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If a player gets Lycanthropy, does it start immediately? Or does it take a while?

If my players were fighting a werewolf and one of them got bit and failed the con save, would they instantly be able to transform? Or would they have to wait a while?
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Would a bag of silver work against lycanthropes?

So I just read Weekly Roll #53 and saw that the paladin used a sock full of silver coins against a werewolf, would that really work?
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Does Lycanthropy give you XP?

Does a template that grants HD (lycanthropy, but also multi-headed, zombie, etc.) necessarily give XP to be at that new character level? Is there some requirement somewhere that one has to have enough ...
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Can a Lycanthrope become a Vampire?

As a DM, I'm wondering whether a Lycanthrope curse is canceled when such a monster is killed by a Vampire bite and becomes a Vampire Spawn. There doesn't seem to be indications against it in the ...
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Would a werewolf hit with non-magical damage leave a blood trail?

Say, for example, a werewolf triggers a spike trap and fails the DEX save to avoid the spikes. However, they're just iron spikes, not silvered or magical. Would this cause them to shed blood, since ...
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Can a Changeling or Doppelgänger shapechange into a hybrid lycanthrope form?

If a doppelgänger or changeling meet a werewolf in their hybrid form, could the doppelgänger/changeling then mimic that form? Technically, a werewolf is a humanoid. But Shapechanger is an ability.
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Is there a spell or item that can detect Lycanthropes while they are in their human form?

Since purchasing the Troll Skull Tavern in Waterdeep, Ichabod the Inscrutable has run afoul of the Shard Shunner wererat gang. He believes their leader to be none other than the Fellowship of ...
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Is my Homebrew Born-Lycanthrope Race balanced with other playable races?

*I've built a homebrew race for born lycanthropes of different varieties. I've referenced the Order of the Lycan Blood Hunter class and NPC Werewolves while I was building it and used my imagination ...
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What level Curse does Lycanthropy count as?

I'm reworking some of my older campaigns in Pathfinder 1e and transferring them into Pathfinder 2e. One of the custom items I had in an original dungeon was a supposed "Wand of Wish" that ...
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Can a wereraven Way of Shadow monk cast Darkness while in raven form?

In my ongoing Curse of Strahd game, The question has arisen about what spells a wood elf Way of the Shadow Monk would have access to in the various wereraven forms. In the humanoid (wood elf) form, ...
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Are there any other ways for lycanthropes to hurt other lycanthropes?

As written, lycanthropes cannot damage one another as they have immunity to non-silvered, non-magic attacks and their stack block attacks are exclusively of these types (and see: Can a Werewolf ...
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Is this adaptation of the Lycanthrope rules balanced

I am planning to put my group into a scenario where they might get turned into Werewolfs. As I am not entirely happy with how Werebeasts are portrait in the rules, MM pg. 207., I.e. Hybrid forms and ...
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Does Thirsting Blade from Eldritch invocations stack with multi attack? [duplicate]

My DM is open to odd characters and is letting me play a true lycanthropy weretiger in DnD 5e. We went over the entry in the monster manual for weretiger and decided what modifications should be made. ...
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What are the changes to a character caused by Wereraven Lycanthropy from the Curse of Strahd adventure?

I just had a player contract wereraven lycanthropy in my Curse of Strahd campaign, but I can't find the changes that they would get for having it. Where are the effects of wereraven lycanthropy ...
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Are the ability scores granted by lycanthropy permanent?

From page 207 of the MM, A character who becomes a lycanthrope retains his or her statistics except as specified by lycanthrope type. [...] For example: Werewolf. The character gains a Strength ...
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Can a PC cursed with lycanthropy embrace the curse if they are unaware of it?

Recently, I wrote an answer to this question: When does a character cursed with lycanthropy become aware that they are cursed? I concluded that it is possible for a PC to not be aware of the curse, ...
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Can a PC cursed with lycanthropy voluntarily shapeshift if they don't embrace the curse?

