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The ability of D&D and Pathfinder Druids to turn themselves into a variety of animals: a shapeshifting effect to allow Druids to become more in tune with nature, allow them to do things they normally could not or to become more fearsome in battle.

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If PC with Great Weapon Master reduces a polymorphed creature to 0 hp, can they attack again?

The feat Great Weapon Master (PHB, pg. 167) includes the following benefit: On your turn, when you score a critical hit with a melee weapon or reduce a creature to 0 hit points with one, you can ...
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Is a druid a better combatant while in wild shape? [on hold]

I've been reading up on playing a druid (never played one before), and I keep finding resources that say that druids are arguably the most powerful class in 5e because of their wild shape ability. ...
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For the sake of Wild Shape, What magical gear could be worn by both a medium humanoid and a large beast? [on hold]

The other side of this question: What creature(s) can a Moon Druid transform into that would benefit from their armor? (Note: the link had Apes as the only answer, but ignore that for the sake of this ...
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What creature(s) can a Moon Druid transform into that would benefit from their armor?

The description of the druid's Wild Shape feature says: Starting at 2nd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before. [...] You choose ...
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Does Wild Shape count as a spell?

I just started playing a druid, hit level 2 and chose Circle of the Moon. This gives me the ability to use Wild Shape as a bonus action. A situation came up where I wanted to cast a spell, and then ...
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Are there any beasts with an always-available bonus action?

I'm currently playing a level 5 moon druid (PHB, p. 69), and I really like the call lightning spell. Unfortunately, it requires you to use your action repeatedly. Now, I'm looking for a beast that I ...
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Does Wild Shape require a Druidic focus?

I have recently ran into a situation where my druid was kidnapped from the rest of the group. Most likely the DM will have my character's armor, weapons, and items taken away. One of said items is a ...
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How well can a Circle of the Moon Druid that rarely uses Wild Shape perform in combat?

I'm playing in a seven-member party in a homebrew campaign. There's a chain warlock (me), a vengeance paladin, a valor bard, a fighter, a trickery cleric and two Circle of the Moon druids. We're on ...
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Do Rogue abilities function in wild-shaped beast forms?

If I multiclass with Rogue and Druid, am I able to use my Rogue abilities while wildshaped?
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Do DCs for monster traits change due to a Wild Shaped Druid/Barbarian's Rage?

While raging as a barbarian: You have advantage on Strength checks and Strength saving throws. Some beasts have the ability to knock the target prone or cause it to become grappled as part of ...
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Does a Druid using Wild Shape roll for hit points or take the average?

The rules for a Druid's Wild Shape ability say "When you transform, you assume the beast’s hit points and Hit Dice." But the stat block for "A monster's hit points are presented both as a die ...
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Can a Druid Wildshaped into a Raven speak using Mimicry?

The Wild Shape feature description from the PHB/basic rules says: You can’t cast spells, and your ability to speak or take any action that requires hands is limited to the capabilities of your ...
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How does resistance/vulnerability/immunity interact with carryover damage after reducing Polymorphed (or Wild Shaped) form to 0 HP?

A caster casts polymorph on another creature. Let's say the polymorphed creature has 10 HP in its new form, but takes 30 piercing damage and its current form is reduced to 0 HP. This causes it to ...
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Can you use Fey-Step (Eladrin) while in Wild Shape?

I've created a Eladrin Druid (using Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes) for a new campaign. However, we've hit one little snag. Eladrin have the Fey Step racial trait built into their kit. Druids have their ...
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Can a Wildshaped Druid cast a spell from a magic item?

Wildshape says: "You can't cast spells...". Does this include casting spells from magic items (even though there is no component, like with a Helm of Telepathy)? "Some magic items allow the user to ...
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Can I overwinter in a beehive by wildshaping into a winter bee?

Can I overwinter in a beehive by wild-shaping into a winter bee? This is the bee statblock I am using. I am an 8th-level druid. I think the following procedure works but I'm probably overlooking ...
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Do people riding Giant Spiders need to make checks while upside down/sideways?

