Any substance that, when present inside a creature in sufficient quantity, harms that creature through chemical reaction or similar interaction on a molecular scale.

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If a poisoned PC reaches 0 Strength, does the Strength damaging poison stop working?

A PC of my group has been poisoned last session, not long before it was over. The poison damages Strength, and he is about 5 points now, probably he'll be helpless soon, as the rules state for ...
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Poisoned and Bleeding, when do they die?

I'm planning a scenario where an assassin has managed to both injure and poison two victims, let's hope our heroes get there in time! I just wanted to check my understanding of the relevant ...
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Realism of Poisoned Weapons

Many games have classes that make extensive use of poisons. Poisons of course have been used in murder and poisonous gases have been used in war. But how realistic are the poisoned weapons so common ...
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Is poison evil in Pathfinder?

I thought I recalled in 3.5 poison use was considered an evil act. Is this the same in Pathfinder? I looked through the poison rules and didn't find it. Defining poison use: The act of using poison ...
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How does crafting poisons work?

So I have been playing D&D for some while now, since 3.5 (skipped 4e) and crafting in D&D has always been something I detest as its REALLY poorly handled in my opinion as a game designer ...
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Let's Optimize Poisons

In relation to This Question, I want to continue on the poison train of thought. Many D&D games have absolutely horrible poisons and rules to the effect that around level 11 poisoning is almost ...
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Does Concentrate Poison Stack?

As the title suggests: Does Concentrate Poison Stack with itself? This is one of those weird questions that I honestly would have expected to have been asked somewhere, especially here, but I haven't ...
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How are poisons handled in the d6 system?

I've tried to search for but didn't find anything exactly in the OGL rules about how poisons are handled. Are there any rules there?
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What happens with the Drow's poisoned weapons when picked up by a PC?

The Drow Elite Warrior does 3d6 extra poison damage (no save!), it's not a magical sword but an ability of the creature. So that same sword in the hands of another character is just a sword, it's the ...
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What are the rules around use of poison in Adventurers League?

What, if any, is the official, written, Adventurers League guidance on the harvesting, purchase and/or use of poisons? As a budding assassin, it would help me a lot to understand what is permitted in ...
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How does Poison DC advance?

I'm intending on making a hydrus/lycanthrope creature, and I'd like to know about how the hydrus's poison DC advances. I notice that poison DC tends to be (10 + ½ Hit Die + Con modifier), but is ...
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Does a non-magical disease/poison effect contracted in Wild Shape carry over to the original form?

Scenario: The Human Moon-Druid is the playful type, but she is so turned-off with the commitment issues that plague most humanoids when all she wants is to play. She gets this crazy idea: In order to ...
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What happens to a character that drinks green dragon acid?

I've been DMing a Second Edition AD&D game. The fighter of the party got really upset because an NPC thief knocked him unconscious and took a potion of giant's blood off of him. He thought that ...
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Rules for creating new poisons

I suspect this question has a very easy and very specific answer, but I'm of the opinion that lack of a positive does not confirm existence of a negative. So, maybe one person who knows the rules a ...
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Poison from bite [duplicate]

DM'ing my first 5e campaign. Had my players fighting Giant Spiders. Monster manual states that the spiders bite does 1D8 +2 damage. Character must also make a DC11 save on on failure takes 2D8 ...
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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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The GM disagrees that Black Lotus Extract should require two saves

I am an alchemist level 10, and I used Malignant Poison on my Black Lotus Extract so it has DC 24 and takes two consecutive saves to end. When I affected an enemy with it, my GM succeeded the 1st ...
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How to apply inhalable poison?

There are four categories of poison: contact, ingested, inhaled, and injury. I'm interested in inhaled. For example, there's a poison (inhaled) called Burnt Othor Fumes. Let's say I craft some. How do ...
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Is it possible to throw contact poisons?

If I have a contact poison, can I throw it on someone to affect them? Contact means creating contact with someone, but I didn't find an answer about how contact is made. Is it for the DM to decide or ...
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Catching poisoned arrows

When catching an arrow tipped with poison (like the ones used by yuan-ti) with an ability like the one the monk has or the one given by arrow catching gloves: does the ability reduce the poison ...
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When you convert a poison, does it maintain its frequency?

I have a question about the Pathfinder alchemist's Poison Conversion discovery. By spending 1 minute, the alchemist can convert 1 dose of poison from its current type (contact, ingested, inhaled, ...
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Is a green dragon's breath weapon “poison” for the purposes of “advantage on saves against poison”

A green dragon has a breath weapon that deals poison damage. In addition to the MM entry, this is an example given in the PHB Description of Damage types: Poison. Venomous stings and the toxic ...
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Poison on Bombs

Can Alchemists apply a poison to their bombs? Does the poison apply on impact and then boom goes the dynamite?
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Do creatures that are hit with poison attacks (or take poison damage) become Poisoned?

