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The Shapechanger trait is not affected by antimagic field The Sage Advice Compendium tells us how to determine whether a feature is magical (p. 17, "Is the breath weapon of a dragon magical?"): Determining whether a game feature is magical is straightforward. Ask yourself these questions about the feature: Is it a magic item? Is it a spell? ...


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Sure, You're the DM. If you want there to be a Curse that has entrapped a Dragon in Human Form, then you can invent one. There is no need for RAW to support this--creating curses-as-plot-devices is entirely within your purview as the DM. However, there are some things to consider...similar things have come up in games I've designed when adding in extra ...


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It means "don't use a different stat block". "Statistics" is a game term defined in MM p 6-11: A monster’s statistics, sometimes referred to as its stat block, provide the essential information that you need to run the monster. So in fact the sentence you've highlighted is telling you not to use the stats of another monster like the Giant Poisonous ...


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Based on the comments, the problem is 100% not how quick the Druid's shapeshifting is, it's that you haven't been making GM moves on 6−. Restricting the move is not at all the answer. The GM doesn't have that authority in the first place, and more importantly, the Shapeshifter move needs GM moves on its misses in order for it to function correctly. If you ...


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Different creatures, different abilities, different rules While all of these fall under shape-changing, each creature/ability/spell has its own set of rules. This is a great example of specific over general with regard to the ruleset. Shape-changing is a general rule allowing a creature to change their form, while each instances of Shapechange/Polymorph ...


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You couldn't change into a lich because a lich isn't humanoid or a beast The change shape feature of the Brass dragon says (emphasis mine): The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating no higher than its own. A lich is an undead, not a humanoid or beast. So a brass dragon cannot change shape into a lich. For a ...


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As you say, shapeshifting a lot is reasonable. It's a thing the Druid can do and there are no (overt…) restrictions on the move, so adding some is a bad idea and will just take away what makes the Druid the Druid. But it does have restrictions; they're just not obvious because the move is carefully taking advantage of restrictions that are baked into the ...


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No, the druid does not revert. A shapechanger makes its saving throw with disadvantage. If it fails, it also instantly reverts to its original form and can't assume a different form until it leaves the spell's light. As this is a new paragraph separate from the first paragraph of the spell description, and the paragraph exists to describe the specifics ...


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According to (the archived version of) a 2013 article from the Wizards' website: In addition to their shapechanging, doppelgangers have the ability to read thoughts. In the short term, a doppelganger can read thoughts to aid it when tricking people around it. When impersonating a specific victim, a doppelganger likes to spend an hour or so every day ...


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RAW, it seems you quoted the relevant part of the rule already. Destroy Water. You destroy up to 10 gallons of water in an open container within range. Alternatively, you destroy fog in a 30-foot cube within range. The serpent form is not water in an open container or fog, and again RAW, should not be subject to damage from the spell. Spells don't ...


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Yes. The specific text of the metallic dragons' Change Shape action always includes, emphasis mine: The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating no higher than its own, or back into its true form. It reverts to its true form if it dies. ... In a new form, the dragon retains its alignment, hit points, Hit ...


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No Change Shape: ... In a new form, the deva retains its game Statistics and ability to speak, but its [things that are not hp] are replaced by those of the new form, ... Hit points are retained.


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Use silver and truth You say that the devils have made some sort of safe zone, but they are secretly dealing with the Lamia on the side. However, they, being devils and well versed in the idea of binding clauses, don't truly trust her, and why should they? Lamias are chaotic evil, they can't be expected to uphold their end of the contract. So instead of ...


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Case 1, the Oni remains with 34HP. As you quoted in Shapechange: Other than its size, its statistics are the same in each form. So all things in the Oni's stat block remain exactly the same when it transforms, apart from its size and appearance. This means he remains at 34HP, and regens 10HP per turn as usual.


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No, this won't work for several reasons There are several problems here... Qualith is not the written form of Deep Speech. Deep Speech does not have a written form. It is the only language listed in the PHB that lacks a script used to write it down (see PHB/Basic Rules Chapter 4). Qualith is a unique, written-only language only used or understood by Mind ...


