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A mimic is a medium-sized creature that can polymorph into any object that suits the environment. Some rare varieties can grow larger, and can thus disguise themselves as larger objects.

Description[]

Mimics are nearly indistinguishable from the object they are imitating. When a mimic attacks its prey, it grows pseudopods. Mimics also typically have mouths with many teeth that appear once they have revealed themselves.[2]

Abilities[]

The following is drawn from the Monster Manual:[1]

  • Shapechanger: The mimic can use its action to shapeshift into an object or back into its true, amorphous form. Its statistics remain the same, and any objects it is wearing or carrying aren't transformed. It reverts to its true form if it dies.
  • Adhesive (Object Form Only): The mimic adheres to anything that touches it. A Huge or smaller creature adhered to the mimic is considered grappled, and has disadvantage on ability checks to escape the grapple. The DC to escape is 13.
  • False Appearance (Object Form Only): While the mimic remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from an ordinary object.
  • Grappler: The mimic has advantage on attack rolls against any creature it is currently grappling.

Immmunities:

  • Damage Immunities: Acid
  • Condition Immunities: Prone

Actions:

  • Pseudopod: Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. If hits: 1d8 + 3 bludgeoning damage. If the mimic is in object form, the target is subjected to its Adhesive trait.
  • Bite: Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. If hits: 1d8 + 3 piercing damage plus 1d8 acid damage.

The mimic disguised as a wall encountered by Bells Hells was able to spit acid and do area of effect damage as a recharging ability.[3] This ability seems similar to that of the spitting mimic,[4] except that it could target more than one creature at a time.[5]

History[]

Mighty Nein fighting a cabinet (mimic)

Fan art of Nott and Twiggy fighting a cabinet, by Lap Pun Cheung.[art 2]

Campaigns[]

Campaign One: Vox Machina[]

During Vox Machina's pre-stream adventures, the party had fought a mimic and a gelatinous cube at the same time. Matt jokingly mentions that they haven't seen a door mimic yet because he doesn't hate them.[6]

Campaign Two: The Mighty Nein[]

In his extra dimensional Folding Halls, Halas placed many traps to deter curious looters. In his study, he hid mimics among the cabinets in his study. The Mighty Nein encountered and fought one of these mimics.[7]

The wall mimic - Mikael

Fan art of Orym in front of the wall mimic, by Mikael.[art 3]

Campaign Three: Bells Hells[]

While investigating the disappearances of employees and patrons of the Dreamscape Theater, the party came to a very clean but otherwise unremarkable dead-end alley next to the theater. However, Imogen and Fresh Cut Grass, using Detect Thoughts, sensed an odd presence. As the group continued to inspect the area, the striations of the stone wall in the back of the alley split, revealing the eye, jagged teeth, and tendrils of a large spitting mimic. Though the fight was harrowing, the mimic was ultimately defeated by a critical Chromatic Orb from Dorian Storm[8]

One-shots[]

"Critical Role Extra – The Return of Liam!" (Sx15)[]

The party encountered and battled two mimics disguised as chests of treasure in the basement of the house. One was much larger than the other.[9]

"Critical Role: Grog's One-Shot" (Sx26)[]

A chest in the room Scanlan Shorthalt found himself in was in actuality a mimic. He was able to break free and killed it with a single Lightning Bolt doing 43 points of damage.[10]

Trivia[]

A mimic is featured in the Campaign Two animated intro, in which a chest Nott is attempting to unlock reveals itself to be a mimic.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 See D&D: Monster Manual, 5th ed., p. 220.
  2. See "Behind the Curtain" (3x07) at 3:19:44.
  3. See "Behind the Curtain" (3x07) at 2:40:44.
  4. See D&D: Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden, 5th ed., p. 302.
  5. See "Behind the Curtain" (3x07) at 2:40:58.
  6. See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) at 39:10.
  7. See "The Stowaway" (2x45) at 2:31:49.
  8. See "Behind the Curtain" (3x07) at 3:18:56.
  9. See "Critical Role Extra – The Return of Liam!" (Sx15) from 1:09:58 through 1:37:40.
  10. See "Critical Role: Grog's One-Shot" (Sx26) from 2:24:31 through 2:35:54.

Art:

  1. Depiction of a Mimic as a chest, by Eric Belisle from Monster Manual, 5th Edition, p. 220. This page contains unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
  2. Fan art of Nott and Twiggy fighting a cabinet, by Lap Pun Cheung (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Orym in front of the wall mimic, by Mikael (source). Used with permission.
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