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Does the Power Word Kill spell instantly kill PCs?

Orcus's "Voice" lair action is casting the spell Power Word Kill. If he were to use it on a PC, would they drop to death saving throws or instantly die?
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How would I stat a creature to be immune to everything but the Magic Missile spell? (just for fun)

My DM has, for the sake of adding some light-hearted fun to our campaign, introduced a magic chicken that has 1HP but can only die due to the magic missile spell. My question is, if we were to create ...
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What happens to a Disintegrated Troll RAW?

Related to This Question, and meant to provide a basis upon which that question can be answered. Keep in mind that this is a Rules as Written question: Questions about the rules as written are those ...
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Functionally, how does Power Word Kill work?

I was just reading this answer, which introduced me to the Power Word Kill spell: You utter a word of power that can compel one creature you can see within range to die instantly. If the creature ...
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Sustainable farming of humanoid brains for illithid?

I'm worldbuilding an illithid empire. The Lords of Madness book states the dietary needs of an illithid. A mind flayer must have a minimum of one fresh brain per month. Any less than that and it ...
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Are monsters subject to the massive damage instant-death rules?

I have been looking at the following two questions recently: Are Trolls immune to all instant death effects? Does the Instant Death rule apply to zombies too? The first states the following in the ...
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Does a troll die if its maximum hit points is zero?

The Troll has the Regeneration feature which states: The troll regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn. If the troll takes acid or fire damage, this trait doesn't function at the start of ...
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Could a Nightwalker kill Juiblex?

The Nightwalker has the “Life Eater” trait, which says (MToF, p. 216; emphasis mine): A creature reduced to 0 hit points from damage dealt by the nightwalker dies and can't be revived by any means ...
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How does the troll's Regeneration trait work?

The Troll stat block includes the following trait: Regeneration. The troll regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn. If the troll takes acid or fire damage, this trait doesn't function at ...
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Does dying cause a creature explicitly to drop to zero hit points?

The typical way to die involves dropping to zero hit points first. But if something such as Power Word Kill, kills a creature instantly, is it specified in the rules that the creature “drops to zero ...
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