Suppose I see an Awakened Beast, either through an adventure or by casting Awaken myself.

Am I then able to Wild Shape or Polymorph into the Awakened version of the Beast?

The main advantages are that Awakened Beasts can speak, and have an intelligence of 10 (for Polymorph).

A RAW answer is preferred.


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I reluctantly say Yes.

From Wild Shape, it seems like your ability to speak is based on the capabilities of the beast form. You are correct to assume you would be able to speak. The comma, however, implies that you cannot cast spells regardless, as everything after it is essentially its own sentence.

You can’t cast spells, and your ability to speak or take any action that requires hands is limited to the capabilities o f your beast form.

From the look of it, the Awaken spell is a permanent transmutation. The "Duration: Instantaneous" means that the magic doesn't stay on the creature. Nothing implies in the awakened spell that anti-magic could dispel the transformation, nor could a dispel magic spell. This is important, because you can transform into a creature with Enlarge cast on it, but you do not get a version with the Enlarge spell actively cast upon it. Here, however, the spell was instantaneous and non-reversible. Assuming that we can agree that you could transform into a one-legged dog that you have seen, you would be able to transform into the Awakened Animal.




Casting Time: 8 hours

Range: Touch

Components: V, S, M (an agate worth at least 1,000 gp, which the spell consumes)

Duration: Instantaneous

I will also note that Polymorph will remove your hand and speech options regardless of the chosen creature. So a polymorph monkey could not use their hands.

The creature is limited in the actions it can perform by the nature o f its new form, and it can’t speak, cast spells, or take any other action that requires hands or speech.

One issue that I cannot answer is what the new CR rating is for the creature. An increase in statistics would increase the CR rating, and I don't believe there is anything officially published about how Awakened affects the CR rating of a beast (Correct me if i'm wrong.) Because Polymorph and Wild Shape are CR dependent, this information is vital in determining the validity of this idea. You would have to speak with the DM to decide what the new CR rating is for the beast.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for your answer! I had forgotten that Polymorph prevents speech (although it doesn't prevent the understanding of speech). Regarding the CR, I see nothing about Awakened Beasts having higher CR, so I would assume it remains the same. \$\endgroup\$
    – Merudo
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 3:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Merudo Fair enough. 5e doesn't have any official Monster CR Advancement Rules that I am aware of. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 3:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ As a point of note, the adventure Dungeon of the Mad Mage includes awakened brown bear, giant wasp, and elk. None of which have an increased CR, just a changed INT score (and ability to speak a language). \$\endgroup\$
    – MivaScott
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 16:37

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