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 Hill and Frost Giants have a bigger damage bonus than their Strength bonus?

In the D&D 3.5 Monster Manual, a Hill Giant's damage entry shows: Greatclub +16 melee (2d8+10) A Hill Giant's strength bonus is +7. Since there doesn't appear to be any magic abilities or ...
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How is the save DC for a Half-Dragon's breath weapon calculated?

The Half Dragon template in D&D 5e states that, "The half-dragon has the breath weapon of its dragon half" though the sample given has a different save DC (15) than the wyrmling (13) it is based ...
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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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How can I boost the AC of a ghost dragon?

I am in the process of making a ghost dragon as a challenge for a mythic campaign, with a party of a druid, an alchemist, and a paladin. Applying the ghost template drastically reduces its AC from ...
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Where can I find Bullywug lore?

In D&D 4th Edition (the edition I play), Bullywugs are featured in the Monster Manual 2. However, the lore about them in this book is very thin, barely touching n anything about the race itself. ...
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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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Can a vampire use a Headband of Ferocity to avoid turning gaseous at 0 HP?

Does a vampire that's using a headband of ferocity (S&F, p. 77) get to not automatically turn gaseous when reduced to 0hp, so they can then do something else like quaff an inflict potion, rather ...
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What book contains this antlered humanoid fey?

In one of the later Monster Manuals, there was a Fey called something like "Master of the Forest" It took the form of a human male with antlers. Can anyone confirm or correct the name and tell me ...
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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 ...
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How to do mobs of monsters with class levels?

The level 11 PCs are going to raid a tower/school filled with low-level wizards/clerics/fighters of a variety of races and levels. Is there a more elegant way to simulate the massive amount of ...
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Drow, poison, and the lack thereof

In editions past, Drow are pretty well known for using poison. It's just "who they are". While playing some 5e and creating a side mission I thought, "I will add some Drow since they use ...
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Can a ghost see through the Darkness spell?

The description of the Ghost says: Ethereal Sight: The ghost can see 60 feet into the Ethereal Plane when it is on the Material Plane, and vice versa. And also It is visible on the Material ...
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How to kill a Boneleaf in D&D 3.5?

The Boneleaf is a monster in Heroes of Horror, D&D 3.5 page 143. The creature that the party generally encounters is actually a part of a much larger, subteranean monster that has 1D6+6 other ...
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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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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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How do I know which Attack a creature would use for an Opportunity Attack?

Take for example a Ruffian CR 1/2 creature, he has a Multiattack Action of 2 Shortswords both with a reach of 5 ft so when something provokes an Opportunity Attack against it, it is obvious that the ...
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What is the history of vampires having high natural armor class?

Based on this question to Order of the Stick #1002 featuring combat between the main protagonist and a vampire, I wonder what is historical motivation for D&D vampires being tough to hit, not ...
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How to summon an Invisible Stalker?

In the Monster Manual you can find the lore on this matter: Invisible stalkers are creatures native to the Elemental Plane of Air. They sometimes serve wizards and sorcerers, who summon them to ...
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Are any creatures in 5e immune to all disease according to the manuals?

In fifth edition D&D, do any of the manuals specify that a creature (besides players) can be immune to all diseases or is this left up to DM discretion? Say for example that the party comes up ...
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If a skeleton learns a language, can it speak it?

The skeleton description says that while it cannot speak it, it can understand the languages it knew in life. Can it not speak because of its undeath or could it learn to speak a language?
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Can maho or Oni powers harm creatures of the Lying Darkness?

The Way of Shadow says that creatures (or perhaps “extensions” might be a more fitting term) of the Lying Darkness can be harmed by weapons of crystal. What about beings of Jigoku or the Shadowlands ...
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Resource with Monsters Listed by Type?

I just bought the Monster Manual and the Dungeon Masters Guide. I noticed that Monsters are organized by CR and locations but not by type. Is there any resource that lists Monsters by type so I can ...
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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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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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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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What is the Challenge Rating of this custom “Volcanic Dragon”?

I came across the sheet of a super awesome Volcano Dragon, custom made for D&D 5e by someone much more experienced than me. I wanted to use that sheet, but we play 3.5e instead of 5e, so I had to ...
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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 creating sheets of sticky webbing work?

Web (Ex) Web spinners can create sheets of sticky webbing up to three times their size. They usually position these sheets to snare flying creatures but can also try to trap prey on the ground. ...
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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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How do attribute increases affect monsters with increased skills or saves?

