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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 Alarm be used to detect hidden creatures?

Yes, this will work. Alarm states: Until the spell ends, an alarm alerts you whenever a Tiny or larger creature touches or enters the warded area. When you cast the spell, you can designate creatures ...
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If a lizardfolk shaman is killed while in crocodile form, what is its HP after it reverts to its true form?

"Its statistics, other than its size, are the same in each form." The Change Shape trait states: Its statistics, other than its size, are the same in each form. This means that the only ...
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If a Deva changes shape into a bear, do its attacks retain Angelic Weapons radiant damage?

The Angelic Weapons trait is retained while using Change Shape, and it applies to natural weapons. The Deva’s Change Shape trait description tells you what it keeps and doesn’t keep while transformed: ...
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Are there any beasts eligible for the druid's Wild Shape feature that have Legendary or Lair Actions?

There are currently no eligible beasts with Legendary or Lair Actions. It must be the case that this rule exists as a future-proofing measure and reminder, as it echoes the "Legendary Creatures&...
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What is "great distances" for an Elder Brain?

The only mechanical ability the Elder Brain has that remotely reflects the description of altering a creature's perceptions, implanting suggestions, and subtly influencing dreams is the Sense Thoughts ...
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Can Alarm be used to detect hidden creatures?

No. It will work to detect any creatures that intrude the warded area by entering or touching it; this is not such a case though. TL;DR - The spell is Alarm, not detect creature, nor detect life. ...
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Does a character killed by the necrotic damage from an undead's Energy Drain become a zombie?

If the life drain attack kills them, they rise as a zombie The life drain attack of the Wight says: A humanoid slain by this attack rises 24 hours later as a zombie under the wight's control, unless ...
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What published resource first introduced the duergar?

Monster Manual II (1983) Duergar first appeared on page 61 of the 1983 Monster Manual II for AD&D 1st Edition, at least, this is the earliest publication I am aware of, and some further research ...
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Can Alarm be used to detect hidden creatures?

Yes but it is always a DMs call to make. As you quoted the spell mentions: a Tiny or larger creature touches or enters the warded area. Hidden creatures are still creatures and are thus detected by ...
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Can the NPC Archdruid from Monsters of the Multiverse cast wildfire when using change shape?

Wildfire is not a spell, so the Archdruid cannot use it while using Change Shape. This is explained in the Sage Advice Compendium: Is a spell attack a spell? No. The game has two types of attacks—...
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What are the origins of the Displacer Beast?

It was inspired by a creature called the coeurl. You are correct: it was inspired by the coeurl, from A. E. van Vogt's 1939 science fiction story Black Destroyer, which was later made into the first ...
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What is included after Hit: in monster attacks?

You are right. The DMG provides guidance on how to read the attacks' description: Hit. Any damage dealt or other effects that occur as a result of an attack hitting a target are described after the “...
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What can spells cast into a Shield Guardian target?

You will need to work this out with your GM You've noted the two salient points: the wearer must cast the spell on the guardian when the guardian casts the spell it is with any "parameters" ...
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Dream Vestige attack bonus

There is no source of attack bonus you haven’t accounted for; you aren’t missing anything. The statblock is wrong, which is unfortunately very common in 3.5e. Likely the authors forgot to include the −...
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Can Alarm be used to detect hidden creatures?

No The spell detects a creature when it “touches or enters the area”. A creature already in the area does neither of those things.
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Can the NPC Archdruid from Monsters of the Multiverse cast wildfire when using change shape?

The Archdruid loses Wildfire A ranged spell attack is not necessarily connected to Spellcasting at all. Take the Sun Soul Monk's (Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide) Radiant Sun Bolt for example: You ...
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How does the Wind Demon's Arrow Bane ability (from the Creature Codex) interact with the rogue's Sneak Attack feature?

There won't be any Sneak Attack when an attack is deflected Regardless of who is considered to be the "attacker" when an attack is reflected back on the Rogue, which is indeed ambiguous due ...
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How fast is a Quickling courier?

As fast as you want. Especially with the Quickling, this might be a good point to take a little break from mechanics and read their lore instead: Quicklings rocket through haunting, twisted forests ...
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Would a lich remember someone they knew in life?

In general, yes, they just don't care The Monster Manual provides some information about liches. In particular it notes: Liches are the remains of great wizards who embrace undeath as a means of ...
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Can a Beholder face its Antimagic Cone behind itself?

By default there is no facing in 5e The standard rules do not use the concept of facing. All combatants are supposed to see in all directions, as they are moving in their space to respond to threats. ...
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How does Koschei's trait Hidden Soul actually work?

PCs need to sleep And eat. And defecate. And etc. This takes you action. Your one and (usually) only action. Every turn. Forever. Because the turn you don’t do this, Koschei is going to rip your head ...
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Can Alarm be used to detect hidden creatures?

RAW, the ground and air are in the spell's warded area. It is touching the ground, and the air around it. So it is touching the warded area. So it should set off the alarm spell as soon as you cast it....
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