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 doppelgangers neuter?

Because of their shapechanging ability, I was wondering if Doppelgangers have a sex or are they sexless? Are they male, female or neither? Does it differ between editions of D&d?
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What is Aya Glenmiir's “small, furry creature”?

In the Adventurer's League adventure Suits of the Mists a character is introduced to the party: One of the patrons of the inn, an elf who displays the trappings of an arcanist and seems to be ...
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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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Is there an iconic monster or creature for each alignment?

In my D&D 5e game, I have a custom cosmology, and I'm currently working on a concept for an afterlife plane where any sentient creature who enters is sorted by alignment and guided to the ...
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How and why does Vecna's curse transform wizards into Nothics?

The description for the Nothic in the 5e Monster Manual contains the following text: Rather than gaining the godlike supremacy they crave, some wizards who devote their lives to unearthing ...
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What's the point of the Legendary Detect action?

Every Ancient Dragon has Detect as a Legendary Action: Detect. The dragon makes a Wisdom (Perception) check. Unless I'm missing something, this seems to be a worthlessly ambiguous action. PHB ...
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Can confusion cause a creature to move AND attack?

The confusion effect on the Gibbering Mouther and Umber Hulk contains this text: On a 1 or 8, the creature makes one melee attack against a random creature, or it does nothing if no creature is ...
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Adding monsters to party. How to balance challenge rating. [duplicate]

So a party of 4 level 4 PC's got an earth elemental. Personally I use Kobold Fight Club to manage my PC's encounters. Although I don't this elemental to make the game no longer balanced when fighting ...
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Can a mindless creature count as a willing target?

Can a mindless construct (let's say it was given motion by Animate Objects) or other mindless creature count as a willing creature for the purpose of spell effects and targeting? Let's say, for ...
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How can a party defend against the Nightmare Haunting action of a Night Hag?

This question was asked previously with respect to D&D 3.5: What are the ways that a CR-appropriate party can stop a Night Hag's dream haunting? There are some interesting answers there, but ...
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Do summoned creatures give extra experience points, or are they part of the summoner's XP?

Let's say we fight a dretch worth 600 XP. That dretch summons 2 more dretches, each usually also worth 600 XP. If we defeat all three dretches, would we get 600 XP or 1800 XP?
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Would a mummy (undead) react to a minor illusion?

In our present campaign we were fighting mummies. A character (Bard) wanted to cast minor illusion to distract or slow the mummy with an illusion of fire. Would this affect a mummy?
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Mechanics of how to kill a hydra

In a session where I was the DM, I made my players fight a hydra. In the end I had to end the battle by stating the hydra became unconscious. It was at 0 hitpoints for a good 4 turns before I made my ...
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How to create a Marine Monster?

By Marine Monster I mean a creature which lives in water, such as The Kraken. There's no marine monster (that I could find) in any manual. Also I found that there are not enough options in the ...
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Can a melee character do heavy weapon damage?

I have a martial arts Harrowed. Does real well with his fists. With Soul Eater he can even do some magic damage. Has a coup that gives him Burrow to deal with ranged. I like having an answer to every ...
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Properties of unicorn blood

What are the properties of unicorn blood in D&D 5e? I can't find anything in the DMG, PHB or Monster Manual.
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How does the amulet wearer control a Shield Guardian, and when does it act?

I'm unclear on several details of how a Shield Guardian works. (MM p. 271) It is bound to an amulet wearer: Bound: The shield guardian is magically bound to an amulet. As long as the guardian and ...
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Are Half-Elves immune to the paralyzing property of a Ghoul's Claw action?

The Ghoul's Claw attack in the Monster Manual (p.148) has the rider of forcing a save or paralyzing a creature if the target: ... is a creature other than an elf or undead ... My question is ...
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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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How to determine what the stats of a specific deity should be?

When reading in the DMG about the Nine Hells, I got curious what Asmodeus' powers actually might be. I was assuming I would find this in the MM, but I couldn't find even a hint. The section about the ...
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What is the meaning behind the OD&D and AD&D Treasure Types that monsters have?

What is the meaning behind all of the treasure types monsters have listed in OD&D and AD&D? I know that Treasure Type A represents Humans and the things they collect, while Treasure Type H ...
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Are there rules for determining the hp, THAC0, and saves of frost giant shamans?

