Water weirds (MM, p. 299) have the Water Bound trait:

The water weird dies if it leaves the water to which it is bound or if that water is destroyed.

If a water weird is fewer than 10 feet from the edge of its pool—which it would be if it were trying to Constrict and grapple characters who are on solid ground—can a druid cast thorn whip to pull it from its pool, killing it instantly? I believe the druid can, but am I missing something?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Relevant meta: Stance on using D&D Beyond for references?. Ideally, you might want to edit the page number from the book, and the relevant quote from the statblock, to explain your logic - that way it's accessible regardless of format (book or digital) and the relevant information is retained even if the original is changed/moved. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Mar 14, 2019 at 18:01

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The rules do not indicate that the thorn whip spell uses a grapple (which the weird would be immune to). The water weird has no immunity to the effect of thorn whip. Very clever use of a spell to defeat a creature.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Having used thorn whip as a player to one-shot more than one enemy, I can attest that it is occasionally incredibly game breaking. As a DM I'd narrate this as a bizarre spell interaction (the thorn whip 'drinking up' the weird and leaving an unexpected mass of thorny vines, probably), rather than some form of odd grapple-but-not-a-grapple dragging the weird out of the pool. \$\endgroup\$
    – Joe Bloggs
    Mar 14, 2019 at 9:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ @JoeBloggs Maybe the thorn whip spell solidifies / jellyfies the weird enough to make it grapplable? \$\endgroup\$ Mar 14, 2019 at 14:47

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