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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tl;dr - The Druid makes a Deception check, an observer has to beat their result with an Insight check. Proficiency in Nature would allow a character who was not proficient to add their proficiency bonus to the whichever of the 2 checks they were making. So, there are 2 questions here. The first is whether the Wild Shaped Druid is physically ...


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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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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) is not one of these spells that it can replicate. Turning yourself into a ...


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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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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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Yes, it is plausible to restrict polymorph to creatures that the players have encountered. This is one of the commonly discussed polymorph house-rule. I think the minimum knowledge would be determined by a knowledge skill check for that monster. If the monster does not exist in your multi-verse this check would be impossible to complete. Basic knowledge of ...


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Although the iron golem is specifically described as being affected normally by a rust monster's Rust attack, the effect of the Rust attack on a creature isn't explicitly given. Since it instantly destroys a 10-foot cube of iron, it would be reasonable to treat it as a disintegrate spell, dealing 2d6 damage per hit die of the familiar (i.e. your caster ...


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I would predicate the rolls based on what the shape changed character is doing and whether or not the observers would be expected to know anything about that animal. A cat lazily sitting by the road near a village ought to be almost impossible for the druid to screw up, but a deer wandering through a camp during the day, that might provoke some rolls (or at ...


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I assume that you are referring to Slimy Transmutation (level 1 wizard daily from the red box) It's effect line reads: As a toad, the target is dazed and the only actions it can take are to move its speed or shift. As per the effect line of the power, a spell caster would not be able to cast most, if not all, their spells. In general, the only ...


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I've taken to a risk v reward method for Polymorph. I make only one simple alteration. If you nat-1 on a Polymorph, you accidentally summon whatever you were trying to alter yourself or others into. Nice and tidy, it deters anyone from doing anything too terrible or dangerous and is rare enough that occasional massive risk can result in great fortune. It ...


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Some ridiculous cheese here, the sort of thing that could easily break a game wide open. Bard 1/Wizard 2/Master Transmogrifist 7/Sublime Chord 1/Master Transmogrifist +3/Sublime Chord +61 Yes, that’s master transmogrifist at level 4. How? By being bad, bad people. Also, flaws from Unearthed Arcana. This gets us 9th-level spells at 20th level while ...


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Waxed cotton, is thick cotton cloth impregnated with paraffin wax. Plain candle wax may be too hard, but boiling it with another oil like lamp oil would result in something that is flexible and waterproof. In case you have tar or pitch available, you can make oilskin, which is sailcloth sealed with tar. The torches you have with you probably have some of ...


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By RAW, there is apparently no way to do this. The closest you can get is a Wilding Clasp (from Masters of the Wild, p. 30), but those only prevent melding in favor of wearing, they cannot prevent dropping in favor of either wearing or melding. Therefore, the only way you will be able to get this to happen is by house ruling. Personally, I strongly recommend ...


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Everyone has done a great job delving into the question, providing examples and offering solutions to this issue, so I won't add to the pile. I just have this to say: Polymorph is indeed 'broken' if it is allowed to be...but that's the built-in failsafe right there. What self-respecting player wants to play the game like that? And moreover, how many ...


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I have no wish to break the game with nonsense. Then do not take master transmogrifist. Arguably, don’t take shapechange either. And definitely do not go into epic levels, particularly as a spellcaster. All of these things are, I would argue, game-breaking nonsense. Polymorph effects are wildly, impossibly powerful; even Wizards of the Coast, loathe as ...


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The stats received imply quite a lot: Average intelligence -- The polymorphed creature shouldn't be perceived as a simpleton or ignorant. No penalty to knowledge checks implies an average level of knowledge. Average wisdom -- Should appear to operate on basic common sense (knows when to come in from the rain). No penalty to sense motive checks implies not ...


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Because the link you provided specifically lists that the generated elf would have an INT, WIS, and CHA of 10 (average for the creature in question). Therefore, I would say that your initial assertion of bodily awareness would be correct, and that learned behaviors would be gone. Quite frankly, this would seem to fall into the "clone" clause unless you ...


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I don't see a Polymorph power for wizards in the compendium, perhaps the name is different? I would assume that the power you are referring to is a Polymorph effect. The effect says nothing about affecting spellcasting ability. Unlike previous editions of D&D, there is no requirement for casters to have their hands or mouths free to cast. Note that ...


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I have allowed this if the character also had leadership since thats actually whats happening, you have a poly-morphed cohort thats also your familiar. Can make for some great role playing.


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You need to consider where the Familiar ability involves SUMMONING a familiar or MAKING a Familiar. The former you spend your 100 GP and 24 hours, focus on the type of familiar you want and it will come to you. The latter is the same as former except it assume that you have the creature in front of you and the ritual turns it into your familiar. The rules ...


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Given that the only way to prevent the equipment dropping is when it can be worn or carried, it's going to depend somewhat on the form you're changing into. The solution I can see would be to ensure that all items you don't want dropped are attached to belt loops, as pretty much any reasonable form ought to be able to continue wearing a belt. You may still ...


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Polymorph et al. are broken and should probably be banned at just about every table The far more reasonable spells of the Transmutation (Polymorph) subschool, as seen in Spell Compendium, Player’s Handbook II, and elsewhere, are a much better solution. For that matter, back-porting the changes to polymorph effects from Pathfinder is also a better idea than ...



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