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Can a monk push a banshee?

Can an Open Hand Monk push/shove a Banshee using Flurry of Blows, in spite of all of the banshee's condition immunities and features (i.e.: grappled, prone, hover, incorporeal, etc.)?
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Does touch attack ignore any armor bonuses?

Reading the touch attack description it says that it ignores any armor bonus. Does this mean they also ignore magical properties of the armor? Example: Does this mean that a creature attacking with ...
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A question about disembodied monsters and blinding spells on them

I am running a campaign with clerics, wizards and shadowcasters. One of the characters, a cleric, wants to choose an invisibility spell. This is not the problem. The problem is how this spell works ...
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Which manual to follow when the same subtype has different rules in three different manuals? The case of perfect wight becoming incorporeal

Our rogue perfect wight uses the supernatural ability Incorporeal from the Epic Level Handbook (page 34). She argues that she should only follow the rules written in the Epic Level Handbook for the ...
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Can an incorporeal enter inside a corporeal to hit them from the inside?

This is a tactic that the rogue in our party, becoming incorporeal (perfect Wight) has used in the past to kill creatures bigger than her size, avoiding being hit or spotted by them. Also this was ...
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How can a permanently remove the incorporeal subtype from my character?

I am playing a Lesser Dream Element Creature (Dragon magazine #287, p. 34) Zenthyri and I need to be permanently corporeal.* The method of corporeality must be unable to be disjunctioned/dispelled (so ...
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What if the rules for corporeal creatures and incorporeal were symmetrical?

I previously asked this question in regards to the asymmetry between corporeals attacking incorporeals (having a miss chance of 50%) and incorporeals attacking corporeals (no miss chance) as per the ...
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Do all incorporeal PCs have a 50% miss chance when attacking a corporeal creature?

In our D&D 3.5 campaign, for years, we have followed the rule provided in the Monster Manual 1 on the incorporeal subtype. Summarizing: corporeals that hit an incorporeal have a 50% chance to miss,...
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Does Ghostly Grasp work on all objects?

The feat Ghostly Grasp (Libris Mortis p. 27) says: You can wear, wield, and otherwise use corporeal items as though you were not incorporeal. Does this include being able to open a door, load a ...
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What happens when a creature using Assume Likeness becomes corporeal?

There are some cases where an incorporeal creature will become corporeal or is able to interact as if corporeal. The Assume Likeness ability of the Psion Uncarnate(1) (an unbodied(2) has an ability ...
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Is there a feat to allow a weapon to hit an incorporeal creature?

I'm still fairly new to 3.5 but I thought I saw a feat to allow a PC to hit incorporeal creatures as if they weren't. I know there is a feat to allow spells to act normally but couldn't find one for a ...
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Would the Icy Prison spell work differently against incorporeal foes?

Would the Icy Prison spell work differently against incorporeal foes? I'm asking because I haven't been able to find anything about it, but this sentence under the Incorporeal monster rule makes me ...
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Can an incorporeal character with Ghost Step Tattoo still hit enemies?

For the Ghost Step Tattoo in Tasha's, I'm not entirely clear on incorporeal. If a character is incorporeal, can their weapon attacks (esp if non magical) still hit enemies?
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What are all the ways to get custom incorporeal equipment?

Ghost Syrup is a powerful Necrotoxin that makes the victim permanently incorporeal. This is obviously useful for many spellcasting characters and affordable by level 6 (judging by the rule that PCs ...
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Can a incorporeal crearure move through walls? [closed]

Helloy, I´m playing a homebrew character and it states that he can take on a incorporeal form and can move through objects and creatures. Can I also move through walls? I know there is do general ...
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Can a monk using empty body deal full damage to incorporal creatures?

Empty Body (Su): A monk with this ki power gains the ability to assume an ethereal state for 1 minute as though using the spell etherealness, using his monk level as his caster level. Using this ...
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Can Specters move into the ground to avoid Opportunity Attacks?

