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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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If a celestial gets corrupted and turns evil, does it get converted to a fiend?

We know of multiple celestials (Malkizid, Thah Rahalar) that served evil deities. After their fall, do they necessarily become fiends or devils? Inspired by this question.
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For a creature's natural attacks, is it possible to change the order of attacks?

As a Master of Many Forms, I recently started to use the Harpoon Spider as a form. Full attack is : Bite +11 melee and 2 fangs +2 ranged The ex attack harpooning works like this Harpooning (Ex): ...
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Are there any published guidelines on how to chop up monsters for use as alchemical components? [duplicate]

I have a character with the Guild Artisan background. His guild was an Alchemists' Guild so he is proficient with the alchemist's tool kit. I mentioned to the DM that I could theoretically chop up ...
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What does elite mean?

In many Adventure Paths or specific books I find this "Elite" sorta template on creatures, but if memory serves me I've never actually found descriptions about what's the difference between a standard ...
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Does a troll die if its maximum hit points is zero?

The Troll has the Regeneration feature which states: The troll regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn. If the troll takes acid or fire damage, this trait doesn't function at the start of ...
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Do temporary hit points from the Heroism spell keep a troll alive?

The Troll's Regeneration feature states: The troll regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn. If the troll takes acid or fire damage, this trait doesn't function at the start of the troll's ...
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Can a stirge dodge while draining blood? [duplicate]

Blood drain is initially a weapon attack action, but on subsequent turns while draining blood, it is not an attack. Then can the Stirge perform other actions, like dodge?
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Do monster races and player races have separate functions for a reason? [closed]

I'm trying to understand if player races and monster races with the same abilities function differently. I had this issue arise with player regarding a monster race and a player race not having the ...
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What happens if a Vargouille victim dies before turning? [duplicate]

Title says it all, a humanoid gets the Vargouille curse, but dies before they turn. What happens, does the curse break, or just pause like in daylight, or do they still turn in the same rate, or do ...
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What are the limits to Orcus's ability to use his wand to summon undead?

In the module Out of the Abyss, there is a stat block for Orcus (p. 245). The part, describing the abilities of his wand, says: So, my questions are: Is he allowed to choose the undead he summons? ...
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How do you determine the reach of a Monster's unarmed strikes?

This is inspired by the question "Does a Stone Giant get an attack of opportunity if I move only 5 feet away from it?". The question "Can a monster with no melee attack make an Opportunity Attack?" (...
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Does a Stone Giant get an opportunity attack if I move only 5 feet away from it?

The description of opportunity attacks in the PHB (p. 195) says: You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that you can see moves out of your reach. For a creature who has no ...
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Does immunity to fear prevent a mummy's Dreadful Glare from paralyzing a character?

A Mummy has an ability called Dreadful Glare: The mummy targets one creature it can see within 60 feet of it. If the target can see the mummy, it must succeed on a DC 11 Wisdom saving throw ...
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How do you handle simultaneous damage when one type is absorbed and not the other?

Say a wizard sees something a group of large figures lumbering towards him/her. The wizard is overly paranoid about being outnumbered so they drop a Meteor Swarm spell on them. However, it turns out ...
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If the Sending spell is cast to communicate with a character whose body is inhabited by an Intellect Devourer, what happens?

I have just had a PC become inhabited by an Intellect Devourer ("ID") via the ID's Body Thief ability. I am going to let the player continue using the character, but now the player will play as the IC ...
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Slaad Chaos Phage: Weak Combat Ability?

Slaad Chaos Phage seems like an odd ability in 5e. They offer no real disadvantages to the party that forces them to expend resources because they require days to take effect: Red Slaad Tadpoles kill ...
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Can you store a casting of Counterspell in a Shield Guardian?

Would you be able to store a casting of counterspell inside of a Shield Guardian? Their Spell Storing trait states: A spellcaster who wears the shield guardian's amulet can cause the guardian to ...
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If an Oblex devours a wizard's memories, can it cast the spells the wizard had prepared?

Imagine that an Elder Oblex (from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. p. 219) ate a memory of a wizard. Could it cast spells which were prepared by this wizard?
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Does a doppelganger's Change Shape special quality create clothes when it transforms?

Does a doppelganger's Change Shape special quality create the clothes of the creature the doppelganger changes into? If not, can I assume that after the transformation the doppelganger will still be ...
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Can you take the average damage roll when changed into a Monster?

In this answer the idea of PCs using the following quote from the Monster Manual came up: Any damage dealt or other effects that occur as a result of an attack hitting a target are described after ...
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Do the Hags in Curse of Strahd have a Heartstone?

The Night Hags in Chapter 6 of Curse of Strahd need a Heartstone to use their Etherealness action. The module doesn't list this as part of their description. Do the hags each have a Heartstone?
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What can damage a lich in an antimagic field?

An antimagic field spell makes magical weapons into normal weapons for purposes of attack. Magical spells also lose their effects. A lich is listed as having damage immunities to: Poison, Bludgeoning,...
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Is the gaze effect of a medusa blocked by an antimagic field?

This question addresses the question of whether petrification effects are blocked by the Antimagic Field spell. But it does not seem to address the gaze itself - particularly the Petrifying Gaze of a ...
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Do Chain Devils' Animated Chains restrain creatures on a grapple?

The Chain Devil can make an attack that will grapple and restrain the target on a hit. Chain. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) slashing damage. The ...
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Can a surprised monster use lair actions if they roll an initiative above 20?

The rules for lair actions say: On initiative count 20 (losing all initiative ties), it can use one of its lair action options. It can’t do so while incapacitated or otherwise unable to take ...
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Does a target need to be within 5 feet for a Kraken to swallow it?

