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 do the Crag Cat and Chain Lightning spell interact?

The Crag Cat (SKT, p. 240) is a CR 1 creature that has the unique feature of Spell Turning: The cat has advantage on saving throws against any spell that targets only the cat (not an area). If the ...
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Does a Drow enemy’s poison expire if you wait 1 minute?

In the PHB, when you apply poison on an arrow or a sword, the poison stays effective for 1 minute. When a Drow hits someone with their crossbow, according to the Monster Manual, that person needs to ...
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Can a Boggle put a Tiny creature through its Dimensional Rift?

This is similar to the question Can a Boggle use its Dimensional Rift in the mouth of a Bag of Holding?, which sparked a thought. According to the boggle's statblock in Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. ...
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How many actions or attacks are involved in picking up and throwing a creature?

Let's say my Minotaur ally decided during a brawl to grapple with the nearest brigand, pick him up over his head (or maybe just throw him from a standing position), and chuck him as far as his beefy (...
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The Ankheg's skills aren't matching up, what am I missing?

I'm having some fun playing around with the GM stuff for Pathfinder for the first time, mostly I've only run other systems and been a player for Pathfinder, so I was wanting to take a crack at running ...
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Can a Changeling shapeshifted into a mind flayer read Deep Speech?

Can a Changeling (Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron, p. 61) shapeshifted into a Mindflayer read the Qualith language? The ability to read Deep Speech is dependent on tentacles, so could a Changeling use ...
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How does a Doppelganger monster's Shapechanger trait differ from the Changeling playable race's Change Appearance trait?

In D&D Beyond, I compared the Doppelganger monster's Shapechanger trait to the Changeling playable race's Change Appearance trait. While I think the two are very similar, some differences stood ...
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How does a bat have +0 modifier to attack?

I am quite new to playing DND and I'm struggling to understand how a bat has +0 to attack. I'm clearly missing something, but as per my calculations: A bat has a strength of 2 (-4 Modifier). This is ...
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Are there any flying creatures with truesight?

Are there any flying creatures in the official rulebooks that have truesight?
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How can an elemental be bound into an object or vehicle (e.g. lightning rails, elemental airships) in Eberron?

I will soon be DMing an Eberron campaign for my Dungeons & Dragons group. As part of the plot, I want a player or NPC to bind an air elemental to an elemental airship, and it may come up in the ...
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How do multiple ghast stench fields work?

Each ghast has a stench trait that can poison someone if they start their turn within 5 feet of the ghast and fail their saving throw. What happens if a creature starts their turn with multiple ghasts ...
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How to create a powerful boss fusion of an artificial dragon and a lich?

I am currently thinking how to build a sheet for a powerful villain in my campaign. This creature was created by an ancient people as a way to control artificial dragons and to kill powerful real ...
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What's the earliest instance of a “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” reference to beholders?

Is there any recorded use of the phrase, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" being used in a commercially available D&D campaign or any rulebook of any edition, specifically to reference (...
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Are a monster's innate melee/ranged spell attack abilities blocked by a target's Antimagic Field?

Certain creatures have abilities listed as being melee or ranged spell attacks, e.g. the Efreeti's Hurl Flame action. Are these considered magic that an antimagic field will block? Or are they ...
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Can a PC use a Merrow's Harpoon?

The Merrow has a Harpoon weapon attack option with the following stats: Harpoon. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) piercing ...
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What all is included in a creature's game statistics?

Many features and rules refer to a creature's "game statistics". For example, True Polymorph says: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of ...
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Does a Dybbuk's Possess Corpse ability recharge while it possesses a corpse?

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes contains the Dybbuk, a CR 4 demon with the Possess Corpse action: Possess Corpse (Recharge 6). The dybbuk disappears into an intact corpse it can see within 5 feet of it....
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What spells can be used to damage a Rakshasa before L7 slots are available?

I've been looking for the most effective ways to damage a Rakshasa as a spellcaster, before L7 slots become available. After reading the 3 questions below, Is a Rakshasa immune to Animate Objects? ...
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Does an air elemental's whirlwind throw creatures horizontally, or vertically as well?

The air elemental has the Whirlwind action, which allows it to try to throw every character in the same space as it. The description reads: Each creature in the elemental's space must make a DC 13 ...
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How can I increase monster size/advancement instantly?

So I have a rather odd thing I am trying to do in my campaign. I am using spiders in a mine where my party is adventuring. Long story shortly the people before them basically have spider eggs laid ...
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Can a bulette ignore the rule about ending a turn in occupied space after using deadly leap?

The bulette can use its deadly leap ability to jump onto its targets and possibly knock them prone if they fail their saving throw. But having done so it will be sharing the same space as them. The ...
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How many javelins does an orc have?

The stat block for the orc (MM, 246) includes two weapon attacks; Greataxe and Javelin. For the greataxe, it makes sense that they'd be able to use it repeatedly, and if they were to use their ...
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Can any creature other than PCs use Two-Weapon Fighting?

The rule on Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB, page 195) states: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack ...
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What happens if you cast a resurrection spell on a corpse possessed by a dybbuk?

The Dybbuk is a monster from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (p. 132) that can possess humanoid corpses if they're intact. What happens if someone then casts any resurrection spell on the humanoid? Is ...
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Are there rules for disassembling a slain creature?

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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Can a cockatrice's severed head still petrify?

