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Do lycanthropes age faster based on their form?

Many lycanthropes take the form of short lived creatures such as rats. Lycanthropes fully become the animal they change into during the full moon, that is to say all statistics not solely physical ...
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When a Wild Shape'd druid uses his Attack Modifier, does the bonus from Potency runes work?

When a druid uses Wild Shape they can choose to use his own attack modifier +2 instead of the the form's default one. Does the attack modified include the bonus from the potency rune on the weapon ...
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Can Greater Metamorphosis or Assume Supernatural Ability be used to acquire supernatural class features??

The ability to change into various forms using Greater Metamorphosis includes the assumption that when there are more than one creature of a particular race, they do NOT count as a unique individuals ...
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Are there magic items that allow a character to shapeshift?

I am trying to create a character that can temporarily change its form into that of a dragon, with wings, flight, breath weapon, claws and so on -- a real dragon, even if only a small one. Are there ...
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Does Change Shape alter a creature mechanically?

To better illustrate my doubt: a gray ooze has the false appearance ability: False Appearance: While the ooze remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from an oily pool or wet rock. Meanwhile, in ...
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When a gnoll vampire assumes its hyena form, do its HP change?

I'm rather confused by the statblock for the Gnoll Vampire. The statblock states that: Its statistics, other than its size and speed, are unchanged. If this is the case, why is it specified later on ...
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Stacking Shapechange and Wild Shape: what happens when reduced to 0 hp?

Let's say a Druid casts Shapechange and then Wild Shapes (or vice versa), which seems stackable since they are not the same named game effect. Both abilities say almost the same thing regarding what ...
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Can a Blood Hunter's Hybrid Transformation be used with a Shifter's racial Shifting ability?

Simple enough question-- can a Shifter Blood Hunter with Order of the Lycan use their Hybrid Transformation concurrent with their racial Shifting ability?
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How does the Shifting Faces feat interact with worn equipment?

The Kitsune feat shifting faces lets you, once per day You wear many faces, even those that don't belong to you. When you Change Shape into your tailless form, you gain the effects of 3rd-level ...
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What happens to gear and clothing when you use the Kitsune’s Change Shape ability? (Or other polymorph effects in general)

I was trying to search on the Archives of Nethys for what happens to a character's clothing/gear when they use change shape . I couldn't find anything on the specific ability or even polymorph rules ...
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If I use the spell Shapechange to become a Kalaraq Quori and use Soul Binding, is the creature's soul still imprisoned when I turn back?

The Kalaraq Quori has the following attack: Soul Binding. Melee Spell Attack: +13 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 29 (4d10 + 7) necrotic damage. A creature reduced to 0 hit points from this ...
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Is a Plasmoid's Shape Self similar to a Changeling's Mask?

The Plasmoid's Shape Self states: As an action, you can reshape your body to give yourself a head, one or two arms, one or two legs, and makeshift hands and feet, or you can revert to a limbless blob....
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Can a character use 'Paragon Surge' to gain a feat they temporarily qualify for?

The current example I am thinking is a Sorcerer casting a spell similar to Form Of The Dragon causing them to gain natural attacks. Could the Sorcerer in question follow up that spell with Paragon ...
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Can familiars take forms of multiple animals? Like turn from a Raven to a Cat? [closed]

Just wondering, can a familiar shape shift into different animals?
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Change Shape cap HD?

Simple question. A succubus, an ogre mage, or any other creature with the Change Shape supernatural ability can take the form of an humanoid (Or even Giant for the Ogre mage)... It does not specify ...
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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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If a Deva changes shape into a bear, do its attacks retain Angelic Weapons radiant damage?

We are playing Curse of Strahd and we encounter this creature: a Deva. It has the Angelic Weapons feature: The deva's weapon attacks are magical. When the deva hits with any weapon, the weapon deals ...
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Do creatures age at the pace of the creature they've shapeshifted into?

If a dragon, or really anything, was to shape shift into an animal with a different aging rate, would the dragon (or other creature) age at their age rate? For example, humans age about 10 times ...
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If a creature with change shape had changed and was in a cage too small for its original form, and then it changed back… [duplicate]

So, I’m thinking of a scenario where a Couatl is change shaped into a cat. And then put in a cage. It’s supposed to be trapped, but what would happen if it changed back into a Couatl? Would the cage ...
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Can a changeling change into a form with wings?

The shapechanger ability description for changelings in Eberron says that you must adopt a form with the same basic arrangements of limbs. Would this definition extend to wings and tails and the like ...
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How do a changeling's experiences affect the set of forms they can take?

In Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, the changeling's Shapechanger feature, as found in Eberron: Rising from the Last War, is described, in part, as follows: [...] [Y]ou can change your appearance ...
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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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Where can I find an ability that prevents True Seeing from penetrating a transformation?

Recently, I read a comment or forum post saying that there was an ability, to the best of my recollection it was a feat in a Dragon [Magazine] issue, which would negate true seeing vs. shape changing. ...
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Does a changeling gain the abilities of the race it shapeshifts into?

If a changeling in D&D 5e shapechanges into a merfolk, would it get the abilities of the race, for example, the ability to breathe underwater? I have been wondering about this for ages, and haven'...
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Does Racial Emulation grant you the traits of the emulated subtype?

I have a changeling character with the Racial Emulation (Races of Eberron 110) feat, whose benefit says: When you use your minor change shape ability to assume the form of a humanoid creature, you ...
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How does Regeneration interact with drugs?

