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What beasts have the lowest Con, Wis, and Cha saves?

Suppose you have a target you absolutely need to fail a particular saving throw, and you've gotten a wand of polymorph to help improve your odds. Examples: a single dose of an expensive poison or a ...
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What are some different predators I can add for my world building? [closed]

I'm currently building a fantasy world to use in a future campaign, and I need some ideas and descriptions of different apex predators, both rare and common, to add to my world.
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How to handle conversation between a druid and wild / tamed animals?

There is a druid in my group and they will often use their ability to speak with wild animals to foresee incoming threats in the woods (thanks to birds) or to spy on people in towns (thanks to rats or ...
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Kid playing with a dog character

I want to include my 4 year old kid to our family's DnD 5th edition game. I was planning on giving him a dog character that would allow him to play along when he feels up to it. He could wander off ...
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Is there a way to speak with vermin (spiders specifically)?

Is there a method in any first or second party source, be it a spell, item, feat, class feature or what have you, that grants the ability to speak with vermin (spiders specifically)? I understand ...
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For the purpose of the Comprehend Languages spell, does beast speak (i.e. the language spoken by birds) count as a language?

I got into an argument with somebody regarding whether or not an incomprehensible language spoken by an animal (or monstrosity, as we argued) counts as a language for the Comprehend Languages spell. ...
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What is the most innocent, defenseless creature on the Material Plane? [closed]

This is most likely a silly question, but here's the backstory: A bit ago, I made a swarmkeeper ranger flavoured as "the kindest, sweetest person you'll ever meet. A gentle woman whose childlike ...
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Do monstrous scorpions grow in size as they age, and if so at what rate?

The Arms and Equipment Guide lists the purchase price for a monstrous scorpion egg at 1,000 gp and the training cost at 2,000 gp. It also mentions how medium sized creatures require a huge size mount ...
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In D&D 3.5, what happens when you plop a headband of intellect on an animal?

Prompted by a discussion in comments here The animal type states: Intelligence score of 1 or 2 (no creature with an Intelligence score of 3 or higher can be an animal). A headband of intellect adds ...
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Can a player character understand the Giant Owl language when using abilities that allow communication with beasts?

Does the speak with animals spell (Basic Rules, pg. 277) or the circle of shepherds druid subclass feature speech of the woods (XGtE, pg. 23) let a player understand Giant Owl the language? I'm sure a ...
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Can you cast message on a familiar/animal?

In my D&D campaign, there is an animal that has been tracking/following us. I suspect it to be a familiar of the big bad we may be fighting, but it has only watched us from a distance. If I cast ...
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When "pushing" an animal, how long will it perform the trick it doesn't know?

Here is the text for "'Push' an Animal" for the Handle Animal skill: To push an animal means to get it to perform a task or trick that it doesn’t know but is physically capable of ...
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RAW, does an animal need saddle bags or a pack saddle to carry gear?

I have always assumed that Pathfinder's level of abstraction was kinda high, and most adventuring gear like soap or a mess kit exists for fluff reasons. Pathfinder never lists items' volume, only ...
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How does initiative work for the giant constrictor snake from the Staff of the Python magic item? [duplicate]

The description of the Staff of the Python magic item reads: […] The staff becomes a giant constrictor snake under your control and acts on its own initiative count. […] As the DM, I’ve been making ...
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How does a level 6 ranger communicate with a seagull?

I'm playing as a level 6 ranger and have wild empathy and +11 in Handle Animal. I also did use the spell speak with animals. So isn't Handle Animal supposed to be used in this?
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What are the stats of a magebred animal?

In Eberron: Rising from the Last War, magebred animals are mentioned from time to time in connection with House Vidalis. We're told that a House Orien coach drawn by magebred draft animals travels a ...
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Does a severely reduced intelligence ability score impair your ability to communicate?

When under the effects of the Polymorph spell: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment and ...
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If using spell Speak with Animals persuasion rather than animal handling for checks?

Wondering about a ruling if I am using the spell Speak with Animals rather than trying to communicate my intentions with the animal via Animal Handling skill for checks for communicating after casting ...
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Are purchasable animals overpowered?

I have recently discovered that you can buy a large variety of rather strong creatures for very cheap amounts. A character that is moderately specialized in handle animal can easily get a +15 by level ...
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Can the rats summoned using a Hat of Vermin allow a character to use the Pipes of the Sewers to call forth a swarm of rats?

(Full disclosure: this is a silly question, not to be taken too seriously.) A Hat of Vermin (XGtE, p. 137) can be used to conjure up to 3 rats: This hat has 3 charges. While holding the hat, you can ...
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Can a tamed owl cast spells from Ring of spell storing? [duplicate]

In a campaign I'm currently in, I want to give my owl that I tamed (the DM allows taming wild animals) a ring of spell storing so it can cast spells. However, before I do so, I wanted to ask: Is there ...
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How are tamed animals treated in terms of abilities?

In a campaign I am playing in the DM allows the taming of wild animals, but you have to devote time and resources to training them to follow commands after the initial taming. Would these animals, ...
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Are there any official CR 8 beasts that are not dinosaurs, for the purpose of the Polymorph spell?

Although the party wizard has had a wand of polymorph since finding it in a hand-converted U3: The Final Enemy (before the release of Ghosts of Saltmarsh), she has typically used it defensively, ...
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Is there a way to cause an arbitrary magical beast to gain character levels in a chosen class?

I was looking at this answer from our fine cheese collection, and it occurred to me that it would be quite a lot more practical if we could arrange for the assistance of a gorilla and war mammoth with ...
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Is the megaraptor's Fortitude saving throw correct?

I'm trying to understand whether this is an error, or whether there is something I'm missing. According to the System Reference Document, a megaraptor's Fort save is +10. As an 8 hit dice animal, its ...
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Could you potentially turn a draft horse into a warhorse?

