Questions tagged [monsters]

This tag covers questions relating to either monstrous antagonists specifically, or all enemies of the player characters generally; which usage is correct varies depending on the traditions of specific games. Use as appropriate for the game in question.

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Why do all metals corrode when attacking a Rust Monster, yet it itself can only target ferrous metals

When you attack a rust monster, the following may apply: Rust Metal. Any nonmagical weapon made of metal that hits the rust monster corrodes. [...] So, bronze for example being a metal would corrode....
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What are the consequences of eating a myconid? [closed]

I'm a DM of an Out of the Abyss (OOTA) campaign where the party is considering eating Stool, the myconid from the prison. Considering the whole "don't eat mushrooms you find in the woods" ...
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Does the effectiveness of a harpy's song fluctuate based on its Charisma score?

In D&D 5e, the harpy has the Luring Song action option: Luring Song. The harpy sings a magical melody. Every humanoid and giant within 300 feet of the harpy that can hear the song must succeed on ...
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Can monsters use weapons they took from player characters via Disarm?

Without necessarily getting into whether or not Disarm is a waste of time or not, if a monster Disarms a PC, (page 271, DMG) can that monster use the weapon if it picks it up? Example... A Bandit ...
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How do “monsters” attack if the PCs don't engage in combat first?

I'm not a total newbie to DW, and have played 'solo' DW with my partner for at least two years. We both have a number of level 3 characters who we run through GM-less scenarios we generate from ...
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Can the Chronurgy wizard's Chronal Shift feature be used when a creature uses Legendary Resistance to succeed on a saving throw?

The Chronurgy Magic wizard's Chronal Shift feature (Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 184) says: You can magically exert limited control over the flow of time around a creature. As a reaction, after ...
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How many non-hostile creatures are affected by the Hobgoblin Captain's Leadership action?

Looking at the 5e MM, I'm not sure how many non-hostile creatures are affected by the Hobgoblin Captain's Leadership action - only one, or all of them within 30'?
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How could the Awaken spell be cast on highly intelligent plants and beasts?

In D&D 5e, the Awaken spell allows a gain of intelligence and ability: After spending the casting time tracing magical pathways within a precious gemstone, you touch a Huge or smaller beast or ...
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Does the Awaken spell give or create a soul?

The Awaken spell adds sentience - granting 'intelligence' of 10 to either one beast or plant target (one that starts with an int score of 3 or less). It also adds mobility, ambulatory function, ...
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How do Bolts From the Grave and a Rakshasa's Limited Magical Immunity interact?

We recently included an UA Revived Rogue subclass in the group and the players had to face off against a Rakshasa. The question is, Bolt From the Grave says it's a Ranged Spell Attack, but doesn't ...
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Can one capture the 'soul' or 'spirit' of a dying Illithid/mind flayer with a 'Ring of Mind Shielding'?

Do illithids or 'mind flayers' have a spirit &/or soul to be captured in a Ring of Mind Sheilding? This is related to a previous question regarding the mind flayer return to a (previous/humanoid) ...
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Do lair actions occur when the monster isn't in the lair?

This may be up to the DM, but if the monster that normally lives in the lair is alive, does it need to be in its lair for the lair actions to manifest? Or is the lair independent of the monster until ...
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How can victims of a Devourer / Spawn of Kyuss be restored?

In 5e, there are some monsters which can kill and transform / disintegrate PCs. While disassembling the published monsters, I made the following interesting observation: Some of these state that only ...
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Can the Staff of the Woodlands be subject to an Awaken spell?

A Staff of the Woodlands can take the form of a healthy tree (60 feet tall / 5-foot-diameter trunk / branches spread 20-foot radius). The Awaken spell can give sentience to a tree, potentially turning ...
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Is there any way for a Mind Flayer to go back to their original human(oid) form?

According to 5e lore, the Mind Flayer / Illithid lore reproduces via ceremorphosis: a tiny illithid-creature eats its way into the (sentient) target's brain, forcing transformation to occur some time ...
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Is it worthwhile to deal lightning damage to a froghemoth?

