Under your bed. In your closet. Is it better to out-monster the monster or to be quietly devoured? This tag covers questions relating to monstrous antagonists.

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How can one establish communication with intelligent creatures lacking language?

The ice toad (Frostburn 140-1) is a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 6 yet no language. Beyond being conceptually annoying and making me feel bad for the handful of aberrant genius ice ...
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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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How are statistics for zombie versions of creatures determined?

I am trying to make a centaur zombie but am confused as to how it is done. The two examples of the ogre and the beholder make no sense: The ogre loses 3 AC but gains 26 HP while remaining ...
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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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Can maho or Oni powers harm creatures of the Lying Darkness?

The Way of Shadow says that creatures (or perhaps “extensions” might be a more fitting term) of the Lying Darkness could be harmed by weapons of crystal. What about beings of Jigoku or the ...
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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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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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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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Were Illithids inspired by Cthulhu?

Mind Flayers seem to look a whole lot like Cthulhu. Is there any relationship/inspiration between the two?
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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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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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Does a character have a penalty attacking an attached Stirge?

A Stirge attacks and on hit it attaches to the body of the adventurer and start draining blood. This "attached" or "have attached" status is not a regular condition, but in the monster description is ...
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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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How can I recreate King Leoric as a solo monster for a level 7 party of five?

I'd like to create a monster for my players to fight in an upcoming adventure. The Skeleton King They'll be fighting the skeleton of a decades-dead king in his throne room, with the goal of ...
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Does an aarakocra's talons attack use Strength or Dexterity?

Do Aarakocra talons use STR or DEX for attack and damage? I’ve checked Monster Manual p.12 to have some clues and the higher stat for Aarakocra monster is Dex and damage is based on dex (+2) the ...
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I'm Trying to Find the Race that's basically a Lizardfolk-Centaur?

I swear I've seen a drawing of what I can only describe as a Lizardfolk-Centaur. Where it's a Lizardfolk's near-term w/ 2 arms on top and what looks like a large monitor lizard's body w/ 4 clawed, ...
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How can an aristocracy be perpetuated between creatures that can't interbreed?

The 25-year-old human prince of a 50-year-old small nation (total population maybe 100,000 spread out in a rather large valley among settlements no larger than 5,000 creatures each) is looking to ...
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Are there any lich-type enemies for low level parties [closed]

I like the concept of a lich but the one in the MM would mop the floor with all but the highest-level parties (and probably even them). Are there any similar antagonists that low or mid-level PCs have ...
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How should I implement False Appearance?

In the MM, several creatures have the ability False Appearance, which is described with the general structure (emphasis mine) While [the creature] remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from ...
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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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What furniture does a beholder have in its personal quarters?

A beholder's lair is made up of several chambers and... The farthest chamber from the entrance is the beholder’s personal quarters, where the creature sleeps and studies any magic treasure it has ...
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How to proceed when characters want to attack the tentacles of a Kraken?

Ok, so this might be a bit complicated. D&D 4th edition might get you in really, really weird situations sometimes and what worries me is not the logic decision behind things but the balance ...
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Do Dragonwrought Kobolds Incur Age Penalties if They're Not True Dragons?

I was just wondering if the question on whether Dragonwrought Kobolds are true dragons or not have any bearing on whether or not they get age penalties to their physical stats? Please back up your ...
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How many times must prerequisite spells be cast when using a dedicated wright?

This is a dedicated wright. Appearances aside, he's pretty spiffy, a construct created by busy magic item craftsmen to create more stuff. The dedicated wright's supernatural ability item creation ...
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What is a Cacodaemon in D&D 3.5e?

The Fiendish Codex I mentions Ahrimanes, the Chief of the Cacodaemons (p.155). But what exactly a Cacodaemon is goes unmentioned. They're mentioned in 4e, AD&D 1e and Pathfinder, but as far as I ...
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Is there any way to repair an item damaged by a Rust Monster?

The Rust Monster (MM p.262) can inflict a "permanent and cumulative -1 penalty" to the damage of weapons, or to the AC of armor or shields. Is there any way to repair this damage?
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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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Is there any good place on the internet that hosts monster playtests?

I've been a DM for a while for 3.5. I've run many NPC characters, however only a small fraction of monsters out of the books (comparatively). Also, I like to use templates liberally as well as advance ...
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Can a monster use its other actions during a Multiattack?

I'm running my first ever campaign as DM using the modified Starter Set (Mines of Phandelver). One of the monsters (Nothic) has a stat block (under Actions) that states that the monster has 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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confirmation on how Incite Rampage works on the Gnoll pack lord

"Multiattack. The gnoll makes two attacks, either with its glaive or its longbow, and uses its Incite Rampage if it can."(Monster Manual 163) I take that to mean that Incite rampage can replace one ...
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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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Can monsters with multiattack take grapple and shove actions?

If lets say... an Owlbear which has the multiattack trait wants to knock someone down and grapple them. Can the owlbear replace the 2 attack actions covered under the multiattack with a grapple and a ...
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Are the monsters in the MM actually following the monster creation rules?

The guidelines for making your own monsters are based around the Monster Statistics by Challenge Rating table on p274. Inspired by this question regarding Animated Armor (MM 19), which is CR1, let's ...
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How do Templates/monsters stack?

I was thinking of various monsters from popular fiction (specifically the 5 nights at freddy's robots), and I wondered. is it possible to have an undead construct? How do templates work in the game? ...
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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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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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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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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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Does the Daylight spell hurt Vampires?

My PCs have a spear which is able to cast the Daylight Spell. Would this have any effect on Vampires in the spell radius like regular Sunlight would or would it just be considered Bright light for the ...
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Calculating and balancing challenge ratings

Are there standard rules for calculating CR of groups? For example, in my Pathfinder bestiary, a single Stirge is listed as CR 1/2, and a group of 2d4 (average 5) of them is listed as an average CR 4. ...
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What's a suitable mount for an Ogre?

My players just managed to seriously anger an Ogre Mage who's leader of a couple of Ogre tribes. I'm thinking about having some of the Ogres mounted though - the question is what would they ride? I ...
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How do I find a list of monsters meeting unusual criteria?

On the d20pfsrd site there is an excellent monster search feature that lets you narrow down creatures by terrain, creature type, etc. However there are limitations to the search. In particular ...
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Can a Creature with Multiattack use it on an Opportunity Attack?

I am familiar with both concepts in D&D 5E — an opportunity attack allows the creature to take one reaction to make an attack; a multiattack allows monsters with the ability to take a number of ...
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How can I create a playable monster in DnD 5e?

In the 3.5e we had the level adjustment, but I didn't find it or any rule talking about it, on the 5e. How can I create a Vampire or a Lycanthrope or a Half-Dragon? There is a mention about "as ...
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Do Druid animal companions go up in size with HD and gain size-based stat increases?

I have an animal companion which has just gained its 5th HD. On page 291 of Monster Manual 1, the Improving Monsters section says that an increase in Size also changes stats. Do animal companions ...
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Is there a creature similar to The Thing? [closed]

Adventure Plot: Group of adventurers, either by accident or mission, stumble across mysterious remains. The remains, unbeknownst to the adventurers, begin to "assimilate" first the NPC's. ...
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Are there any “linked” creatures that can only be defeated in tandem?

I am planning on building an encounter based on this post about a zombie and a ghost coming from the same body. The idea is the players will have to defeat both the body (the zombie) and then do ...
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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 much does a large monstrous spider weigh?

The first spider shape an arachnomancer gets will be a small, medium, and large monstrous spider. Let's just talk about large size for the sake of argument. According to a National Geographic ...