makes a melee attack
Grants advantage on opportunity attacks for a turn
Opp attack doesn’t consume reaction, but can only do one
If you can’t take reaction, can’t take opp attack
Great for tank style combat
Creature can force their way through a hostile creature’s space
Uses bonus action to make contested strength check
Advantage if over runner is larger than defender
Using the shove allows you to force the target to any direction 5ft within reach
Attacker has disadvantage
I allow this anyway, makes shove more useful.
Allows a creature to try and duck and roll through a hostile creature’s space
Use contested acrobatics check
We’ve used it, always allowed them to succeed, roll determined if enemy got opp attack
Most rogues clear the DC no problem
When a ranged attack misses you can optionally have it hit the cover it is hiding behind.
This rule gives you mechanics to represent that
Determine if the attack hits the protected target without cover, if not, the cover is hit.
If the cover is a creature the roll must be higher than the creatures AC.
Cleaving Through Creatures:
If you like running hordes of minion monsters against your players this allows for faster clearing
When an undamaged creature is one shot, excess damage can carry over to another creature
Original attack roll is compared to the additional creatures AC it hits
If that creature is undamaged and killed, rinse and repeat
This option allows damage to leave lingering effects
Special circumstances may trigger lingering effects
When they drop to 0 hp
Failing a Death save
Chart on pg 272 dmg
You could allow the player to describe their own pain instead of using the table
Becomes an additional flaw for the player
Allows creatures to be easily fell by massive damage
Too much damage forces a DC 15 Con Save
Failure leads to suffering effects on the System Shock Chart on pg 273 dmg
This can really make a character feel powerful
Additionally, an effective way to indicate how powerful an enemy is
Helps a creature determine when to take action to flee
The creature is surprised
Creature is bloodied (1/2) max hp
Just outright can’t harm enemy
A group may flee for the following reasons
All creatures surprised
Leader is reduced to 0, taken prisoner, removed from battle
Half the group wiped out
Use a wisdom saving throw when the enemy is overwhelming
Unearthed Tips and Tricks: New and reusable D&D content for you to bring with you on your next adventure.
This character was just a town beggar who allowed himself to be experimented on with alchemic potions for copper.
After he become so disfigured he took to thieving and adventuring to do whatever he could to escape the constant stream of insults and looks of discuss.
He now hides his face behind cowl’s and masks.
Origin: Hell Hound
Replace fire immunity with lightning immunity.
Replace fire breath with lightning breath: (Recharge 5-6). The storm hound exhales a line of lightning that is 20 feet long and 5 feet wide. Each creature in that line must make a DC ?? Dexterity saving throw, taking 21 (6d6) lightning damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.
Teleport (Recharge 4-6). The storm hound turns into a bolt of lightning and magically teleports, along with any equipment it is wearing or carrying up to 40 feet to an unoccupied space it can see.
Upon arrival a thunderous force explodes from the storm hound. Each creature in a 15-foot cube originating from the storm hound must make a constitution saving throw. On a failed save, creatures takes 2d8 thunder damage and is pushed 10 feet away from the storm hound. On a successful save, the creatures takes half as much damage and isn’t pushed.
In addition, unsecured objects that are completely within the area of the effect are automatically pushed 10 feet away from the storm hound the this effect, and the spell emits a thunderous boom audible out to 300 feet.
Rescue in the Wind!
Trapped children during wild winds and tornado.
Heavy winds caused thrown debris….or people.
Relocate entire buildings
Loss of cattle
Oaken’s Spellbook of Capturing
In addition to providing all the features of a normal spellbook, this item has been imbued with the power to capture a beast creature of a CR 1 or less. Target a creature you can see, and shout the command word. The creature must succeed a DC 15 saving throw if it is above half its max hp, otherwise the DC is 10. On a failed save the creature is magically stored in a page of the book. The book can only old 1 creature at a time. You must first release the beast stored inside before capturing another.
You can use your action to summon forth the beast trapped within the books pages.
The summoned beast is friendly to you and your companions. Roll initiative for the beast, which has its own turn. It obeys any verbal command that you issue to it(no action required by you). If you don’t issue any command to it, it defends itself from hostile creatures, but otherwise takes no actions.
DM has the monster statistics
Dungeon Master Tip:
Don't be a dick! Killing player's characters when they are away from the table is bad form. This will quickly lead to anger and fighting at the table. This is drama that can be avoided. If you feel the party can't continue without a player's character, then allow them to higher a NPC support. Or, if you insist on running their character, you should ensure that nothing is going to cause a party member to be killed.
Player Tip: Don’t be a dick!
Gabe Be quick and concise on your turn.
Roll dice together
You don’t want everyone waiting on you.
Plan your turn before you go.
Know what your character is going to do on their turn.
Long turns can dramatically slow down the game.
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