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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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Does a Duergar Spy's Enlarge action double its damage dice from its Sneak Attack trait?

In the module The Forge of Fury (tiny spoiler) there is a Duergar Spy creature. Its statblock is on p. 234 of Tales from the Yawning Portal. I am interested in the way two of its features interact ...
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In the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure, when does the Flameskull attack?

Note: I'm French, and while I'm quite fluent in English, sometimes I get stumped by a sentence. Does that mean that the flameskull only attacks if you try to cross the room? If someone takes a ...
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How would Banishment on a gelatinous cube affect an engulfed creature? [duplicate]

If a creature is engulfed by a Gelatinous Cube and a character casts Banishment (or similar teleportation/planar magic) on the Cube, would the engulfed creature be affected even though the spell ...
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How strong is the tressym in comparison to other familiar options?

I was looking at the tressym's description in the Storm King's Thunder adventure, and saw this (p. 243): With the DM's permission, a person who casts the find familiar spell can choose to conjure a ...
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Will the Rakshasa's Limited Magic Immunity prevent Detect Magic from detecting the effects of a spell like Disguise Self on the Rakshasa?

A Rakshasa has the following trait: Limited Magic Immunity. The rakshasa can't be affected or detected by spells of 6th level or lower unless it wishes to be. It has advantage on saving throws ...
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Is Rakshasa immune to the Booming Blade cantrip?

Is Rakshasa immune to the booming blade cantrip (SCAG, p. 142)? Does it avoid also the extra damage?
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How does opportunity attack work with a monster's different melee ranges? [duplicate]

If you refer to the kraken monster, it has a bite attack that has a range of 5 feet and a tentacle attack that has a range of 30 feet. How does this interact with the opportunity attack? If you move ...
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Does the tentacle rod prevent multiattack?

Made by the drow, this rod is a magic weapon that ends in three rubbery tentacles. While holding the rod, you can use an action to direct each tentacle to attack a creature you can see within 15 feet ...
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Can you poison a Bag of Devouring?

According to the description of the Bag of Devouring: This bag appears to be an ordinary sack. Detection for magical properties makes it seem as if it were a bag of holding. The sack, however, is ...
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Why do Expert monsters get Will saves instead of Reflex?

The Starjammer SRD page about building monsters has a chart for Expert creatures. That chart claims that expert creatures should have good Will saves instead of Reflex. Why would that be? Expert style ...
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How often can one do a Knowledge check to identify a creature?

The SRD section on Knowledge says: Try Again No. The check represents what you know, and thinking about a topic a second time doesn’t let you know something that you never learned in the ...
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Which form(s) does the Shadow's Strength Drain attack affect when cast on a Wild Shaped, Shapechanged, Polymorphed or True Polymorphed character?

The Shadow's Strength Drain attack states: Strength Drain. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 9 (2d6 + 2) necrotic damage, and the target’s Strength score is reduced by ...
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Is it possible to harvest parts of elementals summoned by the Conjure Elemental spell?

From the conjure elemental spell description (PHB, pg. 225): The elemental disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell ends. Can I rip parts off of an elemental before it ...
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Can I summon a flail snail or invisible stalker with Conjure Elemental?

The conjure elemental spell says: You call forth an elemental servant. Choose an area of air, earth, fire, or water that fills a 10-foot cube within range. An elemental of challenge rating 5 or ...
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How much damage does an ogre do with a weapon?

The AD&D 2nd Edition Monstrous Manual entry for an Ogre Chieftain says: He inflicts 8-18 (2d6+6) points of damage per attack, +6 with weapon. Does this just mean I add another +6 to their ...
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Does an Oni get new HP when it changes shape into a humanoid or large giant?

I am building an encounter for 6 or 7 PCs (mixed levels 4/5) with an Oni: it may turn into combat. Oni can be very difficult, even deadly, encounters for PCs at this level. What has me puzzled is ...
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Do monsters not follow the same rules as PCs for languages known?

Reading up on languages it looks like characters are supposed to start play with their base languages plus one language per point of intelligence modifier. Looking at monster stat blocks however ...
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Do bullywugs take 1d6 damage and fall prone every time they high jump? [duplicate]

The PHB and basic rules state about falling: At the end of a fall, a creature takes 1d6 bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it fell, to a maximum of 20d6. The creature lands prone, unless it ...
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Is the demon summoned by the Summon Greater Demon spell hostile to you?

Assuming that you use summon greater demon (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 166), and on your next turn, you still have the "control" over him granted by summon greater demon. Now I want to use ...
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Could a regenerating troll feed enough stirges to live off them?

We are working on creating a room that is a self-sustaining ecosystem (like ecosystem aquariums but with creatures) that is an obstacle for PCs to pass (as part of an entire “Island of Dr. Moreau” ...
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Can a PC who takes the form of a deepspawn spawn monsters?

A PC uses the spell shapechange to assume the form of a deepspawn (Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn 32–3). Can the PC use the deepspawn's spawn ability? If so, are such spawn forevermore under ...
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Can a giant octopus pull creatures towards itself?

If a giant octopus is in a tree, 15 feet above a human character, can the octopus attack/grapple that character and pull him 10 feet up towards itself in the air?
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Can you kill a Tarrasque with the Open Hand monk's Quivering Palm feature?

I see the Tarrasque has Legendary Resistance so it can pass failed saving throws. It has a list of Legendary Actions 3 times a day. I keep seeing people say to keep making it do saves to get rid of ...
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What is this monster from limbo with a scythe?

I remember a 3.5e monster I read about a few years back, but I can't remember its name or what book I got it from. It was in a printed 3.5e book. Here's what I remember: Native to the plane of limbo ...
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How can a Summoning Ooze command their summoned monsters?

