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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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How do you distinguish between magic effects that bypass immunity and those that don't?

This question was triggered by a question with respect to punching with Ogre Gauntlets and counting the unarmed attack as a magical attack for purposes of bypassing immunity. Basically, it goes like ...
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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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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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As a Barbarian, how can I contribute to fights against slash-immune creatures?

I play a Totem Warrior with a greataxe. Last night we encountered our first black ooze, and all I could do was throw javelins to contribute damage! I'm not trying to deal glass-cannon levels of ...
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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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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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Are immunities only working if you want them to?

For example, a Necropolitan Dread Necromancer just leveled, earning herself the class ability Negative Energy Resistance. However, she has always been using her Charnel Touch ability to heal herself. ...
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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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Can undead be frightened?

So in a campaign as a paladin, I cast Wrathful Smite and hit an undead creature. Can undead be affected by the frightened condition?
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Is a Rakshasa immune to Animate Objects?

A Rakshasa has the following trait: Limited Magic Immunity. The rakshasa is immune to spells of 6th level or lower unless it wishes to be affected. It has advantage on saving throws against all ...
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Just how immune to paralysis is a creature that's immune to paralysis?

Is there a distinction between paralysis and a paralysis effect? The Monster Manual Glossary on paralysis says, "Unlike hold person and similar effects, a paralysis effect does not allow a new save ...
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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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Can I have multiple active instances of resist energy?

Is it possible to have 2 or more castings of Resist Energy (or Protection from Energy or Draconic Reservoir), each covering a different energy type, active concurrently? The CRB (5th, p209) says (...
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Splitting Poison Damage with a Shield Guardian

Very similar to this question (Does Warding Bond carry over damage type?), but I can't seem to come to an agreement with one of the other players as this is a different situation. My character has a ...
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Does the damage from unarmed strikes bypass non-magical/silvered/adamantine weapon resistance and immunity?

Various creatures such as lycanthropes and golems are listed as being immune to damage from weapons not of a particular type. As unarmed strikes are not counted as weapons, but can be used as weapon ...
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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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What happens if you become Immune to a condition, while suffering that condition?

My level 10 Circle of the Moon Druid is just plumb tuckered out; She is suffering from Exhaustion Level 2. During combat, she uses Wildshape to turn into an Earth Elemental. However, Earth Elementals ...
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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 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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Can Maximilian's Earthen Grasp or Bigby's Hand target a Rakshasa?

A Rakshasa has the following trait: Limited Magic Immunity. The rakshasa is immune to spells of 6th level or lower unless it wishes to be affected. It has advantage on saving throws against all ...
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How do Damage Immunity and Vulnerability work together?

Normally it's unlikely, if not impossible, for this to happen, however I have come across a combo that may cause an issue. If a character has resistance to Necrotic damage and is cursed with ...
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Is a creature immune to a spell's damage type immune to the spell's other effects?

I'm thinking about creatures immune to necrotic damage, for example, and Chill Touch's effect (on a hit, prevents gaining hit points). RAW, I'm leaning towards no, but wanted to confirm.
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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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Condition Immunity to Unconscious

There is a very similar question here, but it is asked and answered using 4e rules. In 5e, Elementals all have the Condition Immunity to the Unconscious condition. We have been playing it that it ...
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How can I prepare for creatures with damage resistances or damage immunities? [closed]

This is a broader version of this question about barbarians and slashing-immunity. There are many creatures that are immune and/or resistant to the normal sources of physical damage, such as a Black ...
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Does immunity to a keyword in a multi-effect power confer immunity to the whole ability or only part of it?

For instance, consider a character who is immune to fear, adjacent to a Sibriex Chain Master, which has the aura: Sibriex Horror (fear, psychic)✦Aura 3 Any enemy that ends its turn within the ...