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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Question about Teleport Ability of Monsters

Certain monsters have an Action/Legendary Action that allows him to teleport 120 feet. Using the Balor as an example: Teleport. The balor magically teleports, along with any equipment it is wearing ...
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Did gnolls reproduce differently in previous editions?

I'm working on incorporating gnolls and the demon lord Yeenoghu into a campaign, and I am wondering where all the gnolls come from. Volo's Guide to Monsters describes the origins of gnolls: Whenever ...
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What are the major differences between Aberration and Monstrous Creature?

I am looking at the difference between driders and centaurs monster type due to driders supposedly being a playable race in Pathfinder. However, driders are considered aberrations due essentially ...
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What are “the actions available to all creatures”?

The Monster Manual tells us that: When a monster takes its action, it can choose from the options in the Actions section of its stat block or use one of the actions available to all creatures, such ...
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Can I keep a hollyphant in a gem necklace with the Imprisonment spell and use its Aura of Invulnerability trait to be immune to lower-level spells? [duplicate]

The description of the hollyphant's Aura of Invulnerability trait says: An invisible aura forms a 10-foot-radius sphere around the hollyphant for as long as it lives. Any spell of 5th level or lower ...
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When casting True Polymorph on myself, what is the challenge rating of my new form?

I'm a level 18 wizard. The Creature into Creature option of true polymorph states: If you turn a creature into another kind of creature, the new form can be any kind you choose whose challenge rating ...
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Fiery Blood damage taken by a Blood Draining Creature [closed]

How does the spell Fiery Blood interact with a Blood Drain ability? FIERY BLOOD School transmutation [fire]; Level druid/shaman 5, sorcerer/wizard 4 Components V, S, M (pinch of sulfur) Casting Time ...
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What is the minimum challenge rating (CR) for creatures with Legendary Resistance (3/Day)?

I enjoy making my own creatures or tweaking existing ones for my campaigns and I have sometimes added the Legendary Resistance feature, in particular with some bosses (at higher levels). But I've ...
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Can Shape Water be used to hurt Vampires?

Shape Water Says: You instantaneously move or otherwise change the flow of the water as you direct, up to 5 feet in any direction. This movement doesn’t have enough force to cause damage. Vampire - ...
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Can Lair Actions be used while Resting?

I am curious because of an existing situation in my current campaign, and would appreciate feedback. Here's the scenario: An Aboleth is confronted in its lair by the party, which manages to beat it ...
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What's the order of operations when multiple game elements check that a monster's dropped to 0 hp?

I'm considering for my PC the epic destiny Keeper of the Everflow, in part, because of the level 30 epic destiny feature turning the wheel that, among others, grants the following ability: When you ...
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Does the Allips Whispers of Madness count as a charm effect?

The allips attack Whispers of Madness allows it to guide 3 creatures to attack other friendly creatures as there reaction if they fail a wisdom saving throw. Last night one of my players asked is this ...
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If I alter my Spined Devil permanently with this Ring of Alter Self magic item, can the Spined Devil still use their old features?

The description of the Ring of Alter Self says that if one wears it for a month, the effects become permanent. I'm a 4 level hexlock and I have a Spined Devil who I want to use as a henchman. If I ...
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Is a Dryad able to issue commands to a charmed creature that doesn't understand Sylvan or Elvish?

A Dryad can use Fey Charm to charm a beast or humanoid. The result is that: The target is charmed; it cannot willingly harm the Dryad. The target is charmed; the Dryad's social checks against it have ...
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Can a living shadow be dissipated with light?

Long story short, I'm a DM and one of my players was given the 'Living shadow' Dark gift from Van Richtens Guide to Ravenloft. The party, assuming that it was a threat, shot it with a crossbow bolt ...
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Which CR 5-13 monsters can I use against an all-flying party? [closed]

If I run a 5e game for a crow-man party who naturally have all-day flight as part of their basic movement modes, which existing published monsters / encounter types am I left with who have either ...
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Is it possible for a creature to be Mythic without being Legendary?

Is it ever possible for a creature to be considered Mythic without being Legendary? Is there an example of such a creature?
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Is this homebrew “tankkiller” balanced? [closed]

Normally my party has a couple players tanking, and others staying behind and hiding, and from what I can tell this is relatively common. To mix things up every now and then, I have come up with the ...
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What are Mythic Actions?

Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft features a creature called a Dullahan. Dullahan has a feature which allows it to come back to life after being reduced to 0 hit points, and doing so allows the ...
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What happens in Curse of Strahd if the players destroy Strahd's coffin or prevent him from returning to it?

SPOILERS BELOW The first time I had a group of players face Strahd, it was c. 1988 and we were playing 1e with the original I6 Ravenloft. The PC's quickly found their way to the lowest level of the ...
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Can a Maurezhi raise an undead hit by a cleric's Destroy Undead?

The Maurezhi has: Raise Ghoul (Recharge 5–6). The maurezhi targets one dead ghoul or ghast it can see within 30 feet of it. The target is revived with all its hit points. A cleric has: Destroy ...
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Does a ghoul's claw attack need to hit for the target to be paralyzed?

