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 one establish communication with intelligent creatures lacking language?

The ice toad (Frostburn 140-1) is a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 6 yet no language. Beyond being conceptually annoying and making me feel bad for the handful of aberrant genius ice ...
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10-100 Troglodytes is too many!

I'm picking on troglodytes as an example. In MMI, the number of troglodytes appearing in their lair(cave system/dungeon) is 10-100. Troglodytes are a nice, not-too-tough, HD2 monster with some ...
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During D&D 5e's different design iterations, were Assassins ever different?

I am running Hoard of the Dragon Queen for my players. I am currently preparing the next session and am reading "Episode 4: On the Road". The event No Room at the Inn (page 36) mentions an encounter ...
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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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Can an Ogre-Mage cast invisibility on others?

The Ogre Mage can cast Invisibility at will as a spell-like ability. Can he cast it on his allies? I'm looking mostly for errata or precedent (FAQ/Sage/Module/Whatever) about whether the Ogre Mage's ...
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Are size bonuses already incorporated into large races' attribute modifiers?

I have a friend who is playing a Trox. In the listed description we have the bonuses for being that race. All trox have the following racial traits. + 6 Strength, –2 Intelligence, –2 Wisdom, –2 ...
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Can a succubus fly when in another shape?

A succubus has the ability Change Shape (Su): A succubus can assume the form of any Small or Medium humanoid. It also has the natural ability to fly (50 ft, average maneuverability). Does it lose ...
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Yummy, I love the taste of ghosts..?

The SRD says An incorporeal creature has no physical body. Do incorporeal creatures have matter - any at all? If one argues that ectoplasm is matter (with some supplements such as Ghostwalk), ...
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Reducing a monster below CR 1

There are many instances in Pathfinder and other 3.5 based systems when you might need to reduce a monster below 1 or 1/2. For example, if I'm using a CR 1/2 monster from a 3.5 source in Pathfinder, ...
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How many rays can a beholder use in one full-attack action?

What it says on the tin. Beholders and beholder kin are given a number of rays that they can use. The entry for the Beholder-kin: Watcher notes that each eye can use one of its powers every round, ...
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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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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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Standard monster tactics for 4E D&D combat

In a similar vein to a question on tactics sources, I'm interested in knowing what are common tactics for monsters to use. The DMB and the MV mention monster groups, which are very useful, but I want ...
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How much does a large monstrous spider weigh?

The first spider shape an arachnomancer gets will be a small, medium, and large monstrous spider. Let's just talk about large size for the sake of argument. According to a National Geographic ...
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Are there rules for skinning animals and making leather armor with the hide?

Recently I was DMing a game, and my players ran into a giant lizard. After they defeated it, they asked if they could skin the lizard and make it into armor. I basically just made it up on the fly; ...
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Do I need to stat out & measure everything?

I am preparing a session that contains a fair amount of absurdity. Many of the creatures and situations that my players will encounter will probably not be encountered again. On the one hand, I know ...
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Where can I find good 2D representation of AD&D 1st edition monsters

I am looking for a good source of images of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition monsters from the Monster Manual, Fiend Folio, and Monster Manual II. Sure, there are drawings of most of ...
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How do I find a list of monsters meeting unusual criteria?

On the d20pfsrd site there is an excellent monster search feature that lets you narrow down creatures by terrain, creature type, etc. However there are limitations to the search. In particular ...
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Does an aarakocra's talons attack use Strength or Dexterity?

Do Aarakocra talons use STR or DEX for attack and damage? I’ve checked Monster Manual p.12 to have some clues and the higher stat for Aarakocra monster is Dex and damage is based on dex (+2) the ...
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How can I convert monsters from 4e back to 3.5?

For Christmas this year, I got the Monster Manual Three. Only problem is, this one is for 4e and I play almost exclusive 3.5. However, I started flipping through the pages anyway out of curiosity. ...
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How to make monsters with class levels?

Say I was trying to make a 3rd level Harpy bard. Do I remove its seven hit dice, feats, BAB and skills etc and start from scratch? Or do I add the class levels on top of all that? How does level ...
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Is that blackguard riding a dragon? Nope, but their pony sure looks evil

In Elder Evils, there is a bodak blackguard who has a really cool mount. It's a flying construct with a nightwing's essence bonded to it. Very reminiscent (perhaps borderline steal?) of the Hobgoblin. ...
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Can Monsters with class levels take Monster Feats instead of Regular Feats?

I'm designing a monster which through virtue of high intelligence and me being evil, that has 13 class levels. However, I also want to bump up the save DC on its special ability. The feat Ability ...
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How is the clockwork soldier priced?

I've been looking at the possible constructs in current Pathfinder bestiaries looking for options for a crafter character and I couldn't help but notice that the pricing of the clockwork soldier ...
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Does a normally-mindless creature get the standard one feat if it gains an INT rating?

