This tag covers questions relating to either monstrous antagonists specifically, or all enemies of the player characters generally; which usage is correct varies depending on the traditions of specific games. Use as appropriate for the game in question.

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How can a character escape after being engulfed by a shambling mound?

A shambling mound will be attacking the party I DM for during tonight's session, and I am unsure about how to deal with the monster's Engulf feature. The shambling mound's multiattack action states (...
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Wild shape monster save DC.

When you are wild shaping into a monster do you use your own or the monsters hit dice for the sake of determining the DC for the abilities of that creature?
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What is a 'yochi virago'?

The "yochi virago" was mentioned by name in the AD&D module Reverse Dungeon - two of them were accompanying a drow expedition. It's implied they were demons summoned by the priestesses but I've ...
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How can PCs find how to restore Horrifying Visage aging?

The Horrifying Visage attack of a D&D 5e ghost involves a Wisdom saving throw with a haunting failure ramification: If the save fails by 5 or more, the target also ages 1d4*10 years. ...
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What is a mimic's “true form”?

The D&D 5E Monster Manual's entry for mimics it mentions that it "reverts to its true form when it dies." I'm assuming a chest isn't its true form. What actually is its true form?
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Ogre CR calculation: is it wrong or am I missing something?

My question is about the basic ogre CR calculation in the monster manual, which doesn't make senses to me. I tried to make a concept of an "armored ogre" with chain mail and pikes (AC 16 and 15 (2d10+...
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Are there higher CR than the Tarrasque in D&D 5?

We were discussing with a DM friend of mine about the challenge ratings in D&D 5, and I affirmed the highest known to this day in the official content is the Tarrasque, with a CR of 30. He then ...
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Does a spellcaster know when their spell has no effect?

Suppose a cleric casts Zone of Truth on a captured enemy. Unbeknownst to them, the enemy is a raksasha. Zone of Truth says (PHB, p. 289): You know whether each creature succeeds or fails on its ...
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Reverse engineering the Hydra CR

There is no info on the hydra traits "multiple heads", so i'm trying to reverse engineer it, here are my thoughs. Effective attack CR 8: Five attacks (1 per head), 10 damage each for an average of ...
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Stats for Birthright's The Spider that are compatible with 5e

Looking for D&D 5e stats for The Spider in Birthright. A conversion from an earlier edition, if there ever was published stats for The Spider, or a suggestion of a reasonable stats for 5e will be ...
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What is a rolton?

In 1999 I found a parody of The Twelves Days of Christmas to have a Dungeons & Dragons feel to it. It wasn't until I started playing D&D in 2014 that I realised it was based on D&D when I ...
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Are creatures attack stats based on attributes / proficiency? [duplicate]

The Brown Bear seems to be equivalent to a fourth level character with D10 as hit dice. It has STR +4, and thanks to its 'level' a proficiency bonus of +2. Based on those stats, its to-hit should be +...
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How are monsters/creatures/npcs presented in Fate setting manuals?

Background I'd like to add a list of creatures, monsters, and characters to a Fate project, like the D&D Monster Manual. I understand that the GM usually writes NPCs custom per game, but I want ...
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How does Fomorian Evil Eye work?

On p. 136 of the Monsters Manual, Evil Eye is an Action that applies damage (or half on a failed Charisma save). The next entry in Actions is the Curse of the Evil Eye, which says: With a stare, ...
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Why is the Werewolf's CR as high as 3?

I'm trying to better understand the Werewolf so that I can design my own varieties of homebrew Werewolves for my campaign. I started by adding together all the stats of the Monster Manual's Werewolf ...
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Does a Bodak's gaze attack work on an invisible target?

Does a Bodak's Death Gaze attack work on a creature that is invisible? Or does the Bodak need to actively be able to see the creature to use the attack? I am running a D&D 3.5 campaign and ...
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Can a willing lycanthrope be True Polymorphed?

Can a lycanthrope or other shapeshifter be willingly affected by the spell True Polymorph? I know that it can be affected by regular Polymorph, but the text for the enhanced version seems to differ.
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Ring of mind-shielding against detect thoughts

Say a doppelganger tries to read someone wearing a ring of mind shielding- does it read what the wearer wants it to think or does the wearer's mind come across as a blank void?
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Does a PC transformed into a slaad retain their mind, stats, and class abilities?

If the blue slaad hits you with his claws and you fail the save, what will happen for the PC when they are transformed into a green or red slaad? Will they keep their own personality, or will they ...
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Can you safely wear animated armor?

Assume a team of my players defeated an Animated Armor, which broke apart. One of the players states that if it is armor, than he can take it and use it. DM decided that the armor is damaged and ...
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Does getting information about a monster in combat take an action?

When the heroes enter a combat and want to know information about their enemies (keywords, strengths, weaknesses etc) would the ability check require an action or is this a free action? I have read ...
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Do minotaurs from Dragonlance eat human flesh?

Do minotaurs from Dragonlance eat human flesh? I am interested in running one from that setting who ended up in a different realm (through Spelljammer shenanigans) and I was wondering what their views ...
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How would removing tail spikes from a manticore affect its challenge rating?

One creature omitted from the 5th Edition MM is the Dragonne, and I have considered modifying stats for the manticore to create a 5E dragonne. Most of the changes would be cosmetic except for removing ...
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Where does the distinction between “Mind Flayer” and “Illithid” come from?

I know that a Mind Flayer is an Illithid, and vice versa. And I know in some of the D&D fiction, like Forgotten Realms and the like, that Mind Flayers refer to themselves or their race as ...
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How much would Sanctuary affect a monster's CR?

