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How do I solve the apparent discrepancy between XP thresholds, Encounter Multipliers, and Adventuring Day XP?

I'm hoping for a RAW answer. Point 1: In the DMG on page 260, it says that each monster has a XP value based on its challenge rating, and that upon defeating a group, the total of that XP should be ...
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How does Koschei's trait Hidden Soul actually work?

One of the creatures in Kobold Press' Tome of Beasts for D&D 5e is Koschei, a Slavic Lich whose soul is hidden within nested objects. Here is the relevant part of the trait in question: Hidden ...
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Is a dead creature's body considered an "object"?

I never really gave this much thought until this question brought it up: Is a dead creature's body considered to be an object? And is it still a creature? My initial reaction was that it would not ...
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Does D&D 5e have a rule for character knowledge about monsters?

In the 3rd and 4th editions of D&D, there were explicit rules for determining if a character knew anything about a monster before them. In 3rd edition, for example, use of the Knowledge skill ...
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How can I avoid accidentally deadly encounters from monsters that are more deadly than their challenge rating suggests?

Monster Deadliness: In the DMG (p.82) there is guidance about the calculating encounter deadliness. This is entirely based on the XP of the monsters encountered, and each challenge rating (CR) has a ...
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The memories of a regenerated ettin head

Consider this scenario: an ettin, with the two heads named Foo and Bar, is wearing (and is attuned to) a ring of regeneration. The monster descripton specify that, while one head is sleeping the other ...
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Intelligent ooze or cube from old 3.5 campaign

Many, many moons ago I was DMing a long term party through a D&D 3.5 campaign. I used a number of modules - Sunless Citadel, Forge of Fury, etc - as the general setting and backdrop. I remember at ...
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What is a 'yochi virago'?

The "yochi virago" was mentioned by name in the AD&D module Reverse Dungeon - two were accompanying a drow expedition. It's implied they were demons summoned by the priestesses but I've ...
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Vrock spores question

Do the spores extend from the Vrock's central point to a total 15' radius or do the spores extend from the edge(s) of the Vrock to a 15' radius (meaning a total 40' circumference, i.e. 15' from the ...
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Can a Will-o'-Wisp be put inside a bag of holding?

My players were fighting their way through a swamp and they were fighting some will-o-wisps. The fighter had a fun idea to put one of them inside the bag of holding. Since it was at the end of the ...
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What is the distinction between Monstrosities and Beasts?

I always assumed the difference between Beasts and Monstrosities was very simple: beasts are natural creatures that exist in our world, monstrosities are unnatural creatures that do not fit into any ...
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If a Water Orm uses its Water Travel ability after swallowing a creature, what happens to the swallowed creature?

Problem Description I'm GMing a game where the PCs may encounter a water orm, and I want to understand how its abilities work (or be able to rule on them fairly). Specifically, I notice that a water ...
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Can Vecna’s Rotten Fate ability kill a player outright?

Does Vecna’s Rotten Fate ability kill a player outright if it drops them to zero hit points? The ability states that the player will rise as a zombie on Vecna’s next turn, which implies that three ...
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Does being in the same space as a swarm reduce the chance of being hit by an attack?

I'm running the Curse of Strahd adventure for DnD 5e. The party is fighting Baba Lysaga, who already has 3/4 cover, giving her +5 AC as she flies on a skull. I was thinking about adding Swarms of ...
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Can we prove or disprove that Humanoids and Giants are defined by their Size Categories?

If we take a look at the Humanoids in the Monster Manual we see that all of them are either creature size Medium or Small. I personally presume this is because Humanoids are what most player ...
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Does forcing a Vampire indoors count as an invitation?

On page 297 of the Monster Manual under the Vampire's Vampire Weaknesses section, it says: Forbiddance. The vampire can't enter a residence without an invitation from one of the occupants. If a ...
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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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Can you stake a Vampire before it turns Gaseous and floats away?

In our last combat the party fought some Vampires. Initial I said they turned to Gaseous Form. After rereading the rules, it says turning into Gaseous Form is standard action, and under Fast Healing ...
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How does the Corrosive Form (black pudding) damage work?

The corrosive form trait of black pudding (MM page 241) is as follows: Corrosive Form. A creature that touches the pudding or hits it with a melee attack while within 5 feet of it takes 4 (1 d8) acid ...
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Can an Elder Oblex be subject to an AoE more than once?

The Elder Oblex has the Sulfurous Impersonation feature which lets it create an impersonation of a creature in another space. The feature goes on to state: For all practical purposes, the simulacrum ...
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Is it possible to kill a mythic monster without activating its mythic trait?

The Mythic Odysseys of Theros setting book introduced the Mythic Monsters mechanic, where certain legendary creatures have a Mythic Trait that activates when they are reduced to zero hit points. Going ...
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What would be more effective: Immunity to nonmagical or general physical resistance?

I'm home brewing a Tarrasque-like monster for a high level one shot I'm planning, and for a mix of lore and gameplay reasons I'm debating if my beast should have the typical "immune to ...
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How to protect myself against Divination with the least amount of resources

I am a fairly high-level wizard. I could learn Mind Blank or Nondetection, or use an amulet of protection against detection and location. But 8th level slots are too valuable, burning 25gp every day ...
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Can a 17th level sorcerer kill all demons with Simulacrum and Wish?