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Treat the Dragon's CR as 20 In the specific example you give at face value the current CR seems appropriate, but I would argue given how the spell works and its effects that it was specifically designed to deter low level players and weaker creatures from entering. While the shape-changed dragon has some of the stats of a lower CR creature, it retains some ...


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No. The abilities the werewolf has in each form are listed in its stat block. From its Shapechanger ability: "Its statistics, other than its AC, are the same in each form," where statistics would include pack tactics.


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No, a transmuter wizard is not considered a shapechanger Shapechanger is a tag which is given to certain creatures. The spell text of Moonbeam refers specifically to 'A shapechanger' not simply 'A creature with the shapechanger abilty'. Gaining your 10th level class feature as a Wizard Transmuter doesn't change you from a Medium humanoid (any race) to a ...


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Looking over the GM moves, here are some ideas that come to mind. Deal damage is simple, direct, but will get boring quickly. Use up their resources could cause them to break something they were holding, wearing, or carrying during the transformation. Turn their move back on them could get them stuck in a suboptimal form for a little while. As GM, I would ...


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Use the Truth Like a Shibboleth tl;dr The players ask straight forward questions and watch for a pain response. Jackalweres Can be Discovered When Speaking the Truth. The description of the jackalwere notes a non-magical way of discerning the creature's nature. From the 5e Monster Manual (p. 93): A jackalwere is born to lie, and perceptive creatures ...


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No, they are not shapeshifters Changelings can only change their general appearance, they can't completely change their form. No matter what form they take with their powers they are always a humanoid. They lack the shapeshifter descriptor which would be the main indicator.


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Yes...but... The bite attack that lycanthropes have says that creatures hit with the attack must make a saving throw, not that the lycanthrope can choose to have them make a saving throw. It is an effect of the bite. This is particularly important for wererats, which are described as being particular about who they "bless" with lycanthropy, and that "...


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The Changeling's Change Appearance ability states: You can’t duplicate the appearance of a creature you’ve never seen, and you revert to your natural form if you die. You decide what you look like, including your height, weight, facial features, the sound of your voice, coloration, hair length, sex, and any other distinguishing characteristics. You ...


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As Written... This is a case where the rules as written say nothing - and leave it to the DM. Use The Tools In The DMG The DM, however, has good tools to resolve it. In the DMG, there is a table on page 284 that give the expected damage by spell level.... Create/Destroy water is 1st level, and area effect, so it should use the "Multiple targets" damage.....


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One of the writers of Dungeon World, Sage Latorra, addressed this in this thread. A note on shapeshifting in general: taking on a new form is, in a way, saving up successes for particular tasks. The druid makes one roll and, through the clever selection of a form, can turn that into 1 or more successes. The cost of this is the new form: since everything ...


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Some things I've done and seen done in my games - in the vein of "turn the move against them." Give them a "scar" when they return to their original form. The scar is a prominent feature left over from their transformation (wolf ears, spider's eyes, feathers) that negatively affects their social interactions in addition to the charisma penalty. Require ...


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In this situation, where there are two conflicting exceptions in play, it's going to be up to the DM to determine how they interact. Personally, I would interpret that Misty Escape means the vampire is unable to willingly revert to humanoid form, not that it's physically impossible for it to do so; and so I'd rule that in the light of a moonbeam (assuming ...


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According to Jeremy Crawford, yes In his tweet A creature must be designated—with a tag or other text—as a shapechanger to count as one. Transmutation wizard meets this requirement - "other text" - by having the Shapechanger class feature. However, I agree with Zso's answer on your linked question. Shapechanger has always been an inherent non-magical ...


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Case 1 Consider the wording of the Change Shape ability... Other than its size, its statistics are the same in each form. The only thing that changes with an Oni is its appearance and size. If it adopted the new form's hit points, it would say so. Consider, as a contrast, a few effects that do cause you to adopt a new form's hit points Druid's Wild ...


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