I'm currently designing a Cleric "monster" according to the guidelines in the DMG. So far, the stats are falling short of my expectations, so I've decided that the cleric casts sanctuary on itself ...
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When is a character (whether PC, NPC, or Monster) knocked out as opposed to Dead?

In Castles and Crusades I can't find anything that dictates when an NPC or Monster is dead and have always just assumed that once they get to 0 HP they are dead. I came across something, I can't ...
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Is a Water Weird invisible even while attacking (in water)?

Is a Water Weird invisible while attacking in water or does the invisibility stop while in combat? If the creature remains invisible, all attacks against it are at disadvantage and attacks the Water ...
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Do Red Court Infected count as mortals?

I'm going to be running a game using the Dresden Files RPG and have a player planning to play a Red Court Infected. For purposes of creating and maintaining thresholds and magic circles are Red Court ...
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How powerful does a demon need to be to leave a Cacodemon upon death?

From the Demonomicon: When a particularly powerful demon perishes, its soul might persist for a time as a cacodemon. Naturally only demons with souls can undergo this: Obyriths and ...
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Leveling up a Monster

Assuming I'd like to make a monster in the manual a bit stronger, and I'd like to level it up, how is it done? It's clear that it gets 100 extra PD. Also, since his presence increases, so does its ...
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Why do some 5e monsters have so much HP?

My level 4 party ran into a minotaur and it was really tough to kill. I looked up its stats in the Monster Manual and it apparently has 9d10+27 HP, which seems crazy high for a monster that's lower ...
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Why are Solars so powerful compared to other Outsiders in D&D?

Going through a number of D&D books that feature the Solar I noted that it is amongst the most powerful monsters in the book, frequently only matched in level and power by the likes of the ...
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What does it take to qualify as an enemy of the target for an illusion spell?

This question is in respect to two other questions that have been raised here: Does a Silent Image Move on It's First Round? Can I use Silent Image as an Adjacent Enemy for Sneak Attack? Basically, ...
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How can vermin stay vermin yet acquire a fly speed?

Lords of Madness introduces the director (137-8), a beholderkin much like a typical beholder except tentacles on its underside allow a director to enslave a creature with the type vermin, which then ...
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Can multiple ghosts use Malevolence on one creature?

Ghosts have the ability Malevolence that allows them to possess a creature. This ability is similar to a magic jar spell (caster level 10th or the ghost’s Hit Dice, whichever is higher), except ...
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Can a demon or devil be redeemed?

Alignment is an essential part of the nature of celestials and fiends. A devil does not choose to be lawful evil, and it doesn’t tend toward lawful evil, but rather it is lawful evil in its ...
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How to calculate the Dusk Giant's stats?

I am trying to make the stat-block of a Dusk Giant (Heroes of Horror p. 147) which has advanced to 24 HD. However, trying to add up all the Cannibalize bonuses, it doesn't seem to add up with the ...
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Do monster PCs get racial weapon proficiencies?

I remember reading that all monster characters are assumed to be proficient in any weapons listed in their MM description, but when they take class levels they lose these and have only class ...
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What skills besides Perception and Stealth can a warlock's familiar use?

Having a highly intelligent familiar in D&D 5e, I noticed that sprites have higher intelligence and wisdom than my character, and obviously can do a better job on analysis or insight rolls. ...
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Are there female djinn?

I've been writing my back story for one of my characters who is an Air Genasi, and I was thinking of making the mother of my character the djinni, but I can't find any literature that references a ...
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How do monsters make saving throws?

From what I understand, there are modifiers for saving throws based on the Challenge level, but what is the base number? For example, a Cleric casts a spell at a creature who gets a saving throw. ...
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Can the Half-Troll template be used for Troll sub breeds?

Since there is a Half-Troll template in the Fiend Folio, I was wondering if that template could be used to make half breeds of the various Troll sub breeds? Such as the Crystalline, Cave, Forest, ...
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Moving through allies in Combat

In our campaign we are currently in the sewers, with most of the rooms being corridors in which only 2 PC of medium size can stand side by side, and dire rats (small creatures) are commom enemies. ...
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How to tame an adult wild animal

First campaign ever that I am part of, is going on for about a year (once or twice per month), and I still consider myself a roleplaying n00b. Just found out that, except for these heavy books that ...
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How do you detect a doppelganger?

For plot purposes I replaced an NPC with a doppelganger (one of the advanced "rumored" kind that can steal memories and skills). As this quest progressed, I found that it was actually rather difficult ...
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Is an Otyugh's grapple different from a standard grapple?

In 5e to escape a Grapple check, I know you roll athletics (str) or acrobatics (dex) opposed by an athletics (str) check. In the Otyugh entry in the Monster Manual it doesn't say there's any check, ...
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Can a Giant Fire Beetle choose to not emit light?

Illumination: The beetle sheds bright light in a 10-foot radius and dim light for an additional 10 feet. A giant fire beetle is a nocturnal creature that takes its name from a pair of glowing ...
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What is a dragonclaw?

D&D 5e's Hoard of the Dragon Queen has a creature called a "dragonclaw." It's humanoid, and it can apparently be of higher rank than a typical cultist or kobold. However, I am not finding any ...
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Is a creature that uses Change Shape to become a humanoid affected by spells that only work on humanoids?

Creatures such as the Deva, Couatl and Oni have an ability which lets them magically polymorph into a humanoid, stating that they keep their statistics (other than ones listed as changing). Does this ...
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Do mindless base creatures gain sentience through Int boosting templates?

I'm using D&D v3.5. What should happen when a template that is both (1) applicable to any living creature and (2) includes an Intelligence bonus is added to a mindless creature? Say for instance a ...