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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Water Weird Attack Weirdness

My players fought a water weird last night, and its attack as written on page 299 of the Monster Manual is rather complex. First, you make a roll as normal and do bludgeoning damage. If the target ...
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Do dragons of all sizes get lair actions and regional effects?

In my campaign, a black dragon egg was lost by its mother and found by kobolds. Now the wyrmling is about three years old, holed up in a mine, and being worshipped by the ever-subservient kobolds. ...
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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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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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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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Do “Gauntlets of Ogre Power” keep my STR at 19 when I'm attacked by Shadows?

A hit by a Shadow reduces my Strength by 1d4. Wearing the Gauntlets of Ogre Power, will I only notice the change when my (natural) STR score drops to zero? I.e. being hit by a shadow, losing STR in ...
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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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When a wildshaped Druid is affected by a Ghost's Horrifying Visage, which form ages?

So this came up in yesterday's game; the Druid, while Wildshaped into a dinosaur, rolled a 1 on his save against a Ghost's Horrifying Visage and then aged 20 years. There was some confusion about ...
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Where do Gorgons come from, according to D&D lore?

I'm a first time DM and I want to put a gorgon in my 5e homebrew campaign. It's categorized as a "monstrosity," which means it is "not truly natural" (MM pp. 7 or the DM Basic rules, under "Type"). ...
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What happens to swallowed creatures when Banishment is cast on the creature that swallowed them?

If a creature with the ability to swallow other creatures is banished what happens to a still living swallowed creature (i.e. PC)? The banishment spell has the following key points: "You attempt ...
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Does the Daylight spell hurt Vampires?

My PCs have a spear which is able to cast the Daylight Spell. Would this have any effect on Vampires in the spell radius like regular Sunlight would or would it just be considered Bright light for the ...
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How do gelatinous cubes reproduce?

Last time when our party encountered a gelatinous cube, we wondered how they reproduce. We instinctively agreed that they reproduce like amoeba - by mitosis or cell division. However, I'm curious: Is ...
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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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Is it possible to actually kill a Tarrasque? [closed]

I've seen a good bit of conflicting information on this creature. Is it possible to actually kill it? Permanently? Is the answer to this something that varies from edition to edition of D&D?
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Can healing spells provide an infinite brain supply for my mind flayer?

So to build on my question, What are the consequences for an illithid rejecting his brain diet?… To recap, I'm designing an NPC for a non-D&D campaign (but I'm using D&D as my setting ...
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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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Can a Mimic mimic another creature?

A mimic is a fun monster, and essential in any good Dungeon. As you look around the room, your eyes immediately fall on a large, ornate chest, sitting on a small plinth, a faint beam of sunlight ...
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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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Is there a mechanic for a PC to learn the relative strength of an opponent, stat-wise?

TL;DR: It would be realistic for a PC to be able to evaluate how mechanically strong their opponent is, but I couldn’t find any RAW for this. Am I missing something? Certain skill checks in DnD, like ...
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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 with ...
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What is a mimic's “true form”?

The D&D 5E Monster Manual's entry for mimics it mentions that it "reverts to its true form when it dies." I'm assuming a chest isn't its true form. What actually is its true form?
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What's the difference between a Tiefling and a Cambion?

I always thought that Cambions (only considering Infernal Cambions here for simplicity) were half devils, whereas Tieflings were more distantly related to devils. From the PHB, pg. 42: Tieflings are ...
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Calculating and balancing challenge ratings

Are there standard rules for calculating CR of groups? For example, in my Pathfinder bestiary, a single Stirge is listed as CR 1/2, and a group of 2d4 (average 5) of them is listed as an average CR 4. ...
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What is the history of vampires having high natural armor class?

Based on this question to Order of the Stick #1002 featuring combat between the main protagonist and a vampire, I wonder what is historical motivation for D&D vampires being tough to hit, not ...
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Can a Troll survive being decapitated?

It's a pretty well known fact that trolls can regenerate lost body parts, provided it wasn't removed by fire or acid, but can a troll really survive having it's head cut off? I know the rules say ...
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If you attack a Tarrasque while swallowed, what AC do you need to beat to hit it?

If you get swallowed by a Tarrasque, your only way of getting out is to deal it enough damage to force it to regurgitate you (60 damage or more on a single turn). There's no mention of the AC when ...
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Does the Instant Death rule apply to zombies too?

When you deal enough damage to reduce a creature to 0 hit points and there is enough remaining damage to overpass the max hit points, they are killed instantly, right? So I'm using starving zombies ...
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Does a gnoll speak both Gnoll and Abyssal, or is Gnoll a dialect of Abyssal?