Recently, I wrote an answer to this question: When does a character cursed with lycanthropy become aware that they are cursed? At the end of the answer, I pointed out that the character's alignment ...
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Is this system for calculating the PC levels at which it is balanced to receive lycanthropy accurate or balanced?

It tells in the Monster Manual how a PC can become a Lycanthrope and what mechanical differences it makes, but as far as I can see it doesn't say anything about what level the character should be at ...
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Should I depower a PC Lycanthrope at level 1 during Curse of Strahd?

One of my players wants to play a humanoid rat character. I'm considering cursing them with wererat lycanthropy; however, looking at these abilities, they just seem way too strong for a level 1 ...
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Does the paladin's Divine Health feature make them immune to the curse of lycanthropy?

Paladins get the Divine Health feature at level 3: By 3rd level, the divine magic flowing through you makes you immune to disease. If a were-animal bites a paladin of level 3 or higher, would they ...
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When does a character cursed with lycanthropy become aware that they are cursed?

I'm running Curse of Strahd for a group of friends, and last session they had an encounter with werewolves. I made all the wolves (and werewolves) attack a single character, since that's how I thought ...
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What happens when a spellcaster becomes a lycanthrope?

Several questions about lycanthropes: When a character becomes a lycanthrope, they gain animal hit dice, including the skill ranks of the animal. However, these will be hit dice with far fewer skill ...
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Lycanthrope AC & Magical Armor

Just a quick question here. One of my players was bit by a Lycanthrope and is currently cursed. Thing is that he plans on staying that since alignment won't alter anything for him. According to the ...
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Can lycanthropy be sexually transmitted?

I have a player in D&D 5e who is a Blood Hunter under the Order of the Lycan. He wrote a backstory, as all my players do, and in it said that after becoming a werewolf, he had a wife and child. I’...
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Does a PC cursed by Lycanthropy still retain racial bonuses to the same ability score?

This is mainly about a player who was bit by a Werebear recently. He wants to embrace being a Werebear and he's a Human Variant Fighter (GWM Feat) with 17 Strength. Being a Werebear he gains a ...
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Do lycanthrope PCs gain darkvision?

The rules for Lycanthropes (MM, p. 207) say (emphasis mine): The character gains the lycanthrope's speeds in nonhumanoid form, damage immunities, traits, and actions that don't involve equipment. ...
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How do I adjust encounters to challenge my lycanthrope players without negating their cool new abilities?

Background: In my campaign, my players (each are level 5, having just finished LMOP, and have magic weapons) took up a quest for a group of lycanthropes, and as a reward, were bitten and granted ...
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Do werebeasts get Keen Hearing and Smell in human form?

Do werebeasts get Keen Hearing and Smell in human form? My PC is a werewolf. I was wondering if I'd have Keen Hearing and Smell in my humanoid form, or if that's just a hybrid/wolf form ability.
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How can this party locate the creature that cursed a PC with lycanthropy?

When we found a new player's PC washed up on a riverbank, the PC explained that some time ago he was kidnapped, afflicted with lycanthopy by his captor, and tossed into the river. The GM told the ...
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What size category is a wereraven in hybrid form?

Lycanthropes in general can shift between their humanoid, animal, and hybrid forms. In humanoid form they are Medium size and in animal form they are whatever size the animal normally is, but there is ...
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Would a caster know whether casting Remove Curse on a lycanthrope born that way was unsuccessful? [duplicate]

I have a player that's a born lycanthrope (weretiger), that was bitten by a known werebear. one of my other players is planning on casting remove curse on them. Would the caster know that the spell ...
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Does a PC lycanthrope druid gain a lycanthrope's immunities in humanoid form, and while Wild Shaped?

I am a DM playing through Out of the Abyss and have chosen to use Topsy and Turvy as pre-made characters for my players. I want them to be druids with the desire to control their lycanthropy. The ...
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Are there rules for "uncontrollable lycanthropy"?

One of my players wants to create a character who transforms into a werewolf uncontrollably, either at night or specifically under a full moon, and then revert back to his human state when the sun ...
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Does a lycanthrope's AC change when shapechanged from a form wearing armor?

