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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Can becoming a familiar make an improved familiar stupider?

The feat Improved Familiar (DMG 200) says that Improved familiars otherwise use the rules on page 52 of the Player’s Handbook, with two exceptions: If the creature’s type is something other than ...
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Sources for officially published GURPS monsters

When I recently purchased the Dungeon Fantasy collection of monsters, I noticed that most of the listed monsters are not "every-game" monsters. It seems to be lacking simple goblins, harpies, etc. ...
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How do Savage Progressions, Savage Species' HD and LA rules, and Rebuilding interact?

The Level Adjustment rules (found in the Unearthed Arcana, and updated somewhat in the Savage Progression web articles) allow one to reduce the LA portion of a character's ECL (Effective Character ...
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How do I play a dumb and stupid and Intelligent Hill Giant?

The Hill Giant (DW p.272) is described thusly: Ever seen an ogre before? Bigger than that. Dumber & meaner, too. In addition, it has the move Do something stupid. However, it has the ...
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Are Erinyes' Hellish Weapons poisonous in a PC's hands?

So the entry for Erinyes has the following: Hellish Weapons. The erinyes's weapon attacks are magical and deal an extra 13 (3d8) poison damage on a hit (included in the attacks). Then we ...
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Does Curse of the Evil Eye affect all saving throws and ability checks?

We have the below snippet from the description of the Curse of the Evil Eye ability from Fomorian's statblock. (MM. Page 136) ...On a failed save, the creature is also cursed with magical ...
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What would be the generic terms for anthropomorphic personifications of chaos, law and neutrality?

According to the SRD 3.x and its derivatives the generic term for anthropomorphic personifications of good and evil are celestial and fiend, respectively. For example, angels and archons are both ...
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How can I make monster knowledge checks fun?

By now most players know, or should know, that a monster knowledge check can make all the difference when you’re fighting a monster for the very first time. But how can we make them both fun and not ...
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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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How can I one-shot a vampire?

I need to one shot a Vampire for story reasons, so I'm looking for an effective method. Would managing to drive a wooden stake through a non-helpless vampire's heart work? (The plan is to have a ...
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How can I convert enemies from D&D 3.5e to 5e?

I'm trying to convert The Forgotten Forge from the back of the Eberron book into 5th Edition to run it, and right now I'm trying to get the enemies inside it converted over, using the UA article as a ...
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What would be a logical organization of monster taxonomy? [closed]

One of the more idiosyncratic subsystems within 3.x are creature types. Types were originally devised to make combat more diverse than it was in 2e, as types would determine combat statistics ...
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Player has arachnophobia: what to use in place of spiders?

I have a player who joined an ongoing campaign; after a session which involved a fight against giant spiders and an anxiety attack, I was asked by said player's partner to remove the spiders from the ...
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Does Crafter's Fortune negate Pugwampi Unluck?

The Pugwampi's Unluck Aura reads: A pugwampi radiates an aura of unluck to a radius of 20 feet. Any creature in this area must roll two d20s whenever a situation calls for a d20 roll (such as an ...
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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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Where do I find a monster's AC bonus from high dexterity?

There are a couple of ways for a creature to lose its dexterity bonus to armor class. I am used to 3rd/4th/5th monster manuals, where dexterity values are given, but in AD&D 2e I can't find those ...
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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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Does Detect Magic detect supernatural creatures like demons, or items connected with them?

One of my PCs, a Wizard, found an item of demonic origins. Basically, the carrier develops a sort of connection with a dark entity that affects his personality over time and possibly provides demonic ...
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Does a duergar need to concentrate to maintain its Enlarge ability?

In the MM page 122, nothing is mentioned about needing to maintain concentration, and there is no wording to indicate a duergar's Enlarge ability is a spell. This is in contrast to the duergar's ...
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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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Is there any D&D 5e art for the Acolyte background/monster?

I run a lot of adventures on roll20, and I do my best to use official D&D art for my monsters to match the feel of the world I am trying to represent. Currently, I'm doing stats for an Acolyte, ...
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Stats of a Sheep

Effect 77-78 of the wild magic surge table in the Player's Handbook states: You cast polymorph on yourself. If you fail the saving throw, you turn into a sheep for the spell's duration. ...
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Must both creatures have the feat Darkstalker for a beholder to be flanked?