After killing a cockatrice, a couple of my players cut off its head and mounted it on a javelin. Obviously, they're going to try to use it to petrify something else. Assuming realistic factors in ...
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Is the attack entry of the Yagnoloth (MM 2, p. 203) in error?

The Yagnoloth has the following attack entry Attack: Greatsword +9/+4 melee and claw +20 melee, or greataxe +9/+4 melee and claw +20 melee Damage: Greatsword 2d6/19-20, greataxe 1d12/x3., claw ...
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Is Constrict automatic damage every round vs a Restrained target? [duplicate]

If a creature with the Constrict attack hits and Restrains a target, is the Constrict damage automatic every turn until the target escapes?
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What is the optimal build for maximum undead minions of a Wizard/Cleric at 10th level? [closed]

I'm building an evil necromancer priest at 10th level, and am looking at the Necromancy school for the Wizard levels and Death domain for the cleric levels. This character would lean more on spells ...
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How can a Black Pudding split when damaged by lightning or slashing damage if it's immune to such damage?

From DND Beyond entry on Black Pudding: (bold italics are mine) Damage Immunities acid, cold, lightning, slashing At the bottom of the stat block, under Reactions, it has the ability Split: ...
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How does the troll's Regeneration trait work?

The Troll stat block includes the following trait: Regeneration. The troll regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn. If the troll takes acid or fire damage, this trait doesn't function at ...
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Are there monsters with a natural ability to move between planes without casting a spell?

I am preparing to DM a campaign in a world of my own design, and I require a monster to fill an important plot function. The campaign is set in a pocket plane that is almost entirely cut off from the ...
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What damage forms deal normal damage to elemental weirds?

"Certain attack forms, typically fire and acid, deal lethal damage to the creature" that possesses the extraordinary ability regeneration (Monster Manual 314). However, no attack forms are listed as ...
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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 is the relationship between Moroi Vampires and Dhampir offspring in the lore?

A rather interesting plot hook has presented itself, and has made me curious as to the relationship between Dhampir and their respective vampiric parent. I have looked into some of the basic ...
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Does a sahuagin's Blood Frenzy trait give advantage on Spiritual Weapon's attack roll?

Sahuagin have the Blood Frenzy trait: The sahuagin has advantage on melee attack rolls against any creature that doesn't have all its hit points. If a Sahuagin casts spiritual weapon, does the ...
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How do fiendish long arms affect this ettin's attacks?

As gifts from its master, an ettin (Monster Manual 106-7) gains two fiendish grafts, two long arms (Fiend Folio 211). Bearing in mind an ettin's extraordinary ability superior two-weapon fighting, ...
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Can you become a vampire from the kiss of a succubus?

In D&D 5e we have the vampire race. Now, I've been listening to MRRhexx's D&D lore videos and heard that if a succubus kisses you, you can become a more powerful true vampire. Is this true? (...
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Can my Small Aether Elemental summon throw my very small PC ally around?

Can my Small Aether Elemental summon throw my very small PC ally around in Pathfinder? And if so how far? In other words, how does Telekinetic Throw work with willing creatures?
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In the descriptions of monster action options, what's the difference between “one target” and “one creature”?

Something I have been wondering about since I started DM'ing: in the Monster Manual, most actions specify "one target", while some have "one creature". Example with Ghouls & Ghasts: Bite ...
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Does a Duergar Spy's Enlarge action double its damage dice from its Sneak Attack trait?

In the module The Forge of Fury (tiny spoiler) there is a Duergar Spy creature. Its statblock is on p. 234 of Tales from the Yawning Portal. I am interested in the way two of its features interact ...
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In the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure, when does the Flameskull attack?

Note: I'm French, and while I'm quite fluent in English, sometimes I get stumped by a sentence. Does that mean that the flameskull only attacks if you try to cross the room? If someone takes a ...
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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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How strong is the tressym in comparison to other familiar options? [closed]

I was looking at the tressym's description in the Storm King's Thunder adventure, and saw this (p. 243): With the DM's permission, a person who casts the find familiar spell can choose to conjure a ...
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Will the Rakshasa's Limited Magic Immunity prevent Detect Magic from detecting the effects of a spell like Disguise Self on the Rakshasa?

A Rakshasa has the following trait: Limited Magic Immunity. The rakshasa can't be affected or detected by spells of 6th level or lower unless it wishes to be. It has advantage on saving throws ...
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Is Rakshasa immune to the Booming Blade cantrip?

Is Rakshasa immune to the booming blade cantrip (SCAG, p. 142)? Does it avoid also the extra damage?
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Does the tentacle rod prevent multiattack?

Made by the drow, this rod is a magic weapon that ends in three rubbery tentacles. While holding the rod, you can use an action to direct each tentacle to attack a creature you can see within 15 feet ...
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Can you poison a Bag of Devouring?

According to the description of the Bag of Devouring: This bag appears to be an ordinary sack. Detection for magical properties makes it seem as if it were a bag of holding. The sack, however, is ...
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Why do Expert monsters get Will saves instead of Reflex?

The Starjammer SRD page about building monsters has a chart for Expert creatures. That chart claims that expert creatures should have good Will saves instead of Reflex. Why would that be? Expert style ...
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How often can one do a Knowledge check to identify a creature?

The SRD section on Knowledge says: Try Again No. The check represents what you know, and thinking about a topic a second time doesn’t let you know something that you never learned in the ...