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Questions tagged [shapeshifter]

For questions related to the act of shapeshifting, shapeshifting creatures and PCs, and how the ability to shapeshift interacts with other effects.

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What actions cause a shapeshifting druid to spend the hold? What comes with the shape?

The druid class comes with the Shapeshifter move. It states you have the innate abilities and weaknesses. It also states that the GM will give you one or more moves associated with the form. So if ...
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How can my players get around the Jackalwere's pesky shapeshifting?

Context I am designing a town for my play group to eventually travel to after they learn 2 NPC allies of theirs disappear after promising to come back from the town in question and they discover the ...
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What melee attack does a doppelganger use if it picks up a weapon while shapechanged? [closed]

The doppelganger has the following traits and actions: Traits Shapechanger: The doppelganger can use its action to Polymorph into a Small or Medium humanoid it has seen, or back into its ...
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Can changelings change shape to look identical to a specific person?

Could a changeling (from the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron) become a copy of a specific person, or can they only change to be a generic member of that race? A player asked if they could play a ...
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Shapeshifters: do they retain equipment/clothes or not?

Relating to Shapeshifter powers in Ars Magica 5th edition. I'm specifically wondering how this works with Folk Witches (see Ars Magica 5th Ed. source book Hedge Magic) but it's related to all with ...
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How to handle Yuan-ti shapechanging ability? [closed]

We are starting a new campaign tomorrow. It is a more flexible campaign than the usual, “Oh hero, go and save us" style campaign. For once we decided to RP as evil characters. Someone picked ...
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Does the Shapechanger trait work in an Antimagic Field?

Certain monsters have the Shapechanger trait. For instance, here it is on the Werewolf: Shapechanger. The werewolf can use its action to polymorph into a wolf-humanoid hybrid or into a wolf, or ...
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Does a lycanthrope's AC change when shapechanged from a form wearing armor?

Weretigers (and all lyncathropes; Monster Manual p. 210) have the Shapechanger trait: The weretiger can use its action to polymorph into a tiger-humanoid hybrid or into a tiger, or back into its ...
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What does “statistics” mean in the Yuan-Ti Malison description?

The monster manual (p. 309) says Shapechanger. The yuan-ti can use its action to polymorph into a Medium snake, or back into its true form. Its statistics are the same in each form. Any equipment ...
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Can a monster use Shapechanger to take any form, or just one unique form?

I'm confused by the Shapechanger ability, which seems to be all over the place for different creatures. Here's the description of the ability from the Succubus stat block: Shapechanger. The fiend ...
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Can an object be transformed into a shapechanger using True Polymorph? [duplicate]

Can an object be transformed into a werebear (a shapechanger) using True Polymorph? Werebears have a particular kind of "shapechanger" ability that allow it to transform into a bear or just half-bear. ...
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Yochlol [Shapechanger feature] Hit Point cases

Yochlol have a Shapechange feature which reads: Yochlol can use its action to polymorph into a form that resembles a female drow or giant spider, or back into its true form. Its statistics are ...
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When you use Shapeshifter do you really keep the same damage die no matter what creature you change into?

The Shapeshifter move states: You have any innate abilities and weaknesses of the form... but that: You still use your normal stats. One of my players changed into a large crocodile. I gave ...
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Does the werewolf get pack tactics in wolf form?

The werewolf shapechange ability states that it polymorphs into a wolf. Does that mean it gains pack tactics as an ability in wolf form?
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Can a shapechanger be affected by Polymorph if they are forced to be willing?

Assuming that you can force creatures to be willing, could a werewolf or other shapechanger be subject to Polymorph? What I'm reading of Polymorph, RAW PHB p.266, is: "an unwilling creature must ...
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True polymorph and the dragon Change Shape feature

I cast true polymorph on myself and I maintain concentration for 1 hour, so I became an Ancient Brass Dragon, until true polymorph is dispelled. Days / months later, I want to turn back to my original ...
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Can a metallic dragon voluntarily revert from Change Shape?

The Monster Manual says that a metallic dragon returns to its true shape when killed. My question is, can it also return to its own shape when it wants to?
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Does a wild-shaped Druid who fails their Moonbeam save revert to their humanoid form?

Following on from this question, where it's established that druids do not count as 'Shapechangers' for the purposes of effects which relate to them, if a druid is in beast form using wild shape and ...
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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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How long should Druidic shapeshifting take in Dungeon World?

Having recently started a Dungeon World campaign with one of the players' characters a Druid, I've run into an interesting game mechanics situation. The druid shapeshifts often. This is usually done ...
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What happens if a werewolf attempts to shape change in a tight space or while tied up?

I'm new to NWoD, I've played a bit of VTM and VTR, but my group is looking to play Werewolf the forsaken, I've read through the book a bit and the shape-shifting section, but didn't find an answer to ...
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What's a Hengeyokai's 'natural form'?

With the humanoid (shapechanger) type, I believe their natural form would be either the Human form or the Hybrid form, but there are reasonable arguments to be made for either option. Is there a rule ...
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Can a non-charmed were-creature give someone lycanthropy against the lycanthrope's will?

I'm not considering the case in which somebody uses suggestion to get a were-creature to inflict lycanthropy on somebody. Instead, imagine a PC who doesn't understand the full ramifications of ...
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My Druid is Shapeshifting a *lot*. How do I keep up, create moves, and keep the game interesting?

I just started running a new Dungeon World campaign and one of the players is the Druid. One thing I noticed is that he was changing shapes a lot. This seems reasonable, as the rules don't really ...
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How does the spell “Create or destroy water” affect a shapeshifted Fathomer?

My friends and I are currently playing the Princes of the Apocalypse D&D campaign. After a few events, we found ourselves in the Rivergard Keep fighting with a fathomer. Fathomers are blue ...
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Can a druid shape shift into magical creatures?

I'm DMing a campaign with a druid player who has been studying dragons and snakes her whole life. Does this allow her to shapeshift to them or does their magicalness make them not "animals"?
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Spending Hold whilst shapeshifting as a Druid

When a Druid shifts shape, they get a certain amount of Hold with which to carry out actions. An issue came up in the session I ran tonight with exactly what this means. The player in question was of ...
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How to cause a missed shapeshift roll for Dungeon World

I was looking at the Druid and the shapeshift move. I can imagine consequences for failing the wizard's spellcasting and the thief backstabbing moves, but how can you make shapeshifting turn out bad?