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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Mythic Racial Ability

In PathFinder-1e by RAW, a Devil with See In Darkness (Su), who also has levels in a mythic class, still seems to be hindered by a mythic darkness spell. Is there a way to be able to make race or ...
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How can my level 3 party defeat a group of Liches?

I’m playing a level 3 Dragonborn with no magic weapons (I’m not a spell caster) in a D&D 5e campaign. The rest of the party is a High Elf Wizard, Dwarf Paladin, Half Orc Rogue, and a Gnome Cleric. ...
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If a Cave Fisher receives healing, does it keep its fire vulnerability?

A cave fisher from Volo's Guide to Monsters has the following trait: Flammable Blood. If the cave fisher drops to half its hit points or fewer, it gains vulnerability to fire damage. The trait makes ...
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Does the effect of Luring Song of a Harpy end RAW when the affected character stops hearing the song?

The description for Luring Song in the Harpy's statblock in the Monster Manual, page 181, reads: Luring Song. The harpy sings a magical melody. Every humanoid and giant within 300 feet of the harpy ...
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How are swarms considered in terms of number of creatures?

There is, in Adventurers League Dnd, a monster statblock with the following ability : At the start of his turn, every living creature within 100 feet must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving ...
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Do dragons of all sizes get lair actions and regional effects?

In my campaign, a black dragon egg was lost by its mother and found by kobolds. Now the wyrmling is about three years old, holed up in a mine, and being worshipped by the ever-subservient kobolds. ...
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Determining creature rarity in Starfinder

I have a player at my Starfinder table who is really keen to user her bonuses for identifying rare creatures, but has never gotten a chance to. I'd assumed none of the encountered creatures were ever ...
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What is the correct way to play Degenerate ogre's pummel?

There is a monster called Degenerate Ogre which has the pummel ability. however the ability has this odd bit (emphasis mine): "If a degenerate ogre succeeds on both slam attacks against a single ...
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What happens if you use the control water spell on a living creature?

So I was play testing a monster and it was made of water. The character I was using had the control water spell so I am wondering what would happen if I was to use that spell on a living monster such ...
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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 the answer to this Q&A: Interaction between fog cloud ...
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How do you design monsters that ignore armor?

I'm trying to homebrew a nasty hornet swarm with some added attacks to make it more dangerous. One of the ideas that I had was to make the hornets crawl under the armor/clothes when attacking, thus ...
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Healing touch, how is the bonus calculated? [closed]

Several creatures have the healing touch action, which gives some amount of dice plus a bonus of HP. Some examples below: Planetar Deva Unicorn Solar The Abboth What is the bonus based on? It is not ...
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Does a Boggle using Dimensional Rift to attack provoke an Opportunity Attack?

A boggle uses its dimensional rift capability to partially appear next to a PC and attack it. When the boggle retracts his arm and upper body back through the rift, would it allow an opportunity ...
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Average AC of monsters per CR?

In D&D 4e, you could tell most monster's AC just from its level and role (Brute, Skirmisher, Soldier). This is not the case in 5e, but an estimation would be very useful when you try to compare ...
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How to improve my descriptions of the health status of monsters

A bit of background; I'm a new GM to two players, one of whom played a bit of 3.5e and 4e while the other is a complete newbie. The veteran is used to knowing when creatures are "bloodied", as per 4e, ...
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Does Asmodeus have a 5e stat block?

I am trying to find a 5e stat block Asmodeus but I am beginning to think there isn't one. Does anybody know if there is a 5e Asmodeus stat block and where to find it?
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Does Tenser's Transformation force damage work vs. Rakshasa?

Within D&D 5e rules system, Rakshasa has "Limited Magic Immunity" that makes it immune to level 6 spells and lower unless it wishes to be affected. Tenser's Transformation buffs the ...
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How can Flameskulls cast fireball without fingers?

This thread points out that although DMs can (and probably should) interpret rules to cover certain cases themselves, nothing within spellcasting rules or spells written at the time clearly states ...
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Must a night hag be within touching distance of a sleeping humanoid to use Nightmare Haunting?

From the Night Hag statblock (MM, p. 178): Nightmare Haunting (1/Day). While on the Ethereal Plane the hag magically touches a sleeping humanoid on the Material Plane. [...] As long as the contact ...
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Do monsters rolled with 0 HP get a minimum of 1 HP?

When rolling HP for monsters, is 1 the minimum? Take the Gas Spore for example: Hit Points: 1 (1d10 - 4) What happens when a 4, 3, 2, or 1 is rolled on the d10, especially when said creature ...
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If an Inspired is killed, what happens to the quori possessing it?

Does the quori return to the Dreaming Dark, or is it destroyed outright?
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Are Golems “Humanoid” for UA Ranger?

Our game 5e game includes a ranger using the Unearthed Arcana rules. The ranger has chosen Humanoids for their favored enemy, and we are trying to determine if a Forest Golem (or any other Golem) ...
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Is it wrong to use monsters other than how they appear in the Monster Manual?

A one-shot I joined last week was tasked with fighting a bunch of tribal orcs. At one point the orcs drew longbows (with what was at least a +6 to hit as the DM was asking if 25 AC hits). At this, ...
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What happens if I cast Planar Binding on a creature who was brought by a spell that has ended?

Planar Binding states: You attempt to bind a celestial, elemental, fey, or fiend to your service. It must be within range for the entire casting of the spell. At completion, it makes a ...
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What information does the GM provide players when dealing with a monster? What do they have to roll for?

