I once made a encounter featuring a human that was in fact a humanoid, as the encounter went. I had him flee from a surprise round in order to get a better position from the players. But during that scene, the human was shot by one of the heroes in the back. And with the humanoid having immunity from physical damage, I made it so that the wound was instantly healed after the hit (dealing 0 damage to the human).

Later throughout the encounter he transformed into his werewolf form and fought against the heroes. But sadly it was a fast fight for me (the DM), and he found himself beaten. (The heroes had magical items and/or a way to attack in a magical manner.)

He was then healed (1 hitpoint) in order to talk to the players. At the end of the interrogations, one of the players chose to knock him out (not kill him) by punching him in the face… And I said that he gave him a good swing of his fist and hit him hard in the face, which turned out to be effectless (due to his immunity).

Now here is my question… Was this stupid of my part? Do Were-creatures only have their immunity powers in their hybrid- and wolf form? (I mean, I think it was funny somehow.)

I remember reading into the book about this, but I couldn't find anything specific.

(I believe that the beginning of the encounter made for a very interesting start by showing that a human had [for some reasons] regenerative powers, but in the end of the encounter it was used as a joke.)


Werewolves have all their immunities in every form.

Its statistics, other than its AC, are the same in each form. (MM p.211, "Werewolf," at "Shapechanger")


If we're going by RAW, then yes, nothing in the monster manual specifies that damage immunities are conditional.

However I would point out that that would conflict with the idea of the curse if we consider characters who do not embrace the curse.

From MM 206 " By resisting the curse, a lycanthrope retains it's normal alignment and personality while in humanoid form. It lives it's life as it always has, burying deep the bestial urges raging inside it". Even though no mention of immunities or stat bumps are made, I highly doubt that turning into the Terminator while resisting a powerful curse means you live your life like nothing has happened.

On a side note I find that the Moonbeam spell, which forces the Shapechangers out of their forms is much more satisfying if it didn't just limit the attack options of Lycanthropes.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I always liked this thought: If a humanoid got in touch with the werewolfs curse and had less than 15 Strength (for example 12 Strength), they wouldn't be able to transform on wish and wouldn't gain any immunities to physical damage. It is only on each full moon (once per month) that they would get forced to go through a transformation and go wild for the night. At the end of the night, they would gain 1 to 3 levels of exhaustion and +1 Strength. They go through this as many times until they reach the Strengths limit, and once reached, they'll know how to transform and gain immunity while so. \$\endgroup\$ – Cédric Antunes Nov 2 '16 at 12:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ Well restricting damage immunities to animal/hybrid form does two things. 1. Makes it so the Lycanthrope embracing it has a bigger advantage when shifting. Otherwise the humanoid form, while not stronger is more versatile and preferrable if he wants to command other people. 2. Makes it so the Lycanthrope resisting the curse does not gain immunities out of the blue. The curse should be horrible, not the biggest godlike boon in the book requiring chaining yourself 12 times a year and you're fine. \$\endgroup\$ – Ivan Ivanov Vulpe Nov 2 '16 at 13:36

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