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For questions about Wild Shape, the ability of D&D and Pathfinder Druids to turn themselves into a variety of animals. It is a shapeshifting effect that allows Druids to become more in tune with nature, allowing them to do things they normally could not or to become more fearsome in battle.

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Do the Alert and Lucky feats carry over when in Wild Shape?

I'm wondering if the Alert and Lucky feats carry over when a druid assumes a Wild Shape. PHB p.67 stipulates: Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast... So I would tend to ...
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Does natural armor stack with unarmored defense?

In D&D 5E, does natural armor stack with Unarmored Defense? We have a level 2 player character who wild shaped into an animal. The player said they could stack its natural armor with Unarmored ...
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Can a druid use Wild Shape to take the form of a specific, individual beast?

The rules for the 5E druid's Wild Shape ability simply say: you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before This previous question asks if you can go ...
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What happens when Wild Shape/Polymorph runs out in a space that's too small?

So in a 5e campaign I'm running, the party Druid has recently been doing some scouting of the local monster caves in spider form to avoid notice. I've also described how the goblins and kobolds who ...
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Can a druid wildshape again whilst still in animal form?

I am trying to determine if a druid can use wildshape to turn into a dire wolf then use it again immediately to transform into a small snake. Can they just transform directly into the new animal form,...
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Do removed parts of a Druid's Wild Shape form persist after said Druid exits Wild Shape?

A player wanted to use Wild Shape as an unlimited supply of feathers for our ranger to make his own arrows with and it sparked a discussion on whether or not parts of a Druid that are removed from ...
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Does Power Word Kill kill druids in wild-shape?

Power Word Kill is a 9th level spell that "compel[s] a creature to die" as long as it has less than 100 hit points. If this is cast on a druid in wild-shape form with less than 100 HP, does the druid ...
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What values do I recalculate when I Wild Shape?

When I Wild Shape, I take a beast's STR, DEX, and CON scores. I keep my proficiency bonus and my INT, WIS, and CHA scores. I will focus this question on the assumption I'm proficient in Athletics, and ...
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How does a druid in Wild Shape interact with the Dominate Beast spell?

I believe it is clear that a druid in Wild Shape is a beast and therefore1 a valid target for the dominate beast spell: You attempt to beguile a beast that you can see within range. I am having ...
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Can a druid in Ape wildshape use weapons?

So, last night i was cooking up a new character and had this in mind. While reading the Wild Shape topic from PHB, i couldn't find anything that rules out the option to turn into an Ape/Giant Ape that ...
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Do a druid's uses of the Wild Shape feature recharge if they take a short rest while still in Wild Shape?

Do the druid's uses of the Wild Shape feature recharge while still in Wild Shape? Say a 10th-level Circle of the Moon Druid spends two uses of Wild Shape to transform into an Air Elemental, whose ...
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Can a Druid Wild Shape into a Swarm or "Giant"?

The Players handbook has a list of creatures in the back which are designed for use by the players. Various tweets and materials have said that the players handbook has creatures that players need to ...
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Is a Wild Shape attack considered an unarmed strike?

So, I got intrigued by grappling after reading The Grappler's Manual for 5e. It didn't mention if wild shape attacks were considered unarmed strikes, especially in regards to the Tavern Brawler feat's ...
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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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Are druids considered "shapechangers" and thus unaffected by the Polymorph spell?

The description of the polymorph spell states that "A shapechanger automatically succeeds on this saving throw". (Later printings state instead that "The spell has no effect on a ...
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Can a Druid/Monk make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped?

Can a Druid/Monk who is Wild Shaped perform Unarmed Strikes?
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Does unlimited Wild Shape make Circle of the Moon archdruids virtually unkillable?

Page 67 of the PHB states that druids gain all the hit points of whatever creature they become when using Wild Shape, and when that shape drops to 0hp, only the excess damage carries over to the druid'...
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What happens when you end up sharing an enemy (or friend's) space due to a size change?

The rules are clear about "willingly" ending a move in an occupied square: "Whether a creature is a friend or an enemy, you can’t willingly end your move in its space." But they aren't as clear when ...
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Can Polymorph be used to give a druid new Wild Shape forms?

After my group's last session, it was pointed out that Polymorph does not require the caster to have ever seen the creature they are attempting to transform the person into. This has spawned a ...
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How do I determine if a racial trait applies while a druid is in Wild Shape?

The description for the druid's Wild Shape feature says, in part: You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if the new form is physically capable ...
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Does magic armor resize with wild shape?

If my level 5 druid with +1 hide armor wild shapes into a brown bear, does his armor resize to fit the new form? In the PHB for druid wild shape it says: You choose whether your equipment falls to ...
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Does an Enlarge/Reduce spell on a druid affect the beast form if the druid Wild-Shapes?

If a druid (multiclassed into sorcerer) casts Enlarge on himself so that he becomes a Large humanoid (approximately twelve feet tall), and he then Wild Shapes in a brown bear, is the brown bear form ...
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How does Max-HP reduction affect wild-shaped/polymorphed creatures?

Certain creatures have abilities which can reduce a character's maximum HP, and usually if it gets reduced to 0 the character dies outright. Suppose a HP30 PC is wild-shaped/polymorphed to a creature ...
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Does Exhaustion Carry Over From A Druid's Wildshaped Form to Their Regular Form?

I have a player that has a druid character. She is trying to travel as far as possible using the form of a giant eagle. If she travels at the fastest pace possible for the longest time period ...
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What do you and do you not inherit from your new form when using Wild Shape / Beast Shape?

