Questions tagged [constructs]

For questions related to constructed beings. These are beings that have been built and/or granted life by mechanical or magical means. This includes creatures like golems and clockworks, but does not include the undead.

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Can magic tattoos be used by warforged, or other constructs such as the battle smith artificer's steel defender?

Magic tattoos all say things akin to the following: To attune to this item, you hold the needle to your skin where you want the tattoo to appear, pressing the needle there throughout the attunement ...
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Can a Flesh Golem benefit from the 7th-level Regenerate spell?

Traditionally, the flesh golem is alive... it's ALIVE!!. Not so with 5e D&D of course, it is just another automaton but made with soggy RAW parts. Too bad of course (some amazing clips and reels ...
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How to overcome the distance limit on a Dedicated Wright?

In D&D 3.5 there are a number of types of homunculi that can be crafted by characters with the Craft Construct feat. Among these are Dedicated Wrights, which are specifically called out in their ...
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Is the 'copy' from Simulacrum a humanoid or a construct?

In previous editions of D&D it was possible to have two base forms or (in some editions) a creature 'template'. In 5e the base form is important and always singular: many spells &/or magics ...
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Can a creature without its own will (e.g. zombies, golems) be a “willing creature” when controlled?

In D&D 5e it appears that willing creature is defined by consent. Zombies, skeletons, and golems all essentially have no will, but while they are under the control of someone, can they be willing ...
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Do you need to cast spells every day you are working on a construct?

Crafting magic items takes one day for every 1,000 gold pieces of its value and spells have to be cast every day. Although it takes one day for every 1,000 gold pieces to craft a construct as well, I ...
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How to Make Intelligent Servants?

Basically trying to think of what the LN/anime Overlord might've used for the Floor Guardians and maids. An Awakened golem, effigy, or animated dead isn't much of a servant since that spell severs ...
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What are the stats of spider constructs created by the spell “Stone Spiders”?

The spell Stone Spiders (FRCS, p. 75) reads: You transform 1d3 pebbles into stone constructs that resemble monstrous spiders. The constructs can be any size from Tiny to Huge as you decide, but all ...
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Are there official statblocks for Vecna's constructs?

In the "Core Beliefs" section on Vecna, in Dragon Magazine 348, a holiday of the Clerics of Vecna is described. During this holiday, cultists try to create two powerful constructs. One of these is ...
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Which healing methods work on Nimblewright player characters?

Mirt's Undermountain Survival Guide contains a new playable race: the Nimblewright. Amongst other things, it is a construct rather than a humanoid. Several healing methods in the game, such as the ...
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How does the spell Warding Bond interact with a shield guardian?

I am wondering how warding bond interacts with a Shield Guardian, as they both lessen damage taken. In particular, what happens if the Shield Guardian casts warding bond on the person wearing the ...
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How can I create a Neutral undead-like creature?

After reading What rules say that summoning undead is evil, and what rules say why? and the accepted answer thereto, I wondered if there was a potential workaround to the inherent issues involved in ...
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Stats for homunculus created by Alchemist with Promethean Disciple discovery - how to get it buffed up, RAW?

One of my ex players (ex as we're switching DM currently, she is still active) wanted to create a homunculus. She took Promethean Disciple because, for some reasons, Promethean Alchemist did not ...
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Do the 2019 UA Artificer's Alchemical Homunculus and Iron Defender companion creatures get death saving throws?

In the May 2019 Unearthed Arcana update, two of the four Artificer specialist options can summon constructs as companions: the Alchemist summons an "alchemical homunculus", and the Battle Smith ...
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Is a shield guardian affected by demonic madness in the Out of the Abyss adventure?

I am DMing the Out of the Abyss campaign. According to p. 21 of the adventure book, various events in the adventure or certain conditions being met will call for a saving throw against demonic ...
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Is there a limit on the temporary hit points of Iron or Ice Golems, or can they potentially have infinite HP?

Certain Golems, and undoubtedly other creatures that are less easy to get on a party's side, are affected by certain magical effects differently than most other creatures. Mainly, the Iron Golem and ...
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Where is this construct augmentation section I remember?

I've looked through a bunch of books and pdfs and cannot find a very specific section that exists in one of them detailing new types of purchasable/buildable alterations for a construct. ...
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How to defeat constructs at low levels?

My party and I are playing Iron Gods, and are still in the beginning chapters of the campaign. But we've been facing a fair amount of Constructs. I don't know about other campaigns/adventures, but in ...
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Would a Disintegrate spell work on an Iron Golem?

The Iron Golem has the following feature: Immutable Form. The golem is immune to any spell or effect that would alter its form. Does this feature protect the Golem from the effects of the ...
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Do constructs need air to survive?

I'm playing an artificer (from Unearthed Arcana) and he just reached level 6, unlocking the Mechanical Servant feature. I was looking around for some CR 2 large beasts and I found the Plesiosaurus. It ...
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Now that Simulacrums are constructs, should healing methods that work on other constructs work on them as well?

The simulacrum spell description states the following: If the simulacrum is damaged, you can repair it in an alchemical laboratory, using rare herbs and minerals worth 100 gp per hit point it ...
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What is the weight of an iron defender in Eberron?

What would be the approx weight of a basic Iron Defender construct in Eberron? Our party stumbled upon a few of these, and managed to deactivate them without damaging. I am thinking of taking one ...
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Do Golems register as magical when targeted by Detect Magic?

The page on Detect Magic states Outsiders and elementals are not magical in themselves, but if they are summoned, the conjuration spell registers. while the page on Golems states Golems are ...
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What is a good method of heavyweight logistics transportation for kingdom building that can be tamed, created or built?