In 5e, Specters have the Incorporeal Movement trait, which says: The specter can move through other creatures and objects as if they were difficult terrain. It takes 5 (1d10) force damage if it ends ...
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Do ghosts have to hover?

I'm trying to figure out the rules around flying creatures - particularly those that only have fly speeds and if that means they effectively have 2 actions a round due to a required hover. Looking at ...
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Tunnel defense effective against Specters? [closed]

This is a fun one...DND 5E session. Assume a 5' corridor that if 25' long leading to a dead-end (5 squares), and 5 party members (all medium size) fill each of those squares. A well armored tank as at ...
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When a UA Wild Soul barbarian's Wild Surge feature conjures "intangible spirits" that fly 30 feet in a random direction, do they move through walls?

When using the Path of the Wild Soul barbarian's Wild Surge feature (from Unearthed Arcana: Barbarian and Monk), if you roll a 3 on the Wild Surge table, it has the following effect: You conjure 1d4 ...
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Can a Ghost use feats that have a strength score as a prerequisite?

A Ghost has a strength score, but it can only use physical force as long as it is on the ethereal plane. When a Ghost uses its manifestation ability, "it partly enters the Material Plane and becomes ...
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Does the Arcane Strike feat allow you to hit incorporeal creatures?

The Arcane Strike feat says that your weapons [...] are treated as magic for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. I do not read this as suggesting that a mundane weapon actually becomes ...
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How do incorporeal creatures attack interact with their environment

I found some posts for 3.5e but there's not much information on incorporeal creatures attacking corporeal ones in the rules as far as I can find. It's pretty clear in the universal monster rules how ...
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Are incorporeal creatures damaged by the Dreamheart Tempest?

Incorporeal creatures are only damaged by magical effects (50% of the time), force damage, other incorporeal things, and things specifically designed to interact with incorporeal creatures (e.g. Ghost ...
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Can incorporeal creatures speak?

I got to thinking about how exactly incorporeal creatures interact with the corporeal world and I wasn't exactly coming up with anything that explicitly stated whether they could communicate or not. ...
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Would Ghost Trap revert a Psion Uncarnate to corporeal form?

Would the spell Ghost Trap revert a psion uncarnates incorporeal form if they enter the affected area ? What confuses me is this part of the wording for the ghost trap spell: All incorporeal ...
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Can telekinesis or wind affect incorporeal creatures?

Are incorporeal creatures affected by the following effects? Telekinesis Object thrown by Telekinesis Wind caused by fan Wind caused by Control Wind spell or Control Weather spell
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If my wizard casts Blink, can he better draw the attention of Incorporeal creatures?

I’m asking this question based on my answer to this other question: How can you force an incorporeal creature out of a solid surface? The spell description for Blink seems to conflate being ...
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Can incorporeal creatures interact physically with other incorporeal creatures?

So say a ghost wants to shake hands with another ghost. Can they do that? Can they attack other incorporeal creatures with physical weapons in the same way ethereal creatures can?
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How can you force an incorporeal creature out of a solid surface?

From the PFSRD: An incorporeal creature can enter or pass through solid objects, but must remain adjacent to the object’s exterior, and so cannot pass entirely through an object whose space is ...
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A ghost with Ghostly Grasp making a strength check?

A ghost is incorporeal and thus has no strength and normally cannot manipulate things on the material plane, however with the Ghostly Grasp feat ( Libris Mortis: The Book of Undead, p. 27) You can ...
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Can an incorporeal creature charge through a corporeal creature's space?

The Player's Handbook says that to execute a charge a creature "must have a clear path toward the opponent, and nothing can hinder [its] movement (such as difficult terrain or obstacles)" (154). Can a ...
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Can you knock a Banshee unconscious?

In our campaign I am attempting to garner information about a spellbook from a Banshee. I've had some suggestions from NPCs to beguile it, but trying to cover all my bases, I wondered if I could knock ...
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While just the neh-thalggu's mouth is corporeal can it be attacked normally?

