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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Do Githzerai hatch from eggs?

We know that Githyanki hatch from eggs from this question. Is there a specific source that says the Githzerai hatch from/lay eggs?
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Does a clay golem's haste action actually give it more attacks?

A clay golem has an action called Haste that is thematically similar to the spell of the same name but mechanically rather different: Haste (Recharge 5–6). Until the end of its next turn, the golem ...
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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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Do named actions in monster statblocks use the Attack action?

This question is inspired by the following and stems from wondering whether the Steel Defender's "Force-Empowered Rend" action involves taking the Attack action: Can a hasted steel defender ...
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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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Hit Points of Giant Insect

The description of Giant Insect says You transform up to ten centipedes, three spiders, five wasps, or one scorpion within range into giant versions of their natural forms for the duration. A ...
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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-the-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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Can a Boggle use the optional rule to Tumble to Oil Puddle a creatures space?

The Boggle creature has an action that can lay down a sticky oil that covers the ground in the Boggle's space. In the DMG(p272) there are rules to Tumble, which lets you move through the enemy space ...
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Calculate CR of creatures that share spells (like a hag conven)

I recently got inspired by this stat block, that shows that witches can get more powerful when together. https://www.dndbeyond.com/monsters/green-hag-coven-variant I want to make a similar creature ...
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Stat draining monsters like a shadow?

I was wondering if there are more stat draining monsters like the shadow and the vargouille in Volo's
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Were Illithids inspired by Cthulhu?

Mind Flayers seem to look a whole lot like Cthulhu. Is there any relationship/inspiration between the two?
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Stealthiest Monster in DnD [closed]

We are a level 20 party about to embark on a stealth mission. My wizard has bad stealth so I’m trying to find the most undetectable creature I can find to polymorph into. By undetectable I mean high ...
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What is the reason for the stone giant's 15' reach with the greatclub? [closed]

The standard stone giant stat block has a reach of 15' with its greatclub melee attack. However, I can see no reason from the rules or description for it to be so, instead of the standard 10' reach of ...
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Can hags still cast when members of their coven die?

My last D&D session included a fight against a coven of sea hags. Hags have some interesting and a bit ambiguous rules about how the coven works. One of the rules was this: Shared Spellcasting (...
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Can a creature with multiattack make more than one attack as part of a readied attack?

I had a group of Bullywugs ambush the party when they were fighting a giant frog in a clearing in a swamp. The bullywugs were hidden in reeds and sedges around the clearing and they had all readied an ...
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Are the monsters in the MM actually following the monster creation rules?

The guidelines for making your own monsters are based around the Monster Statistics by Challenge Rating table on p274. Inspired by this question regarding Animated Armor (MM 19), which is CR1, let's ...
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Does a Disintegrated Demon still reform in the Abyss?

The Spell Disintegrate states that A disintegrated creature and everything it is wearing and carrying, except Magic Items, are reduced to a pile of fine gray dust. The creature can be restored to ...
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Can you source this claim that Gebbeth were the / an origin of Intellect Devourers?

On this blog, a response posting from one Michael Rooney makes the claim (05/10/2019) [The nature of the Intellect Devourer] was reshaped by Dave Trampier’s art. If you read the original description (...
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Does Fog Cloud render a Beholder's eyestalks ineffective?

The fog cloud spell creates "heavily obscured" vision, which effectively acts like the blinded condition for characters in it per this answer. A beholder's eye stalks (Monster Manual, p. 28) can ...
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What is considered a class feature for a monster for the purpose of Change Shape?

It's well understood that Spellcasting in a creature's stat block is a class feature. For the purposes of Change Shape and similar abilities where the term "class features" has mechanical ...
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Does Grey Ooze armor destruction count the Dexterity bonus of the armor?

When a Grey Ooze hits metal armor, it reduces the AC by -1. When AC hits 10 then the armor is destroyed. Does this destruction ignore any dex bonus that might be there, or include it? I assume the ...
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Could you negate a Beholder's antimagic cone by covering up its eye?

e.g. throw a heavy blanket over it, or force it to close its eye somehow. https://www.dndbeyond.com/monsters/beholder The beholder's central eye creates an area of antimagic, as in the antimagic ...
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What is the relationship between Hobgoblins and Goblins?

I am nearly starting a new campaign. I want to have every race a cool backstory to build on it, and I am wondering, what is the relationship between Goblins and Hobgoblins? Is the Hobgoblin just an ...
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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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Are there any flying creatures with truesight?

Are there any flying creatures in the official rulebooks that have truesight?
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How much can I customize enemies in a D&D game?

I have been playing D&D with my friends for not too long and they said they would like me to be the next DM. I think it would be fun, but I'm not sure how customizable I can make the enemies in my ...
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How to disguise a Devil as a Human

I am designing a campaign and I have a couple of evil power blocs vying for control. I would really like to have one of them directly interacting with the party and I think I really want it to be a ...
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Are oozes overpowered for their levels due to the Engulf ability?

Background Early in my campaign, there was a combat encounter where three level 2 PCs fought a single gelatinous cube. The cube was the standard level 3, and there were no special outside ...
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Does the silence spell have an effect on a Rakshasa?

