Questions tagged [immunities]

For questions about the scope or function of an immunity to something within an RPG system. Generally, an immunity is a defensive ability that protects completely against a certain kind of harmful or potentially harmful thing.

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Does the Invulnerability spell protect me from the shared damage of the Warding Bond spell?

As a Wizard, I can cast Invulnerability (XGtE, p. 160) on myself, which states: You are immune to all damage until the spell ends. If I then cast Warding Bond, do I suffer the reflected damage ...
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What is the lore reason for Giant Spiders being immune to mind-affecting spells?

The Giant Spider is immune to all mind-affecting spells. To me this seems arbitrary and I was wondering if there was a in-world justification for it, or if it's a reference to some other story or ...
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What magic items grant you immunity to charm?

In order to find magic items that would counter the Sleep spell, I'm searching for magic items that grant the user immunity to Charm effects. I am asking mostly for NPCs. In order to best determine a ...
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Can a character who is immune to mind-affecting effects benefit from the Craven feat?

The Craven feat, which provides bonus damage on sneak attacks, has an unusual prerequisite: Cannot be immune to fear If a character is immune to mind-affecting effects (such as via a Mind Blank ...
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Is there a way to acquire immunity to ability drain without changing type or gaining a divine rank?

Is there a way to acquire immunity to ability drain without changing type or gaining a divine rank? Assume a humanoid creature type and up to 20 levels. Prefer (in order): Permanent innate ...
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Can a creature with an immunity to the prone condition still choose to go prone?

Can a creature with immunity to the prone condition voluntarily go prone, such as a ghost that wants to impose disadvantage on ranged attacks against it? If so, does such a creature who went prone in ...
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Is there a way to bypass resistance/immunity to fire damage?

I want to use fire-based spells for thematic reasons and a lot of things have immunity to it. Is there a feat or class feature I could use to bypass/reduce those? For example, is there something ...
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Can a warlock with the Raven Queen patron have their raven Help against an enemy, then perch on their shoulder to avoid being harmed?

The Raven Queen warlock patron (from Unearthed Arcana: Warlock & Wizard) grants the Sentinel Raven feature at 1st level, part of which says: While perched on your shoulder, the raven can’t be ...
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Can you use Sneak Attack tradeoffs on creatures immune to sneak attack?

Some feats/abilities allow you to trade off sneak attack dice for other effects. For Example, the Deep Poisoning feat description says: When making a sneak attack with a poisoned weapon, you may ...
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Does immunity to ability damage also mean immunity to ability drain?

In the SRD section on Special Abilities, ability damage and ability drain are both grouped under Ability Score Loss, and states that one is temporary while the other is permanent. Are drain and ...
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What happens when a Vampire gets hit with the Disintegrate spell?

Just for a clear concept the players are Vampires and they are about to face a Beholder. A Vampire has the Undead Type Traits: (p317 MM) No Constitution score Immunity to any effect that ...
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Does a creature that is immune to all outcomes (conditions, damage, etc.) of an effect still make a saving throw?

Let's say a 5th level Lore Bard casts fear on a violet fungus not knowing that it is immune to the frightened condition. Does the violet fungus still make a saving throw? In particular, is a saving ...
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How does a ghost's Horrifying Visage aging interact with immunity to the frightened condition?

Assume Bob the Brave is immune to the frightened condition. He is faced with a ghost, that attempts to use Horrifying Visage against him. Does his immunity prevent him from rolling the save, failing ...
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How does the secondary effect of the Heat Metal spell interact with a creature resistant/immune to fire damage?

This is the description for the spell heat metal: Choose a manufactured metal object, such as a metal weapon or a suit of heavy or medium metal armor, that you can see within range. You cause the ...
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Does the Spores Druid's “Fungal Body” feature grant immunity to poison damage in addition to the poisoned condition?

So at level 14, the Circle of Spores druid from the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica gets the Fungal Body feature, which gives them immunity to the blinded, deafened, stunned and poisoned conditions and ...
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Are any creatures in 5e immune to all disease according to the manuals?

