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The PHB says you get 1d6 points damage from a fall of 10ft + 1d6 additional damage for each 10 feet if fall after that, to a maximum of 20d6. (See my post on falling damage.) But if you are falling from a great height, you may have a few rounds to do things during the fall. So the question is, how long does it take me to hit the ground? The DM usually knows how far you will fall. Any fall of less than 500 ft will take less than one round. You can use these tables to determine how long it takes to fall greater distances.
In Stable Free Fall Position (lying belly-to-the-earth)
|6||5,500 ft (A little more than a mile)|
each round thereafter you fall another 1,000 ft.
-or- five rounds for each additional mile
Uncontrolled fall or if you are attempting to go faster by taking a more aerodynamic, diving position.
|4||5,500 ft (A little more than a mile)|
each round thereafter you fall another 1,500 ft.
-or- four rounds for each additional mile
You can’t glide if you are uncontrolled, or attempting to fall faster. You also can’t glide if you fall less than 500 feet. But if you fall more than 500 feet, and you are in Stable Free Fall Position your maximum a glide ratio is 1:1 (or 1:2 if wearing a wingsuit) which means that you could glide a maximum of one foot for each foot falling. (Or a maximum of two feet for each foot falling if wearing a wingsuit.)