Summoning Oozes (Monster Manual III, excerpted here) can use a Summon Monster spell-like ability - but they have no language. How can they command the summoned monsters?
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Can a demon (Tanar'ri) be resurrected?

When a demon dies, it is said that their soul re-enters the Abyss, where it gets a new body. What I assume happens on the plane they died in (that is not the Abyss), is that it melts into some vile ...
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Should my fighter really punch that werewolf?

A werewolf from the MM has the following in its stat block: Damage Immunities: Bludgeoning, Piercing, And Slashing Damage From Nonmagical Weapons That Aren't Silvered And as established in the ...
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How does the Great Weapon Master feat's bonus-action attack work against a zombie that survives thanks to Undead Fortitude?

I was thinking about the Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 165), part of which reads: On your turn, when you score a critical hit with a melee weapon or reduce a creature to 0 hit points with one, ...
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Can a slaad control gem be used to command a slaad that's on a different plane? [closed]

The PCs fought a dark elf and a gray slaad. The PCs killed the dark elf, but the gray slaad used plane shift to escape. The PCs found among the dark elf's gear the gray slaad's control gem. Must a PC ...
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What kind of creature can I locate with Locate Creature?

The spell Locate Creature says you can find a creature of a specific kind, but not one of a specific type. I get the whole type/subtype classification, but I can't find any definition of kind. What ...
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Can you reduce yourself, crawl into the Tarrasque's airway, and try to collapse its lung by enlarging inside of it?

A player tried to use the spell enlarge/reduce on his PC while in the mouth of the Tarrasque to shrink himself, then go deeper into its airway and to try to collapse its lung by enlarging himself ...
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Does hitting a creature with a magical creature count as magical damage?

Half-Orc Barbarian Conan has been Enlarged, making him Large. During a fight against some Couatls, he managed to grapple one and beat it to death. Now, having something (the body of the dead Couatl) ...
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What are the effects of the defensive abilities of the Wild Hunt subtype?

I looked up the effects but I couldn't find anything. Maybe it's my fault, but I really tried. What do instinctive cooperation and wild grace do? Do the effects still have to be written? Or are they ...
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Can a zombie survive headless?

Zombies in popular fiction are sometimes able to survive without a head. Can a zombie in D&D do the same? This is relevant for an effect like the vorpal sword's, which says: When you attack a ...
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Can an assassin vine entangle more than 1 creature?

I know the assassin vine (from Tomb of Annihilation) can only constrict 1 creature but does it entangle only 1 as well?
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Can monsters using innate spellcasting have their concentration broken?

In our game the other night, I cast hypnotic pattern on a genie that had cast gaseous form on himself, and he failed the Wisdom save. The DM ruled that he stayed in gaseous form while incapacitated. ...
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How do Displacer Beasts' life cycle and reproduction work?

So I am building a village and I decided to give them a displacer beast problem that has existed for the villages entire history; however, upon doing research I can't find basic information about them ...
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The CR of a Dragon [closed]

I've been looking to scale up the CR of a few Ancient dragons for one of my settings, so I've been figuring out the offensive and defensive CR of each dragon to determine how my scaled-up dragons ...
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How do I deal with players who make friends with goblins?

I want to run a campaign "from the book" for a group of new players (played RPGs before, but stuff much much lighter then D&D, and I've not DMed this edition before. I DMed D&D 4e once: over ...
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Monster Skill Ranks don’t match RAW?

I've had this problem for awhile now. When deconstructing monsters from the various Monster Manuals (to modify or add templates etc) their skill ranks do not add up properly. Am I missing something, ...
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How has the Sibriex changed across editions of the game?

We are looking for a creature, curse or ability that changes parts of characters bodies into those of Fiends (i.e. an arm becomes a tentacle, the tail of a scorpion grows etc.) In a post titled "The ...
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How do I stat a skeletal monster?

I'm running a D&D 5e campaign, and the current villains are necromancers. These necromancers have been taking the corpses of dead monsters and turning them into zombies and skeletons. How they ...
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Does the grappling dire tiger get to rake on an Attack of Opportunity?

Dire Tiger pounces a character (bite claw claw rake rake) and successfully grabs. (More unnecessary context in chat.) On his turn the character pulls out a potion of gaseous form from a handy ...
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Would scrying on a target with a gaze attack affect the caster?

For example, a wizard casts scrying to peer into the big bad's lair, where his pet umber hulk happens to be lounging. Would you rule that the caster must deal with the effects of the umber hulk's gaze ...
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How to use a werewolf as boss for a party of 4 first levels?

Note: First time DM with first time players, using Basic Rules. Story: I am planning a story which involves wolves and werewolves. 4 PCs would investigate an incident in a forest that caused a NPC's ...
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In a homebrew campaign, how should I set CR for lesser and Boss monsters? [closed]

I am currently trying to make a campaign, and I am steadily homebrewing new monsters, all the way up to the boss at the end. I am aware of how CR works, but unsure how my monsters would shape up ...
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How can Demons kill Devils?

In Blood War, Demons kill Devils. However, many Devils have the regeneration special ability. Demons never use Good-aligned weapons and spells. So... how do they kill those?
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Can a monster with the Amorphous trait stay in a narrow space indefinitely?

Shadows have the Amorphous trait: Amorphous. The shadow can move through a space as narrow as 1 inch wide without squeezing. Can a Shadow (or other creature with this trait) stay in an area as ...
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How long is the life of rust monsters?

How long is the life of rust monsters? How long will a rust monster grow up from a child in the barrel?
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Are there any official Grung deities? (the D&D frog-like Grungs)

Grungs have no deities listed in 5th edition. Are there any deities at all? (in other WotC/TSR material such as adventure supplements, previous-edition stuff, D&D novels etc) (Re-asking ...