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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In D&D 3.5, how does Awaken Undead interact with Bloodhulks?

D&D 3.5's Monster Manual 4 introduced "Bloodhulks", three new kinds of mindless undead which are not templated from a base creature. The Spell Compendium has the most updated version of ...
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When is the Saving Throw rolled for an Infernal Wound?

This came up in a game I was running yesterday. Two devils (Bearded and Horned) in 5e have weapons that deliver "infernal wounds", which are basically bleed effects. The creatures can be ...
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Would the advantage against dragon breath weapons granted by dragon scale mail apply to Chimera's dragon head breath attack?

In D&D 5e dragon scale mail grants many buffs, one of them is advantage on saving throws against dragon breath weapons. Would this apply to the dragon head breath weapon from a chimera?
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How is the Ogre's greatclub damage constructed in Pathfinder?

I'm currently working on a roll20 script which will automatically convert a creature using the rules of Animate Dead. Now I ran into an oddity while trying to recalculate the damage and attack for the ...
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What dice are used for the Adult Oblex's Eat Memories?

The relevant portion of the creatures stat block: Eat Memories. [...] While memory drained, the target must roll a d4 and subtract the number rolled from any ability check or attack roll it makes. ...
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What happens if a Sibriex targets the same creature with Warp Creature repeatedly?

The Sibriex monster, found in page 137 of Mordekainen's Tome of Foes has an ability called "Warp Creature". For convenience, here's the entire text of it: (emphasis mine) The sibriex ...
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How can I maintain control over a Dybbuk for over an hour?

A Dybbuk has Magic Resistance (advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects), and can cast Dimension Door at will. This means it can get out of a Magic Circle pretty quickly, it ...
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How should one interpret the word “identical” in the initiative rule?

The rule for initiative in PHB read (emphasis mine) Initiative determines the order of turns during combat. When combat starts, every participant makes a Dexterity check to determine their place in ...
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Is there a monster that has resistance to magical attacks on top of immunity against nonmagical attacks?

I was wondering if there is an official monster in 5th edition that has resistance against any combination of bludgeoning, piercing or slashing damage and an immunity against any combination of ...
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Is this house-rule that has each monster/NPC roll initiative separately (even when there are multiple creatures of the same kind) game-breaking?

The rules for initiative in PHB read (emphasis mine): Initiative determines the order of turns during combat. When combat starts, every participant makes a Dexterity check to determine their place in ...
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Has a demon ever switched sides in the blood war?

Within the background of the blood war the Demon Graz’zt is presented as a former devil who switched alignments and joined the demon ranks. Is there any example within the lore of DnD (from any ...
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Are there any monsters or races that can cast spells without verbal components

So a while back I saw the piper race in their list of racial traits they have the following Mystic Voice (Su): Piper spellcasters have a natural magic in their voice and must use it as an element of ...
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Would Protection From Good and Evil protect a monster from a PC?

Some monsters can cast Protection From Good and Evil, such as an Orc Hand of Yurtrus. By spell name alone, this seems like it would be useful against a good-aligned party. The spell description, ...
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Is it possible to bring an Astral Dreadnaught to the Material Plane?

Exactly what it says on the tin; is there any possible way to permanently bring an Astral Dreadnought to the Material Plane, willingly or not?
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Multiple Giant Spider web [duplicate]

When fighting against multiple of the Giant Spider creature and more than one manage to web you, do you need to break free from each web separately, or does just one successful escape check break you ...
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Ice Troll (RotFM) Cold Aura vs. Wild Shape Fire Elemental

In Rime of the Frost Maiden, the Ice Troll has the following ability: While it's alive, the troll generates an aura of bitter cold that fills the area within 10 feet of it. At the start of the troll'...
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What is the “strange platypus-like creature” referenced in abberant mind's origins?

I don't recall any “strange platypus-like” creature in D&D, let alone one appropriate for the Aberrant Mind. I can only think of Perry the Platypus from the Phineas and Ferb cartoon. Nevertheless ...
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Can creatures attacked with Burn set other creatures on fire?

