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From the text from the Remove Curse spell, emphasis mine: Remove curse can remove all curses on an object or a creature. So barring DM Fiat, you should be fine purchasing one casting of the Remove Curse spell, provided the person you buy the spell from can meet the DC for the curse removal by caster level check about one hundred times. To completely ...


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I think the sections you linked to present the answer to your question: Familiars: "Only a normal, unmodified animal may become a familiar." Animal Companion: "A (...) druid’s companion is completely typical for its kind except as noted below." A polymorphed animal cannot be considered either "normal, unmodified" or "typical for its kind": It is a ...


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The main issues with Polymorph are: Monsters aren't designed for PC use. Many monsters have abilities that are overpowered or disruptive in the hands of PCs, as they were designed primarily as opponents and weren't balanced with polymorph in mind. Versatility is power. Polymorph is by far one of the most versatile spells in the book. A more versatile ...


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The transformation lasts for the duration, or until the target drops to 0 hit points or dies. If you concentrate on this spell for the full duration, the transformation becomes permanent. Given the positioning of the second sentence, I believe it is safe to assume that it is providing an exception to the transformation ending by either of the two ...


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No. I was about to answer "Yes", until I noticed this line in Baleful Polymorph: Any polymorph effects on the target are automatically dispelled when a target fails to resist the effects of baleful polymorph, and as long as baleful polymorph remains in effect, the target cannot use other polymorph spells or effects to assume a new form. So it is a ...


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Wizards of the Coast explain this problem here. The ways this spell is used and abused are summarized here. As some examples of this whole subschool being broken: Alter Self into Avariel - you just got yourself a cheaper and longer version of Fly two levels early Start as an outsider and Alter Self into Ravid - you just got yourself +15 of Natural Armor ...


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Polymorph by definition only works on creatures with 1 or more hitpoints From the PHB 266: The transformation lasts for the duration, or until the target drops to 0 hit points or dies. The wording of the spell is important, because it specifically says 'the target'. You are targeting the original, dead creature, so once your target (the dead ...


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No This spell transforms a creature that you can see within range into a new form. A dead creature is not a creature. It is an object in the parlance of D&D and would be subject to spells that affect objects. Consider the wording of Animate Dead: Choose a pile of bones or a corpse of a Medium or Small humanoid within range. Your spell ...


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You maintain concentration, regardless of the form. Your ability to concentrate on a spell does not depend on any mental statistic. You can also continue to concentrate on a spell, even if you cannot cast spells. For example, Silence, Druid Wildshape, and the Antimagic Field spell all restrict spellcasting, but not do not restrict your ability to ...


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It's weirdly difficult, probably because it isn't something the designers thought anyone would particularly want to do. Your best bet is probably a carefully worded Wish, and the hope that this being an extremely low-power use of Wish the DM won't twist it on you. However, there is one explicit way - be a 14th level Wizard of the Transmutation school. ...


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This is answer by the PHB Errata: Polymorph (p. 266). This spell can’t affect a target that has 0 hit points. Dead things tend to have 0HP so no, you can't use Polymorph on something that is dead.


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It takes exhausting both HP pools before you turn to dust. Apparently, RAI is in opposition to my other answer per a tweet from Mr Crawford (Credit to @Airatome for this tweet): Jeremy Crawford @JeremyECrawford The intent is that a druid using Wild Shape is disintegrated if the druid, not the beast form, drops to 0 hp. #DnD 3:10 PM - 17 Sep ...


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The word "broken" has different meanings to different people. Polymorph fits a few of those, which is why we have a lot of people saying it about the spell. In core 3.5, the fundamental problem is that the spell's power is not bounded by the contents of the spell description, it is bounded by the power of the monsters available. This has a few consequences: ...


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Polymorph Effects Are Dangerous It is a very good idea to limit them. At the extreme, changing into a Sarrukh from Serpent Kingdoms while using Assume Supernatural Ability (Savage Species) or shapechange is the opening gambit for becoming Pun-pun, a character with +Yes to everything and every ability ever published (and arguably abilities not published, as ...


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The Baleful Polymorph spell says: "Any polymorph effects on the target are automatically dispelled when a target fails to resist the effects of baleful polymorph." This does bring up an interesting question about how someone managed to give you a hundred "polymorph curses". I guess that's using a different mechanic than Baleful Polymorph? Anyway, ...


