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Can player characters identify monsters? [duplicate]

In D&D 5e, I can't find a skill check for identifying monsters. (Other than Arcana for planar monsters). Can PCs identify monsters, and if so, what skill should they use? (Or is it just a Wis/Int ...
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Is it metagaming if I want to build a bomb?

In a hypothetical situation, I want to destroy a castle's walls. To do so I came up with the idea to build a bomb a la Saruman in LOTR. Perhaps my character would have to dig around for records on ...
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How can I tell how powerful an NPC is without being explicitly told?

Recently in a session, I almost caused our party to fight a lich at level 5. For D&D 5e, a lich has a CR of 21. There were a few clues to his strength that I missed, such as being locked in a room ...
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Do Dragonborn come from eggs?

We have been adventuring, and in our latest quest, we came upon a witch that had a couple of Draconic eggs in a cooking pot. They seemed intact, and a blue one even gave off an electrical sensation. ...
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Is there a mechanic for a PC to learn the relative strength of an opponent, stat-wise?

TL;DR: It would be realistic for a PC to be able to evaluate how mechanically strong their opponent is, but I couldn’t find any RAW for this. Am I missing something? Certain skill checks in DnD, like ...
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Does getting information about a monster in combat take an action?

When the heroes enter a combat and want to know information about their enemies (keywords, strengths, weaknesses etc) would the ability check require an action or is this a free action? I have read ...
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Is it best practice to reveal monster information about resistances/vulnerabilities/immunities to the players?

I was recently running a game with my players, whose characters were in combat with a Scarecrow. According to the Monster Manual, Scarecrows have immunity to poison damage, but my players weren't ...
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What can PCs find out about creatures using knowledge skills?

I'm new to D&D and I'm a bit confused about using lore. I already saw Does D&D 5e have a rule for character knowledge about monsters? and know that a PC can use knowledge skills to learn about ...
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How much information should the DM give a ranger PC who uses Favored Enemy?

I'm playing a Ranger in a 5e story. I've encountered several creatures that are on my Favored Enemy list and asked my DM for information about them. The DM seemed unsure about what information to give ...
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What information about a monster can a PC expect to know (be told really) if this is the 1st ever encounter with this type of monster? [duplicate]

As an example, I’m considering vulnerabilities, resistances and immunities. If a pc is unfamiliar with a monster and asks for this information, is it reasonable to provide this. Another way to ask ...