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The Player's Handbook (p. 148) (and the Basic Rules) state about silvered weapons: Some monsters that have immunity or resistance to nonmagical weapons are susceptible to silver weapons [...] ...

What happens when a medusa and a beholder look at each other? Will the beholder petrify, or will the medusa lose her power?

Orcus, the demon lord of undeath, is listed in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes on page 152-153. He has several lair actions, including the following: Orcus's voice booms throughout the lair. His ...

I'm gearing up to DM an urban d&d 3.5 setting. It's loosely based on cityscape. The party is low level (3) and includes: an urban ranger, a crusader, a rogue/wizard who wants to become a prestige ...

In Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, Orcus' lair has an action which is to target an enemy with a power word kill that has a saving throw DC of 23. Presumably, this is a typo, because power word kill has ...

In Out of the Abyss, Orcus has a number of Lair actions. One of those Lair actions has a confusing point: It is stated that there is a save with a DC of 23 but no specific type of saving throw. The ...

In Out of the Abyss, the stats of the Pudding King include the following action (page 233): However, it does not mention what kind of ooze he transforms into. What kind of ooze does the Pudding King ...

Vrocks have a "Spores" action (with a recharge of 6) that releases a 15­-foot­-radius cloud of toxic spores: Each creature in that area must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or become ...

I'm currently trying to figure out the zombie creation mechanic for mt Pathfinder campaign. I'd like to bring back some ogres my players fought in a previous encounter as undead but I'm finding the ...

If you are playing a spellcaster in D&D 5e, what is the best save to target when casting a spell on a monster? I have seen general answers that lump the whole monster manual together. I would ...

Is there anything like greater restoration available to me at level 3? Or is there something I can do as a level three sorcerer to undo the effects of a Intellect Devourer's ability score reduction on ...

So this question popped up in the world building SE yesterday asking how mimics move and someone answered with their recollection of a Dragon Article on "The Ecology of the Mimic" by Ed Greenwood. ...

I'm DMing the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure. I'm assuming I would roll the new enemies' initiative, but should I add them to the initiative order immediately or only once the next ...

From the PFSRD: An incorporeal creature can enter or pass through solid objects, but must remain adjacent to the object’s exterior, and so cannot pass entirely through an object whose space is ...

The snow spider is a monster detailed on pages 154 and 155 of Frostburn (AKA It's Cold Outside) and has a poison listed as 1dx dex damage (based on spider size) and it has paralysis as a secondary ...

So say a ghost wants to shake hands with another ghost. Can they do that? Can they attack other incorporeal creatures with physical weapons in the same way ethereal creatures can?

The deep scion is a monster detailed in the fifth edition supplement Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 135). I'm unaware if deep scions have featured in previous editions of DnD. Deep scions are people ...

I am writing stat blocks for creatures in a D&D module that I am working on with a friend. I am the designer, not the DM and I need to determine static stats for some creatures. Exempli gratia, a ...

This is a quick one because I can't find clarification in the rules: If I give a monster with multiattack and a slam attack (like a doppelgänger) a nice pointy sword, does it still attack twice with ...

The Bronze Scout Clockwork construct from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (p. 125) is a CR1 monster, but has a set of traits that seem to make it incredibly powerful, unless I'm interpreting them ...

The lore text on Succubi / Incubi (MM, p. 284) states the following: A mortal bequeaths its soul to the fiend not by formal pledge or contract. Instead, when a succubus or incubus has corrupted a ...

Contains spoilers for the Lost Mine of Phandelver. In the 5e Starter Set adventure, you encounter I'm not referring to how their stats are different to reflect their CRs. Both of their attacks refer ...

I am new to DMing, and I am running the official Out of the Abyss adventure. My players found some eggs. When the eggs hatched, baby hook horrors popped out. The players saw them and decided to try ...

The vampire's bite attack states that if bitten and the target dies because of the bite and is buried in the ground only then can they turn into a vampire spawn under the control of the vampire: ...

The Monster Manual entry for hook horrors (p. 189) says: Hook horrors communicate by striking their hooks against their exoskeletons or the stone surfaces around them. What sounds to others like ...

