I haven’t used it at the table yet, but that’s the first thing I would try if I had a player who wanted to use a garrote.Thanks for sharing your approach. That's a completely different way of handling it than I would ever have come up with! How has this played at your table?
Yep, that’s how I would approach it. Of course, if it proved to cause any problems I’d refine it further, but it looks good for a first pass to me.If I'm understanding your approach right, it sounds like...
Is that what you were describing?
- In your game, a garrote is an item anyone can use when initiating a grapple.
- There are no special conditions (e.g. target unaware or incapacitated, attacker having advantage) that must be in place in order to use the garrote. You're attempting a grapple? You can use a garrote!
- When you succeed on a grapple (while holding a garrote), the target is unable to speak (including being unable to cast Verbal spells – which is almost all spells), and is forced to hold its breath (a matter of minutes).
- However, if you manage to surprise a creature, and successfully grapple it using a garrote, then it is caught without the chance to gasp for air and it begins suffocating (matter of rounds).
- Maintaining the garrote uses the standard grapple rules (which dramatically favor PCs).