Questions tagged [monsters]

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Do you get access to a summoned creature's special attacks/spells with "Summon Nature's Ally"?

The Summon Nature's Ally spell mentions: This spell summons a natural creature. It appears where you designate and acts immediately, on your turn. It attacks your opponents to the best of its ability....
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What are the rules, if any, regarding equipping a dragon with weapons in 5e?

The question has been asked as to whether or not a dragon can wield weapons in 5e, and for the first time in a long time, I am stumped about how to answer. I first searched the stack exchange, finding ...
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What effect does a potion of giant strength have upon a monster?

An adventure module I own indicates that as soon as a fight breaks out, the villian's quasit minion will drink a potion of hill giant strength. Looking at the quasit stat block, I am assuming its claw(...
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Just how good is Grovel, actually?

The Kobold 5th level ancestry feat Grovel has two key benefits. The first of these is straightforward enough - it allows the Kobold to feint from a 30 foot range - an unambiguous and clear advantage. ...
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Can Remove Curse be used offensively against lycanthropes?

My question isn't whether lycanthropy can be cured by Remove Curse. This question How can lycanthropy be cured? has already answered that. I'm wondering about the logistics of what would happen if a ...
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What could attract the attention of hostile creatures? [closed]

So in my game of D&D 4e, the PCs are going to travel through the woods and the swamps, and an idea I have for this section, is that there's a type of creature in there that is more agressive than ...
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How is Lung in Lung Dragon correctly pronounced?

OK, so I've fished out my copy of 3rd Edition Oriental Adventures, and on looking at the lung dragons' entry in the monster chapter, I'm unsure how to pronounce lung- is it the same as the breathing ...
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What are the stages of Ceremorphosis?

I wanted to slowly have one of my characters turn into a mind flayer, does anyone know the steps/stages in detail for ceremorphosis? I thought I had read it somewhere once but cant find it now, like ...
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What happens when a polymorphed Giant Ape is sapped by Detatched Shadows?

This is a very specific situation. And it didn't actually happen, but I was theorizing with a friend and we couldn't agree on the outcome. In The Wild Beyond The Witchlight campaign there are Detached ...
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Is there a legal way to search for monsters with legendary resistance?

I am planning a combat encounter in a context where I cannot homebrew monsters, and I want to use a monster that has legendary resistance. Is there an easy way to identify all monsters that have this ...
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Where does the idea of selling dragon parts come from?

I recently played in an adventure with a new group, and after killing a dragon, the rest of the group started talking about butchering the dragon, harvesting its scales, blood, eyes, fangs, etc., ...
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When do monsters not have average hp?

The Monster Manual (7) says: A monster's hit points are presented both as a die expression and as an average number. For example, a monster with 2d8 hit points has 9 hit points on average (2 x 4 1/2)....
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Which D&D monsters are copyrighted?

I am currently constructing a D&D supplement and was wondering which D&D monsters were copyrighted, so that I can avoid lawsuits. The reason I am asking on here instead of going to other sites ...
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Is there a rule for spending downtime to get info on a monster?

The party gets a week of downtime. One player wants to use this time to gather information on a foe they encountered previously but failed to defeat, reading books about it, so that they can get an ...
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How does a Nightmare fly?

The Nightmare's Lore entry describes the creation of the monster: Nightmares don't appear naturally in the multiverse. They must be created from pegasi. The ritual that creates a nightmare requires ...
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How do you calculate proficiency bonus for monsters?

I'm making monsters on Dnd beyond, and I always get the proficiency bonus wrong. I need to know how to calculate proficiency bonus for a challenge rating 8 monster.
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Can an invisible stalker circumvent anti-divination magic?

The Invisible Stalker is a monster that can be summoned with an upcast Conjure Elemental spell. According to that spell, "It obeys any verbal commands that you issue to it (no action required by ...
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Does Meld Into Stone prevent Intellect Devourer attacks?

Intellect Devourers have Detect Sentience, which lets them psychically know where someone is through walls. They have Multiattack for Claws and Devour Intellect. The latter requires sight, and their ...
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How would a creature without normal eyes look away (avert its gaze) from an umber hulk?

I'm wondering if a creature with no normal eyes, like a skeleton, who are not immune to petrify or other kinds of gaze attacks, could possibly "avert their gaze." How would a skeleton look ...
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How to properly boost monster damage?

So here's the situation: In D&D 4e, I have began to reduce monster's HP by a lot (at least by half or even more than that). The reason for this, is that I realized the combat encounters can take ...
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How do Swarms interact with Damage Reduction?

As far as I understand Swarms are basically a hundred (or thousand) of the same creature and instead of having each of them roll to hit for one damage it is abstracted with swarms dealing damage based ...
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Is Chain Lightning considered a ray spell?

Is Chain Lightning considered a ray-typed spell? I couldn't find an official definition for rays (unlike lines and cones), but it seems to be a "type" of spell because it's referenced by ...
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Do monstrous scorpions grow in size as they age, and if so at what rate?

The Arms and Equipment Guide lists the purchase price for a monstrous scorpion egg at 1,000 gp and the training cost at 2,000 gp. It also mentions how medium sized creatures require a huge size mount ...
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Does the Disintegrate spell permanently destroy Alyxian the Hunter?

In the last dungeon of the Call of the Netherdeep campaign, there is an NPC named Alyxian the Hunter that has this ability (p. 160): The description of the Disintegrate spell says, in part: A ...
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Can you safely assume that Beholder's rays are visible and audible? (based on rules / lore / novels / famous campaign streams, etc)

Some context: We're running Dragon Heist and the party is facing Xanathar himself. This question actually was caused by this discussion about the tactics of a party trying to distract the Beholder and ...
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Can a black pudding corrode a leather tunic?