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First, from the SRD: Rust (Ex): A rust monster that makes a successful touch attack with its antennae causes the target metal to corrode, falling to pieces and becoming useless immediately. The touch can destroy up to a 10-foot cube of metal instantly. Magic armor and weapons, and other magic items made of metal, must succeed on a DC 17 Reflex save or be ...


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No, Polymorph does not allow you to use your class features. Compare it to the Druid's Wild Shape ability, or the Shapechange spell, both of which include this paragraph: You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if your new form is physically capable of doing so. However, you can't use any of your ...


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You retain control over your character. I'll make three arguments for why: RAW The text of polymorph does not make any mention that you lose control over your character. It also does not say that your goals or personality are replaced by the creature's - only your intelligence score. Thus, you are still the same person, just with sharper teeth, fins, and ...


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Another broken aspect is that it messes up point-buy for ability scores. You can choose to dump your physical stats when you make your character, focusing entirely on mental stats, and then use polymorph to give yourself great physical stats as well. And that's just one spell to do it; you still have plenty more.


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The shapechange spell is geared around continuous changing into a variety of creatures, and has a list of spells that it encompasses. It doesn't do inanimate objects. Polymorph any object (the spell which changes objects to creatures, objects to objects and creatures to creatures) can, though none of the spells that it can replicate are capable of such a ...


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You get all of the creature's game statistics. This includes their default equipment, powers etc (otherwise your game statistics would not be the same). However, I think something like the alternate option such as the Rope of Entanglement would be very much at the DM's discretion. There's no clear RAW here, so it's definitely up to discretion.


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Short answer: Yes you can, but it could get complicated Addressing the elements in reverse order: The Soul of a Warrior Trapped in a Toad's Body Can a character True Polymorph into itself as a means of reversing a True Polymorph someone permanently cast against them earlier? (ex: A warrior is permanently transformed into a toad. The party wizard ...


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You cannot use another polymorph spell to end Baleful Polymorph. According to the polymorph subschool description a polymorph spell transforms your physical body to take on the shape of another creature. so 'being affected by a polymorph spell' and 'assuming a new form' are equivalent. Baleful Polymorph includes special limitations on other polymorph ...


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The issue in the RAW is in the sentence structure, not in the intent. You can only be affected by one polymorph spell at a time. If a new polymorph spell is cast on you (or you activate a polymorph effect, such as wild shape), you can decide whether or not to allow it to affect you The misunderstanding is that the second sentence is a caveat to the ...


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In my opinion, you should at least have encountered the creature before to polymorph into it. You might even have to examine a body. Reading about it in a book or rolling Knowledge should only let you recognize it. It lets the DM prohibit creatures with abilities that are broken in the hands of PCs, or creatures which don't exist in his game world. It adds ...


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They lose the Humanoid traits, which aren’t much Literally the only thing that they lose, since they presumably have class levels, is the need to eat, breathe, and sleep. Which they will probably get back by whatever type they gain. They gain the traits of their new type, whatever they are For example, if they gain the Elemental type, they get the ...


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No, they can't. Emphasis mine: Swarm Subtype: A swarm is a collection of Fine, Diminutive, or Tiny creatures that acts as a single creature. First, while a swarm may act as a single creature, it isn't one. Second, you wouldn't Wild Shape into either a Small or Medium creature. So, per rules-as-written, you cannot Wild Shape into a swarm. However, ...


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True Polymorph has received errata to clarify this. On page 185 of the SRD, the spell description now says: The transformation lasts for the duration, or until the target drops to 0 hit points or dies. If you concentrate on this spell for the full duration, the transformation lasts until it is dispelled. No more mention of “permanent” to confuse ...


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Based on this: The transformation lasts for the duration, or until the target drops to 0 hit points or dies. It would seem that a dead entity isn't a valid target, since as soon as something dies the magic wears off. I would think that if it's already dead it can't hold the magic either.


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Do you have access to new spells? If so have the wizard pick up Hoard Gullet out of Dragon Magic. Turns yourself into a bag of holding. If you're trying to make the Alter Self thing work ask your DM about the final paragraph of Alter Self. Depending on his ruling you may be able to strap your stuff to your legs and then Alter Self into a Merfolk which has a ...



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