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The rule about all of its heads dying is an exception particular to the hydra. It is not immune to the effects of being defeated when reduced to 0 hp. If the hydra were immune to defeat at 0 hp, its description would have to say so.


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The methodology I've settled on is as follows: The creature is the dominant inhabitant of the correct alignment plane (according to the Manual of the Planes). The Greyhawk (default setting for D&D 3.5) cosmology lists the Outer Planes that are keyed to the nine alignments. The creature has the appropriate alignment subtypes - an iconic Lawful Good ...


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A Monkey Part of Aya's description in The Scroll Thief (DDEX1-6 pg. 9): "Perched on the elf's shoulder is a small, grey-furred monkey."


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In AD&D, the cosmology of D&D which had gradually developed over the course of numerous publications was codified into the Planescape setting, which focused on adventures on the planes besides the Prime Material. The architecture of the cosmology focused on the “Great Wheel,” the sixteen planes surrounding the Outlands. These seventeen planes, ...


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It seems to me this legendary action to detect is an attempt to simplify the dragon's ability to make active perception checks (normally requiring your action on your turn) when it is not his turn using the standardized legendary action system introduced in 5e. The difference between the standard wisdom (perception) check and the legendary Detect action is ...


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In 5th edition it is the Unicorns horns that have magical properties in a fluff sense. Unicorn blood is not mentioned, however there is no reason why a DM couldn't assign a property if they so wished. However again, there is no RAW ruling on the matter.


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Maybe. The Mummy would definitely see the illusion and believe it real, as any other creature would. So in that respects it would "affect" the mummy. "Would it 'distract or slow the mummy' the mummy?" And the answer to that is "Maybe." Not Mindless Mummies, unlike zombies, aren't just killing machines. They can (but rarely do) speak, and while they are ...


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Of course it would! Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real! Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling People seem to have a strange little switch that makes them think that if a spell is from the illusion school somehow that means it doesn't do what it ...


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Typically, every creature fought gives experience. However, certain effects (especially summoning) can be exceptions. In general, experience is not awarded because a creature used its abilities. If Goblin A called for help and two more goblins came, those goblins award full exp. If Goblin A used an alchemical item to attract a pair of wolves in the area ...


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The Shield Guardian is easier to understand if one doesn't go looking for details that aren't there, and if one notes that it's not a mindless construct. Treat it like a normal creature, with only the alterations made explicit in its description, and a lot of creature defaults will answer these points. Commanding the Shield Guardian doesn't require a bonus ...


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It is defined in some settings, such as Eberron where they are neuter: Unlike true doppelgangers, changelings do have gender in their natural form, although they can adopt any shape they like. - Changelings, p. 12, Eberron Campaign Setting It is not otherwise/explicitly defined in the Monster Manual for other settings. If it's a plot point, the GM ...


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As the source of the acid is non magical it would not be subject to the Golem's magic immunity and would deal its usual 1d6 damage. It is also worth noting that the golem is only immune to magic effects that allow spell resistance. Almost any acid spell does not allow spell resistance and would therefore work normally.


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I recommend Leomund's Tiny Hut. It's a 3rd level ritual cast spell for bards and wizards that lasts 8 hours. It is described as: 10-foot-radius immobile dome of force and among other things, it's description include this: Creatures and objects within the dome when you cast this spell can move through it freely. All other creatures and objects are ...


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The only official source I can find for this question is an article published in Dragon #80 entitled "The Psychology of Doppelgangers", which includes the following conversation: "My lord, you don't understand. One of the anomalies I found was the absence of any reproductive organs, either on the dead specimen or this one. ...


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But then I went to read the rules because our DM had some difficulty figuring out when it took its turn in combat and stuff RAW - On the Ghost's turn. Doing the turn on the possessed character's turn could grant the ghost an unintended extra turn in the action economy. Moreover, there is no reason to think that the possession would change the ...


