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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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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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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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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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Am I hit when I have immunity?

My character is immune to a specific type of damage, and an opponent attacks him with that type of damage. I know my character will not be getting any damage from that attack. My opponent ...
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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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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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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 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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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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How does Shatter damage objects, if objects are immune to con-save effects?

Shatter has always been my "go to" spell for damaging objects. Whether it was a wooden door or a fragile stone outcropping, I'd cast shatter to crack it or shake it loose. But today, I read something ...
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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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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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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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Does upcasting bypass Limited Magic Immunity?

Limited Magic Immunity says 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 other spells and magical effects. ...
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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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Will I know if my attack is modified by monster vulnerability, resistance or immunity?

In Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition, when my character successfully hits a monster in combat, does the GM have to tell me whether the attack deals the usual amount of damage or not? If the monster has ...
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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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Should I adjust encounter challenge for PCs with damage immunities?

Recently, two of my PCs became afflicted with lycanthropy (of the wererat variety). According to the Monster Manual, characters with lycanthropy acquire the damage immunities of their respective ...
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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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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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Does the Tempest cleric's Thunderbolt Strike feature still work if the target is immune to lightning damage?

Tempest Domain clerics (PHB, p. 62) get the Thunderbolt Strike feature at 6th level: At 6th level, when you deal lightning damage to a Large or smaller creature, you can also push it up to 10 feet ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Is a 10 HP black pudding immune to slashing and piercing?

Black puddings have this rather unique split power: Split (Ex) Slashing and piercing weapons deal no damage to a black pudding. Instead the creature splits into two identical puddings, each ...
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Does casting a spell on a weapon make it count as magic for bypassing immunities or resistances?

I'm wondering if a weapon "wrapped" in a spell like Prestidigitation, Minor Illusion, or another like spell would classify as making my weapon a magical weapon for combat in regards to resistance or ...
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Immunity to one of multiple attack types

How does immunity work when target is immune to one of multiple types of an attack? For example I attack a Clay Golem with my psi blades. Golem is immune to psychic damage, so I do no damage. What if ...
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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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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 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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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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Is a golem immune to a Dread Necromancer's Charnel Touch?

Imagine a situation: you're a Dread Necromancer with a ring of spiderclimb, and you're stuck in the room with the only exit being guarded by a [nonspecific] golem. You're out of spells, but you still ...
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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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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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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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Can a creature that is immune to magic be affected by a spell that ignores spell resistance?

In D&D 3.5 and/or Pathfinder if a creature is immune to magic, does a spell that has "SR: No" affect it ? I ask cause technically its a spell and is magic, but of course spells that don't allow ...
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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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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 a dose of poison on a weapon used up if the target is immune to poison?

The archer in our group was low on arrows, so he switched over to his poisoned ones. I told him the poison would not affect the undead, so they were essentially shot as normal arrows. After the fight ...
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Does a condition immunity also apply to its effects from other sources?

The "Paralyzed" condition includes being incapacitated, unable to move, unable to speak at all, autofailing STR/DEX saves, giving advantage to enemy attacks and giving crits to melee hits. The "...
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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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Is there a way to make Sneak Attack reliable instead of situational?

I've always found sneak attack to be unreliable, due to how many things have immunity to it. Are there any ways to get around this unreliability issue, or am I just going to have to live with having ...
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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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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 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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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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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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When immune to a condition, do you still gain the condition?

I was wondering if a creature who is immune to a condition, such as fatigue for a Horizon Walker with Terrain Dominance Desert, actually gains the fatigued condition, but does not take the listed ...
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Are undead immune to being knocked prone by Blast of Force?

The undead trait confers Immunity to any effect that requires a Fortitude save (unless that effect also works on objects or is harmless). (Monster Manual, p. 317) The spell Blast of Force has ...