Long one of my favorite monsters if only for its unique language, in an upcoming adventure I finally get to run an encounter with a neh-thalggu (EL 206–8). However, the creature is not without issues. ...
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What attribute do incorporeal creatures use for strength skills?

The SRD clearly states that incorporeal creatures have no Strength score, and use their Dexterity modifier for both melee and ranged attacks. However, what about Strength-based skills? Can a spook ...
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Can a monster with Incorporeal Movement end its movement inside of another creature or object?

RAW for the specter's Incorporeal Movement (MM p 279): The specter can move through other creatures and objects as if they were difficult terrain. It takes 5 (1d10) force damage if it ends its ...
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Does a specter's Incorporeal Movement ability provoke opportunity attacks?

The Specter has the ability Incorporeal Movement, which states, The specter can move through other creatures and objects as if they were difficult terrain. It takes 5(1d10) force damage if it ends ...
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Psion Crystal Attack Powers vs. Incorporeal?

There are several crystal attacking powers for psions. They inflict damage along the lines of slashing and piercing. The incorporeal subtype says this: An incorporeal creature has no physical body. ...
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Does Ghostbane Dirge have a miss chance against incorporeal targets?

Ghostbane Dirge: The target coalesces into a semi-physical form for a short period of time. While subject to the spell, the incorporeal creature takes half damage (50%) from nonmagical attack ...
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Can an incorporeal creature turn any object incorporeal with the Ghostly Grasp feat?

The Ghostly Grasp feat is described in Libris Mortis (page 27) and states: You can wear, wield, and otherwise use corporeal items as though you were not incorporeal. Emphasis mine. According to ...
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Can an incorporeal creature execute a touch spell against a corporeal creature?

I am going by the definition of the incorporeal subtype from Monster Manual Ⅴ (page 213) and have a hard time coming to a definitive answer. I believe that incorporeal creatures should be able to ...
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Does Smash From the Air work against Brilliant Energy or Phase arrows?

I've been arguing with someone about the feat smash from the air. This feat allows a character to make an attack of opportunity against an incoming attack (giant boulders, hostile ray spells, arrows, ....
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Can a ghost or other incorporeal creature be polymorphed?

While researching this question about polymorphing a paladin's steed, I had a realization. Polymorph specifies a creature you can see as a target, and as answered here, "creature" essentially refers ...
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Is "relinquishing" an object different than throwing it?

According to Realms Help An object that the creature relinquishes loses its incorporeal quality. So if a ghost has a sword and puts it down, even if it was not physically present before, it pops ...
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Can an incorporeal creature occupy the same space as another creature?

Can an incorporeal creature occupy the same square as a normal creature? Does it matter if it's during a move (moving through another creature) or at the end of the move (stopping in the other ...
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Does moving behind full cover count as "leaving the opponent's reach" for purposes of opportunity attacks?

Suppose I am fighting an enemy with the usual 5-foot reach. He is standing next to a wall beside an open doorway. I am in next to him in the room. Without leaving his 5-foot range, I move to the ...
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Do weapon enhancing spells let them hit incorporeal opponents?

So, a party of a Fighter, a Rogue, a Barbarian and a Wizard walks into a ghost city, and meets a hostile Joystealer (or a ghost, or some other incorporeal enemy). The party only has mundane and ...
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Does an incorporeal creature take half ability damage from corporeal sources?

The rules for incorporeal creatures states that "Even when hit by spells or magic weapons, [an incorporeal creature] takes only half damage from a corporeal source (except for channel energy)." If, as ...
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Can the Ghost Touch weapon property allow an attacker to perform incorporeal touch attacks?

This is a specific question: The Ghost Touch weapon property states that: ...Essentially, a ghost touch weapon counts as either corporeal or incorporeal at any given time, whichever is more ...
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The unbodied in an anti-magic field

I am playing an unbodied, I had some trouble with the GM about what happens in an anti-magic field. I believe that since there is no comma, and no "and" between "incorporeal" and "undead" in the ...
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