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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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Why does the Decaying rune add less damage than other runes?

The 8th level Decaying rune deals 1d4 Void damage, even to constructs: When you hit with the weapon, add 1d4 void damage [...] Unlike normal void damage, the void damage from a decaying rune damages ...
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Does the Sunburst spell blind constructs?

Does the sunburst spell blind constructs? Sunburst is a 8th-level evocation with reflex save. As I can read from the construct type entry on the SRD, they are not immune to blindness (except from ...
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What does the transmute golem spell mean by "subtype"?

The transmute golem spell states in the description that "Both types of golems must share the same subtypes, if any". What exactly does it mean by subtype? I've been interpreting it that a ...
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What's the maximum amount of Constructs you can have active at one time?

I'm on a bit of a Construct schtick right now, and my character is aiming specifically to make the most constructs possible. The roadmap is Lvl 13 College of Creation Bard/Lvl 3 Battle Smith Artificer,...
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Is there any way to improve the tripping thrust ability of a Nimblewright?

Nimblewrights are intelligent constructs in the Monster Manual II that have the following ability: Tripping Thrust (Ex): A nimblewright's rapier-hand attacks are powerful enough to push over ...
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How can I get my homunculus to take class levels?

Is there anyway to direct a homunculus crafted by an Artificer to take levels in either player character or non-player character classes? I'm aware of ways to advance their racial hit die, and I know ...
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What are some powerful anti-construct spells that target Fortitude?

What Fortitude-targeting spells are big threats to Constructs? I'm curious about spells that are strong versus constructs. I'm particularly curious about ones that target Fortitude (since they count ...
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In 5e If a Ranger takes "Constructs" as a favored enemy, does that include Warforged? [duplicate]

Simple questions for "Rules as Written" that came up in our newest Eberron campaign. If a Ranger takes "Constructs" as a favored enemy, does that include Warforged?
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Does a spell stored in a Shield Guardian retain maximum damage from Overchannel?

The party evoker has a Shield Guardian. In the last session he hit 14th level and obtained Overchannel. It is clear to me that if he used Overchannel when casting a spell on the Guardian, to be stored ...
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Why are animated things susceptible to sleep? [closed]

Why are animated things susceptible to sleep? I had an encounter with an animated knife and broom and it is possible to send them to sleep. It seems counterintuitive to me. Can someone give me an idea ...
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Are golems subject to spells and effects that would affect an elemental?

In the description portion of flesh golem, I found this passage: Elemental Spirit in Material Form. The construction of a golem begins with the building of its body, requiring great command of the ...
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Construct modification cost

When using the modifications listed under Building and Modifying Constructs, are the costs of the modifications, the price you pay to craft it, or to purchase it? IE: Construct armor has a cost of ...
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Does a PC's shield guardian make death saving throws?

So, you have a shield guardian, and its amulet, too! It's got 142 hp, and regenerates 10 hp a round; it's invincible, right?! No. All too soon something will knock it down to 0. What then? Does ...
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How to heal a shield guardian?

The shield guardian has a creature type of "construct". While the shield guardian is able to regenerate hit points, that may be insufficient to keep one on its feet in combat, so additional ...
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Does a Shield Guardian concentrate on the stored spells it casts?

The party evoker obtained the shield guardian and amulet available in the published adventure and is considering storing the Greater Invisibility spell in the guardian, with instructions to cast it ...
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Does the Heroes Handbook suggest that constructs should get an alternate save for Affects Objects?

In 3E, much as in 2E, Constructs are generally built with absent Stamina, much like objects, with Immunity (Fortitude) protecting them from most attacks that would target Stamina, like poison gas or ...
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Is there a way to find out what that construct's objectives are?

Assume that you and your party have located a plausible construct nearby, it has not noticed you and you don't yet know if it is hostile. You don't know anything about what instructions it has been ...
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Is there a way to detect a construct?

Assume that some plausible construct is pretending to be a regular stone statue. Is there a way for a group of PCs to detect that such a statue is in fact a construct? Without attacking or otherwise ...
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Can a simulacrum (of a humanoid that can take a long rest) take a long rest?

This question is inspired by Dale M's answer to another question. In that answer, Dale M said (bold added): So if a Simulacrum of a cleric can take a long rest it can change its prepared spells. ...
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RAW, are undead and constructs affected by disease? [duplicate]

I can't find any information on constructs or undead having a disease immunity. The Contagion spell gives diseases. Could someone, RAW, cast Contagion on a stone golem, for example, and give it ...
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How to surpass Construct's Hardness with no heavy-hitter at low level?

In Pathfinder 2E there are enemies like the Animated Armor, constructs with the defensive ability "Construct Armor" which reduces all incoming damage by an amount equal to the listed ...
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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 regains....
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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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