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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How do I secure demon remains after the demon is defeated?

I was wondering; In a regular D&D game, would it be possible to cut off part of a demon in the material plane and not have it dissappear when the demon is defeated? For example: to gather demon ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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What ability is the save DC of Orcus's “voice” Lair action, in Out of the Abyss?

In Out of the Abyss, Orcus has a number of Lair actions. One of those Lair actions has a confusing point: It is stated that there is a save with a DC of 23 but no specific type of saving throw. The ...
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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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Does a succubus' Charm end when it dies?

The Succubus' charm says that: One humanoid the fiend can see within 30 feet of it must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or be magically charmed for 1 day. The charmed target obeys the fiend's ...
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If a creature with Multiattack is affected by Haste, can it make two Multiattacks?

It's a fairly straightforward question. A creature has a Multiattack option, and it also can cast the Haste spell. While under the effect of Haste, can it use the second Action to take another ...
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How can a party defend against the Nightmare Haunting action of a Night Hag?

This question was asked previously with respect to D&D 3.5: What are the ways that a CR-appropriate party can stop a Night Hag's dream haunting? There are some interesting answers there, but ...
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What happens when a creature that has swallowed another creature is polymorphed?

Twice this week, I have faced a situation where Polymorph was going to be cast on a creature that had swallowed a PC. As a DM, I ruled that if the polymorphed form was smaller, the swallowed PC would ...
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How does the amulet wearer control a Shield Guardian, and when does it act?

I'm unclear on several details of how a Shield Guardian works. (MM p. 271) It is bound to an amulet wearer: Bound: The shield guardian is magically bound to an amulet. As long as the guardian and ...
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Can player characters identify monsters? [duplicate]

In D&D 5e, I can't find a skill check for identifying monsters. (Other than Arcana for planar monsters). Can PCs identify monsters, and if so, what skill should they use? (Or is it just a Wis/Int ...
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What happens when a creature possessed by an intellect devourer is true polymorphed?

Let's assume that a new party member, already possessed by an intellect devourer, is true polymorphed into a dog by the wizard as part of his initiation ritual (and a big message that said "don't mess ...
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Are size bonuses already incorporated into large races' attribute modifiers?

I have a friend who is playing a Trox. In the listed description we have the bonuses for being that race. All trox have the following racial traits. + 6 Strength, –2 Intelligence, –2 Wisdom, –2 ...
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Would flying monsters ever land during combat?

Spooney asked this question in one of his podcasts, and I've started wondering about it myself. In a D&D 4.0 encounter, why would an at least moderately intelligent creature (including, but not ...
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Can an illusion block a monster's harmful gaze?

I'm curious of how illusions would affect spells or abilities that require a target to be looking at something. A good example of this would be Medusa's Petrifying Gaze which has the following effect: ...
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How do you determine the reach of a Monster's unarmed strikes?

This is inspired by the question "Does a Stone Giant get an attack of opportunity if I move only 5 feet away from it?". The question "Can a monster with no melee attack make an Opportunity Attack?" (...
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Does blinding a creature with the Gaze ability stop others from being affected by it?

Does casting blindness on a Medusa (or other gaze using creature) stop their gaze attack?
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How does the Life Drain ability of the Wraith and Specter interact with temporary hit points?

Wraiths have the Life Drain action; on a hit, it forces the target to make a Con save to avoid having their max HP reduced: The target must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or its hit ...

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