[RPG] take the “Help” action to assist in saving throw against fear


If a party member is currently suffering from the frightened condition and gets a saving throw to end it at the end of their turn, can I use my Help action to give them advantage on the roll?

To put this in the context of role-playing, can my character grab them by the shoulders and help calm them down?

Best Answer


PHB, 192 for the HELP action states (emphasis mine):

When you take the Help action, the creature you aid gains advantage on the next ability check it makes to perform the task you are helping with...

Alternatively, you can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature within 5 feet of you.

Saving throws are not Ability Checks or an Attack.

In addition, there are some character classes that do aid in such an activity. Namely, the Bard's Countercharm (PHB, 54)

As an action, you can start a performance that...any friendly creatures within 30 feet of you have advantage on saving throws against being frightened or charmed.

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