Verticle AoO?


Rules Questions

Scarab Sages

Came up in a PFS session and I never really considered it before.

Do squares diagonally, or directly, upwards or downwards to the Creature qualify for threatened areas?

For example, if I'm above the enemy and I jump in front of them, do they get an AoO attack as I pass through the square above the one I land in?


Diagonally, yes. You can attack someone diagonal to you normally, so you can make an attack of opportunity against them as per usual.
I do not know if a definitive ruling exists on above and below, since that is (understandably) uncommon. My group ruled that since you could make an attack against someone flying above you (or beneath you), you can make an attack of opportunity against someone there.


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yes, you threaten all squares around you.

Lantern Lodge

The squares/cubes directly above you and above squares adjacent to you are also considered adjacent. You can't use a third dimension to avoid an attack of opportunity. For movement in the z-axis, use the same rules for diagonal movement in the x-y plane, i.e. +5 feet every other time you move along the z-axis.


Imagine you are 1 5ftx5ft cube. You are surrounded by 26 other cubes around you, which you can reach into and threaten. Now, normally this is ignored because you aren't flying and can't attack through the ground, and flying creatures often avoid getting close enough to provoke attacks of opportunity.

But this assume no reach weapons and medium size. But you still threaten those squares. You can still attack into them.

If a flying creature exits those threatened squares, you get an AoO just as if a walking creature exited the normal 8 squares you think about threatening.


I've always dreamed about constructing a clear apparatus for 3D combat, with everybody moving their pieces with long sticks like army generals. 3D chess really livened things up, why not 3D Pathfinder?


CampinCarl9127 wrote:
I've always dreamed about constructing a clear apparatus for 3D combat, with everybody moving their pieces with long sticks like army generals. 3D chess really livened things up, why not 3D Pathfinder?

I can't remember what it's called, or where I saw it on the website here, but someone already makes a plastic platform thing for aerial combatants.


Claxon wrote:
CampinCarl9127 wrote:
I've always dreamed about constructing a clear apparatus for 3D combat, with everybody moving their pieces with long sticks like army generals. 3D chess really livened things up, why not 3D Pathfinder?
I can't remember what it's called, or where I saw it on the website here, but someone already makes a plastic platform thing for aerial combatants.

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Grand Lodge

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Combat Tiers.

Sovereign Court

Claxon wrote:
CampinCarl9127 wrote:
I've always dreamed about constructing a clear apparatus for 3D combat, with everybody moving their pieces with long sticks like army generals. 3D chess really livened things up, why not 3D Pathfinder?
I can't remember what it's called, or where I saw it on the website here, but someone already makes a plastic platform thing for aerial combatants.

I have seen it also, it seems a bit awkward.

Scarab Sages

Alright, thanks for the clarification.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
Combat Tiers.

Yeah, that's the one

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