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What are the repercussions for continuous usage of polymorph spells?

There are several items that allow for continuous duration alter self such as the FleshShifter Armor (Book of Vile Darkness) and the Skin of Proteus (SRD). Using these allows a character to act as a ...
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What (if anything) can P2E wildshaped battle form druids do with spells?

I'm playing with a wildshape druid character build, theoretically for the Strength of Thousands campaign. That means the Druid is also getting Wizard as a free archtype, along with a bevy of wizard ...
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Can Greater Restoration remove Baleful Polymorph?

Baleful Polymorph reads: As beast shape III, except... And Beast Shape III reads: Tiny animal: ..., a -2 penalty to your Strength ... Diminutive animal: ..., a -4 penalty to your Strength ... ...
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What happens when true polymorph is cast on a conjured creature?

The scenario is as follows: Shem the Wizard first casts Conjure Elemental into a Glyph of Warding, setting it up to summon a Fire Elemental. Shem triggers the glyph, summoning the elemental with no ...
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If a lizardfolk shaman is killed while in crocodile form, what is its HP after it reverts to its true form?

The lizardfolk shaman is a CR2 monster with druid spells. It has this ability: Change Shape (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest). The lizardfolk magically polymorphs into a crocodile, remaining in ...
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Strong, safe from harm, Polymorph form for a Familiar

I reached the stage of the game in which I have access to two familiars and Imbue Familiar with Spell Ability. I want to use this combination to both improve my Action Economy and be able to cast ...
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What happens when the Aid spell ends on a creature while its hit point maximum has been changed to another value?

A number of effects in D&D 5e can change a creature's hit point maximum. Some issues in the specifics of how some features are written can arise when these effects coexist or otherwise interact. ...
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What is the best Polymorph form for a caster (to keep casting)?

As in the title. I'm looking for a good form to choose for my caster to stay in. What I'm looking for specifically is: Need to be a form that can cast spells so I can also keep casting my spells ...
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Can Shapechange stack abilities from multiple forms?

The 9th level spell Shapechange allows the caster to change into the forms of other creatures. Furthermore, the spell allows the caster to use an action once changed to take on new forms. During this ...
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What is the duration of the doppelganger's Shapechanger ability, which lets them "polymorph" into a humanoid they have seen?

What is the duration of the doppelganger's Shapechanger ability, which lets them "polymorph" into a humanoid they have seen? It isn't clear to me from its description in the Monster Manual. ...
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Does Fey Ancestry still apply while polymorphed

My elf was polymorphed into a giant ape and had to make a Wisdom saving throw or else be charmed. I know that I make the saving throw with the giant ape's wisdom score but would the elf still get ...
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How does Time Ravage interact with True Polymorph?

Time ravage states: If the save fails, the target also ages to the point where it has only 30 days left before it dies of old age. How does this spell interact with true polymorph? If you are ...
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Does a True Polymorphed creature age in their original form or their polymorphed form if it's permanent?

If a creature is true polymorphed permanently, do they age in their permanent polymorphed form and possibly grow old much older than their original form could have? Or after a natural lifespan do they ...
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If a spellcaster casts the Antipathy spell on themself and then True Polymorphs into something else, is the effect of Antipathy still active?

The Antipathy/Sympathy spell has a duration of 10 days, and its description states: [...] You target something within range, either a Huge or smaller object or creature or an area that is no larger ...
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Does a Druid using Aquatic Escape drop to Int 1?

The Spell Aquatic Escape (Druid 1, Complete Scoundrel p. 95) reads: You take the form of a Diminutive fish. Use the statistics for the toad (MM 282) except for the following changes: Add the aquatic ...
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What happens if you cast polymorph on a spawn of Kyuss

A spawn of Kyuss is clearly a single creature but is infested with worms, and the worms are the real threat. If you cast polymorph on the creature, is the polymorphed creature still infested with ...
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What bonuses depend on actual size for Form Of The Dragon spells?

