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Do dragons smell of lilacs?

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Can you get pregnant while True Polymorphed?

A precedent exists for the answer to possibly be 'yes', but this is still very much a case-by-case/DM's choice basis. The entry on half-dragons in the Monster Manual cites that they come from (in ...
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Are druids considered "shapechangers" and thus unaffected by the Polymorph spell?

They are not shapechangers. Shapechanger is a Tag (Monster Manual p.7) given to certain creatures. Becoming a druid doesn't change you from Humanoid (elf) to Humanoid (elf, shapechanger) in the same ...
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Can you polymorph an unconscious creature that is at 0 HP to wake it up?

No. From the Polymorph spell description: This spell can't affect a target that has 0 hit points. Of note: this caveat was added in the Player's Handbook Errata, as pointed out by Thyzer, after the ...
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Can a Wizard polymorph low-level PCs into over-powered beasts?

Yes. This may seem overpowered but there are several drawbacks to the spell: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It ...
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What's the story to "WotC gave up on fixing Polymorph"?

Wizards of the Coast made numerous attempts to errata the unbalanced polymorph spell family in D&D 3.0 and 3.5, before eventually accepting that the spell was inherently broken due to its ...
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Help! My PCs polymorphed my boss enemy! What do I do?

According to this answer, anyone who sees a spell being cast can use a reaction to make an Arcana check with a DC of 15+spell level, with advantage if the spell is on your spell list. Success means ...
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Can Polymorph end spells that require the target to be humanoid?

RaW, unclear. Unofficial Crawford rulings, the spell is suppressed. There have been conflicting answers about the topic on Twitter. On one hand, you have Mearls saying the spell would stick: Nope, ...
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Can you get pregnant while True Polymorphed?

Only your DM knows The rules of D&D 5e do not cover pregnancy. It is a story element, not a game mechanic. As such, it is entirely decided by each DM. Do dragons even "get pregnant" in your DM's ...
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If a vampire casts alter self, would they have a shadow?

Alter self only alters one's appearance, it does not change the properties of a vampire. You transform your appearance. Polymorph does the same thing, only altering the form. This spell transforms ...
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Can you escape a Maze spell by turning into a Minotaur?

Yes The spell monstrous physique iii allows you to polymorph into a monstrous humanoid, which is minotaur's type. Natural Cunning is listed as one of the abilities you can gain from this spell, if ...
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Can the Polymorph spell turn a character into a dragon?

Polymorph (4th level) is limited in what it can turn things into. From the spell text (second paragraph): The new form can be any beast whose challenge rating is equal to or less than the target’s (...
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Can True Polymorph transform an object (a tree) into the Champion (CR 9) from Volo's?

The true polymorph spell says: You can turn an object into any kind of creature, as long as the creature’s size is no larger than the object’s size and the creature’s challenge rating is 9 or lower....
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Can Polymorph be used to give a druid new Wild Shape forms?

This is unclear, and it's ultimately the DM's call. Beyond the general "what the DM says goes", it's not spelled out what exactly it means to have seen an animal. There's plenty of room for the DM to ...
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How does the Death Ward spell interact with the Polymorph spell lasting "until the target drops to 0 hit points"?

The Sorcerer retains their Giant Ape form with 1 HP The death ward spell description specifies the following (emphasis mine): The first time the target would drop to 0 hit points as a result of ...
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Does a creature die outright if they drop below negative max hit points of their polymorphed form?

No, you transform back before you can be instantly killed The rule for instant death says: Massive damage can kill you instantly. When damage reduces you to 0 hit points and there is damage remaining,...
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How large a snake can a Yuan-Ti Abomination become?

In this context "Large" means of the Large size category (Player's Handbook p.191), meaning it occupies a 10' by 10' space. The exact phrase is the following: The yuan-ti can use its action to ...
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True Polymorph: can a player use legendary actions of its new form?

No The rule on this was changed in the Monster Manual errata (and recent printings): If a creature assumes the form of a legendary creature, such as through a spell, it doesn’t gain that form’s ...
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If a character takes the (accurate) form of an aboleth, does the character gain their ancestral-genetic memories?

No, because you don't have any aboleth ancestors. An aboleth has a flawless memory of the memories of all of its aboleth ancestors, and you do gain this ability when you turn yourself into one. ...
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Does the mind flayer's Extract Brain affect polymorphed or Wild Shaped humanoids?

The extraction can't be done Both Polymorph and Wild Shape tell their target to assume the new form's game statistics, which includes (Monster Manual, page 6) the creature's type (Humanoid, Beast, ...
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Can you continue to play an Adventurers League character who was True Polymorphed into a monster?

No (kinda1), because you can't stay True Polymorphed after the session ends - the effect is always dispelled. During the session, you can keep playing the character. It's still the same entity/person, ...
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Can a Ranger bond with a beast that’s secretly an Angel in disguise?

What's important to you here, the fluff or the crunch? "Fluff" is the game world that the DM describes and the players interacts with. "Crunch" is the actual game rules mechanics. ...
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Which beast should I choose to most effectively remove an enemy from a fight using the Polymorph spell?

Pick an underwater creature. There is an undeniable correlation between health and damage, making it impossible to pick a tank that deals no damage. However, you can pick something, such as a killer ...
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Are pixies overpowered for CR 1/4?

Frame challenge : CR isn't a good metric regarding danger level for pixies As noticed in other answers, the pixie is an unusual creature in that it has very strong tools with very strong weaknesses. ...
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Does damage that caused concentration on polymorph to break carry over to the HP of the normal form?

No. It may help to consider this in a step by step approach: The giant ape gets hit for 50 damage while maintaining concentration on a Polymorph spell. The giant ape attempts to make a concentration ...
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Can you destroy a powerful creature with True Polymorph, Turning, and Destroy Undead?

Turn 'em and Burn 'em This will work exactly as described in your question. True Polymorph is concentration, so that will use up your concentration during this event. Turn Undead does NOT require ...
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Does Polymorph break attunements with prerequisites?

Rules as written, unfortunately so. You've found an interaction that seems undeniably correct from a strict reading of the rules. For example, should a magic item require attunement by an elf, and you ...
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Does a sentient weapon polymorphed into a creature retain the sentience's personality/alignment?

The first sentence in the description of true polymorph says "Choose one creature or nonmagical object that you can see within range." Based on this, I don't think it's possible to cast true polymorph ...
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Can a Wizard polymorph low-level PCs into over-powered beasts?

Polymorph is no more broken than any other spell. First, the full text of Polymorph. Polymorph This spell transforms a creature that you can see within range into a new form. An unwilling creature ...
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Can I true polymorph into an Ancient Brass Dragon, and then use its Change Shape ability?

Yes you can true polymorph into an ancient brass dragon As you say, the spell and rules are clear. An ancient brass dragon is a creature, it is not a shapechanger (and may not matter if they were), ...
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