The Plant Type gives "Immunity to all mind-affecting effects (charms, compulsions, phantasms, patterns, and morale effects).".

Inpsire Courage is a morale effect.

If I summon a creature with Summon Nature's Ally using the Greenbound Template (which gives it the plant type), does that summoned creature benefit from my inspire courage?


The bardic music effect inspire courage doesn't offer a saving throw, so a typical creature that possesses the type plant—even if that creature had its type changed to plant via the feat Greenbound Summoning (Lost Empire of Faerun 8 and, by the way, a feat that's not without controversy)—simply can't typically benefit from any morale effects that a bard's inspire courage might provide. (Also see the example omitted from the SRD on Voluntarily Giving Up a Saving Throw that's on Player's Handbook 112.)

Examples of ways to eliminate or mitigate this issue include the feat Green Ear (Complete Adventurer 110) that allows a bard to employ a bardic music effect so that it affects only creatures possessing the type plant and the feat Music of Growth (Eberron Campaign Setting 57) that, in addition to other effects, allows a bard to use bardic music to buff creatures that possess the type plant in a way that's different from the bardic music effect inspire courage.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Dragonfire Inspiration is another good choice here, I believe. Also, an allusion to undead minions also not benefiting, since that's a more common issue that plant allies, might be worthwhile. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Jul 13 '18 at 14:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan Honestly, there was a whole thing about the feat Dragonfire Inspiration in my first draft, but I lost confidence in it: "Each ally so inspired loses the standard morale bonus on weapon attack rolls and damage rolls [and] deals an extra 1d6 points of fire damage with his weapons for every point of morale bonus that your inspire courage ability would normally add to the attack roll" (DM 17-18 and emphasis mine). A ridiculously strict DM could rule that the feat's benefit grants a nonstandard morale bonus. I thought it better for examples to be what I knew worked everywhere. \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Jul 13 '18 at 14:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan Also, I think I value-added sufficiently with the examples of ways to mitigate the issue the asker has. While a reader could stumble over this question while in pursuit of ways to inspire courage in his undead minions, I think the (ahem) plant-based nature of the question sufficiently limits answers' scopes. However, that makes two questions that could be posed (and self-answered?) due to this one having been asked. :-) \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Jul 13 '18 at 14:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh yeah, I already upvoted. Was just some ideas; you have plenty-sound reasons to disregard them (and you don't actually need reasons to disregard them anyway). \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Jul 13 '18 at 14:21

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