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Both the Red Slaad and the Blue Slaad's Claw attacks have an ability that, if they hit and the target is a humanoid that fails a Constitution saving throw, infects the target with a disease.

For instance, the description of the Red Slaad's Claw attack says, in part (MM, p. 276):

[...] If the target is a humanoid, it must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or be infected with a disease—a minuscule slaad egg.

A humanoid host can carry only one slaad egg to term at a time. Over three months, the egg moves to the chest cavity, gestates, and forms a slaad tadpole. In the 24-hour period before giving birth, the host starts to feel unwell, its speed is halved, and it has disadvantage on attack rolls, ability checks, and saving throws. At birth, the tadpole chews its way through vital organs and out of the host's chest in 1 round, killing the host in the process.

(Yeah, its Alien.)

How could this tadpole disease be cured before the tadpole emerges?
Is the disease magical?
After the tadpole emerges, how could the host be revived?

Likewise, the description of the Blue Slaad's Claw attack says, in part (MM, p. 276):

If the target is a humanoid, it must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or be infected with a disease called chaos phage. While infected, the target can't regain hit points, and its hit point maximum is reduced by 10 (3d6) every 24 hours. If the disease reduces the target's hit point maximum to 0, the target instantly transforms into a red slaad or, if it has the ability to cast spells of 3rd level or higher, a green slaad. Only a wish spell can reverse the transformation.

How could this chaos phage disease be cured?
(It's clear that once transformed by a Blue Slaad, only a wish spell would work – the text says so right in the description – so I'm only asking about curing the chaos phage disease before then.)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Related: "Are there any spells or other effects that remove intoxication?" \$\endgroup\$ Feb 15, 2022 at 19:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ Isn't "Only a wish spell can reverse the transformation." rather clear information for the Blue Slaad? Unless the blue is only an example. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 15, 2022 at 19:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, that part is clear, and I am not asking on the blue slaad revival, only the disease. I am wondering if there are other ways to cure the diseases than my rather obvious approach with Lesser Restoration. And if I understand it correctly that you would not be able to revive the corpse of a red slaad victim. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 15, 2022 at 19:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ Purity of Body (Monk) and Divine Health (Paladin) should both be immune, but that's not the same as curing. \$\endgroup\$
    – goodguy5
    Feb 15, 2022 at 19:55

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Prior to chestbursting, any feature which cures disease will work.

The slaad inflicts a disease. Ergo, any effect which cures disease will remedy our issues:

  • The lesser restoration spell
  • The heroes' feast spell
  • The paladin's Lay on Hands feature
  • The wizard's Transmuter Stone
  • The raise dead spell (target must be killed first, which isn't a problem because raise dead)

Reviving the host

If the host is killed by the tadpole from a blue slaad, there are not a lot of options:

If the disease reduces the target's hit point maximum to 0, the target instantly transforms into a red slaad or, if it has the ability to cast spells of 3rd level or higher, a green slaad. Only a wish spell can reverse the transformation.

If the host is killed by a tadpole from a red slaad, any of the usual resurrection methods should work just fine, as the description does not appear to present any unique challenges to such magic. Revivify does specify that it cannot replace missing body parts, but the description of the slaad tadpole does not suggest that any organs are missing, just that the tadpole has eaten its way through them to get out. Sure, your lung has a "slaadpole"-sized hole in it, but that isn't normally a challenge for revivify when the hole was made by a spear.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you cast Raise Dead on a living creature? \$\endgroup\$ Feb 15, 2022 at 19:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ @GroodytheHobgoblin No, you would have to kill them first. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 15, 2022 at 19:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ These answers are as intersting as I had hoped for :) \$\endgroup\$ Feb 15, 2022 at 19:59
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Lesser Restoration and Resurrection

Both the slaad egg infection and chaos phage infection can be cured with Lesser Restoration, which says

You touch a creature and can end either one disease or one condition afflicting it.

There is no limitation for the nature of the disease, it could even be a magical disease (so it is not material if the disease is magical for healing it). For the tadpole, I think there should also be a non-magical way to get rid of it, if detected in time, but the Medicine skill does not cover actual healing, so I am not aware of one RAW.

The host cannot be revived with either Revivify or Raise Dead after the tadpole emerges, as it is missing vital organs, which neither spell can replace. You would need Resurrection to bring the victim back to life.

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