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Questions tagged [poison]

For questions about poisons in RPGs and how they work within a particular ruleset.

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Does the Warforged Resilience racial trait apply to saving throws against poison damage?

The Warforged Resilience racial trait (WGtE, p. 68) states: You have advantage on saving throws against being poisoned, and you have resistance to poison damage. If an attack deals poison damage ...
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Would a poison-immune creature be affected by Myconid spores?

One of my players has a Yuan-ti Pureblood character. We've read somewhere that poison immunity extends to many substances and we've gone with this interpretation, for instance we're considering this ...
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Does the Polearm Master attack work with poison?

Will poison work on Polearm Master feat's bonus action (second)attack when using a poisoned halberd? Poison can be applied only to slashing or piercing weapons, but it's not applied directly to 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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Where are the rules on poisons?

I'm trying to implement an advanced system of poisons to my D&D 5e game, and before I get started want to know what rules are currently in the game. I am interested in Types of poisons (...
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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 many arrowheads can I coat with one dose of poison?

I'm playing a rogue archer in a Dragon Age RPG campaign, and I was looking at ways to improve my damage. One possibility that I discussed with my GM was to coat my arrowheads in some form of poison, ...
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How does the Dwarven Resilience trait interact with the Prismatic Spray spell if the target is struck by two rays and only one does poison damage?

The prismatic spray spell can do different damage types (and status effects) depending on a d8 roll for the target that determines which ray targets each creature in the area of effect. Say the ...
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How many times do you suffer poison?

Given a poison with no onset, and a frequency of 1/round for 6 rounds, how many times do you take the damage? Is it "the initial damage, plus damage for 6 rounds" for a total of 7 times, or is it "6 ...
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Can I apply multiple doses of Basic Poison to a weapon and get a cumulative effect?

Suppose I have two vials of Basic Poison: You can use the poison in this vial to coat one slashing or piercing weapon or up to three pieces of ammunition. Applying the poison takes an action. A ...
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Is there any official way to apply a single dose of an injury poison to multiple creatures?

My group and I were discussing a previous game in which a player used a homebrew class to apply a dose of poison to his draconic breath weapon, poisoning everything he breathed on. It was rather ...
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How do Drow make poison?

I'm running a home-brew campaign for my family and I have them going into the underdark. They are fighting Drow and Deep Dwarfs but the settlements I made for them lack stone-working places and places ...
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Does the Vrock Spores ability stack? If so, does a single saving throw end both?

Vrocks have a "Spores" action (with a recharge of 6) that releases a 15­-foot­-radius cloud of toxic spores: Each creature in that area must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or become ...
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How long does Snow Spider (Frost) Paralysis last?

The snow spider is a monster detailed on pages 154 and 155 of Frostburn (AKA It's Cold Outside) and has a poison listed as 1dx dex damage (based on spider size) and it has paralysis as a secondary ...
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Repeated poisonous effects and conditions

I was reading through the "Poisons" section of the DMG chapter 8, and had the following questions: If for instance a character is hit by a creature repeated times with the same poison (for example a ...
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Can a Rutterkin's Bite poison a Paladin?

The Rutterkin (from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, pg. 136) has the following attack: Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: + 4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (3d6 + 2) piercing damage. If the ...
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Proper resolution of a Death Attack with a poisoned (injury) blade

The player is making a Death Attack with a poisoned (injury) blade and wants the poison save to happen before the save from the Death Attack ability. As far as I can tell, these effects are ...
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If you fail a Pseudodragon's save by 5 or more, are you also Poisoned?

The Pseudodragon's Sting attack says: the target must succeed on a DC 11 Constitution saving throw or become poisoned for 1 hour. It's worth noting that no additional save is permitted. ...
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Can you harvest the poison from a ghoul?

I've got a player who wants to harvest the poison from a ghoul. Is such a thing possible? If so, are there mechanics for this?
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How to extract yuan-ti poison?

Through a series of lucky Persuasion rolls, my party managed to get a yuan-ti malison on their side. The player of a recently deceased player character wanted to play as the yuan-ti, which I agreed to ...
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Is a dose of poison on a weapon used up if the target is immune to poison?

The archer in our group was low on arrows, so he switched over to his poisoned ones. I told him the poison would not affect the undead, so they were essentially shot as normal arrows. After the fight ...
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Poisons and potions, what class? [closed]

Okay, I want to make a person who creates poisons and potions. You ask for a strength potion, and they might give you a strength potion, or they could give you a potion of rage. Or you get something ...
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Do lingering effects vanish when you use Wild Shape?

When you are a druid affected by some kind of ongoing effect (such as being poisoned or burning, or whatever) and you switch to your wild shape - do these effects stay? Are they + their duration ...
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Extracted poison off an enemy creature. How does one use it?

In a session, a couple of weeks ago, one of our battles was against a poisonous creature. My nature score is pretty decent, and my roll was good, so I managed to extract and save some of the poison ...
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Saving against secondary effects of poison

If a character is successful in a saving throw against poison do they have to roll to save against the secondary effect?
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Does Sickening Entanglement gain from poison duration and fort DC for multiple doses?

When you fail the reflex save you gain the entangled condition, and then are subjected to the fort save whenever you are entangled by the spell. The spell specifically says that it is a poison ...
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Is it possible to apply more than one poison to a single weapon?

