Under your bed. In your closet. Is it better to out-monster the monster or to be quietly devoured? This tag covers questions relating to monstrous antagonists.

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Homebrew special ability for invincibility in 3.5

Concept (spoilers in first and third links) I'm interested in creating something along the lines of the Dahaka from the Prince of Persia: Warrior Within game. In summary, it's invincible throughout ...
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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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What's the reach of swarm creatures?

Can a swarm attack an adjacent creature, or must they occupy the same space as a creature to attack them? Let's consider the regular "Swarm of Teeth" attack of a Rat Swarm for an example: is its reach ...
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What does adding HD to a construct affect?

I am building a Homunculus, and I want to add 3 HD to it so it has 5 HD. However, I'm not clear on what happens as a result of these HD being added. I've read the monster advancement page, but all I'm ...
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Can a Giant Flytrap in Pathfinder engulf a medium creature?

For a Giant Flytrap in Pathfinder, the rules text indicates: "If a giant flytrap begins its turn with an opponent at least two size categories smaller than itself grappled..., it can close its jaws ...
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Are there rules for creating animated objects?

Craft Construct allows player characters to create their own homunculus, golem or shield guardian. Other than by the spell animate objects with permanency, are there any rules allowing the creation of ...
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Does a Creature's Advancement Trump Its Text?

The Monster Manual explains that a creature's Advancement entry "shows how tough a creature can get in terms of its extra Hit Dice. (This is not an absolute limit, but exceptions are extremely rare.)" ...
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Guards for a Raven Queen Temple

I have a party of four 3rd level adventurers. They will be breaking into a temple dedicated to the worship of the Raven Queen. There will be a ritual taking place in the sublevels of the temple. I ...
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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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Can a swarm stack with another swarm to attack a foe in the same square?

I have observed a tactic that may have a slippery slope: a creature (rat) swarm moved into a player space that was already occupied by a rat swarm. There is no upward limit stated for the swarm trait ...
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What defines the CR of a creature

I'm trying to figure out what exactly defines the CR of a creature. Without the dozen playtests with different levels of groups, is there a quick easy way to do this?
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How can a human terkow rogue use his special attacks?

I'm running a published adventure that includes a male human terkow rogue as a monster. His melee attack stat is: 3 claws +17 (1d6+4/19-20 plus grab). His Special Attacks stats include blood drain and ...
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Where do I find the “monster level” for the monsters in the AD&D monster manual?

This is for The AD&D 1st edition Monster Manual. The Fiend Folio and Monster Manual II both give monster levels in the stat block of the monster and yet the Original Monster Manual does not. So I ...
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Where do I find the saving throws matrix for monsters in AD&D

In the Dungeon Master's Guide it gives you a matrix for character saving throws but I can not find the matrix for monster's saving throws, where can I find this?
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How do vampire (monsters) take sunlight damage?

This isn't a question about the vampire class - it's about vampire monsters, e.g. Master Vampire or Elder Vampire Spawn. In both of those monsters, it says they are damaged by direct sunlight: ...
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Is Astral Construct incomplete?

The astral construct psionic power states: For every 2 additional power points you spend, the level of the astral construct increases by one. But, the monster entry only lists up to level 9 (for 17 ...
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Change shape: How does it work?

Okay, here is the direct quote from the Pathfinder Bestiary. (emphasis mine) Change Shape (Su) A creature with this special quality has the ability to assume the appearance of a specific creature ...
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Killing Elementals

So, you've got, let's say, an air elemental you want to kill, and it's basically made of air. How do you kill it? Simply by hitting it with any weapon seems a little bit illogical to me - it's air and ...
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What are the best RPG bestiary books containing monsters inspired by East Asian cultures? [closed]

The setting for my current game has a mix of cultures and influences from the Far East, and I am looking for sources for monsters inspired by Chinese/East-Asian cultures, such as China, Japan, ...
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Which products contain Monster, PC, or NPC tokens for Dnd4e?

Which books/boxes/etc contain sheets of tokens and or maps for Dnd4e? I have the monster vault, which I believe came with tokens, and the outdoors and indoors tiles I think came with some tokens ...
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Creating rules for jumping or climbing onto monsters?

Partly inspired by this thread's discussion about creative role-playing and one answer there referring to stunts, I wanted to adapt a similar concept to the fairly rules-strict D&D 4th Edition. ...
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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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What alternatives are there to replace orcs, kobolds, and hobgoblins in low-level encounters?

