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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Would Truesight detect a Skulk?

This Skulk's Special Trait lists 3 conditions that can see through their invisibility (mirrors, special candles and preteens), but it doesn't list Truesight as one of the means, and further is called ...
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If I get access to a spell attack that's NOT part of a spell, can I use it when I take the Attack action?

Some creatures have entries in their stat block that are classified as 'melee spell attack', or 'ranged spell attack', without actually being tied to the casting of a spell. Some PC subclasses also ...
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How would a devil get around using its true name on a contract?

In the lore, knowing a devil's true name allows you to summon it and grants you power over it. Devils LOVE contracts, but surely they need to put their full names somewhere on the contract to be ...
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Changing griffon feeding habits

In a 5e game I'm running, I want to have some griffons have recently started preying on the local shepherds' flocks. I'd like to give the players a way to fix the situation that doesn't involve ...
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How many actions does a Bida need to use to sustain its Improved Grab on multiple creatures?

A Bida has grabbed three people with its tail via its Eight Coils and Improved Grab ability. How many actions does it need to use to keep all three of those people grabbed? 1? 3? I'd guess it works ...
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Can an animated sword, made of adamantine, take damage via magical fire?

During our game, the DM claimed that a sword forged of adamantine would not take any damage from a spell's magical fire. In this instance, it was an animated sword that attacked us, and therefore a ...
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How fast is a Quickling courier?

I would like to implement a "postal service" in my 5e campaign, wherein the fastest deliveries are carried out by Quicklings. Their base speed is 120 ft, but that doesn't seem a good way to ...
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How does the size scale work? [closed]

What is the size scale and how does it work in D&D 5e? For example, how big would a huge monster be? I've been trying to scale my monsters probably, but I keep finding contradictory information ...
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Do Player characters know they are under the effect of a Death Tyrant's Negative Energy Cone?

My players will be going up against a Death Tyrant very soon. The Negative Energy Cone states it is an invisible cone. Does this mean player characters won't know they are affected by it?
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Do skulks remain invisible after death and after being raised as undead?

Skulks have the Fallible Invisibility trait, which makes them invisible under most conditions. RAW, do their corpses become visible upon death? The animate dead spell states: The target becomes a ...
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Do skill bonuses in monster stat blocks include every modifier?

Let's take this stat block as an example. It says the creature has +2 DEX and +6 Stealth. Does the Stealth bonus already include the ability modifier, making a stealth check for this creature ...
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Are there any monsters that are deaf? Would it show up on stats blocks?

First time DM here. I had an issue in a session recently, where my party fought a Gelatinous Cube, and the Bard decided that this monster must for sure be unable to hear, so it wouldn't make sense to ...
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What are the mechanics of ropers' tendril replacement?

The roper's Grasping Tendrils trait says: Destroying a tendril deals no damage to the roper, which can extrude a replacement tendril on its next turn. And the Weakening Tendrils section of its lore ...
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Do the Fire Elemental's Fire Form trait's and Touch attack's ongoing fire damage stack with each other?

Inspired by the following: Does the Fire Elementa's Touch attack's ongoing damage stack with itself? I realized that my own answer to that question hinges on the idea of features having the ...
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Does the Fire Elementa's Touch attack's ongoing damage stack with itself? [duplicate]

If a fire elemental uses the Touch attack: Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) fire damage. If the target is a creature or a flammable object, it ignites. Until ...
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Is Corpse Flower the only non-undead that can make an undead creature (excluding spells)?

Is the Corpse Flower the only creature that isn't the undead-type to be able to make any sort of undead creature? I mean by means other than the ability to cast spells and one of those spells might be ...
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When creating undead, what abilities are retained?

When an undead is created through the animate dead spell and you apply either a zombie or skeleton template, what exactly is retained? Both of these templates specify that Special Attacks: A zombie ...
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Looking for bestiary entry for animated training dummy

The party is APL 1. I want them to fight a large group of animated training dummies. I want them to have similar stats to goblins, CR 1/3. Is there something that already exists that matches this neat ...
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Can a rogue use Sneak Attack when an ally has been swallowed by the target?

Our delightful barbarian decided to get swallowed by a Behir. Our Scout rogue decided to stick an arrow in the unfortunate beast and claimed that they qualified for Sneak Attack, as the barbarian was ...
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Does Aura of Invulnerability protect against spell attacks that are not delivered by casting a spell?

A hollyphant projects an Aura of Invulnerability, that protects it from spells. Dreb, a barbed devil, attacks the hollyphant using its Hurl Flame action, which is a Ranged Spell Attack. Can the flame ...
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What happens when an aboleth enslaves another aboleth who's enslaved a werewolf?

I was doing a monster battle with some of my friends and there were two aboleths, aboleth #1 and aboleth #2. Aboleth 1 had a werewolf under control using their enslave power, and then aboleth 2 took ...
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How does Nilbogism interact with features that have a random table of effects?

The Nilbog at page 182 in Volo's Guide to Monsters has the following feature: Nilbogism. Any creature that attempts to damage the nilbog must first succeed on a DC 12 Charisma saving throw or be ...
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Why are zephyr hawks and river drakes both level 3?

Both zephyr hawks and river drakes are level 3 creatures. This seems insane. Zephyr hawks are worse than river drakes in just about every way. Their AC being 2 points higher than that of a river drake ...
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Are there any undead that look like the living?

Okay rules No disguise skill Shapeshifters are allowed as long as they fit the rest of the requirements. Stuff they get from classes or other external sources doesn’t count it has to be an ability ...
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Does reducing the Purple Worm's HP to 184 really reduce its challenge rating to 13?

On page 113 of Princes of the Apocalypse, the text reads in part: As the tremor ends, a young purple worm with 184 hit points (challenge rating 13) burrows [...] No other changes to the Purple Worm'...
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Can a standard Kobold Warrior make a Sneak Attack with a spear?

