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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Does taking the form of a Muse using Fey Form gain you the Sound Strike attack?

I have this possibly game-breaking doubt about the spell Fey Form and the Muse creature. Does the caster get the Sound Strike attack? That's way too strong for a level 3/4 spell.
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What book describes consuming vials of vampire blood to pseudo-Rage?

I know I've ran across this in one of my 3.5 books recently and I cant remember the book or much about it, and am having trouble re-locating this. There was an entry towards the front of the book for ...
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Improved Grab and multiple Natural Weapons

Let us take a tiger as an example of a creature having solid chances of making full attack with multiple Natural Weapons each of which may be used to trigger Improved Grab. Let us also assume it hits ...
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How can Constructs use Magic?

In Pathfinder I am currently trying to design a few encounters with a supposed ghost ship (actually a Colossal Animated Object) complete with a crew of Haunted Objects (again, Animated Objects), but I ...
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Beholderkin Overseer's Major Creation: Can it be used offensively?

According to Lords of Madness, the Beholderkin Overseer's Major Creation eye ray requires a full round action to use (instead of the standard 10 minute casting time). It has a range of 180 ft. (...
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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 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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Were Grungs created for 5e or did they exist before this edition? [duplicate]

In Volo's Guide To Monsters there is a race in the bestiary called Grungs. Were these created for 5e specifically?
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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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Monsters that advance by level and HD?

I am attempting to create an encounter-table generator to end all encounter-table generators. I am doing this because it seems like an interesting project. In order to do this, I need to create a ...
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Can a Beholder face its Antimagic Cone behind itself?

The text for a Beholder's Antimagic Cone ability reads as follows (MM, pg. 28): The beholder's central eye creates an area of antimagic, as in the antimagic field spell, in a 150-foot cone. At the ...
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Can a Chain Devil's Animated Chains move?

The Chain Devil's Animate Chains action allows it to animate chains near to it and use them as weapons: Animate Chains (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest). Up to four chains the devil can see ...
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How does the targeting of the Protection from Evil and Good spell work with an Intellect Devourer's Body Thief action?

The Intellect Devourer's Body Thief action specifies: A protection from evil and good spell cast on the body drives the intellect devourer out. However, the protection from evil and good spell can ...
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How do you determine static statistics of creatures?

I am writing stat blocks for creatures in a D&D module that I am working on with a friend. I am the designer, not the DM and I need to determine static stats for some creatures. Exempli gratia, a ...
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Can a Dao cast spells while Earth Gliding?

A dao (MM, p. 143) is described as having the following ability: Earth Glide. The dao can burrow through nonmagical, unworked earth and stone. While doing so, the dao doesn't disturb the material ...
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Is there a complete list detailing all Magical Beasts and Outsiders native to the Outer Planes?

I am looking to write a guide on the interaction between the Planar Shepherd and the various Outer Planes, but for this I am looking for an overview of all Magical Beasts and Outsiders native to said ...
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Does the Fire Elementa's Touch attack's ongoing damage stack with itself? [duplicate]

If a fire elemental uses the Touch attack: Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) fire damage. If the target is a creature or a flammable object, it ignites. Until ...
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Does a (half) beheaded Ettin take bleeding damage of some sort?

Let's say a character cuts off one of an Ettin's heads, but the other head is still intact, and it's as such still alive. Obviously, there's a lot of blood. Does the Ettin take continuous damage from ...
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Does a character need knowledge of a creature to Summon it?

When using Summon (Monster/Nature's Ally), does the caster need to actually know what they're 'calling' in order to select the creature? Does the player have agency over which creature(s) answer their ...
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How does a Doppelganger monster's Shapechanger trait differ from the Changeling playable race's Change Appearance trait?

In D&D Beyond, I compared the Doppelganger monster's Shapechanger trait to the Changeling playable race's Change Appearance trait. While I think the two are very similar, some differences stood ...
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What is the in-universe explanation for why succubi, who were demons, became “neutral evil fiends” in 5e?

The Forgotten Realms wiki page on succubi tell us (specifically in footnote 1) that in 1e, 2e and 3.Xe1, succubi were chaotic evil demons, but then were retconned to be lawful evil2 devils in 4e and ...
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Do Storm Giants have a Natural Armour value?

A Storm Giant's AC is 16 due it its scale mail, and it has a Dex modifier of +2, so without the scale armour the giant's AC would be 12. However, a Cloud Giant has a Natural Armour of 14 and a Dex ...
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Can my Small Aether Elemental summon throw my very small PC ally around?

Can my Small Aether Elemental summon throw my very small PC ally around in Pathfinder? And if so how far? In other words, how does Telekinetic Throw work with willing creatures?
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Checking CR calculation for homebrew larger version of Giant Ape

I am considering allowing a larger version of a Giant Ape, in which some of the stats have been embiggened to achieve the low end of CR8. I would appreciate a confirmation that I am calculating this ...
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What is the CR of a monster with class levels?

I can't find very clear rules about how adding class levels affects monster CR in the books, or maybe i just didn't understood clearly. I aim to make more memorable intelligent creatures like dragons ...
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Are there any official CR 8 beasts that are not dinosaurs, for the purpose of the Polymorph spell?

Although the party wizard has had a wand of polymorph since finding it in a hand-converted U3: The Final Enemy (before the release of Ghosts of Saltmarsh), she has typically used it defensively, ...

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