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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Are Legendary monsters in the Monster Manual ever able to be defeated?

I'm starting my first 5e campaign soon and I'm just learning about balancing encounters. While looking up challenge ratings I noticed a very troubling truth: Of 30 challenge levels in the Monster ...
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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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What does “+6 to hit, Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4)” mean in a creature's stat block?

My friends and I are very new to D&D, played like 3 times. In a monster's stats next to weapon damage it says stuff like "+11 to hit" and "Hit: 5 (1d8+1)". For the premade characters it just says ...
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Is Troll Mitosis possible?

A Troll has incredible regenerative abilities. They can even regrow lost bodyparts, including their head. Hence, my question: Does each part that is severed from a Troll eventually grow into a ...
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Can the druid cantrip Thorn Whip really defeat a water weird this easily?

Water weirds (MM, p. 299) have the Water Bound trait: The water weird dies if it leaves the water to which it is bound or if that water is destroyed. If a water weird is fewer than 10 feet from ...
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Will petrification prevent lich from being reborn near phylactery (possibly forever)?

If I am not mistaken, liches now aren't immune to being petrified. Granted, they have Legendary resistance and high CON save, but spamming petrification by Prismatic Spray/Wall: Indigo, Flesh to ...
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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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What do primitive NPCs do with treasure and gold?

A goblin tribe struck a deal with my players to team up against a powerful common enemy. In exchange, they split a hoard of treasure between them 50/50. However, when it came time to decide what to ...
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Is giving a kobold a weapon considered a marriage proposal?

I have a friend who played D&D 4e longer then me. One day we were adventuring in Kobold Hall and I convinced a female kobold to join our group. Soon after my character gave the kobold a weapon, my ...
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Is there a food chain in the Forgotten Realms? What would prey on an Owlbear?

Although I am running a homebrew campaign, a lot of the typical fantasy tropes carry over, such as large forests filled with a wealth of creatures. Specifically, I'm looking for a forest creature ...
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Do PCs get the attack and to hit bonus from enemy weapons they may pick up?

I'm new to D&D 5e and monster weapons and attacks are confusing. I want to clear this up before I allow this, because it could be a huge mistake. If my PCs kill a monster and decide to take the ...
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How can I play monsters and NPCs up to their potential?

In many cases discussions about balance in 3.5 will, inevitably, involve one side or another invoking an anecdote of the time they fought this monster, or a member of that class, and they didn't ...
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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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How are Githyanki effective against Mind Flayers?

The description of the Gith, particularly the Githyanki portrays them as them deadly, implacable enemies of Mind Flayers, so much so that they took down the unbelievably vast and powerful ancient ...
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A medusa and a beholder look at each other. What happens?

What happens when a medusa and a beholder look at each other? Will the beholder petrify, or will the medusa lose her power?
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How can I make monster knowledge checks fun?

By now most players know, or should know, that a monster knowledge check can make all the difference when you’re fighting a monster for the very first time. But how can we make them both fun and not ...
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How hard is too hard for monster tactics?

Fairly straight-forward question: How good should you make your monsters' combat tactics? I recently came across a situation similar to this... Party attacked by monsters. Party is taken off guard, ...
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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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How do I play a dumb and stupid and Intelligent Hill Giant?

The Hill Giant (DW p.272) is described thusly: Ever seen an ogre before? Bigger than that. Dumber & meaner, too. In addition, it has the move Do something stupid. However, it has the tag ...
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Does immunity to fear prevent a mummy's Dreadful Glare from paralyzing a character?

A Mummy has an ability called Dreadful Glare: The mummy targets one creature it can see within 60 feet of it. If the target can see the mummy, it must succeed on a DC 11 Wisdom saving throw ...
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Do monsters rolled with 0 HP get a minimum of 1 HP?

When rolling HP for monsters, is 1 the minimum? Take the Gas Spore for example: Hit Points: 1 (1d10 - 4) What happens when a 4, 3, 2, or 1 is rolled on the d10, especially when said creature ...
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Is there an iconic monster or creature for each alignment?

In my D&D 5e game, I have a custom cosmology, and I'm currently working on a concept for an afterlife plane where any sentient creature who enters is sorted by alignment and guided to the ...
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Will this series of events work to drown the Tarrasque?

Here's the challenge: I, a level 17 Bard taught by the College of Compulsion (a homebrew subclass), am hired by some random bumpkins to go and get rid of the Tarrasque all by my lonesome, for 5 silver ...
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Is the difference between a Medusa's and a Bodak's passive gaze power intentional? [closed]

The specific difference I'm thinking about is this: Medusa: Unless surprised, a creature can avert its eyes to avoid the saving throw at the start of its turn. If the creature does so, it can't ...
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What happens to vampire spawn when the vampire is slain?

In D&D 5e there are enemy vampires that can bite a human-like person to create vampire spawn. If the players kill the vampire, what happens with the vampire spawn that were created by that ...
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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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Is it possible to tell if a child will turn into a Hag?

There's been a string of kidnappings and my players are about to discover a Hag coven. In the Hag's lair they will discover several children prisoners as well as some hag children. All will be the ...
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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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What are the good-aligned counterparts of Archdevils and Demon Lords?

