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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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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Build A Better Swarm

I am currently GM'ing an urban based campaign and one of the plot hooks I've come up with is the city's rats getting more and more violent, attacking people on the street in broad daylight. Eventually ...
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What makes something a signature monster?

I've seen the term "signature monster" thrown around a lot but I'm not exactly following it. What makes these monsters signature? What makes any monster signature to a given game? Is D&D the only ...
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Resisted energy types and immunity

I would like to know the distribution of energy resistances and immunities in 3.5 monsters, and especially the four basic types fire, cold, electricity and acid. It is often said that fire is most ...
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Playing (some) monster races without racial HD

I'm interested in whether it is possible to play certain (monstruous) humanoids from MM without adding their racial HD, whist at the same time preserving balance. What exactly would I need to do to ...
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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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Do Charm/Hold Person or psionic equivalents work on Lycanthropes?

Is a Lycanthrope affected by Charm/Hold person or similar psionic powers? I see that it has the Shapchanger subtype, but I don't know what that implies here. Does that mean a human infected with ...
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D&D 5th Edition Modify Multiple Monster XP Encounter

I'm a new DM and finding it a bit difficult to challenge my group that wants the glorious battles style of game play. When I asked them what they wanted from the campaign, the consensus was that they ...
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Can a construct be undestroyed?

The type construct includes this trait: Not at risk of death from massive damage. Immediately destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points or less. (MM 307) Besides the 9th-level Clr spell miracle ...
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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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Gelatinous Cube damage

This seems really basic, but I'm not really sure how to treat the case where a creature has been engulfed by a gelatinous cube. Does the creature simply take 1d6 acid damage as if it were attacked, or ...
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How do you activate a troll's variant rule: Loathsome Limbs?

The Monster Manual states that when a Troll takes 15 slashing damage at one time, it loses one of its limbs. What does "at one time" mean? Is it one weapon attack, as I suspect, or does a ...
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What book are the bloodvelds from?

Our DM and the other DM in our party distinctly recall seeing a creature called a "bloodveld" in a D&D 3.5e book. This creature is a colorless aquatic ooze that feeds on the blood of whatever it ...
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Can a DnD vampire or spawn use a mobile coffin?

The Vampire Spawn monster class from DnD 3.5e Libris Mortis states under their Fast Healing that If reduced to 0 hit points in combat, it automatically assumes gaseous form and attempts 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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What does the Moilian Barrow monster in the Tomb of Horrors Super Adventure look like?

From the read aloud text of encounter M3: Dark Barrow on p55 of the Tomb of Horrors Super Adventure: Bones and body parts are knitting themselves together into a larger mass in the rubble. There ...
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What are the dinosaur equivalents?

I need to pull together a list of dinosaur equivalents for D&D by name, what dinosaur they are equivalent to, and ideally book. I know the various monster manuals and other books have a bunch of ...
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How do monsters multiple attacks work?

In B/X, monsters have more various attacks. For example, an Owlbear has: 2 claw/1 Bite that deals 1d8 damage each. But how does this work? Can they use one attack per turn or all their attacks in one ...
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Do any editions of DnD have race/monster stats for Moggs?

I always liked including a variety of sub races or demographics for the major nations and races in my games. I'd always wanted more variety to goblins; not goblin-oids (Bugbears/Hobgoblins) but plain ...
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In creating a monster what cautions should be taken?

The DDI Adventure Tools make it very easy to refluff or restat a monster in no time. Creating a monster is still easy, but can be difficult due to trying to not create an overpowered monster. Aside ...
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Resources on undead and their creation [closed]

I'm searching for resources on the creation of undead and on undead in general, as I want to develop a new realm for my homebrew setting in which necromancy and magical-alchemical research on undead, ...
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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 ...
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Do hydras breathe X times or once?

Hydra (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/monsters/hydra.htm) text includes "...can breathe jets of fire 10 feet high, 10 feet wide, and 20 feet long. All heads breathe once every 1d4 rounds. Each jet deals ...
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How is treasure determined randomly for CR 21 or higher creatures?

