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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What do Unicorns want?

I am making a Celestial Warlock who has made a pact with a particularly powerful Unicorn, as suggested in XgtE. One thing I want to do is flesh out the pact and my patron, but I am struggling to find ...
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Can hags cast spells through a hag eye?

Can hags cast spells through a hag eye? I realize you need line of sight for spells, as pointed out in questions about using scrying for targeting, but I think one could argue that the eye itself ...
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What's the difference between a monster that can't speak and a monster that doesn't speak?

In their languages section of stats for some monsters, the wording sometimes says "can't speak" and sometimes says "doesn't speak." What functional difference is there between these two wordings? ...
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Does a cockatrice actually need to land a bite for the initial DC 11 Con saving throw?

According to the cockatrice's statblock on Roll20: The target must succeed on a dc 11 constitution saving throw against being magically petrified On a failed save, the creature begins to turn ...
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Does a creature polymorphed into a Giant Ape carry ammunition to make its ranged attacks?

The description of the polymorph spell (BR, p. 266) says: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment ...
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Can an animal companion Stirge take an action while utilizing Drain Blood?

If a Stirge chosen as a Beast Master ranger's animal companion has had the dragon's Breath spell cast on it, can it use its action to spew magical energy (per dragon's breath) while blood draining?
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Can incorporeal creatures speak?

I got to thinking about how exactly incorporeal creatures interact with the corporeal world and I wasn't exactly coming up with anything that explicitly stated whether they could communicate or not. ...
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Is it possible to create armor from monster skin with that monster’s resistances?

Does armour made from a monster with resistance keep the resistance? For example, a PC kills some Gricks and makes their skin into leather with his Leatherworker's kit. The Grick's statblock says ...
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What happens if you cast Dissonant Whispers on a Hydra?

A Hydra gets extra reactions which "can be used only for opportunity attacks". The Dissonant Whispers spell forces a creature to consume its reaction to do stuff one cannot ordinarily do with a ...
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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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Is there a monster/plague that makes people go berserk?

I'm looking for a creature, spirit or plague that infects or possesses people into becoming berserk, granting them superhuman strength and durability as well as bloodthirsty rage, akin to the ...
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What constitutes the appearance of a male medusa in the Forgotten Realms in 1492 DR?

In 1e MM 248, maedar was a male subrace of the meduse. In Dragon Magazine #355, maedar were added to the creature catalogue (3.5e). In 4e MM 187, male meduse are inferior to the female meduse of the ...
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How could a Siren's song be captured / stolen such that it can be used in a ritual?

I want to run a one-shot adventure in which the PCs are tasked with capturing the Siren's song as one of several "ingredients" (if you will) for a larger ritual. However, I'm not sure what methods are ...
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How does the cloaker's Phantasms action work?

It may just be me, but there's 2 things I don't understand about it: What happens to the phantasms when the cloaker attacks? I know it says they mimic its actions, but I can't imagine 4 cloakers ...
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What is the lore reason for Giant Spiders being immune to mind-affecting spells?

The Giant Spider is immune to all mind-affecting spells. To me this seems arbitrary and I was wondering if there was a in-world justification for it, or if it's a reference to some other story or ...
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Do grungs have a written language?

It is unclear. Do grungs have any written language at all? And if they do, which script do they use for it?
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What happens when a spellcaster with Legendary Resistances Shapechanges into another creature with Legendary Resistances?

A few high level arcane spellcasting monsters, such as the Lich from the Monster Manual, also have Legendary Resistances (here, 3 per day). Such spellcasters can prepare then cast Shapechange on ...
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Does a spellcaster with lair actions keep them when Shapechanging into an Ancient Metallic Dragon who then uses Change Shape?

A few high-level arcane spellcasting monsters, such as the Lich from the Monster Manual, also have lair actions. Such spellcasters can prepare then cast Shapechange on themselves to become an Ancient ...
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What could prevent a revenant monster's Vengeful Tracker feature from working?

As I continue my campaign with revenants (as I mention in this question), I'm having some trouble: The BBEG of my campaign is being tracked by a group of revenants as well as the party, but knows ...
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Do winged kobolds carry a pouch of rocks?

In my adventure I want to add some winged kobolds, but I don't know how their "Dropped Rock" attack works. Do they carry a pouch of rocks, or they need to pick up larger rocks from the ground every ...
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If a deva uses its Change Shape ability to turn into a cat, what is its size?

The Deva stat block states: Change Shape. The deva magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating equal to or less than its own, or back into its true form. It reverts to ...
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Are the Gray and Death Slaad's Bite and Claw attacks magical?

The Gray and Death Slaadi from the Monster Manual have the Magic Weapons trait: The slaad's weapon attacks are magical. And they have a Multiattack action: The slaad makes three attacks: one ...
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How does Hunter's Mark interact with Black Pudding Split? [duplicate]

After reading this answer about how Hunter's Mark interacts with a Roper, a question occurred to me. In the answer, Rykara uses the Black Pudding as an example of a single monster that could become ...
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How does the Hunter's Mark spell cast on a Roper interact with attacks against its tendrils?

If I cast Hunter's Mark on a Roper and I attack its tendril, do I get the 1d6 bonus damage? Each tendril has its own HP/AC, but it's a part of the Roper's body.
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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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What happens to a wizard's magic when they are swallowed by a tarrasque?

