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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How does the Drow House Captain's whip attack work?

The Drow House Captain (MToF, pg. 184) has a whip attack with the following description (bold for emphasis): Whip. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d4 + 4) slashing ...
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What are the interactions between Rage and Vaprak’s Rage?

Disclaimer : this is an ultra-specific oddball that will likely never happen to anyone but me. Read only if you have time to kill ! Shapechange is a 9th level spell that allows a player character to ...
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What happens when you Shapechange into a creature with random chances of extra things?

Shapechange is a 9th level spell that allows you to assume the form of a different creature, transforming into an "average example of that creature". There is at least one creature with random ...
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If a creature polymorphs into something, is it then that thing?

A number of creatures have the Shapechanger trait with some variation of the phrasing: Shapechanger. The [creature] can use its action to polymorph into [output] or back into its true form. Its ...
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Does a dead body controlled by a magical mushroom entity count as undead? [closed]

My players will soon be going into a dungeon that is an old abandoned dwarven mine. I plan to have there be a mushroom-like entity or something that has taken over the mine and is the reason the mine ...
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Is this a good idea for an NPC [closed]

So I have an idea for a NPC who is a traveling merchant who appears when a player character says they need something which makes the players see this as a cheap way to avoid towns. Then the NPC shows ...
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What Pets or Livestock Would Drow Have?

I know Drow love their sapient slaves, but what about less intelligent creatures to keep as pets or livestock, or other purposes. Is there any official word on this for 5e or even previous editions?
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Would a lich remember someone they knew in life?

I am working on a D&D campaign where one of my PC’s long lost elf father has become a lich and must be destroyed. Would the lich be able to remember the people they knew before becoming a lich?
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How is the damage required to regurgitate a creature calculated?

As an addition to my previous question "How is CON save DC determined for the Behir?" there is another figure that I'm curious as to how it is determined. If the behir takes 30 damage or more from ...
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How is CON save DC determined for the Behir?

I am homebrewing a monster that has incorporates the Swallow mechanic used by the Behir (MM, pg. 25). My monster is not at the same CR and I need to adjust its statistics accordingly, but there is one ...
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Do Monsters gain Maximum HP when they gain Hit Dice?

Player Characters gain hit points each time that they level up in addition to a corresponding increase in maximum health points. What about monsters though? If a monster gains hit-dice, does it also ...
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How does a monster's AC from AD&D/2e relate to AC in D&D 5th Edition?

I want to adapt several creatures from AD&D/2e so I can use them in 5e. Is there an easy way to translate Armour Class from AD&D/2e to AC in 5e? I'm looking for a formula if possible. ...
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How does a monster's THAC0 in AD&D/2e relate to +Hit bonus in D&D 5th Edition?

I want to adapt several creatures from AD&D/2e so I can use them in 5e. Is there an easy way to translate THAC0 (to hit AC 0) to the +Hit bonus in 5e? I'm looking for a formula or a chart if ...
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Can a shapechanging creature multiattack when some attacks are not available?

When the Monster Manual's "Multiattack" action of a creature with a shape-changing ability lists attacks that are restricted to one or more forms, can the creature take the "Multiattack" action while ...
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Does a Nabassu benefit from devouring multiple souls or just from the strongest creature it devours?

If a Nabassu (Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes) were to use its Devour Soul feature: A nabassu can eat the soul of a creature it has killed within the last hour, provided that creature is neither a ...
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How old do Ki-rins get?

I'm wondering whether a Ki-rin ages and whether it could reproduce in D&D 5e. The description says it's a celestial so I would imagine that the answer would be that it doesn't. However, we've ...
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Are there any monsters or items that can trap a person in a time loop?

I'm working on a D&D campaign where a town is stuck in a time loop. my players can do whatever and the day doesn't repeat exactly; every day is a different day, the sun revolves around the planet ...
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Is a yochlol affected by sunlight when in drow form?

According to the yochlol description (MM p. 65), it's a shapechanger that can transform into the form of a female drow. According to all the Elves: Drow statblocks (MM p. 128-129), drow are all ...
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Does the grapple escape DC of a vampire change when it has disadvantage on Strength ability checks?

When a vampire hits a creature with its Unarmed Strike attack and chooses to grapple it instead of dealing damage, the creature has an escape DC of 18. However, if I cast Hex on the vampire and ...
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If a NPC is successful in a saving throw against a type it’s vulnerable against, does it just take what I rolled for damage or would it be halved?

During a D&D campaign, we were fighting a Mummy Lord. It’s vulnerable to fire, so I used Fireball against it. It succeeded on the saving throw to halve the damage. Would it just take whatever ...
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Can a Flameskull's spells be Counterspelled?

Counterspell requires the following: [a reaction], which you take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell The Flameskull's spellcasting block reads the following: [The ...
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What happens if a creature uses Swallow to non-lethally attack a creature (make them unconscious)?

What happens if a creature uses Swallow to non-lethally attack a creature (make them unconscious). Would they just stay unconscious in its belly?
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Can non-lycanthropes with specific alternate forms appear as hybrids?

Say a succubus from Savage Species chooses to look like a country's queen as her alternate form. But she also wants to use her demonic claws and wings. Can she just take the queen's appearance as her ...
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Can I make my PC a Lich's Phylactery?

I came up with the idea on a car ride am genuinely curious. I know it states that it needs to be a box with magical scrolls (but in certain editions it can be an item as well like a coin or an amulet) ...
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What is the spell attack modifier for a 9th-level Spellcaster? [closed]

From the PHB Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your intelligence modifier So shouldn't this Mage https://roll20.net/compendium/dnd5e/Mage#content have +7 Spell attack (rather than +6 ...
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Are these homebrew metallic/chromatic pseudodragons the same CR as RAW pseudodragons?

