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Does a Deva's Change Shape Effectively Heal It? [duplicate]

If a CR10 Deva uses Change Shape at half health to assume the form of a Stone Golem, do they become a full health Stone Golem? Is there anything preventing this same Deva from changing back into it's ...
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Are unwilling Changeling PCs from “Eberron: Rising from the Last War” now immune to the Polymorph spell?

In the original question Are Changelings immune to the Polymorph spell?, it was decided that because Changelings didn't have the Shapeshifter trait (though the answer should have said Shapechanger), ...
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Can a PC cursed with lycanthropy voluntarily shapeshift if they don't embrace the curse?

Recently, I wrote an answer to this question: When does a character cursed with lycanthropy become aware that they are cursed? At the end of the answer, I pointed out that the character's alignment ...
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Can a Changeling shift directly from one temporary form to another?

In the Eberron: Rising from the Last War book the Changeling "Shapechanger" ability (page 18) begins by stating that: As an action, you can change your appearance and your voice. However it ends ...
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Can you get infinite spells through True Polymorph and Shapechange

You're a level 17+ Wizard and you cast True Polymorph on yourself to turn yourself into a CR 17 Adult Gold Dragon. This grants you the stat block of said Adult Gold Dragon, including its Change Shape ...
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Can a changeling transform into races with a tail/horns?

I have read that a changeling can transform into any creature they have seen, unless it's larger/smaller then their size and they can't change into something that has a different body shape than them. ...
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Are UA Changelings immune to the Polymorph spell?

The Polymorph spell says: This spell transforms a creature that you can see within range into a new form. An unwilling creature must make a Wisdom saving throw to avoid the effect. The spell has no ...
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Does a doppelganger's Change Shape special quality create clothes when it transforms?

Does a doppelganger's Change Shape special quality create the clothes of the creature the doppelganger changes into? If not, can I assume that after the transformation the doppelganger will still be ...
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What is the CR of a Metallic Dragon after it uses Change Shape?

The older Metallic Dragons have the Change Shape ability: Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating no higher than its own, or back into its ...
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If a Dragon under the effects of their Change Shape feature is cloned, can the cloned Dragon revert to their true form?

Some dragons have the Change Shape feature. For example, the Ancient Gold Dragon's Change Shape feature reads as follows: Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that ...
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If a dragon uses Change Shape to turn into an Evoker, does it gain/have the material components for its spells?

Nuanced question about true polymorph (TP) and dragons changing shape: I have a wizard who has a simulacrum (sim). Wizard TPs the sim into an Adult Bronze Dragon, which can then Change Shape into a ...
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If a dragon under my control uses Change Shape to turn into an Evoker, can I choose the Evoker's race, and benefit from its racial traits?

Nuanced questions about True Polymorph and spellcasting: I have a wizard who has a simulacrum. Wizard TP's the sim into an adult bronze dragon, which can then Change Shape into a humanoid or beast of ...
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What can Strahd do in this form?

In the published module Curse of Strahd, Strahd (p. 240) can However, when he does this, However, it seems ridiculous to me that he would be unable to attack when doing so, I mean it's still My ...
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Is a 10th-level Transmutation wizard considered a shapechanger for the purpose of effects such as Moonbeam?

Spells such as Moonbeam specifically affect creatures with the "Shapechanger" tag, such as lycanthropes. As per this previous question, the ability to change one's shape through class features is not ...
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How many attacks does an Adaptive Shifter get when using the ranged ability from Spiked Form?

The Adaptive Shifter Archetype can select a reactive form called Spiked Form, which when taken twice, grants the Shifter the ability to shoot their spines as a ranged thrown natural weapon multiple ...
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What happens when a spellcaster with Legendary Resistances Shapechanges into another creature with Legendary Resistances?

A few high level arcane spellcasting monsters, such as the Lich from the Monster Manual, also have Legendary Resistances (here, 3 per day). Such spellcasters can prepare then cast Shapechange on ...
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Does a spellcaster with lair actions keep them when Shapechanging into an Ancient Metallic Dragon who then uses Change Shape?

A few high-level arcane spellcasting monsters, such as the Lich from the Monster Manual, also have lair actions. Such spellcasters can prepare then cast Shapechange on themselves to become an Ancient ...
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If a deva uses its Change Shape ability to turn into a cat, what is its size?

The Deva stat block states: Change Shape. The deva magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating equal to or less than its own, or back into its true form. It reverts to ...
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Can a doppelgänger regrow a hand?

A doppelgänger does not have the Regeneration special quality. It does have Change Shape (alter self). Regeneration clearly lets a creature regrow a missing body part, like a hand. What happens ...
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What is considered a class feature for a monster for the purpose of Change Shape?

It's well understood that Spellcasting in a creature's stat block is a class feature. For the purposes of Change Shape and similar abilities where the term "class features" has mechanical importance, ...
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What is the earliest possible entry level into the Shapeshifter prestige class from Oriental Adventures?

The Shapeshifter prestige class (Oriental Adventures, p. 45-46) has a fairly high skill rank requirement - 10 ranks of Concentration - as well as +3 BAB and an Alternate Form as prerequisites. What ...
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How can I make a Beorning Shapechanger in MERP?

My friends and I are starting a MERP campaign and only I have experience with MERP. One of my friends wanted to be a shape-changer, but my Second Edition MERP book does not cover how to use Martial ...
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Can the Changeling race change specific body parts?

Can a changeling say they want to transform their arms into one race, change their legs into another, and then change their face into a different race or person. Can that be done? Does their ...
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When a Changeling is granted an acquired template in one form, what forms does it apply to?

For an adventure I'm working on, I have a Changeling NPC character who's currently in a shape which would normally have the Earth subtype and is using Racial Emulation to gain that subtype. He's ...
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Can a dragon be stuck looking like a human?

I was planning in a campaign to feature an NPC, who is actually a metallic dragon that got stuck in human form, this being thanks to a curse that was placed on her. She is very much wanting this ...
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Can a Changeling shapeshifted into a mind flayer read Deep Speech?

Can a Changeling (Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron, p. 61) shapeshifted into a Mindflayer read the Qualith language? The ability to read Deep Speech is dependent on tentacles, so could a Changeling use ...
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How does a Doppelganger monster's Shapechanger trait differ from the Changeling playable race's Change Appearance trait?

In D&D Beyond, I compared the Doppelganger monster's Shapechanger trait to the Changeling playable race's Change Appearance trait. While I think the two are very similar, some differences stood ...
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Can you prevent a Vampire from using Misty Escape with the Moonbeam spell?

I'm wondering about what will happen if a vampire is dropped to 0 hit points, transform into mist, then fails the moonbeam saving throw. Misty Escape: When it drops to 0 hit points outside its ...
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Does an Oni get new HP when it changes shape into a humanoid or large giant?

I am building an encounter for 6 or 7 PCs (mixed levels 4/5) with an Oni: it may turn into combat. Oni can be very difficult, even deadly, encounters for PCs at this level. What has me puzzled is ...
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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 ...