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Why is the Solar so powerful compared to other beings from the planes? Short answer: It's a tradition, since the introduction of that creature in Dragon Magazine issue #64, 1e edition AD&D, and subsequently Monster Manual II. (A lot of stuff rolls over from edition to edition). A Solar is the most powerful of spirits, usually directly ...


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By RAW default, no. As explained by others it has no basic, default, means of expressing language. Concerning your edit: It's not about learning the language, it's the capability of the spell/energy powering the skeleton(s). Undeath is not in itself an impediment to speech. (ie: Liches) Therefore you need to extrapolate a bit. The RAW description quoted ...


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Solars are not cognate to pit fiends Solars are angels, or aasimon, beings of generic goodness and service made and invested with power by the gods but independent of them. They have no canonical counterpart in Law, Chaos or Evil. They are so powerful because they are the highest non-proxy, non-avatar servants of the gods themselves. Planetars and devas ...


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This probably has more to do with the Judeo-Christian origins of the monsters concerned. Solars are arch-angels and the direct instruments of God. Demons and devils are fallen angels and lost souls and the minions of Satan. Biblical references portray arch-angels as second only to God in power and majesty. Lucifer is a fallen arch-angel so the correct ...


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Isn't this why we have Speak with Dead spells? The skeleton has no way of making vocalizations so cannot speak audibly but can understand language due to the magic that animates it.


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If it was physically capable of speaking, it would be able to speak the languages it knew in life. It still retains its knowledge of them, so knowing how to speak a language is not the problem. The problem is that a skeleton lacks lips, a tongue, vocal cords, a voicebox, and lungs. Speaking is simply impossible. The Monster Manual entry on skeletons says: ...


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While there isn't any actual rule for that particular situation (that I know of), it has been said that prior to Fu Leng's resurrection, the Lying Darkness was too afraid of the Shadowlands to make a move. I've always ruled that if there is a price to be paid (such as the Taint), the offense would be more effective. Otherwise, you may compare Void versus ...


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This is my favorite spreadsheet: https://rpggeek.com/filepage/108409/bestiary It lists every published monster to date, has around 20 columns of information about each one and has wonderful sorting features built in. It is updated within a week or two of each book being published.


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Indeed, that encounter is way above the characters' expected level. One of the writers, Steve Winter has also spoken a little about the encounter's balance and design history. In a post (posting as Huscarl) on WotC forums, Steve Winter wrote of the "No Room at the Inn" encounter: [in] The original version ... the villains were not assassins but young ...


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No, the assassins are intended to be that level. Hoard of the Dragon Queen was explicitly published with a Web appendix with all the monster stats needed, since the MM wasn't out yet. In it, the assassins are still CR8, see Where is the "Tyranny of Dragons online appendix"? But you are proceeding from a faulty premise. There is only "little ...


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Google "D&D 5E MM spreadsheet" and you should find plenty of options. I have an Excel spreadsheet with name, type, page, CR. I don't know where I got it, but it may have been at this reddit. Those four columns are all it lists, so I hope it doesn't trample IP to link it. Within the first five Google hits I found three resources that satisfy your ...


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PHB p.195 You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that you can see moves out of your reach. To make the opportunity attack, you use your reaction to make one melee attack against the provoking creature. MM p.11 MULTIATTACK A creature that can make multiple attacks on its turn has the Multiattack ability. A creature ...


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Yes it is more or less appropriate challenge, though it should be something like "boss"/"mini-boss". As TheDarkWanderer pointed out Challenge Rating and average party level shouldn't necessarily match, so your party should probably be ok with a creature like that. After all CR system doesn't describe challenge really accurately, as it depends on multitude ...


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It is safe to say, "Yes, they have hands." According to the PFSRD: Imps vary widely in appearance, ranging through a spectrum of bestial traits and grotesque body shapes, though most take the forms of red-skinned, winged humanoids with bulbous features. Such a typical imp stands a mere 2 feet tall, has a 3-foot wingspan, and weighs 10 pounds. ...


