The effect of Nightwalker's Finger of Doom skill is:

The nightwalker points at one creature it can see within 300 feet of it. The target must succeed on a DC 21 Wisdom saving throw or take 6d12 necrotic damage and become frightened until the end of the nightwalker's next turn. While frightened in this way, the creature is also paralyzed. If a target's saving throw is successful, the target is immune to the nightwalker's Finger of Doom for the next 24 hours.

And Stillness of Mind:

Starting at 7th level, you can use your action to end one effect on yourself that is causing you to be charmed or frightened.

So, here's the scenario: My monk fails the saving throw for Finger of Doom and becomes Frightened, thus becoming paralyzed. Can he use Stillness of Mind to get rid of Frightened status and therefore freeing himself from paralyze, or he can't use this feat because of paralyzed status?


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A paralyzed creature cannot take actions.

The Paralyzed condition states:

A paralyzed creature is incapacitated

The Incapacitated condition states:

An incapacitated creature can't take actions or reactions.

Since Stillness of Mind requires your action, you cannot use it while Paralyzed, since being Paralyzed prevents you from taking any actions.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I have no idea how hard the access conditions are for it in 5E, but things like this are why Freedom of Movement effects have always been so desired \$\endgroup\$
    – Alan
    Feb 9, 2023 at 0:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ Perfect, this settles it then, thank you very much ! \$\endgroup\$ Feb 9, 2023 at 11:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's not unreasonable for a DM to allow it, seeing as it's literally named Stillness of Mind, and thus might not require movement of any sort. \$\endgroup\$
    – Phoenices
    Feb 10, 2023 at 0:45

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