Inspired by the answer to this question about sunbeams, I realized that there may be a way to exploit Simulacrum to do basically anything an infinite number of times. Specifically, the course of ...
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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 (Monster Manual, p. 269): Strength Drain. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 9 (2d6 + 2) necrotic damage, and the target’s ...
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What creatures/magic items offer resistance or immunity to nonmagical damage?

In 5e, I'd like to know the ways in which a creature can have immunity to all types of nonmagical damage, either through a stat block or a magic item. Specifically, I'm looking for a complete list ...
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Awakened forest/valley/piece of land. Was there any official monster like that?

The question is about DnD, any version. Was there any official monster ever published that had a description of being an awakened piece of land in general (with whatever the land had on it) and could ...
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Does an indifferent creature regurgitate (or stop restraining) a swallowed opponent?

Calm emotions is a fantastic spell for avoiding combat with with high CR/low Charisma opponents. One of its effects is: Alternatively, you can make a target indifferent about creatures of your choice ...
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If a creature with damage transfer is grappling a target, and the grappled target hits the creature, does the target still take half the damage?

A particular situation brought up this issue– a slithering tracker has the damage transfer ability: While grappling a creature, the slithering tracker takes only half the damage dealt to it, and the ...
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Does a Protean Scourge's simulacrum retain the ability to split up and recombine?

The simulacrum has less HD than the original creature, but to what extent does it retain the original creature's abilities? The Protean Scourge (Monster Manual III, p. 126) has the Split ability the ...
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What range must a spell cast "on" a Shield Guardian have?

The "Spell Storing" ability of the Shield Guardian says: To do so, the wearer must cast the spell on the guardian. The spell has no effect but is stored within the guardian. This seems to ...
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How is the save DC for a Half-Dragon's breath weapon calculated?

The Half-Dragon Template in D&D 5e (MM, p. 180) states that, "The half-dragon has the breath weapon of its dragon half." However, the sample statblock given for a half-red dragon veteran has a ...
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What's the story behind kobolds being little lizards?

In tradition, kobolds were fey creatures associated with mischief, similar in appearance to gnomes or gremlins, often with the ability to become invisible (like the kobold Pumuckl popularized in a ...
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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 someone on the Ethereal Plane tell if someone on the material plane is a ghost?

Based on the answer to What are the implications of being able to see into the Ethereal Plane in Curse of Strahd? it sounds like while on the Ethereal Plane you can see people and ghosts on the ...
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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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What kind of elemental do these weapons refer to in Princes of the Apocalypse? [duplicate]

In Princes of the Apocalypse, You can cast dominate monster (save DC 17) on a fire elemental. Once you have done so, Tinderstrike can't be used this way again until the next dawn. It is not clear ...
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Can A Vampire Shapechange Out Of Mist Form?

Page 297 MM, (emphasis mine): Shapechanger. If the vampire isn't in sunlight or running water, it can use its action to polymorph into a Tiny bat or a Medium cloud of mist, or back into its true ...
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What is the lore-based reason that the Spectator has the Create Food and Water trait, instead of simply not requiring food and water?

The Spectator has the Create Food and Water action (Monster Manual, p. 31): Create Food and Water. The spectator magically creates enough food and water to sustain itself for 24 hours. I don't ...
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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 happens when a Mage Hand touches a mimic?

I anticipate this is going to come up in the next session I am running. Our wizard has been going around the dungeon using Mage Hand to open doors. One of the doors he has not yet dealt with is ...
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Can Fraz-Urb'Luu make use of a Wish spell from his one-minute Simulacrum ('in-Lair' action)?

As a demon Lord, Fraz-Urb'Luu has many powers. Specifically he can generate a Simulacrum of anyone in his 'lair' - and they last for about ten seconds, give or take. Specially: Fraz-Urb'luu chooses ...
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How exactly is Volo's Guide to Monsters obsolete?

When you search for monsters from VGtM, you see that all monsters are marked as "Legacy". The relevant dndbeyond page doesn't say much about it: we may revisit older content in order to ...
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Do Vampires have to make an attack roll in order to bite a willing target?

A Vampire's Bite action is described as: Bite. (Bat or Vampire Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one willing creature, or a creature that is grappled by the vampire, ...
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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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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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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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Interaction between an Intellect Devourer and a Simulacrum

An Intellect Devourer has an ability called Body Thief, which states: ...the intellect devourer magically consumes the target’s brain, teleports into the target’s skull, and takes control of the ...
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Can fast healing or regeneration from the original creature repair a damaged simulacrum?

A damaged simulacrum must normally be repaired over 24 hours at a cost of 100 gp per hp. If the original creature had the ability for fast healing or regeneration, would it work?
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About Solar's simulacrum

The simulacrum has less HD than the original creature, but to what extent does it retain the original creature's abilities? For example, How many spells and spell-like abilities does Solar's ...

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