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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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Can an attached stirge deal no more than 10 HP of damage before it detaches?

An attached stirge deals 5 (1d4+3) HP of damage at the start of its turn each round. The statblock states: The stirge can detach itself by spending 5 feet of its movement. It does so after it ...
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Can a Hydra make multiple opportunity attacks at once?

A normal creature only has one reaction that may be used as a single attack of opportunity. A Hydra, though, has one of these reactions per head. My question would be: may several reactions be ...
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Will bloody skeleton remain under control after being destroyed?

Animate dead allows you to create a bloody skeleton variant instead of a regular skeleton, which has the Deathless (Su) ability. Deathless (Su) A bloody skeleton is destroyed when reduced to ...
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If my character is psychically linked to an Elder Brain, does it also take any psychic damage my character takes?

My PC is currently Psychic Linked to what I believe is an Elder Brain. If I were to take psychic damage on purpose, would that affect the Elder Brain? Also, could the actual determination to go ...
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Where can I educate myself on D&D universe lore, specifically on vampires and supernatural monsters?

It turns out my first campaign will be Curse of Strahd (5e). I'd like to play a vampire hunter who is knowledgeable about supernatural monsters as a matter of profession. Furthermore, I have a vampire ...
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How does the Flying Dagger Swarm's aura work?

The Flying Dagger Swarm (dungeon magazine #195, pag 18) aura states: Aura 1 - any enemy that starts his turn in the aura takes ongoing 5 damage (save ends). If that enemy is already taking untyped ...
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Do regular mummies reform when destroyed?

When reading the lore on Mummies (MM, p. 227), it says: Ending a Mummy's Curse. Rare magic can undo or dispel the ritual that gave rise to a mummy, allowing it to truly die. Now clearly the Mummy ...
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Would a poison-immune creature be affected by Myconid spores?

One of my players has a Yuan-ti Pureblood character. We've read somewhere that poison immunity extends to many substances and we've gone with this interpretation, for instance we're considering this ...
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When a wildshaped Druid is affected by a Ghost's Horrifying Visage, which form ages?

So this came up in yesterday's game; the Druid, while Wildshaped into a dinosaur, rolled a 1 on his save against a Ghost's Horrifying Visage and then aged 20 years. There was some confusion about ...
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Does the Bugbear’s “Surprise Attack” feature apply on its first round of combat or the players'?

The Bugbear's Surprise Attack feature reads: Surprise Attack: If the bugbear surprises a creature and hits it with an attack during the first round of combat, the target takes an extra 7 (2d6) ...
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How much does adding the Pack Tactics trait to this homebrew monster affect its CR?

I am using this Beowolf homebrew monster as a basis to create a Large Mountain Wolf. It currently has a CR of 3, if I add the Pack Tactics trait (as listed below) to this monster, how does that ...
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Does Incorporeal Subtype protect against the divine damage from Flame Strike?

So my party encountered wraiths the other day for the first time and the Favoured Soul used Flame Strike, also for the first time. I was a bit stumped by the half "divine" damage as I've never seen it ...
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Can modify memory be used to change a revenant's target?

I am GMing a homebrew story and was trying to think of an enemy that my party could encounter that would be more story driven than just one that gets more dice to hurt them with. I have been ...
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What happens if I cast Planar Binding on a creature who was brought by a spell that has ended?

Planar Binding states: You attempt to bind a celestial, elemental, fey, or fiend to your service. It must be within range for the entire casting of the spell. At completion, it makes a ...
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Are there any demons of CR 1/2?

Summon Lesser Demons will summon for the caster a number of demons based on a d6 roll; either 2 CR 1 (or less) demons, four CR 1/2 (or less), or eight CR 1/4 (or less). CR 1 demons include Quasits ...
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Is Summon Lesser Demons strictly worse than Conjure Animals?

Summon Lesser Demons and Conjure Animals both summon creatures of equal CR (with CA potentially summoning a single CR 2 creature where SLD cannot), however: Conjure Animals summons creatures that are ...
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What are the conditions under which a Lion can pounce and rake?

A lion has the pounce extraordinary ability. It says that a lion can make a full attack including two rake attacks upon a charge. Which interpretation is correct? A lion charges and gets five attacks ...
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Is this Variant Monstrosity Druid balanced?

In my current campaign, I introduced a crazy scientist that uses mutagens in order to transform into different monsters. It’s really cool and really creepy. One of the characters in the party recently ...
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Is this conversion of a Cloud Ray Elder CR 16?

In the finale of the 3 part series on Cloud Rays, we take a look at the stat line of the largest pancake in the universe. From Pup to Adult to finally Elder, I am hoping to gain insight on the balance ...
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Is CR 14 accurate for this conversion of a Cloud Ray Adult?

In a series of three questions involving the largest flying pancake of D&D, I am looking to gain some insight into the balance for a conversion of the Cloud Ray. In this question, I ask about the ...
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Is CR 8 accurate for this conversion of a Cloud Ray Pup?

So I have been running a campaign that I wanted to focus in on a super cool unique "monster" that the party could utilize for narrative, combat, and transportation purposes. So I looked through my old ...
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Which creature type appears most frequently as enemies in the Storm King's Thunder adventure?

I am going to be playing Storm King's Thunder as a Ranger (Revised) soon. We are starting the campaign at level 1 and playing the introduction adventure to the campaign. Of course I will be picking ...
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Can a Werewolf survive being burnt at the stake?

As this answer to another question points out, the MM errata replaces resistance/immunity to "non-magical weapons" with resistance/immunity to "non-magical attacks". Does this mean that a werewolf ...
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Would a Disintegrate spell work on an Iron Golem?