This is a follow-up question to "Is a Giant Spider rideable?" Would the riders of a giant spider be subject to checks if the spider went on walls or on the ceiling? What checks at what DCs would be ...
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Is a Giant Spider rideable?

Some friends and I were in a coliseum-style arena and needed to get out. We were contemplating leaving through the stands on the back of my Druid's Giant Spider Wildshape but ultimately decided ...
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How to increase survivability in Wild Shape? [closed]

My Moon Druid already has multiclassed with Monk gaining Unarmored Defense for AC improvement and Touch of Death from Way of the Long Death for the temp HP. This is still not enough to keep the beast ...
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Does Pass without Trace and Wild Shape into Cranium Rat make you untraceable?

Pass without trace says: A veil of shadows and silence radiates from you, masking you and your companions from detection. For the duration, each creature you choose within 30 feet of you (...
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How does your proficiency bonus apply to attacks while wild shaped?

I understand that the druid uses his or the beast's proficiency when wild shaping and using skills or saving throws because it is specified in the book. But how about the creature's attacks? For ...
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Can a druid use wild shape in order to escape her restraints?

According to the description of the druid's wild shape ability You choose whether your Equipment falls to the ground in your space, merges into your new form, or is worn by it. Assuming a druid ...
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Wildshape while “wearing” a living creature

Say you have a snake around your shoulders or holding a tiny animal and you wildshape, does the animal also merge into your form or is it dropped? Since it isn't technically equipment, but you can ...
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Does exhaustion persist when ending a wildshape? [duplicate]

If a druid in wildshape form becomes exhausted, and then ends his wildshape and returns to his normal form, does he still have the levels of exhaustion? Does it matter whether he ended the wildshape ...
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Does your lost health transfer to your new form while wild shaping? [duplicate]

In the middle of a battle, whilst I'm wild shaped into a brown bear, I take 20 damage and drop to 14hp. I then wildshape into a dire wolf form. Does the damage carry over to my wolf form, or am I at ...
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Can a Druid take a short rest while in wildshape form? [duplicate]

We have a 6th druid in the party. He can wildshape twice per short rest, and for each use, maintain his shape for half his level, thus for 3 hours. Can a druid effectively stay wildshaped ...
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Does wild shape affect holding your breath?

Inspired by this question. If I begin to hold my breath above water as a druid and then wild shape into an octopus, am I still holding my breath and how much longer can I hold my breath above water? ...
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Stacking Wild Shape and Shapechange

So, I've been reviewing the abilities of Shapechange and Wild Shape. My big wonder is whether or not they stack. In other words, could I feasibly Shapechange into a creature that will be my "base" ...
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Does an Air Genasi retain Unending Breath while wild shaped?

Air Genasi in 5e D&D have the trait Unending Breath. Does this trait carry over when an Air Genasi druid uses Wild Shape? Would such a druid be able to breathe on land if they wild shaped into a ...
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Will a wild shaped druid lose or retain abilities given to him by allies?

If I cast haste and give bardic inspiration to my Druid ally, will he be able to use these abilities if he then transforms using his wildshape?
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If a druid has no legs, does their wild shape form have no legs too?

I am playing a Gnome druid and my legs were lost due to an Owlbear attack. Do my legs stay absent when I Wild Shape, or are they present when I Wild Shape but gone again when I change back?
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If I turn into a Gas Spore as a druid (Circle of the Seedling 5e homebrew) and use Death Burst, do I die?

In Circle of the Seedling 5e homebrew you can use Wild Shape to transform into a plant creature. If I turn into a Gas Spore, will I die upon using Death Burst or will it simply be the same as having ...
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Urban Druid's “Urban Shape” limitations

Playing in a 3.5e/PF cross-over campaign. My character is using the Urban Druid (Dragon Compendium variant, p. 57) base class as his main class (with some DM tweaks). My question relates to the Urban ...
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Do hit points reset upon each use of wild shape even if the same form's assumed?

