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It's up to the DM. D&D 5e Monster Manual p.11, under Equipment, says (emphasis mine): A stat block rarely refers to equipment, other than weapons used by a monster. A creature that customarily wears clothes, such as a humanoid, is assumed to be dressed appropriately. You can equip monsters with additional gear and trinkets however you like, ...


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Nothing, but its stomach acid can digest even the most powerful magic items. Being swallowed by the tarrasque has no special effect on a wizard's ability to use magic, whether in D&D 5th edition (Monster Manual p.286) or earlier editions. However, the tarrasque's stomach is canonically capable of digesting magic items, even certain powerful artifacts. ...


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The Hydra uses one reaction to run away The Hydra's "Reactive Heads" feature states that for every head beyond the first, the Hydra gains an extra reaction that can only be used for opportunity attacks. This means that the Hydra has one "normal" reaction, which would be consumed by Dissonant Whispers. There are two reasons why the Hydra would not be able ...


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Yes, Grung has a written form. In the PDF file One Grung Above, which details the stats for playable Grung, it lists the following: Languages. You can speak, read, and write Grung Since PC Grung are capable of reading and writing Grung, it must therefore have a written form. What form that written form takes, however, is never stated in any of the ...


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Yes, its Bite and Claw attacks are magical weapon attacks. Usually a monster's claws, bites, and other attack actions are listed as weapon attacks. In the stat blocks for Death Slaad and Gray Slaad, these actions are written as: Bite (Slaad Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack... Claws (Slaad Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack... Since the bite and claws ...


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This would work on a wild shaped druid Wild Shape says: Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast, but you retain your alignment, personality, and Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores. Creature type is part of a creature's statistics and thus the druid literally becomes a beast in wild shape form. And, because they are a ...


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Generally speaking, the Spectator's ability is far superior. The Spectator can create food for other people A Spectator can create a day's worth of food and water every six seconds. A Banshee can't do that, it just doesn't need to eat. A Spectator could use that ability to keep pets or companions, function as the food source for a moderately sized army (...


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It's usually assumed that a monster carries ammunition for its ranged attacks. From the intro to the Monster Manual (p. 11), under "Ammunition": A monster carries enough ammunition to make its ranged attacks. You can assume that a monster has 2d4 pieces of ammunition for a thrown weapon attack, and 2d10 pieces of ammunition for a projectile weapon such ...


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Yes, you add 1d6 from Hunter's Mark The Hunter's Mark spell description states: You choose a creature you can see within range and mystically mark it as your quarry. Until the spell ends, you deal an extra 1d6 damage to the target. Usually, a creature has one AC and one pool of hit points. The Roper is unusual because of its Grasping Tendrils feature: ...


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It suppresses/prevents only if the creature's ability is magical Some of the abilities of these monsters are considered magical, some are not. To define if something is magical or not, the Sage Advice Compendium gives us a small questionnaire: Is it a magic item? Is it a spell? Or does it let you create the effects of a spell that’s mentioned in its ...


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Tarrasque stomach fluids do not affect a wizard's magic The Tarrasque has an acidic stomach, but it doesn't strip away magic: While swallowed, the creature is blinded and restrained, it has total cover against attacks and other effects outside the tarrasque, and it takes 56 (16d6) acid damage at the start of each of the tarrasque's turns. I am unsure if ...


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First, the Slaying Longbow is listed under the Actions section, and there is no equipment listed for the Solar, so it is up to the DM whether the Solar uses persistent weapons, or forms them at the time of attack, meaning there may not be any weapon to loot. As for the Slaying Longbow attack, there are 3 parts, attack, damage, and special: Ranged ...


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The phantasms cannot attack, but they're still going to confuse you When a Cloaker takes the Phantasms action, it: magically creates three illusory duplicates of itself if it isn't in bright light. The duplicates move with it and mimic its actions, shifting position so as to make it impossible to track which cloaker is the real one. The usefulness of ...


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No, the rocks are not part of the creature. Polymorph can turn you into an ape, but it doesn't turn you into an ape and a pile of rocks. The rocks are carried items. Like all of the 5e rules, the MM's suggestion that a monster carries "enough ammunition" applies to normal cases, not every possible edge case. A Guard carries a spear, but you can still run ...


