Hello dnd 5e battle master maneuvers of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the eighth maneuver we are looking at today. Today we’re gonna be taking a look at dnd 5e maneuvering attack. I really like this one, i like what it implies and i really like how it can get people out of a tough bind.
It kind of does the work of a couple of these other maneuvers but doesn’t in a very interesting way that i can kind of get behind. In any case let’s take a look at the description here as you were working with. It reads as followed.
Whenever you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can simply expend one superiority die to maneuver one of your comrades into a more advantageous position. Of course you do add the superiority die to an attack’s damage roll, and you should select a friendly creature those who can see or hear you. However that creature can use its reaction in order to move up to half its speed without provoking opportunity attacks from the target of your attack.
Oh…it’s a wordy one there. There’s a lot to unpack but you can already kind of see why i like it. Let’s take a look at the overview and break it down a little bit further.
Essentially whenever you hit a creature, expend a superiority die, add a superiority die roll to your attacks damage. And then select a friendly creature that can see and hear you. The friendly creature can use their reaction to move up to half their movement speed. Without provoking attacks of opportunity from the creature you attacked.
So really interesting stuff there and allows you to both add your superiority die to your attack as well as move a friendly target away from a creature consequence-free or towards a creature consequence-free. Now this is another one where i’d like to point out a couple benefits.
Firstly it’s when you hit a creature which means you can only use this with a hit so you don’t have to worry about wasting any superiority dies, secondly the fact that i add as s superiority die to your roll makes it pretty great to. When regards to the movement, i would like to point out that this can be used in a variety of ways.
The way it’s intended to be used at least the way it looks like is intended to be used is through helping a person escape. But what if it’s something like this…let’s say you are a ranged battle master, it doesn’t specify that has to be a melee attack so you can use a bow with it.
Let’s say there’s a creature charging towards you and your paladin or fighter or what have you just doesn’t have enough time to intercept. Then you could use maneuvering attack to do extra damage to the creature as well as get your ally closer to you to protect you. I think this is really great.
It also helped him get into a position for the rogue to use their sneak attack and you know honestly i really liked the utility behind a movement. I really do, so for that reason alone this is one of my personal favorites. It might also be worth noting that there’s an argument to be made that you can affect yourself as well.
I understand that says chose a friendly creature could see or hear you but as a DM i would also rule that includes yourself, so you could potentially get yourself out of a bind as well if your DM rules the same as me.
In any case if you have any ideas on how to use maneuvering attack, any thoughts, feelings, opinions, questions, cool stories or whether or not you’d like to take it and why please put it down in the comments beneath i really appreciate reading them and i know everyone else does checking this article as well. So thank you so much in advance and as always have a great day and happy adventuring.