Ask Wizards04/23/2007


Q: Dear Sage,
Can I use enter a stance or use a boost in the middle of taking another action? For instance, can I charge up to a foe, enter a stance (Tome of Battle p43), and then make the attack granted by the charge? Or can I activate a boost such as burning blade (ToB p52) after I’ve made the attack roll?
--Taylor & Mike

A: No.

As a general rule, you can’t interrupt one of your actions with another action. The Player’s Handbook provides various exceptions (drawing a weapon while moving, the Shot on the Run feat, and so on).

You could enter the stance before beginning the charge, or after resolving the attack(s) granted by the charge, but not between. Alternatively, you could just move up to the foe, then enter the stance, and then make the attack, but this wouldn’t be a charge.

You must activate a boost before you begin an attack if you want to apply it to that attack. Once you’ve rolled, you can’t activate the boost.

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