Questions tagged [polymorph]

For questions about polymorphing in RPGs, which generally refers to the ability to change a creature or object from one form to another form. This may be done either voluntarily or involuntary.

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Does a controlled undead polymorphed into a living creature stay under the necromancer's control?

I'm working on a dread necromancer and was thinking of fun things to do. I got the idea of having polymorph cast on undead I've raised. The question is, would the polymorphed undead still be under my ...
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How can I keep extraodinary abilities when under polymorph effects or wildshaping?

I am playing a tiefling who has the see-in-darkness racial ability which is Ex. I will be playing a druid, and since see-in-darkness is superior to all forms of darkvision granted by the druid ...
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What's a good Polymorph choice to successfully follow-up with Plane Shift? [closed]

I'm thinking about how to optimize polymorphing a tough enemy, to increase the odds of a successful Plane Shift (the Abyss) afterwards. Here's the criteria I have in mind: Low Cha save. Low threat (...
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Are racial senses Extraordinary Abilities (Ex)?

I am trying to decide if racial senses are considered Ex for the purposes of wild shaping. I had previously asked if ability scores are lost when under polymorph, and the answer was no. These ability ...
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When true polymorphed creature dies, does it revert to its original form?

The True Polymorph description says: Creature into Creature. The transformation lasts for the duration, or until the target drops to 0 hit points or dies. If you concentrate on this spell for the ...
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Polymorph Ending in Forcecage

What happens if you polymorph something like an elephant into a frog, and then place a forcecage around said frog with the polymorph spell ending before the forcecage does? Does the elephant just ...
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How does Bestow Curse on a Polymorphed creature work?

Recently we had a player cast a Bestow Curse spell on a Polymorphed enemy in D&D 5e. The question: Does the curse remain on the creature once Polymorph wears off, and/or they revert to their ...
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How does Phylactery of Change interact with other polymorph effects on the wearer?

The phylactery of change from the Arms and Equipment Guide reads as follows: The wearer of this item can invoke a polymorph self ability with an indefinite duration (or until the phylactery is ...
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How do you determine the height of a polymorphed creature?

If I polymorph my ally into a giant ape(huge),how do you determine the exact height?
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Does equipment meld and/or resize with your body when under elemental body?

When close to humanoid in form your equipment does not meld with you while under polymorph effects. The spell elemental body 1-4 changes you into an psudo-elemental but does not say if your form is ...
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What happen if someone transformed via Polymorph Any Object uses an Alter Self special ability?

If I use a scroll of Polymorph Any Object to permanently turn into a dragon, can I use an Alter Self spell-like ability to turn into an human for a few hours? And when I stop using it, do i return to ...
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Can I still cast spells through my polymorphed familiar?

Is a polymorphed familiar still considered a familiar for purposes of casting touch spells through them?
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Can imps talk while shape-changed to a form resembling a beast?

Can an imp speak while shape-changed? Another question on the same topic: is a shape-changed imp a beast? The Imp has the following ability: Shapechanger: The imp can use its action to polymorph ...
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Can a Wizard polymorph low-level PCs into over-powered beasts?

According to Polymorph's description, The new form can be any beast whose challenge rating is equal to or less than the target’s (or the target’s level, if it doesn't have a challenge rating)....
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Are racial ability score adjustments lost when polymorphed?

When you gain a ability score adjustment from a race, when you polymorph do you lose it since you lose abilities that are dependent on your form?
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Can you polymorph an unconscious creature that is at 0 HP to wake it up?

The polymorph spell mentions that the creature assumes the new form's hp. As long as that hp doesn't hit 0 hp, the creature doesn't revert. But it doesn't state that you can't polymorph a creature at ...
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What are an animal companions ability scores and abilities when under the effects of polymorph any object?

I am building a character who is focusing on their animal companion. My plan is to take one of the base animal companions, subject it to polymorph any object (PAO) into its true form or another which ...
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If you get polymorph any object'ed into something with a different racial alignment, does your alignment change?

Let's take a neutral character. If it is hit with Polymorph Any Object and is turned into a LG dragon, does their alignment change to LG?
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Two polymorph any object cast in a row with same choice

If two polymorph any object (PAO) spells are cast in a row with the same end result what happens? PAO is unlike all the other polymorph spells in that your type actually changes. So for the duration ...
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Confused about Polymorph any object

I am confused as to what exactly how Polymorph Any Object (POA) is different from all the other polymorph spells which have clearly stated rules. Even the guide which talks about all the polymorph ...
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Does exhaustion affect a creature after it is polymorphed?

I have an ally that is exceptionally exhausted. If I polymorph him into another form, do the negative effects of exhaustion—such as reduced speed—apply to the new polymorphed form?
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If a creature uses a 'polymorph into humanoid' racial ability, do they gain that humanoid's racial features/spells?

Creatures such as metallic dragons, certain hags, oni and doppelgangers can polymorph into humanoids. Would one of these who polymorphs into a tiefling or drow gain their spells, or who polymorphs ...
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Do Elves lose sleep immunity when under a polymorph effect?

http://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic#TOC-Transmutation While under the effects of a polymorph spell, you lose all extraordinary and supernatural abilities that depend on your original form (such as keen ...
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Does polymorph any object strip your magic items from you?

I thought I was finally done with some of this after someone answered that melded gear that is not functioning has no weight. But another player in the game has raised another concern/point. The ...
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Does the tongues spell require the creature to be capable of speaking in the first place?

I have been polymorphed into a squirrel, but thankfully I am under a permanent tongues spell. Squirrels have no listed language but from personal experience in the real world I know they can make ...
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Does 3.0 Polymorph as originally printed in the PHB leave max hit points unchanged? Even through a level change while polymorphed?

