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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Tarrasque: Rush & Jump Skill Interaction

Background I am having a little trouble wrapping my brain around the Jump skill. I want to plan a battle with my players and the Tarrasque; two of them have the ability to fly - and it does not. I ...
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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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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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Do trolls appear to be dead after reaching 0 HP from non-fire/acid damage?

In D&D 5e, A troll's regenerate ability is as follows (MM 291): Regeneration. The troll regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn. If the troll takes acid or fire damage, this trait ...
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Why do all metals corrode when attacking a Rust Monster, yet it itself can only target ferrous metals

When you attack a rust monster, the following may apply: Rust Metal. Any nonmagical weapon made of metal that hits the rust monster corrodes. [...] So, bronze for example being a metal would corrode....
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How does a DM decide which attack a monster will use?

As a DM, how does one decide which attack a monster uses during any given turn? Some monsters, such as night hags, have multiple spells and attacks at their disposal and I'm curious if there is a way ...
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Does the DM choose the target for monster attacks?

Pretty much what the title says. Say 4 goblins attack the party of adventurers, who do the goblins attack? Can each goblin attack a different target? I guess in case of characters that fall ...
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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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Can you grapple a swarm?

While it doesn't make sense from a rules as intended perspective, I haven't seen anything in the Grapple section or your average swarm's stat-block that protect it from being grappled.
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How can I make combat more challenging without making it too frustrating?

My fellow DMs and I have come across a problem. It feels like the party has been doing a good job of dispatching our monsters with relative ease. We are not upset about this part, our party has done ...
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Can a Goblin boss make you hit yourself?

Inspired by this question, which asks if the Goblin Boss' redirect ability can be used to exchange places with a goblin the boss is not allied with (a PC goblin, for example), I want to know if it can ...
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What updates should be done to older monsters to bring them in line with MM3 era monsters?

I know that to better balance paragon and epic level players against similar level monsters, WotC changed the math used for monsters for MM3, and I believe that they changed some of the types of ...
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Can you train/call a Blink Dog? If so, how?

In my game, I'm an elvish druid who was gifted a Blink Dog familiar, and I am trying to find the familiar's owner (a wizard). The dog follows me around, but out of my sight. I have attempted to call ...
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How does the Great Weapon Master feat's bonus-action attack work against a zombie that survives thanks to Undead Fortitude?

I was thinking about the Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 165), part of which reads: On your turn, when you score a critical hit with a melee weapon or reduce a creature to 0 hit points with one, ...
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In the history of D&D were Demons and Devils the same thing at one point?

I recently finished the book Passage to Dawn by R.A. Salvatore and in it a Balor warns a wizard of his Pit Fiend subordinates and a character uses an Imp to collect information from the Abyss. Now as ...
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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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Fire Elemental vs. Stone Golem

The Monster Manual (page 125) says for the Fire Elemental under Touch: [...] If the target is a creature or a flammable object, it ignites. [...] The Stone Golem on page 170 is a creature and does ...
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Can a Succubus use its Charm action to make my undead minion attack me?

I animated a corpse (into a zombie) using the animate dead spell. During a fight with a succubus, the succubus tried to charm the zombie using its Charm ability: One humanoid the fiend can see ...
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Interaction between an Intellect Devourer and a Simulacrum

An Intellect Devourer Has an ability called Body Thief, which states: ...the intellect devourer magically consumes the target’s brain, teleports into the target’s skull, and takes control of the ...
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Why are Solars so powerful compared to other Outsiders in D&D?

Going through a number of D&D books that feature the Solar I noted that it is amongst the most powerful monsters in the book, frequently only matched in level and power by the likes of the ...
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Can a Creature with Multiattack use it on an Opportunity Attack?

I am familiar with both concepts in D&D 5E — an opportunity attack allows the creature to take one reaction to make an attack; a multiattack allows monsters with the ability to take a number of ...
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How does a ghost's Horrifying Visage aging interact with immunity to the frightened condition?

Assume Bob the Brave is immune to the frightened condition. He is faced with a ghost, that attempts to use Horrifying Visage against him. Does his immunity prevent him from rolling the save, failing ...
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Do Githyanki lay eggs in 5E?

The chapter "Citadel of Gith Reborn" from the 2nd edition adventure book Vortex of Madness says that Githyanki lay eggs despite being humanoid. The 5e Monster Manual entry for Githyanki doesn't say ...
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Can you make a PC who is a werewolf?

So I have a player that wants to play a werewolf, and I'm not sure if he can or can't. He's very interested in it, so is it possible for him to do this? And if so how does character creation work?
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Where is the 1/8 CR apprentice in Volo's Guide to Monsters?

I'm making my own monster list and I see in the back of Volo's under the Environment list it shows “apprentice” under “urban” with a CR of 1/8. In the CR list it only shows “apprentice wizard” with a ...
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Does Mind Blast work through barriers (e.g. walls)?