A monster may have similar stats to a PC, e.g., Armour Class 10, Spear as a ranged weapon, etc. When an encounter occurs, what part does the GM actually tell to the players? I suppose something like "...
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How would a devil get around using its true name on a contract?

In the lore, knowing a devil's true name allows you to summon it and grants you power over it. Devils LOVE contracts, but surely they need to put their full names somewhere on the contract to be ...
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How are Fireball attacks on Iron Golems resolved?

The party was in Curse of Strahd this evening and encountered two iron golems. A helpful NPC first cast lightning bolt, damaging both of the golems. The PC evoker then cast fireball on the golems, ...
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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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Can a kraken cast wizard spells which require verbal and somatic components?

The Kraken, according to the monster manual, can "Understand Abyssal, Celestial, Infernal, And Primordial But Can't Speak, Telepathy 120 Ft." The Kraken also does not have hands. It seems as ...
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Can the tarrasque feel love? What has been published about the legendary tarrasque's mind?

I want answers related to any published Dungeons & Dragons materials from any edition, as well as any licensed novelizations. For the one-off tarrasque fight I'm running, my players are looking ...
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Would Truesight detect a Skulk?

This Skulk's Special Trait lists 3 conditions that can see through their invisibility (mirrors, special candles and preteens), but it doesn't list Truesight as one of the means, and further is called ...
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Can a Hunter Ranger under the effects of the Shapechange spell use Whirlwind Attack with a Monster's attack?

The Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack feature states: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target....
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If I get access to a spell attack that's NOT part of a spell, can I use it when I take the Attack action?

Some creatures have entries in their stat block that are classified as 'melee spell attack', or 'ranged spell attack', without actually being tied to the casting of a spell. Some PC subclasses also ...
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Are there any undead that look like the living?

Okay rules No disguise skill Shapeshifters are allowed as long as they fit the rest of the requirements. Stuff they get from classes or other external sources doesn’t count it has to be an ability ...
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Changing griffon feeding habits

In a 5e game I'm running, I want to have some griffons have recently started preying on the local shepherds' flocks. I'd like to give the players a way to fix the situation that doesn't involve ...
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How many actions does a Bida need to use to sustain its Improved Grab on multiple creatures?

A Bida has grabbed three people with its tail via its Eight Coils and Improved Grab ability. How many actions does it need to use to keep all three of those people grabbed? 1? 3? I'd guess it works ...
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Can an animated sword, made of adamantine, take damage via magical fire?

During our game, the DM claimed that a sword forged of adamantine would not take any damage from a spell's magical fire. In this instance, it was an animated sword that attacked us, and therefore a ...
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Does an Ooze (Gelatinous Cube) float?

If I have a situation where an ooze, such as a Gelatinous Cube, is near a source of water, like a small pond or underground stream, is there source material somewhere that says whether the ooze floats ...
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How fast is a Quickling courier?

I would like to implement a "postal service" in my 5e campaign, wherein the fastest deliveries are carried out by Quicklings. Their base speed is 120 ft, but that doesn't seem a good way to ...
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Can animated undead wear armor and use weapons?

A wizard has just killed a group of heavily armored fighters with great weapons. He uses Animate Dead on the bodies. The spell reads as: This spell creates an undead servant. Choose a pile of bones ...
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For creatures that have a “Death Burst” ability, is it triggered if they are summoned and then reduced to 0 HP?

Certain creatures have a "Death Burst" ability that applies when they die, e.g. steam mephits. If the creature is only present on the battlefield due to a spell like conjure minor elementals,...
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How does the size scale work? [closed]

What is the size scale and how does it work in D&D 5e? For example, how big would a huge monster be? I've been trying to scale my monsters probably, but I keep finding contradictory information ...
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How does the fire damage reduction on this character work?

In Hoard of the Dragon Queen, there is a character in chapter 7, section 2 that has the following property: I'm unsure how to correctly parse this sentence. Is this supposed to be read as the first ...
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Do Player characters know they are under the effect of a Death Tyrant's Negative Energy Cone?

My players will be going up against a Death Tyrant very soon. The Negative Energy Cone states it is an invisible cone. Does this mean player characters won't know they are affected by it?
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Does reducing the Purple Worm's HP to 184 really reduce its challenge rating to 13?

On page 113 of Princes of the Apocalypse, the text reads in part: As the tremor ends, a young purple worm with 184 hit points (challenge rating 13) burrows [...] No other changes to the Purple Worm'...
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What are the mechanics of ropers' tendril replacement?

The roper's Grasping Tendrils trait says: Destroying a tendril deals no damage to the roper, which can extrude a replacement tendril on its next turn. And the Weakening Tendrils section of its lore ...
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Does the mind flayer's Extract Brain affect polymorphed or Wild Shaped humanoids?

A mind flayer has the following requirement in order to perform its Extract Brain Action (MM, 222): one incapacitated humanoid grappled by the mind flayer. If a humanoid has been polymorphed (PHB, ...
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Do skulks remain invisible after death and after being raised as undead?

Skulks have the Fallible Invisibility trait, which makes them invisible under most conditions. RAW, do their corpses become visible upon death? The animate dead spell states: The target becomes a ...
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Are there any monsters that are deaf? Would it show up on stats blocks?

First time DM here. I had an issue in a session recently, where my party fought a Gelatinous Cube, and the Bard decided that this monster must for sure be unable to hear, so it wouldn't make sense to ...
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Do skill bonuses in monster stat blocks include every modifier?

Let's take this stat block as an example. It says the creature has +2 DEX and +6 Stealth. Does the Stealth bonus already include the ability modifier, making a stealth check for this creature ...

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