Appendix: POISONED: A poisoned creature has disadvantage on attack rolls and ability checks. Would this condition ever be applied to a creature that's stung by giant scorpion's tail-sting ...
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How does “stacking” poisons affect the poison save DC?

Most DMs and Players I have talked to agree that poisons in Pathfinder are next to useless by mid to high level due to the fact they are expensive and their DCs are easy to beat even in low levels. ...
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Alchemist identifying a poison

Back story I have an alchemist in my group. They recently faced zombies who had gas canisters which started releasing a inhaled poison when they got up off the ground, this gas attack would go for 3 ...
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What does a confused creature do when it has to “attack the nearest creature”?

I ran an encounter and during it several characters ended up getting confused by the result of a poison. When they rolled in the 75-100 range, forcing them to "attack the nearest creature", a few ...
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Can a single dose of poison applied to an edged weapon be used multiple times?

If a fighter applies a single dose of regular poison to his sword, but he can make two attacks per round, does that mean that he can make twenty attacks (2 attacks * 10 actions/minute) with poison ...
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Does Poison's secondary damage only happen once, or does it keep happening?

Our group is unsure of how poison works in Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e. Poison says that it does some kind of initial damage, usually to some ability score. Then it does secondary damage that happens ...
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Harmlessly Harvesting Poison from a Monster Companion

The person who is DMing our Tyranny of Dragons campaign (HotDQ->RoT) is considering allowing my evil character to track down a Wyvern nest and find an egg to obtain a tamed mount using a significant ...
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Creating Poison Cheaply - Potato Tea?

It seems that the effectiveness of poisons, both in the core list as well as in homebrew systems for inventing your own, are balanced with and directly proportional to their cost. However, there are ...
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Inhaled poison and water breathing

Say you were a clever villain holed up in a dungeon where the only obvious way of entering was to swim quite some distance under water. Not to be put off by such obstacles, the heroes simply spend ...
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Blowguns. What's the point?

I know the basic advantage to blowguns is that you can't accidentally poison yourself when applying poison to the darts, but is that really it? I feel like delivering the poison via d8 crossbow with ...
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Does the Poisoner's(Rogue) Master Poisoner Ability change the onset and frequency times?

Master Poisoner (Ex) At 3rd level, a poisoner can use Craft (alchemy) to change the type of a poison. This requires 1 hour of work with an alchemist’s lab and a Craft (alchemy) skill check ...
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Need help understanding Pathfinder poison rules

I’m unsure how poisons work in Pathfinder. For example: black adder venom. From the frequency of the poison, am I required to make a saving throw per minute for every six minutes? Each time I fail a ...
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Does a character hit with Drow Poison always have to attempt the 2nd Fortitude Save?

The description of Drow in the SRD states: An opponent hit by a drow’s poisoned weapon must succeed on a DC 13 Fortitude save or fall unconscious. After 1 minute, the subject must succeed on ...
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How does Delay Poison interact with Drow Poison?

If a character has Delay Poison cast on them before being hit by the poison, my understanding is that both fortitude saves are delayed until the Delay Poison wears off. If a character is hit by Drow ...
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Small Poisonous Monsters

Some monsters are poisonous, and make you roll to save against some unpleasant effects. Most of the mundane monsters poison their target through injury... And that's where it gets strange See, for ...
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How can I increase the DC of venom

I am playing a druid who has a viper as his animal companion. I'm finding that the DC for the viper's poison (DC 11) makes it less useful as we increase in level. Are there any spells or magical items ...
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Can a naturally poisonous creature always use the feat Poison Spell?

If a creature is naturally poisonous, like an aranea (MM 15-6) or a couatl (MM 37-8), can the creature freely use the feat Poison Spell (Und 51) to poison all its spells that require a melee touch ...
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Injury Poison vs Temp Hit Points / Damage Reduction

Specifically looking at poisons of type Injury: Injury: These poisons are primarily delivered through the attacks of certain creatures and through weapons coated in the toxin...One dose of ...
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Spells similar to Unconcious Agenda for 3.5 without certain restrictions

I'm after a spell i can have cast on my character where on a certain condition (in my case, character is bitten by a vampire) he will conscious or not, be made to perform an action (in my case, slug a ...
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What Resources Are Available For Poison?

I find myself stopped up short in my efforts to create a major...well, not antagonist, but let us call him a very shady ally, for my PCs. The individual in question, Mykael the Grinner, is the master ...
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Ingesting contact or injury poisons

If someone ingests a contact or injury poison, do they suffer the affects of the poison? Ingestion poisons usually have an onset and longer frequencies, if yes on the first question does the ...
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Does the Poisoned aspect stack?

The "Venomous" effect (a [-2] optional addon for the Claw power) lets the character maneuver to place the "Poisoned" aspect on a target. In each subsequent exchange, the target must roll ...