I know it's possible to gain immunity to e.g. conditions like poison, fear (both Heroes Feast), charmed, etc. It's also possible to gain immunity to cold or fire damage, using their respective Investiture of Ice/Flame spells. Immunity to psychic can be gained with Mind Blank. There are also some magic items in the DMG that give immunities.

However, I have been unable to find anything that gives immunity to physical damage. Plenty of sources of resistance, but no immunity. The closest thing would be Otiluke's Resilient Sphere, but that does not really give you immunity, it just interposes a non-circumventable barrier between you and your enemy.

Therefore my question: Is there any official source (both regular and unearthed arcana) that allows a PC to gain immunity to physical damage?

To clarify: with physical damage I mean bludgeoning, slashing and piercing damage.


The Invulnerability spell, from Xanathar's Guide to Everything (pg. 160), makes you immune to all damage.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ To include this in the accepted question, I actually found another way of gaining immunity - the Armor of Invulnerability, DMG p. 152. If you want to edit that in :) \$\endgroup\$ – PixelMaster Mar 4 '18 at 1:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ @PixelMaster For that to be part of an answer, I think you need to be more specific in the question.There isn't really any concept of "physical damage" in 5e, so I think everyone assumed you meant immunity to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage. However, the Armor of Invulnerability doesn't give you that - it gives you immunity to nonmagical damage, which is quite different. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Mar 4 '18 at 2:07

I found another way to gain the desired immunity: you can True Polymorph into a creature that has immunity to physical damage.
I've made a list of creatures that have such an immunity and are available for True Polymorph, i.e. not above CR 20:

  • Couatl (MM, p. 43)
  • Demilich (MM, p. 48)
  • Golems (MM, p. 167-170)
  • Lycanthropes (MM, p. 208-211)
  • Mummy Lord (MM, p. 229)
  • Black Pudding & Ochre Jelly against slashing (MM, p. 241/243)
  • Rakshasa (MM, p. 257)
  • Androsphinx (MM, p. 281)

Note that most (or all, I believe) of these immunities are restricted to nonmagical physical damage, and some are bypassable with certain weapons (e.g. silvered weapons against lycanthropes).

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