Damage absorption is a trait that allows a creature to regain hit points instead of taking damage from a specific damage type. Typically, the creature is immune to the damage type, and also has a trait noting that. You can see how it is written on the Flesh Golem in the Basic Rules below:

Flesh Golem stat block

As you can see, the golem is immune to lightning damage. It also has a trait that allows it to heal when it would take lightning damage. Other creatures have the same feature with different damage types.

Monsters with Damage Absorption:

CreatureTypeChallenge RatingSource
Ashen Shambling MoundElemental5Keys from the Golden Vault
Breath DrinkerAberration14The Book of Many Things
Clay GolemConstruct9Monster Manual
Colossus of AkrosConstruct23Mythic Odyssey of Theros
Damaged Flesh GolemConstruct1Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount
EliseConstruct5Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft
Fiendish Flesh GolemConstruct8Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus
Flesh GolemConstruct5Monster Manual
Forge GuardianConstruct27Tal Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn
Giant StriderElemental or Monstrosity1Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse or Volo’s Guide to Monsters
Headless Iron GolemConstruct10Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden
Hulking ShadowUndead9Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen
Iron GolemConstruct16Monster Manual
King JhaerosConstruct19Keys from the Golden Vault
Light DevourerAberration6Criticial Role Presents: Call of the Netherdeep
Lightning GolemConstruct5Candlekeep Mysteries
Lynx CreatlachUndead5Infernal Machine Rebuild
Mage Hunter GolemConstruct15Tal Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn
Psionic Shambling MoundPlant5Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk
Reduced-Threat Clay GolemConstruct9Tales from the Yawning Portal
Reduced-Threat Flesh GolemConstruct5Tales from the Yawning Portal
Ruin GrinderConstruct5Strixhaven: Curriculum of Chaos
ScaladarConstruct8Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
Shambling MoundPlant5Monster Manual
Shambling Mound Totem ElementalPlant5Plane Shift: Ixalan
SkaabConstruct5Plane Shift: Ixalan
SkitterwidgetConstruct5Candlekeep Mysteries
Snow GolemConstruct3Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden
Spiked TombConstruct6Tomb of Annihilation
Tomb GuardianConstruct5Tomb of Annihilation
TrobriandConstruct22Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
Undead Shambling MoundUndead5Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
VasilkaConstruct5Curse of Strahd
Shambling Shadow VinesPlant5FoC

You can find lists of monsters with other exciting abilities here.

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