A Greensting Scorpion is a vermin with 1 HD, and it is mindless (INT —). The monster creation rules don't allow a mindless creature to get the usual extra feat that all other creatures with 1 HD do. ...
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Need help finding a mind-controlling parasite

I need help finding a creature to play as a player in D&D 3.5. The idea is that it inserts itself into the brains/head/control center of other creatures. I was not able to find any stats for such ...
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Would an Ettin and Otyugh live in the same area?

According to the 3.5 monster manual - Ettins like to establish their lairs in remote, rocky areas. They dwell in dark, underground caves that stink of decaying food and offal. They tolerate ...
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What is the relationship between Yuan-Ti and Nagas?

Yuan-ti are snake humanoids. Nagas are snake humanoids. What are the differences? What different roles do they serve? Is there in-game history about this?
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How can I acquire Charm Person/Charm Monster as an SLA for my NPC?

So, I'm creating the overarching villain for a campaign I intend to run - an Osyluth with class levels known as Molkor the Quartermaster - and I want to get him into the Fiend of Corruption prestige ...
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Where are a monster's skills?

If you grab a goblin for example, and the goblin test to escape it says to have it make an acrobatics or athletics check but I can't seem to find where it says there skills? Any help?
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Do birds cry? Or, how to play interactions with intelligent non-humanoid beings

Currently I have a campaign where the highly capable antagonist has a weak spot: A very beautiful, highly intelligent, jocund and unfortunately pretty spoiled raven which is also able to speak. The ...
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Are the monsters in the MM actually following the monster creation rules?

The guidelines for making your own monsters are based around the Monster Statistics by Challenge Rating table on p274. Inspired by this question regarding Animated Armor (MM 19), which is CR1, let's ...
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How to update a monster using the D&D4 Monster Builder?

I'm new to Monster Builder (part of Adventure Tools) and I'm hoping there is a good way to update pre MM3 monsters to the latest standards (in the errata). As an example, I'm trying to update the ...
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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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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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Likelyhood of Feywild creatures in Nentir Vale

What are the population level of Feywild creatures in Nentir Vale? It must not be massive. For example, everyone should be terrified of scarecrows.
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Can a monster use its other actions during a Multiattack?

I'm running my first ever campaign as DM using the modified Starter Set (Mines of Phandelver). One of the monsters (Nothic) has a stat block (under Actions) that states that the monster has a ...
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Why does the “insubstantial” quality exist?

Aside from minor rounding errors for very low damage, a monster with x hit points and the insubstantial resistance type is exactly the same as a monster with 2x hit points. So, why does the ...
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Constitution drain, energy drain, dominating gaze - but incapable of crossing running water?

I'm interested in when this constraint from vampire lore was first integrated into Dungeons and Dragons mechanics: has it been there since the first D&D vampire? Vampires are... unable to ...
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How do I safely break stereotypes in my games?

In the LARP system I play, there are some stereotypes heavily in-grained into the player base. For instance, goblins are squeaky-voiced, hyperactive, and (often) violent humanoids. These sorts of ...
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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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What do you see in a mirror when a vampire picks up an object?

When a D&D-vampire picks up an object, what do you see in a mirror? With the vampire having no reflection (and neither his clothing), does the item float? Does it get invisible? Does it depend on ...
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Do imps have hands?

I've looked around and everyone assumes so, but I see no specific mention that imps have hands (with which to wield wands to cast spells for their masters, as familiars).
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How does acquiring a template that changes hit dice affect pre-existing hit points?

When an existing creature acquires a template, and that template changes the creature's hit dice, does this change the creature's existing hit points? Example: A 3rd level human cleric with no bonus ...
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As a GM, how do you deal with or manage Stirges?

As a GM, how do you deal with or manage Stirges? Equally, how do you make use of them? For them to be a relevant threat, do they have to be in such numbers that they become unmanageable?
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What is a Cacodaemon in D&D 3.5e?

The Fiendish Codex I mentions Ahrimanes, the Chief of the Cacodaemons (p.155). But what exactly a Cacodaemon is goes unmentioned. They're mentioned in 4e, AD&D 1e and Pathfinder, but as far as I ...
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Help finding D&D coin look-alike monster

I recall reading about a monster in AD&D 2e that was a gold piece, but had a stinger that existed in another plane of existence. The extra-planar stinger made the monster very difficult to detect ...
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What is a ghoul's personality?

Ghouls, it seems, speak the language they spoke in life, and their intellect isn't necessarily worse than it was in life (int. 13 as per the SRD). Unfortunately, there are very little references on ...
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How can I modify a solo for a 2 player party in Dungeons and Dragons 4e?

Most encounters are scaled down by removing monsters from play. However, solo monsters are designed around a 5 player party. What is the best way to scale them down to be an interesting fight for 2 ...
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Are there any “linked” creatures that can only be defeated in tandem?

I am planning on building an encounter based on this post about a zombie and a ghost coming from the same body. The idea is the players will have to defeat both the body (the zombie) and then do ...