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This is a question that I frequently ask myself as a DM. I usually play a (home made) rule that you must first succeed on an intelligence check with a DC that varies depending on the knowledge of the monster, this would mean if they encounter an Aboleth; an unknown monster to most, the DC would be higher than a Goblin.

Is how it should be or should the players know the names of encountered monsters?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I’ve added two duplicates here, between them, you should definitely have your answer. \$\endgroup\$ May 12, 2021 at 8:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ThomasMarkov since duplicate answer doesn't mean duplicate question, why this is closed as a duplicate? It asks specifically about monster names and the linked questions are about their own things. First one is specifically about new players and second one is about out-of-game knowledge vs character knowledge. \$\endgroup\$
    – enkryptor
    May 12, 2021 at 8:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ @enkryptor This one seems pretty obvious to me. If OP thinks neither of those questions answer this one, they can say so. \$\endgroup\$ May 12, 2021 at 9:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ @enkryptor If the answer is the same, then the questions must be similar enough to be considered duplicates, even if they aren't perfectly identical. \$\endgroup\$ May 12, 2021 at 12:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RevanantBacon this was exactly my point, see the relevant meta question rpg.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/11475 which has the title "Does duplicate answers mean duplicate questions" in its first iteration \$\endgroup\$
    – enkryptor
    May 12, 2021 at 12:44

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