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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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How do awakened trees generally behave, according to lore?

Would an tree under the effects of an awaken spell be talking or mostly silent? I know it can at least definitely talk, as the listed effects of an awaken spell are the following: After spending ...
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Do modifiers to jump length/height apply to flat values from some monster traits?

Some monsters have traits that give them jump heights without following the rules laid out in the Movement section of the Basic Rules. One example is the Frog: Standing Leap. The frog's long jump ...
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Does the Giant Rocktopus have a Swim Speed?

The Giant Rocktopus described in Out of the Abyss (p.28) is said to be a Giant Octopus that evolved to live on land. It has a walking speed of 20 feet and a climbing speed of 10 feet. Nothing is ...
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How many attacks of opportunity trampling creature should provoke?

This answer is an extention of a discussion on the subject. You may gain some insight for answering this question from there. I'm interested in an explanation on when does trampling creature exactly ...
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For creatures that have a death burst ability, is it triggered if they are summoned and reduced to 0 HP?

Certain creatures have a death burst ability that applies when they die eg. steam mephits. If the creature is only present on the battlefield due to a spell like conjure minor elementals, does the ...
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Can you repair magical equipment that has been damaged by a Zorbo?

Zorbos (from Tomb of Annihilation, p. 41) have the following Destructive Claws attack (emphasis mine): Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (2d6+1) slashing damage, and ...
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Where does the Saber-Toothed Tiger's static +5 damage bonus on her Bite and Claw attacks come from?

From the description in the Monster Manual, one can clearly see the Saber-Toothed Tiger has a Proficiency Bonus of +2. She has +3 in Perception which is 2 + her Wis modifier (+1). She has +6 for ...
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What type of creature would “canonically” want to take over a Goblin hideout?

I am running a The Lost Mines of Phandelver. The party has just completed the Cragmaw Hideout encounter in an interesting way: I realize that I am the DM and I can put whatever I want there and make ...
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If a Gelatinous Cube takes up the entire space of a Pit Trap, what happens when a creature falls into the trap but succeeds on the saving throw?

A player character falls into a 10 foot x 10 foot concealed pit trap, which is 20 feet deep. At the bottom of this pit is a gelatinous cube, which occupies all of the bottom 10 x 10 x 10 (width x ...
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How can I make my BBEG immortal short of making them a Lich or Vampire?

I'm trying to create a BBEG that can't die naturally, or at least lives for thousands of years. The PCs need to be able to kill them in the end though. I know I can use a Lich or Vampire but is there ...
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Is there a list of monsters by plane of origin anywhere?

I’m trying to make a different kind of campaign that deals with all of the planes. I recently found out about the plane of Mechanus. Is there a list of the different planes in 5e? More specifically ...
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What method can I use to design a dungeon difficult enough that the PCs can't make it through without killing them?

The first 'round' of my campaign will end with the deaths (and resurrections) of all of the players. Their role before catastrophe strikes is as teachers in a philanthropically funded school in an ...
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Do creatures with a listed speed of “0 ft., fly 30 ft. (hover)” ever touch the ground?

As an example, I'm considering a Demilich. Will my PC ever encounter a Demilich on the ground (for example, running up and surprising one that is sleeping on the ground)? In general, though, do ...
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How to (permanently) kill a Naga?

It has come to my attention that, at the very least in 5E, Naga's are effectively immortal. When slain, they simply return to full HP in a matter of days. However, I have not managed to find any ...
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How can I combine numbers of low CR creatures so that using them doesn't bog the combat down?

I have a whole series of encounters built around various kinds of spiders, controlled by some significant baddies in service to Lolth. At the bottom of this arachnid hierarchy is a large number of ...
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Can a monster with reach make an attack against a character in the space behind another character?

A monster has a 10-foot reach attack, and it has two characters within that reach, one within 5 feet and the second within 10 feet. Can that monster make a melee attack against the 2nd character? Is ...
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Can a monster with multiattack use this ability if they are missing a limb?

