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 would permanent invisibility affect a monster's challenge rating?

I’m attempting to convert a phantom fungus to fifth edition. The creature is always invisible while alive, similar to an invisible stalker. When calculating challenge rating, how would this ...
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What was the first original liminal being in D&D?

The first edition monster manual, and the OD&D sources that predate it, have the traditional mythological liminal beings - centaurs, chimeras, satyrs, sphinxes... But was David Sutherland's ...
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What is the etymology of the term "drider"?

Gary Gygax took the word 'drow' from a Scots cognate of troll, with one of the meanings being 'dark elf'. David Sutherland III introduced the 'drider' in module Q1, as a drow that has been transformed ...
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Can a succeeded saving throw against the Horryfing Visage from one banshee make the player immune against the Horryfing Visage from another? [duplicate]

If the players are facing two banshees and a player succeeds in the saving throw against one's Horrifying Visage, is he immune to the Horrifying Visage from another one?
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Why is an archmage only CR12?

The monster's manual archmage is overpowered, but has a CR12!? It is a monster with Time Stop from 9th circle, mind blank and teleport. If you put him with some other melee monsters (meat for the ...
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What does "DC 20" refer to in the description of the Erinyes' "Entangle" ability?

The Erinyes has an ability called Entangle that functions "as an animate rope spell (CL 16th, DC 20)". Normally, this format of ability description would set the save DC of the spell, but ...
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Must a zombie hear the wight to be commanded by it?

So, a wight can have up to 12 zombies under its command. How does it work? Should it shout to the zombies what it wants? If yes, what's a good range for the zombies to understand its command? I saw a ...
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Does a a Bullywug Croaker's Glaar-pat song count as magic for the purposes of the Gnome Cunning racial trait? [duplicate]

The Bullywug Croaker has an action: Glaaar-pat (3/Day). The croaker sings a song of marshy doom. Each chosen creature within 30 feet of the croaker that can hear the song must make a DC 12 Wisdom ...
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Metallic dragons, levels of sorcerer, and cleric spells

According to the entry for Copper Dragon, they can choose cleric spells for their sorcerer spells known, but it implies once they are of an age category where they gain spellcasting. If a wyrmling ...
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Can an Air Elemental's Whirlwind ability hit multiple large targets?

The Air Elemental's Whirlwind ability reads: Each creature in the elemental's space must... Both the Air Elemental and the Minotaurs are large creatures. The Air Elemental's ability Air Form allows ...
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Can a legendary monster/NPC use a "free object interaction" as part of a legendary action?

By the book (PHB p.190): You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For example, you could open a door during your move as ...
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Are there material components that could be harvested from monsters? [closed]

Back in the Forgotten Realms novels based on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, there was a female wizard character introduced after having killed a monster (I believe an owlbear) and having harvested ...
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Can a wildshaped druid deal static attack damage? [duplicate]

If, for example, I wildshape into a boar, can I use Tusk to reliably deal 4 damage, rather than rolling 1d6 + 1 damage? Is this one of the effects of: Your game Statistics [being] replaced by the ...
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Petrification at low levels

I was considering using a Medusa in my home game against a group of 4th-level characters. With a CR of 6, a Medusa is well within the proper XP range for such a group. However, I'm nervous about using ...
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Does a vampire’s bite attack against a charmed target trigger a saving throw against the charm?

So I was wondering how its working when PC is charmed by vampire one on one, and vampire decides to bite it. Does it mean that they can repeat save against charm because they got damaged by it or not ...
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What is this creature whose slayer becomes it?

I have a faint memory of a Dungeons & Dragons third edition creature with a trait that if you kill that creature, you become that creature. The idea is that the creature possesses some kind of ...
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What player options, or monster traits, can/can not affect the Multiverse UA races, due to different creature type?

In Unearthed Arcana 2021: Travelers of the Multiverse, a few of the races are singularly a type other than Humanoid. Specifically, Construct, Ooze, and Monstrosity. What are the mechanical ...
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Can a Tiger get two attacks in a round and a possible third with pounce?

Tigers get a bite attack and a claw attack along with this: Pounce. If the tiger moves at least 20 feet straight toward a creature right before hitting it with a claw attack, the target must succeed ...
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Are there any effects that specifically prevent one tradition's spellcasting?

I'm designing an upcoming encounter. The villain of the adventure knows the party well, and intends to create countermeasures against them. They believe the party will consist of two Arcane ...
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How do night hags get to other planes to trade their collected souls?

How does a night hag get to the other planes in order to trade their foul earned souls? They seem to have the ability to go to ethereal plane but is that enough? I checked out generic hag coven ...
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What are the mechanical effects of uneven ability scores in monster stat blocks?

Whilst homebrewing some variations of existing monsters, I noticed something unusual: Some monsters have odd (i.e. mathematically uneven) ability scores. Uneven ability scores matter for player ...
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What is the gargantuan monster on DMG page 248?

The giant worm-like creature in the graph.
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What are the mechanical differences between the Shapechanger and Change Shape abilities?

Many creatures can transform into other forms. For some, the ability is called "Shapechanger". Doppelganger: Shapechanger. The doppelganger can use its action to polymorph into a Small or ...
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What happens if a vampire tries to enter a residence without an invitation?

A vampire "can't" enter a residence without an invitation. Forbiddance: The vampire can't enter a residence without an invitation from one of the occupants. Source : Monster Manual, p. 297....
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For the Conjure Fey spell, who chooses the CR, whether it's a beast or fey, and the actual creature - the player, or the DM?