I've been through an encounter that included something like 3 ghouls. While my character could evade most of the attacks because of the AC bonus (level 3 Path of the Beast barbarian, Tail ...
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Availability of Legendary Actions

Not sure I understand the timing/availability of Legendary Actions. Say Puff the Dragon has Legendary Actions A, B, and C, and is being attacked by a party consisting of W, X, Y, and Z. After W's turn,...
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Persists the “Awaken”-Spell through Polymorph [duplicate]

DND 5e Question: What would happen, if you Polymorph a Zombie or another low Int Creature to a Plant or lower Int Beast like a Wolf, Awaken it and then let the Polymorph run out?(This would need two ...
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Does True Polymorph on a Zombie make it smarter?

Zombies are generally seen as mindless minions, as beings of INT 3 barely have an Ego. Polymorph and True Polymorph change out the mental Ability Scores, so if you transform it into a Acolyte (CR 0.25)...
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Are there any official references to the “a cat is a deadly encounter for a commoner” meme?

I have encountered several times the claim that cats are rather deadly encounters for any commoner and the difference between a commoner and an adventurer is, that the adventurer actually would have a ...
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Should players know the name of monsters when they are encountered? [duplicate]

This is a question that I frequently ask myself as a DM. I usually play a (home made) rule that you must first succeed on an intelligence check with a DC that varies depending on the knowledge of the ...
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If a Cave Fisher receives healing, does it keep its fire vulnerability?

A cave fisher from Volo's Guide to Monsters has the following trait: Flammable Blood. If the cave fisher drops to half its hit points or fewer, it gains vulnerability to fire damage. The trait makes ...
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Does the effect of a harpy's Luring Song continue even if the affected character stops being able to hear the song?

The description for the Luring Song action in the harpy's statblock (Monster Manual, page 181) reads: Luring Song. The harpy sings a magical melody. Every humanoid and giant within 300 feet of the ...
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How can my level 3 party defeat a group of Liches?

I’m playing a level 3 Dragonborn with no magic weapons (I’m not a spell caster) in a D&D 5e campaign. The rest of the party is a High Elf Wizard, Dwarf Paladin, Half Orc Rogue, and a Gnome Cleric. ...
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Mythic Racial Ability

In PathFinder-1e by RAW, a Devil with See In Darkness (Su), who also has levels in a mythic class, still seems to be hindered by a mythic darkness spell. Is there a way to be able to make race or ...
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Determining creature rarity in Starfinder

I have a player at my Starfinder table who is really keen to use her bonuses for identifying rare creatures, but has never gotten a chance to. I'd assumed none of the encountered creatures were ever ...
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What is the correct way to play Degenerate ogre's pummel?

There is a monster called Degenerate Ogre which has the pummel ability. however the ability has this odd bit (emphasis mine): "If a degenerate ogre succeeds on both slam attacks against a single ...
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What happens if you use the control water spell on a living creature?

So I was play testing a monster and it was made of water. The character I was using had the control water spell so I am wondering what would happen if I was to use that spell on a living monster such ...
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Healing touch, how is the bonus calculated? [closed]

Several creatures have the healing touch action, which gives some amount of dice plus a bonus of HP. Some examples below: Planetar Deva Unicorn Solar The Abboth What is the bonus based on? It is not ...
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Does a Boggle using Dimensional Rift to attack provoke an Opportunity Attack?

A boggle uses its dimensional rift capability to partially appear next to a PC and attack it. When the boggle retracts his arm and upper body back through the rift, would it allow an opportunity ...
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How do you design monsters that ignore armor?

I'm trying to homebrew a nasty hornet swarm with some added attacks to make it more dangerous. One of the ideas that I had was to make the hornets crawl under the armor/clothes when attacking, thus ...
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Does Asmodeus have a 5e stat block?

I am trying to find a 5e stat block Asmodeus but I am beginning to think there isn't one. Does anybody know if there is a 5e Asmodeus stat block and where to find it?
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Does Tenser's Transformation force damage work vs. Rakshasa?

Within D&D 5e rules system, Rakshasa has "Limited Magic Immunity" that makes it immune to level 6 spells and lower unless it wishes to be affected. Tenser's Transformation buffs the ...
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How can Flameskulls cast fireball without fingers?

This thread points out that although DMs can (and probably should) interpret rules to cover certain cases themselves, nothing within spellcasting rules or spells written at the time clearly states ...
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Must a night hag be within touching distance of a sleeping humanoid to use Nightmare Haunting?

From the Night Hag statblock (MM, p. 178): Nightmare Haunting (1/Day). While on the Ethereal Plane the hag magically touches a sleeping humanoid on the Material Plane. [...] As long as the contact ...
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Are Golems “Humanoid” for UA Ranger?

Our game 5e game includes a ranger using the Unearthed Arcana rules. The ranger has chosen Humanoids for their favored enemy, and we are trying to determine if a Forest Golem (or any other Golem) ...
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How are Fireball attacks on Iron Golems resolved?

The party was in Curse of Strahd this evening and encountered two iron golems. A helpful NPC first cast lightning bolt, damaging both of the golems. The PC evoker then cast fireball on the golems, ...
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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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