In your average "generic D&D" campaign and setting, orcs, kobolds, and hobgoblins are frequently used to stock low level adventures and dungeons. These are usually nice for 1st/2nd level ...
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Is a Bodak's Death Gaze an Energy Drain Effect?

My party recently ran into a Bodak. One of it's nastiest features is it's Death Gaze (Su) gaze attack which causes: 1d4 negative levels, 30 feet; Fortitude DC 18 negates. The save DC is ...
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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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Were there gray renders before the year 2000?

I'm interested in compiling some lore on the gray render, but the Wikipedia entry dates them no further than D&D 3.0. Did they exist before this? Did they exist before D&D came along or were ...
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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 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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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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What is the physical stress cap for a Diminutive Size creature with Claws?

Consider the lowly garden gnome. He's got the Diminutive Size [-1] power, which means he is Wee. [...] When your size is a factor in combat, you can only inflict 1 physical stress per attack (but ...
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What resources regarding monsters are compatable with Rule of Cool's Legend system?

I've been closely following Rule of Cool's Legend game system that they are releasing and it looks like something I'd be interested in trying out with my group. They are still developing their monster ...
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How do you make a vampire cleric stay dead?

In our current D&D 3.5 campaign we have made enemies with powerful drow vampire clerics. They have an annoying habit of resurrecting as their god is one who brings people back from the dead to ...
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Is there any good place on the internet that hosts monster playtests?

I've been a DM for a while for 3.5. I've run many NPC characters, however only a small fraction of monsters out of the books (comparatively). Also, I like to use templates liberally as well as advance ...
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Are there any Animal Companions that are not actually Animals?

I’m just curious if any supplement out there includes an Animal Companion that is not, in fact, an Animal. As in the type. I mean that just any Druid of sufficient level can take; there are ...
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How many attacks can an Olethrodaemon get with a full round attack?

I am a new DM having a little trouble understanding the monster stas blocks for higher level Pathfinder monsters. I get most of the lower CR monsters, but then I doubt myself when enemies seem to be ...
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Attack Bonus question for Monsters with multiple attacks from multiple weapons

When a monster wields multiple weapons, and can attack multiple times with each, how do I alter (or should I leave) the given attack bonuses on each type of attack on the enemy's stat block? Take, ...
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Monsters with negative HP

I'm not sure I remember correctly, but I think a certain, early Ravenloft Monster Manual featured a creature (some kind of a goblin?) that had negative HP, as in it operated (lived) with negative HP, ...
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The effects of saving throws on mind reading

A number of creatures in D&D systems (specific editions may not be necessary here, but let's use 3/3.5/3.75 for simplicity) have the ability to use spell or spell-like effects such as Detect ...
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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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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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Would flying monsters ever land during combat?

Spooney asked this question in one of his podcasts, and I've started wondering about it myself. In a D&D 4.0 encounter, why would an at least moderately intelligent creature (including, but not ...
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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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What updates should be done to older monsters to bring them in line with MM3 era monsters?

I know that to better balance paragon and epic level players against similar level monsters, WotC changed the math used for monsters for MM3, and I believe that they changed some of the types of ...
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Monsters of Encounter Levels below 1 in Legend

In legend, antagonists/monsters/loot-on-legs are made the exact same way as PC's, though less restricted. I have always loved hordes in epic fantasy, but the rules make this hard to portray at lower ...
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Creating solo monsters

One thing I haven't found in 4th edition online is a plethora of solo monsters. The idea of these fights are fascinating! Sadly though, all the products in 4th focus on multiple opponent fights (with ...
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What are some good unusual races for Shadowmancers?

I have an idea for a Shadowcaster/Child of Night character, but I'm not sure what race would work best for it. I kinda wanted to use one of the more exotic playable races or even something playable ...
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Wraiths across multiple games

In a freeform game, I'm running a story involving a creature that subsides upon stolen energy obtained from draining the magical or life energy out of other creatures, particularly humans. Coming from ...
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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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Where can I find a database (sqlite, csv, etc) of Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set character and monster data?

I'm writing an engine for Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (Red and Blue Box) First Edition (1E) in Python and would like to be able to read from an existing database of what is in the players and ...
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Is the animating force of a golem always from the Elemental Plane of Earth?

I'm researching some homebrewed golem rituals not covered in WFRP 2e. My baseline ideas are coming from the D20 SRD. One thing struck me odd, but maybe to an experienced d20 player or DM it may make ...