The spores druid have a new type of wild shape the symbiotic entity. In the rules is stated:
At 2nd level, you gain the ability to channel magic into your spores. As an action, you can expend a use of your Wild Shape feature to awaken those spores.
But wild shape is like a metamorphous trait, right? And what exactly is "awakening the spores", you became a giant mushroom? Mushrooms are grown on your back? But if they just grow with the wild shape how you can spread spores? It’s just a random question, but I like to describe every single ability that I use.
The Circle of Spores Druid feature Fungal Infestation states:
If a beast or humanoid that is Small or Medium dies within 10 feet of you, you can use your reaction to animate it, causing it to stand up immediately with 1 hit point. The creature uses the zombie statistics. It remains animate for 1 hour, after which time it collapses and dies.
Circle of Spore druids also gain access to the Gentle Repose spell, which states:
You touch a corpse or other remains. For the duration, the target is protected from decay and can’t become undead. The spell also effectively extends the time limit on raising the target from the dead, since days spent under the influence of this spell don’t count against the time limit of spells such as raise dead.
There seem to be some good arguments that they cannot work together:
- First, Gentle Repose states the target cannot become undead, which would seem to preclude Gentle Repose working on a fungally infested creature that appears to be in some sense raised from the dead.
- Second, gentle repose states you touch a corpse or other remains – one could argue that using the zombie statistics, the fungally infested entity is neither a corpse or remains, but an undead zombie.
However, there are also some reasonable arguments that they could work together:
- First, the Fungal Infestation does not say that the creature is undead or a zombie, but that it uses the statistics of a zombie, which might leave room for a RAW interpretation that the features could work together (for example, it could be considered a fungally infested corpse or fungally raised remains).
- Second, Gentle Repose says that it extends the time limit of raising the target from the dead and makes reference to spells like Raise Dead, which in flavour are similar to what happens with Fungal Infestation.
RAW can these features work together?
The Monster Manual says:
A spore servant is any Large or smaller creature brought back to life by the animating spores of a myconid sovereign. A creature that was never flesh and blood to begin with (such as a construct, elemental, ooze, plant, or undead) can’t be turned into a spore servant.
—Spore Servant Template, Monster Manual, pg. 230
Animating Spores (3/Day). The myconid targets one corpse of a humanoid or a Large or smaller beast within 5 feet of it and releases spores at the corpse. In 24 hours, the corpse rises as a spore servant.
—Myconid Sovereign, Monster Manual, pg. 231
Which of these contradictory conditions are correct here?
So at level 14 the Circle of Spores from Ravnica you get Fungal Body, which gives immunity to the blinded, deafened, stunned and poisoned conditions and ignores the extra damage on a crit (so op) but a player I have thinks that poisoned condition=poison damage. I disagree. Is there an official ruling, cause it seems cut and dry to me but he won’t shut up?