Small Fire Elementals (amongst others) have an attack called Burn: A fire elemental deals fire damage in addition to damage dealt on a successful hit in melee. Those affected by the burn ability must ...
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What is the interaction between “Touch of Death” and “Undead Fortitude”

The "Way of the Long Death" monk has a feature called "Touch of Death": Touch of Death Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, your study of death allows you to ...
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Are the Kobold Dragonshields ability scores typos?

The Kobold Dragonshield from the 4e Monster Manual has a bunch of ability scores that do not match the ability modifiers. For example, their Strength, is 14 (+3). Should it be 16(+3), or 14(+2)? Every ...
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Does Undead Fortitude work if you have only 1 HP?

Undead Fortitude. If damage reduces the zombie to 0 hit points, it must make a Constitution saving throw with a DC of 5+the damage taken, unless the damage is radiant or from a critical hit. On a ...
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Help! My PCs polymorphed my boss enemy! What do I do?

Our Druid has recently gotten access to the polymorph spell and has started polymorphing the opponents I so lovingly crafted for our (well, mostly my) enjoyment. (So far, he has been turning them into ...
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Are there any naturally occurring enemies in Mount Celestia's ocean?

I'm going to have an adventure that's set in Heaven. The party is 3 people, all 9th level. The challenge rating doesn't matter, if it's too high, they can just see it. Hope you can help.
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Can you source this claim that Gebbeth were the / an origin of Intellect Devourers?

On this blog, a response posting from one Michael Rooney makes the claim (05/10/2019) [The nature of the Intellect Devourer] was reshaped by Dave Trampier’s art. If you read the original description (...
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I want to use the kinds of monsters that appear in tabletop RPGs for commercial use in writing, how can I tell public-domain?

I want to use the kinds of monsters that appear in tabletop RPGs for commercial use in writing a fantasy game with different races, how can I tell public-domain content? Some types like "Vampire&...
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Are there official rules for Vecna published for 5E

I am considering creating a campaign with Vecna as the main antagonist. The Critical Roll show has the party fight against Vecna with Matt Mercer having stats and rules he refers to, I am trying to ...
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Do zombies have enough self-preservation to run for their life / unlife?

Zombies in D&D have changed many times. In 5e zombies have 3 intelligence and 6 wisdom. Stat-wise makes them smarter than many animals and about as wise as an ogre or a cyclops. In the back of the ...
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How does a Flameskull's Rejuvenation affect its rest?

Flameskulls are interesting creatures in that they combine three traits - they are undead, they have the Spellcasting trait with wizard spells and spell slots, and they are not killed at 0 HP. Rather,...
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Do intellect devourers need to eat?

Do intellect devourers need to eat to survive? If so, do they eat brains? I know I can easily houserule either way as DM, I'm just curious if there's any official data about it. I'm playing 5e, but I'...
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Can Fraz-Urb'Luu make use of a Wish spell from his one-minute Simulacrum ('in-Lair' action)?

As a demon Lord, Fraz-Urb'Luu has many powers. Specifically he can generate a Simulacrum of anyone in his 'lair' - and they last for about ten seconds, give or take. Specially: Fraz-Urb'luu chooses ...
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Do players know if a hit from a monster is a critical hit?

There are a few different abilities that PCs can get where once they are hit with an attack they can decide to use to potentially turn the hit into a miss. Examples include the spell Shield or a ...
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When do the skeletons, zombies, or ghouls created by Orcus' lair action take their turns in initiative?

Orcus' second lair action reads Orcus causes up to six corpses within the lair to rise as skeletons, zombies, or ghouls. These undead obey his telepathic commands, which can reach anywhere in the ...
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Under what conditions can a ghost possessing a creature attune to a magic item?

A ghost can possess people ('humanoids'). It can also go onto the Border Ethereal, phasing between two planes of existence. This means its interaction with physical objects varies based on where it ...
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Checking CR calculation for homebrew larger version of Giant Ape

I am considering allowing a larger version of a Giant Ape, in which some of the stats have been embiggened to achieve the low end of CR8. I would appreciate a confirmation that I am calculating this ...
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Are there any official CR 8 beasts that are not dinosaurs, for the purpose of the Polymorph spell?