A beholder has the extraordinary ability all-around vision, which says, in part, that "they can’t be flanked" (Monster Manual 25). The benefit of the feat Darkstalker says, in part, that "you can ...
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Should every high-level druid have a treant bodyguard?

The spell liveoak has this description: This spell turns an oak tree into a protector or guardian. The spell can only be cast on a single tree at a time; while liveoak is in effect, you can't cast ...
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How do I calculate a monster's damage output per round for breath weapons?

When creating a monster, on DMG p. 274 I am instructed to "Read down the Damage/Round column... until you find your monster's damage output per round." So how do I figure that? Is it just the damage ...
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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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Where is the Gold Slaad mentioned?

One of the various species of monsters created for D&D is the Slaad — vicious, large bipedal 'frog-beings' native to the plane of Limbo, that diverge into various subspecies based on color — red, ...
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Does a Saber-Toothed Tiger's Pounce grant it an immediate Bite attack?

The Saber-Toothed Tiger's Pounce feature is as follows: Pounce. If the tiger moves at least 20 feet straight toward a creature and then hits it with a claw attack on the same turn, that target ...
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Multiple Natural Attacks [duplicate]

Let's say I have a summoned eagle (or anything else with multiple NAs). Eagles have 3 primary attacks (2x Talons, 1x Bite). I want to understand the consequences of the various actions I can take, ...
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Can player characters pick monster feats?

Some of my player characters have a race from a template but without monster hit dice (like half-orc) and others have a race from a template with monster hit dice (like ogre). Now in the back of ...
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How does the Dragon's “Solitary Shapeshifter” characteristic work?

On MM 103, the following characteristic can be found: Solitary Shapeshifters. At some point in their long lives, metallic dragons gain the magical ability to assume the forms of humanoids and ...
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What happens when an individual fails to reassert control of a raised or created undead

When using Animate Dead or Create Undead the person must recast it to reassert control over the creatures or they lose control over them. But do they just start attacking the creator if they fail to ...
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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 does the DMG mean by 'points' in monster building?

On page 274 (DMG), the following is found for defensive CR (with an equivalent for offensive later on): If your monster's AC is at least two points higher or lower than [its hit points suggest the ...
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how do I calculate an unarmed attack, specifically for slam?

I'm making a custom monster, a huge flesh golem. I'm trying to determine its unarmed strike as a much larger monster for slam and need to calculate its damage to determine its offensive challenge ...
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What kinds of penalties/benefits are established for eating killed monsters/creatures? [closed]

I have a campaign coming up and one of my players wants to play a druid / barbarian who eats what he kills because he reveres the tarasque as the ultimate devourer and seeks to emulate that. I haven't ...
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Are there names for the sections in a monster stat block?

The Monster Manual have tapered horizontal rules that separate sections of the monster stat block (after the monster type, before and after the ability scores, and after the challenge rating). Are ...
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Are there rules for skinning animals and making leather armor with the hide?

Recently I was DMing a game, and my players ran into a giant lizard. After they defeated it, they asked if they could skin the lizard and make it into armor. I basically just made it up on the fly; ...
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Which monsters fall within the 500-pound limit for Levitate?

Levitate has a 500 pound limit and provides a CON saving throw chance when used offensively, but there are few references to a creature's weight in the monster manual. I've mostly been working with ...
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How do spell-casting monsters prepare and recover their spells?

For example. a Spirit Naga is a "10th level spellcaster", and "has the following wizard spells prepared". The text explains that the DM may substitute other spells for the ones given, but it is not ...
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What is the highest possible number of attacks per round for a creature with four arms?

What is the highest possible number of melee attacks that one could get consistently in one round for a four-armed creature? Exploiting possible understatements and lacks of limiters in the rules is ...
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Do the auras of multiple winterwights stack?

For example, if I build an encounter with 3 winterwights standing in range of the other two's aura, will they have an effective fast heal of 30?
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Offensive spells vs immunity to mundane weapons

Supposing the party encounters a monster or group of monsters with immunity to mundane weapons (in other words, that unenchanted weapons can't harm)- could offensive spells such as magic missile, ...
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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 I play as a Cloud Giant?

I'm pretty new to playing D&D, as are most of the people I play with. We found some homebrew race stuff already and one of us is playing as a Khajiit, but I wanted to play as a Cloud Giant and I'm ...
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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 ...