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 to describe that an enemy can avoid opportunity attacks?

I'm the DM of my group. When we are playing I try to describe the effects and actions of enemies and npcs without spelling out exactly what they are to keep some mystique to the actions. Like ...
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Is there some monster that works like a swarm of bodies?

I want to ask whether somebody has designed a monster that works like a swarm of bodies. Not undead but simply human, dwarf, etc. bodies that are corrupted or something similar. I want this monster to ...
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Can creatures with Air-form/Water-form/Fire-form/Amorphous squeeze into spaces smaller than 1 inch?

There are creatures in DND 5e with abilities that allow them to move into spaces as small as 1-inch without squeezing: Air-Form from Air Elementals, Water-Form from Water Elementals, Fire-Form from ...
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How are modrons chosen to be promoted?

I am about to run an encounter of the week featuring modrons that includes combat encounters with monodrones and duodrones. The stats for modrons state: Cogs of the Great Machine. If a modron is ...
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What are the 5E origins of the Mind Flayers?

The 3rd Edition D&D sourcebook Lords of Madness says the illithid species originated in the distant future and somehow traveled to the distant past to avoid extinction. A trilogy of 2nd Edition ...
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Beholderkin Overseer's Major Creation: Can it be used offensively?

According to Lords of Madness, the Beholderkin Overseer's Major Creation eye ray requires a full round action to use (instead of the standard 10 minute casting time). It has a range of 180 ft. (...
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How does the phoenix’s Fire Form work?

The phoenix from MToF has an ability called “Fire Form”, which states: Fire Form. The phoenix can move through a space as narrow as 1 inch wide without squeezing. Any creature that touches the ...
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Instructions to make combat a combat encounter with a Chimera more interesting [closed]

I'm looking for tips for creatures or obstacles that could spice up an encounter. Background: The battle's purpose is to be an entrance test for the organization the campaign is centered around. The ...
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Does the limitation on the Cave Fisher's Filament action include the weight of carried equipment?

The Cave Fisher from Volo's Guide to Monsters (pg. 130) has an action called Filament, which says, in part (emphasis mine): One creature grappled by the cave fisher’s adhesive filament must make a ...
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Do legendary actions trigger effects that happen at the beginning of the monster's turn?

Do legendary actions trigger effects that happen at the beginning of the monster's turn? Consider this scenario. The monster is standing in the area of the cleric's spirit guardians spell. As written,...
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Is there supposed to be a huge difference in power between demon princes and archdevils?

The Book of Vile Darkness for 3e introduces statblocks for both demon princes and archdevils, and with a couple exceptions, they all have HDs in the mid-to-high 30s. Then Fiendish Codex I comes along ...
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Does the Detect Evil and Good spell see through a Night Hag's Etherealness?

I'm in a weird spot with my D&D 5e campaign, where my party is taking on a night hag. They are level 5 adventurers. They have no access to the see invisibility spell currently, since the only ...
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If a paladin fails the saving throw against a Demilich's Howl and falls unconscious, are their allies frightened if they succeed on the save?

The demilich (MM, p. 48) has the following action available to it: Howl (Recharge 5-6). The demilich emits a bloodcurdling howl. Each creature within 30 feet of the demilich that can hear the howl ...
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Do genies suffer the side effects of the Wish spell?

In the section on genies in the Monster Manual (p. 141), it says that noble genies can grant wishes. The "Variant: Genie Powers" sidebar (p. 144) details this variant rule, but doesn't mention ...
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What happens to clones of a deepspawn created if/when the deepspawn dies?

I am running a D&D 5E homebrew campaign where a powerful creature akin to a deepspawn is consuming and creating spawn of powerful beings in various governments and organizations to puppet a ...
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Freeing Others from Webs During Combat

My players found themselves in a situation where they were mostly webbed by giant spiders. One person was free and asked to cut out one of the restrained players. Looking up the rules, I don't see ...
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Do monsters with telepathy automatically sense creatures in their telepathic radius?