In fifth edition D&D, do any of the manuals specify that a creature (besides players) can be immune to all diseases or is this left up to DM discretion? Say for example that the party comes up ...
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Are Trolls immune to all instant death effects?

Part of the Troll's Regeneration feature says: The troll dies only if it starts its turn with 0 hit points and doesn't regenerate. Does this case beat instant kill effects, such as Divine Word or ...
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How would I stat a creature to be immune to everything but the Magic Missile spell? (just for fun)

My DM has, for the sake of adding some light-hearted fun to our campaign, introduced a magic chicken that has 1HP but can only die due to the magic missile spell. My question is, if we were to create ...
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Is there a creature that is resistant or immune to damage from a non-magical source other than bludgeoning, slashing, and piercing?

Reading this question: Is there a distinction between magical damage and nonmagical damage? I was wondering if there is a monster that is resistant or immune to damage from a non-magical source other ...
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Is there an inexpensive general way to make items forever immune to energy damage?

Some monsters live in environments that deal constant energy damage so that any stuff left nearby is destroyed. Other monsters have special abilities that deal energy damage over a wide area and ...
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How does a Half-Golem's magic immunity interact with its own magic?

I've seen a lot of threads on the Internet debating about the magic immunity of Half-Golems from MM2 but none of them answered or even brought up this question: How would a Half-Golem's magic ...
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How can an army be equipped to fight a creature that has immunity to damage from non-magical weapons?

If I, for example, am a hobgoblin warlord, and can raise an army of goblinoids, and I need to defeat, say, a Kraken, what can I reasonably do to make the soldiers of my army able to have any effect on ...
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What makes a weapon magical, for the purpose of immunity to non-magical weapons?

I am planning on having an encounter with a monster that has immunity to basically any attack from a non-magical weapon. Now, my players mostly have weapons with magical qualities, but they are not ...
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Does Psychic Immunity/Resistance versus Feeblemind affect anything other than damage?

How does resistance or immunity to psychic affect the Feeblemind spell? Obviously, it would lower the damage they'd take, but does it change the other aspects of the spell?
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Would a poison-immune creature be affected by Myconid spores?

One of my players has a Yuan-ti Pureblood character. We've read somewhere that poison immunity extends to many substances and we've gone with this interpretation, for instance we're considering this ...
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Does the Elemental Adept feat pierce immunity to the chosen damage type?

The Elemental Adept feat allows spells of a single damage type to ignore any resistance to that damage type. Does this effect apply to immunity as well? For instance, if I cast Fireball on a Fire ...
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Can a Werewolf survive being burnt at the stake?

As this answer to another question points out, the MM errata replaces resistance/immunity to "non-magical weapons" with resistance/immunity to "non-magical attacks". Does this mean that a werewolf ...
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Is sneak attack affected by resistance/immunity to weapon attacks?

Sneak attack says: Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an attack if you have advantage on the attack roll. The attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon. ...
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I have no magic weapon; why might I melee a target who is immune? [closed]

Let's say I have a character with a non-magical weapon, and I find myself in melee with a target immune to non-magical bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage. What reason might I have for making ...
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Can a Paladin use Divine Smite when attacking a creature immune to the weapon's damage type?

Prompted by this question about Sneak Attack and Immunities, it seems a character can hit (although for 0 damage) with a weapon which deals damage to which the target is immune. What would be the ...
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Booming Blade or Green Flame Blade: Utility against creatures with immunity to non-magical damage?

Both Booming Blade and Green Flame Blade have the following text: You make a single melee weapon attack against a creature you can see within the spell's range. If the attack hits... Reading this ...
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If a creature is immune to being charmed, does it know an attempt to charm it was made?

If a creature that is immune to being charmed has a charm spell cast on them. Do they know that an attempt to charm them was made? Can a creature immune to charm pretend to be charmed by a spell? Or ...
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What happens if you cast Energy Immunity (Fire), then Energy Immunity (Acid)?

What would happen if you cast an Energy Immunity (Fire), then follow it up with an Energy Immunity (Acid)? Are you now immune to both Fire & Acid for the duration of the spells, or does the second ...
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Is there some way I can gain temporary immunity to (untyped) damage?

