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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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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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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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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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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Goblin's Challenge Rating and Nimble Escape

So I'm trying to tinker with a few custom monsters and decided to give one Nimble Escape. As a reference, I tried to see how nimble escape interacts with creatures that already possess this ability: ...
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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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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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Is a Water Weird invisible even while attacking (in water)?

Is a Water Weird invisible while attacking in water or does the invisibility stop while in combat? If the creature remains invisible, all attacks against it are at disadvantage and attacks the Water ...
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How to modify a bulette to challenge a level 10 party?

In my campaign, the PCs have been tasked with removing a group of bulettes from a mining claim. I plan on using standard bulettes as a lead-up to a 'boss fight' where I would like a larger (perhaps cr ...
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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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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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What is a rolton?

In 1999 I found a parody of The Twelves Days of Christmas to have a Dungeons & Dragons feel to it. It wasn't until I started playing D&D in 2014 that I realised it was based on D&D when I ...
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Ring of mind-shielding against detect thoughts

Say a doppelganger tries to read someone wearing a ring of mind shielding- does it read what the wearer wants it to think or does the wearer's mind come across as a blank void?
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Are there sourced statements about what inspired the D&D Demogorgon visuals

Wikipedia states: Demogorgon is based on the invented, supposedly pagan god or demon Demogorgon, which was first spoken of by Christian scholars as a being whose very name is taboo. A creature ...
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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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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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How would someone go about training magical animals (such as hydras)?

We were playing in a good friend of mine's campaign, and while he's smart he's pretty new, so sometimes the players get one over on him. We ended up in a tournament against a hydra, and my druid came ...
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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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Leveling up a Monster

Assuming I'd like to make a monster in the manual a bit stronger, and I'd like to level it up, how is it done? It's clear that it gets 100 extra PD. Also, since his presence increases, so does its ...
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Why are constructs so hard to build?

Golems and other constructs have a long history in Dungeons & Dragons and its spinoffs, but, almost invariably, it's extremely difficult for PCs to create them, and they often have varying ...
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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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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 powerful does a demon need to be to leave a Cacodemon upon death?

From the Demonomicon: When a particularly powerful demon perishes, its soul might persist for a time as a cacodemon. Naturally only demons with souls can undergo this: Obyriths and ...
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Does Gaining a Second Natural Attack Decrease My Primary Attack Damage?

I have a Ogre Spider that gained the Slam attack thanks to a template. The Ogre Spider has only one natural attack by default, but what I wonder is whether the Bite loses the 1½ Strength mod ...
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False Appearance, Movement, Surprise, and the Unseen Attacker bonus

Related to How should I implement False Appearance? but that does not answer my questions about surprise and movement... A Darkmantle has the "False Appearance" property which allows it to be ...
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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 is the space size of a Colossal Animated Ship?

In Pathfinder I am currently trying to design a few encounters with a supposed ghost ship (actually a Colossal Animated Object) complete with a crew of Haunted Objects (again, Animated Objects), but I ...
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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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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 to calculate the Dusk Giant's stats?

I am trying to make the stat-block of a Dusk Giant (Heroes of Horror p. 147) which has advanced to 24 HD. However, trying to add up all the Cannibalize bonuses, it doesn't seem to add up with the ...
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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 ...
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Stats for Birthright's The Spider that are compatible with 5e

Looking for D&D 5e stats for The Spider in Birthright. A conversion from an earlier edition, if there ever was published stats for The Spider, or a suggestion of a reasonable stats for 5e will be ...
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How much would Sanctuary affect a monster's CR?

I'm currently designing a Cleric "monster" according to the guidelines in the DMG. So far, the stats are falling short of my expectations, so I've decided that the cleric casts sanctuary on itself ...
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Does a Rust Monster's Rust (Su) apply to other kinds of touch attacks it makes?

I have a rust monster with the Greater Trip and Fury's Fall feats and the ability to cast a handful of spells, which opens up some situations I've not seen before. If I make a trip attempt with a ...
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How much does ongoing damage add to the average damage when creating a monster?

GMing D&D 4e, I got used to creating new monsters and it's been quite simple so far with the guidance of the errata and observation of the Monster Manual 3 damage expressions. But here is ...
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How to decide the level of new monsters? [closed]

I'm running a D&D sandbox (with my own variant of D&D, of course, but it is reasonably compatible with old versions of D&D and various retroclones), and I use several adventure modules and ...
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What should a PC expect when having an encounter with higher level monster?

I will tell my game first. So in my game, (a paladin and a ranger) we have an encounter with two dire rats. S1 and S2 indicates Ranger and Paladin. a and b indicates dire rats The game starts ...
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Is there a playable correlation between CR and level in 5e?

Let's say that I'm about to run a combat-heavy 3rd level one-shot for a group of players. Balance and challenge rating is still very important, but one of my players says he'd like to play a humanoid ...
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Clarifying the wraith's Life Drain attack

May contain spoilers for a published 5e campaign. I'm not referring to how their stats are different to reflect their CR's. Both of their attacks refer to the effect of reducing HP maximums on a ...
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How would removing tail spikes from a manticore affect its challenge rating?

One creature omitted from the 5th Edition MM is the Dragonne, and I have considered modifying stats for the manticore to create a 5E dragonne. Most of the changes would be cosmetic except for removing ...