In our Kingmaker campaigh, the wizard (who is not too shy with necromancy) is thinking about heavyload transportation, as in all the stone and ore from mines, building materials and whatnot. Typical "...
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How can I make flying arbalester constructs with my artificer?

I am playing level 2 artificer and looking to create some Arbalester constructs. I am looking for a way to give them the ability to fly, and I'd like to be able to give them flying by level 4 at the ...
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How can my villain be resurrected as a construct?

I’m running a 5e campaign in a Homebrew setting. My BBEG is a rather powerful being kind of... locked in a fixed, repeating point in time. I've taken quite a few liberties here, but in order to ...
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Can Constructs use magical potions?

We assume that Constructs have "guts of gears" or magically infused stone, clay, or other materials. It is unclear if they even have a mouth or digestive systems. We found other SE answers showing ...
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How to make Alchemist able to create homunculus, as RAW as feasible, in Pathfinder?

In European tradition, Homunculus is alchemical creation: The homunculus first appears by name in alchemical writings attributed to Paracelsus (1493–1541) One of my players plays Alchemist class ...
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Is there a kind of damage or effect similar to “Brilliant Energy” weapons from 3.5e?

I'm trying to recreate my old 3.5e character in 5e, who was a fighter/sorcerer with a bow, and brilliant arrows (and some archery related spells). What I want to know is if there is an effect that's ...
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Can a Piercing Arrow damage constructs and undead?

I've got a question about the Arcane Archer's Piercing Arrow ability (Xanathar's Guide to Everything). From what I can read, the arrow effect of being able to pierce through objects without harming ...
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Can the mechanical servant from the UA class artificer be upgraded?

Is it possible to upgrade the UA Artificer's mechanical servant (page 4 in the linked document)? The description of the servant doesn't mention this possibility in its description. For convenience ...
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Are organic constructs also favored by Brigh?

Brigh is, according to the Pathfinder Wiki, the goddess of invention, and it seems that any construct that could be considered "alive" is of particular interest to her. On the other hand, Flesh ...
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How can a wizard increase the damage of a Shield Guardian?

A recent Adventurers League adventure (spoiler link) holds the possibility of players obtaining a Shield Guardian. The Shield Guardian is CR7 and its combat effectiveness decreases substantially as a ...
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Can an artificer ride a giant octopus Mechanical Servant?

Is there any problem with using a construct of a giant octopus as a mount? I know the anatomy isn’t perfect but I’m thinking with it being made by the artificer, that could be part of the design. It ...
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Using Blight on a tree construct?

In Curse of Strahd players will encounter which is tagged as a gargantuan construct. The druid in the campaign has Blight and the question is can blight effect this specific construct, or no? ...
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How can I defuse the stench of my Carrion Golem?

So. I'm a shady wizard. I want to make a carrion golem, but I'm afraid the stench will be disruptive to myself and the other PCs in the party. Is there any way to disable that stench and/or cover it ...
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Can you banish a mindless creature?

I ran into this situation in a gaming session last week and didn't want to make a big deal of it at the time, but I am curious. The components of the banishment spell are: V, S, M (an item ...
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Can an intelligent clockwork creature wind itself?

If a clockwork construct has both intelligence and its own key, can it wind itself? Like the damascene drow... It has 13 intelligence.
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If you have the “Promethean Disciple” Discovery, are Constructs considered Alchemical Items?

Rules for Promethean Disciple state Benefit: "An alchemist with this discovery learns how to craft constructs by way of alchemical research rather than arcane magic. The alchemist gains Craft ...
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Maximize Construct HD

I'm not looking to add HD to a construct, rather I'm wondering if it's possible to effectively maximize or increase the average added per HD. Construct hit die are normally a d10, meaning average is ...
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Does magically resizing a construct change its HP?

In Pathfinder Constructs gain bonus HP based on their size category. Our group is working with the 3rd Party System "Spheres of Power" and one of the players plans to use the Minimize/Maximize and ...
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Construct with a crossbow

I am building Animated Objects in my game and the rules for ranged attacks for them are Ranged Attack (Ex, 2 CP): Replace one slam attack with a ranged attack. It does the same amount of damage, ...
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How do the Incarnate Construct spell interact with half-golems?

Monster Manual II introduced half-golems: you can have a golem limb attached to replace a missing one, and if you fail a will save, you gain the construct type. Savage Species introduced the ...
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Is there a published adventure in any D&D edition where the dungeon is a construct?

Does anyone know if a campaign exists that takes the PCs through a dungeon, where they are looking for a construct, only to realize at the end that the dungeon itself is the construct? I am asking ...
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Can I create Assistant Constructs?

I've always been a fan of crafting in games. I especially liked the Atelier series of games. But for this question I'd like to focus on the Homs in the games. Homs are intelligent homonculus(though ...
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Crafting magic items and Constructs on the same day

Our group is using the Downtime rules and I had a question about crafting Magic items and Constructs. As a house rule, My character has two downtime actions a day due to having a ring of sustenance, ...
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What would I need to adjust to make a Medium Glass Golem?

Craft Construct allows a PC to build a construct, allowing a 10th level crafty-type wizard to make a Large Glass Golem using reasonably simple rules. In the options, and for a clearly understood ...
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Can a PC apply a template to a construct gained as a class feature?

With its level 1 supernatural ability greatwork, the base class machinesmith can opt to gain a mechanus, a construct that improves as the machinesmith advances in levels. Similarly, by using the level ...
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Using the spell animate object, I want to create an iron cobra but cant seem to

Using the spell animate object, I want to create an iron cobra (or something that works just like it). No where in the pages of listed rules (see my related post for the pages) does it discuss the ...
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Using the spell animate object, how do you determine the amount of construction points you can use?

Awhile ago someone else posted a question about animate object used on a weapon and got me interested in this. There seem to be 3 pages I can find that talk about animate object. The first is the ...