Hello battle masters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 12th combat maneuver with me. Today we’re going to be taking a look at pushing attack dnd 5e which is quite aptly named if you ask me. Although it’s far more than a push as you’ll find out in the near future here.
This is perfect not only for showing your raw intimidation and brute force but also by maneuvering the battlefield and potentially is shaping the outcome of a otherwise perilous battle. In any case let’s get a look at description here. It reads as followed.
Whenever you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you could easily expend one superiority die in order to attempt to drive the target back. You also add the superiority die to the attack’s damage roll. And also if the target is large or even smaller, then it should make a strength saving throw. However on a failed save, you do push a target up to 15 feet away from you.
Fantastic, a decent amount to unpack there though. Let’s take a down to the overview section and go over it.
When you boil it down it’s essentially, when you hit a creature, expend a superiority die. Add the roll to your damage and on a failed strengths to save the creature is pushed up to 15 feet away.
A couple things i would like to point out here. First and foremost sadly it specifies it has to be a creature. What that means is you can use it on an object instead of fine. Although, as a DM i would allow it personally.
Secondly it’s after you hit which is really great honestly i find these maneuvers to be quite a bit better than their before you hit or otherwise counterparts, the reason being as this guarantees you can’t miss and through extension guarantees around wasting a superiority die.
The third part i’d like to point out that people often overlook that is a specifies up to 15 feet. What this means is it can be any distance be it 5, 10 or 15 feet. Well this might not seem super important depending on the battlefield your DM laid out for you.
You’ve been potentially leave a target trapped and some nefarious device them off a cliff or if there’s a concentration spell handy like clog daggers. You can push them into it and have them start their turn there as well.
Very very cool stuff! Honestly i really like this one, it is one of my favorites if you can tell already. I just like the ability to control the battlefield and i find that, that is probably one of the most important and recognized features of the combat master as a whole.
In any case if you have any crazy ideas, cool concepts or interesting stories involving pushing attack please put them down in the comments below i love reading them, i love looking into them, i love chatting with you guys. Thank you so much as always and happy adventuring.