The Iron Golem has the following feature: Immutable Form. The golem is immune to any spell or effect that would alter its form. Does this feature protect the Golem from the effects of the ...
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Need help/Ideas for fighting adult red dragon [closed]

So I am in a campaign with 4 other players, and we are all pretty experienced with D&D. Recently we found out that we will be fighting an adult red dragon soon (possibly in its lair). The problem ...
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When a creature's proficiency bonus is doubled for a skill, is it marked as such in its statblock?

I'm very new to the books of D&D 5e. I see in the introduction of the MM that they specify the proficiency bonus for CR, and that at times it will be doubled to account for the creature's "...
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Can a Warforged Charger use weapons?

I found a relatively simple way to enlarge my Warforged, by using Alter Self through the Transformation domain. On caster level 4, I can transform myself into Warforged Charger. Can it handle my ...
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How do the Crag Cat and Chain Lightning spell interact?

The Crag Cat (SKT, p. 240) is a CR 1 creature that has the unique feature of Spell Turning: The cat has advantage on saving throws against any spell that targets only the cat (not an area). If the ...
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Does a Drow enemy’s poison expire if you wait 1 minute?

In the PHB, when you apply poison on an arrow or a sword, the poison stays effective for 1 minute. When a Drow hits someone with their crossbow, according to the Monster Manual, that person needs to ...
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Can a Boggle put a Tiny creature through its Dimensional Rift?

This is similar to the question Can a Boggle use its Dimensional Rift in the mouth of a Bag of Holding?, which sparked a thought. According to the boggle's statblock in Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. ...
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How many actions or attacks are involved in picking up and throwing a creature?

Let's say my Minotaur ally decided during a brawl to grapple with the nearest brigand, pick him up over his head (or maybe just throw him from a standing position), and chuck him as far as his beefy (...
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The Ankheg's skills aren't matching up, what am I missing?

I'm having some fun playing around with the GM stuff for Pathfinder for the first time, mostly I've only run other systems and been a player for Pathfinder, so I was wanting to take a crack at running ...
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Can a Changeling shapeshifted into a mind flayer read Deep Speech?

Can a Changeling (Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron, p. 61) shapeshifted into a Mindflayer read the Qualith language? The ability to read Deep Speech is dependent on tentacles, so could a Changeling use ...
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How does a Doppelganger monster's Shapechanger trait differ from the Changeling playable race's Change Appearance trait?

In D&D Beyond, I compared the Doppelganger monster's Shapechanger trait to the Changeling playable race's Change Appearance trait. While I think the two are very similar, some differences stood ...
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How does a bat have +0 modifier to attack?

I am quite new to playing DND and I'm struggling to understand how a bat has +0 to attack. I'm clearly missing something, but as per my calculations: A bat has a strength of 2 (-4 Modifier). This is ...
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Are there any flying creatures with truesight?

Are there any flying creatures in the official rulebooks that have truesight?
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How can an elemental be bound into an object or vehicle (e.g. lightning rails, elemental airships) in Eberron?

I will soon be DMing an Eberron campaign for my Dungeons & Dragons group. As part of the plot, I want a player or NPC to bind an air elemental to an elemental airship, and it may come up in the ...
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How do multiple ghast stench fields work?

Each ghast has a stench trait that can poison someone if they start their turn within 5 feet of the ghast and fail their saving throw. What happens if a creature starts their turn with multiple ghasts ...
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How to create a powerful boss fusion of an artificial dragon and a lich?

I am currently thinking how to build a sheet for a powerful villain in my campaign. This creature was created by an ancient people as a way to control artificial dragons and to kill powerful real ...
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What's the earliest instance of a “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” reference to beholders?

Is there any recorded use of the phrase, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" being used in a commercially available D&D campaign or any rulebook of any edition, specifically to reference (...
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Are a monster's innate melee/ranged spell attack abilities blocked by a target's Antimagic Field?

Certain creatures have abilities listed as being melee or ranged spell attacks, e.g. the Efreeti's Hurl Flame action. Are these considered magic that an antimagic field will block? Or are they ...
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Can a PC use a Merrow's Harpoon?

The Merrow has a Harpoon weapon attack option with the following stats: Harpoon. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) piercing ...
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What all is included in a creature's game statistics?

Many features and rules refer to a creature's "game statistics". For example, True Polymorph says: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of ...
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Does a Dybbuk's Possess Corpse ability recharge while it possesses a corpse?

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes contains the Dybbuk, a CR 4 demon with the Possess Corpse action: Possess Corpse (Recharge 6). The dybbuk disappears into an intact corpse it can see within 5 feet of it....
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What spells can be used to damage a Rakshasa before L7 slots are available?

I've been looking for the most effective ways to damage a Rakshasa as a spellcaster, before L7 slots become available. After reading the 3 questions below, Is a Rakshasa immune to Animate Objects? ...
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Does an air elemental's whirlwind throw creatures horizontally, or vertically as well?

The air elemental has the Whirlwind action, which allows it to try to throw every character in the same space as it. The description reads: Each creature in the elemental's space must make a DC 13 ...
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How can I increase monster size/advancement instantly?

So I have a rather odd thing I am trying to do in my campaign. I am using spiders in a mine where my party is adventuring. Long story shortly the people before them basically have spider eggs laid ...
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Can a bulette ignore the rule about ending a turn in occupied space after using deadly leap?

The bulette can use its deadly leap ability to jump onto its targets and possibly knock them prone if they fail their saving throw. But having done so it will be sharing the same space as them. The ...
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How many javelins does an orc have?

The stat block for the orc (MM, 246) includes two weapon attacks; Greataxe and Javelin. For the greataxe, it makes sense that they'd be able to use it repeatedly, and if they were to use their ...
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Can any creature other than PCs use Two-Weapon Fighting?

The rule on Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB, page 195) states: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack ...