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A pretty good percentage of monsters have DR. I have Hero Lab with all the various monster and NPC books loaded. When I use its Encounter Builder, I have the choice of 4169 monsters and pre-built NPCs. When I search for DR, I get 1555 of them that have DR. So "37%" is the short answer. It's not necessarily biased towards higher CRs - in fact, there's a ...


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Can intelligent creatures with no language learn languages? For example, could the ice toad just sink a couple of skill points into the cross-class skill Speak Language and pick up Common? Could the ice toad then speak Common? Not entirely. An Ice toad that gains a skill rank can take a rank in Linguistics to Understand Common, but if they lack the ...


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If you run a group focused on role-playing and stories, don't tell the players specific stats like armor class or DMG unless you see the need to. If your group is more combat-heavy, then stats would be more appropriate. No rule in the book really provides concrete guidelines to structuring knowledge checks. I am aware that this question is asking about 5th ...


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There are no, concrete RAW monster knowledge checks in 5e The PHB, MM, and DMG do not mention anything like a monster knowledge check as existed in previous editions. Tied with that is the fact that monster types are not directly tied to skills. As such I can only offer guidelines based on my own experiences with 4e and 5e and what I have done as a GM. Go ...


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There is no zombie formula. The 3 types of zombies featured in the Monster Manual aren't independently created creatures, but they are independent of each other. The basic Zombie is one of the staple enemies of D&D, along with other swarming mooks such as Skeletons, Goblins, and Kobolds. The Ogre Zombie is simply an interesting variant on the regular ...


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Find a Druid or Ranger (or someone that acts like one). Wild Empathy A druid can improve the attitude of an animal. This ability functions just like a Diplomacy check made to improve the attitude of a person. A druid can also use this ability to influence a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 1 or 2, but she takes a -4 penalty on the ...


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While the Player's Handbook skill Handle Animal covers some magical beasts, it doesn't cover the cloud ray; the Epic Level Handbook's skill Handle Animal covers that (albeit poorly) The Player's Handbook on the skill Handle Animal the in the Special entry says You can use this skill on a creature with an Intelligence score of 1 or 2 that is not an ...


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Given that an untipped arrow will still penetrate a target, there's no reason a metal-tipped, wood-shafted arrow wouldn't have any effect on something that is immune to metal, especially since the metal itself passes through harmlessly. The total mass and velocity of the arrow is unchanged in this scenario, so it will be imparting the same energy/force on ...


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As per rules as written (and probably intended), metal-tipped arrows shouldn't do damage to Lava Children. If you wish to stick to the rules, @mxyzplk's answer is perfectly valid. Logically speaking, however, metal-tipped arrows should still deal damage to Lava Children, just as a tip-less arrow would still hurt a normal human being. The rules do not ...


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Regular arrows would deal no damage, you'd have to have some kind of primative stone-tipped arrow, or perhaps some other material like crystal to get through their Metal Immunity. A list of all special materials can be found here Crystalline arrows happen to ignore part or all of armor bonuses depending on the type of crystal, so they're quite useful and ...


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Arrows would do no damage. Arrows (unless specially made) get their damaging ability from their metal tip. So it's like shooting a headless arrow (aka a dowel rod) - ouchy, but not especially damaging. Unless the arrows are pure wood or obsidian-tipped or something, but normal metal-tipped arrows have no effect. If you are feeling generous you could have ...


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The first edition Monster Manuals don't have a "table with monster level" - you are probably thinking of the random encounter tables from the 1e DMG Appendix C. Similarly, the random encounter tables are not found in the monster books themselves in 2e. In 2e, the DMG (Chapter 11) teaches you how to create random encounter tables rather than, frankly ...


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Pathfinder to the rescue! In Pathfinder you can find the 3.5e-compatible CR2 Poltergeist. It's an incorporeal invisible skeletal ghost with telekinesis and scare powers. It comes originally from Tome of Horrors for 3.5 so if you want a "pure" 3.5e version it's to be found there.


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Good news, by RAW you have a couple of options. First option: A wand which casts the spell Unseen Servant (Wiz 1). Crafting a wand that does this with 5 charges/day = 1,800 GP. That's relatively cheap for 5 casts that recharge daily. Second Option: Get a wand or some scrolls that allow you to cast Invisibility on a target. Then use Animate Dead, and make ...



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