Monster of the Month: Ice Elemental

Each month, we’ll give you a new monster to use in your 5e game. This month, we give you the Ice Elemental. You can download the description and stat block of the ice elemental here.

Ice Elementals

Ice elementals are the forces of deep winter and the frozen arctic made manifest. Their bodies are made of shifting ice that creaks and groans like a cracking glacier whenever they move. Wherever an ice elemental appears, the air becomes noticeably colder and frost collects on water or glass surfaces.

Ice elementals, when encountered on the Material Plane, are usually found in cold environments such as a polar ice field of a high mountain glacier. Ice elementals are some of the more aggressive elementals, and are known to attack travelers on sight. This doesn’t reflect an underlying evil nature, however. Instead, the ice elemental sees warmth, including body heat, as something antithetical to its own nature.

Ice Skating

Ice elementals can skate over frozen surfaces with surprising elegance – although few who see the grace of a skating ice elemental truly appreciate it for long, because it is hard to appreciate anything when you’ve been frozen solid.

Breath of the Cold

An ice elemental can belch forth a blast of cold air as frigid as the coldest winds of winter. Many an adventurer has been frozen solid by this attack, and it is not uncommon to find frozen bodies, either intact or shattered, in the territory of an ice elemental.

The Other Elements

Most adventurers know about the four most common types of elementals: air, earth, fire, and water. In some worlds, however, there are more than four elements. Ice (or cold) is one of these other elements, together with other things such as storms, wood, metal, or even time.

Some multiverses might have a separate Plane of Cold from which ice elementals come. In others, a demiplane of cold exits where the Planes of Air and Water touch. If you introduce ice elementals into your game, consider their origins relative to the four common elementals.


Ice Elemental

Large Elemental, neutral

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)

Hit Points 114 (12d10 + 48)

Speed 30 ft.


STR

DEX CON INT WIS CHA
20 (+5) 10 (+0) 18 (+4) 6 (-2) 10 (+0)

8 (-1)


Damage Vulnerabilities fire

Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage from non-magical weapons

Damage Immunities cold, poison

Condition Immunities exhaustion, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, unconscious

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10

Languages Primordial (Glacien)

Challenge 5 (1,800 xp)


Skate. The elemental can move with ease over icy terrain, and suffers no penalties for such movement.

Actions

Multiattack. The elemental makes two slam attacks.

Slam. Melee Weapon Attack. +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (1d8 + 5) bludgeoning damage plus 4 (1d8) cold damage.

Frost Breath (Recharge 4-6). The elemental exhales an icy blast of frigid air in a 15-ft. cone. Each creature in that are must make a DC 14 Constitution saving throw, taking 18 (4d8) cold damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

Monster of the Month: Brown Slaad

Each month, we’ll give you a new monster to use in your 5e game. This month, we give you the Brown Slaad. You can download the description and stat block of the brown slaad here.

Brown Slaad

When a red slaad implants an egg into a victim, the egg usually grows into a slaad tadpole, which bursts forth and eventually grows into a blue or green slaad. However, if anything should happen that interrupts the gestation of a tadpole within its host, this tadpole might instead metamorphosize into a brown slaad.

Brown slaadi, also known as mud slaadi or slaad pollywogs, resemble frog-like humanoids similar to the rest of slaad-kind, but they are smaller and mud-brown in color. They also still have a small, vestigial tail remaining from their tadpole form.

Interrupted Metamorphosis.

The gestation of a slaad tadpole can be interrupted in a number of ways. The host might die before the gestation is complete, and the tadpole must emerge prematurely. Sometimes, a sawbones or chirurgeon with enough skill (and enough guts) can attempt to cut out the slaad tadpole before it is fully-grown. Other times, the chaotic nature of the slaad itself causes the tadpole to mutate. Any of these events could lead to a slaad tadpole becoming a brown slaad.

Stunted Growth.

Because their metamorphosis was interrupted, brown slaadi are not fully mature. They are small and stupid, with barely more intelligence than an animal. They also lack the ability to reproduce, and cannot spread the chaos phage or implant eggs like red or blue slaadi.

Weakest of the Slaadi.

Because they are the smallest and weakest slaadi, brown slaadi are bullied and abused by other slaadi. Because of this, brown slaadi usually avoid others of their kind, preferring to make their home among bullywugs or grung, who see the presence of a brown slaad as a sign of good fortune.


Brown Slaad

Small aberration, chaotic neutral

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)

Hit Points 27 (6d6 + 6)

Speed 25 ft.