The froghemoth (VGtM, p. 145) has the Shock Susceptibility trait: Shock Susceptibility. If the froghemoth takes lightning damage, it suffers several effects until the end of its next turn: its speed ...
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When were Orcs changed from lawful evil (as in AD&D 2e) to chaotic evil (as in D&D 5e)?

When I played AD&D 1e and 2e Orcs were listed as lawful evil in the Monster Manual. Lawful Evil as their alignment was consistent with other similar races like Goblins, Hobgoblins, and Bugbears. ...
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What does Axiomatic Mind do?

The Modrons have the following trait: Axiomatic Mind. The [modron] can't be compelled to act in a manner contrary to its nature or its instructions. What does this mean? It sounds to me like ...
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If you save to become immune to a creature's trait/ability, are you immune to that trait/ability from all such creatures?

So a Pit Fiend has a neat little thing called a fear aura. Essentially if you start in it, you have to make a save or be frightened. We know from a related question that the rules for combining ...
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What appendages are needed to perform the somatic components of a spell?

In Dungeons & Dragons, many sentient beings or devices could learn spells &/or rituals. But it's unclear who is able is able to perform somatic components normally done by a humanoid of 3' to ...
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Are there any monsters with hypnosis-like abilities and what type of saving throw do they force?

I am wondering if any monsters have a hypnosis-like spell or feature, and if so what is the ability used in the saving throw? What I mean about "hypnosis" is that it falls short of complete ...
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Can channel divinity affect a fiend in the ethereal plane?

In a fight with a Night Hag coven one hag uses the Heartstone to become ethereal, I know that divine sense can't reach into the ethereal plane and sense her. But can a Channel Divinity affect her? For ...
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What is the significance of monster subtypes?

A number of subtype tags are added after some monsters' general classification. With the exception of Shapechanger and a few other specific exceptions these tags are linked to a particular monster ...
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What is the in-universe explanation for why succubi, who were demons, became “neutral evil fiends” in 5e?

The Forgotten Realms wiki page on succubi tell us (specifically in footnote 1) that in 1e, 2e and 3.Xe1, succubi were chaotic evil demons, but then were retconned to be lawful evil2 devils in 4e and ...
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What are the limits of the Purrodaemon's Weapon Steep ability?

The Daemon, Purrodaemon ability "Weapon Steep" states: If a weapon remains sheathed in its body for at least 24 hours, the weapon absorbs some of its essence and gains magical enhancements. ...
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Using non-mechanical descriptors from Pathfinder SRD for a non-d20 system game

I have an inquiry. If someone can help me with it, I would strongly appreciate it. I'm currently in the process of designing the bestiary of my TTRPG. It doesn't use the d20 System, but I'm taking ...
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What is the in-universe explanation for why succubi, who were demons, became devils?

The Forgotten Realms wiki page on succubi tell us (specifically in footnote 1) that in 1e, 2e and 3.Xe1, succubi were chaotic evil demons, but then were retconned to be lawful evil2 devils in 4e and ...
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Do Illithid tadpoles have a specific name?

So Illithids trigger ceremorphosis by inserting a tadpole into a subdued creature (lovely), but do the tadpoles have a name other than tadpoles? As far as I can see my 5th edition books only use the ...
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Interaction between an Intellect Devourer and a Simulacrum

An Intellect Devourer Has an ability called Body Thief, which states: ...the intellect devourer magically consumes the target’s brain, teleports into the target’s skull, and takes control of the ...
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Does a creature possessed by intellect devourer have blindsight?

The intellect devourer's feature Body Thief says the following: While inside a creature, the intellect devourer has total cover against attacks and other effects originating outside its host. The ...
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Can a tarrasque be animated by negative energy flood? [duplicate]

The spell negative energy flood says: "You send ribbons of negative energy at one creature you can see within range. Unless the target is undead, it must make a Constitution saving throw, taking ...
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Mechanic implications of the Psionics tag?

Quite a few monsters have the Innate Spellcasting trait. Some of them, such as the Gith (MM) and the Neothelid (VGtM) have a trait called Innate Spellcasting (Psionics) instead. I cannot recall having ...
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Is the earth elemental's Earth Glide trait as potentially game-breaking as I think it is?