Weretigers (and all lyncathropes; Monster Manual p. 210) have the Shapechanger trait: The weretiger can use its action to polymorph into a tiger-humanoid hybrid or into a tiger, or back into its ...
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What is the downside of contracting lycanthropy?

Lycanthropy is described in the Monster Manual as a curse. Some members of our party contracted it from a pack of werewolves in a recent session, and we consulted the infobox in the Monster Manual to ...
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If a PC contracts lycanthropy (werewolf), do they gain the abilities in its stat block?

For example, do the PCs gain the shapechanger ability to change at will, the keen hearing and smell, and/or the damage immunities found in the Werewolf stat block (MM pg. 211)? Does the answer to ...
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What happens when you try to True Polymorph into a werewolf?

Okay, let's assume that a non-shapeshifter (Bob the human for example) is going to be polymorphed (Using True Polymorph) into a werewolf. What would be the most likely thing to happen? Would Bob be ...
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Will an electrum shortsword do bonus damage against lycanthropic creatures?

I found a +1 electrum shortsword during a campaign. I know the +1 will damage most lycanthropic creatures, but will the electrum do any bonus damage? I'm asking because I find it silly to pay a ...
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Does the werewolf get pack tactics in wolf form?

The werewolf shapechange ability states that it polymorphs into a wolf. Does that mean it gains pack tactics as an ability in wolf form?
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Lycanthrope's natural weapons and two-weapon fighting? [duplicate]

I plan on making a druid character who later accepts the curse of lycanthropy into his body in order to control it, something like a shapeshifter from Baldur's Gate. Am I able to use the multi-attack ...
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Can a Monk with Lycanthropy use Flurry of Blows in Animal form?

I am about to begin playing a Pathfinder game in which I am playing an unchained monk. My character has the natural lycanthrope template applied and his animal form is that of a dire wolf. Can I ...
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Werebear Class Bonus Attacks

Looking at the werebear class description on the Realmshelp Page I am running into a conundrum.. At level one the werebear gains 2 claws and one bite attack. Does this mean that a lvl one werebear ...
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ECL of a Lycanthrope

The SRD states that a Lycanthrope has an LA of either +2 or +3, depending on whether it is afflicted or natural. Aside from that, its ECL is affected by several Racial Hit Dice, depending on what ...
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What are the differences between a Weretiger's animal and hybrid forms?

I'm currently making a weretiger character in D&D 3.5 and was wondering what all the listed differences are between its animal and hybrid forms. I don't need anything that would be considered ...
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Do unarmed attacks with silver gauntlets harm werewolves?

Exactly like the title says, do silver gauntlets count as a weapon and do damage for the purpose of lycanthrope immunity to non-silver, non-magical attacks?
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Do natural lycanthropes still receive racial bonuses from their base race?

Playing a natural born weretiger, as opposed to one who was afflicted with it. I'm several levels in, and now I wonder if I've made a mistake. Should my racial bonuses as a human still apply, since ...
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Would a kenku have any objection to being infected with wereraven lycanthropy?

I recently had a look at the wereraven statistics from Curse of Strahd, and the way it looks to me is that this would be a really good offer for kenku. These are the changes I can see that a kenku ...
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What's the most practical clothing for a weretiger or other were animal?

Werewolves, and other similar shapechangers, are usually significantly larger in an animal or hybrid form than in their human form, so wearing clothes when they shift is a very bad idea. For this ...
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Can Werebeings Cast in their Hybrid Form?

Werebeings in D&D are powerful characters who are capable of transforming into specific beings, notably tigers, bears, and wolves, or hybrid human/beasts. The rules concerning the question are as ...
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Does Alter Self work with shape shifting?

I used to play a Lythari Elf Mage in 3.5e and now I want to play a Lythari Elf Sorcerer. Lythari Elves are special for their lycanthropic transformation powers: The lythari are a subrace of elves ...
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