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CWheezy wrote:Ravingdork wrote:The black tentacles spell says that the tentacles deal damage with a successful check to maintain the grapple. It never really says that the tentacles let go if they fail the check though. So...are the victims only able to escape on their turn?
Uhhh, normally your questions are pretty good.
What happened today?
The word "maintain" doesn't even appear in the spell description. So it made me wonder if you even needed to make any such check.
It only talks about checks to deal damage, not to maintain. The spell also says creatures can't move until THEY can break the grapple. That implies that they can only break out on their turn, rather than the caster's turn.
I don't really see it as a poor question at all.
Every creature within the area of the spell is the target of a combat maneuver check made to grapple each round at the beginning of your turn, including the round that black tentacles is cast....
The black tentacles spell receives a +5 bonus on grapple checks made against opponents it is already grappling ...
As a standard action, you can attempt to grapple a foe, hindering his combat options.
If successful, both you and the target gain the grappled condition
If you do not release the grapple, you must continue to make a check each round, as a standard action, to maintain the hold.
Once you are grappling an opponent, a successful check allows you to continue grappling the foe, and also allows you to perform one of the following actions (as part of the standard action spent to maintain the grapple).
You re grappling at straws, Rav.