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How can I use Animate Objects in combat, without slowing combat down for everyone?

My wizard has acquired the animate objects spell, and I'm discussing with my GM how I'm going to use it in combat. We are concerned that using the spell may slow down combat and make it less fun for ...
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Can objects with a spell effect pass through Leomund's Tiny Hut?

So here's the situation: I'm chilling inside a tiny hut I cast earlier, and some of the other party members are right outside. No one is in danger, and then someone does something to cause an attack ...
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Do objects affected by the Animate Objects spell count as magical weapons for the purpose of overcoming resistance?

Objects animated by the Animate Objects spell deal piercing or bludgeoning damage depending on the object type. Is this damage counted as magical against creatures with resistance to non-magical ...
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Do Animated Objects make Opportunity Attacks?

Do the objects animated by the Animate Objects spell make opportunity attacks? While I believe animated objects are certainly capable of opportunity attacks, the wording "If you command an object to ...
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Can you safely wear animated armor?

Assume a team of my players defeated an Animated Armor, which broke apart. One of the players states that if it is armor, than he can take it and use it. DM decided that the armor is damaged and ...
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Is a normal-sized rug with the Animate Objects spell cast on it able to carry a person and fly?

Is a normal-sized rug (i.e. Medium or Small) with the Animate Objects spell cast on it able to carry a person and fly? If so, how many people can it carry? Can a bigger rug carry more people? Can a ...
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Does a Huge Object that has already been Animated continue to be Animated if it is Enlarged to Gargantuan?

I'm hashing out a collective of NPC Rock Gnomes who live in a small stone castle shaped like a Huge person, about 15 x 15 x 22 feet, which is the maximum size for a creature of Huge size. This ...
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Can a Good-aligned 'Necromancer' cast the Animate Objects spell on a bunch of corpses?

Is there anything stopping you using Animate Objects, with or without Permanency, to affect a bunch of corpses? If so, what? And would that qualify as an Evil, Chaotic, or Neutral act? Have you ever ...
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Are the plants animated by an Assassin Vine considered magical?

In our last play session the party was attacked by an Assassin Vine. The low-strength kobold ranger was trapped in the vines for several rounds (in part because he went unconscious from damage, but ...
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Can you target gases and liquids with the Animate Objects spell?

The animate objects spell description states: Choose up to ten nonmagical objects within range that are not being worn or carried. Medium targets count as two objects, Large targets count as four ...
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What size category are weapons if brought to life with the "Animate Objects" Spell?

A wizard at my table wants to use weapons (greatswords) for his Animate Objects spell. Do I take the weapons base damage and match it with the table of Animate Objects (2D6 making them Medium), or are ...
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Can a Tiny Servant be used as a messenger?

The local wizard lives in his wizard tower, which is located just outside the city walls. He sends the low-level adventuring party into the city to uncover some crucial information. He himself is not ...
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How would you bring an inanimate object to life as an ally?

I'm a newer D&D 5e player, and I like to experiment in my sessions because I work with an experienced DM. As the title says, I was wondering if there exists some way to bring inanimate objects to ...
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How small can a "Tiny" object be?

Question: How small can something be and still be considered a "tiny object"? Background: I have a player who is very excited about using Animate Objects soon, and was trying to come up with options ...
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Can a Tiny Servant use a Wand of Magic Missiles?

Is it possible for a creature created by the tiny servant spell (XGtE, p. 168) to wield and use a magic item, such as a wand of magic missiles?
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When do the objects animated by the Animate Objects spell take their turn?

The Animate Objects spell description says: You decide what action the creature will take and where it will move during its next turn, or you can issue a general command, such as to guard a ...
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What happens when a flying sword is killed?

In 5e there's a monster called a flying sword (it's a Small construct). When it is killed, what happens? Does the sword break? Does it lose its magic and revert to a mundane sword that a character ...
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How does casting Animate Dead on a True Polymorphed corpse get resolved?

Inspired by some similar questions and a comment on this answer, I'm curious how one might resolve the casting of animate dead on a creature who has been true polymorphed into a corpse. The ...
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If an Animated Object is given a task that takes longer than a minute to do, does the object stay animated longer than a minute?

So I am looking at the description of the 5th level spell Animate Objects, it says that its duration is up to a minute, however it also says that, "once given an order, the creature continues to ...
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How would an Animated Armor knocked unconscious by Dispel Magic work in combat?

I'm in the process of preparing my first one shot as a way of trying DMing in a few weeks. For one of the battles, I was thinking of having the PCs face an Animated Armor and a Flying Sword. ...
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What happens to an animated object when it loses its creator?

In the category "Animated Objects" on page 19, Monster's Manual says: When not commanded, they follow the last order they received to the best of their ability, and can act independently to ...
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What can animated objects do in a fight?

Things affected by Animate Objects can be issued commands. When ordered to attack in combat, they will make a single melee attack. Grapple, Hold, Help, etc are not mentioned in the spell description. ...
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Would the Animate Objects spell end an ongoing spell affecting the targeted object(s)?

Example: Heat Metal can only be cast at a manufactured metal object, and has a duration of "Concentration, up to 1 minute". If the targeted metal object is in contact with a creature, the ...
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How does the "Animate Objects" spell work?

I have the following questions concerning the spell "animate objects": It seems clear that this spell gives objects a mode of movement which they didn't have before. What kind of movement does it ...
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Would it be possible to use Animate Objects as an energy source?