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Reach is term defined in the rules - it is the area around a creature with which it can attack someone with a melee attack. It is normally 5 feet but some creatures' attacks and some weapons have a greater (or lesser) reach. With that in mind the sentence is easy to parse - if there are creature(s) within its reach it attacks one of them (once) at random, ...


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Powerful devils like Asmodeus have never been mere 'pit fiends'. Indeed, none of the Archdevils nor their Demon Lord counterparts could possibly be mapped to anything in the 5e MM. If you absolutely must have statistics, you'll have to create them yourself at this point. We aren't completely in the dark on how to do it. Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide ...


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Your party wizard is safe, probably. A wizard in your game might wake up one morning as a Nothic. It's not for no reason though, it's because of Vecna's dark curse. They were most likely trying to uncover some dark secret, and got in over their head. Ultimately though, your game may not even have a deity named Vecna, so it's up to you to decide what a Nothic ...


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No The GMG has a bit near the XP table that explains summoned creatures don't count as they are already included in the CR. There's an example that if the caster had used a fireball instead of summoning it wouldn't change CR.


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As per the RAW description, the Hag can only initiate the contact once every 24 hours. They can't continue to try again if it's interrupted The ability allows the Hag to can touch someone in the material plane and give them nightmares. If the contact lasts for more than one hour, the creature loses the effect of a long rest. If the creature has Magic ...


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Buy a wagon A party of 5th level adventurers, regardless of their access to magic, very probably have access to some form of overland transport or the funds to purchase some. In order to haunt a character the hag needs to maintain contact, which is much more difficult to do if the target is moving around, particularly if it is moving faster than the hag ...


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In my opinion, no. Willing implies consent. However, a mindless creature, by definition, does not have the ability to make a decision. It is driven purely by instinct, and cannot do anything that requires thought or choice. For instance, mindless undead are specifically mentioned to be unable to take skills or feats. So, being unable to make choices, ...


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No, having double checked the Hell on Earth and Savage Worlds core rulebooks, I am not aware of any Edges or Powers that would grant an unarmed combatant with Heavy Weapons damage. If this is something you want to pursue I can see two options, both of which enter the realm of house rules. The first would be to design a custom Edge that grants Heavy Weapons ...


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Yes, spellcasting is a class feature. All of the various spellcasting classes gain the Spellcasting feature, which describes the DC their spells have, spell slots, etc. So this means that you are correct, the ghost should not have been able to cast your druid's spells.


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The dragon can find hidden PCs If a PC hides, their Stealth roll goes against the NPCs' passive perception. If they beat it, they're hidden. At that point, the NPC can make an active perception check, rolling perception against what the PC rolled for their Stealth check. If they beat it, the PC is no longer hidden.


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There are no mechanics in DMG or MM that speak to how it happens. As such it is something that "just happens" in that it's completely at the GM's whim to how it happens.


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Magic Circle and Protection from Good and Evil If the Hag always finds the party about the same time of night, they could cast either in preparation for the hag to keep the Hag out. Protection would be better, as the Hag might forget to detect magic and waste the casting on an attempt to touch someone who is already protected. Protection from Evil and Good ...


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Short Answer: DM judgment, but most of it is covered in the books. What the spell casting addendum mostly provides is not extra levels, but additional abilities for the opponents, additional challenges to the party, and thus commensurate XP awards for defeat of a shaman/witchdoctor Frost Giant. The XP bonuses for the added spell ability is 1,000 for the ...


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Monster stats like saves, THAC0 and HP are always according to their HD, which are not changed by spellcasting ability. Remember that in AD&D, monsters and (N)PCs follow different construction rules — you don't start using PC level-up rules just because a monster can cast like a wizard or cleric of a certain level. This is a little less obvious with the ...


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Agreed, the Anima books are lacking in creatures and creature options. Still, there are ways around if you want to stick to RaW (I don't recommend that option, since RaW has some issues in Anima). Here goes: Aquatic movement lets the creature swim without problems, but I'd need to aknowledge the impedment to walk on land. Don't go with aquatic ...



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