Time Stop clarification


Rules Questions


The rules for time stop say, 'While the time stop is in effect, other creatures are invulnerable to your attacks and spells; you cannot target such creatures with any attack or spell.'

Does this mean I cannot, for instance, drape a white blanket atop them, wait for the time stop to end, then declare 'GHOST!' as they flail blindly?

What about non-magical attacks that target an area, such as pouring oil in their square and lighting it?

...high level kobolds are dying to know.

Lantern Lodge

There are loads of spells that don't target creatures that have a duration longer than time stop that you could use. Delayed blast fireball, black tentacles, cloud and fog spells...

I don't see why you couldn't do the things you mentioned, though. Nothing about them would seem to disqualify them from use during time stop, unless the GM wants to treat the ghost sheet as a "dirty trick". But they are very weak compared to other things you could do.


Deadmoon wrote:

There are loads of spells that don't target creatures that have a duration longer than time stop that you could use. Delayed blast fireball, black tentacles, cloud and fog spells...

I don't see why you couldn't do the things you mentioned, though. Nothing about them would seem to disqualify them from use during time stop, unless the GM wants to treat the ghost sheet as a "dirty trick". But they are very weak compared to other things you could do.

The strength of them doesn't matter. I'm mainly looking at doing amusing and stupid things. :-)

The dirty trick option fits rather well for my intent, I had forgotten about those rules. So the question is, are dirty tricks that do not involve direct harm to someone in normal time allowed under the timestop rules?

Lantern Lodge

ragarth wrote:

The strength of them doesn't matter. I'm mainly looking at doing amusing and stupid things. :-)

The dirty trick option fits rather well for my intent, I had forgotten about those rules. So the question is, are dirty tricks that do not involve direct harm to someone in normal time allowed under the timestop rules?

Dirty tricks are combat maneuvers, which are attacks, so your targets would be invulnerable to them during a time stop.

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