Anyone the vampire targets must succeed on a Will save or fall instantly under the vampire’s influence as though by a dominate person spell (caster level 12th). (3.5 SRD; Vampire) After reading the ...

According to the Monster Manual entry for vampires, the Bite attack has the following effects, once successful: Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) piercing damage plus 10 (3d6) necrotic damage. The target's hit ...

In Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 75), I found that an ulitharid could, upon non-natural death, spawn a new colony: After the death of the ulitharid's body, mind flayers take its brain and place it ...

The description of Drow in the SRD states: An opponent hit by a drow’s poisoned weapon must succeed on a DC 13 Fortitude save or fall unconscious. After 1 minute, the subject must succeed on ...

Background I'm currently playing a Great Old One (GOO) Pact of the Chain warlock in one homebrew campaign. Originally, I had designed the character to be evil and roleplay-heavy, with skill and spell ...

What is the most powerful permanent undead follower you can get? Any class/race/spell/level combo is fine. Is it as simple as a necromancy wizard controlling a mummy lord, or is there something ...

Through the Forgotten Realms wiki and Wikipedia entries on illthids/mind flayers, I've been able to gather the fact that Mind Flayers will usually never act alone, accompanied usually by 2 or more ...

In an encounter (Wyvern Tor) my character is wielding a two handed greataxe which deals 1d12 damage. My Orc opponent was wielding the same weapon but its damage output was 2d12+6, making it much more ...

In one of my campaigns, my character is attempting to make a deal with a devil in The Nine Hells. One aspect of this deal is my soul. The devil does something for me, I do something for the devil. ...

I have the 2nd edition Dungeon Master Guide 1995 printing and the 2nd edition Monstrous Manual Book (not binder) 1994 printing. I can't find the a table with monster level like 1st edition had. Is it ...

So, imagine an aboleth, living in its lair as the party enters it. Without resorting to other means of detecting them, can it use its telepathy to speak to the party no matter where they are, so long ...

General Background The Dungeon Master's Guide contains copious rules for estimating the effects of traits on a creature's Challenge Rating. Some, of course, have greater effects than others. The DMG ...

I always thought that Cambions (only considering Infernal Cambions here for simplicity) were half devils, whereas Tieflings were more distantly related to devils. From the PHB, pg. 42: Tieflings ...

Through a series of lucky Persuasion rolls, my party managed to get a yuan-ti malison on their side. The player of a recently deceased player character wanted to play as the yuan-ti, which I agreed to ...

When a monster in the Monster Manual doesn't need food, drink, sleep, or air, it's specified by a [X] Nature. For example, a zombie has an Undead Nature: Undead Nature. A zombie doesn't require air,...

The other side of this question: What creature(s) can a Moon Druid transform into that would benefit from their armor? (Note: the link had Apes as the only answer, but ignore that for the sake of this ...

Per the description of Enslave, the Aboleth can use the ability on a creature it can see within 30 feet of it, but its projection lets it see and use telepathy from the new location. I assume it ...

The description of the druid's Wild Shape feature says: Starting at 2nd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before. [...] You choose ...

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes lists a number of Demonic Boons (p. 30) that a DM can grant to monsters and NPCs dedicated to a particular demon lord. For Juiblex, it says that the "most dedicated ...

A creature with the foo template has the ability called freeze A foo creature can hold itself so still it appears to be a statue. A foo creature that uses freeze can take 10 on its Stealth check to ...

I was recently running a game with my players, whose characters were in combat with a Scarecrow. According to the Monster Manual, Scarecrows have immunity to poison damage, but my players weren't ...

I have a wolfwere from AD&D 2e that I would like to convert or remake in 5e rules. How can I remake or convert this character accurately? Do any of the D&D 5e rulebooks provide guidance on ...

The "Interacting with Objects Around You" sidebar on PHB p. 190 (or here in the basic rules) says: Here are a few examples of the sorts of thing you can do in tandem with your movement and action:...

The Monster Manual's entry for the Specter (p. 279) includes the Poltergeist variant, which has the Telekinetic Thrust action. The part I'm considering is (emphasis mine): If the target is an ...

A one-shot I joined last week was tasked with fighting a bunch of tribal orcs. At one point the orcs drew longbows (with what was at least a +6 to hit as the DM was asking if 25 AC hits). At this, ...

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