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According to the MM, page 220, its true form is amorphous. That means that it is without form in its true state. You could describe it as a blob. Shapechanger. The mimic can use its action to polymorph into an object or back into its true, amorphous form. Dictionary definition: a·mor·phous (adjective) əˈmôrfəs without a clearly defined ...


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There isn't a generic faerie, but there are various Fey creatures. Pixie (MM p.253) and Sprite (MM p.283) probably come closest to what you're imagining. Little elfin creatures with wings, and all. Satyrs and Dryads are also in the MM, and are classic Fey archetypes. Blink Dog, Green Hag, and Sea Hag are the only other Fey-typed entries in the MM, but ...


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The only thing that determines a creature's susceptibility to Lycanthropy is creature type. "Lycanthrope" is a template that can be added to any creature of the humanoid or giant types. There are no other requirements for the template, though one can only contract the Lycanthropy affliction from a lycanthrope within one size category of the target. To ...


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Start with vampire spawn stats instead of vampire. This has a CR of 5, so it's perfect as part of an encounter with your party if they're already low on resources from the traps, etc. Add in the shape change and Misty form traits from the vampire, which makes it harder to kill, but not harder to fight. Done.


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That's a beholder globe The Dragon #331 article "Fast, Furious, and Fantastical" by Frank Brunner includes the beholder globe, a 120,000-gp vehicle made from a hollowed-out preserved beholder corpse, with some of the less powerful eye rays continuing to function under the pilot's control. The illustration by either Marc Sasso or Chris Trevas or both in ...


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If you are interested in monster lore, rather than simply stats, I would strongly recommend getting Monster Manuals from 2nd edition AD&D. The 2nd edition Monster Manuals all include sections on Activity Cycles, Diet, Environment and Ecology of the various creatures presented. They also include information on what kind of organization they are likely ...


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The Pixie (MM p253) might be what you are looking for. It's a tiny fey. With superior Invisibility and some magical tricks. Sprites (MM p283) could also work if you want a fey with weapons. Dryads (MM p121) are not exactly faeries but they are wood spirits and are medium sized.


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There are more ways to balance a battle than just nerfing monsters. Quick Side Note: the following suggestions have the same final result as weakening the vampire, even though we aren't changing the vampire's stats. You might find you want to weaken its stats and use some of the following approaches - a combination of the multiple ideas could be powerful. ...


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Easy: go through a lot of manuals and find a weaker thing that kind of feels like a vampire (any appropriate CR monster that sucks blood would do), and adapt the description, adding flavour stuff like vulnerability to the sun/command bats and everything. Hard: Lower hit points, lower all saves DCs, remove feats and stuff according to the new HDs. Remove or ...


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Yes. Mimic, MM p.220 ... these cunning creatures most often take the form of doors and chests ... As for the limits of a Mimic's abilities? Up to the DM, as dictated by the needs of the encounter, story, and whimsy. Some guidelines are in the Monster Manual.


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As you stated in your question, this is a creature ability, not a weapon bonus. You can think of this as an elite fighting style where the drow are trained to keep their weapons poisoned as part of the fighting style by whatever theatrical method you choose. Perhaps the elite drow keep the outer layers of their greaves soaked in this poison, and after each ...


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tele|port. VERB (especially in science fiction) transport or be transported across space and distance instantly. "who needs a flying carpet if you can teleport yourself and your belongings?" teleportation NOUN noun form of teleport Yes The rules do not define "teleport" so its normal English definition applies. ...


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It's one step, not one. It doesn't make sense otherwise. Say you want to design a Turtle (for someone's familiar) with low HP and high AC. HP doesn't get lower than 1 (1d4-1) and you decide to give it AC 15 to represent its hard shell. Taking it through the calculation process, the HP says it's Defensive CR 0, but because the AC is 15, you should add 1, ...


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The Monster Manual II (1982) phoenix can, in fact, die normally from, for instance, attacks by +3 or better magic weapons or, instead, can suicide in "a double-strength (40th level) combination of fire storm (2" high × 5" wide × 8" deep) and incendiary cloud.... This destroys the phoenix but leaves a gem-like egg behind from which a new phoenix will arise ...


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Phantasmal Killer has been errata'd http://media.wizards.com/2015/downloads/dnd/PH_Errata_1.1.pdf Phantasmal Killer (p. 265). The frightened target makes a save at the end of its turns, not the start So the complete exact text is: You tap into the nightmares of a creature you can see within range and create an illusory manifestation of its deepest ...


