3e SRD:Action Types

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Action Descriptions

Name: The name of the action type.

[ Type ]: The type of action – not an action, free, partial, move-equivalent, standard or full round.

[ AoO ]: Attack of Opportunity: Yes, no or maybe, depending on the action description.

Description: A brief description of the action.

Action Types

Not an Action

Some activities are not even considered free actions. They literally don't take any time at all to do and are considered an inherent part of doing something else.

  • Delay [Not an Action][AoO: No]

Free Action

A character can perform one or more free actions while taking another action normally. However, the DM puts reasonable limits on what a character can really do for free.

Partial Action

As a general rule, a character can do as much with a partial actions as a character could with a standard action minus a move. Typically, a character may take a 5-foot step as part of a partial action.

Move-Equivalent Action

Move-equivalent actions take the place of movement in a standard action or take the place of an entire partial action. The character can normally also take a 5 foot step.

Standard Action

A standard action allows a character to do something and move that character's indicated speed during a combat round. A character can move before or after performing the activity of the action.

Full-Round Action

A full-round action consumes all a character's effort during a round. The only movement a character can take during a full-round action is a 5-foot step before, during, or after the action. A character can also perform free actions. Some full-round action do not allow a 5-foot step.


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