I'm running a Pathfinder 1st edition game in modern times, and I'm wondering something: would it be possible to use Anímate Objects on something like a generator, use Permanency to make it last ...
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Is there any edition where it's possible to play as Animated Armor?

I'm new to this, and I'm still looking for a group to play with, but I have it set in my mind that the first D&D character I'd like to play as is secretly animated armor. Would this be possible ...
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Do Chain Devils' Animated Chains restrain creatures on a grapple?

The Chain Devil can make an attack that will grapple and restrain the target on a hit. Chain. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) slashing damage. The ...
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Does Casting Enlarge/Reduce on a College-of-Creation-Bard's Dancing Item Cause that Item to be Inanimate?

Relevant quotes: Enlarge. The target’s size doubles in all dimensions, and its weight is multiplied by eight. This growth increases its size by one category – from Medium to Large, for example. ... ...
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Can a College of Creation Bard make an instrument play itself?

Can a bard of the college of creation use their animating performance class feature to make an instrument play itself?
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Can objects animated by the Animate Objects spell take psychic damage?

The Animate Objects spell description reads: An animated object is a construct with AC, hit points, attacks, Strength, and Dexterity determined by its size. Its Constitution is 10 and its ...
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Permanently animating objects

Is there any official source that describes how one would animate objects so that they are similar to those listed in the MM on page 19/20? There's the Animate Object spell, but that's concentration ...
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Can a College of Creation Bard use Bardic Inspiration on their Dancing Item?

Bards have the Bardic Inspiration feature which states: You can use a bonus action on your turn to choose one creature other than yourself within 60 feet of you who can hear you. That creature gains ...
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Moving a Gargantuan Object

Enlarge/Reduce allows me to reduce the size of an object by one category (e.g. Gargantuan to Huge) and Animate Object works on objects up to Huge. If I find an object that's Gargantuan, could two ...
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Can musical instruments under the effect of Animate Objects be used to make music?

Can Animate Objects be used to make musical instruments produce that instrument's music? The spell's description is a bit vague as to how much control you have over animated objects for non-combat ...
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Are there rules for creating animated objects?

Craft Construct allows player characters to create their own homunculus, golem or shield guardian. Other than by the spell animate objects with permanency, are there any rules allowing the creation of ...
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Is the Animate Objects spell overpowered?

I am a new DM, just having run a game around 10 to 15 times. I have an experienced player, and he plays as wizard. He is casting animate objects so that he can attack my mage or weakling. He moves 20 ...
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If the Animate Objects spell is cast on weapons, what happens when the animated objects are reduced to 0 HP by damage?

This came up in a discussion with a fellow 5e DM: A player casts Animate Object on 10 daggers. This makes 10 animated daggers with 20 HP and 18 AC according to the 5e PHB. Now according to the spell "...
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Will casting Dispel Magic on one construct from Animate Objects end the animation of all the constructs?

Animate objects states a condition for ending the animation and control of the constructs: Each target animates and becomes a creature under your control until the spell ends or until reduced to 0 ...
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Is a corpse a possess-able object?

Creatures with the fiend of possession prestige class progressively gain a wider range of control over inanimate material and objects (eventually even very loosely defined objects). Possess Object (...
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What happens if you cast the Animate Objects spell on an weapon affected by the Shillelagh cantrip?

I was looking at the shillelagh cantrip, whose description states (emphasis mine): The wood of a club or quarterstaff you are holding is imbued with nature's power. For the duration, you can use ...
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Can an animated sword, made of adamantine, take damage via magical fire?

During our game, the DM claimed that a sword forged of adamantine would not take any damage from a spell's magical fire. In this instance, it was an animated sword that attacked us, and therefore a ...
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How many of my Tiny Animated Objects can attack each round and where are they?

The spell Animate Objects can create a host of tiny creatures that attack at +8/1d4+4, adding up to hefty damage for many monsters. We have been assuming lately that all 10 objects occupy the square ...
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Can you change your orders to Animated Objects?

The animate object spell says the objects attack "whomever or whatever you initially designate." Can you change your orders to animated objects? If you can't, permanent animated objects are ...
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What damage does an Animated Weapon do?

I'm currently looking for ways to optimize my damage output as construct crafter. It seems like a solid option would be going into an Animated Object Weapon if they get their own weapon damage to ...
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Animated Objects vs Existing Objects

How spells Animate Objects, Possess Object and similar ones interact with pre-existing features of objects? Let's say I animate Medium Object out of something that is entirely/mostly made out of ...
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Can an Animated Piece of Clothing Be Worn Without Cancelling the Animation?

Relevant quotes: Animating Performance. By 6th level, as an action, you can animate one Large or smaller nonmagical item within 30 feet of you that isn’t being worn or carried. By this quote from ...
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Are animated objects treated as creatures or objects when it comes to damaging and destroying them?

One of my party members is a specialized construct creator (machinesmith/engineer), and we had a few crazy ideas of animated objects that would see some good use in combat. For the most part, creating ...
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Unfolding Animate Objects

I'm playing a bard in a campaign with my friends in D&D 5e. One of the biggest goals of my character is to fly. Now my character is level 9 and has finally reached the animate objects spell. I ...
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Can a Chain Devil's Animated Chains move?

The Chain Devil's Animate Chains action allows it to animate chains near to it and use them as weapons: Animate Chains (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest). Up to four chains the devil can see ...
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Are the Soulmonger's Tentacles considered objects or creatures?

One of the last encounters in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure is against the Soulmonger, an huge, evil artifact: The Soulmonger is an upright crystal cylinder 20 feet high and 10 feet in diameter. ...
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