In the Dungeons and Dragons 5e Monster Manual, the gnoll statblock lists their language as Gnoll. However, in Volo's Guide to Monsters, the section on gnolls indicates that they communicate with ...
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Does a Dragon's Wing Attack movement provoke Attacks of Opportunity?

An Adult Blue Dragon has the following action Wing Attack (Costs 2 Actions). The dragon beats its wings. Each creature within 10 feet of the dragon must succeed on a DC 20 Dexterity saving throw ...
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How to season a character?

Granny Bells, the Night Hag, has captured a PC (half-elf bard) and plans to eat her, as hags are wont to do. Granny Bells has a preference for sour and bitter food and an extensive array of monster ...
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Monster Manual 1 - Is it balanced? Should I balance it?

I've been DM'ing a little lately 4 edition D&D and of course I'm confused again: My first adventure was a big question mark, I didn't use the exact guidelines for creating an encounter and ...
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Is there a way to force a doppelganger to revert to its true form without killing it?

The scenario is this: The heroes have figured out there's a doppelganger, and they know who it is, but the only way they can prove it is to make it reveal itself as a doppelganger. The party can use ...
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How can I make my BBEG immortal short of making them a Lich or Vampire?

I'm trying to create a BBEG that can't die naturally, or at least lives for thousands of years. The PCs need to be able to kill them in the end though. I know I can use a Lich or Vampire but is there ...
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How does it affect the game if not everything speaks Common?

Going through the bestiary DBs, you find that of the monsters that speak a language, almost all speak Common as well. (Or have some form of telepathy or truespeech.) From the data my friend gathered,...
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Would a lich remember someone they knew in life?

I am working on a D&D campaign where one of my PC’s long lost elf father has become a lich and must be destroyed. Would the lich be able to remember the people they knew before becoming a lich?
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How does the Drow House Captain's whip attack work?

The Drow House Captain (MToF, pg. 184) has a whip attack with the following description (bold for emphasis): Whip. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d4 + 4) slashing ...
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What happens to a Disintegrated Troll RAW?

Related to This Question, and meant to provide a basis upon which that question can be answered. Keep in mind that this is a Rules as Written question: Questions about the rules as written are those ...
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Can monsters with multiattack take grapple and shove actions?

If lets say... an Owlbear which has the multiattack trait wants to knock someone down and grapple them. Can the owlbear replace the 2 attack actions covered under the multiattack with a grapple and a ...
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Can this Lair Action restore all the lich's 8th or lower spell slots even when there's no combat or any of the lich's enemies within the lair?

One of the Lair Actions of a lich does the following: The lich rolls a d8 and regains a spell slot of that level or lower. If it has no spent spell slots of that level or lower, nothing happens. A ...
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Is an Ooze a living creature?

Is an Ooze or something with Ooze traits a living creature for the purposes of things like Vampiric Touch?
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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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Why do red dragons and gold dragons have the same CR?

There are 4 variants of each type of dragon, each corresponding to a specific age. At each age, the red and gold dragons each have the same CR (4, 10, 17, and 24). The dragons are superficially ...
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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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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 is this cave-dwelling, dream-causing D&D monster?

Forever ago, in a land far away, I stumbled across a Dungeons & Dragons monster that seems pretty neat. I wasn't DMing at the time, so I never used it. Now I've been DMing for a bit and I want ...
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How do I use minions effectively?

I'm a newbie DM. It seems that minions in an encounter benefit the PCs more than they benefit me: The Barbarian can kill them for free THP and a Swift Charge (I thought they were supposed to slow ...
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Can I use a Decanter of Endless Water to harm a Vampire?

The Decanter of Endless Water, DMG pg. 161, can fire a 30 foot long, 1 foot wide stream of water that can knock a target prone. On top of that, it keeps streaming until the end of my next turn (...
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What does a doppelganger smell like?

One of my players got the (fun) idea that her character could be able to smell the difference between a doppelganger copy and the real person. She's a shifter, so in theory she has an excellent sense ...
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Is a character that had their brain devoured by an Intellect devourer dead? Can they be raised?

Inspired by this answer. Is a character that is currently the host of a brain devourer, body thief style, dead? Can they be raised, resurrected? If yes, do I have to kill the intellect devourer ...
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Can animated dead have weapons and armour? [duplicate]

If I have put the time into creating some skeletons or zombies using the spell Animate Dead. Kept them active expending 3rd level spell slots can I equip them with items, like armour and weapons? ...

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