Shadowrun Shapeshifters are among the most durable enemies one could face, unless one is armed with silver weaponry or magic, because they have the Regeneration trait. This heals them up by a ...
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What are the mechanical differences between the Shapechanger and Change Shape abilities?

Many creatures can transform into other forms. For some, the ability is called "Shapechanger". Doppelganger: Shapechanger. The doppelganger can use its action to polymorph into a Small or ...
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Can the "Change Shape" monster feature be used to impersonate a specific NPC? [duplicate]

Multiple monster have a variant of the "Change Shape" ability. For example, the Night Hag can transform into a small or medium sized female humanoid: Change Shape. The hag magically ...
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Can a Changeling or Doppelgänger shapechange into a hybrid lycanthrope form?

If a doppelgänger or changeling meet a werewolf in their hybrid form, could the doppelgänger/changeling then mimic that form? Technically, a werewolf is a humanoid. But Shapechanger is an ability.
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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 happens if you Shapechange whilst swallowed?

I'm running a tier 4 game and ran into an interesting situation. 1 of my players had been swallowed by a gargantuan sized homebrew creature. On his turn he used the Shapechange spell to become a ...
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How can you detect a Doppelganger?

First, within D&D 5e, what magic, items, or special abilities would allow player characters to detect a doppelgänger? Second, and perhaps not easily answerable, what types of clues or cue might ...
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Are your default racial traits suppressed when choosing the Doppelganger Character Secret in the Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden adventure?

The Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden adventure contains a list of possible Character Secrets in Appendix B. One of these possible secrets is "Doppelganger" (emphasis mine): I’m a ...
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How does the spell Mind Blank interact with shapeshifters and other forms of false identity?

The description of the Mind Blank spell states: Until the spell ends, one willing creature you touch is immune to psychic damage, any effect that would sense its emotions or read its thoughts, ...
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How to adjust PC statistics when undergoing a (semi)permanent transformation into a different creature?

The Monster Manual contains guidance for Player Characters as Lycanthropes (p. 207) or Vampires (p. 295). Is there general guidance on how to handle player characters (semi)permanently transforming ...
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What is Strahd von Zarovich's weight in bat form?

This question concerns D&D 5e. The relevant ability, with my emphasis, is as follows: While in bat or wolf form, Strahd can't speak. In bat form, his walking speed is 5 feet, and he has a flying ...
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Are there ways Changelings can overcome their shape-shifting limitations?

While the Changeling's shapeshifting ability does provide the player with quite a variety of creatures (both pc and npc) to choose from, the rules do limit it to medium human-like (as humanoid is a ...
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Does the effects of a failed save versus disease or poison carry over into an alternate form?

Most diseases (mundane or magical) and poison deal ability damage upon a failed save after the incubation time. Once the damage takes place, does the negative effects of a failed save versus disease ...
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RAW can creatures with Innate Spellcasting cast spells while using their Change Shape ability?

While researching monsters that can shape change to mess with my players there are a few that also have innate spellcasting. I'm trying to figure out RAW if each of the examples can use their ...
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Can the Moonbeam spell negate the effect of the Meld into Stone spell?

I was playing a druid in a free-for-all with other players. In a moment of near death and desperation, I cast meld into stone to escape from a paladin to try and heal a bit. Because it was a Battle ...
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How much can changelings alter the length of specific body parts?

Like with disguise self, changelings can alter their total height by 1 foot. So they could make both their legs 1 foot shorter, and that would work. In theory, they could even turn both their legs ...
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Can a changeling imitate/impersonate a warforged?

Can a changeling mechanically imitate/impersonate a warforged successfully/convincingly (presumably the changeling could add armor and the like to his/her "costume" appearance to help with the ...
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Can a naked Changeling use its Shapechanger feature to duplicate the appearance of clothing?

Can a naked Changeling use its Shapechanger feature to duplicate the appearance of clothing or equipment, similarly to Mystique from the X-Men? As an action, you can change your appearance and your ...
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What are the limits of a Mimic's Shapechange feature?

I am playing a character that has the mimic's shapechange feature. What are the limits of the things it can become? One of the things I have been doing is turning parts of my body into tools or ...
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Can a changeling player character look like a skeleton?

I have an for a changeling character, but instead of appearing in a human form or stuff like that, I want them to look like a skeleton. I'm thinking a grim reaper-type character, but I know I can't ...
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Does a Shifter Druid lose its racial Shifting benefit if its Wildshape is dropped to zero HP?

This is a follow up to my other question: Can a Shifter Druid use its racial Shifting feature in Wildshape?. The answer to that question states that a character which is a Shifter (race) and is also a ...
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Can a Shifter Druid use its racial Shifting feature in Wildshape?

The Shifter race from Eberron Rising from the Last War has the Shifting ability: Once per short rest as a bonus action, you can assume a more bestial appearance. This transformation lasts for 1 ...
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How does dragon age translate to shapechange age?

I'm working on a NPC who was raised to believe he is half elf, half dragon (Wood Elf father, Red Dragon mother), but who is actually a full Copper Dragon. The character is supposed to be 26 years old, ...
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What are the interactions between Rage and Vaprak’s Rage?

Disclaimer : this is an ultra-specific oddball that will likely never happen to anyone but me. Read only if you have time to kill ! Shapechange is a 9th level spell that allows a player character to ...
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Is your race considered a racial benefit (or feature) for the purpose of Shapechange?

Shapechange is a 9th level spell that allows you to transform into another creature, while retaining the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source, provided that your new form is ...
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