The Gorgon has an action for "Petrifying Breath" that causes petrification if recipient fails two con saves.

My question is whether or not this weapon is a "poison" so that the Paladin Lay On Hands could end the petrification or if only Greater Restoration or Wish can do it.

The Monster Manual states:

The gorgon exhales petrifying gas in a 30-foot cone. Each creature in that area must succeed on a DC 13 Constitution saving throw. On a failed save, a target begins to turn to stone and is restrained. The restrained target must repeat the saving throw at the end of its next turn. On a success, the effect ends on the target. On a failure, the target is petrified until freed by the greater restoration spell or other magic.


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It is not a poison attack. Nowhere in the power description is the word poison mentioned.

True, it does act a bit like some other poison effects, but without the mention of the keyword "poison" it's hard to see how this could be interpreted as a poison that would be curable by Lay on Hands.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I also agree on this interpretation, because it seems like something that Lay on Hands shouldn't fix, given that its such a low level class feature. Leaving out poison wording seems like RAI. \$\endgroup\$
    – arthexis
    Oct 15, 2015 at 18:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ You could also mention that it is not a disease either. Especially since Lay on Hands would also cure a disease. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 15, 2015 at 22:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ I agree, the cleric lesser restoration (level 2) can end the effect of poison, but it takes cleric greater restoration (level 5) to undo PETRIFIED. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 16, 2015 at 3:23

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