The 2nd edition Monster Manual says that frost giants can be shamans up to 7th level. How are these levels added to the normal stats of a frost giant? Are there any rules for that, or is it left to ...
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How many horrifying visages can affect a PC?

I'm making a dungeon with a bunch of ghosts in it. The situation is: Time Stop is cast by a necromancer using an artifact at the very end of the dungeon. The PCs will see the whole dungeon, realize ...
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Do different monsters cooperate? Do I need to justify it when they do?

I'm new to GMing, and am having difficulty with understanding how often different types of monsters interact cooperatively (so to speak). In keeping with trying to give my PC's variety, and to also ...
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Do would-be Tarrasque slayers need to cast a wish spell?

In previous editions part of what made the Tarrasque so difficult an opponent was its ability to rise from the dead (even if disintegrated) unless the party used a wish spell to prevent its ...
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How can a character escape after being engulfed by a shambling mound?

A shambling mound will be attacking the party I DM for during tonight's session, and I am unsure about how to deal with the monster's Engulf feature. The shambling mound's multiattack action states ...
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Wild shape monster save DC.

When you are wild shaping into a monster do you use your own or the monsters hit dice for the sake of determining the DC for the abilities of that creature?
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What is a 'yochi virago'?

The "yochi virago" was mentioned by name in the AD&D module Reverse Dungeon - two of them were accompanying a drow expedition. It's implied they were demons summoned by the priestesses but I've ...
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How can PCs find how to restore Horrifying Visage aging?

The Horrifying Visage attack of a D&D 5e ghost involves a Wisdom saving throw with a haunting failure ramification: If the save fails by 5 or more, the target also ages 1d4*10 years. ...
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What is a mimic's “true form”?

The D&D 5E Monster Manual's entry for mimics it mentions that it "reverts to its true form when it dies." I'm assuming a chest isn't its true form. What actually is its true form?
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Ogre CR calculation: is it wrong or am I missing something?

My question is about the basic ogre CR calculation in the monster manual, which doesn't make senses to me. I tried to make a concept of an "armored ogre" with chain mail and pikes (AC 16 and 15 ...
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Are there higher CR than the Tarrasque in D&D 5?

We were discussing with a DM friend of mine about the challenge ratings in D&D 5, and I affirmed the highest known to this day in the official content is the Tarrasque, with a CR of 30. He then ...
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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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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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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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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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Are creatures attack stats based on attributes / proficiency? [duplicate]

The Brown Bear seems to be equivalent to a fourth level character with D10 as hit dice. It has STR +4, and thanks to its 'level' a proficiency bonus of +2. Based on those stats, its to-hit should be ...
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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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How does Fomorian Evil Eye work?

On p. 136 of the Monsters Manual, Evil Eye is an Action that applies damage (or half on a failed Charisma save). The next entry in Actions is the Curse of the Evil Eye, which says: With a stare, ...
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Why is the Werewolf's CR as high as 3?

I'm trying to better understand the Werewolf so that I can design my own varieties of homebrew Werewolves for my campaign. I started by adding together all the stats of the Monster Manual's Werewolf ...
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Does a Bodak's gaze attack work on an invisible target?

Does a Bodak's Death Gaze attack work on a creature that is invisible? Or does the Bodak need to actively be able to see the creature to use the attack? I am running a D&D 3.5 campaign and ...
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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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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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Does a PC transformed into a slaad retain their mind, stats, and class abilities?

If the blue slaad hits you with his claws and you fail the save, what will happen for the PC when they are transformed into a green or red slaad? Will they keep their own personality, or will they ...
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Can you safely wear animated armor?

Assume a team of my players defeated an Animated Armor, which broke apart. One of the players states that if it is armor, than he can take it and use it. DM decided that the armor is damaged and ...
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Does getting information about a monster in combat take an action?

When the heroes enter a combat and want to know information about their enemies (keywords, strengths, weaknesses etc) would the ability check require an action or is this a free action? I have read ...
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Do minotaurs from Dragonlance eat human flesh?

Do minotaurs from Dragonlance eat human flesh? I am interested in running one from that setting who ended up in a different realm (through Spelljammer shenanigans) and I was wondering what their views ...
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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 ...
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Where does the distinction between “Mind Flayer” and “Illithid” come from?

I know that a Mind Flayer is an Illithid, and vice versa. And I know in some of the D&D fiction, like Forgotten Realms and the like, that Mind Flayers refer to themselves or their race as ...
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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 ...