For example, could a Giant Ape with one arm still use Multiattack even though it is listed as "two fist attacks"?
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What information about a monster can a PC expect to know (be told really) if this is the 1st ever encounter with this type of monster? [duplicate]

As an example, I’m considering vulnerabilities, resistances and immunities. If a pc is unfamiliar with a monster and asks for this information, is it reasonable to provide this. Another way to ask ...
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What if a revenant (monster) gains fire resistance?

As a GM, I use some revenants for my campaign. Those revenants all have class abilities and 2 are spell casters (an abjuration mage and alchemist artificer). The "problem" (it's not a problem, but an "...
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Is there a creature that is resistant or immune to damage from a non-magical source other than bludgeoning, slashing, and piercing?

Reading this question: Is there a distinction between magical damage and nonmagical damage? I was wondering if there is a monster that is resistant or immune to damage from a non-magical source other ...
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All I really want are squirrels

The fan-made prestige class scarlet squirrel (see also this question) at level 3 gains the natural ability weresquirrel that, in part, says, "The character can polymorph into any known squirrel form ...
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Is there an inexpensive general way to make items forever immune to energy damage?

Some monsters live in environments that deal constant energy damage so that any stuff left nearby is destroyed. Other monsters have special abilities that deal energy damage over a wide area and ...
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Where is the 1/8 CR apprentice in Volo's Guide to Monsters?

I'm making my own monster list and I see in the back of Volo's under the Environment list it shows “apprentice” under “urban” with a CR of 1/8. In the CR list it only shows “apprentice wizard” with a ...
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Can the druid cantrip Thorn Whip really defeat a water weird this easily?

Water weirds (MM, p. 299) have the Water Bound trait: The water weird dies if it leaves the water to which it is bound or if that water is destroyed. If a water weird is fewer than 10 feet from ...
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Does a Catoblepas statblock appear in an official D&D 5e product?

The catoblepas appeared in various monster manuals throughout D&D's editions. Have WotC published stats for it in a D&D 5th edition product yet? If so, which?
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Can Shadow Demons hide in melee combat to gain advantage on attacks?

Shadow Demons (MM, p. 64) have two abilities that seem to want to work in conjunction with each other: Shadow Stealth - While in dim light or darkness, the demon can take the Hide action as a bonus ...
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Do Bugbears' arms literally get longer when it's their turn?

The Bugbear's Long-Limbed trait (VGtM, p. 119) says: When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach for it is 5 feet greater than normal. This means that when it is not a Bugbear's turn, ...
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Is there any way to damage Intellect Devourer(s) when already within a creature's skull?

An Intellect Devourer gains the following benefit from its Body Thief ability: While inside a creature, the intellect devourer has total cover against attacks and other effects originating outside ...
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Does werebat guano satisfy the material component requirement for Fireball?

In one of Wizard of the Coast's adventure modules (noted in the spoiler box below), you can meet werebats: The fireball spell has the material component: A tiny ball of bat guano and sulfur Could ...
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Does a spellcaster need to be willing for a Mezlan to use its Store Spells (Su) ability?

Mezlan is a type of morphic ooze with a special ability called Store Spells. A mezlan can store up to 10 levels of spells that it can then cast freely. The spells imbued into a mezlan are each ...
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Would an aboleth's Phantasmal Force lair action be affected by Counterspell, Dispel Magic, and/or Slow?

I was rummaging through some information on the Monster Manual and came across Aboleths. In particular, one of its lair actions says, "The Aboleth casts Phantasmal Force on any number of creatures ...
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How does a Half-Golem's magic immunity interact with its own magic?

I've seen a lot of threads on the Internet debating about the magic immunity of Half-Golems from MM2 but none of them answered or even brought up this question: How would a Half-Golem's magic ...
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What is the number before an attack's damage roll? [duplicate]

I am very new to dungeons and dragons and for our group of friends I was picked to be the DM, I read the rules and understood them for the most part but some attacks have me stump for example if a ...
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Can a Lich create a new phylactery?

