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I can't seem to kill my party, help? [duplicate]

BEFORE YOU SAY "The idea is not to kill the party" PLEASE READ THIS I am a fairly new DM, I have Dm'd about 6 groups, all around the levels 1 - 4 and that was because of problems within the group ...
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What are some standard monsters or NPCs that can dispel magic?

I will (possibly) be DMing "Hoard of the Dragon Queen", a 5e adventure which was designed for 4 players starting at level 1. I will be needing to scale the adventure to account for more players (6) ...
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What ranged monsters have the highest damage output?

I'm looking for monsters (Heroic Tier) with this feature. Damage as high (or higher) as a brute's, but ranged. I need them for a matter of design (I wanna compare them to other monsters to learn what ...
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What is a Wyrm in D&D?

So I keep seeing things like "The Great Wyrm", "Forest of the Wyrm", "Wyrm aged" and they seem to be all related to Dragons. Is Wyrm just another name for Dragons? Is this a general thing or does it ...
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How can I tailor an encounter so that a low level, mostly mundane party can defeat a wasp swarm?

I'm GM'ing a game with a large, mostly mundane party where all PCs at level 2. The party is made up of a good aligned cleric (i.e. no damage spells), wizard, druid (with wolf animal companion), monk, ...
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Is there a playable undead race?

Is there a playable race of undead in Dungeons and Dragons 3.5? I would prefer a race that isn't a vampire or lich. If possible, please share their stats.
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Where can I read more about Leshys?

Bestiary 3 talks about leshys — plant creatures you can grow yourself — but there is not much info in Bestiary 3 on them. I'm especially interested in learning more on how they're created and other ...
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What is this creature that increases in strength as its allies die?

I remember some years ago coming across a creature in 3.5e that works in groups and as each individual of the group is slain the surviving creatures increase in strength. Can anyone give me the ...
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Why can't Cure Wounds heal necrotic damage done by powerful undead, but sleeping can?

Reading the PHB, DM, and MM, I am having a hard time understanding how healing works for necrotic damage done by the attacks of various undead, such as the Vampire's Bite attack on page 297 of the ...
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How do I create a balanced “Glass Cannon” monster? [closed]

I have a good handle on 4e monster creation, but there is one particular role missing for me that the current monsters don't satisfy, and I need assistance making sure it works well. I want a monster ...
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Should I choose targets before or after I roll for the Beholder's rays?

Reading the Beholder's stat block I noticed that the Eye Rays it can fire are randomly determined. Do I roll for them before I choose a target so I still have a say as to which PC is affected by what ...
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How fast do AD&D 2nd Edition encumbered horses move?

Background The first printing of the AD&D 2nd Edition Player's Handbook (TSR 2101) from 1989 lists the carrying capacities for horses in Table 49 on page 78. "Light" encumbrance causes movement ...
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Are there “Good” goblins?

Plain and simple: Are there "good" goblins? Every goblin I've seen is always evil aligned in the DnD 4e Monster Manuals. I know this could apply to other RPGs but as DnD is what I'm familiar with, ...
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What other giants are there in 3.5e? [closed]

I'm looking into building a campaign involving the giants going at war. But I'm looking for diverse bunch of giants, so the party does not keep fighting the same type over and over again. Going ...
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Examples of “High Technology” Monsters/Traps in D&D

In my home-spun campaign, players are about to discover the ruins of an ancient city. Long ago, there was a civilization with an advanced level of technology, which is now dead. I'm thinking of ...
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Sources for officially published GURPS monsters

When I recently purchased the Dungeon Fantasy collection of monsters, I noticed that most of the listed monsters are not "every-game" monsters. It seems to be lacking simple goblins, harpies, etc. ...
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NPCs and Enemies using Feats

I am currently DMing my first campaign in D&D 5E and had opened up the use of feats to the players. I really like how feats give each of the players another way to differentiate from one another. ...
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Reading the racial modifier to skills in a monster's stat block

Below is a snippet from the stat block of a ghost scorpion: Skills Perception +4, Stealth +8; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception, +4 Stealth What is the correct way to interpret the proper bonus to the ...
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2e Monster Multiple Attacks - To Hit Penalty Per Each or No Penalty Applied

During a session a player asked if it were allowable for the bullywugs to have 3 unmodified attacks, claiming that even monsters natural attacks should be imposed with a -2 and then a -4 to hit ...
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D&D 5th Edition Modify Multiple Monster XP Encounter

I'm a new DM and finding it a bit difficult to challenge my group that wants the glorious battles style of game play. When I asked them what they wanted from the campaign, the consensus was that they ...
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Are the Erinyes their own group outside of the normal infernal hierarchy in 5e?

Going through the 5e Monster Manual I noted that the Erinyes had been added to the book again in their absence from the 4e MM. But they are described as being part of the regular infernal hierarchy, ...
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Why would an amphibious Storm Giant need to cast Water Breathing?

In the MM, on page 156, a Storm Giant is described as Amphibious. The giant can breathe air and water Yet it has the innate spellcasting ability to cast water breathing 3 times a day. Why ...
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Resources on undead and their creation [closed]

I'm searching for resources on the creation of undead and on undead in general, as I want to develop a new realm for my homebrew setting in which necromancy and magical-alchemical research on undead, ...
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Is multiattack only for natural attacks?

This is a quick one because I can't find clarification in the rules: if I give a monster with multiattack and a slam attack a nice pointy sword, does it still attack twice with the sword? Or once with ...
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Is there a good way to boost monsters with character levels?