The description of the conjure fey spell says (emphasis mine): You summon a fey creature of challenge rating 6 or lower, or a fey spirit that takes the form of a beast of challenge rating 6 or lower. ...
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What is the closest Pathfinder 1e equivalent to the graboids from the movie Tremors?

Clip What is the closest Pathfinder 1e equivalent to the graboids from the movie Tremors? I'm trying to design an underground dungeon dive for an APL 8 adventure. Wikipedia At nearly 30 ft. long, ...
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Do any official materials (from any edition) explain why non-native outsiders breathe air?

"Outsiders breathe, but do not need to eat or sleep". That just seems weird to me. Outsiders are so different to material-plane native organisms that they don't even need to physically ...
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Can I hit a creature that has a reach larger than mine but is using itself to hit me?

The Enormous Tentacle Has the following attack: Constrict. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 35 ft., one creature. Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4) bludgeoning damage, and the target is grappled (escape DC 16). ...
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Is changing prepared spells a 'benefit of a long rest'?

This problem came up during a post-game discussion in my D&D 5e campaign last night. It concerns the curse ability of the Rakshasa and how that interacts with preparing spells. In game we managed ...
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Do skeletons and Skeletal champions retain or lose senses?

I have a Drider that has recently been given the skeletal champion template. What is the new vision of the creature? Does it retain its 120ft dark vision, or is that lost and replaced with 60ft ...
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Where do I find charms for Wyrm elementals?

The wyrm elementals in Book of the Wyrm for Werewolf: The Apocalypse have charms that I can't find descriptions for. For example, the Toxin elemental (pg. 100) has the charms Visceral Agony and Body ...
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Do the effects of the "beard" attack from a bearded devil interfere with recovering from the infernal wound from its "glaive" attack?

A bearded devil's beard attack stipulates that a character poisoned by the attack can't regain hit points (there's a save and the duration is fixed at one minute). The same creature's glaive attack ...
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Ability increase for extra HD not calculated correctly under the Lycanthrope entry in the Monster Manual?

In the SRD it states: https://www.d20srd.org/srd/improvingMonsters.htm#abilityScoreImprovement Ability Score Improvement Treat monster Hit Dice the same as character level for determining ability ...
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What would be some good monsters to stalk the party like the Nemesis in Resident Evil? [closed]

As the question states, I’m looking for a monster that can stalk the party for the latter half of a campaign I’m running. They are only level 3-4 so it would have to be something way too strong to ...
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Can a ghost possess a vampire or any other undead?

In my campaign, I'm planning to have an NPC ghost possess an NPC vampire. Is this even possible?
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How can one reduce the hit points lost from a Stirge's Blood Drain?

The Stirge is a monster, and it has the Blood Drain action which states (emphasis mine): Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 5 (1d4 + 3) piercing damage, and the stirge ...
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If trapped by a web lurker, can I only use acrobatics to Escape?

The Web Lurker has the ability "Web Trap". It says (emphasis mine): A creature hit by the web lurker’s web attack is immobilized and stuck to the nearest surface until it succeeds at DC 20 ...
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What happens to this Curse of Strahd character when using their Shapechanger ability?

My confusion comes from the use of the word polymorph, and no mention of what happens to her other stats while polymorphed into the swarm. Every other shapechanger has a clause about what doesn't ...
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Does the Creature Sense ability of ulitharids grant them partial immunity to the invisibility spell and unseen attacker penalties?

According to Volo's Guide to Monsters, the elder brain and ulitharid have the following ability, with the main difference between the two being the effective range (2 miles for the ulitharid, 5 for ...
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Are creatures with Stench auras affected by each others' Stench auras?

One of the Pathfinder 2E adventure paths features many xulgaths, typically fighting in groups. Many xulgaths have some variant of a Stench aura. For example, the level 1 Xulgath Warrior has: Stench (...
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How problematic is this Exhaustion Pulse ability on a ~CR 30 monster?

I'm homebrewing an aberration monster to serve as a major BBEG and endgame threat for the campaign I'm running. The monster theme is "avatar of a sealed elder God". It should be able to, at ...
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Exactly how smart are Demon Lords? Demogorgon in particular

I’m trying to nail down exactly how cunning and intelligent demon lords are - Demogorgon in particular. It mostly relates to the Chaotic Evil alignment and the sort of hierarchy of Demons. I ...
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What size is a Solar's Sword?

The Solar can use an action to release its sword, causing it to hover within 5 feet of it: Flying Sword. The solar releases its greatsword to hover magically in an unoccupied space within 5 feet of ...
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Should the players know what monster they're fighting according to the rule book? [duplicate]

I've read through several rule books and modules, none of which specify whether or not the players should be told what monster they're fighting or if a description (and leave it at that) is enough. ...
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Do the smaller Black Puddings have their reactions in the same round as the original Black Pudding split?

The Split reaction available for the Black Pudding monster goes as follows: Split. When a pudding that is Medium or larger is subjected to lightning or slashing damage, it splits into two new ...
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Can monsters use lair actions on targets in any part of their lair?

My previous experience with Lair Actions has been when the party fought Strahd (a vampire lord in Curse of Strahd) and Arauthator (an adult white dragon in Rise of Tiamat). Both of these creatures ...
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What Regional effects are present in the Tomb of Diderius (Rise of Tiamat)?

In Episode 3 of Rise of Tiamat, the players enter the Tomb of Diderius. Diderius has become a and as such his lair (the Tomb) should show this legendary monster's Regional Effects (enumerations and ...
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Can monsters with a teleport ability grab enemies to teleport them both?

Some monsters have an Action/Legendary Action that allows them to teleport 120 feet. Using the Balor as an example: Teleport. The balor magically teleports, along with any equipment it is wearing or ...
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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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