STR

DEX CON INT WIS CHA
12 (+1) 14 (+2) 13 (+1) 4 (-3) 6 (-2)

6 (-2)


Skills Perception +0

Damage Resistances acid, cold, fire, lightning, thunder

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10

Languages Slaad, telepathy 60 ft.

Challenge 2 (450 XP)


Magic Resistance. The slaad has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.

Regeneration. The slaad regains 5 hit points at the start of its turn if it has at least 1 hit point.

Actions

Multiattack. The slaad makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its claws.

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack. +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) piercing damage.

Claws. Melee Weapon Attack. +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage.

Monster of the Month: Blade Demon

Each month, we’ll give you a new monster to use in your 5e game. This month, we give you the Blade Demon. You can download the description and stat block of the blade demon here.

Blade Demon

Blade demons are vicious, insectoid-like demons whose six limbs all end in razor sharp blades. Blade demons scuttle around on these scythe-like limbs, but when it comes time to fight, they are surprisingly good at balancing on their two back ‘legs’, allowing them to attack with four of their bladed ‘arms’ all at once.

Bladelust.

There is an old dwarven expression: “If yer only tool be a hammer, then ye’ll be treatin’ everythin’ like a nail.” Well, a blade demon’s only tools are its bladed limbs, and so it treats everything as something to be sliced. People, animals, trees, and even other demons – the blade demon interacts with everyone and everything in the same way: trying to slash it to bits.

Swaths of Destruction.

Blade demons scuttle about like insects on their six scythe-like limbs. This movement leaves a trail of slashes and cuts wherever the blade demon goes; their blades are strong and sharp enough even to leave cut marks in stone. This makes blade demons very easy to track – Wisdom (Survival) checks made to track a blade demon have advantage. However, one would have to be mad or very, very desperate to want to track down a blade demon.


Blade Demon

Medium fiend, chaotic evil

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)

Hit Points 44 (6d8 + 8)

Speed 40 ft.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
10 (+0) 16 (+3) 14 (+2) 11 (+0) 12 (+1) 10 (+0)

Saving Throws Dex +5

Skills Acrobatics +5

Damage Resistances cold, fire, lightning; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage from non-magical weapons

Damage Immunities poison

Condition Immunities poisoned

Senses darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 11

Languages Abyssal, Common

Challenge 3 (700 XP)


Magic Resistance. The blade demon has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.

Actions

Multiattack. The demon makes four attacks with its bladed arms.

Bladed Arm. Melee Weapon Attack. +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d6 + 3) slashing damage.


Variant: Demon Summoning

If you are using the Demon Summoning variant from p.54 of the Monster Manual, you can give the blade demon the Summon Demon (1/Day) action option.

A blade demon has a 30 percent chance of summoning one blade demon.

Monster of the Month: Angler Devil

Each month, we’ll give you a new monster to use in your 5e game. This month, we give you the Angler Devil. You can download the description and stat block of the angler devil here.

Angler Devil (Pel’agryth)

Angler devils are loathsome fiends that live deep beneath the frozen surface of the oceans of Stygia, the fifth layer of the Nine Hells.

Angler devils resemble terrible piscine horrors, with bulging eyes, a gaping maw, gangly arms and stubby legs. Suspended from the top of their head is a lure that glows with an eerie, diabolical light.

Tempters of the Deep.

When they find themselves on the Material Plane, angler devils roam the ocean looking for desperate souls, most commonly victims of shipwrecks. They offer these mortals a safe return to land, but at a terrible price.

Angler devils that are feeling particularly malicious will find a ship at night and enchant the night watchmen with their magical lures. These sailors will walk right off the edge of their ship towards the glowing light bobbing in the waves. By the time they come to their senses, their ship is long gone.


Angler Devil

Medium fiend, Lawful evil

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)

Hit Points 91 (14d8 + 28)

Speed 20 ft., swim 60 ft.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
18 (+4) 16 (+3) 14 (+2) 14 (+2) 12 (+1) 16 (+3)

Saving Throws Str +7, Con +5, Cha +6

Skills Deception +6, Insight +4, Perception +4

Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage from non-magical weapons that aren’t silvered

Damage Immunities cold, fire, poison

Condition Immunities poisoned

Senses darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 14

Languages Infernal, telepathy 120 ft.

Challenge 6 (2,300 xp)


Devil’s Sight. Magical darkness doesn’t impede the devil’s darkvision.

Lure of the Deep. When a creature starts its turn within 60 feet of the angler devil and the two of them can see each other, the angler devil can force the creature to make a DC 14 Wisdom saving throw if the angler devil isn’t incapacitated. On a failed saving throw, the creature is charmed and must move its speed towards the angler devil. On a success, the creature is not charmed, but is still susceptible to the lure on its next turn if it does not avert its eyes.