The standard Kobold Warrior has the Sneak Attack ability, which specifies: The kobold warrior deals an extra 1d4 precision damage to flat-footed creatures. But the general description of the Sneak ...
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Do black puddings corrode slashing weapons

Black puddings are immune to slashing damage, and the Corrosive Form trait states: ... Any nonmagical weapon made of metal or wood that hits the pudding corrodes. After dealing damage, the weapon ...
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Why do we assume that PHB rules apply to monsters?

The party is deep into my 5e-updated classic Greyhawk Giants series. They are returning the body of a stone giant killed in the siege of Headwater to the stone giant's clan. The Thane of the Stone ...
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How does Steel Wind Strike interact with Heated Body special trait? [duplicate]

Eddy the mage is facing 3 Azors, which are 15, 25 and 10 ft far away from him. Azors have the special trait Heated Body (emphasis mine): Heated Body. A creature that touches the azer or hits it with ...
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Are there creatures that are immune to critical hits?

My thinking behind this is to do with the property of Adamantine Armour which states that "While you're wearing it, any critical hit against you becomes a normal hit" (DMG, p.150). I ...
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Does a clay golem's haste action actually give it more attacks?

A clay golem has an action called Haste that is thematically similar to the spell of the same name but mechanically rather different: Haste (Recharge 5–6). Until the end of its next turn, the golem ...
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Do named actions in monster statblocks use the Attack action?

This question is inspired by the following and stems from wondering whether the Steel Defender's "Force-Empowered Rend" action involves taking the Attack action: Can a hasted steel defender ...
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Calculate CR of creatures that share spells (like a hag conven)

I recently got inspired by this stat block, that shows that witches can get more powerful when together. https://www.dndbeyond.com/monsters/green-hag-coven-variant I want to make a similar creature ...
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Stat draining monsters like a shadow?

I was wondering if there are more stat draining monsters like the shadow and the vargouille in Volo's
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Can a Will-o'-Wisp be put inside a bag of holding?

My players were fighting their way through a swamp and they were fighting some will-o-the-wisps. The fighter had a fun idea to put one of them inside the bag of holding. Since it was at the end of the ...
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Stealthiest Monster in DnD [closed]

We are a level 20 party about to embark on a stealth mission. My wizard has bad stealth so I’m trying to find the most undetectable creature I can find to polymorph into. By undetectable I mean high ...
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Can a Boggle use the optional rule to Tumble to Oil Puddle a creatures space?

The Boggle creature has an action that can lay down a sticky oil that covers the ground in the Boggle's space. In the DMG(p272) there are rules to Tumble, which lets you move through the enemy space ...
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What is the reason for the stone giant's 15' reach with the greatclub? [closed]

The standard stone giant stat block has a reach of 15' with its greatclub melee attack. However, I can see no reason from the rules or description for it to be so, instead of the standard 10' reach of ...
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Hit Points of Giant Insect

The description of Giant Insect says You transform up to ten centipedes, three spiders, five wasps, or one scorpion within range into giant versions of their natural forms for the duration. A ...
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Does a Disintegrated Demon still reform in the Abyss?

The Spell Disintegrate states that A disintegrated creature and everything it is wearing and carrying, except Magic Items, are reduced to a pile of fine gray dust. The creature can be restored to ...
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Could you negate a Beholder's antimagic cone by covering up its eye?

e.g. throw a heavy blanket over it, or force it to close its eye somehow. https://www.dndbeyond.com/monsters/beholder The beholder's central eye creates an area of antimagic, as in the antimagic ...
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What is the relationship between Hobgoblins and Goblins?

I am nearly starting a new campaign. I want to have every race a cool backstory to build on it, and I am wondering, what is the relationship between Goblins and Hobgoblins? Is the Hobgoblin just an ...
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As a Werewolf who is immune to non-magic physical damage, can Swarm of Rot Grubs get past my skin

I'm a part of a homebrew setting 5e game where the real homebrew, outside of lore, is only custom monsters that are rarely made by the DM as he prefers to use normal D&D monsters when he can. In ...
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Are oozes immune to critical failures?

In a previous session, one of my players used Sudden Bolt against a Living Sap. Living Sap's have immunity to critical hits. They rolled low on their Reflex Save, and got 11 less than the spellcaster'...
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Are oozes overpowered for their levels due to the Engulf ability?

Background Early in my campaign, there was a combat encounter where three level 2 PCs fought a single gelatinous cube. The cube was the standard level 3, and there were no special outside ...
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Can hags still cast when members of their coven die?

My last D&D session included a fight against a coven of sea hags. Hags have some interesting and a bit ambiguous rules about how the coven works. One of the rules was this: Shared Spellcasting (...
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Does the silence spell have an effect on a Rakshasa?

Does the silence spell work on a Rakshasa? I know that Rakshasa can't be affected by spells of 6th level or lower ... but does that apply to spell with verbal components, or in a case where it does ...
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What are the limits of an Aboleth's Enslaved action?

The rules for an Aboleth's Enslaved feature relate largely to combat situations. What we are having a problem with are the limits of what a charmed person would do for an Aboleth. The closest effect ...
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Does Grey Ooze armor destruction count the Dexterity bonus of the armor?

When a Grey Ooze hits metal armor, it reduces the AC by -1. When AC hits 10 then the armor is destroyed. Does this destruction ignore any dex bonus that might be there, or include it? I assume the ...
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Animate Dead and Skeleton Archers

On the skeleton template page, it lists a "Skeleton Archer" Template. This is a CR+0 template. Skeleton (Medium Archer): While not as intelligent or skilled as skeletal champions, skeletal ...

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