It looks like 3.5e prevented the creation of a new phylactery. It looks like some people were saying that it was possible in 4e. (as per comment in link above.) I'm interested to know whether we ...
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How can I format a single monster statblock for an adventure designed to work across multiple editions?

I'm writing a module that has hopes of being as edition-neutral as possible. However, new monsters are presented so I'm left with the very hard task of making it accessible to older and newer editions ...
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Can the “Create a Monster” table be used to accurately change a creature's CR?

Related: How do I scale up a Monster for a big Party in D&D 5e? There have been a lot of questions about Mimics, so I'll use that, but this applies to any creature that doesn't match up with the ...
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Can a Mimic (container form) actually hold loot?

I want my players to be able to kill a Mimic and get the loot from the Mimic's corpse. The Mimic has an acidic bite, and is a creature, not actually a container. Can a Mimic store items?
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Can a creature with a Burrow speed drag another creature into the ground with it? [closed]

As a follow-up to this thread, I have a couple of additional questions about creature with burrow speeds, and grappling/swallowing/suffocating hapless adventurers. To help answer this question, here ...
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Can an earth elemental drown/bury its opponent underground using earth glide?

Situation The party are at an elemental cult's shrine. The cleric contributed to the desecration of the shrine when she stuck a javelin with continual flame burning into the ground (for RP reasons). ...
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Is knowledge about monster types inherent?

Does my character inherently know what the traits of each monster type are (such as vermin or undead being immune to mind-affecting spells) or do I need to make a knowledge roll for that?
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How to make a mimic a challenging fight for high level party? [closed]

After posted this question, it turned out that mimics might be weaker than I though first. As said in this linked question, I really like mimics and I'd like to use "a lot" of these (without going ...
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At what level can a party fight a mimic?

I'm actually starting to get into DnD and I may be soon buy the DnD starter set. Mimic is a monster whose concept I love, and I would like to put at least one as soon as possible when I'll DM, even if ...
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Are there any monsters that consume a player character?

So a long time ago when I played 4e, I remember certain creatures being able to "consume" a player character as an attack option. What creatures does 5e have with similar abilities?
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Can polymorphing monsters spam their ability to effectively give themselves a massive health pool?

Some creatures have an ability that lets them polymorph, such as the Couatl's Change Shape action. I am wondering if this ability could be used again whenever the form is dropped to give the creature ...
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How do creatures spend Hit Dice after a short rest (if they can do so)?

I know that enemies can take both short rests and long rests, because there is at least one enemy which recover one of its features after a rest. See the Cloaker (Monster Manual, p. 42): Phantasms (...
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What is the name of this “living planet” creature?

I remember from back when I played 4th edition more, that there exists within the lore some sort of Abberation creature that was described as being "a living planet, from the Far Realm". It's ...
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Where are a monster’s hit dice found in the stat block?

I want to bring back to consciousness an Evil Mage that my PCs have successfully rendered unconscious. My thought is that all could use a short rest and during this time the unconscious mage could ...
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Can you earn endless XP using a Flameskull and its self-revival feature?

Flameskulls have the following traits (Monster Manual, p. 135): Eldritch Rejuvenation. A flameskull's shattered fragments reform unless they are splashed with holy water or subjected to a dispel ...
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What is the lore-based reason that the Spectator has the Create Food and Water trait, instead of simply not requiring food and water?

The Spectator has the Create Food and Water action (Monster Manual, p. 31): Create Food and Water. The spectator magically creates enough food and water to sustain itself for 24 hours. I don't ...
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Can a Spectator be a bodyguard? Can the treasure/item it guards be a person/person's item?

Basically, my question if is it possible to summon a spectator as a bodyguard. But let me first explain it: Monster Manual p. 31 says, about Spectators: A spectator is a lesser beholder that is ...