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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Pathfinder 1x: Needing to upscale a dungeon [closed]

ok, Have an old module I'm revamping. Using original pathfinder, home brew world. I have no drow or underdark, but an ancient evil locked away which leaks its creations on the world. (predominately ...
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Is this Homebrew “Boggart” balanced? [closed]

I wanted to put a Boggart into my 5e game, similar to a Boggart from the Harry Potter franchise. For those who don't know, it's a magical shape-shifting creature that can transform into the worst fear ...
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Are there phoenixes in D&D 5E? [duplicate]

I looked for a phoenix in the Monster Manual, but I can't seem to find anything. I want to see if I can use one in my adventure, but I couldn't find a phoenix anywhere. Are there phoenixes in D&D ...
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What creatures copy themselves?

I found the dopplerat which is perfect, but it's from a 3rd party book. The only official creature I can find that does anything like this is the black pudding with its split rule. Are there any ...
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Where do chwinga come from?

In Tomb of Annihilation dnd-5e, the chwinga are described as "small, shy elemental spirits" who are vaguely helpful to the characters if allowed to run their course. Are chwinga new (in D&...
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What do official sources say about player access to the Monster Manual? [closed]

The Introduction of the Monster Manual makes it clear several times that it is a book for DMs (MM, p. 4; emphasis mine): This bestiary is for storytellers and world-builders. If you have ever thought ...
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What's the difference between a jelly, a pudding, and other oozes?

Several types of named oozes exist in 5th edition, but the naming conventions are strange. Black puddings and ochre jellies exist, alongside simple grey oozes. Do these names signify anything? ...
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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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Does a character hit with Drow Poison always have to attempt the 2nd Fortitude Save?

The description of Drow in the SRD states: An opponent hit by a drow’s poisoned weapon must succeed on a DC 13 Fortitude save or fall unconscious. After 1 minute, the subject must succeed on ...
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Discover a Monsters Weakness? [duplicate]

As a D&D5e newbie player, I'm getting to grips with all my skills and abilities and when to use them. One thing that's come up is when we encounter monsters ... what do you roll against when ...
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What level should a character be to make a CR 4 follower balanced?

I want to give the characters of one of my players a follower. Specifically, the follower needs to be a Flameskull (CR 4). The player character is a School of Necromancy wizard; he has the skull of a ...
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How much do I tell new players about new monsters?

Background I am a brand-new DM, about to lead a game for brand-new players. I have a lot of knowledge of rules from playing Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights over and over, leafing through a ...
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Are a Redcap's boots actually its feet?

The Redcap described in Volo's Guide to Monsters is a chaotic evil fey that looks like a demonic garden gnome. They have a strange property - they burst out of the ground wearing heavy iron boots. ...
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Are there any monsters with hypnosis-like abilities and what type of saving throw do they force?

I am wondering if any monsters have a hypnosis-like spell or feature, and if so what is the ability used in the saving throw? What I mean about "hypnosis" is that it falls short of complete ...
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Is a grappling Redcap considered a Large creature while under the effect of Enlarge/Reduce?

The Redcap is a Small creature, but it has an ability called Outsize Strength: While grappling, the redcap is considered to be Medium. The spell enlarge/reduce, when using the enlarge effect, says: ...
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Is a lich aware of its phylactery being destroyed?

The party, going up against a lich, finds out the location of its phylactery and how to destroy it. They get to its phylactery without the lich knowing about it and manage to destroy the phylactery. ...
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If a player's character is absorbed by a gibbering mouther, do they make death saving throws as normal, or are they instantly killed?

I am a DM for the Tomb of Annihilation published adventure. My group will be exploring an abandoned mine near Fort Beluarian, so I wanted to create a level mini-dungeon for a party of five people. ...
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Are monster abilities that mimic spells detectable by the Detect Magic spell?

The Sahuagin statblock includes the Shark Telepathy trait: The sahuagin can magically command any shark within 120 feet of it, using a limited telepathy. I would say this mimics the telepathy spell? ...
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When is control of a Shield Guardian transferred?

Is it when another creature dons the control amulet? Does the original owner have to expire first? Is control transferred even if the control amulet is stolen from the previous owner? The exact ...
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How does a Pseudodragon interact with Find Familiar?

The Find Familiar spells allows a magic user to summon a spirit which takes on an animal form to serve as a familiar. If it is defeated, it disappears, and can be resummoned by casting the spell again....
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Are there guidelines for creating a lower-level Legendary Creature?

A recent Wizard’s article, Unearthed Arcana: Encounter Building, states: If you want to use a single monster, you’re typically best off using a legendary monster, all of which are specifically ...
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What method can I use to design a dungeon difficult enough that the PCs can't make it through without killing them?

The first 'round' of my campaign will end with the deaths (and resurrections) of all of the players. Their role before catastrophe strikes is as teachers in a philanthropically funded school in an ...
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How can I keep the Tarrasque “dead”?

From PFSRD: No form of attack can suppress the tarrasque's regeneration—it regenerates even if disintegrated or slain by a death effect. If the tarrasque fails a save against an effect that would ...
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What happens to an invisible stalker when it's killed?

When an invisible stalker is killed, is it gone, or does it return again to fulfill its mission? I read that it would return to its elemental plane when killed on the material plane. Is it still ...
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Does the Archmage’s challenge rating factor in the buffs from its pre-combat spells?

The statblock for the Archmage contains an interesting footnote: The archmage casts these spells on itself before combat. The three spells are: mage armor, stoneskin, and mind blank. These spells ...
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Are demiliches just husks with no memories?