Some monsters have "Telepathy" listed among their languages. The description of telepathy states (MM, p. 9): Telepathy is a magical ability that allows a monster to communicate mentally with ...
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Do non-native outsiders die of old age?

Outsiders are described so: Unlike most other living creatures, an outsider does not have a dual nature—its soul and body form one unit. The bond between Outsiders and their Home Planes is strong, ...
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Does an angel's Angelic Weapons trait apply to any weapon used by the creature?

In particular, the planetar's Angelic Weapons trait says: The planetar's weapon attacks are magical. When the planetar hits with any weapon, the weapon deals an extra 5d8 radiant damage (included ...
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How can an entity bound by Planar Binding be prevented from betraying the caster?

Consider Marissa, a 17th level neutrally-aligned Sorcerer with Charisma 20 who knows the Wish spell. A foolhardy incubus, Bob, attempts to seduce her, and Marissa casts Wish to duplicate Planar ...
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What ways can you give a creature the capability to speak?

I am looking for ways in 5e to grant the capability of speech to a creature, ideally permanently. To be specific, I am interested in granting an Artificer's Steel Defender and creatures like it the ...
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Does using an Owl's “Talons” action while Wild Shaped count as taking the Attack action?

First, a reason this might matter would be a multiclassed Druid/Monk using Wild Shape and hoping to use Flurry of Blows, the latter of which states: Immediately after you take the Attack action on ...
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Is there any way for a character to create a magical disguise that wouldn't be automatically defeated by a creature with Truesight?

I'm attempting to come up with a solution to the question in the title, but have been unsuccessful thus far. Some monsters have the Truesight ability which states the following (emphasis mine): A ...
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How does the Leviathan’s Tidal Wave interact with objects?

The Leviathan's Tidal Wave action says (MToF, p. 198): Tidal Wave (Recharge 6). While submerged, the leviathan magically creates a wall of water centered on itself. The wall is up 250 feet long, up ...
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How does the Hashalaq Quori's Disguise Self spell work?

The Hashalaq Quori is an aberration that looks very different from the humanoids that typically get access to the disguise self spell. It is unclear to me what forms are available to them when they ...
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How can a PC get turned into a vampire?

In the M.M. (Monster Manual) it says that PC (Player Characters) can become vampires. It not good at all with mythology so I'm asking for a little help here.
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Understanding Frightful Aura and Frightened tick down

I have a question concerning Pathfinder Second Edition: From my understanding, when a creature enters the Lich's Frightful Presence aura, it has to roll Will save. Because of the nature of ...
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Can player characters get turned into zombies? And if they can, what changes?

In the Monster Manual it does not say you can't, but it does not say you can either. Сan player characters be turned into zombies? And if they can, what changes?
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Does the Frog Rider trait of a Bullywug Royal work with Giant Toads?

The Ghosts of Saltmarsh WOTC Hardcover contains a few new statblocks, including the Bullywug Royal, who has the following trait: Frog Rider. The royal has advantage on melee attacks made while ...
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Do Githyanki lay eggs in 5E?

The chapter "Citadel of Gith Reborn" from the 2nd edition adventure book Vortex of Madness says that Githyanki lay eggs despite being humanoid. The 5e Monster Manual entry for Githyanki doesn't say ...
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Meenlock telepathic torment on target with 0 HP: Guaranteed 1 hour meenlock?

Consider the meenlock, a fey creature of pure terror described in Volo's Guide to Monsters (page 170). As GM I am going to have my players encounter these creatures in our next session. They have been ...
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Is Troll Mitosis possible?

A Troll has incredible regenerative abilities. They can even regrow lost bodyparts, including their head. Hence, my question: Does each part that is severed from a Troll eventually grow into a ...
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How old can Trolls get?

Trolls have an insane regenerative ability, being able to regain lost hitpoints in a flash and even regrow lost bodyparts. My question: Does this have any effect on their lifespan? I understand that ...
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What resistances does an Imp have in recent printings of the Monster Manual?

