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Grapple, Grab, Constrict!: Pathfinder Grapple Rules Explained

Many a GM, expert and amateur alike, cringe when they hear a player announce, “I want to grapple him.” The grapple rules for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game are a significant improvement over the 3.5 counterpart, but some legacy mechanical issues still raise many questions, and the phrasing of the grapple and grab rules aren’t always crystal clear, not to mention spread across three different pages in two different books. Good for you! Rather than just ignore this robust combat mechanic, you’ve sought advice and clarification on how grapple (and related abilities) work.

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