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Yes, the rules for this are in the Monster Manual Suggestion just requires a suggestion that sounds reasonable within a sentence or two. You could suggest the following as a very reasonable suggestion: "I'll make you a deal demon. You tell me your true name so I can protect myself from you on the prime material plane, and I'll release you to wreak havoc on ...


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The short answer is that a regular bugbear (CR 1) is a closer add on to the party -- even so, he's a fighter who might outshine other martial characters at level 3, and is at least comparable. The other answer is No, there isn't a ratio that is easy to use. Note: At low levels, the relationship gets tied to difficulty level of an encounter, and the ...


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Yes. The frightened condition and the damage caused by the spell are separate. I read the (amended) spell description as follows: You tap into the nightmares of a creature you can see within range and create an illusory manifestation of its deepest fears, visible only to that creature. The target must make a Wisdom saving throw. On a failed ...


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I don't believe there is a hard rule for this, so I would leave it to GM interpretation. I'd probably make it depend on the nature of the creature and the type of DR. If the creature has magical DR such as DR 10/cold steel then it's likely that the DR would still apply. Think of a classic werewolf's weakness to silver. It's going to get hurt by a silver ...


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You have several options to advance monsters. Increase their HD in general Add class levels Add templates For a bulette, adding class levels doesn't make a lot of sense so we'll leave that one aside. Increasing HD is more than adequately covered (including the resulting CR) under the Monster Advancement rules available in your Monster Manual or on the ...


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The Death Roll ability is not a triggered ability; the crocodile merely gains the option to use it once it has a foe grappled. Death Roll: When grappling a foe of its size or smaller, a crocodile can perform a death roll upon making a successful grapple check. As it clings to its foe, it tucks in its legs and rolls rapidly, twisting and wrenching its ...


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There's nothing RAW that indicates that players would know whether or not a creature is affected by most spells, though presumably in the instance of Ray of Sickness, players could infer whether the spell had taken effect based on a creature's behavior. Does the hobgoblin captain slump for a moment, resting on her spear? Does the shadow demon react at all ...


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Yes, you can learn a demon's name this way, but it won't give you power over it. Dominate monster could be used to compel a demon to reveal its true name, but the demon gets a saving throw (and most demons have Magic Resistance, so they will have advantage on the saving throw). Since revealing its true name is "obviously harmful" to the demon, suggestion ...


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Defeating doesn't have to mean killing (even though it often ends up that way). If you can defeat a monster in a non-lethal way, then you still get XP for it.


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This may be fun, and could be cool, but it can wreak havoc with balance The game term for a Hydra is "monstrosity" which is a bit stronger of a term than "a magical animal." Monstrosity ... frightening creatures that are not ordinary, not truly natural, and almost never benign. (MM p. 7) Balance When you look at how to control or train such a ...


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You are right If you have multiple attacks you must take note of whether these attacks are primary or secondary A full quote from the SRD: Most creatures possess one or more natural attacks (attacks made without a weapon). These attacks fall into one of two categories, primary and secondary attacks. Primary attacks are made using the creature’s full ...


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Has there ever been a stat block for a pre-Medusa humanoid, in previous editions? Not in 1e, 2e (!), 3.5e, nor 4e. 1e MM simply describes medusae as beguiling, shapely, with horrific visages. No mention of how they come to be. 2e Monstrous Manual doesn't mention anything of their origins, either. The female medusa entry doesn't even have an "Ecology" ...


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The hit point maximum loss is not immediate. The character has just taken damage from the slaad's claw and failed a saving throw: Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5tf., one target. Hit: 12 (2d6 + 5) slashing damage. If the target is humanoid, it must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution save or be infected with a disease called chaos phage. While ...


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While the succubus is in the ethereal plane, can you see her? Yes, if you are on the ethereal plane and near enough to see her through all of the mists and such. If you are not on the ethereal plane -- no. The exception to that case is use of a device or spell that allows you to see into the ethereal plane. (True Seeing/See Invisible being two spells ...


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The rules say the following (Monster Manual, p.220): The mimic can use its action to polymorph into an object or back into its true, amorphous form. This means that it does not require another object to do this. However, mimic's Adhesive ability indicates that it could theoretically do this if it wanted to, but because of the wording of the ...



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