The Kraken has a bite attack which has the following rules: Bite: Melee Weapon Attack: +17 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 23 (3d8 + 10) piercing damage. If the target is a Large or smaller ...
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Does the total cover provided by being swallowed work both ways? [duplicate]

Say a character ends up being swallowed by a monster, for the sake of an example say the monster is a Kraken. The rules for being swallowed by a Kraken include this sentence: While swallowed, the ...
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Designing a stat block for a 5e Hieracosphinx [closed]

The Hieracosphinx is a lesser Sphinx that does not have an official stat block for 5e, as via Christopher Perkins' Twitter. However, I would like to use this monster in a desert setting with Level 6 ...
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What powers or limits devil promotion?

Devils can gain power, transforming from weaker forms (at the lowest, the humble Lemure) to stronger ones (up to Archfiends). This process occurs via a superior "promoting" them. (Monster Manual, p. ...
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What “level” is a monster, for the Tough feat?

It seems that if a couatl changes shape into a humanoid, it can get racial features. But if it decides to turn into a variant human and picks the Tough feat, is its level its CR (4) or its number of ...
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Do the Stone Golem's Slow feature and the Slow spell combine?

The errata to the DMG added a section "Combining Game Effects" which states: [...] When two or more game features have the same name, only the effects of one of them — the most potent one — apply ...
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Can you cure a Gorgon's Petrifying Breath before it finishes turning a target to stone?

The Gorgon has an ability called Petrifying Breath which reads as below: Petrifying Breath (Recharge 5-6): The gorgon exhales petrifying gas in a 30-foot cone. Each creature in that area must ...
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Can celestials serve evil deities?

From what I’ve read, evil-aligned celestials are an extreme rarity, but evil-aligned deities exist. I’ve even heard that if a celestial turns evil, they stop being a celestial. Celestials supposedly ...
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If an Eidolon uses Divine Dread and then goes into its sacred statue, does the frightened condition transfer?

If an Eidolon use Divine Dread and then goes into its sacred statue, does the frightened condition transfer? Or would a PC only be frightened by the eidolon? What if the sacred statue looks exactly ...
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What damage does a magic flaming warhammer do to a monster with resistance to bludgeoning and fire damage from nonmagical weapons? [closed]

My friend has an enchanted silvered warhammer that grants it +1d6 fire damage. We'll be fighting a fiend soon with resistance to fire and bludgeoning damage from nonmagical and non silvered weapons. ...
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Do things made of adamantine rust?

Could Rust monster or maybe Gray ooze make adamantine weapon rust? Or maybe adamantine doesn't rust at all?
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Can angels, demons, aeons change what they are only through magic or also through alignment change?

After reading about Erinyes and a few other denizens of the different planes, I'm wondering: Is there some magic behind a denizen of a plane becoming that of another one, or is a simple alignment ...
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How many attacks does an Ettin get?

In D&D 3.5, the Ettin (Monster Manual p.65) has an ability to make offhand attacks without penalty. Its statline lists a full attack of "+12/+7" with two morningstars. My best guess is that this ...
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Can a Shapechanger use Innate Spellcasting while in their animal form?

I'm running the Dragon of Icespire Peak, and one of the monsters is an Anchorite of Talos. It has the following abilities: Innate Spellcasting. The anchorite’s innate spellcasting ability is ...
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Is a Death Knight's necrotic sword damage innate, or connected to its weapon?

Random question about Death Knights: I'm considering True Polymorphing into one for an upcoming fight. Their longswords have an extra 4d8 necrotic damage tied to them. However, their statblocks do ...
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Can you improve a monster’s ability damage?

I have made a Shadow monster character using the stats found in the Savage Species book. I am trying to find a way to defeat characters or monsters with more than 5 strength before being destroyed. ...
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What creature types could be transformed into spore servants?

The Monster Manual says: A spore servant is any Large or smaller creature brought back to life by the animating spores of a myconid sovereign. A creature that was never flesh and blood to begin ...
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Taking levels in monster types

Today I found this post on reddit and in one of the comments they mention taking levels in fey, outsider, and aberration (not all at the same time). Are there any alternate rules I'm not aware of or ...
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Does a succubus' Charm end when it dies?

The Succubus' charm says that: One humanoid the fiend can see within 30 feet of it must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or be magically charmed for 1 day. The charmed target obeys the fiend'...
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Can the Freedom of Movement spell prevent a Gibbering Mouther's Aberrant Ground trait from reducing a creature's speed to 0 on a failed save?

The Freedom of Movement spell states this in its description (emphasis mine): For the duration, the target's movement is unaffected by difficult terrain, and spells and other magical effects can ...
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Can a corpse possessed by a Dybbuk be turned via Turn Undead?

Will Turn Undead work on a corpse possessed by a Dybbuk (a demon listed in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, p. 132)? Background: I thought yes, as the creature is a raised corpse, an undead. However I ...
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Where does the water weird from a Weird Tank go when it emerges?

I'm trying to figure out how the water weird from a weird tank emerges from the tank and how it should be represented on a standard grid. The description of the weird tank magic item (Princes of the ...
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Does a gnoll speak both Gnoll and Abyssal, or is Gnoll a dialect of Abyssal?

In the Dungeons and Dragons 5e Monster Manual, the gnoll statblock lists their language as Gnoll. However, in Volo's Guide to Monsters, the section on gnolls indicates that they communicate with ...
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Monsters' creative origins? [closed]

I can't read about Cloud Giants without thinking of "Jack and the Beanstalk", or Balors and Tolkien's Balrog, or Cyclops and Odysseus. Has anyone compiled a list of 5e monsters and their creative/...
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Is there anything that prevents this “Negative AC armor” creation process to function?

This is a follow-up to a portion of this answer to a previous question of mine pertaining to the lowest possible achievable AC. The question is also slightly different as it pertains to magical armor ...