Tabletop RPGs

Some monsters won't attack you on sight, but can be quickly antagonized. They work well as either a weird creature to seek out or as a remarkable enemy.

Occult owls are about twice the size of an ordinary owl. A strange third eye glows in the middle of an occult owl's forehead, leading to legends...

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The lovely manga Delicious in Dungeon features the monster I'm about to detail, and while your PCs can cook and eat a dryad flower after defeating it, just like the characters in the manga, they don't have to.

Dryad flowers look like beautiful, naked humanoids of a variety of genders (includin...

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I've been itching to write a fast assassin for a while, one that uses unusual mechanics.

Assassins tend to be very peculiar to a particular campaign, so I'm going with a popular name for this nasty fellow: Mack the Knife.

I want to do two things with this monster: make him deadly against his foe...

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We've been creating monsters based on a gem mine that just so happens to sit on a ley line, which breathes simple life into the crystals there. Miners now have to contend with crystalline monsters that range from annoyance to grave danger.

After creating the crystal wasp and crystal wyrm, let's cr...

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Last week, we created a gem mine that just so happens to sit on a ley line, which has the unfortunate propensity to breathe simple life into the crystals there. Miners now have to contend with crystalline monsters that range from annoyance to grave danger.

Today's monster sits squarely in the cent...

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Today's monster is a bit of a challenge. I want a tough creature that's size "tiny."

Most tiny creatures in D&D 5E feature very low Challenge Ratings (0 to 1). If we look at the more powerful ones, like older Faerie Dragons, Flameskulls, Demiliches, Imps, and Will-o'-Wisps, we see one prevailing t...

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Today, I've decided to create a monster without nailing it down to a particular level or Challenge Rating. Instead, I'll set out guidelines for running that monster at any level.

Let's create a magma monster, a humanoid creature of intelligent lava that can serve as a simple guard or random encoun...

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Last week, I created a faction of rangers who watch over portals, a group that calls themselves Those Who Walk Between. Today, I'm going to stat up one of them as an enemy.

They're inspired by the Horizon Walker Rangers from Xanathar's Guide to Monsters, and I want to re-use several of the abili...

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