I was watching this video about the Tarrasque when I saw that its stomach fluids strip magic. I was wondering if a Wizard is swallowed by a Tarrasque, does the wizard lose his innate magic or is it ...
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Can a Horncaller control a Druid who is using Wild Shape?

In Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica there is an enemy, Horncaller, who has an interesting ability: One with the Worldsoul. The horncaller chooses one beast it can see within 30 feet of it. If the ...
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What is the mechanical difference between the Spectator's Create Food and Water action and the Banshee's Undead Nature Trait?

Inspired by What is the lore-based reason that the Spectator has the Create Food and Water trait, instead of simply not requiring food and water? The Spectator has the Create Food and Water action (...
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How does the War Caster feat interact with a Hydra's Reactive Heads trait?

The War Caster feat gives the following property: When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature, rather than ...
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Raising a maximumly optimized tarrasque [closed]

What would be the most powerful undead type to raise a tarrasque as and would regeneration work with undead counting charisma for their health instead? I'm looking for the maximum beefy killing ...
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Does Antimagic Field suppress or prevent petrification from a creature ability?

Inspired by this question and in particular, this answer. I'm focusing on a specific effect; petrification. If by a medusa's gaze or a beholder's eye rays (or other creatures with a similar ability), ...
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What would a mounted creature, or one steering a vehicle, do if affected by the harpy’s Luring Song?

What would a mounted creature, or one steering a vehicle, do if affected by the harpy’s Luring Song? Would the creature dismount/leave the vehicle and proceed to the harpy under their own power? Or ...
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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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What is the largest a player character can get using only official material and UA? [duplicate]

I was presented a concept for a one shot session from one of my players. He comes up with some strange ideas, and I'd like to see if this one would be viable: The scenario goes that the Tarrasque has ...
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Questions about flying and switching between modes of movement when flying [closed]

This is a compound question and could probably use being broken up in to separate questions: A monster is flying along at a speed of 120 ft with a maneuverability of average in order to maintain ...
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Would Banishment be a viable option to temporarily get rid of a Phase Spider?

In a fight against a phase spider on the Material Plane, would the banishment spell be a viable option to temporarily keep a phase spider out of the fight? According to the banishment spell, the ...
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Can the ‘Devour Intellect’ ability be used through walls?

I’m looking for clarification on how the abilities of the intellect devourer interact, especially with regards to obstacles. Firstly, it has blindsight of 60ft: A creature with blindsight can ...
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How can I help my PCs fight against a Mind Flayer's psionic blast?

I am running a pathfinder campaign for a group of 5 players. I have a half-elf wizard, human druid, dwarf barbarian, halfling bard and half-orc paladin. The party were all level 5 at the time of this ...
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How many souls does a multiheaded creature have? [closed]

How many souls does a multiheaded creature have? Ettins have multiple heads. Does one resurrection spell revive both heads of the Ettin? What happens if one head is willing to be revived and the ...
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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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Can a non-magical “Detect Magic”-type trait sense magic when used within an Antimagic Field?

If you have a non-magical "Sense Magic" ability, e.g. the Chuul's, but you are inside an antimagic field, can you detect magic (from a source that is outside the field)? The chuul's Sense Magic trait ...
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What does the “titan” monster tag mean?

I've noticed that a few creatures have the "titan" tag (here's a D&D Beyond search) but I'm not sure what that tag means. I noticed the other day in my Monster Manual when looking at the ...
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In the Shackled City, what is the relevance of the polymorphed Otyugh?

In section M4 the party encounter an otyugh polymorphed into an ogre. The encounter is straight to combat, so there is no real way of knowing it is anything other than an ogre, but a dispel magic ...
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How straight does a creature need to move for abilities that trigger after charging towards an opponent?

There are certain creatures with a extra ability attached to their attack if they move a certain distance towards their opponent before attacking. Take the Gorgon as an example, it has the Trampling ...
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Can a human be transformed into a Mind Flayer?

In the Baldur's Gate III announcement trailer, we can see what seems to be a human be transformed into a Mind Flayer. What is happening there? Are Mind Flayers created by transforming other creatures?...
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How common are creatures capable of doing magical damage in 5e?

I've been thinking about homebrewing some things. One of the benefits that I've been considering is a resistance to non-magical damage (for example, for a sort of Rage-lite feat), or perhaps immunity (...
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Clarification on the number of attacks a leopard receives

On page 274 of the 3.5 Monster Manual the leopard is stated to have: Attack: Bite +6 melee (1d6+3) Full Attack: Bite +6 melee (1d6+3) and 2 claws +1 melee (1d3+1) It also has the special attacks: ...
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Are there any existing monsters I can use as a basis for a baby skeleton statblock?

In a Hag's lair, a room is protected with a Glyph of Warding armed with the Animate Dead spell. The room is littered with the tiny bones of infants she has devoured. Adventurers enter the room ...
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Can a Titanosaurus summoned with the Conjure Fey spell use its legendary actions?

The Monster Manual has a strong restriction on legendary actions with regard to creatures merely assuming the form of a legendary creature: If a creature assumes the form of a legendary creature, ...
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Are gibbering mouthers immune to each other's area effects?

Gibbering Mouthers have two area-of-effect abilities: Aberrant Ground. The ground in a 10-foot radius around the mouther is doughlike difficult terrain. Each creature that starts its turn in that ...