Questions tagged [monsters]

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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 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 happens when a Mage Hand touches a mimic?

I anticipate this is going to come up in the next session I am running. Our wizard has been going around the dungeon using Mage Hand to open doors. One of the doors he has not yet dealt with is ...
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Calculating and balancing challenge ratings

Are there standard rules for calculating CR of groups? For example, in my Pathfinder bestiary, a single Stirge is listed as CR 1/2, and a group of 2d4 (average 5) of them is listed as an average CR 4. ...
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Are there guidelines for creating & customising MM3-style monsters?

I've heard that Monster Manual 3 came with an improved design philosophy for monsters (particularly solos), and there are questions about updating pre-MM3 monsters for MM3. I want to create and ...
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How to update a monster using the D&D4 Monster Builder?

I'm new to Monster Builder (part of Adventure Tools) and I'm hoping there is a good way to update pre MM3 monsters to the latest standards (in the errata). As an example, I'm trying to update the ...
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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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How can I make my BBEG immortal short of making them a Lich or Vampire?

I'm trying to create a BBEG that can't die naturally, or at least lives for thousands of years. The PCs need to be able to kill them in the end though. I know I can use a Lich or Vampire but is there ...
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What is the correct way to calculate the Knowledge DC to identify a creature?

Something that has always confused me about the Knowledge skill in D&D 3.5 is that identifying a monster with advancement is more difficult only because the HD increase. The DC of the knowledge ...
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How would Banishment on a gelatinous cube affect an engulfed creature? [duplicate]

If a creature is engulfed by a Gelatinous Cube and a character casts Banishment (or similar teleportation/planar magic) on the Cube, would the engulfed creature be affected even though the spell ...
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10-100 Troglodytes is too many!

I'm picking on troglodytes as an example. In MMI, the number of troglodytes appearing in their lair(cave system/dungeon) is 10-100. Troglodytes are a nice, not-too-tough, HD2 monster with some ...
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Is a Rakshasa immune to Animate Objects?

A Rakshasa has the following trait: Limited Magic Immunity. The rakshasa is immune to spells of 6th level or lower unless it wishes to be affected. It has advantage on saving throws against all ...
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What is the most powerful permanent undead follower you can get?

What is the most powerful permanent undead follower you can get? Any class/race/spell/level combo is fine. Is it as simple as a necromancy wizard controlling a mummy lord, or is there something ...
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Is death from old age contingent upon creature type or the specific creature?

While I think it's great that the Monster Manual mentions which creature types breathe, eat, and sleep, it doesn't mention anything about a creature's type similarly affecting how a creature ages. By ...
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Can you store a casting of Counterspell in a Shield Guardian?

Would you be able to store a casting of counterspell inside of a Shield Guardian? Their Spell Storing trait states: A spellcaster who wears the shield guardian's amulet can cause the guardian to ...
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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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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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Are there rules for disassembling a slain creature, especially dragon?

I haven't played D&D for a while though recently I have started playing it with my kids. The group is made out of five. So far they have acted with wisdom and they have been lucky which allowed ...
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Is there a way to force a doppelganger to revert to its true form without killing it?

The scenario is this: The heroes have figured out there's a doppelganger, and they know who it is, but the only way they can prove it is to make it reveal itself as a doppelganger. The party can use ...
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What furniture does a beholder have in its personal quarters?

A beholder's lair is made up of several chambers and... The farthest chamber from the entrance is the beholder’s personal quarters, where the creature sleeps and studies any magic treasure it has ...
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How does a ghost's Horrifying Visage aging interact with immunity to the frightened condition?

Assume Bob the Brave is immune to the frightened condition. He is faced with a ghost, that attempts to use Horrifying Visage against him. Does his immunity prevent him from rolling the save, failing ...
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Harmlessly Harvesting Poison from a Monster Companion

The person who is DMing our Tyranny of Dragons campaign (HotDQ->RoT) is considering allowing my evil character to track down a Wyvern nest and find an egg to obtain a tamed mount using a significant ...
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If you kill a Solar Angel can you use its Slaying Longbow?

Solars have the following weapon attack on their stat block: Slaying Longbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +13 to hit, range 150/600 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d8 + 6) piercing damage plus 27 (6d8) ...
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Can a Goblin boss redirect attacks to non allied goblins?

Goblin bosses can use their reaction to redirect a successful attack against them to another goblin within melee range by swapping places with the other goblin. (Source: MM) RAW this ability does not ...
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How should I implement False Appearance?

In the MM, several creatures have the ability False Appearance, which is described with the general structure (emphasis mine) While [the creature] remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from a ...
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Which is the common name of Mind Flayers?

