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 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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How many attacks of opportunity can a hydra make?

The hydra gains as a bonus feat Combat Reflexes (Player's Handbook 92). However, the hydra description amends the feat to the following: Feats: A hydra’s Combat Reflexes feat allows it to use all ...
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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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What happens if a Beholder places its Antimagic Cone on a target that has been affected by its eye rays?

What happens if a Beholder places its Antimagic Cone over someone it has hit with its eye rays? Obviously the damage-dealing ones are instantaneous, but what about the charm ray, petrification ray, ...
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Does damage transferred to a shield guardian count as damage the shield guardian has taken?

This is relevant for effects that trigger when damage is taken such as if the shield guardian is wearing another shield guardian's amulet. If the guardian is within 60 feet of the amulet's wearer, ...
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Is Multiattack included in the actions a new lycanthrope gains?

In the Monster Manual p.206, it is written: A character who becomes a lycanthrope retains his or her statistics except as specified by lycanthrope type. The character gains the lycanthrope's speeds ...
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Do all plants count as “creatures”?

Many spells, such as Fox's Cunning, apply to "creatures". There are "mundane" plants and "monster" plants. Which count as creatures for the purposes of these kinds of spells?
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Is this conversion of a Cloud Ray Elder CR 16?

In the finale of the 3 part series on Cloud Rays, we take a look at the stat line of the largest pancake in the universe. From Pup to Adult to finally Elder, I am hoping to gain insight on the balance ...
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Does a duergar NPC need to concentrate to maintain its Enlarge ability?

In the MM page 122, nothing is mentioned about needing to maintain concentration, and there is no wording to indicate a duergar's Enlarge ability is a spell. This is in contrast to the duergar's ...
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How can you train/tame monsters & magical beasts?

Some background. My party recently went up against a Cloud Ray (MMII p.49 INT 2) and decided they were going to bring it down non-lethally in order to make it their pet/mascot. Unfortunately as much ...
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How can a magical beast's size be increased using spells or magic items?

Are there spells or magic items that work on magical beasts that increase their size? That is, standard undomesticated, or trained magical beasts, not familiars or in any way companions (hence lacking ...
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Is CR 8 accurate for this conversion of a Cloud Ray Pup?

So I have been running a campaign that I wanted to focus in on a super cool unique "monster" that the party could utilize for narrative, combat, and transportation purposes. So I looked ...
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How to extract yuan-ti poison?

Through a series of lucky Persuasion rolls, my party managed to get a yuan-ti malison on their side. The player of a recently deceased player character wanted to play as the yuan-ti, which I agreed to ...
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Is the Undead Fortitude trait's DC based on damage dealt or damage taken?

I'm new to DMing and I'm looking through options to throw at my players. I see the Zombie creature has the following trait: Undead Fortitude. If damage reduces the zombie to 0 hit points, it must ...
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Help me buff out an Efreeti

Continuing the advancement of the efreeti in this question, I try to figure out the gains of an efreeti advanced to 16 HD. After advancing it and achieving the huge size as indicated by its new HD, I ...
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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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Can I disable the limbs of an iron golem?

Quite simply, can the individual joints and/or limbs of an Iron Golem (or any other metallic golem) be disabled or otherwise immobilized? Disable Device or Molecular Bonding would seem the two most ...
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Where are the rules for creatures attacking creatures immune to nonmagical weapon attacks?

For Druid Wild Shape: PRIMAL STRIKE Starting at 6th level, your attacks in beast form count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical attacks and damage. ...
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What living apex lifeforms are there other than dragons? [closed]

When a theme is dragon* on. Dragons are apex predators and widely regarded by most players and systems as about one of the worst things you can ever deal with. I have a campaign that's been running ...
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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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What are some dangerous non-fantasy creatures?

We're running a fantasy game where the adventurers frequently travel through the wilderness. Too many of the threatening encounters they have are with fantasy creatures (like goblins, orcs, etc.). ...
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Bounty Boards: How to make them fair and make sense

So I wanted to create a new adventure hook I could use over many campaigns and figured, "Hmm, most medieval settings would have bounty boards set up in towns, offer prices for people willing to go out ...
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Could a regenerating troll feed enough stirges to live off them?

We are working on creating a room that is a self-sustaining ecosystem (like ecosystem aquariums but with creatures) that is an obstacle for PCs to pass (as part of an entire “Island of Dr. Moreau” ...
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How can I make the final boss of the LMOP a memorable and exciting fight for my group?

This post contains spoilers for the Lost Mines of Phandelver. I have been DM'ing a group of six new players through the dnd 5e starter set and they have just entered the eponymous 'Lost Mine' where ...
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Should I tell the players the exact stats of monsters they fight?

When the party encounters a solitary and strong monster, should the GM state the monster's HP and armor? Or are all the calculations made by the GM secretly and represented only in the fiction ("He ...
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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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Does hitting a creature with a magical creature count as magical damage?

Half-Orc Barbarian Conan has been Enlarged, making him Large. During a fight against some Couatls, he managed to grapple one and beat it to death. Now, having something (the body of the dead Couatl) ...
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Can a 17th level sorcerer kill all demons with Simulacrum and Wish?