Pseudodragons are Tiny CR 1/4 dragons, but they're not quite dragon-like enough for my purposes. I want to homebrew some alternative stat blocks to the pseudodragon so that they more so resemble the ...
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Do trolls appear to be dead after reaching 0 HP from non-fire/acid damage?

In D&D 5e, A troll's regenerate ability is as follows (MM 291): Regeneration. The troll regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn. If the troll takes acid or fire damage, this trait ...
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What is the mathematical formula for proficiency bonus vs level/CR?

I'm programming a database for our homebrew setting and I would really like to be able to mathematically calculate proficiency bonus from a monster's CR, but try as I might, I can't find a formula ...
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Can a creature with only a swim speed even move while on land?

There are creatures, such as the hunter shark, which has a 40-foot swim speed and a 0-foot "normal/walking" speed; it's longest range attack is 5 feet. Does this mean you could (by some means) drag ...
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Can the Bandit Captain make a Multiattack after they're out of daggers?

The Bandit Captain has the following Multiattack text: Multiattack. The captain makes three melee attacks: two with its scimitar and one with its dagger. Or the captain makes two ranged attacks ...
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Could a Nightwalker kill Juiblex?

The Nightwalker has the “Life Eater” trait, which says (MToF, p. 216; emphasis mine): A creature reduced to 0 hit points from damage dealt by the nightwalker dies and can't be revived by any means ...
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What's the largest creature a swarm of stirges could kill in one round?

I have been working on the challenge of designing encounters that must be passed with other talents besides combat. One of those potential encounters is an area like a cave filled with hundreds of ...
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Can you defeat a Gargantuan monster from the inside? [duplicate]

This was something me and my friends were wondering about for a while, and we're not sure if it would work or not. Disclaimer; all of us are novices and only just started playing about half-a-year ago....
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Does Mind Blast work through barriers (e.g. walls)?

I'm specifically looking at the Elder Brain's Mind Blast. Based on the line of effect rules for spells, I would say no... But it's not a spell really. Based on logic, I would say yes, because psychic ...
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Does the Jaculi need to spring at least 10 feet to do the extra 2d6 damage?

The Jaculi has a special action, spring: Spring. The jaculi springs up to 30 feet in a straight line and makes a bite attack against a target within its reach. This attack has advantage if the ...
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Does regenerate or any other spell halt the dying process of a flail snail who has lost all it's tentacles?

Scenario The party happens across a Flail snail being mobbed by some bugbears (Random encounter). They killed the bugbears and the Flail snail started wailing (All of its tentacles were severed and ...
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How does the Gibbering Mouther's random-attack effect work against characters with multiple attacks?

I have a party of 13th level characters, one of which happens to be a fighter who loves to swing her dual hammers at anything within reach. Recently I've been experimenting with some custom monsters ...
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Rules about invisibility, bag of holding, an imp and an undead's head scenario

Okay....to make an extremely long story short. A PC put an imp inside his bag of holding. Running out of oxygen I made the imp transform into a spider to survive a much longer time than 10 minutes. (...
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Does a Deva's Change Shape Effectively Heal It? [duplicate]

If a CR10 Deva uses Change Shape at half health to assume the form of a Stone Golem, do they become a full health Stone Golem? Is there anything preventing this same Deva from changing back into it's ...
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How to capture a Genie?

I seem to remember there being a way that a character could capture Outsiders and seal these creatures away in small items, in order to create the stereotypical "Genie captured in an object" trope. ...
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What happens when an outsider changes alignment?

In the SRD's bestiary, most outsiders have an alignment listed. In D&D 5e celestials and devils are locked into their alignment - if they change they become something else. That made me curious ...
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Spirit guardians and iron golems

I have a room with two iron golems. They look like statues of a rider on horseback. They count as a single golem. The party just finished a fight in last room. The cleric keeps spirit guardians ...
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Does a monster's Proficiency Bonus increase when its CR increases due to it being in a lair or coven?

Some monsters have a note saying that their CR is increased when in its Lair or Coven. Since the Proficiency bonus is directly tied to the CR/XP-rating, does this mean that it increase when in a Lair ...
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Are there any other Gnoll/Hyena related statblocks?

I am planning on building a high-level “Yeenoghian” multi-part epic encounter, using only official material, in the scope of Adventurers League play. Are there any gnoll/hyena-related statblocks ...
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What are the mechanical benefits of Recall Knowledge on enemies?

In the comments for another question it was implied that that Monster Hunter (Ranger feat 1) was good, because it lets you identify a monster as a free action. Knowing a monster's AC, saves, ...
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Could rakshasas be detected by paladin’s Divine Sense?

Rakshasas have limited magic immunity which protect them from being detected by magic of 6th (or smaller) level. But paladin’s Divine Sense ability is not a magic at all. Does it mean that even 1st ...
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What has been published about the legendary tarrasque's mind? Can the tarrasque feel love?

I want answers related to any published Dungeons & Dragons materials from any edition, as well as any licensed novelizations. For the one-off tarrasque fight I'm running, my players are looking ...
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Does casting Tongues on the tarrasque (a language-less monstrosity) let it understand language?

Tongues description: This spell grants the creature you touch the ability to understand any spoken language it hears. Moreover, when the target speaks, any creature that knows at least one ...
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What precedent is there in an adventure for luring a party with will-o'-wisps?

We are looking to use will-o'-wisps in a Feywild adventure but face a challenge. Since the earliest editions of DnD to the latest, will-o'-wisps have been described as creatures that "lure other ...
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How does the fire damage reduction on this character work?

In Hoard of the Dragon Queen, there is a character in chapter 7, section 2 that has the following property: I'm unsure how to correctly parse this sentence. Is this supposed to be read as the first ...