The "Paralyzed" condition includes being incapacitated, unable to move, unable to speak at all, autofailing STR/DEX saves, giving advantage to enemy attacks and giving crits to melee hits.

The "Stunned" condition includes being incapacitated, unable to move, speaking hesitantly, autofailing STR/DEX saves and giving advantage to enemy attacks.

The effects put in bold are present in both conditions. Now, let's say that a creature is immune to the "Paralyzed" condition (and its effects), but not the "Stunned" condition (and its effects). What happens if such a creature gets Stunned ?

A) Will not get the effects also pertaining to being Paralyzed (because it is resistant to these effects), so will only speak hesitantly;

B) Will also get these shared effects (because their source is different), so will get the full Stunned-package deal.

Also, both of these conditions include all of the effects from the "Incapacitated" condition. If a creature is immune to being "Incapacitated", but not "Stunned"/"Paralyzed", what happens ?

A) Same logic as above

B) Same logic as above

C) In that specific case, the creature won't suffer from the effects pertaining to Incapacitated (but will suffer the rest of the effects), because the entire condition is included in Paralyzed/Stunned. So in other words, just like A), but for another reason.

So, to summarize, two scenarios here : when conditions 1 and 2 share some/all of their effects, and when condition 1 is referenced in condition 2. Both scenarios consider that the creature is immune only to condition 1 but gets affected by condition 2. Possible answers are A/A, B/B and B/C.


2 Answers 2


The creature is immune to the condition, not its parts

By default, conditions are separate. A feature that affects your interaction with one of them has no bearing on others. Exeptions are explicitly noted by referencing the condition by name.

Perhaps I can help clear this up by looking at what happens when you are affected with a condition:

  1. Something happens that says: "you get condition X"
  2. You check whether you have immunity to condition X: if yes, nothing happens, if not, continue.
  3. You apply all the parts of condition x. If that includes another condition y, go through this again from step 1 for condition y.

So, to use your example, if you are immune to incapacitated, the source of the condition does not matter. But this will also not stop the application of any other condition that includes incapacitated as a part of it, like stunned.


Answer B

The conditions are independent and not a collection of smaller, lesser parts.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I am not aware of anything that is immune to being incapacitated. I would expect your GM would have to rule on this one. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 23, 2017 at 15:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Don't know any right off the bat. I simply supposed there might be at least one. Is there a tool to quickly search monsters by immunities ? \$\endgroup\$
    – Gael L
    Aug 23, 2017 at 16:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ I wish! (no I don't know of any) \$\endgroup\$ Aug 23, 2017 at 16:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ @GaelL dnd beyond's monster list allows you to filter by condition immunities, as well as several other parameters. \$\endgroup\$
    – Adam
    Aug 23, 2017 at 16:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Adam Thank you. It seems, indeed, that no creature with Incapacitated immunity exists. However, a DM might want to create a creature with such an immunity (using the Monster creation rules), so the above case scenario is still potentially useful. \$\endgroup\$
    – Gael L
    Aug 23, 2017 at 16:27

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