In the PHB 3.0 on page 236, polymorph other has a permanent duration. It swaps the target's physical stats (strength, dexterity, constitution) out for those of some arbitrary monster. However, it ...
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Can I fulfill somatic casting components if I'm a squirrel right now?

I recently lost my form to a polymorph spell and I am a caster so I am trying to figure out what I have open to me. I am currently a squirrel. Somatic components are vaguely defined in the rules: ...
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When a creature changes form is its melded equipment still burdensome?

My human PC has been forced to assume magically the form of a typical squirrel, and his gear has melded into this new form. Does this melded equipment still have weight? If it does still have weight, ...
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When polymorphed, how do racial feats and traits work?

My human cleric just failed a save against polymorph any object. I am now a squirrel for most likely a week in game time (I was told that duration by the DM). Do I temporarily lose the feat I gained ...
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How Does the Healer Feat Interact with Polymorph?

When you are Polymorphed, say into a T-Rex with 13 hit dice, and are healed by someone using the Healer feat you would recover 1d6+17 hit points. After polymorph has worn off, but prior to completing ...
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How can I model a character polymorphed into a (stupid, speechless) Tyrannosaurus Rex?

The wizard in my party likes to use polymorph to turn himself into a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The T-Rex has Intelligence 2, and cannot understand or speak any langauges. Although the character retains his ...
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Can size-altering and shape-altering effects be used on the same creature at the same time?

A friend plans to play a cross-blooded abyssal and draconic bloodrager. His plans for the late game are to benefit from both Demonic Bulk (size increase while bloodraging, same effect as enlarge ...
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Can a ghost or other incorporeal creature be polymorphed?

While researching this question about polymorphing a paladin's steed, I had a realization. Polymorph specifies a creature you can see as a target, and as answered here, "creature" essentially refers ...
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Paladin's Find Steed was True Polymorphed

The paladin in the party I DM for uses the Find Steed spell to summon a saber toothed tiger mount (I'm a nice DM). The spell says: You summon a spirit that assumes the form of an unusually ...
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Does damage that caused concentration on polymorph to break carry over to the HP of the normal form?

I argue in this question that damage taken while polymorphed can break concentration. If this damage does break concentration, is it applied to the polymorphed form (just before concentration breaks), ...
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Can damage taken while in polymorph break concentration?

A wizard uses polymorph to become a Giant Ape. The ape takes damage, but the damage does not spill over into the wizard's hit points. Can this damage break concentration (if they fail the DC 10 or ...
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Can a magic weapon be made temporarily nonmagical so it can be polymorphed?

If a caster successfully casts dispel magic on a magic weapon, can the caster then cast the spell polymorph any object on that temporarily nonmagical weapon to transform the weapon into a different ...
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What happens if a character who is multi-classed is True Polymorphed?

The basic notion is that the rules of multi-classing in D&D 5e state that a character who chooses to multi-class must meet a stat requirement of both classes. Now, what happens if and when the ...
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Is gender a creature statistic relevant to Polymorph? [duplicate]

Assuming a creature with two genders (male / female), is said gender part of its game statistics block for the purposes of Polymorph effects? In some species also the male has different statistics ...
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Are druids “shapechangers” for the purpose of a Polymorph spell saving throw?

The Polymorph spell states that "A shapechanger automatically succeeds on this saving throw" Druids have Beast Shape, and although numerous textual references refer to this ability, at no point (that ...
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Can polymorph and true polymorph change a PC's race and sex?

Can polymorph and true polymorph alter a PC's race and sex? If a PC can be altered in such a way, can the PC speak and use his or her hands?
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Can True Polymorph be used to transform someone into a shapechanger creature?

The spell clearly says that it does not affect a shapechanger. Shapechangers are not affected by this spell. But has nothing about the opposite. Would that mean that I can change a Goblin into a ...
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Do you continue to develop and mature after true polymorphing into a younger form of a creature?

If you use True Polymorph to change into a young or adult dragon, and sustain the spell for the full hour so that it becomes permanent, will you (over the following centuries) mature into an ancient ...
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What happens when a creature possessed by an intellect devourer is true polymorphed?

Let's assume that a new party member, already possessed by an intellect devourer, is true polymorphed into a dog by the wizard as part of his initiation ritual (and a big message that said "don't mess ...
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What happens if you Polymorph Any Object a magic weapon into another form while its magic is suppressed by Dispel Magic?

I'm aware of this question but it hasn't really come to any solid conclusion. Additionally, that question is more concerned about spell stacking in general, and I'm interested in this specific case. ...
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Do Permanent Spells Remain after a Polymorph?

I'm playing a wizard and I've cast Permanency on Tongues and Arcane Sight. If I Polymorph myself into a Sun Giant, do those spells remain active? Furthermore, if I cast Haste earlier in the round, ...
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What are the final polymorph rules?

The polymorph self spell and its friends were an ever-changing pile of errata. What was the final word on how polymorph effects work in Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition? I am uninterested in the ...
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Undead thrall attribute. How does it work with the True Polymorph spell

This is a follow-up to my how to get a permanent skeleton companion question. As the previous question answered a True Polymorph spell can allow a permanent zombie follower summoned using Finger of ...
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A question about true polymorphing yourself [duplicate]

If you true polymorph yourself into a chair do you instantly break concentration and turn back to normal? (Whoops, apologies. I'm an idiot.)
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What defines a PC's consciousness of self, memories and knowledge?

I am not sure whether a PC's consciousness, memories and knowledge are related to their personality or their mental stats (in particular, INT and WIS). My doubt comes from a practical situation, that ...

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