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What creatures are immune to nonlethal damage?

Constructs A construct is an artificial creature empowered by a force other than necromancy. Constructs are often mindless; they are immune to bleed damage, death effects, disease, healing, ...
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False appearance and hiding mid combat

A very interesting question. Hiding has 2 criteria; The DM decides when circumstances are appropriate for hiding. ... You can't hide from a creature that can see you clearly Let's step through the ...
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False appearance and hiding mid combat

It seems to me that the rules for being "hidden" were written without considering the possibility of hiding in plain sight. For example, a creature can't be Hidden if it can be seen ...
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Would the breath of a red dragon set anything on fire?

As a point of historical legacy, I'll point out that most editions of the D&D rules shy away from delving into this issue for a specific practical point: the complication of PCs equipment getting ...
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Would the breath of a red dragon set anything on fire?

Arguably, "exhales fire in a 60-foot cone" should imply all the consequences that a mundane 60-foot cone of fire (like, say, from a giant gas torch) would cause. The problem is that most ...
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Would the breath of a red dragon set anything on fire?

Yes, when it’s important to the narrative. The rules don’t spend much time talking about objects. The Dungeon Master’s Guide provides some guidance on damaging objects, but provides some important ...
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False appearance and hiding mid combat

False Appearance is not being hidden Hidden means "both unseen and unheard" (p. 194 PHB). False Appearance does not make the monster unseen and unheard, it just makes it look like something ...
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Would the breath of a red dragon set anything on fire?

There are no hidden rules The “it only does what it says it does” applies to everything, not just spells. So, RAW, red dragon breath does not start fires. However, also RAW, you can change that if you ...
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False appearance and hiding mid combat

False appearance works more like a disguise then hiding You didn't give the precise text of the monster's abilities, but based on your description, I infer that you have based the monster's "...
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What Traits are determined by the Summon Aberration Spell?

Thomas Markov's answer is correct for RAW. However, I want to add an additional perspective regarding your instinct that maybe the Beholderkin should be immune to the prone condition: If it feels ...
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What Traits are determined by the Summon Aberration Spell?

It's not a beholderkin (or at least one like in the Monster Manual) Thomas Markov's excellent answer is a clear dissection of the rules involved in understanding why the summoned creature does not ...
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What Traits are determined by the Summon Aberration Spell?

The spell description and associated stat block have everything you need to know. The rules for Spellcasting state: Each spell description in Chapter 11 begins with a block of information, including ...
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What is this horror RPG involves being chased by a monster, and uses cards or coins to decide what happens?

This is the game I was thinking of: Gun&Slinger by Nevyn Holmes.
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How long does it take for owlbears to mature?

Around two years, if it has been trained to hunt. Dragon Magazine #214 published in February of 1995 has an article titled "Ecology of the Owlbear", by Jonathan M. Richards. In it, we see ...
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Issues with Clay Golem's Cursed Wounds?

Healing after being injured by a clay golem is complicated. The damage a clay golem deals doesn’t heal naturally and resists healing spells. A character attempting to cast a conjuration (healing) ...
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Issues with Clay Golem's Cursed Wounds?

The clay golem's cursed wounds ability is so poorly written that a DM ought to just rewrite it entirely. Cursed Wound (Ex): The damage a clay golem deals doesn’t heal naturally and resists healing ...
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Issues with Clay Golem's Cursed Wounds?

The Clay Golem’s Extraordinary Ability Cursed Wound reads: The damage a clay golem deals doesn’t heal naturally and resists healing spells. A character attempting to cast a conjuration (healing) ...
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What does the cloaker see?

A cloaker has 60 feet darkvision If False Appearance would affect the cloaker's senses, it would say so under the False Appearance or Senses entry. The Senses entry says: Senses darkvision 60 ft., ...
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How could you balance a Druid transforming into an owlbear and other monstrosities?

Others have already provided what is probably the best answer - simply rule 0 it and apply DM discretion, ruling out particular monstrosities or limiting what abilities they have. If your player just ...
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How could you balance a Druid transforming into an owlbear and other monstrosities?

No special traits/attacks other than those that beasts have The wild shape rules already limit CR (which should factor in AC, HP, proficiency bonus, damage per round, and to some extent resistances ...
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How could you balance a Druid transforming into an owlbear and other monstrosities?

No ranged attacks, no magical effects By and large, Beasts only have melee attacks and not much else. Generally, there is limited or no ability to attack at range, no fantastical movement, no special ...
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How could you balance a Druid transforming into an owlbear and other monstrosities?

Adjust the Circle of the Moon Druid with DM guidance The moon druid has a feature on level 10 called Elemental Wild Shape At 10th level, you can expend two uses of Wild Shape at the same time to ...
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In which editions of D&D have druids been able to Wild Shape into owlbears?

There were a few possibilities in 3rd edition And the “v.3.5 revised edition.” Shifter (3.0e prestige class, Masters of the Wild) Already covered by Mołot’s answer, the shifter prestige class isn’t ...
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In which editions of D&D have druids been able to Wild Shape into owlbears?

By core rules, likely in none of them (maybe in 1e and 4e) Below is the perspective on core rules from each edition. It may however be possible that there are further prestige classes and splat books ...
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In which editions of D&D have druids been able to Wild Shape into owlbears?

dnd-3.0 Dungeons and Dragons 3.0, with PrC In 3rd edition, Druid could only Wildshape into Animals*, and Owlbear was a Beast. Counterintuitive, Beasts are separate from Animals just as any other type ...
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Average AC of monsters per CR?

Average Monster AC tabulated by CR Here is the average AC for CR for all Monsters in the Monster Manual (and number of monsters at each CR), by Challenge Rating. If you are looking for a simple ...
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If a creature with damage transfer is grappling a target, and the grappled target hits the creature, does the target still take half the damage?

Your DM was right Slithering Tracker's Damage Transfer says: While grappling a creature, the slithering tracker takes only half the damage dealt to it, and the creature it is grappling takes the ...
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If a creature with damage transfer is grappling a target, and the grappled target hits the creature, does the target still take half the damage?

There are no exceptions to the damage transfer The feature states While grappling the target, the slithering tracker takes only half any damage dealt to it (rounded down), and the target takes the ...
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