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As a DM, how can I handle my Druid spying on everything with Wild shape as a spider?

Introduce a threat to the spider. There are plenty of normal creatures that live in caves that pose a threat to spiders. Frogs, birds, and even other spiders are natural predators. You can ...
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As a DM, how can I handle my Druid spying on everything with Wild shape as a spider?

Handle it without crushing it. One of the best parts of playing D&D is creative uses of game mechanics. Don't take that from your player. Remember, your job as DM is not to counter or beat ...
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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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Is the shapeshifting druid an original D&D invention?

Druids have been shapeshifters from the beginning The D&D Druid ability to shapechange showed up originally in their first appearance in the game, as a monster in the Greyhawk supplement for ...
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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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Can a druid wildshape again whilst still in animal form?

Yes. First off, let's note that there's nothing in the Druid description that specifically precludes the WS1 → WS2 transformation you're contemplating. Second, consider this line of "Wild Shape&...
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Are the natural weapon attacks of a druid in Wild Shape magical?

Only the Moon Druid after level 6 While it's not specifically stated that they aren't magical, it is clear that they aren't due to the class feature of the Circle of the Moon Druid at level 6: Primal ...
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Does Wild Shape count as a spell?

No A class feature might give you a spell, but it explicitly says so in this case. See Barbarian's Path of the Totem Warrior for example: At 3rd level when you adopt this path, you gain the ...
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Can a Circle of the Moon Druid still use Wild Shape as an action?

The phrase "gain the ability" means that it doesn't replace anything. In addition to your previous ability to wild shape as an action, you now also have the ability to wild shape as a bonus action. ...
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Can truesight see through a druid's Wild Shape?

Yes, truesight will see through Wild Shape. As you mentioned in the question, truesight can perceive the original form of a creature transformed by magic. And the first line of Wild Shape says that: ...
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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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Can a druid who is wild shaped into an ape cast spells that only have somatic components (e.g. Thunderclap)?

Not until level 18 Wildshape's 3rd bullet point is quite clear: You can't cast spells [....] A druid that shifts into Wildshape can't cast any spells, regardless of their VSM components. This ...
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Is there anything stopping a druid from combining animals to form a new wild shape?

Yes, the rules stop this simply by how the ability works. The ability just doesn't provide any way to choose two forms. It specifies one ("a beast that you have seen"). Without something giving a ...
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Can a druid use Wild Shape to take the form of a specific, individual beast?

Rulings, Not Rules Jeremy Crawford, the lead game designer, called the rules "intentionally silent on these corner cases": Wild Shape can introduce wild situations. What happens when ...
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Is your proficiency bonus a class feature?

No, but you still keep that bonus for Wild Shape. Each class has a section called Features, that lists all its class features. These include, for a Barbarian, Rage, Unarmored Defense, Reckless Attack, ...
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Can Level 6 Circle of the Moon Druids wild shape into a flying beast?

You are still limited at level 6 Under Combat Wild Shape -> Circle Forms it say: The rites of your circle grant you the ability to transform into more dangerous animal forms. Starting at 2nd level,...
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If a druid in Wild Shape swallows a creature whole, then turns back to her normal form, what happens?

Lack of specific rules means DM have to decide. Despite lacking an appropriate excerpt from the books, we can at least refer to the designer's intent in a close situation, as expressed by Jeremy ...
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Is a druid hit by Feeblemind able to use wild shape?

You've already answered your own question. Wild shape isn't a spell nor a magic item, so feeblemind doesn't stop a druid from doing it. Furthermore, Feeblemind doesn't lower Wisdom, which is both ...
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Being the best animal I can: How to successfully convince NPCs as a wild-shaped druid?

No checks are necessary unless you try to do something decisively non-goat-like. There is some guidance in the Dungeon Master's Guide section Using Ability Scores: When a player wants to do something,...
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Can a druid get out of wild shape to avoid an opportunity attack?

This sounds like a clever way to avoid an Attack of Opportunity. The Druid is not moving, merely using a magical effect to take up less space. This is less "moving" than teleport, which expressly ...
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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 my Dragonborn Druid use their breath weapon in wild shape?

Yes. Per Jeremy Crawford's unofficial ruling on Twitter: Q: Could a dragonborn druid use breath weapon while wildshaped into, like, a wolf? A: The dragonborn's Breath Weapon trait requires exhalation....
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Is there anything stopping a druid from combining animals to form a new wild shape?

A druid can only assume the shape of a beast. Any combination of two animals would be a monstrosity. Beasts include “all variety of ordinary animals” (MM p. 6) while “Monstrosities are monsters in ...
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How does instant death work while wild shaped and using Orc's relentless endurance?

RAW, you are dead Xanathar's Guide to Everything states you move 500 feet in the first round* of falling. If you fall anything between 200 and 499 feet, you take 20d6 damage, and don't have time for ...
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Would it be unbalanced to increase a druid's number of uses of Wild Shape based on level?

Capstones (level 20 class features) are meant to be very powerful Lets start with your first concern, while a 2-infinity chart would be silly looking for power progression the level 20 class features ...
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Can a Circle of the Moon druid Wild Shape into a werewolf if they have encountered them?

No, you must choose a beast Wildshape (PHB, 66) dictates: Starting at 2nd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before. A Werewolf (MM, 211) ...
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If a Druid sees an animal’s corpse, can they Wild Shape into that animal?

On a literal reading, no Corpses are objects. Jeremy Crawford has unofficially advised as much on Twitter: A non-undead corpse isn't considered a creature. It's effectively an object. And see Is ...
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Can a druid use Wild Shape in mid-air to survive being dropped?

Let's break this down in to Rules As Written, then I'll give a nod to Rules As Fun. But the important thing to start with is this: D&D is not a Physics Simulator (alternately, it is a hilariously ...
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The Druid is being better burglar than the Rogue. How can I fix that?

You got the basic rules right. See also this linked question, there is no lower limit to the size. So, let's move on to the second question: why isn't it overpowered? Let's go over your ideas, and see ...
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How does a druid in Wild Shape interact with the Dominate Beast spell?

The Dominate Beast spell will end There was a (somewhat confusing) developer tweet about this topic. Jeremy Crawford stated (emphasis mine): In #DnD, the exceptional trumps the general. (No longer ...
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