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You have gnolls working with goblins, kobolds, and ogres. Does the party perhaps have a human, elf, dwarf, and gnome? Because that’s exactly the same level of variety. I’m serious, it can help to think of things in those terms: the “bad guys” can be just as cooperative as the “good guys.” There’s nothing wrong with this at all. Best is if there is a good ...


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As you mention, the 5e Monster Manual says nothing about needing a wish to permanently kill a Tarrasque. Since it doesn't say you do, then you don't. There have been many changes between editions, this is obviously one of them.


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Firstly, there are no official (as in, published by WotC) monsters with a CR higher than 30. The rules for creating monsters are on page 273 of the DMG. While there is no explicit statement that monsters are limited to CR 30, all of the tables and rules for monster creation that depend on CR only go up to 30. The DM can (as always) do whatever they want, ...


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I'll deal with the simplest question first - Horrifying Visage is listed under the Ghost's Actions section, so it requires an action to use. While under the effects of Time Stop, this is impossible for them. As for the question of multiple Ghosts using Horrifying Visage, the answer is contained in the rules quote you included: If a target's saving throw ...


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Every version of DnD sacrifices simulation for simplicity. Escaping a Grapple usually lookes like this (Monster Manual 11): A creature grappled by the monster can use its action to try to escape. To do so, it must succeed on a Strength (Athletics) or Dexterity (Acrobatics) check against the escape DC in the monster's stat block. Neither the Blinded nor ...


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An intelligence (religion) or intelligence (arcana) check should help a character know the properties of a ghost's horrifying visage. How you set the DC is up to you, and is highly dependent upon the campaign setting. Are ghosts a common thing, where many people might know of the effect that seeing a ghost might have upon the victim? Or are ghosts ...


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That section's introduction mentions in passing that yochi are handmaidens of Lloth. You're right that they're never mentioned elsewhere, but that one detail is a clue that lets us track them down. Looking into Lloth's lore you'll find that her handmaidens are called yochlol — a curiously similar name to yochi. Looking into yochlol further in Drow of the ...


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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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There are many opinion-based answers possible for this question. For example, in your setting, kobolds and gnolls could have an ancient treaty of cooperation, or ogres could make a habit of capturing and keeping kobold slaves. But there are also mechanical approaches you could use. Listed associations The Monster Manual has an Organization line in monster ...


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"You pass an old crone on the road. She steps aside to let you pass, and looks at you. Suddenly she shouts 'You too have seen it! Oh yes! When? Just a few hours ago? You still have time then! Run! Run to the temple, they may help you!' ". In other words, an unexpected NPC is a solution to all your information dissemination problems.


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In addition to making a Skill Check, any character who can actually cast Greater Restoration probably knows what kind of effects it is capable of dealing with. If any of your characters have the required class and level, they probably shouldn't have to make a check for it. As another alternative to rolling Religion or Arcana, you could also go for a ...


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The rolton comes from the various incarnations of the MMORPG Gemstone video game, dating back at least to 1988. A rolton is apparently a sheep-like opponent that can be skinned for its somewhat valuable pelt. The Gemstone wiki describes a rolton as covered with a dirty, matted, disgusting-looking grey pelt that might once have been white and is still ...


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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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Preamble Key to your conundrum ("I haven't been able to find as coherent a pattern"), is there isn't a coherent pattern. At least not a systematic one. I'll endeavor not to repeat too much of what @Majestic12 has said with his answer. Short Answer Like Weapon Speed Factor (pp.68-69, 95 in the 2nd edition Players Handbook), or Weapon Type vs Armor Type ...


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Unless you are making a strong good-faith attempt to emulate a particular setting (such as playing faithfully in a published RPG like the Forgotten Realms, or trying to emulate a particular series of books or movies you enjoy) then these decisions are largely up to you. In general, look on this as an opportunity to tell an interesting story, though, rather ...


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The rules are unclear... There are two ways of looking at this, and I'll detail both for you. You escape the grapple, which Engulf is tied to Since the grapple condition appears to not happen without Engulf following instantly after, it appears that the two are linked. The lack of escape DC for the Engluf feature would suggest that you are meant to escape ...


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Because wild shape is based on alternate form and alternate form makes no mention of changing or recomputing a creature's Hit Dice, the creature's Hit Dice are unchanged. That means if a creature were to employ wild shape to assume the form of a creature with a special ability having a saving throw (like an extraordinary attack), that saving throw, if ...


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By RAW, you can create whatever you want as the DM. The only limitation is your brain. DMG pg. 275 shows the CR rating for monsters you create. That whole section of the DMG actually covers how to build monsters. I know this answer is sparse, but generating a monster with a high CR is really easy to do. Take a Tarrasque and give is flight, and suddenly it ...


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Well it is a multi part meaning: The best chart I ever saw for this was in a DMG.. BUT was 2nd Edition DnD (Page 133 Table 84 since I had to find that damn chart so much in the old days). Pretty much that chart best sums it up in one place all nice and neat. Do remember that the chart while in 2nd Ed. was almost exactly the same as the previous charts just ...


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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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I did this some time ago for a 5e Birthright campaign in the Southern Coast. Unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to test in since the campaign didn't start. Spiderfell Army (as per UA mass combat rules) Goblin Spider Riders, 2 Units, 10 stands of Goblin Skirmishers and 10 stands of Goblin Spider Riders. (200 goblin skirmishers, 100 goblin spider ...


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I can explain what you're missing. I wish there was a tl;dr, but CR is a complicated topic and while the problem you are having is not unusual, addressing it requires a great deal of exposition. The DMG's process for developing a creature is not what defines the CR of a creature. DMG p.237 clearly states that determining CR is not merely a mathematical ...



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