I want my Doppelganger villain in my D&D 5e game to be a worthy match for my level 7 party, but since it's CR 3, if they get it into combat, though it will be fun, it won't last long. Is there a ...
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At what level do monsters cast cantrips?

A 9 HD Yuan-ti Pureblood can innately cast the poison spray cantrip 3 times per day. The monster description says the save is DC 12, but it does not go into damage. So does it do 1d12 or 2d12 damage?
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Harmlessly Harvesting Poison from a Monster Companion

The person who is DMing our Tyranny of Dragons campaign (HotDQ->RoT) is considering allowing my evil character to track down a Wyvern nest and find an egg to obtain a tamed mount using a significant ...
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How can keepers be optimized?

I don't know what to do with these guys. I liked their fluff enough that I put them in the campaign and now, when it's time to use them, I'm at a loss. The Keeper One of the power groups the PCs ...
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How does the Soul Eater's Energy Drain touch work?

I've been doing some theory-crafting and attempting to build a high-level villain as a gestalt character, and I'm not sure the combo I was planning on using actually works. In the Book of Vile ...
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Shadows vs. Sleeping Characters

The following question is for DND 3.5 -- The links however are SRD rules links IF that matters somehow. Shadows deal 1D6 strength damage with their incorporeal melee touch attacks. If a shadow were ...
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Demons vs. Devils? [closed]

I come across Demons in 13th Age, and Devils in the 13 True Ways, and sort of know that such distinctions exist in d20 games. In D20 games, what are the differences between demons and devils, and do ...
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Advancing a monster with spell-like abilities

I am interested in advancing an Efreeti to 16 HD and thus making it huge. My question is about advancing a monster with spell-like abilities. Would the caster level - currently 12 - increase by ...
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How much do I tell new players about new monsters?

Background I am a brand-new DM, about to lead a game for brand-new players. I have a lot of knowledge of rules from playing Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights over and over, leafing through a ...
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Help to the creation of epic boss battle [closed]

A little intro:         We are playing in Faerun and currently are in a southern city in calimshan. The story is that this city used to be controlled by a great ...
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When do Lair Actions occur?

The Monster Manual describes Lair Actions as occurring "On initiative count 20 (losing all ties)..." (p 11). What does "initiative count 20" mean? I can't find that phrase anywhere in the PHB or in ...
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Encounter Budget in D&D 4e after Essentials

When the first 4e books came out, the encounter building chapter suggested to limit the enemies' level: from party level -2 to party level +4 Has this changed over the years, especially after ...
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What would clever creatures do to protect their lair?

(This question is for fantasy worlds like in D&D and other such games.) Usually, as the adventuring party goes up in ability, they end up facing stronger and more powerful characters. Let's say ...
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Is an Ooze a living creature?

Is an Ooze or something with Ooze traits a living creature for the purposes of things like Vampiric Touch?
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How does a dire toad's tongue attack work?

An upcoming encounter with a dire toad (Monster Manual II 74, 76) has me concerned with its tongue attack. The stat block lists the creature's tongue Attack as tongue +5 ranged and the creature's ...
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Can a construct be undestroyed?

The type construct includes this trait: Not at risk of death from massive damage. Immediately destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points or less. (MM 307) Besides the 9th-level Clr spell miracle ...
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Playing (some) monster races without racial HD

I'm interested in whether it is possible to play certain (monstruous) humanoids from MM without adding their racial HD, whist at the same time preserving balance. What exactly would I need to do to ...
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Good source for a dark/weird dryad concept?

I'm working on an adventure that involves obtaining the wood from a dryad's tree, and would like to present the dryad as something other than the typical depiction. I have some ideas, but am curious ...
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Can a vampire enter a temple?

My party will be going to a temple soon, and I'm wondering if a vampire (who is stalking them unbeknownst to the party) will be able to enter. It's to an evil god, but the ground is still technically ...
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How can I make a shapeshifter that takes human forms?

I want to make an NPC who can change into different human forms. The concept I'm forming is the character is committing a string of murders, and the PCs have additional problems tracking the killer ...
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Clarifying the wraith's Life Drain attack

May contain spoilers for a published 5e campaign. I'm not referring to how their stats are different to reflect their CR's. Both of their attacks refer to the effect of reducing HP maximums on a ...
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Can a DnD vampire or spawn use a mobile coffin?

The Vampire Spawn monster class from DnD 3.5e Libris Mortis states under their Fast Healing that If reduced to 0 hit points in combat, it automatically assumes gaseous form and attempts to ...
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Can monsters make multiple attacks in a single action?

In the bestiary for the new D&D Next playtest packets, some creatures look as though they get multiple attacks per round. e.g.: An owl bear gets Melee Attack: Claws +5/+5 (etc.) and Bite +5 ...
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How do you figure Attributes from an MR?

I'm talking about Tunnels & Trolls, of course -- where monsters have a Monster Rating (MR), and that's all they need! ...usually. It gets sketchy (for me, anyway) when you, the GM, want your ...
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Good source material for building a Kobold empire?

The game I'm currently running is starting to go up in scope and one thing I'm really looking forward to doing is introducing an empire of Kobolds. Are there any good books on what these would look ...
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Can an Orc use their Aggressive trait, plus Dash, plus running?

I don't yet have a copy of the monster manual so I apologize if this is explicitly stated in there. The Orc has an "aggressive" trait that allows it to "move up to its speed toward a hostile creature ...