Title says it all. Can I apply two different poison-types to a single weapon or arrow?
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Can one be inflicted with the same poison several times?

If I am a volley-archer, and all my arrows are coated in the same poison- Could I infect one target with that poison more than once in one round? For instance: All my arrows are coated with poison ...
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Can I obtain the poison from my animal companions?

If you have an animal Companion that has poison, such as a Fleshraker Dinosaur, is it possible to "milk" these (As one would with a poisonous snake) to obtain their poison, and apply said poison to ...
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How does a cloudkill generated by an alchemist's poison bomb naturally disperse?

At level 12, alchemists can make poison bomb Poison Bomb Benefit: The effects of the smoke created by an alchemist’s bomb duplicates the effects of cloudkill instead of fog cloud, filling ...
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Does Uncanny Dodge halve poison damage? [duplicate]

Related: Can you use Uncanny Dodge against extra damage effects? In the cited question, the consensus is that Uncanny Dodge halves all damage from an attack including damage inflicted by elemental ...
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Does a poisoned weapon have to pierce the flesh to deal poison damage?

Does a poisoned weapon have to pierce the flesh to deal poison damage? For example, you can't pierce the flesh of lycanthropes with non-magical weapons, so I'm not quite sure the poison would be able ...
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Can the Midnight Tears poison be split into a handful of drinks to affect many targets?

I have an evil PC in my game that, as the DM, I want to assist in making a surprise against the other players. The idea is that they go to the tavern and have a few drinks before the big final battle ...
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Does Detect Poison and Disease detect poisonous creatures or venomous creatures?

Detect Poison and Disease says: For the duration, you can sense the presence and location of poisons, poisonous creatures, and diseases within 30 feet of you. You also identify the kind of ...
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One PC doing too much damage

I just took over as DM for our group. The previous DM allowed our ranger to purchase a significant amount of Wyvern poison at the end of the last adventure to dip his arrows in. With this poison, the ...
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Is there anything stopping a good aligned character from using poison? [closed]

Assuming that using poison is evil, is there anything stopping my chaotic good character from using it?
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Would a Periapt of Proof Against Poison nullify the effects of alcohol?

The description of the Periapt of Proof Against Poison (PoPAP) says that "poisons have no effect on you. You are immune to the poisoned condition and have immunity to poison damage." So I'm wondering ...
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How is poison DC for monsters calculated?

I'm playing a UA ranger and have a Giant Centipede as my animal companion. I'm about to increase ability scores for it and need to know if increasing any will effect the DC of the poison.
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Does a familiar's poison attack take its effective familiar hit dice into account?

A few animals and vermins available as familiars have a poisonous attack. My personal familiar is a house centipede with a dazing poison. As a familiar, it has currently 5 effective hit dice and will ...
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When Eldritch Poisoner's Arcanotoxin upgrades, does it do 2 types of ability damage at once?

When an Arcanotoxin is improved at 3rd level, and you choose to add another type of ability damage, does it stack with the already selected Str or Dex damage, or can you choose to create that type of ...
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If a poisoned PC reaches 0 Strength, does the Strength damaging poison stop working?

A PC of my group has been poisoned last session, not long before it was over. The poison damages Strength, and he is about 5 points now, probably he'll be helpless soon, as the rules state for ...
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Poisoned and Bleeding, when do they die?

I'm planning a scenario where an assassin has managed to both injure and poison two victims, let's hope our heroes get there in time! I just wanted to check my understanding of the relevant ...
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Is poison evil in Pathfinder?

I thought I recalled in 3.5 poison use was considered an evil act. Is this the same in Pathfinder? I looked through the poison rules and didn't find it. Defining poison use: The act of using poison ...
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Let's Optimize Poisons

In relation to This Question, I want to continue on the poison train of thought. Many D&D games have absolutely horrible poisons and rules to the effect that around level 11 poisoning is almost ...
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What happens with the Drow's poisoned weapons when picked up by a PC?

The Drow Elite Warrior does 3d6 extra poison damage (no save!), it's not a magical sword but an ability of the creature. So that same sword in the hands of another character is just a sword, it's the ...
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Does Concentrate Poison Stack?

As the title suggests: Does Concentrate Poison Stack with itself? This is one of those weird questions that I honestly would have expected to have been asked somewhere, especially here, but I haven't ...
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How are poisons handled in the d6 system?

I've tried to search for but didn't find anything exactly in the OGL rules about how poisons are handled. Are there any rules there?
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What are the rules around use of poison in Adventurers League?

What, if any, is the official, written, Adventurers League guidance on the harvesting, purchase and/or use of poisons? As a budding assassin, it would help me a lot to understand what is permitted in ...
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How does Poison DC advance?

I'm intending on making a hydrus/lycanthrope creature, and I'd like to know about how the hydrus's poison DC advances. I notice that poison DC tends to be (10 + ½ Hit Die + Con modifier), but is ...
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Does a non-magical disease/poison effect contracted in Wild Shape carry over to the original form?

Scenario: The Human Moon-Druid is the playful type, but she is so turned-off with the commitment issues that plague most humanoids when all she wants is to play. She gets this crazy idea: In order to ...