Let's say I've used wild shape to assume the form of a mammoth that has 126 hit points. I take 26 points of damage, putting me at 100 hit points. If I use my next turn to take a bonus action to exit ...
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Does having natural weapons prevent a wildshaped monk from using martial arts?

Martial arts features all require a monk to be "unarmed or only wielding monk weapons" Even if you're a kensei, that only lets you add a couple of new simple or martial weapons to your monk weapon ...
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Do lingering effects vanish when you use Wild Shape?

When you are a druid affected by some kind of ongoing effect (such as being poisoned or burning, or whatever) and you switch to your wild shape - do these effects stay? Are they + their duration ...
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How does instant death work while wild shaped and using Orc's relentless endurance?

I'm playing a half orc druid, level 4, and I got knocked down a 250 ft pit. I was at full health and have a max HP is 34 life. My first thought was to transform into a Dire Wolf and hopefully mitigate ...
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Frenzied Rage as Wild Shape Elemental

I just noticed something while looking at the stat card of the fire elemental - it, and the 3 other elementals for that matter, are immune to exhaustion. Condition Immunities: Exhaustion, [...] ...
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Are there any Wild Shape forms that have both a knockdown and multiattack?

Fifth Edition. Are there any creatures that would be a valid target for a Druid Wild Shape that also fulfill the following requirements? A knock-prone effect on one of its attacks Multiattack For ...
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Does Shifter gain the ability score bonuses from Major Aspect?

When a shifter uses Major Aspect, it is treated as a Beast Shape II effect. The beast shape spells give you an ability score and natural armor bonus based on the size of your new form. Does a Shifter ...
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Does the spell seeming end on a druid when they use wildshape?

During an adventure a wizard casts seeming and the targets includes a willing druid. The illusion is to make an elf druid appear as an orc. Combat followed some time later, and the druid used ...
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Does Guardians of Nature carry over to Wild Shape?

If my level 7 Druid casts Guardian of Nature (Primal Beast) on himself and then proceeds to Wild Shape, do the effects of the spell carry over to the Wild Shape?
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Is the shapeshifting druid an original D&D invention?

The Dungeons & Dragons druids have been largely defined by their ability to change into an animal form in every edition, e.g. through the Wild Shape ability in Dungeons & Dragons 5e. Is the ...
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What is the best 1-level multiclass to improve the AC of Wild Shape?

I'm planning on playing a Circle of the Moon Druid, primarily using Wild Shape for combat and saving my spells as much as possible. That said, I want to take 1 level of either Barbarian or Monk to get ...
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What happens when a Ranger makes a Wild Shaped Druid into an animal companion?

What would happen if a ranger were to (willingly or unwillingly) turn a druid into their Ranger Companion?
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Special AC and Wild Shapes

Among the effects of Wild Shapes, these two: Your game Statistics are replaced by the Statistics of the beast, but you retain your alignment, personality, and Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma ...
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Draconic Resilience and Wild Shapes [duplicate]

Among the effects of Wild Shapes, these two: Your game Statistics are replaced by the Statistics of the beast, but you retain your alignment, personality, and Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma ...
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Can a wild-shaped druid turn back to normal form and immediately attack?

Let's say it's my turn, I'm in wild-shape form and I want to turn back to my normal form. Do I then sacrifice my ability to use an attack? If so, can I still do minor actions?
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Is a druid hit by Feeblemind able to use wild shape?

In the description of feeblemind, it states that a creature that fails the saving throw cannot cast spells, use magic items or communicate. But a druid's wild shape is none of those. Would a druid ...
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Could a druid wild-shape into a beast which they'd only seen an illusion of?

Inspired by another question I am curious. Say a druid has never seen a bear (as an example; any particular beast will do), but has seen an illusion of a bear, and furthermore failed their save vs. ...