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What is the Challenge Rating of this custom “Volcanic Dragon”? "By-the-book", you would use this. Most would be quick to point out, it isn't always a good gauge. Also, if you do a few walk-throughs with existing monster entries, you'll find it was likely very subjective when applied to those entries. That or wasn't formalized until after the entries. Some ...


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Most depictions of imps do have hands. However, when you consider to have an imp as a familiar for a player-character through the arcane bond class feature, I would not recommend to allow it to use equipment as this might become quite unbalanced. From a balance POV, familiars are supposed to be weak. Imps are already far stronger than most vanilla ...


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Yes, the action to make a web is a standard action because it is not specified otherwise. Using a special ability is usually a standard action, but whether it is a standard action, a full-round action, or not an action at all is defined by the ability. Source For the size of the web, it should be three pieces the exact size of the creature, so three 5 ...


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I can find no mention of such in Pathfinder, but for what it’s worth, imps had hands in 3.5, as can be seen in this Monster Manual illustration: The imp is the small red one sitting on the end of the gelugon’s spear, which it is clearly holding onto with its hands.


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There will be a lot of work ahead of you to try and adapt that particular dragon to 3.5/Pathfinder rules. Some things simply don't exist, such as Paragon Fortitude, and will be very difficult to try to mimic in the confines of published material. Rather than starting from stage 0 and trying to get to the final stage, check out some published dragons, which ...


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They Are A Pair of Monsters With A Long History Together You can appeal to Dungeon and Dragons tradition for a thematically (historically?) consistent relationship between an Otyugh and an Ettin in the manner you describe. The rules you are working with don't explicitly say one way or the other, as KRyan pointed out in his answer. Citation: Article ...


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Such descriptions are frequently not considered “rules,” particularly by the crowd that is interested in the “rules as written.” The lifestyles of the big and nasty are setting details; the Monster Manual describes, in extremely vague terms, a default setting (often described as “Greyhawk with the serial numbers filed off”), but other official settings (e.g. ...


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I believe this is answered on page 8 of the Monster Manual: A skill bonus is the sum of a monster's relevant ability modifier and its proficiency bonus, which is determined by the monster's challenge rating (as shown in the Proficiency Bonus by Challenge Rating table). Other modifiers might apply. For instance, a monster might have a larger-than-expected ...


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Analyzing the complete section of monster creation from the Dungeon Master Guide (from where the proficiency bonus/Challenge rating info is given in a table for monster creation), I would say it is a double proficiency bonus. The table with the proficiency bonus for a given CR is a base which you are to use to create your own monsters (I assume the ...


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I always go by "Hit Dice". For example, a skeleton has a "Hit Die" of 1. Meaning it's a 1st level creature. I also determine this for their health. In the book it references anything that just says hit dice (and not specifying health points) you use a d8 for their health. So if I wanted to roll for a 3 h.d. creature, I can have a max health of 24. I use my ...


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I believe creatures with multiple primary attacks can use all their attacks in a round as a full-attack action. Otherwise if they make an attack as a standard action, they only get one of their attack types. This is a difficult question and I had to do some searching and comparing. But I found another question on Stack Exchange where an answer read as such: ...


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Can monsters with only Primary Natural Weapons do multiple attacks? Yes. If they use the full attack action If you get more than one attack per round [...], you must use a full-round action to get your additional attacks. This is all included in the OFFENSE section in a monster entry in pathfinder. The fields Melee or Ranged or both will include ...


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There's a GM ruling to be had here, depending on the order they choose to apply effects. At my table, Yes, the creature can take and benefit from the feat, depending on the circumstances. Taking the feat: The prerequisites are pretty straightforward. It's fairly clear you can take the feat if you have at least three natural attacks. Benefiting from the ...


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I don't think it'd increase meaningfully This is effectively having slightly better luck on one die roll. We don't increase monster CR because you manage to roll high a few times, yet effectively this is no better than a guaruanteed high roll. Unless one of the following is true, I would not change CR for the monster at all: The monster has a ...



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