There are extensive resources regarding devils and demons for 5e. Not only are there descriptions of the motivations and natures of individual archdevils and demon lords, but there is also a lot of ...
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How much does an Earth Elemental weigh?

This may seem like an odd request, but one of my players has an earth elemental summon while another has an immovable rod. The stats for the immovable rod specify that it can hold up to 8,000 pounds ...
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Can a surprised monster use lair actions if they roll an initiative above 20?

The rules for lair actions say: On initiative count 20 (losing all initiative ties), it can use one of its lair action options. It can’t do so while incapacitated or otherwise unable to take ...
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Can animated undead wear armor and use weapons?

A wizard has just killed a group of heavily armored fighters with great weapons. He uses Animate Dead on the bodies. The spell reads as: This spell creates an undead servant. Choose a pile of bones ...
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How powerful is a fiend entering into a pact with a warlock?

I have a warlock PC, who has left the nature of their pact fuzzy, and I'm going to fill in the gaps to help drive the story along as necessary. How powerful does it make sense for the fiend to be? ...
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Can my party use dead fire beetles as shields?

I'm a fledgling DM and tonight, my group encountered and killed a group of giant fire beetles. They were looting the bodies and asked if they could use the beetle parts as shields. The books say ...
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How do you handle simultaneous damage when one type is absorbed and not the other?

Say a wizard sees something a group of large figures lumbering towards him/her. The wizard is overly paranoid about being outnumbered so they drop a Meteor Swarm spell on them. However, it turns out ...
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To Kill a Vampire in Mist Form

There are two different cases for a Vampire being in Mist Form. By volition: (Shapechanger ability) Via combat reduction to 0 hit points. (Misty Escape) Shapechanger. If the vampire isn’t in ...
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Can an earth elemental drown/bury its opponent underground using earth glide?

Situation The party are at an elemental cult's shrine. The cleric contributed to the desecration of the shrine when she stuck a javelin with continual flame burning into the ground (for RP reasons). ...
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Does Fog Cloud render a Beholder's eyestalks ineffective?

The fog cloud spell creates "heavily obscured" vision, which effectively acts like the blinded condition for characters in it per this answer. A beholder's eye stalks (Monster Manual, p. 28) can ...
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PCs want to hire help for fighting a dragon. Will it cheapen the fight if I let them? [closed]

One of my PCs for Lost Mine of Phandelver wants to hire help to kill the dragon. Is this cheapening the fight? The group hired two guards to help kill the nothic. I want to know if they should be ...
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Can creatures without hands (and as a consequence fingers) use rings?

Pretty much what it says on a label. I have a monster for my next adventure that has a pretty interesting ring in his treasure. Since it is intelligent, and would be able to use the ring, I don't see ...
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How is the Blood War a balanced conflict?

There are 2 sides to the Blood War. The Nine Hells and the Abyss. Devils, from the Nine Hells: Are Lawful, orderly and disciplined Take the souls of mortals they can make deals with either in life ...
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Ecology of green slime: What happens to it once it has dropped, if it's immobile?

I own two books describing Dungeons and Dragons green slime: the Monstrous Manual for 2nd Edition and the Dungeon Master's Guide for 3.5. In both, green slime sticks to a ceiling until, upon detecting ...
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Ogre CR calculation: is it wrong or am I missing something?

My question is about the basic ogre CR calculation in the monster manual, which doesn't make senses to me. I tried to make a concept of an "armored ogre" with chain mail and pikes (AC 16 and 15 (2d10+...
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What size category is a reduced Tarrasque?

The rule for a creature's size is as follows on Monster Manual page 6: $$ \begin{array}{lll} \textbf{Size} & \textbf{Space} & \textbf{Examples} \\ \hline \text{Tiny} & \text{2½ by 2½ ft....
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If PCs bought Volo’s guide from him - how much about creatures do they know?

A recent WotC published adventure gives PCs the opportunity to meet Volo and even buy his self-proclaimed “famous” Volo’s Guide to Monsters book in-game. Spoiler below: This raises a few questions. ...
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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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Where does the distinction between “Mind Flayer” and “Illithid” come from?

I know that a Mind Flayer is an Illithid, and vice versa. And I know in some of the D&D fiction, like Forgotten Realms and the like, that Mind Flayers refer to themselves or their race as ...
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Do Devils leverage demons and vice versa?

I'm running an adventure where the behind-the-curtain big bad is Baalzebul. According to 5e monster manual, Baalzebul is a lord of devils. Thus, I'm adding some more appropriate devils to flavor the ...
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Does the beholder's charm ray really take a PC out of the fight like this?

I was reading the Beholder's statblock (MM, page 28): Eye Rays. The beholder shoots three of the following magical eye rays at random (reroll duplicates), choosing one to three targets it can see ...
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If you are swallowed by a Giant Toad, can you escape before it is dead?

The Giant Toad's Swallow action says: If the toad dies, a swallowed creature is no longer restrained by it and can escape from the corpse using 5 feet of movement, exiting prone. Is there any way ...

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