The Magic Item Compendium says Step 1: Roll on Table A-1: Treasure, using the monster's CR to determine which row you will use. (265) Table A-1: Treasure only goes to Challenge Rating 20. The ...
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How many hit dice do monster player characters have?

Let's say we have party of humans and a minotaur(cr 4). Everybody is level 10, so according to Pathfinder's monsters as races rules minotaur should have 8th (let's say barbarian) level.And the ...
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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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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 should be the DC to identify monster vulnerabilities?

What should be the DCs for checks revealing monster vulnerabilities, damage reductions, and other qualities of the like? Knowing such facts about a monster can dramatically change the dynamic of a ...
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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 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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Half-man, half-snake monster in Pathfinder?

Nagas and Lamias have various representations in mythology and fiction. One of them is that of a human upper-body (waist up) and the lower body of a snake. What I'm looking for would have a torso, ...
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What's a good defense against silence?

Well, a dungeon master keeps throwing characters who can silence spells at me. It's a pain in the butt when trying to fight as a group, as most of my friends and I are casters. We're dealing with ...
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Are Demons and Half-Fiends considered Evil Outsiders for Favored Enemy?

Favored Enemy: Outsider(evil) is slightly confusing to me personally because when you look under fiends and demons the succubus is under both. Which demon is under outsider(evil) is this an exception ...
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Is a Gorgon's Petrifying Breath a poison attack?

I have a feeling that this is a DM fiat question, but the Gorgon has an action for "Petrifying Breath" that causes petrification if recipient fails two con saves. My question is whether or not this ...
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Is the HP in a Pathfinder monster stat-block the average HP or a base HP?

I'm a new GM and after running a session where two named NPCs were defeated before even having a turn I started to question if I was doing something wrong. One of my players (who GMs as well) asked ...
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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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How long does it take for a hippogriff egg to hatch?

One of my PC's bought a hippogriff and was wondering: how long does it take to hatch? The text does not say anything about how long. How should I determine the hatching time frame or the incubation ...
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When do monsters need to breathe?

I've been doing some work on monster design, and stumbled on a weird problem with monsters needing to breathe. In my current monster write up, I don't intend for breathing to be something that is ...
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Small Poisonous Monsters

Some monsters are poisonous, and make you roll to save against some unpleasant effects. Most of the mundane monsters poison their target through injury... And that's where it gets strange See, for ...
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How can an object hide the fact that it is Animated?

I am currently designing an encounter with an animated ship carrying a massive cargo of animated objects. However, the entire thing loses its magic when all that a player needs to do in order to ...
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Monster Space and German “Angriffsfläche”

Looking at the rules for various monsters, in the german prd (prd.5footstep.de) some monsters have a property called "Angriffsfläche". After looking at english entries for monsters, I am confused ...
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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 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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Is an animated object destroyed when it “dies”

When an object is animated as per the "Animate Object" spell, or a similar effect, it effectively becomes a creature. This creature is listed in the Monster Manual as an "Animated Object". What ...
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How can I judge rarity of monsters?

One of the things I like about 4e is the scalability of monsters. If I say, for example, that kobolds are common I can then make then the most common monster for encounters for quite a few levels. ...
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How would one alter the stats on animated armor to reflect a wooden statue instead?

I want to hit my (low-level) players with an animated ship's figurehead. I was toying with stats for the Sea Hag, but an animated suit of armor might work better. I'm thinking the damage resistances ...
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How many iterative attacks does an epic creature with class levels get?

A naztharune rakshasa (MM3 136-7) has from its Hit Dice a Base Attack Bonus of +11, 8 levels of rogue granting a Base Attack Bonus of +6, and 6 levels of scout (CW 10-13) granting a Base Attack Bonus ...
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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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Can any creature be tamed?

In my game, my PCs are always trying to tame a creature or monster with their Nature skill. Can any and all creatures/monsters be tamed and controlled/kept by using Nature or any other skill?
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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. ...