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Are Trolls immune to all instant death effects?

The rules as written are ambiguous - and so it's up to the DM's ruling (and designer clarification has gone both ways) Unfortunately, it's not clear exactly how these rules interact. The troll has an ...
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As a Barbarian, how can I contribute to fights against slash-immune creatures?

Have a non-slash damage type weapon. Well, that's an easy one. I would usually have at least a simple bludgeoning weapon as a replacement - it might be usefull to bash skeletons as well! A warhammer ...
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How would I stat a creature to be immune to everything but the Magic Missile spell? (just for fun)

Based on the wording used for the Rakshasa's Limited Magic Immunity and the Helmed Horror's Spell Immunity, it fits the template text of the rules to just write a feature that explicitly states the ...
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Should my fighter really punch that werewolf?

This does not work. Your quote is outdated. The Monster Manual Errata shows that you no longer should reference weapons. Meaning it doesn't matter what you attack with so long as that attack, not ...
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Can a 6th level monk choose to not deal magical damage with unarmed strikes?

Ki-Empowered Strikes aren't magical attacks to begin with! Ki-Empowered Strikes state this explicitly: your unarmed strikes count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity ...
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How does Shatter damage objects, if objects are immune to con-save effects?

The spell doesn’t give objects a save — it just deals the damage directly. Only the paragraph about how it affects creatures gives a save. This circumvents the object immunity rule, since it’s not ...
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Magic weapons being given to NPCs because I am immune to nonmagical weapon attacks

Only your DM can fix the problems they caused by handing out a broken homebrew feat OK, I'm sorry to say it so starkly, but this feat of yours is unbalanced, and your DM should know better than to ...
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Am I hit when I have immunity?

Yes, It Hits Your Character Per page 194 of the PH (bold added for emphasis): When you make an attack, your attack roll determines whether the attack hits or misses. To make an attack roll, roll a ...
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Would houseruling two or more instances of resistance to the same element as immunity be overly unbalanced?

It allows for some explosive combat options and methods to gain extreme immunities For example, a Tiefling gains resistance to fire damage, they could walk into a group of enemies and cast fireball ...
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What in the lore makes Krakens immune to lightning?

Krakens have powers that relate to lightning and storms The Kraken as described in the 5e Monster Manual has a Lightning Storm ability that can shoot lightning bolts around it. A monster being ...
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Can a Paladin use Divine Smite when attacking (with a natural 20) a creature immune to the weapon's damage type?

Divine smite only requires you to hit, which immunity does not prevent Some creatures have vulnerability, resistance, or immunity to certain types of damage. Particular creatures are even resistant ...
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Does immunity to fear prevent a mummy's Dreadful Glare from paralyzing a character?

The lore given in the Monster Manual provides an answer The stat block of any monster is not given in isolation, the Source Book (in this case the Monster Manual) provides lore of each monster ...
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Overpowered pyromancer (Kaladesh) nuking the battlefield for the lulz: fixing our Icewind Dale campaign

Note that the Pyromancer ignores his own resistance. If a Pyromancer Sorceror hits himself with his own spells, he'll deal the full damage to himself. Spells they cast ignore all fire resistance, ...
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How would I stat a creature to be immune to everything but the Magic Missile spell? (just for fun)

There's always going to be some clever exception if you try to phrase it negatively like that. This is D&D, not a limited computer program. If you want something fancier than "immune to ...
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Is a Rakshasa immune to Animate Objects?

A Rakshasa's Limited Immunity does not grant them immunity from the 5th level spell Animated Objects, but it is immune to the damage given by those Animated Objects, for a different reason (non-...
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Am I hit when I have immunity?

Yes If the total of the [attack] roll plus modifiers equals or exceeds the target's Armor Class (AC), the attack hits. (PHB p.194, emphasis mine) That's all you need to hit: nothing mentioned about ...
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Can a Werewolf actually hurt another Werewolf?

I asked Chris Perkins this question, and his response was: A werewolf needs magic, a magic weapon, or a silvered weapon to harm another werewolf. [1] While he generally refers rules questions to ...
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Are creatures with the immune to poisoned condition immune to poison damage?

No, but flesh golems are also immune to poison damage The poisoned condition and the poison damage type have no mechanical link beyond the fact that they are both poison derived. This is relevant for ...
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Can a planar ally use Limited Magic Immunity to avoid returning home?

No, because the Creature has been sent by a third party entity, not the spell. The Rakshasa itself is not being affected by the spell, but is a result of the spell. You beseech an otherworldly entity ...
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Does trying to charm an uncharmable creature cost a spell slot?

Yes, it does There are no caveats in the rules for casting a spell that ends up not affecting a creature. The rules on spell slots just state that when a character casts a spell, he or she expends a ...
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Overpowered pyromancer (Kaladesh) nuking the battlefield for the lulz: fixing our Icewind Dale campaign

Talk with your DM. I don't know how much of this you've already tried, given that you specifically note that "changing their rulings" is outside the scope of the question, but open ...
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Are Trolls immune to all instant death effects?

The spell is more specific, so the troll dies The troll's regeneration ability is a specific rule that overrides the general rule, which is that monsters die immediately upon dropping to 0 HP. It's ...
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Does immunity to fear prevent a mummy's Dreadful Glare from paralyzing a character?

The conditions are linked so the Barbarian would be neither paralyzed nor frightened The Dreadful Glare feature simply states: [...] If the target fails the saving throw by 5 or more, it is also ...
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Overpowered pyromancer (Kaladesh) nuking the battlefield for the lulz: fixing our Icewind Dale campaign

This does not appear to be a good tactic Your caster's wall of fire spell does 5d8 damage (around 23 damage) per turn on a failed save, or half that on a success. Your caster's spell can kill a 210-hp ...
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Are there creatures that are resistant/immune to falling damage?

Yes, Demon Lords In the recently released Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, there are several extremely powerful enemies. Amongst them are the Demon Lords, creatures of near-deity level power. An example ...
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Does the Pyromancer sorcerer's Fiery Soul feature totally bypass immunity to fire damage?

No, it doesn't completely bypass immunity When a feature is designed to ignore both immunity and resistance to a damage type, rather than "reduce/step down" one level of protection, it is ...
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Does upcasting bypass Limited Magic Immunity?

Upcasting does indeed bypass limited magic immunity When a spellcaster casts a spell using a slot that is of a higher level than the spell, the spell assumes the higher level for that casting. (PHB p....
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Does a creature that is immune to all outcomes (conditions, damage, etc.) of an effect still make a saving throw?

Yes First we need to understand mechanically how immunity to a condition actually functions when a saving throw is involved. This can be observed by the following situation: A Wizard casts Sunburst on ...
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Can a wererat be executed with a non-magical guillotine?

Yes, because a guillotine is not a “weapon” Jeremy Crawford specifically calls out that creatures can be crushed even if they are immune to nonmagical weapons Jeremy Crawford @pukunui81 Immunity to ...
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