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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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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NPCs and Enemies using Feats

I am currently DMing my first campaign in D&D 5E and had opened up the use of feats to the players. I really like how feats give each of the players another way to differentiate from one another. ...
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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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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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Should I replace the swarm with the individual creature after enough damage?

So one thing I found odd in the DM's Basic Rules v0.1pdf was a large list of animals that seemed so insignificant as to wonder why it was included in the PDF. For example, the "Rat" monster, has 1 ...
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About monster definition and distinctions

I was having a discussion with some guy and I argued that I think D&D made distinctions between monsters and regular characters since earlier editions, and it even employed different mechanics. ...
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How can I convert the Necromorphs from Dead Space to Savage Worlds?

I'm making a Savage setting for Dead Space, and I'm really unsure about this part. I understand I need to compare the monsters to regular humans, for instance, and try to determine their stats from ...
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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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How long would it take to raise a Wyvern?

In the monster manual, it states that if you get it as a hatchling, you can raise a wyvern much easier but how long would that take? It doesn't state how old they can live and how long it takes an egg ...
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How can I improve roleplaying as monsters during the encounters?

Lately, I've noticed regadrless of the game and edition, my games pretty much flow as a Final Fantasy Game: Roll Initiatives, and spend the whole encounter being a piñata that hits the players back ...
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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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How can keepers be optimized?

I don't know what to do with these guys. I liked their fluff enough that I put them in the campaign and now, when it's time to use them, I'm at a loss. The Keeper One of the power groups the PCs ...
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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 ...
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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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What are the highest level solo monsters in all official supplements released for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons?

Which is the highest level solo monster in all current supplements released for DnD 4.0? I think that it is Bahamut, but there are too many books which I'm not aware of (and also I have read somewhere ...
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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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Good source material for building a Kobold empire?

The game I'm currently running is starting to go up in scope and one thing I'm really looking forward to doing is introducing an empire of Kobolds. Are there any good books on what these would look ...
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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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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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How fast do AD&D 2nd Edition encumbered horses move?

Background The first printing of the AD&D 2nd Edition Player's Handbook (TSR 2101) from 1989 lists the carrying capacities for horses in Table 49 on page 78. "Light" encumbrance causes movement ...
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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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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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Where can I find the highest CR Vampire ever in an official adventure module?

Where can I find the highest-CR pre-built Vampire opponent in all of Dungeon & Dragons 3e and 3.5 (as that is my favored system) or Pathfinder? I am looking for official adventure modules and ...
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What makes a creature Aberrant?

Aberrant creatures are native to or corrupted by the Far Realm. But what other than origin makes something thematically of the Far Realm?
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Is there such a thing as a Magically Animated Coin Monster?

In today's session of the D&D 5e campaign I'm participating in, our party had to fight what was essentially a anthromorphic, magically animated, pile of gold coins with a weakness to fire (it was ...
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Monsters that are more dangerous when knocked down/forced movement

A PC who can knock mobs prone or force their movement can wreck an encounter singlehandedly. So...thinking of ways to get around this, other than the bad idea of completely neutralizing the power by ...
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How can I make a shapeshifter that takes human forms?

I want to make an NPC who can change into different human forms. The concept I'm forming is the character is committing a string of murders, and the PCs have additional problems tracking the killer ...
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Is my monsters CR correct?

So I made a monster for D&D 5e. It's a multi-elemental elephant called the Elementalphant and its CR comes out to be about 8-9, but that kinda seems low. If I were to throw it against my party of ...
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Can a vampire enter a temple?

My party will be going to a temple soon, and I'm wondering if a vampire (who is stalking them unbeknownst to the party) will be able to enter. It's to an evil god, but the ground is still technically ...
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Advancing a monster with spell-like abilities

I am interested in advancing an Efreeti to 16 HD and thus making it huge. My question is about advancing a monster with spell-like abilities. Would the caster level - currently 12 - increase by ...
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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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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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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 to avoid Werewolves

I'm playing D&D 3.5 and we are about to travel through lands where Werewolves are living. There aren't many of them but we need to deceive them somehow, so that, if it comes to a fight, we don't ...
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How do you as GM's level/de-level monsters in adventures that are premade

I am getting ready to start a new campaign that was made for higher level characters. I want to use the campaign but want to lower the monster levels and may want to raise monster levels inthe future. ...
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Are there errors in the save bonus values within the stat blocks of some 5e monster Manual stat blocks (e.g. Dracoliches)?

Are the save bonuses of some monsters in the Monster Manual (5E) miscalculated? Looking at the dracolich (pg 84) for example, I see that it's save bonuses seem to be calculated as ability bonus +5. ...
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What determines when a monster qualifies for a bonus feat?

Is there a rule for when a monster qualifies for a bonus feat in Pathfinder? For example, among small elementals, water elementals have no bonus feats, earth elementals have one, and air and fire ...
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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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Where can I find miniatures for AD&D monsters?

This is a follow-on to this question. I am looking specifically for only monster, not character or NPC, miniatures from the 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual, Fiend Folio, ...
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How would I build a Tsuchigumo in D&D 4e?

I need help building a monster(s). I want a Tsuchigumo from Japanese folklore. I'm aiming for the under ground race/spider shapeshifter cross-blend, having these be a community from the Feywild that ...
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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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Examples of “High Technology” Monsters/Traps in D&D

In my home-spun campaign, players are about to discover the ruins of an ancient city. Long ago, there was a civilization with an advanced level of technology, which is now dead. I'm thinking of ...
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Is there a good way to boost monsters with character levels?

I want my Doppelganger villain in my D&D 5e game to be a worthy match for my level 7 party, but since it's CR 3, if they get it into combat, though it will be fun, it won't last long. Is there a ...
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How do I tailor a Solo Monster for 1st level characters on D&D Next?

I'm running my first campaign of D&D Next and I'm tailoring some custom monsters, and using some of the weakest from the Monster Manual from the Playtest (I'm using the October 2013 document). ...
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Can a vampire cross running water in Pathfinder?

(Inspired by some comments in this question) In D&D 3.5 and earlier, vampires couldn't cross running water - even over a bridge or on a boat (I vaguely remember them being able to do so if they ...
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2e Monster Multiple Attacks - To Hit Penalty Per Each or No Penalty Applied

During a session a player asked if it were allowable for the bullywugs to have 3 unmodified attacks, claiming that even monsters natural attacks should be imposed with a -2 and then a -4 to hit ...
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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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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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What's the impact of a monster being immune to Unconscious?

Some monsters have immunity to being Unconscious. Since monsters die when they hit 0 HP (barring a PC deliberately inflicting nonlethal damage), what's the impact of this? Do they fight on when ...
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How do I create a balanced “Glass Cannon” monster? [closed]

I have a good handle on 4e monster creation, but there is one particular role missing for me that the current monsters don't satisfy, and I need assistance making sure it works well. I want a monster ...