Changing shape using Wild Shape appears quite daunting when first looking it over. I was wondering if there was a clear, step-by-step, process of working out what you do and do not gain from changing ...
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Can a druid speak while in Wild Shape?

Can a druid still talk to the rest of the party while in wild shape? Or can he/she only make animal sounds? If the latter, how does it interact with Speak With Animals?
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How does resistance/vulnerability/immunity interact with carryover damage after reducing a 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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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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Can truesight see through a druid's Wild Shape?

The rules for truesight state: A creature with truesight can (..) perceive the original form of a shapechanger or a creature that is transformed by magic A druid player argued that since the druid ...
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Is a druid in wild shape actually a beast?

Is a druid in wild shape actually a beast? e.g. would the Speak with Animals work to communicate with the druid? You gain the ability to comprehend and verbally communicate with beasts for the ...
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Can a Druid understand a new form's languages only while Wildshaped into it?

One of my players' characters, a Circle of the Moon druid (PHB, p. 69), recently got to level 6; she can now use Wild Shape to turn into a Giant Elk. The description of the giant elk says that it can ...
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Can a Wild Shaped Druid regain hit points after a short rest?

Assuming the Druid's level is high enough to stay in Wild Shape, can the Druid's beast form regain lost Hit Points resting this way? If so, does he use the beast's hit dice or the Druid's?
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Does the Durable feat improve the Constitution score of a druid in Wild Shape?

My druid has the Durable feat (PHB, p. 166): Hardy and resilient, you gain the following benefits: Increase your Constitution score by +1, to a maximum of 20. When you roll a Hit Die to regain hit ...
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How specific does "beast you have seen" have to be for Wild Shape?

Starting at 2nd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before. This doesn't say anything about the gender or age of the beast, so can a druid ...
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How much damage can a druid Wild Shaped into a spider take without dying instantly?

A human druid Wild Shapes into a spider and now has 1 maximum hit point. As a spider she gets bitten by a hungry lizard that deals 2 damage. Does the druid die from Instant Death (PHB p. 197), or ...
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Does a Druid in Wild Shape add their own Proficiency Bonus to the physical attribute of the Beast for Skills?

The PHB entry on Wild Shape states: "You also retain all of your skill and saving throw proficiencies, in addition to gaining those of the creature." Does this mean you add the character's ...
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Is there a lower limit to the size of creature a druid can wild shape into?

In the last few sessions, our druid has been using the tactic of transforming into a spider or other bugs and scouting out entire floors of dungeons by slipping under doors and remaining unseen. Is ...
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How does Rage interact with Wild Shape?

If I'm a Barbarian 1/Druid 2, can I rage while in Wild Shape? I can't find anything that would prevent this. Conversely, can I Wild Shape while raging? And finally, does the Rage Damage bonus apply ...
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Do fey spirits in the form of creatures from the Conjure Animal Spell count towards creatures one has seen for Wild Shape?

The Conjure Animals Spell doesn't seem to have any limitations on what you can conjure beside the number per CR, and that they have to be beasts. Seemingly you could conjure a creature that you've ...
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What happens to Temporary Hit Points when you Wild Shape?

I have a character that has Inspiring Leader, and I can grant temporary hit points to my team members. We have a Druid in the group that tends to use Wild Shape frequently. When the Druid uses Wild ...
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Does a Monk/Druid multiclass character's Unarmored Movement add to their speed while in Wild Shape?

Does a Monk/Druid multiclass character's Unarmored Movement feature add to their speed while in Wild Shape? Starting at 2nd level Monk, they have +10 speed, but does this bonus apply when they are in ...
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Would being able to wild-shape into aberrations/monstrosities be unbalanced?

I am making a Circle of the Moon druid, and when I flipped through the monster manual to see what I could transform into I was struck by how much cooler Aberrations and Monstrosities are than Beasts. ...
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Are the natural weapon attacks of a druid in Wild Shape magical?

The description for the druid's Wild Shape feature (Player's Handbook, p. 66) declares that the transformation is magical: Starting at 2nd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape ...
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Do ability score improvements apply to a druid's wild shape?

My reading of Wild Shape has always been that your Str, Dex, and Con become exactly that of the beast you shift into, as part of: Your game Statistics are replaced by the Statistics of the beast, ...
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Can a druid use Wild Shape to get rid of a cursed item?

The relevant part of the description of the druid's Wild Shape feature says: You choose whether your equipment falls to the ground in your space, merges into your new form, or is worn by it. Worn ...
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Is the 'Tough' feat's additional health still added when Wild Shaped/Shapeshifted?

Following on from this question: Do any feats carry over when in Wild Shape? It seems all feats carry over to your new form if your new form is capable of using them (so Mounted Combatant and ...
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Does using an Owl's "Talons" action while Wild Shaped count as taking the Attack action?

First, a reason this might matter would be a multiclassed Druid/Monk using Wild Shape and hoping to use Flurry of Blows, the latter of which states: Immediately after you take the Attack action on ...
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Do druid levels stack with Unearthed Arcana ranger variant for wild shape?

I had to make a weird build to get what I needed for my character: The character has levels in both druid and the simple variant ranger that trades some ranger class features for a modified version of ...
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What methods exist for obtaining the class feature wildshape without ever being a druid?

Any methods are acceptable: powers, classes, items, spells, alternate class features, racial sub-levels, templates; the more comprehensive, the better. Any official or designated official 3.x source ...
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As a DM, how can I handle my Druid spying on everything with Wild shape as a spider?

I GM Lost Mines of Phandelver. My player's level 2 (soon 3) Druid has discovered that while in Wild Shape in spider form, they are almost impossible to catch, especially since in caves etc. they "fit ...
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