Would the average person in the Forgotten Realms call Mind Flayers "Mind Flayers" or "Illithid?"
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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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What happens when a ghost uses the “Possess” action on a victim of an intellect devourer?

The intellect devourer's Body Thief action states that the Intellect devourer "takes control of the target's body." We know that the victim's body is still alive and counts as a creature. The ghost's ...
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Does a monster that casts spells as a wizard need to prepare its spells from a spellbook?

Some driders (Monster Manual 89-90) can "cast spells as 6th-level… wizards," and a red ethergaunt (Monster Manual II 66-7) and other ethergaunts "can cast arcane spells as a… wizard." Must these ...
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How to convert a 4e boss to the 5e system?

I'm soon to be taking the step into my first time as a DM for a group I have played with for some time as a player. I have a few ideas for the adventure I'm going to run, but I find myself stumbling ...
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Why does Night Hag have greater skill proficiencies than what they should be?

The Night Hag has the following skill proficiencies: Deception: 7, Insight: 6, Perception: 6, Stealth: 6 Challenge 5 means +3 proficiency bonus, so if we add the appropriate modifier, we should get ...
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Would scrying on a target with a gaze attack affect the caster?

For example, a wizard casts scrying to peer into the big bad's lair, where his pet umber hulk happens to be lounging. Would you rule that the caster must deal with the effects of the umber hulk's gaze ...
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Where are a monster’s hit dice found in the stat block?

I want to bring back to consciousness an Evil Mage that my PCs have successfully rendered unconscious. My thought is that all could use a short rest and during this time the unconscious mage could ...
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What demons are under the dominion of Baphomet?

I am researching Baphomet and would like to include some of his demonic minions in a campaign. I have done some research and can only find information about more mundane threats such as Minotaurs, ...
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Does the Goblin Boss's Redirect Attack provoke an opportunity attack?

The Goblin Boss's Redirect Attack (MM 166) uses a reaction to switch places with another goblin. Redirect Attack. When a creature the goblin can see targets it with an attack, the goblin chooses ...
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Are there any rules on the creation of a shield guardian?

Are there any rules related to the creation of a shield guardian? I am aware of the creation method for the amulet. But I'm asking about creating the actual construct.
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What range must a spell cast “on” a Shield Guardian have?

The "Spell Storing" ability of the Shield Guardian says: To do so, the wearer must cast the spell on the guardian. The spell has no effect but is stored within the guardian. This seems to ...
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How to make monsters with class levels?

Say I was trying to make a 3rd level Harpy bard. Do I remove its seven hit dice, feats, BAB and skills etc and start from scratch? Or do I add the class levels on top of all that? How does level ...
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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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Can you use mind control spells to learn a demon's true name?

The wizard in my campaign has the Eye of Vecna and is a yuan-ti, and this means he has suggestion and dominate monster at least once a day. Could he simply suggest to a demon that it reveal its true ...
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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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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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Are there any creatures that have more than one “creature type”?

I was wondering whether in the official published materials, or in Unearthed Arcana, there are any creatures that have multiple types (for instance, creatures that in their description it says they ...
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What is the rarity of an Amulet of the Shield Guardian?

Adventurers League allows items to be traded if their rarity is equivalent. Shield Guardians have special amulets to control them as described here. A recent AL adventure (spoiler link) holds the ...
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How many hit dice do monster player characters have?

Let's say we have party of humans and a minotaur(cr 4). Everybody is level 10, so according to Pathfinder's monsters as races rules minotaur should have 8th (let's say barbarian) level.And the ...
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How does shield guardian damage get transferred along a chain?

Related to this question about the Shield Guardian's damage transferrance: If the guardian is within 60 feet of the amulet's wearer, half of any damage the wearer takes (rounded up) is transferred ...
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Why did the designers make Werewolves *immune* to most non-silvered damage? [closed]

The Werewolf's statistics are that of a CR1 monster, even though it is listed as CR3 in the Monster Manual, presumably as a result of playtesting. By my personal experience with pop culture, ...
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Do creatures with Legendary Resistance know what they're making a saving throw against when they choose whether to use it?

Say I cast a Fireball at a white dragon, it definitively knows that the spell cast was a Fireball, with all those flames around... However, some spells are more subtle, such as Banishment. Maybe the ...
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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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Do Githyanki lay eggs in 5E?

The chapter "Citadel of Gith Reborn" from the 2nd edition adventure book Vortex of Madness says that Githyanki lay eggs despite being humanoid. The 5e Monster Manual entry for Githyanki doesn't say ...

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