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 are the racial traits for mind-flayers?

I'm planning on making a Mind-flayer character for D&D 5e and need their traits. I need to know special abilities, stat modifiers, and other things needed for character creation. A site that ...
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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 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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Ghost possession and casting spells?

Recently our DM threw a ghost at us, it was fun, someone got possessed (our druid) but she unleashed all her most powerful spells on us. Okay, no biggy, it was LoL and awesome and we won so meh. But ...
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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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Does a spellcaster know when their spell has no effect?

Suppose a cleric casts Zone of Truth on a captured enemy. Unbeknownst to them, the enemy is a raksasha. Zone of Truth says (PHB, p. 289): You know whether each creature succeeds or fails on its ...
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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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What are the effects of splash weapons and other non-magical sources of energy damage on golems?

Golems are, with very scarce exceptions, immune to spells, except for a few that affect them normally or have different effects (an iron golem takes damage from rusting spells, an ice golem takes full ...
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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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What determines monster proficiency for skills not listed in the Monster Manual?

For each creature in the Monster Manual, a few special cases are listed for skill checks if applicable. For every other skill check, how do you determine whether the monster has proficiency? (...
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How do a gremlin's unluck aura and Perfect Strike interact?

The benefit of the feat Perfect Strike says You can roll your attack roll twice and take the higher result. If one of these rolls is a critical threat, the other roll is used as your confirmation ...
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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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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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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 a willing lycanthrope be True Polymorphed?

Can a lycanthrope or other shapeshifter be willingly affected by the spell True Polymorph? I know that it can be affected by regular Polymorph, but the text for the enhanced version seems to differ.
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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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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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Mimic's adhesive

I discovered that mimics have a natural adhesive, but I have a lot of issues about how it actually works. A mimic exudes a thick slime that acts as a powerful adhesive, holding fast any ...
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Are the Monster Lore paragraphs from the printed manuals available online?

I got a subscription for DD Insider and have been especially satisfied with the online compendium: being able to quickly open the relevant monster entries in seperate tabs during an encounter has ...
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What monster tokens are these?

Here is a snap shot of some monsters that I found while being bored today. I couldn't identify what the monsters were (sort of). the monster on the top left marked (3) turns out to be a "Vampire ...
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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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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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Reading the racial modifier to skills in a monster's stat block

Below is a snippet from the stat block of a ghost scorpion: Skills Perception +4, Stealth +8; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception, +4 Stealth What is the correct way to interpret the proper bonus to the ...
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Are there limitations on devilbound creatures?

I am confused about Devilbound creatures, which seems terribly overpowered. Especially the pit fiend bound ones. A creature bound to a pit fiend is able to throw quickened fireballs three times a day,...
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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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Advancing a Choker

I'm designing an encounter into which I'd like to include a Choker, but I'd like to make it lawful evil and give it levels in Monk. Would its Constrict special attack (extraordinary ability) damage ...
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What does adding HD to a construct affect?

I am building a Homunculus, and I want to add 3 HD to it so it has 5 HD. However, I'm not clear on what happens as a result of these HD being added. I've read the monster advancement page, but all I'm ...
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How does one calm, then tame a Natural Beast?

I read in this question that to tame a Natural Beast creature that one must first calm, then tame, then train. Also, that this is achieved through an "extended" challenge. Is this true? And, if so, ...
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How do you determine hit points in 5e for custom monsters?

Before anyone says it, I did look in the DMG. The table listed there is, as far as I'm concerned, completely useless if one's starting from a certain CR. The hit points column puts down a range of hit ...
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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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What are some good unusual races for Shadowmancers?

I have an idea for a Shadowcaster/Child of Night character, but I'm not sure what race would work best for it. I kinda wanted to use one of the more exotic playable races or even something playable ...
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What are Metal Kobolds?

I've recently purchased the Monster Codex for Pathfinder and found an interesting passage in the introduction to Kobolds. It reads that in rare cases, there are those born with metallic scales that ...
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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 ...
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How are monsters/creatures/npcs presented in Fate setting manuals?

Background I'd like to add a list of creatures, monsters, and characters to a Fate project, like the D&D Monster Manual. I understand that the GM usually writes NPCs custom per game, but I want ...
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Reverse engineering the Hydra CR

There is no info on the hydra traits "multiple heads", so i'm trying to reverse engineer it, here are my thoughs. Effective attack CR 8: Five attacks (1 per head), 10 damage each for an average of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can a Winged Kobold drop any heavy object as an attack?

In the Monster Manual, Winged Kobolds have the Dropped Rock attack, which does damage to one creature directly below it. I know the Kobold doesnt usually have a bag of holding full of large rocks (...
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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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How can I include Dresden-Files-style vampires in my Pathfinder game?

I have a concept for a campaign that uses a Dresden-Files environment in a medieval fantasy setting, but for reasons of familiarity and experience prefer to use the Pathfinder system. I specifically ...
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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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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?