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The PHB does not state the duration of the druid's transformation into animals, only that they can become a bird, a reptile, and a mammal once per day.

How long can the druid remain transformed?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Grr... even though you warned me, I got halfway through a 1e answer before noticing I had the edition wrong! \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60
    Sep 27, 2017 at 2:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ @nitsua60 cheers. I was actually trying to fool all those newbies that would come and say "but of course it only lasts for X hours. It is right there in the book.... ooh wait a minute" \$\endgroup\$ Sep 27, 2017 at 2:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ Why would you want to be anything else if you can fly like an eagle? \$\endgroup\$ Sep 27, 2017 at 4:49

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The druid can stay in animal form as long as they want, as quoted from The Complete Druid's Handbook, Page 7.

Shifting shape takes one round, during which the druid cannot take other actions. The druid can remain in the new shape indefinitely-the duration of a form ends only when the druid turns back to the original shape or assumes another one. A druid can shift from one shape to another without returning to human form first.


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