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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 the Umber Hulk's confusion attack break grapples?

A PC Barbarian Orc is grappling an Umber Hulk (MM. p. 292). The Orc fails at the Confusing Gaze saving throw, becoming confused. Does the grapple end because the Orc is confused? Under a storytelling ...
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In “Prophecy”, when going onto a space that has a villain on it, are you required to fight it? [migrated]

A few days ago, I played the RPG "Prophecy" for the first time. While playing, we ran across a question that the experienced player among us did not know, and looking through the rules didn't give any ...
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Does the beholder's charm ray really take a PC out of the fight like this?

I was reading the Beholder's statblock (MM, page 28): Eye Rays. The beholder shoots three of the following magical eye rays at random (reroll duplicates), choosing one to three targets it can see ...
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Is it possible to polymorph 2 characters into a Tarrasque using True Polymorph?

Is it possible to use true polymorph to transform 2 PC characters, each of whom is at least level 15, into a CR 30 Tarrasque?
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How can sapience be determined for monsters?

Whenever I DM (5e D&D), I tend to treat any creature without a language as bestial in its behavior (mostly in combat), especially if it has an intelligence score of 5 or less. This has never been ...
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What creatures does Antimagic Field temporarily wink out of existence?

The antimagic field spell has the following effect on creatures: A creature or object summoned or created by magic temporarily winks out of existence in the sphere. Such a creature instantly ...
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What type of stone do targets of Flesh to Stone, and Petrification, turn into?

To what kind of stone creature or character is turned with petrification or flesh to stone type spells? The Petrified condition is the result of various monster abilities A Petrified character ...
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What is the distribution of monster save proficiencies?

I'm curious which saves are the best to target (as a player). As in, if I have a spell that forces the enemy to make a dex save and another spell that forces a con save, which am I better off using? ...
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Talk with a succubus [closed]

I'm playing a Tiefling Warlock with an Archfey patron. My character is not really aware of the pact and thinks the magic he has comes from nature / bloodline. Our player group came across a succubus ...
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How long does a Steam Mephit's Boiling Rain last?

A Steam Mephit has the following ability called Boiling Rain: Once per day a steam mephit can create a rainstorm of boiling water in a 20-foot-square area. Living creatures within the area take 2d6 ...
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RAW, can innate spellcaster dragons cast spells with somatic components?

The rules on dragons as innate spellcasters state (MM, p. 86): Dragons are innately magical creatures that can master a few spells as they age, using this variant. A young or older dragon can ...
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Grappling an Air/Water/Fire Elemental

Consider the air elemental. It is made from air, or clouds, or smoke, or something like it. Any attempt to grab hold of such materials with your bare hands would fail, realistically speaking. Thus, ...
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Does my Giant Crocodile's grapple benefit from my Druid's expertise? (wild shape) [duplicate]

Put another way, when is a grapple(MM) not a grapple(PHB)? My wild shaped Circle of the Moon druid loves to be a giant crocodile. Big and strong, he can grapple much bigger creatures than our ...
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How to portray the relationship between orthons and steel devils in strictly-lawful Hell?

According to Fiendish Codex II, a steel devil is Rank 6, CR 6 lesser devil, and an orthon is Rank 10, CR 8 greater devil. Fiendish Codex II also says, Steel devils are intensely loyal to each ...
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How are amulets linked to shield guardians?

How are amulets linked to shield guardians? Is there a magic ritual needed to link the construct to the amulet? Also, does the amulet have specific resources needed to craft it other than having to be ...
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Does the Flail Snail's “burst of destructive force” do no damage if it's triggered by a cantrip such as Eldritch Blast?

My party encountered a Flail Snail in our adventures, and the Warlock in the party had no real combat ability versus said snail other than the Eldritch Blast cantrip. The Warlock missed their attack, ...
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Can an Awakened animal or tree take class levels?