To be a warhorse the horse would go through training, so could you get a draft horse, spend money to train it, and have it become a warhorse?
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Are there zoos in Sharn/Eberron and if so what animals would they have?

I'm currently playing a Warforged Druid in an Eberron Campaign, and our characters are currently located in the City of Sharn, and are likely to be stuck there for some time. I've opted to go with the ...
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What is an axe beak’s travel speed in Icewind Dale?

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden gives overland travel speeds for dogsleds, snowshoes, and on foot (p. 11). On the same page, it says that dogsleds, at 1mph, are the fastest way to get around in ...
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Can you concede to a wild animal?

My last session ended with a fight on the high seas that spilled blood and attracted sharks. One of my players now wants to concede to one of the sharks. As I understand it, this should mean that the ...
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Is there a minimum intelligence score needed to make use of non-natural abilities?

In a recent session a character who was under the influence of a Potion of Flying was turned into an ant by a hostile spellcaster. The DM rules that even though the potion's effect persisted and gave ...
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Is it possible to raise undead versions of animals (or other creatures)?

Are there any ways to make undead animals in D&D 5e? What other types of creatures can be raised from the dead except humanoids, and how can this be achieved? I'm interested in ways to do so, both ...
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Are there any canine gods in the Forgotten Realms pantheon?

Are there any gods in the 5e Forgotten Realms pantheon that are specific to canines? I know the Forgotten Realms pantheon in some D&D editions has contained Nobanion who "was a primal spirit ...
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What god would a good dog on the North of the Sword Coast worship?

I have had the heads up that one of my players will be interrogating a resurrected dog about "what God is really in charge". (The players will have to cast speak with animals.) What God ...
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What beasts are likely to appear if the Conjure Animals spell is cast in the Underdark?

If the conjure animals spell is cast in the Underdark, what beasts are likely to appear?
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Does the Frog Rider trait of a Bullywug Royal work with Giant Toads?

The Ghosts of Saltmarsh WOTC Hardcover contains a few new statblocks, including the Bullywug Royal, who has the following trait: Frog Rider. The royal has advantage on melee attacks made while ...
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How do I roleplay animals that are able to communicate thanks to the Speak with Animals spell? [closed]

Unfortunately as the DM, I'm not the creative type, so I'm having trouble with responding as the animal when the ranger uses Speak with Animals. It seems that their only motivations, from insects up ...
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Are there stats for a generic fish creature?

I've been looking everywhere for stats for generic fish stats. Fish like trout, bass, carps, and ones of the like. I don't know if there are any already out there, and I can't seem to find any in the ...
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As a DM I gave our dwarf cleric a bear cub as a companion, what can I do? [closed]

So I'm with 2 PCs, playing D&D essentials kit. Most of the time we follow the plot, add some extra things there and here and of course doing some improve. I try to stick to some of the rules but ...
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Do Owlbears hibernate?

Do Owlbears hibernate like bears or stay active all winter like owls? Even the full page description of Owlbears in the AD&D 2nd Edition Monstrous Manual is silent on this topic. I don't have back ...
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What is the mechanic of "Keen sense of smell and hearing?"

Though personally, I thought it would be awesome to play a Lythari elf (see the "Rare Elf Subraces" sidebar on SCAG, p. 106) Way of Shadow monk who relies on her smell to scout ahead, I realized that ...
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Can the owner of a Staff of the Python communicate with the giant constrictor snake from the staff?

My character just got a staff of the python. He has been using his familiar (owl) and a friendly pseudodragon as a little army. I'm thinking of using the snake as an ally as well--but there's no ...
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What creatures give bonuses to Medicine rolls/checks?

I am currently using a Druid in a campaign. I want to know what creatures, if any, there are that I can Polymorph or Wild Shape (5e Druid ability allowing druids to transform temporarily into Beasts) ...
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Does "speak any language" include talking to animals?

I've noticed how a monk's Tongue of the Sun and Moon and an oracle's Tongues curse allow them to "speak with any creature" and "speak and understand any language" respectively. My question is, does ...
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Does casting Tongues on the tarrasque (a language-less monstrosity) let it understand language?

Tongues description: This spell grants the creature you touch the ability to understand any spoken language it hears. Moreover, when the target speaks, any creature that knows at least one ...
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Are rats considered mammals or vermin (for control spell purposes)?

The two Animal college spells [Animal] Control and Repel [Animal] are actually multiple spells each, with a (subtly, I presume) different version for each of several animal categories. I haven't, ...
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Does an Awakened beast count as "created" for the purpose of a Shepherd Druid's "Mighty Summoner"

At 6th level, a Circle of the Shepherd Druid gains the feature Mighty Summoner, which states: Starting at 6th level, beasts and fey that you conjure are more resilient than normal. Any beast or ...
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How is animal anatomy accounted for in the rules?

In the dark wanderer's answer to "How can my party improve our overland travel speed?", it is quite seriously suggested that (skeletal) horses should use trekking poles to increase their speed. As ...
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Is a Centaur PC considered an animal when calculating carrying capacity for vehicles?

Is a Centaur PC considered an animal when calculating carrying capacity for vehicles? I'm pretty sure I know the answer, but I wanted to double check. Mounts and Vehicles. An animal pulling a ...
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Can a polymorphed creature understand languages spoken under the effect of Tongues?

Let's say we have a spy that has been True Polymorphed into a sheep (to blend in, obviously). The spy originally knew Common + some other languages. As a sheep, though, she can only bleat. True ...
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LMOP: what beasts live in Neverwinter Wood?

I'm DM'ing for the first time, for a group of first-time players. I chose the LMOP-campaign because it would be the easiest both for them as for me. This week, we had our first session. 3 of the ...
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