[RPG] Would a Flameskull remember who killed it in previous attacks


I have a group of players who do not know (yet) how to get rid of a Flameskull.

They already destroyed it twice. The second time there were right next to it when it re-materialized and they had enough fire power to destroy it on the first round (they got lucky!)

Now, I'm wondering, can the Flameskull remember who destroyed it before?

I am thinking that, if the answer is yes, then it should use Fireball on the very first round, no hesitation… (even if it is itself inside) since it knows that otherwise it is more than likely to get destroyed without a chance to kill any of its opponents.

So I could imagine a Lich and a Mummy Lord as having quite a bit of memory, but I'm not so sure about the Flameskull…

Best Answer

All the information about flameskulls in 5e is on page 134 of the Monster Manual.

It is stated that a flameskull "only dimly recalls its former life," but this refers to the life it had before it became a flameskull at all. There is nothing to suggest that flameskulls have a poor memory in general.

In the description of the flameskull's rejuvenation, it says, "If it can no longer fulfill its intended purpose, the re-formed flameskull is beholden to no one and becomes autonomous." This suggests that the flameskull can remember things (such as its orders) from before its rejuvenation.

A flameskull has an intelligence of 16, suggesting it should be able to plan and reason strategically. Casting fireball the moment it rejuvenates seems like a reasonable strategy if the last thing it can remember is being smashed the moment it rejuvenated.

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