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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Min INT score needed to read

What's the minimum Intelligence score needed by a creature for that creature to be capable of reading/being taught to read?
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Does an Illithid Elder Brain's brine pool have an effect on characters in contact or immersed in it?

What would happen if a character came in contact with or even became immersed in brine from an Illithid Elder Brain's brine pool?
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Is there any published lore that shows Mind Flayers can extract and farm brains?

I was doing some research on Mind Flayers and read/heard that Mind Flayers will occasionally extract a brain and use it to research the effects of Psionics, and that they enjoyed the mad thoughts they ...
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What modifiers are added to the attack and damage rolls of this unique longbow from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

There is a unique longbow in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist module (p. 201), whose description includes: This unique weapon can be used only by a Medium or larger creature that has a Strength of 18 or ...
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If I animate and control a zombie, does it benefit from Undead Fortitude when it's reduced to 0 HP?

I have been thinking over this and couldn't find anything about it online so far. If I animate a corpse into a zombie to be my undead follower using the spell animate dead, when it is reduced to 0 HP ...
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Corroded Metal vs Magical Armor, should it melt it?

The DM in our game homebrewed something called a Dire Otter Swarm and had the Corroded Metal attribute that can destroy nonmagical items, but he gave it a buff that allowed them to destroy Magical ...
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Does the Shapechange spell allow one to use Innate Spellcasting of the creature they turned into?

The shapechange spell states that one does not get access to the Spellcasting trait of creatures they turn into: You transform into an average example of that creature, one without any class levels ...
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What happens to an intellect devourer when it has no colony or master?

Essentially an intellect devourer's purpose is to lead unaware people back the the colony of mind flayers for their insidious purpose. However, I am unsure happens when the colony is no more. They ...
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Can you use Shapechange with character feats to Grapple the Tarrasque?

After I had read the Monster Manual's Tarrasque entry, I began thinking of ways to kill it. The first thing that came to mind is for 1 party member to become a creature that is Huge in size, then ...
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Can a character who casts Shapechange and turns into a spellcaster use innate spellcasting to cast spells with a long casting time?

Can a character who casts Shapechange and turns into a spellcaster use innate spellcasting to cast spells with a long casting time? A specific example is when a druid casts Shapechange to turn into a ...
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How do I scale up a monster for a large party?

I am DMing a game for 6 PCs who are currently level 5. During gameplay, even high-CR monsters have been easy pickings for them due to their advantage in numbers. They are starting to underestimate ...
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How tiny is a Tiny spider?

Monster Manual (page 337) describes the Spider as a Tiny beast. In terms of 5e, "Tiny" means any size from 2 ft. and lower (correct me if I'm wrong). As a DM, how should I describe the size of the ...
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Is there a drawback to Flail Snail's Shell defense?

In this Flail Snail Tactics blog post the author argues that there are no drawbacks to Flail Snail Shell Defense ability. Shell Defense, as an action, is one-way: it activates a benefit. To ...
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Picking the right CR for a tier two party's boss encounter?

I am currently writing an adventure for D&D 5e, for character levels anywhere from 5 to 10, and am trying to find the right boss. A Mummy Lord is the perfect monster for the plot, however the CR (...
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Is there a playable correlation between CR and level in 5e?

Let's say that I'm about to run a combat-heavy 3rd level one-shot for a group of players. Balance and challenge rating is still very important, but one of my players says he'd like to play a humanoid ...
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Can Counterspell stop a Nightmare's Ethereal Stride?

A Nightmare has the ability: Ethereal Stride: The nightmare and up to three willing creatures within 5 feet of it magically enter the Ethereal Plane from the Material Plane, or vice versa. The ...
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Does the Dispel Magic spell affect skeletons and other undead?

According to the MM skeletons are animated by dark magic. They heed the summons of spellcasters who call them from their tombs. The magical energy motivates a skeleton to move and think in a ...
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False Appearance, Movement, Surprise, and the Unseen Attacker bonus

Related to How should I implement False Appearance? but that does not answer my questions about surprise and movement... A Darkmantle has the "False Appearance" property which allows it to be ...
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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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What happens when a monster has a legendary action to cast a spell that normally takes longer to cast? [duplicate]

The Imprisonment spell normally takes a full minute to cast. However, the Molydeus (MToF, p. 134) has it as an Innate Spell (1/day), and can also use a legendary action to cast one of its innate ...
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A medusa and a beholder look at each other. What happens?

What happens when a medusa and a beholder look at each other? Will the beholder petrify, or will the medusa lose her power?
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Does a race without a list of bonus languages still get extra languages from a high Intelligence score?

The Player's Handbook on Race and Languages says All characters know how to speak Common.… A smart character (one who had an Intelligence bonus at 1st level) speaks other languages as well, one ...
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Is it possible to tell if a child will turn into a Hag?

There's been a string of kidnappings and my players are about to discover a Hag coven. In the Hag's lair they will discover several children prisoners as well as some hag children. All will be the ...
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How to season a character?

Granny Bells, the Night Hag, has captured a PC (half-elf bard) and plans to eat her, as hags are wont to do. Granny Bells has a preference for sour and bitter food and an extensive array of monster ...
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Can you obtain a Transmuter's Stone if you “morph” into a Transmuter statblock? [duplicate]

Volo's Guide to Monsters contains the stat bloc for an NPC called Transmuter, who is a humanoid, CR 5, with the following trait: Transmuter's Stone. The transmuter carries a magic stone it ...
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Will this creature from Curse of Strahd reappear after being banished?

