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Assuming you're within range of a golem can you cast passwall on it to kill/destroy it?

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Passwall doesn't do damage. I can see an argument whereby you might be able to open a hole through an especially large golem or colossus, if it were large enough to be perceived as a "wall", but this wouldn't actually harm the golem, just change its shape temporarily.

I can see some possible creative uses for this effect. For example, you could order a golem to plant itself between you and an opposing party, open a hole to shoot arrows or spells at your opponents, then close it again to gain cover. But in terms of actually destroying the golem, I don't think it would work.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I would agree it wouldn't do damge. If you did a passwall, as you stated, through a large golem's head and the body falls/moves I'd say when the spells ends the head would fall in the area in which the spell was cast. Although a golem isn't alive so it can't die I'd say losing your head makes it so you can't have senses to act upon and a golem isn't usually very smart so it should either fall or just stand there without a head. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 11:43
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You create a passage through wooden, plaster, or stone walls,

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A golem is not a wall, no matter what it is made of, and therefore passwall does nothing to it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ As DM, I would make exception if golem would actually be made of walls, but that golem is from another game so we would be in houserule territory anyway. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mołot
    Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 14:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NationWidePants I absolutely refuse to get into that debate; I consider it spurious and a waste of everyone’s time. If you want to edit your question to focus on it, I will leave my answer as it is, downvote your question as “not useful,” and vote to close it as off-topic since it would be a philosophical semantic argument about the definition of an English word, not a question about game rules. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 14:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NationWidePants I gotta agree with KRyan here. Seriously, if you're going to go there, why bother with a passwall spell? If that golem is impeding your further progress, just render the golem moot by casting on yourself the spell freedom of movement. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 14:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ A C++ golem compiled with -Wall would also qualify. \$\endgroup\$
    – Yakk
    Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 18:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Yakk Were a C++ golem complied in such a way, doesn't that mean somebody already passed -Wall to it? \$\endgroup\$
    – T.J.L.
    Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 18:57

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