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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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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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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 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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What is the meaning of 'permanent' in description of True Polymorph?

The transformation lasts for the duration, or until the target drops to 0 hit points or dies. If you concentrate on this spell for the full duration, the transformation becomes permanent. Given the ...
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Is Baleful Polymorph really this weak?

No. I was about to answer "Yes", until I noticed this line in Baleful Polymorph: Any polymorph effects on the target are automatically dispelled when a target fails to resist the effects of ...
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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 a polymorphed creature use class features that don't require speech or hand gestures?

No, the polymorphed creature can only use actions that a normal creature with the new form would be able to do. It comes directly from the definition of “game statistics”. The Statistics section of ...
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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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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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Can I True Polymorph a goblin into adamantine (and then forge him into a sword?)

I don't see why not. It's not exactly a practical way of going about things, but it would be possible (by 17th level money isn't really an object). The spell says you can transform a creature into an ...
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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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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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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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Can you permanently True Polymorph into yourself?

Short answer: Yes you can, but it could get complicated Addressing the elements in reverse order: The Soul of a Warrior Trapped in a Toad's Body Can a character True Polymorph into itself as a means ...
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What happens when Wild Shape/Polymorph runs out in a space that's too small?

Unfortunately, there are no rules for this circumstance, so if our itsy-bitsy-spider-druid runs out of Wild Shape while trying to climb up a downspout, we have to come up with a ruling, and there are ...
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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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Does whether a Wizard can maintain the spell Polymorph upon themselves depend on the form they change into?

You maintain concentration, regardless of the form. Your ability to concentrate on a spell does not depend on any mental statistic. You can also continue to concentrate on a spell, even if you cannot ...
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Removing an unreasonable number of curses

From the text from the Remove Curse spell, emphasis mine: Remove curse can remove all curses on an object or a creature. So barring DM Fiat, you should be fine purchasing one casting of the ...
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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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Can True Polymorph be dispelled or reversed?

True Polymorph has received errata to clarify this. On page 185 of the SRD, the spell description now says: The transformation lasts for the duration, or until the target drops to 0 hit points or ...
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Can you use a Dragon's Change Shape Ability to Turn Back Into Yourself?

No, you can't do this. Change Shape lets a dragon turn into "a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating no higher than its own". A level 20 wizard doesn't have a challenge rating. You could turn ...
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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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