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Short Answer The characters don't know, so there's no need to tell their players. But why's that? Your GM principles should give you your answer here: Address the characters, not the players. Begin and end with the fiction Give every monster life Remember, your principles and agendas are rules just like HP and armor. If you're telling the players ...


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At the beginning of a combat, all participants roll initiative (d20 + Dex). Everyone ends up with a number, and take their turns from highest to lowest. Initiative count 20(losing all ties) means that lair actions happen after any creature whose total for the initiative roll was 20, and before any creature whose initiative roll was 19. So, for example, a ...


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Yes. An orc can do the following on it's turn: Bonus Action: Aggressive. Move 30' towards a hostile creature Move action: Move 30' Action: Dash. Move 30' There is nothing at all to prevent you from using your turn this way. This give the orc an excellent ability to close a huge distance in their turn if they give up their attack, or close a significant ...


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Yes. Specifically, Aggressive allows movement on a bonus action. So the Orc can Dash (its one action for the round) to gain extra movement speed for the round, move, then use Aggressive (its one bonus action for the round). That gives a total of 90 feet of movement. Note that Dash is additive, not multiplicative. It's easy to misread it as doubling your ...


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As far as I can determine, there are no guidelines for exactly what this ability covers. However, I would assume that this is referring to physical indistinguishability (is that a word?) and therefore I would rule as the following: 1. Does an ordinary, completely harmless stalactite gain Unseen Attacker advantage when it attempts to throttle a character ...


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First of all, the PCs never know any of these. HP and stats are an abstract meta concept and can ever only be known to the players. Personally, I do not tell my players the stats of a monster. However, monster stats are easily figured out by the players anyway. Monster stats are defined by the fiction. When you build a monster according to the rules, you ...


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At the beginning of combat, all combatants roll initiative. The combat round then counts down from highest initiative to lowest. Lair Actions automatically get an initiative "roll" of 20.


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An Efreeti with minions and time is a terrifying terrifying thing. Presuming 16 HD, that gives us 6 levels to play with. The efreeti isn't particularly smart, which suggests that with one of his feats (leadership), he'll have a "grand vizier (pointy beard required) psion or wizard or bard/sublime chord." More to the point, being lawful evil, he'll have ...


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Nonsensically, It Can Be Based on ECL While Epiphanis's answer points to the Dungeon Master's Guide wherein it says that Many monsters advance by adding class levels (see the Monster Manual). To determine treasure for monsters with class levels, first give them equipment. Use Table 4–23: NPC Gear Value (page 127) and use just their class levels to ...



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