Questions tagged [yuan-ti]

For questions primarily about the yuan-ti, a fictional species of snake-people found in Dungeons and Dragons settings. The tag covers questions about yuan-ti as monsters and as a playable race. They first appeared as a monster in AD&D 1e, and first appeared as a playable race in D&D 3e.

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What officially published adventures contain yuan-ti?

I've been searching for officially published adventures containing yuan-ti, but I've only found Tomb of Annihilation and a brief mention in Hoard of the Dragon Queen. Are there any other published ...
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Are Yuan-Ti capable of falling in love with each other?

I have a few ideas of an adventure involving a large group of Yuan-Ti. The backstory of the adventure would include two Yuan-Ti falling in love with each other, and hence trying to get whatever is ...
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What is the origin of non-evil/non-hostile Yuan-ti?

I've recently been made aware that some 'deep lore' may imply the existence of canonically good Yuan-ti groups. Is there an origin to this 'Good' group of Yuan-Ti? Graeme Barber implies this may be in ...
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Are these Yuan-Ti's osssra rules balanced?

I am DMing a homebrew campaign and I created an exotic island ruled by Yuan-ti. I read the Serpent Kingdoms 3rd edition manual and I tried to adapt the osssra table (page 150). In 5th edition the ...
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Why is the term pureblood used for the lowest rank in the yuan-ti caste system?

In Volo's Guide to Monsters, the chapter on Yuan-ti tells us that they tend to live in a caste system, where the Abominations are the top rank, the Malisons† are the middle rank, and the purebloods ...
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How do you pronounce Yuan-ti?

I've heard Yuan-ti pronounced in various different ways by different people or video games (but some of these would have been English people and some would have been American, so there's that aspect ...
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Can Yuan-Ti go dormant?

I know that snakes can go dormant in winter, and I was wondering if Yuan-Ti could go dormant, say if there was a cave in and the area around them was cooled or they had nothing to do and no access to ...
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Was the lifespan of yuan-ti purebloods in 5e changed from previous editions?

The 5e playable race states that they live about as long as humans in rare cases up to 120 years. But all the lore I can find on them says they live up to 2000 years. I am not too familiar with the D&...
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Does the yuan-ti action option Polymorph into Snake require concentration? What is its duration?

In Volo's Guide to Monsters, the Yuan-Ti "Unusual Abilities" section (p. 98) lists a number of action options that might be given to high-ranking yuan-ti, one of which is: Polymorph into Snake (...
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Does Yuan-Ti Magic Resistance provide advantage for concentration saving throws, where spell damage was the cause?

The Yuan-ti Pureblood's Magic Resistance racial trait (VGtM, p. 120) provides: advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects I'm clear on that. If I'm concentrating on a ...
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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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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 the Suggestion spell from the Yuan-Ti Pureblood playable race's Innate Spellcasting trait only be used to target snakes?

The Yuan-Ti Pureblood playable race has the Innate Spellcasting trait, whose description states (VGtM, p. 120; emphasis mine): You know the poison spray cantrip. You can cast animal friendship an ...
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