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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 a creature immune to the prone condition also immune to being incapacitated by the Tasha's Hideous Laughter spell?

The Tasha's hideous laughter spell description states: A creature of your choice that you can see within range perceives everything as hilariously funny and falls into fits of laughter if this ...
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Does an ally that has the plant type via Greenbound Summoning benefit from inspire courage?

The Plant Type gives "Immunity to all mind-affecting effects (charms, compulsions, phantasms, patterns, and morale effects).". Inpsire Courage is a morale effect. If I summon a creature with Summon ...
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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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What does Fortitude Immunity include?

According to Mutants & Masterminds 3e RAW would a flat Immunity to Fortitude Checks include immunity to: suffocation, thirst and starvation and sleep? The Player insists that it does, and hopes ...
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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 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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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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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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Does attacking with an enchanted weapon count as a magic attack?

I was fighting a flesh golem, and attacked with a weapon enchanted with electricity, does this trigger the golem's immunity to magic effect? Does attacking with an enchanted weapon count as a magic ...
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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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Route to Divine Spell Immunity?

Parameter: this is RAW. I can pretty well guess RAI doesn't agree. So I'm asking this from a 1) RAW viewpoint, and 2) DM viewpoint. So, I've been browsing Occult Rituals because I have an occult-...
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Gaining immunity to physical damage

I know it's possible to gain immunity to e.g. conditions like poison, fear (both Heroes Feast), charmed, etc. It's also possible to gain immunity to cold or fire damage, using their respective ...
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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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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 ...
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Does a spaceship need Affects Others on its Immunites to keep its passengers safe?

Say one is making a vehicle to travel through a particularly hostile environment, such as space. Naturally, one would grant the vehicle the Immunity applied to the various dangers of the environment, ...
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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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Under “Psionics-Magic Transparency” what kind of powers is a half-fey immune to?

A half-fey is immune to enchantment effects: Original text from Fiend Folio: Special Qualities: Half-fey have low-light vision and are immune to enchantment spells and effects. Revised ...
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Can an Oracle use Energy Body while paralyzed to end the paralysis?

One issue that came up in our last session is the use of Energy Body on a character that is already paralyzed. While paralysis prevents movement, it still allows for fully mental actions, which using ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does a poisoned weapon have to pierce the flesh to deal poison damage?

Does a poisoned weapon have to pierce the flesh to deal poison damage? For example, you can't pierce the flesh of lycanthropes with non-magical weapons, so I'm not quite sure the poison would be able ...
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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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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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Does the damage from sharpshooter get added against creatures with immunities?

Lets say I am attacking a foe with a magic bow and and I have the Sharpshooter feat. If he has immunity against non magical weapons, does the +10 damage from sharpshooter still apply?
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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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Damage Immunity in Monster vs. Monster [duplicate]

In regards to bypassing damage immunity to attacks not made by magic weapon, what are considered magical attacks besides spells/spell-like ability and magical weapon attacks? Are summoned monsters ...
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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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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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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 ...