So, thought experiment: weaponizing Dimension Door. No save, no SR, and there are clauses to deal 1d6/3d6/7d6 damage to every traveler (that means you and your target in our case) if there's no room ...
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Does immunity to damage render a creature immune to the other effects the damage could cause?

A shifter (Races of Eberron 25–40), in addition to the feats Endurance (Player's Handbook 93) and Toughness (101), takes the feats Shifter Stamina (115–16) and Troll Blooded (Dragon #319 61).1 The ...
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Are enemies with immunity to the Poisoned condition unaffected by Contagion?

After the 2018 PHB errata, the spell contagion now inflicts the Poisoned condition upon a successful melee spell attack. The relevant spell text is below, with updated portions highlighted in bold: ...
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How can a Black Pudding split when damaged by lightning or slashing damage if it's immune to such damage?

From DND Beyond entry on Black Pudding: (bold italics are mine) Damage Immunities acid, cold, lightning, slashing At the bottom of the stat block, under Reactions, it has the ability Split: ...
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Will the Rakshasa's Limited Magic Immunity prevent Detect Magic from detecting the effects of a spell like Disguise Self on the Rakshasa?

A Rakshasa has the following trait: Limited Magic Immunity. The rakshasa can't be affected or detected by spells of 6th level or lower unless it wishes to be. It has advantage on saving throws ...
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Are there creatures that are resistant/immune to falling damage?

From my experience in 5th edition D&D, I've seen many creatures resist or be immune to bludgeoning damage from weapons, but never to bludgeoning damage from falling. The only instance I know is a ...
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Does Immunity Stack?

So I've got a guy who's playing an "elemental" character with the Insubstantial 3 (Fire-Energy) power. He already has Fire Immunity 5, so when he "flames on" does the Fire-immunity of the ...
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Should my fighter really punch that werewolf?

A werewolf from the MM has the following in its stat block: Damage Immunities: Bludgeoning, Piercing, And Slashing Damage From Nonmagical Weapons That Aren't Silvered And as established in the ...
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Can a Werewolf actually hurt another Werewolf?

This came up today in Curse of Strahd. One of the werewolves wanted to aid the party in taking out some of her fellows. It occurred to me that a Werewolf in hybrid form does piercing (bite) and ...
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Can a creature with blindsight that is not immune to the Blinded condition suffer the effects of Blindness?

Not every creature with Blindsight is immune to the Blinded condition (like bats). However, blindsight seems to work for those that can't see, and Blinded is about not being able to See. RAW seems ...
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How does the Shield Guardian's damage transfer work when the bearer is immune/resistant to the damage type?

It's been asked before here what happens when a target is hit with damage a shield guardian is immune to. What about the other way around? Say a character is immune to a type of damage and takes ...
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Which monsters have immunity or resistance to non-silvered non-magical weapons?

The Player's Handbook (p. 148) (and the Basic Rules) state about silvered weapons: Some monsters that have immunity or resistance to nonmagical weapons are susceptible to silver weapons [...] ...
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Is the Spirit Troll unable to be knocked out unless it doesn't regenerate?

So I've seen some rules referencing that whenever a creature drops to 0 HP it is either knocked unconscious (and starts making death saving throws, unless it's already stable) or it dies outright. ...
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Important encounters and always facing resistance

I chose to play as a pure fighter in a campaign. Went with warforged, opted play as a samurai, and started out as lvl 4. I enjoy the campaign, and I feel like I'm fairly helpful in our random basic ...
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Can a planar ally use Limited Magic Immunity to avoid returning home?

The planar ally spell beseeches an otherworldly power to send you aid in the form of a celestial, elemental, or fiend. In my case, the players are trying to summon a somewhat homebrewed fiend; an ...
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How to handle player resistances as DM? [closed]

There are many threads which talk about NPC/Monster Resistances, Immunities, and Creature Tactics, but I couldn't find anything about the following: How do I, as a DM, handle PC resistances, ...
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Is the damage from the Magic Stone cantrip magical?

The cantrip magic stone from the Elemental Evil Player's Companion (p. 20) says: You touch one to three pebbles and imbue them with magic. You or someone else can make a ranged spell attack with ...