Inspired by the answer to this question about sunbeams, I realized that there may be a way to exploit Simulacrum to do basically anything an infinite number of times. Specifically, the course of ...
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How can I handle a Colossal monster?

I am currently running a Dungeon World campaign where one of the characters has awoken a basalt colossus. The colossus is about the height of a 4 story building and super evil. In our upcoming ...
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Do Bugbears' arms literally get longer when it's their turn?

The Bugbear's Long-Limbed trait (VGtM, p. 119) says: When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach for it is 5 feet greater than normal. This means that when it is not a Bugbear's turn, ...
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Why is Survival not a class skill for animals?

Question in title. Seems odd that an animal isn't naturally inclined to get bonuses to Survival, which typically involves dealing with the wilds and it's associated difficulties (an animal's natural ...
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How are Githyanki effective against Mind Flayers?

The description of the Gith, particularly the Githyanki portrays them as deadly, implacable enemies of Mind Flayers, so much so that they took down the unbelievably vast and powerful ancient Illithid ...
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What powers or limits devil promotion?

Devils can gain power, transforming from weaker forms (at the lowest, the humble Lemure) to stronger ones (up to Archfiends). This process occurs via a superior "promoting" them. (Monster Manual, p. ...
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How do you detect a doppelganger?

For plot purposes I replaced an NPC with a doppelganger (one of the advanced "rumored" kind that can steal memories and skills). As this quest progressed, I found that it was actually rather difficult ...
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Do two star spawn hulks standing near each other form an infinite loop?

The new Star Spawn Hulk from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes has the following property: Psychic Mirror. If the hulk takes psychic damage, each creature within 10 feet of the hulk takes that damage ...
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What can break a Vampire’s Charm besides Greater Restoration?

Our party faced a vampire. The charm of a vampire lasts 24 hours. He began charming our party one-by-one. As each character was charmed, we seemed to have nothing to reverse it. About the only thing ...
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What type of stone do targets of Flesh to Stone, and Petrification, turn into?

To what kind of stone creature or character is turned with petrification or flesh to stone type spells? The Petrified condition is the result of various monster abilities A Petrified character ...
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Does the Magic Missile spell cause multiple saving throws to break an Aboleth's charm?

Jeremy Crawford previously noted that the Magic Missile spell causes a separate concentration roll by a spell caster for each hit. (Of note, this is different than Mike Mearls' answer which viewed a ...
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Does a Gelatinous Cube's corpse still block the hallway?

I recently ran a game in which my PCs were trapped in a hallway with a gelatinous cube on either end. They killed one of the cubes, but I didn't know whether or not the corpse of the cube is still ...
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Can a Medusa's head still be used to petrify after it's dead?

I'm running Tomb of Annihilation and a medusa. They killed her and one of the players wanted to take her head and I allowed it. Later on, they had a random encounter and the same player said he ...
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How does a Vampire Spawn become a Vampire?

I was looking at the Vampire and Vampire Spawn entries in the monster manual, and a little blurb in the green box next to Von Zarovich's note talks about player characters becoming vampire spawns, ...
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How do I stat a skeletal monster?

I'm running a D&D 5e campaign, and the current villains are necromancers. These necromancers have been taking the corpses of dead monsters and turning them into zombies and skeletons. How they ...
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I have a demon's true name. Now what?

In the D&D 5e game I am DMing, one of my players (level 15 fiend patron warlock) successfully cast dominate monster on a hezrou and compelled it to tell the player its true name. Now the player ...
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What happens to a Revenant that loses its purpose?

In my campaign, one of my players used a wish granted to him from a god to get forgiveness from someone he had killed who had become a revenant. I really didn't want to say he can't so I'm trying to ...
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Is the earth elemental's Earth Glide trait as potentially game-breaking as I think it is?

I'm DMing a campaign themed around monsters based on the elements, so making use of the Elementals naturally came to mind. Taking a look at the Earth Elemental, it strikes me that there is some very ...
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Can a Hydra make multiple opportunity attacks at once?

A normal creature only has one reaction that may be used as a single attack of opportunity. A Hydra, though, has one of these reactions per head. My question would be: may several reactions be ...
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How can I keep the Tarrasque “dead”?

From PFSRD: No form of attack can suppress the tarrasque's regeneration—it regenerates even if disintegrated or slain by a death effect. If the tarrasque fails a save against an effect that would ...
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Creating solo monsters

One thing I haven't found in 4th edition online is a plethora of solo monsters. The idea of these fights are fascinating! Sadly though, all the products in 4th focus on multiple opponent fights (with ...
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Viewing a Medusa through a Familiar (or Other Creature)

Short question: What happens if you view a Medusa while perceiving through another creature's senses, such as by Warlock's Voice of the Chain Master or Gaze of Two Minds eldritch invocations? I'm ...
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Can Purify Food and Drink be used to kill an Elder Brain?

On page 173 of Volo's it states that an Elder Brain "sprawls within a vat of viscous brine" but also that it "dwells in a dimly glowing brine pool, filled with foul brackish water". It also states ...

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