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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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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Can a legendary creature use a legendary resistance to pass a concentration check?

As I was looking through some legendary creatures, I had a thought. Most legendary creatures get three Legendary Resistances per day, which they can use to automatically succeed on a saving throw. A ...
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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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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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How much damage does a weaponless skeleton do?

The Monster Manual lists skeleton damage for swords and short bows. If a skeleton is disarmed, how much damage does it do? Unarmed Strike is listed as a melee weapon on p.190 of the Player’s ...
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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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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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Are monsters subject to the massive damage instant-death rules?

I have been looking at the following two questions recently: Are Trolls immune to all instant death effects? Does the Instant Death rule apply to zombies too? The first states the following in the ...
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Do Githzerai hatch from eggs?

We know that Githyanki hatch from eggs from this question. Is there a specific source that says the Githzerai hatch from/lay eggs?
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How do you add a race to a race-optional monster?

I am wondering whether or not you add in racial ability increases to the already stated stat block, for example, in the assasin monster? If I wanted the assassin to be a human, for example, do I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What low- and mid-level spells result in humanoid corpses?

Let's assume that going to the local humanoid settlement and magically blasting to death a townie isn't an option. Likewise, any cunning plan to lure—magically or otherwise—a humanoid from that ...
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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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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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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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Do the Stone Golem's Slow feature and the Slow spell combine?

The errata to the DMG added a section "Combining Game Effects" which states: [...] When two or more game features have the same name, only the effects of one of them — the most potent one — ...
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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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What does “a spellcaster level” mean applying to monsters?

There is "a spellcaster level" mentioned in the MM: A monster with the Spellcasting class feature has a spellcaster level and spell slots Does "a spellcaster level" means basically "a sorcerer ...
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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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Are there rules for skinning animals and making leather armor with the hide?

Recently I was DMing a game, and my players ran into a giant lizard. After they defeated it, they asked if they could skin the lizard and make it into armor. I basically just made it up on the fly; ...
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Does a Flameskull recover its spell slots when it Rejuvenates?

I am running Lost Mine of Phandelver and my party just destroyed the Flameskull for the 1st time. Since it will rejuvenate in 1 hour, my question is: does it recover all spell slots used or not?
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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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RAW, can innate spellcaster dragons cast spells with somatic components?

The rules on dragons as innate spellcasters state (MM, p. 86): Dragons are innately magical creatures that can master a few spells as they age, using this variant. A young or older dragon can ...
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Can player characters pick monster feats?

Some of my player characters have a race from a template but without monster hit dice (like half-orc) and others have a race from a template with monster hit dice (like ogre). Now in the back of ...
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Is a creature that uses Change Shape to become a humanoid affected by spells that only work on humanoids?

Creatures such as the Deva, Couatl and Oni have an ability which lets them magically polymorph into a humanoid, stating that they keep their statistics (other than ones listed as changing). Does this ...
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Can polymorphing monsters spam their ability to effectively give themselves a massive health pool?

Some creatures have an ability that lets them polymorph, such as the Couatl's Change Shape action. I am wondering if this ability could be used again whenever the form is dropped to give the creature ...
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Goblin's Challenge Rating and Nimble Escape

So I'm trying to tinker with a few custom monsters and decided to give one Nimble Escape. As a reference, I tried to see how nimble escape interacts with creatures that already possess this ability: ...
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How do creatures spend Hit Dice after a short rest (if they can do so)?

I know that enemies can take both short rests and long rests, because there is at least one enemy which recover one of its features after a rest. See the Cloaker (Monster Manual, p. 42): Phantasms (...
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Which monsters fall within the 500-pound limit for Levitate?

Levitate has a 500 pound limit and provides a CON saving throw chance when used offensively, but there are few references to a creature's weight in the monster manual. I've mostly been working with ...
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Does Aura of Menace from multiple Lantern Archons stack?

Aura of Menace (Su): Any hostile creature within a 20-foot radius of an archon must succeed on a Will save (DC 13) to resist its effects. The save DC is Charisma-based, and includes a +2 racial ...
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Do legendary actions allow multiple reactions prior the next turn?

Legendary Action in the Monster Manual says: A legendary creature can take a certain number of special actions — called legendary actions — outside its turn. Only one legendary action option can be ...
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What's the point of the Legendary Detect action?

Every Ancient Dragon has Detect as a Legendary Action: Detect. The dragon makes a Wisdom (Perception) check. Unless I'm missing something, this seems to be a worthlessly ambiguous action. PHB 174 (...
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When & How often do 4e Monster powers recharge?

How often should I roll power recharge rolls and at which point in the monster's turn do I re-roll them? I'm trying to find the official definition of the recharge mechanic in the online compendium ...
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Does casting Tongues on the tarrasque (a language-less monstrosity) let it understand language?

Tongues description: This spell grants the creature you touch the ability to understand any spoken language it hears. Moreover, when the target speaks, any creature that knows at least one ...
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How does the Dragon's “Solitary Shapeshifter” characteristic work?

On MM 103, the following characteristic can be found: Solitary Shapeshifters. At some point in their long lives, metallic dragons gain the magical ability to assume the forms of humanoids and ...
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Barbed Devil as grappler vs. Medium PCs

I'm preparing an encounter with devils, and I was reading the Barbed Devil entry on the MM. It's stated that it has an Impale special attack while grappling, Improved Grab and Improved Grapple. It's ...
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How is treasure determined randomly for CR 21 or higher creatures?

The Magic Item Compendium says Step 1: Roll on Table A-1: Treasure, using the monster's CR to determine which row you will use. (265) Table A-1: Treasure only goes to Challenge Rating 20. The six ...
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How should the Gelatinous Cube's Engulf action be resolved for multiple rows of targets?

Imagine a hallway, 10 ft wide and 10 ft tall, such that the Cube completely fills it, as per its Ooze Cube trait. Immediately adjacent to the Cube are 2 Medium creatures, which span the width of the ...
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Is the telepathy rule in the Monster Manual only applicable to monster telepathy abilities?

In the introduction to the Monster Manual (p. 9), the description of telepathy states: Telepathy is a magical ability that allows a monster to communicate mentally with another creature within a ...
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Can PCs gain a double-shield bonus, akin to that of a Fire Giant Dreadnought?

I want to make a ginormous-AC character, but I am not sure of the rules about shields. I want to have two shields held at once, with no other weapons. I know this is against the Player's Handbook: "...
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How to tame an adult wild animal

First campaign ever that I am part of, is going on for about a year (once or twice per month), and I still consider myself a roleplaying n00b. Just found out that, except for these heavy books that ...
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How many iterative attacks does an epic creature with class levels get?

A naztharune rakshasa (MM3 136-7) has from its Hit Dice a Base Attack Bonus of +11, 8 levels of rogue granting a Base Attack Bonus of +6, and 6 levels of scout (CW 10-13) granting a Base Attack Bonus ...
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Does an Oni get new HP when it changes shape into a humanoid or large giant?

I am building an encounter for 6 or 7 PCs (mixed levels 4/5) with an Oni: it may turn into combat. Oni can be very difficult, even deadly, encounters for PCs at this level. What has me puzzled is ...

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