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It looks like your lich-dragon-rabbit could use the lich's lair actions still Shapechange says: You can't use any legendary actions or lair actions of the new form. It doesn't say that you lose your currently available lair actions. In fact, an earlier statement pretty much conclusively allows lair actions to carry over into the new form (as you point ...


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You can find a bit of reference in the article "Villains: Cult of the Black Earth" on the D&D website. It contains a few images of Marlos Unrayle (a male medusa from the Princes of the Apocalypse adventure), including a full-body one:


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There's no way to stop the tracking short of destroying the revenants somehow. Your guess is right; the wording of the Vengeful Tracker and Divine Justice sections in the Revenant's description do preclude any ability to effectively hide from a revenant's tracking, as it's explicitly stated that no magical means can prevent it, and there's obviously no ...


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Making armor from animal/monster parts has a long history in D&D and other fantasy games but I don't think I've seen specific rules for it in 5e. But since the armor you are talking about has special properties that would push into the "magic item" category the DMG does have rules on pages 128 and 129. It is a bit too long for quoting here but you ...


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You’ll need to ask your DM. Aside from a few, explicitly described cases (such as lizardfolk being able to fashion clubs and shields from bone during a short rest), 5E has no general provisions for collecting parts of dead creatures and assembling them into new equipment; the assumption is that basic equipment is purchased or crafted - both with gp - and ...


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The effects of all rays with ongoing effects are suppressed. From Antimagic Field (Which is the effect caused by Antimagic Cone): Spells and other magical effects, except those created by an artifact or a deity, are suppressed... From the beholder: The beholder shoots three of the following magical eye rays at random... All effects of the eye rays ...


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Terrain is your friend Take Detect Thoughts spell: The spell can penetrate barriers, but 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 3 feet of wood or dirt blocks it. Seek Thoughts - same limitation. Also, most areas of effect stop at obstructions. I don't have access to 3.5 monster manual anymore and Illithids are not open content,...


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Banishment would remove the phase spider from your fight for (at least) 1 minute The 5th edition description makes no mention as to which plane is "home", but previous editions heavily imply that it's native to the ethereal plane. So it's a DM call (though, I'd argue RAW is the material plane if I was at an AL game). But it doesn't matter, because ...


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Mechanically: Because it's a Vermin. The Giant Spider itself does not have that ability, but rather inherits it from its creature type: Vermin. Vermin have the following trait: Mindless: No Intelligence score, and immunity to all mind-affecting effects (charms, compulsions, morale effects, patterns, and phantasms). Mindless creatures have no feats or ...


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You get the bonus damage The bonus damage happens when you hit the creature. The tentacles are part of the creature notwithstanding their own hp pool. You get the bonus damage.


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The cloaker's phantasms simply mimic actions The cloaker's phantasms do not change other actions, so a cloaker does not make 4 attacks while its phantasms are up. The phantasms ability simply states: The duplicates move with it and mimic its actions, shifting position so as to make it impossible to track which cloaker is the real one. So what matters is ...


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As per the PHB description for shapechange: You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them, provided that your new form is physically capable of doing so. I’d lump legendary resistances under such features. However, your statistics are replaced, including presumably the number of times you can use your ...


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No magic can prevent it from working The revenant's statblock (MM, p. 259) describes the Vengeful Tracker trait as follows: The revenant knows the distance to and direction of any creature against which it seeks revenge, even if the creature and the revenant are on different planes of existence. If the creature being tracked by the revenant dies, the ...


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Likely the Draconic Script I haven't found anything explicitly indicating what alphabet Grungs use, but (per FRCS 3e p.85) Chultans use Draconic (as does Lantan and Maztica), so there is a good chance a written language used by Grungs would do so too.


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The Petrified Condition would not be suppressed or removed unless it is magical Antimagic field has a specific list of effects stating what it is capable of doing - and the one most applicable to this situation would be: Targeted Effects. Spells and other magical effects, such as magic missile and charm person, that target a creature or an object in the ...


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No. You set a really high bar, and nothing exactly matches what you're looking for. Each of these criteria have things that match them, but nothing has all of them: spirit or plague - There are both spirits and illnesses in all editions D&D, none that match the rest of the criteria. Ghost has existed since Monster Manual 1st Edition. Wraith have ...


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