I'm specifically looking at the Elder Brain's Mind Blast. Based on the line of effect rules for spells, I would say no... But it's not a spell really. Based on logic, I would say yes, because psychic ...
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What does a Troglodyte actually smell like?

In 1st Edition AD&D, the Monster Manual states that Troglodytes ...emit a secretion which smells extremely disgusting to humans... If I want to keep the party on their toes, I would like to ...
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Do Owlbears hibernate?

Do Owlbears hibernate like bears or stay active all winter like owls? Even the full page description of Owlbears in the AD&D 2nd Edition Monstrous Manual is silent on this topic. I don't have back ...
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What creatures can cast spells from spell scrolls?

The DMG outlines what it means to be a spellcaster: If the prerequisite is to be a spellcaster, a creature qualifies if it can cast at least one spell using its traits or features, not using a ...
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At what level do monsters cast cantrips? [duplicate]

A 9 HD Yuan-ti Pureblood can innately cast the poison spray cantrip 3 times per day. The monster description says the save is DC 12, but it does not go into damage. So does it do 1d12 or 2d12 damage?
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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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Can a nothic's Weird Insight action discover secrets about a player character that the character doesn't know about themselves?

I'm running through the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure with a new group of players. The backstory of one character was that they were born to a noble family but were abandoned at birth (...
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Are there guidelines for creating a lower-level Legendary Creature?

A recent Wizard’s article, Unearthed Arcana: Encounter Building, states: If you want to use a single monster, you’re typically best off using a legendary monster, all of which are specifically ...
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Can a Succubus suppress the power and effect of her kiss?

The description of the Succubus in 5th edition D&D (MM, p284) seems a bit contradictory. Under Beautiful Corrupters, it says Appearing in the guise of a humanoid who has previously appeared ...
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What furniture does a beholder have in its personal quarters?

A beholder's lair is made up of several chambers and... The farthest chamber from the entrance is the beholder’s personal quarters, where the creature sleeps and studies any magic treasure it has ...
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Can a wererat be executed with a non-magical guillotine?

A very similar situation came up in a game I am DMing. The players captured and tied down a wererat and tried to execute him with a greataxe. I initially ruled that this does not work since the ...
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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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Is there a lava-breathing lizard creature (that could be worshipped by a cult) in 5e?

I am trying to come up with a creature that is worshiped by a cult for my character, and because I am not particularly creative, I decided to rip off Team Magma from third generation pokemon. For ...
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Does a wolf have to hit in order to get the knockdown?

My DM says that the wolf's bite attack causes a Str save or be knocked prone regardless of whether it hits or not. The attack is: Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. ...
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Mechanics of how to kill a hydra

In a session where I was the DM, I made my players fight a hydra. In the end I had to end the battle by stating the hydra became unconscious. It was at 0 hitpoints for a good 4 turns before I made my ...
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What would happen if a Gorgon was attacked by a group of Rust Monsters?

So, I happened to be reading-up on the Gorgon, which is a monstrous bull-like creature covered in iron plates. From the Monster Manual: Few creatures that encounter a gorgon live to tell about it....
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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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Are the monsters in the MM actually following the monster creation rules?

The guidelines for making your own monsters are based around the Monster Statistics by Challenge Rating table on p274. Inspired by this question regarding Animated Armor (MM 19), which is CR1, let's ...
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Does a froghemoth's grapple attack prevent characters attacking it?

The froghemoth from Volo's Guide to Monsters has a tentacle attack that can grapple a target from 20ft away. Grappling means that a targets speed is reduced to 0. Does that mean that characters cannot ...
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Does a summoned monster's alignment matter?

I am playing in a 3.5 game recently, and a question has come up that none of us could really answer. Does the alignment of a summoned monster (as per the Summon Monster I-IX spells) matter at all? For ...
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Does innate spellcasting by creatures have verbal or somatic components?

The Guardian Portrait states that it can innately cast a variety of spells. The description of its innate ability specifies it needs no material components. The portrait can innately cast the ...
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What happens when a grabbed target of Avalanche Stomp is teleported?

Avalanche Stomp is a power of the Stone Titan (all quotes are from the DDI Compendium): Close burst 3; +21 vs Fortitude; 3d10+7 damage, and the target is grabbed by earth and stone. The stone titan ...
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Harmlessly Harvesting Poison from a Monster Companion

The person who is DMing our Tyranny of Dragons campaign (HotDQ->RoT) is considering allowing my evil character to track down a Wyvern nest and find an egg to obtain a tamed mount using a significant ...
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Can a legendary creature use a legendary resistance to pass a concentration check?

As I was looking through some legendary creatures, I had a thought. Most legendary creatures get three Legendary Resistances per day, which they can use to automatically succeed on a saving throw. A ...
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What's the difference between a jelly, a pudding, and other oozes?

Several types of named oozes exist in 5th edition, but the naming conventions are strange. Black puddings and ochre jellies exist, alongside simple grey oozes. Do these names signify anything? ...

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