The Form Of The Dragon spell (and similar ones) declares that you can choose a smaller size when using a higher level spell (A.K.A. a medium-sized dragon for Form of The Dragon 3 for example). But ...
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What does 'kind of creature' mean in the description of the True Polymorph spell? [closed]

The true polymorph spell states: Choose one creature or nonmagical object that you can see within range. You transform the creature into a different creature, the creature into an object, or the ...
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What happens when a Polymorphed creature who was mind-controlled reverts to its original form?

What would happen if a creature who was polymorphed was affected by, for example, a neogi's Enslave ability, when the spell ended? Would the creature no longer be enslaved, since both its mental ...
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What happens to this Curse of Strahd character when using their Shapechanger ability?

My confusion comes from the use of the word polymorph, and no mention of what happens to her other stats while polymorphed into the swarm. Every other shapechanger has a clause about what doesn't ...
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True Polymorph & Simulacrum [duplicate]

If a player casts true polymorph on themselves and changes into an adult gold dragon and then casts Simulacrum, does it create a duplicate of a gold dragon or the player?
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Is there any way to become a swarm of bats as a PC?

Is there any way to transform a PC into a swarm of bats without breaking any of the official rules?
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Is allowing to Polymorph Any Object into a specific person balanced?

I'm pretty sure that, by RAW, the Polymorph Any Object spell would function like the Alter Self spell when talking about specific physical aspect. But would it be balanced to allow Human A to ...
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Does an unlimited duration Polymorph Any Object give back a lost limb until the target decides to resume its normal form?

Most polymorph spells are temporary, but suppose the target gets polymorphed from an "armless" human to an elf. The spell Polymorph Any Object would last indefinitely: would the target then ...
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When casting True Polymorph on myself, what is the challenge rating of my new form?

I'm a level 18 wizard. The Creature into Creature option of true polymorph states: If you turn a creature into another kind of creature, the new form can be any kind you choose whose challenge rating ...
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Size restrictions and amount on object-to-object true polymorph spell?

Here's the initial question: Can I transport myself to the Sun and target the Sun as an entity that is within 30 feet of me, and proceed to true polymorph the Sun into not-Sun, causing the world to go ...
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Does Kitsune Hybrid Form affect Rampaging Form?

Does Hybrid Form allow you to speak when using the abilities listed in the Rampaging Form (5th-level animal form, a Polymorph Battle Form, and 7th level fiery body)? Hybrid: When you Change Shape, ...
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Polymorph/Wildshaping and gaining Animal Powers

When using Wildshape, or the spells Beastshape #, polymorph or any similar spells, is there any way to gain some or any of the abilities listed in the creature entry that are not listed under the ...
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Can you take the form of a swarm with the polymorph spell?

The Polymorph spell says: The new form can be any beast whose challenge rating is equal to or less than the target's Swarm of insects says: Medium swarm of Tiny beasts Can a wizard choose the form ...
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Are there any rules on how polymorph-like magic affects aging?

Say you have a 29-year-old half-orc who gets hit by polymorph any object and becomes an elf. Will their age category go up when they reach 30 years, or when they reach 175 years? If the former, then ...
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What happens when a dragon tries to become a Warshaper?

Warshaper is a prestige class from Complete Warrior, published a few months after 3.5e. I don't know about the rest of the book, but this prestige class in particular doesn't really seem to take the 3....
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Can I use the True Polymorph spell to transform an object into a Mighty Servant of Leuk-o?

If I have an irrelevant object that is Huge-sized, and I cast true polymorph on it, could I turn it into the stat block for the monster "Mighty Servant of Leuk-o" and then control it? ...
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Can you use reaction class features when receiving excess damage from polymorph ending?

Is it possible to use a reaction from your class when your polymorphed form is reduced to 0 hit points and the excess carries over to you? For example, let's say you're playing a rogue and your ...
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Persists the "Awaken"-Spell through Polymorph [duplicate]

DND 5e Question: What would happen, if you Polymorph a Zombie or another low Int Creature to a Plant or lower Int Beast like a Wolf, Awaken it and then let the Polymorph run out?(This would need two ...
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Does True Polymorph on a Zombie make it smarter?