I did some minor snooping about liches and one idea popped into my brain for a enemy idea: "What if an old friend of the party (NPC) turned into a lich for a noble reason and when he started to ...
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Can a Legendary monster ignore a Divination wizard's Portent feature and choose to pass the save anyway?

In D&D 5e, if a School of Divination wizard uses the Portent feature on a legendary monster to assign it a failing saving throw, can the legendary monster use their legendary resistance to choose ...
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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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Are lights created by Dancing Lights spell one effect or many?

In a game I played recently our group encountered shadow drakes. What interests me is their Stigian Breath ability. Stygian Breath (Su) As a standard action, a shadow drake can exhale a ball of black ...
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Does a Sea Hag's Death Glare work on a creature that is averting its eyes?

The Sea Hag has a special action called Death Glare: Death Glare. The hag targets one frightened creature she can see within 30 ft. of her. If the target can see the hag, it must succeed on a DC 11 ...
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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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In what order should one apply max HP reduction and damage?

A character at 10/26 HP is hit by a Wraith and fails the Constitution saving throw. They take 21 damage and their maximum HP is reduced to 5. Are they unconscious because the 11 excess damage is less ...
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What is Strahd von Zarovich's weight in bat form?

This question concerns D&D 5e. The relevant ability, with my emphasis, is as follows: While in bat or wolf form, Strahd can't speak. In bat form, his walking speed is 5 feet, and he has a flying ...
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How to interpret “round up or down” in monster CR calculation

In the "Creating Quick Monster Stats" section of the DMG (p.274) we are given the procedure for determining the CR of a new DM-designed monster. Step 4 of that procedure (pp.274-275) tells ...
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Can you disarm a solar’s Flying Sword?

In 5e D&D, the solar has the ability to release its sword and control it remotely. The description of its Flying Sword action says: Flying Sword. The solar releases its greatsword to hover ...
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Does adding multiple skills when combining creatures cause balance issues?

I'm creating a Svirfneblin Evil Mage by combining the stat blocks for each Evil Mage and Svirfneblin. A Svirfneblin has the skills Investigation +3, Perception +2, Stealth +4. An Evil Mage has the ...
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Is a creature's Innate Spellcasting save DC affected by changing ability scores or adding Spellcasting features from another creature?

I'm creating a Svirfneblin Evil Mage by combining the stat blocks for each Evil Mage and Svirfneblin. A Svirfneblin's Innate Spellcasting Save DC is 11 and its INT is +1. An Evil Mage's Spellcasting ...
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Is a young black dragon enough of a challenge alone for group of five level-5 characters?

I have a 5-member party in D&D 5e (ranger, fighter, sorcerer, rogue and bard) who are all level 5. They will soon be meeting with the "big bad", a young black dragon, in his lair which contains ...
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How do “monsters” attack if the PCs don't engage in combat first?

I'm not a total newbie to DW, and have played 'solo' DW with my partner for at least two years. We both have a number of level 3 characters who we run through GM-less scenarios we generate from ...
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Do fiends need to sleep?

The Monster Manual states that undead and constructs do not need to sleep. But it is unclear if fiends need to sleep. What should they do to make a long rest? There are fiendish abilities with "...
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Why do all metals corrode when attacking a Rust Monster, yet it itself can only target ferrous metals

When you attack a rust monster, the following may apply: Rust Metal. Any nonmagical weapon made of metal that hits the rust monster corrodes. [...] So, bronze for example being a metal would corrode....
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Does the effectiveness of a harpy's song fluctuate based on its Charisma score?

In D&D 5e, the harpy has the Luring Song action option: Luring Song. The harpy sings a magical melody. Every humanoid and giant within 300 feet of the harpy that can hear the song must succeed on ...
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What happens to vampire spawn when the vampire is slain?

In D&D 5e there are enemy vampires that can bite a human-like person to create vampire spawn. If the players kill the vampire, what happens with the vampire spawn that were created by that ...
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What are the consequences of eating a myconid? [closed]

I'm a DM of an Out of the Abyss (OOTA) campaign where the party is considering eating Stool, the myconid from the prison. Considering the whole "don't eat mushrooms you find in the woods" ...
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Can monsters use weapons they took from player characters via Disarm?

Without necessarily getting into whether or not Disarm is a waste of time or not, if a monster Disarms a PC, (page 271, DMG) can that monster use the weapon if it picks it up? Example... A Bandit ...
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Can the Chronurgy wizard's Chronal Shift feature be used when a creature uses Legendary Resistance to succeed on a saving throw?

The Chronurgy Magic wizard's Chronal Shift feature (Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 184) says: You can magically exert limited control over the flow of time around a creature. As a reaction, after ...
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Do lair actions occur when the monster isn't in the lair?

This may be up to the DM, but if the monster that normally lives in the lair is alive, does it need to be in its lair for the lair actions to manifest? Or is the lair independent of the monster until ...
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How could the Awaken spell be cast on highly intelligent plants and beasts?

In D&D 5e, the Awaken spell allows a gain of intelligence and ability: After spending the casting time tracing magical pathways within a precious gemstone, you touch a Huge or smaller beast or ...
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Can one capture the 'soul' or 'spirit' of a dying Illithid/mind flayer with a 'Ring of Mind Shielding'?

Do illithids or 'mind flayers' have a spirit &/or soul to be captured in a Ring of Mind Sheilding? This is related to a previous question regarding the mind flayer return to a (previous/humanoid) ...
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How many non-hostile creatures are affected by the Hobgoblin Captain's Leadership action?

Looking at the 5e MM, I'm not sure how many non-hostile creatures are affected by the Hobgoblin Captain's Leadership action - only one, or all of them within 30'?

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