Is a Lycanthrope affected by Charm/Hold person or similar psionic powers?

I see that it has the Shapchanger subtype, but I don't know what that implies here. Does that mean a human infected with lycanthropy is or is not affected by Charm Person and similar?

Is the answer different for natural Lycanthropes?

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    \$\begingroup\$ An Aside: While humans are usually the most common lycanthropic stock , giants can be lycanthropes, too; a were-roc storm giant, for example, is immune to person spells because it's a giant not a humanoid. \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Nov 25 '15 at 11:40


There's nothing about the Shapechanger subtype that prevents them from being vulnerable to Hold Person, Charm Person, Dominate Person, or any other Compulsion based Mind-affecting spells.

You may be confusing Shapechanger's ability to override Polymorph effects with their own transformations with mindless creatures and their immunity to Mind-affecting spells.

Natural Lycanthropes don't have immunity to Mind-affecting spells either, so the answer is the same for either of them. Unless the creature already possesses a subtype that makes them immune to Mind-affecting spells, Charm Person, Hold person, etc. work as normal.



A humanoid lycanthrope would be affected by the spells you mention. Unless the original type and augmented subtype is explicitly mentioned to be immune.


The answer isn't different for a natural lycanthrope.


Because they are still their original type, with shapechanger in addition. "The augmented subtype is always paired with the creature’s original type."

Example of Subtype with an Immunity

Fire Subtype

A creature with the fire subtype has immunity to fire. It has vulnerability to cold, which means it takes half again as much (+50%) damage as normal from cold, regardless of whether a saving throw is allowed, or if the save is a success or failure.

Example of Subtype without an Immunity

Shapechanger Subtype

A shapechanger has the supernatural ability to assume one or more alternate forms. Many magical effects allow some kind of shape shifting, and not every creature that can change shape has the shapechanger subtype.

  • The creature retains the special qualities of its original form. It does not gain any special qualities of its new form.

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