Zombies are generally seen as mindless minions, as beings of INT 3 barely have an Ego. Polymorph and True Polymorph change out the mental Ability Scores, so if you transform it into a Acolyte (CR 0.25)...
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How can I reliably increase our giant ape's AC to 16 (or better)?

A tactical problem to solve based on last night's session Tactical Situation Wizard polymorphs warlock (8th level) into a Giant Ape. (Did T-Rex last time, looking for variety and higher INT (7 vs 2); ...
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Does Polymorph break attunements with prerequisites?

Some magic items have prerequisites for attunement, most commonly requiring a specific race, class, or alignment. According to the rules on attunement: A creature's attunement to an item ends if the ...
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Does a severely reduced intelligence ability score impair your ability to communicate?

When under the effects of the Polymorph spell: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment and ...
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When my PC is polymorphed, what happens to her familiar from the Find Familiar spell?

Situation A level 8 Celestial Warlock, Pact of the Tome, has an owl familiar1. The party Wizard casts polymorph on the Warlock such that a Tyrannosaurus Rex (INT 2, Wis 12) is now standing there. How ...
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What happens to Ability Score changes when shapeshifted?

A low strength druid has been hit twice by a Shadow's Strength Drain ability, reducing their strength score from 9 to 3. Fearing potential instant death, the Druid uses Wild Shape to turn into a ...
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Can a (non-Large) character use the Polymorph spell to become a Huge creature?

I recently looked over the polymorph spell chain for Dungeons & Dragons 3.5e (Alter Self -> Polymorph -> Shapechange) while reading suggestions on forums for what to turn in to with the ...
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Can a shapechanged quasit use the blindsight of the bat form?

The stat block of the quasit gives under the shapechanger trait: Its statistics are the same in each form, except for the speed changes noted. So does a quasit will not have the traits of the "...
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What are the circumstances of Traxigor's transformation and do they explain how he retained his magical abilities as an otter?

Traxigor is an archmage with a rather unique morphology, who is encountered during Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus: Traxigor was polymorphed into an otter years ago, and decided he preferred the ...
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Do diseases carry over from polymorph?

I'm curious how polymorph and diseases interact. Say the following scenario. A character of at least level 5 is polymporphed into a Giant Shark and fights an Aboleth. Polymorph states the following: ...
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Does Form Control change your available options with Wild Shape?

The Wild Shape feat gives you the Wild Shape order spell, which lets you turn into various forms that are found in polymorph spells. Precisely, Wild Shape grants you the forms in Pest Form on 1st ...
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Do you lose your class supernatural abilities when using shapechange?

One of my players is wondering whether you lose the supernatural abilities derived from your class when changing for using shapechange. To me, the answer seemed pretty straightforward since the spell ...
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Polymorph and Subtypes with Supernatural special qualities

Suppose an Aasimar wizard turns 7th level and picks up the Polymorph spell. They turn into a Hound Archon. The Hound Archon has the Archon subtype, which includes supernatural special qualities. Does ...
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What happens if polymorph ends while under disguise self? [duplicate]

Premise: I am under the effects of disguise self to look like a human and I am in fact, an elf. I then cast polymorph on myself to turn into a T-rex and then take enough damage to make me lose ...
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Does unarmed proficiency get downgraded in Pathfinder 2e polymorph spells (animal form etc.)?

Every polymorph spell that grants you special attacks in your battle form notes that you are trained with these attacks. They are also always unarmed attacks. Does your proficiency bonus for these ...
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Can a Barbarian stay in rage while polymorphed? [duplicate]

If a raging Barbarian gets polymorphed into a Tyrannosaurus Rex or a Mammoth or something, to give it more hp, does the rage drop? Polymorph says: The creature is limited in the Actions it can ...
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