Although the party wizard has had a wand of polymorph since finding it in a hand-converted U3: The Final Enemy (before the release of Ghosts of Saltmarsh), she has typically used it defensively, ...
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How can a creature's maximum hp be determined?

Is it possible to determine a creature's maximum hit points through a Knowledge skill check or another means? Related: What check to use for finding out current hit points?
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If I use the Shapechange spell to turn into a phoenix, can I use its legendary resistances to pass Con saves to maintain concentration? [duplicate]

I've been trying to make use of the Shapechange spell as a 9th-level spell with a Druid class, but concentration seems to be a major issue. Say I transform into a Phoenix, can I use its 3 Legendary ...
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Does a creature that has Possessed a character gain access to the character's feats?

The Possession action, typically found on Ghosts, includes the following description of the effects of successfully possessing a creature: The ghost now controls the body but doesn't deprive the ...
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How much damage does an Enlarged Huge Gray Ooze deal with their pseudopod?

The stat block for the Huge Gray Ooze indicates that on a hit its pseudopod deals: 6d6 acid damage plus 2d6 acid damage, or 12d6 acid damage while the ooze is enlarged. Looking at the smaller gray ...
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Can an Elder Oblex be subject to an AoE more than once?

The Elder Oblex has the Sulfurous Impersonation feature which lets it create an impersonation of a creature in another space. The feature goes on to state: For all practical purposes, the simulacrum ...
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Can a kraken cast wizard spells which require verbal and somatic components?

The Kraken, according to the monster manual, can "Understand Abyssal, Celestial, Infernal, And Primordial But Can't Speak, Telepathy 120 Ft." The Kraken also does not have hands. It seems as ...
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Are the Storm Giant's strength scores in the Monster Manual wrong?

The Storm Giant has a STR score of 29. According to the encumbrance rules that means the maximum weight a giant could lift is 435 lb. which really isn't that much. To put it in perspective. The Storm ...
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Do my players know the specifics of an enemy's attack

I've looked through the PHB and the RPG Stackexchange but I haven't found anything regarding the following: Many monsters have some kind of special attack or action that inflict a certain status on ...
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Feeding a flumph

My players have have decided to befriend a flumph. Flumphs feed by siphoning mental energy from psionic creatures, and they can be found lurking near communities of mind flayers, aboleths, githyanki, ...
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Utility of Proficiency Bonus in Statblock for Summoned Creatures without Proficiencies?

Looking into Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, I was reviewing the stat block of the Fey summoned by the Summon Fey spell. Amongst the statistics provided is the Proficiency Bonus of the spirit, defined ...
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Does putting an Air Elemental in a Bag of Holding create an air supply?

Elementals don't need to breathe, eat, or sleep, thanks to their Elemental Nature (MM p. 123). This means that one could survive indefinitely in a Bag of Holding. An Air Elemental using its Air Form ...
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Does the Protection from Evil and Good spell kill the host of an Intellect Devourer?

The Body Thief action in the Intellect Devourer's statblock in the MM and SRD says, in part: A protection from evil and good spell cast on the body drives the intellect devourer out. [...] By ...
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Troglodyte has two different bite stats?

I'm pretty new to this GMing thing, and am running a prebuilt Pathfinder module. I am setting up the next encounter for my party and noticed that the Troglodyte entry in the bestiary has two different ...
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What is the relationship between demons and aberrations in Forgotten Realms lore?

The relationship between devils and demons is well understood through the lore of the Blood War. Is there a similar relationship between demons and aberrations from the Far Realm? Is there a ...
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Do mirrors extend a Medusa's Petrifying Gaze?

The 5e Medusa has a 30' Petrifying Gaze ability: When a creature that can see the medusa's eyes starts its turn within 30 ft. of the medusa, the medusa can force it to make a DC 14 Constitution ...

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