In Curse of Strahd, my cleric cast Banishment on the (possible spoiler): At the end of Banishment's duration, will the creature return? I don't know what plane it's native to. Our DM seemed unsure, ...
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What happens when a flying sword is killed?

In 5e there's a monster called a flying sword (it's a Small construct). When it is killed, what happens? Does the sword break? Does it lose its magic and revert to a mundane sword that a character ...
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Melee or Ranged attacks by Monsters, no distinction in modifiers?

Weapons with the Thrown property can be utilised as both as Melee as well as Ranged weapons. When used as a Melee weapon, you base the attack+damage rolls on Strength, otherwise on Dexterity (unless ...
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How do I make an aboleth breathe out of water?

Our DM is allowing me to make an aboleth my familiar. We had met this aboleth earlier in our game and changed its alignment from lawful evil to chaotic good. My question is if I make it my familiar, ...
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What is the correct damage for a Dragonclaw's Scimitar?

I purchased the roll20 version of Hoard of the Dragon Queen a while ago. It includes all the monsters needed for the campaign. The roll20 version of the Dragonclaw has two attacks included: Scimitar: ...
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What happens when you try to charm or otherwise control a creature that has been Intellect Devoured?

If a creature has been taken over by an Intellect Devourer, what happens when a Charm Person, Suggestion, or other similar spell is cast on it? Can it even be targeted with such spells?
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What do Unicorns want?

I am making a Celestial Warlock who has made a pact with a particularly powerful Unicorn, as suggested in XgtE. One thing I want to do is flesh out the pact and my patron, but I am struggling to find ...
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Ecology of green slime: What happens to it once it has dropped, if it's immobile?

I own two books describing Dungeons and Dragons green slime: the Monstrous Manual for 2nd Edition and the Dungeon Master's Guide for 3.5. In both, green slime sticks to a ceiling until, upon detecting ...
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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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Can monsters make multiple attacks in a single action?

In the bestiary for the new D&D Next playtest packets, some creatures look as though they get multiple attacks per round. e.g.: An owl bear gets Melee Attack: Claws +5/+5 (etc.) and Bite +5 (...
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Can hags cast spells through a hag eye?

Can hags cast spells through a hag eye? I realize you need line of sight for spells, as pointed out in questions about using scrying for targeting, but I think one could argue that the eye itself ...
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Is Astral Construct incomplete?

The astral construct psionic power states: For every 2 additional power points you spend, the level of the astral construct increases by one. But, the monster entry only lists up to level 9 (for 17 ...
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What's the difference between a monster that can't speak and a monster that doesn't speak?

In their languages section of stats for some monsters, the wording sometimes says "can't speak" and sometimes says "doesn't speak." What functional difference is there between these two wordings? ...
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Does a cockatrice actually need to land a bite for the initial DC 11 Con saving throw?

According to the cockatrice's statblock on Roll20: The target must succeed on a dc 11 constitution saving throw against being magically petrified On a failed save, the creature begins to turn ...
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Can an animal companion Stirge take an action while utilizing Drain Blood?

If a Stirge chosen as a Beast Master ranger's animal companion has had the dragon's Breath spell cast on it, can it use its action to spew magical energy (per dragon's breath) while blood draining?
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Do thrown weapons in monsters' stat blocks have ammunition?

While reading the Monster Manual, I came across Ammunition A monster carries enough ammunition to make its ranged attacks . You can assume that a monster has 2d4 pieces of ...
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Does a creature polymorphed into a Giant Ape carry ammunition to make its ranged attacks?

The description of the polymorph spell (BR, p. 266) says: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment ...
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What are the consequences for an illithid rejecting his brain diet?

So I had this idea about a rogue illithid, fighting against his own race. He will be chaotic evil or chaotic neutral, I have not decided yet. But while he does this it is simply too dangerous, or too ...
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Can incorporeal creatures speak?

I got to thinking about how exactly incorporeal creatures interact with the corporeal world and I wasn't exactly coming up with anything that explicitly stated whether they could communicate or not. ...
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Is it possible to create armor from monster skin with that monster’s resistances?

Does armour made from a monster with resistance keep the resistance? For example, a PC kills some Gricks and makes their skin into leather with his Leatherworker's kit. The Grick's statblock says ...
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What happens if you cast Dissonant Whispers on a Hydra?

A Hydra gets extra reactions which "can be used only for opportunity attacks". The Dissonant Whispers spell forces a creature to consume its reaction to do stuff one cannot ordinarily do with a ...
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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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How does burrowing interact with surprise and attacks from hiding?

I'm running a campaign that the players are about to encounter several burrowing creatures. The creatures in question do have Tremorsense so they'll be able to tell where the players are and with ...
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Is there a monster/plague that makes people go berserk?

I'm looking for a creature, spirit or plague that infects or possesses people into becoming berserk, granting them superhuman strength and durability as well as bloodthirsty rage, akin to the ...
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Does a spellcaster know when their spell has no effect due to a save or immunity?

Suppose a cleric casts Zone of Truth on a captured enemy. Unbeknownst to them, the enemy is a rakshasa. Zone of Truth says (PHB, p. 289): You know whether each creature succeeds or fails on its ...