My copy of the Player's Handbook and my copy of the Monster Manual both state that an Imp has resistance to: [...] bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons that aren't silvered. ...
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What plane would an aboleth be from for the purposes of Banishment?

An aboleth is classified as a large aberration. If someone were to use the Banishment spell, what plane would it be banished to? (if it is from a different plane?) Or would it just be banished to the '...
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How much max HP should the Demilich have?

The demilich statblock on Monster Manual page 48 says: Hit Points 80 (32d4) but outside of the statblock, the demilich's description on the next page says: Undead Nature. A demilich doesn't ...
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Magic Missile vs Rug of Smothering

If you cast Magic Missile on a Rug of Smothering, does it still deal half damage to the grappled creature? I know that by RAW it should, but it makes no sense, because Magic Missiles can’t miss. Is ...
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What happens when a Held ooze splits? [duplicate]

I'd created a homebrew ooze monster with the same Split reaction that Black Puddings have. A PC cast Hold Monster on it before it was hit with any attack that would split it, so what would happen ...
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How does it affect the game if not everything speaks Common?

Going through the bestiary DBs, you find that of the monsters that speak a language, almost all speak Common as well. (Or have some form of telepathy or truespeech.) From the data my friend gathered,...
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Does a Spectator need to make an attack roll to determine whether it hits a target with its Eye Rays?

The spectator is a D&D monster that can shoot rays out from its eyes with varying effects. The creature it targets has to succeed on a DC 13 saving throw (the ability of the save depends on the ...
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Two target attacks from monsters

If a monster has an attack with two targets. Do I make a separate attack roll for each player, or do I make one attack roll and compare to each AC individually? The monster in question , from A Wild ...
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Is Baba Lysaga meant to have resistance to magic?

In the Curse of Strahd campaign, the description of Baba Lysaga (pages 228-229) includes the following text for one of her features/abilities (emphasis mine): However, within Baba Lysaga's stat block ...
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What kind of monsters can PCs “interact with” or influence using Charisma checks?

I am fairly new to DM-ing and I started a campaign with friends who are also more or less new to RPGs. One of them has high Charisma and proficiencies in basically all abilities related to suggesting ...
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What aspects of a Shield Guardian's protection are negated by Antimagic Field?

A Shield Guardian is bound to a master by an amulet: Master's Amulet. Every shield guardian has an amulet magically linked to it. [...] A shield guardian's solitary focus is to protect the amulet's ...
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Can a player use the Drow House Captain's Poisoned Scimitar in combat? [duplicate]

Could a player take up the Scimitar from the Drow House Captain and use it against other drow? Would the 4d6 poison damage apply in the attacks?
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Does adding the Damage Absorption trait to a not-immune creature change its CR?

The DMG has a "Monster Features" table (p. 280), containing traits that can be added onto monsters for customization purposes. One of the traits with no effect on CR listed is Damage Absorption (it ...
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Does a Will-O'-Wisp need to use the hide action after turning invisible to be hidden?

This question's solution says that as long as any part of the creature or clothing its wearing makes a noise it can be detected. A Will-O'-Wisp is ephemeral, has Incorporeal Movement,and flies. With ...
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What happens when a player violates two devils' contracts?

I'm currently preparing a session in my campaign where one of my players is going to consider signing a contract with a devil. While writing the contract, I noticed something that seems like a ...
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Why do some statblocks in Eberron: Rising from the Last War reprint the standard description of one of their spells under “Actions”?

In Chapter 6: Friends and Foes from Eberron: Rising from the Last War, many of the creatures with spell lists include the note (see "Actions" below) after a single spell (two spells in one case). ...
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Is the entry for the “Brixashulty” (RotW) erroneous?

I can't seem to find any errata on this, but some of the entries of the Brixashulty (RotW p. 186-187) seem wrong to me. Specifically I am thinking of these: Saves: The Brixashulty has 2 HD, which as ...

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