Does the silence spell work on a Rakshasa? I know that Rakshasa can't be affected by spells of 6th level or lower ... but does that apply to spell with verbal components, or in a case where it does ...
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As a Werewolf who is immune to non-magic physical damage, can Swarm of Rot Grubs get past my skin

I'm a part of a homebrew setting 5e game where the real homebrew, outside of lore, is only custom monsters that are rarely made by the DM as he prefers to use normal D&D monsters when he can. In ...
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Are oozes immune to critical failures?

In a previous session, one of my players used Sudden Bolt against a Living Sap. Living Sap's have immunity to critical hits. They rolled low on their Reflex Save, and got 11 less than the spellcaster'...
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What are the limits of an Aboleth's Enslaved action?

The rules for an Aboleth's Enslaved feature relate largely to combat situations. What we are having a problem with are the limits of what a charmed person would do for an Aboleth. The closest effect ...
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Does a natural 20 on an animal handling check allow a character to affect a tamed non-animal creature?

One of my players rolled a natural 20 for Animal Handling on a Grick which had previously been trained by goblins. What happens to the grick now? Can he tame it or should it just now be calmed?
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Animate Dead and Skeleton Archers

On the skeleton template page, it lists a "Skeleton Archer" Template. This is a CR+0 template. Skeleton (Medium Archer): While not as intelligent or skilled as skeletal champions, skeletal ...
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What skill applies to a player handling a domesticated monstrosity?

This question is prompted by this answer, which argues that Animal Handling is a wrong skill for managing an INT 3 monstrosity, a Grick tamed by some goblins. A more common example case of this might ...
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How does a gelatinous cube's special ability engulf work?

The gelatinous cube possesses the extraordinary ability engulf that says Although it moves slowly, a gelatinous cube can simply mow down Large or smaller creatures as a standard action. It cannot ...
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What's the difference between a Tiefling and a Cambion?

I always thought that Cambions (only considering Infernal Cambions here for simplicity) were half devils, whereas Tieflings were more distantly related to devils. From the PHB, pg. 42: Tieflings are ...
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Are creature environmental effects a bubble or column?

I am planning out my campaign's first BBE and am going with an aboleth. In the rules an aboleth has a number of regional effects that reach up to a mile. This aboleth is currently in an underground ...
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Can a Chwinga Grant a Given Person More Than one Charm?

So, within the Chwinga statblock, which can be found in Tomb of Annihilation and Icewind Dale: Rime of the Icemaiden, this ability appears: Magical Gift (1/Day). The chwinga targets a humanoid it can ...
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What happens to a Devil when its alignment is forcibly changed?

According to PHB 122, in the section entitled Alignment in the Multiverse, for most creatures, "alignment is a moral choice." Myth says good-aligned gods created the races that are free to choose to ...
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Truesight and Darkvision, why does a monster have both?

While creating a homebrew monster based around eyes and vision, I looked up monsters that had both darkvison and truesight, surprisingly only two have both, the Avatar of Death and Canoloth, I'll use ...
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Are monsters with Sunlight Sensitivity supposed to have disadvantage when attacking or perceiving a target that is in direct sunlight? [closed]

Certain subterranean-dwelling monsters, such as drow and duergar, have the Sunlight Sensitivity trait, which is consistently worded as follows: While in sunlight, the [monster] has disadvantage on ...
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Would the advantage against dragon breath weapons granted by dragon scale mail apply to Chimera's dragon head breath attack?

In D&D 5e dragon scale mail grants many buffs, one of them is advantage on saving throws against dragon breath weapons. Would this apply to the dragon head breath weapon from a chimera?
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In D&D 3.5, how does Awaken Undead interact with Bloodhulks?

D&D 3.5's Monster Manual 4 introduced "Bloodhulks", three new kinds of mindless undead which are not templated from a base creature. The Spell Compendium has the most updated version of ...
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How should one interpret the word “identical” in the initiative rule?

The rule for initiative in PHB read (emphasis mine) Initiative determines the order of turns during combat. When combat starts, every participant makes a Dexterity check to determine their place in ...
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When is the Saving Throw rolled for an Infernal Wound?

This came up in a game I was running yesterday. Two devils (Bearded and Horned) in 5e have weapons that deliver "infernal wounds", which are basically bleed effects. The creatures can be ...
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What happens if a Sibriex targets the same creature with Warp Creature repeatedly?

The Sibriex monster, found in page 137 of Mordekainen's Tome of Foes has an ability called "Warp Creature". For convenience, here's the entire text of it: (emphasis mine) The sibriex ...
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What does the entry 3/day mean if several spell-like/psi-like abilities are listed?

I am preparing an encounter involving a psionic Yuan-Ti Abomination. The entry in the XPH lists under the section psi-like abilities: 3/day—body purification (6 points*), psionic charm (all targets,...
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How is the Ogre's greatclub damage constructed in Pathfinder?

I'm currently working on a roll20 script which will automatically convert a creature using the rules of Animate Dead. Now I ran into an oddity while trying to recalculate the damage and attack for the ...
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Are monsters subject to the massive damage instant-death rules?

I have been looking at the following two questions recently: Are Trolls immune to all instant death effects? Does the Instant Death rule apply to zombies too? The first states the following in the ...

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