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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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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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 would a Kobold's challenge rating be affected if I gave it a cantrip and a resistance?

I want to create a version of a Kobold that has the Ray of Frost cantrip, as well as resistance to cold damage. How would this affect the challenge rating of the monster? A normal kobold is CR 1/8. ...
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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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Would a mummy (undead) react to a minor illusion?

In our present campaign we were fighting mummies. A character (Bard) wanted to cast minor illusion to distract or slow the mummy with an illusion of fire. Would this affect a mummy?
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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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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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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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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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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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Does a beast without Multiattack have to choose only one attack to use?

I'm comparing Giant Badger (MM, p. 323) to Panther (MM, p. 333), with my druid's Wild Shape in mind. A Giant Badger has Multiattack, Bite and Claws. A Panther has Bite and Claw. Since Multiattack ...
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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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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 ...
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How do I calculate a monster's damage output per round for breath weapons?

When creating a monster, on DMG p. 274 I am instructed to "Read down the Damage/Round column... until you find your monster's damage output per round." So how do I figure that? Is it just the damage ...
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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 do you “safely” imprison a Lich?

Let's say in a world like Eberron, with a prison like Dreadhold, how would you go about keeping a Lich prisoner if you don't want it to die and escape to its secret phylactery? I mean can a Lich kill ...
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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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How can I play as a Cloud Giant?

I'm pretty new to playing D&D, as are most of the people I play with. We found some homebrew race stuff already and one of us is playing as a Khajiit, but I wanted to play as a Cloud Giant and I'm ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Whence the large difference in power between ogres and hill giants?

Ogres and Hill giants are both of Giant type and are described as very similar height: 9–10 feet for ogres, 10½ feet for hill giants (and they're both of Large size category). Yet their ...
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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 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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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 '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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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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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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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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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 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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Can you kill a gargantuan monster from within?

Imagine that a party manages somehow to get inside a dragon turtle without injury to themselves (we have some plans using magic, but that's not part of the question). Once inside, could you kill it ...
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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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Under What Circumstances Do Additional Creatures Add to EL?

Question The Dungeon Master's Guide explains that DMs Do not award XP for creatures that enemies summon or otherwise add to their forces with magic powers. An enemy’s ability to summon or add ...
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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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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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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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Does the Daylight spell hurt Vampires?

My PCs have a spear which is able to cast the Daylight Spell. Would this have any effect on Vampires in the spell radius like regular Sunlight would or would it just be considered Bright light for the ...