I have a player in one of my games that is a druid and he is looking at awakening a tree and animal army. He is wondering whether or not a tree or animal can take class levels after being awakened and ...
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What plane is the Tarrasque from?

Lets say that the DM throws his super monster at you and it happens to be a Tarrasque. From what I was looking at it never really tells you what plane of existence they come from so in theory could ...
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How many enemies will challenge my party of four 1st-level characters, but not result in certain death?

I was asked to DM for a one-shot with people wanting to try and learn the game. I have created a not-too-complicated world in which they can run around and interact with its inhabitants. The problem ...
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What happens to a Disintegrated Troll RAW?

Related to This Question, and meant to provide a basis upon which that question can be answered. Keep in mind that this is a Rules as Written question: Questions about the rules as written are ...
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Can an Ice Devil give a command to his Hellfire Engine by telepathy?

Can Ice Devil (Monster Manual) give a command to his Hellfire Engine (Fiendish Codex II) by telepathy? The Telepathic Bond spell says: You forge a telepathic bond among yourself and a number of ...
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Can telekinesis or wind affect incorporeal creatures?

Are incorporeal creatures affected by the following effects? Telekinesis Object thrown by Telekinesis Wind caused by fan Wind caused by Control Wind spell or Control Weather spell
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How do I apply 1ed/2ed magic resistance to D&D 5e in a conversion

In earlier editions of D&D some powerful creatures had a percentage magic resistance which was checked before any saving throw (if applicable). If the percentage check was successful then the ...
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Does Fire Form affect a Water Elemental?

According to a Fire Elemental's "Fire Form" ability: The first time it enters a creature's space on a turn, that creature takes 5 (1d10) fire damage and catches fire; until someone takes an action ...
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Can an intellect devourer use Devour Intellect while it inhabits a creature's body?

In the MM (p. 191), it says that an intellect devourer, while using its Body Thief action: retains its Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores, as well as its understanding of Deep Speech, its ...
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Is a Kuo-Toa god on the same power level as those found in other pantheons?

The kuo-toa, according to the Monster Manual (p. 198), have a unique power detailed in the section God Makers: Kuo-toa worship gods of their own insane creation, but if enough kuo-toa believe that ...
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What damage type vulnerability makes sense for disease-based Zombies rather than being undead? [closed]

I am running a campaign with a disease that makes humanoids become mindless zombie-esque creatures. However they are not undead: they can be cured and returned to their original selves. In the MM ...
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What are the implications of using a monster's maximum hit points instead of the average?

I'm starting a new campaign and I'd like to try and make some of my monsters a little hardier. I'm fine with how hard they can hit the PCs, but my main problem is how quickly the monsters go down. ...
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Are Trolls immune to all instant death effects?

Part of the Troll's Regeneration feature says: The troll dies only if it starts its turn with 0 hit points and doesn't regenerate. Does this case beat instant kill effects, such as Divine Word or ...
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What size category is a reduced Tarrasque?

The rule for a creature's size is as follows on Monster Manual page 6: $$ \begin{array}{lll} \textbf{Size} & \textbf{Space} & \textbf{Examples} \\ \hline \text{Tiny} & \text{2½ by 2½ ft....
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How fast will you drown in a Kelpie Encounter?

This Kelpie (3pp) in Pathfinder could be interpreted in two (very very) different power levels. One would be that the person in question is so infatuated with the Kelpie that they do not attempt to ...
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What size doors can a Giant Ape squeeze its body through?

This question keeps coming up in our groups over and over without a satisfactory conclusion (and frankly quite a few hurt feelings on the part of upset polymorphed players, and the rules lawyers ...
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Is the Spirit Troll unable to be knocked out unless it doesn't regenerate?

So I've seen some rules referencing that whenever a creature drops to 0 HP it is either knocked unconscious (and starts making death saving throws, unless it's already stable) or it dies outright. ...
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Could two Mummy Lords fight each other based on a feud in their previous life?