I'm DMing a campaign themed around monsters based on the elements, so making use of the Elementals naturally came to mind. Taking a look at the Earth Elemental, it strikes me that there is some very ...
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Do Githzerai hatch from eggs?

We know that Githyanki hatch from eggs from this question. Is there a specific source that says the Githzerai hatch from/lay eggs?
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Creature telepathy and illusions?

I am running a D&D 5e campaign, and we had an interesting case come up in play last night. The party cast minor illusion to conceal themselves in a cave at the end of a narrow canyon, and then a ...
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How can I make this homebrew Elder Aboleth the CR rating I want it to be?

A party I'm running for are going up against an aboleth as a late-game "boss" (but not the "final boss"). They are currently Tier 4, level 17 to be precise, so a basic CR 10 ...
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Vampire spawn and the nature of their “rest”

Vampire spawn have the trait "chained to the grave" which includes the phase "Every vampire remains bound to its coffin, crypt, or grave site, where it must rest by day." Vampire ...
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Can a Gelatinous Cube's Engulf be stoppend by sentinel?

The first part of the Gelatinous Cube’s Engulf reads: Engulf. The cube moves up to its speed. While doing so, it can enter Large or smaller creatures' spaces. Whenever the cube enters a creature's ...
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Is there a slowest creature in D&D, if so which? [closed]

Based off of my other question What creature or vehicle has the fastest unmodified speed?, I'm wondering if there is a possibly a slowest creature in D&D 3.5e? I am looking for basic speed, no ...
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What creatures exist (besides the Githzerai) that associate psionics with anything besides Intelligence?

My understanding of psionics in D&D is that it is usually tied to Intelligence. Going by player classes, the UA Mystic class was Intelligence-based, and going by monsters, many of them who are ...
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Fastest land speed creature with HD of 8 or less?

In the interest of haunt shifting an undead creature into a carriage and getting the carriage to go fast, I am looking for what the haunting's base creature should be. With templates, most creatures ...
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How to convert armour class from Pathfinder 1 to D&D 5?

My sandbox game uses some material from Pathfinder (and D&D 3 and 3.5). I run games there using D&D 5 (among other rules systems). How do I convert the armour class of a creature (especially ...
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Why are Ghouls not proficient with their bite attack?

Looking at the Ghoul and the Ghast from the MM, we see that they both have a bite and a claw attack. The claw attack has two points more for the attack modifier which seems to indicate that the ...
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What range is used to determine the target of the attack made by the creature affected by a Spectator's Confusion Ray?

The Spectator has an Eye Ray option, Confusion Ray, that says: [The target] uses its action to make a melee or ranged attack against a randomly determined creature within range. Unlike the spell ...
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Which plane do Spectators originate from?

The description of Spectators on page 30 of the Monster Manual begins: A spectator is a lesser beholder that is summoned from another plane of existence by a magical ritual Which plane do they ...
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Can a Night Hag catch souls without Nightmare Haunting?

Every night hag possesses a Soul Bag which is described as follows (cf. MM, p.178). Soul Bag: When an evil humanoid dies as a result of a night hag's Nightmare Haunting, the hag catches the soul in ...
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Can this Lair Action restore all the lich's 8th or lower spell slots even when there's no combat or any of the lich's enemies within the lair?

One of the Lair Actions of a lich does the following: The lich rolls a d8 and regains a spell slot of that level or lower. If it has no spent spell slots of that level or lower, nothing happens. A ...
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Do monsters with a Spellcasting trait get spell slots back after a long rest?

Some monsters, like a lich, have the Spellcasting trait. This trait allows such monsters to cast spells using spell slots, much as spellcaster player characters do. However, taking the lich as an ...
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Is a lich aware of its phylactery being destroyed?

The party, going up against a lich, finds out the location of its phylactery and how to destroy it. They get to its phylactery without the lich knowing about it and manage to destroy the phylactery. ...
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Can a multi-attack pounce be done twice?

A deinonychus has 40 feet movement speed so can it: move 20 ft> multiattack> 1st claw> pounce> bonus action bite> move 20 ft to another creature> 2nd claw>pounce>multiattack ...

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