For example an Ancient Black Dragon has 15 (+2) Wisdom. The formula for passive perception is 10 + WISMOD + Perception_Proficiency_Bonus. For a CR21 the proficiency bonus is +7, so it should have a ...
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Where do I find a “monster level” for monsters in the AD&D 2nd edition manuals?

I have the 2nd edition Dungeon Master Guide 1995 printing and the 2nd edition Monstrous Manual Book (not binder) 1994 printing. I can't find the a table with monster level like 1st edition had. Is it ...
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Can monsters with only Primary Natural Weapons do multiple attacks?

An example: A Dire Bear has two Claw Attacks and a Bite attack. According to my own knowledge of the rules as written, a creature with only primary natural weapons doesn't gets more attacks as the ...
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Are Secondary Natural Attacks needed to take advantage of Multiattack?

Rules on Multiattack state the following: Prerequisite: Three or more natural attacks. Benefit: The creature's secondary attacks with natural weapons take only a –2 penalty. Normal: Without ...
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What is the effect on a creature's CR if it can choose to hit on a miss?

Background: We're playing a high-powered god-centric game where players are direct agents of gods of a pantheon I created. For the next session, I want to surprise them and throw in a couple of ...
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Is it even worth playing a monster class in 3.5?

Monster Classes are completely crippled from what I see. You start out greatly underpowered and it's a slow climb to being half-way decent with most creature's insane Level Adjustment. You don't get ...
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Improved Grab and multiple Natural Weapons

Let us take a tiger as an example of a creature having solid chances of making full attack with multiple Natural Weapons each of which may be used to trigger Improved Grab. Let us also assume it hits ...
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How do I determine this monster's HP if I'm only given its HD?

The Hungry Coffin homebrew monster from Goblin Punch states the following: Hungry Coffin HD 6 AC 14 Slam 2d6 or 2d8 Swallow 1d6 + swallow Fly 9 Int 5 Morale 12 It says the Hungry Coffin has ...
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Is there an Aberration with a Negative Energy Breath Weapon at all in the lore?

Whether it's from D&D (any version) or Pathfinder doesn't really matter, this is lore/flavor intended anyways so I don't need the mechanics. I just need the name of the creature and where I can ...
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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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Adjusting Stats for Higher Level party [closed]

Can you give me some examples of how to increase the challenge rating of a basic giant spider to level 5 other than just hp, damage and AC? What would be your proposed monster set up.
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How long does it take for owlbears to mature? [closed]

As a druid I tamed an Owlbear Cub, and was wondering how long it would take for it to be helpful in battles.
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Stats of a creature when using “Body Thief”

An Intellect Devourer can crawl into a recently slain body and use it similarly to a Dominate Monster spell and it also has its defensive and offensive abilities. Let's say he takes the body of a ...
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How, exactly, does Red Court infection work?

What needs to be done in order for a human to be infected by a Red Court vampire? Everything I've seen on this point is pretty vague for some reason.
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How can I keep the Tarrasque “dead”?

From PFSRD: No form of attack can suppress the tarrasque's regeneration—it regenerates even if disintegrated or slain by a death effect. If the tarrasque fails a save against an effect that would ...
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How common is Damage Reduction on monsters in Pathfinder?

I was thinking of building a Summoner for a game of Pathfinder. I kinda like the idea of a cat-like Eidolon that can deal a lot of damage by pouncing a target and just shredding them. Going through ...
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Have I missed how to calculate the DC for knowing Monster characteristics?

My players often want to see if they know something about a monster or not, specially stuff like weaknesses and resistances. I have this idea that there should be somewhere in the MM or DMG explaining ...
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How are statistics for zombie versions of creatures determined?

I am trying to make a centaur zombie but am confused as to how it is done. The two examples of the ogre and the beholder make no sense: The ogre loses 3 AC but gains 26 HP while remaining ...
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How can you train/tame monsters & magical beasts?

Some background. My party recently went up against a Cloud Ray (MMII p.49 INT 2) and decided they were going to bring it down non-lethally in order to make it their pet/mascot. Unfortunately as much ...
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How do arrows work against Lava Children?

Lava children have metal immunity meaning all metal passes through them and they straight up ignore metal. How would arrows work against them?
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Are there poltergeist-like undead in D&D?

My character is a cleric necromancer looking for utility-type undead. I'd like to find a low-HD undead critter to Command who would be able to act as an Unseen servant (pick up small objects, trigger ...