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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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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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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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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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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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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 methods ...


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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 creature)...


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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 concentrate....


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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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The spell doesn't prohibit the gaining of experience, so it doesn't… at least not automatically. You bring up some examples where it might make sense to not gain XP though: the sub-human intelligence giant bug and the alien-minded elemental. A DM might look at those and decide that the former is incapable of learning, and the latter is capable of learning ...


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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. Then,...


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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Short Answer: Yes. Nothing in True Polymorph says anything about denying a character experience. D&D rules state what you can do, they do not tell you what you can not do. If the spell restricted you from gaining levels, it would explicitly state it. Consider a wizard who's entire goal in life is to experience what it is to be other creatures. Every ...


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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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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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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 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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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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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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Almost all shapechangers leave type unchanged. Metallic dragons, though, do change their type. "Statistic," as a defined term, is spelled out on MM pp.6-11. The second element spelled out is "Type," of which both Celestial/Giant and Humanoid are instances. So which stays? The Coautl's and Deva's shapechange abilities specify that they retain their ...


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Yes, a druid can cast polymorph on themselves. In case you are wondering whether the caster can only target creatures other than themselves, the Players Handbook addresses that: Targeting Yourself If a spell targets a creature of your choice, you can choose yourself, unless the creature must be hostile or specifically a creature other than you. If ...



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