Our party had a run in with a black pudding this weekend and it permanently damaged a fellow party member's metal armor which was covered by a leather tunic. The character in question always wears a ...
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What's the best way to roleplay a Beholder shooting with its many rays at a Major Image illusion?

We're running the Dragon Heist campaign and the party is facing Xanathar. The bard came up with an idea to distract the Beholder with the Major Image spell. The description of the Major Image spell ...
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What is the strongest CR 8 beast to polymorph into?

The reason I want to do this is because my DM is being mean to a few of the party members for "how basic" their characters are, and he has also TPKd us several times. So using polymorph, I ...
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Would a monster trait-based Kobold race be balanced?

There are playable races for a number of monsters, for example you can play a Bugbear, Duergar, Goblin, Goblin, Hobgoblin, Kenku, Kobold, Lizardfolk, or Orc, and Satyr all of which are directly ...
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What happens to your soul when it get trapped in a Lich's phylactery?

All Liches have a phylactery that they use to trap souls so they can live forever. What exactly happens to those souls when they are trapped? Are they gone forever or just trapped in some magical ...
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What is the average damage per attack for monsters by CR?

The DMG on page 274 has guidelines about damage per round for monsters of each Challenge Rating. However, most monsters deal that damage as a combination of multiple attacks (and sometimes other ...
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Does the victim of a Carrionette's Soul Swap, get a Carrionette's actions, when it gets control of its body?

The Carrionette listed in Van Richten's Guide To Ravenloft, is given a Challenge Rating 1 (!?!) and features a pair of actions which seem very powerful: Silver Needle. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, ...
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Can a Carrionette use its Soul Swap on a creature, when it already has control of another creature's body?

The carrionette listed in Van Richten's Guide To Ravenloft, is given a Challenge Rating 1 (!?!) and features a Soul Swap ability that seems very powerful: Targeting a creature within 15 feet that's ...
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Can you play a vampire in the 5th Edition?

So I got this sudden thing to want to play a vampire. I tried to do some research on vampires in the 5th edition of D&D, but I couldn't find anything. Am I able to play a vampire in the 5th ...
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What happens when a PC being infested with Rot Grubs chooses to Wild Shape into a beast?

Some context: We're running the Dragon Heist campaign and had an initially boring "sewers crawl" encounter that I've decided to "spice up" by dropping a bunch of Rot Grubs on ...
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Does a gnoll's Rampage trait actually give it bonus movement?

Gnolls pretty universally have the trait Rampage: When the gnoll reduces a creature to 0 hit points with a melee attack on its turn, the gnoll can take a bonus action to move up to half its speed and ...
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Can this Pact Hag power make the target move?

So in D&D 4e, Monster Manual 3, there's the Pact Hag (p.108). One of their attacks is the Compelling staff. The description says this: "Hit: 1d6 + 5 damage, and the target makes a melee basic ...
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Are golems immune to indirect spells?

Golem Antimagic is not that clear: A golem is immune to spells and magical abilities other than its own Grease is however cast on the ground, not on the golem: Area All solid ground in the area is ...
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Concentration and attacks with special effects

A Cleric that is concentrating on a Bless spell is hit by a Mummy Lord's Rotting Fist. The Cleric takes the damage (14 bludgeoning + 21 necrotic on average). Rotting Fist has a second effect: If the ...
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If the drow shadowblade uses Shadow Sword as a ranged attack, does it throw a sword (that it then has to retrieve before using it again)?

The drow shadowblade (Monsters of the Multiverse version, p. 105) has a "Shadow Sword" action that can be a melee or ranged weapon attack. Is this ranged attack done by throwing the sword? ...
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Can a Tressym see a Skulk?

Is a skulk's invisibility is magical enough to be detected by a tressym's Detect Invisibility? Or is it just a nonmagical ability?
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Which are Illithid Adventures?

Does anyone know which adventures have Illithids? I am looking for a tier two adventure or one for levels 7-9 in other editions.
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When rolling initiative for DM-controlled creatures, does their Dexterity modifier apply?

When the DM is rolling initiative for its monsters, does their Dexterity modifier apply, or does the DM just roll a d20 on its own?
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Which damage types are the most and least common?

(inspired by these questions) I have already asked which physical damage type is the most common, but how does it look when we consider all of them? I mean the damage directly dealt by monsters, and ...
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What's the most common language shared by those who don't speak Common?

Finding the most common language is easy1, the number is written at the top of the Monsters section. Finding the second most common2 is also not hard, you just click through the list of languages, and ...
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Does Auril retain effects or conditions when changing form?

(spoilers ahead for Rime of the Frostmaiden, read at your own risk) While discussing monsters with changing stat blocks, the example of Auril, from the adventure Rime of the Frostmaiden, came up. ...
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Is there any monster with statblock changes during an encounter?

So I've been DMing D&D 5e for quite some time. My table enjoys long, challenging encounters. However many monsters end up repeating the same actions after a few rounds. I usually circumvent this ...
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What are the creative origins of the Storm Giant?

Giants have been part of D&D since the very beginning, with the hill giant, stone giant, frost giant, fire giant, and cloud giant featuring in the original version of the game, and the storm giant ...
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Converting Oonga from "Isle of the Ape" to 5e

My party of five level 15 PCs is adventuring in my homebrewed conversion of the 1e module Isle of the Ape. I would like the Boss Monster, Oonga, to be a Deadly encounter for the party, so I am aiming ...
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Can the term "item" also apply to creatures?

The rules sometimes refer to items, for example bag of holding says: "Retrieving an item from the bag requires an action." The term item is not formally defined in the rules, so normally we ...

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