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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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 ...
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Can a ghost attack with a weapon attuned to the creature it possesses?

Part of the description of the Ghost's possession ability says: [The ghost] retains its Alignment, Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma, and immunity to being charmed and frightened. It otherwise uses ...
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How would someone go about training magical animals (such as hydras)?

We were playing in a good friend of mine's campaign, and while he's smart he's pretty new, so sometimes the players get one over on him. We ended up in a tournament against a hydra, and my druid came ...
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Can you use mind control spells to learn a demon's true name?

The wizard in my campaign has the Eye of Vecna and is a yuan-ti, and this means he has suggestion and dominate monster at least once a day. Could he simply suggest to a demon that it reveal its true ...
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Does a creature with swallow whole retain damage reduction inside?

When a creature is swallowed whole in Pathfinder, it can attempt to attack the swallowing creature from the inside to cut its way out with a light or natural weapon. The armor class is 10+1/2 nat ...
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What happens with the Drow's poisoned weapons when picked up by a PC?

The Drow Elite Warrior does 3d6 extra poison damage (no save!), it's not a magical sword but an ability of the creature. So that same sword in the hands of another character is just a sword, it's the ...
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What is the alignment of a Gold Shadow Dragon?

What alignment are Gold Shadow Dragons? I recently purchased a miniature booster box and inside I found a Gold Shadow Dragon and have not been able to find any sources that describe its alignment. ...
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Does Phantasmal Killer affect creatures immune to being frightened?

Phantasmal Killer (PhB p. 265, emphases mine): You tap into the nightmares of a creature you can see within range and create an illusory manifestation of its deepest fears, visible only to ...
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How does Pathfinder Dire Crocodile death roll work?

The perfect opportunity arose for my players to encounter a dire crocodile, but as I have been preparing for the encounter, I have been a bit confused as to how to interpret the death roll rules. The ...
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Can a Stone Child, Half Dragon, or Killoren be infected with lycanthropy?

My campaign is eldritch and fantasy and there is a werewolf clan currently near the party. My players have said that they're immune to lycanthropy because of their PCs' races: A Stone Child. He says ...
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When a Yuan-Ti or Slaad shapechanges, do they retain their class abilities?

The MM on page 277 states: It's statistics, other than its size, are the same in each form. Does that mean that their abilities (spellcasting, resistances, etc.) retain as well or just the ...
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What Process do Mimics go though when they Shapeshift?

While a Mimic is in its true form, how does it polymorph into new objects? Does it naturally morph into them? Dissemble an existing one an build it around itself? or magically flash into the chosen ...
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Could a mimic imitate a door?

Mimics are obviously most renowned for taking the forms of chests. However, after hearing that they can polymorph into other furniture, I wonder do doors become a possibility? If yes, what are the ...
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Can I get Experience Points from defeating a Phoenix?

As AD&D's Phoenix never dies, can you ever get experience points for defeating it?
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Is my homebrew lower-powered Lich's CR calculated correctly?

I created a "Lesser Lich" so my party would be able to fight something interesting in the story I have. In my game, a lich undergoes development changes the first time it "ascends(descends) to lichdom....
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If a character has the Chaos Phage disease cured before transformation, do they regain their HP?

Page 276 of MM States: While infected, the target can't regain hit points, and its hit point maximum is reduced by 10 (3d6) every 24 hours. If the disease reduces the target's hit point ...
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How do legendary and/or lair actions affect the CR of a creature I am creating?

I want to create a "boss and minions" encounter for my low-to-mid-level party, and I love the idea of legendary and lair actions as a way to give the encounter an appropriately "epic" feel. Problem is,...
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Does Gaining a Second Natural Attack Decrease My Primary Attack Damage?

I have a Ogre Spider that gained the Slam attack thanks to a template. The Ogre Spider has only one natural attack by default, but what I wonder is whether the Bite loses the 1½ Strength mod ...
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What kind of creature is a pre-Medusa?

In the 5e Monster Manual Medusa entry, it notes that before turning into a Medusa creatures live "like a demigod among mortals," and they possess "physical beauty, restored youth, immortality, and the ...
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Does a dryad's Tree Stride ability provoke opportunity attacks?

Tree Stride. Once on her turn, the dryad can use 10 feet of her movement to step magically into one living tree within her reach and emerge from a second living tree within 60 feet of the first tree, ...
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How do I create a custom monster to challenge my lvl 8-9 party? [closed]

I have been running a campaign now for roughly six months (we meet up twice a month). I currently have my party hunting for 5 dwarvish bells to bring a part of a floating city down to collect it the ...
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Is there a playable correlation between CR and level in 5e?

Let's say that I'm about to run a combat-heavy 3rd level one-shot for a group of players. Balance and challenge rating is still very important, but one of my players says he'd like to play a humanoid ...
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Are there faeries in 5e?

I'm currently doing a bit of a "Fairy of the Fountain" encounter in my game, and the only thing I need now is a reliable stat block for the fairy. You know... just in case. I opened up the Monster ...
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How can I make a monster weaker?

So I am DMing an open world campaign and my players are heading into this old ruins infested with undead. So far so good, I made the map, random encounters, traps, monsters, treasure. I have decided ...
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What monsters are depicted in D&D 3E's Iconic novel, “Oath of Nerull”?

Although T. H. Lain's books frequently don't reveal the names of the monsters and spells they feature, they seem to all be sourced directly from rule books, and I've generally been able to use the ...
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What can a Succubus do in the ethereal plane?

The question is regarding the succubus action etherealness Etherealness. The fiend magically enters the Ethereal Plane from the Material Plane, or vice versa. MM 285 While the succubus is in ...
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Multiheaded Monsters [closed]

Does anybody have a complete list of all multiheaded Monsters in DnD 3.5e? We got a vague description of a "multiheaded beast" from a witness in our current campaign and I'm trying to figure out what ...
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Dealing with fractional CRs in the table on DMG 274

This has been driving me crazy as I've been trying to create monsters and NPCs for my characters to encounter in D&D 5th Edition. Say I've got an NPC with 48 hit points and Armor Class 16. That ...
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How much does Petrification Ray modify a monster's CR?

I'm working on a custom monster right now and I want to give it a Petrification Ray, as seen on the Beholder, as an action: Petrification Ray. The targeted creature must make a DC (8+Spellcasting ...
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What's the difference in lore content between the editions' Monster Manuals?

I own the 5E Monster Manual. I also have the Monster Manual I, code number 2009 from 1E. I can see the difference between these two versions but I don't know what the other editions' Monster Manuals ...
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How to modify a bulette to challenge a level 10 party?

In my campaign, the PCs have been tasked with removing a group of bulettes from a mining claim. I plan on using standard bulettes as a lead-up to a 'boss fight' where I would like a larger (perhaps cr ...