From my understanding of the Mummy Lord description in the Monster Manual (p. 227), the ritual used to create the mummy allows it to keep all of its memory from before it was transformed. I want to ...
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What does the first number represent in the damage section of some monster/NPC attacks?

I understand most of what each number represents, but monster/NPC statblocks often have a number in the damage section before the damage roll in parentheses. For example, for a Sahuagin Priestess (MM, ...
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Do Gaze Effects work through a Wall of Force?

A lich listed in a WotC Adventure can cast wall of force. We are trying to determine what the lich could do if it were to cast a spherical Wall of Force around itself. Wall of force creates a ...
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Which monsters have immunity or resistance to non-silvered non-magical weapons?

The Player's Handbook (p. 148) (and the Basic Rules) state about silvered weapons: Some monsters that have immunity or resistance to nonmagical weapons are susceptible to silver weapons [...] ...
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Is Power Word Kill's save DC from the Orcus' lair a typo? [duplicate]

In Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, Orcus' lair has an action which is to target an enemy with a power word kill that has a saving throw DC of 23. Presumably, this is a typo, because power word kill has ...
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Does the Vrock Spores ability stack? If so, does a single saving throw end both?

Vrocks have a "Spores" action (with a recharge of 6) that releases a 15­-foot­-radius cloud of toxic spores: Each creature in that area must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or become ...
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What kind of ooze does the Pudding King transform into?

In Out of the Abyss, the stats of the Pudding King include the following action (page 233): However, it does not mention what kind of ooze he transforms into. What kind of ooze does the Pudding King ...
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How do I make a Rules-Legal Glow-in-the-Dark Monster in 3.5?

I'm gearing up to DM an urban d&d 3.5 setting. It's loosely based on cityscape. The party is low level (3) and includes: an urban ranger, a crusader, a rogue/wizard who wants to become a prestige ...
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Creating Zombie Ogres

I'm currently trying to figure out the zombie creation mechanic for mt Pathfinder campaign. I'd like to bring back some ogres my players fought in a previous encounter as undead but I'm finding the ...
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Why would a mimic be a con artist?

So this question popped up in the world building SE yesterday asking how mimics move and someone answered with their recollection of a Dragon Article on "The Ecology of the Mimic" by Ed Greenwood. ...
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What can I do as a level 3 sorcerer to undo Intellect Devourer Ability Score damage?

Is there anything like greater restoration available to me at level 3? Or is there something I can do as a level three sorcerer to undo the effects of a Intellect Devourer's ability score reduction on ...
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How do I add enemies to already started combat? (Lost Mine of Phandelver spoilers) [duplicate]

I'm DMing the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure. I'm assuming I would roll the new enemies' initiative, but should I add them to the initiative order immediately or only once the next ...
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How long does Snow Spider (Frost) Paralysis last?

The snow spider is a monster detailed on pages 154 and 155 of Frostburn (AKA It's Cold Outside) and has a poison listed as 1dx dex damage (based on spider size) and it has paralysis as a secondary ...
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Can incorporeal creatures interact physically with other incorporeal creatures?

So say a ghost wants to shake hands with another ghost. Can they do that? Can they attack other incorporeal creatures with physical weapons in the same way ethereal creatures can?
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How can you force an incorporeal creature out of a solid surface?

From the PFSRD: An incorporeal creature can enter or pass through solid objects, but must remain adjacent to the object’s exterior, and so cannot pass entirely through an object whose space is ...
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How can PCs discover embedded Deep Scions against their will?

The deep scion is a monster detailed in the fifth edition supplement Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 135). I'm unaware if deep scions have featured in previous editions of DnD. Deep scions are people ...
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Do the Bronze Scout's burrow speed and Earth Armor trait make it stronger than a CR 1 creature?

The Bronze Scout Clockwork construct from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (p. 125) is a CR1 monster, but has a set of traits that seem to make it incredibly powerful, unless I'm interpreting them ...