A creature that isn’t surprised can avert its eyes to avoid the saving throw at the start of its turn. If it does so, it can’t see the angler devil until the start of its next turn, when it can avert its eyes again. If it looks at the angler devil in the meantime, it must immediately make the save.

Magic Resistance. The devil has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.

Actions

Multiattack. The devil makes three attacks: two with its claws, one with its bite.

Claw. Melee Weapon Attack. +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) slashing damage.

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack. +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) piercing damage.


Variant: Devil Summoning

If you are using the Devil Summoning variant from p.68 of the Monster Manual, you can give the angler devil the Summon Devil (1/Day) action option.

     An angler devil has a 30 percent chance of summoning one angler devil.

Infernal Hierarchy

The angler devil is considered a lesser devil. On the hierarchy of the Nine Hells, an angler devil is above a barbed devil but below a chain devil.

Monster of the Month: Magnetite Golem

Each month, we’ll give you a new monster to use in your 5e game. This month, we give you the Magnetite Golem. You can download the description and stat block of the magnetite golem here.

Magnetite Golem

Most golems are made out of common and readily available materials, such as iron, stone, clay, or, in particularly grisly circumstances, flesh. A few golemsmiths, however, decide to utilize more exotic materials to make golems with unique abilities. One such exotic golem is the magnetite golem.

A magnetite golem usually is built in a humanoid form, with a wide body made out of metallic dark grey mineral stone. This form is often reinforced with wrought iron or steel plates, resembling rudimentary armor.

Walking Magnets

Magnetite golems are constructed of naturally magnetic iron ore known as magnetite to sages or lodestone to the common-folk. A magnetic field surrounds the golem, pulling objects made of ferrous metal towards it, granting the golem potent combat abilities against users of iron and steel.

Ferrous Metals

Only certain kinds of metals are attracted to a magnetite golem. The two most common are iron and steel.

Thankfully for the people who set magnetite golems to guard their treasure, the metals used to make standard coins (copper, silver, electrum, gold, and platinum) are not affected by the golem’s magnetism.

As a DM, you might have to rule on whether special materials such as mithral or adamantine are attracted by magnets. You may also decide that some spells, such as blade barrier, interact with magnetism in interesting ways. Your players might argue. Good luck with that.

Particular Guardians

The magnetite golem is an ideal ward against a raiding adventuring party. Its resistance to magical attack as well as the unique way with which it can fight heavily armored melee fighters make it adept at handling most of the threats an adventuring party might present.

The only downside of the magnetite golem is that it is not a good choice to guard anything that is made out of iron or steel, for obvious reasons.

Collectors

The magnetite golem’s body can collect accidental trophies from a battle won that were left clinging to the golem’s body at the end of the fight. After many battles, a magnetite golem can accumulate weapons, shields, and scraps of armor covering their form. These magnetite golems are called collectors.


Magnetite Golem

Large construct, unaligned

Armor Class 18 (natural armor)

Hit Points 189 (18d10 + 90)

Speed 30 ft.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
22 (+6) 9 (-1) 20 (+5) 3 (-4) 11 (+0) 1 (-5)

Damage Immunities electricity, poison, psychic; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons that aren’t adamantine

Condition Immunities charmed, exhausted, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned

Senses darkvision 120 ft., ironsight (see below), passive Perception 10

Languages understands the languages of its creator but can’t speak

Challenge 12 (8,400 XP)


Electromagnetism. Whenever the golem is subjected to electricity damage, it takes no damage. Additionally, any creature that makes a Strength check or a Strength saving throw against the golem’s magnetism have disadvantage until the end of the golem’s next turn.

Fire Demagnetization. If the golem takes fire damage, its magnetism does not function until the start of its next turn.

Immutable Form. The golem is immune to any spell or effect that would alter its form.

Ironsight. Magnetite golems can sense all ferrous metals within 120 ft. A creature wearing metal armor, wielding a metal weapon, or otherwise carrying a large amount of iron cannot hide, through natural or magical means, from the magnetite golem.

Magic Resistance. The golem has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.

Magic Weapons. The golem’s weapon attacks are magical.

Magnetism. The golem attracts nearby ferrous metal. Weapon attacks against the golem made with ferrous metal weapons or ammunition have advantage, and the golem’s weapon attacks against creatures in metal armor or holding a metal shield have advantage. However, when a creature hits the golem with a melee weapon attack using a metal weapon, the attacker must make a DC 18 Strength saving throw or be disarmed. The weapon then sticks to the golem, requiring a DC 18 Strength check to remove. Additionally, any creature wearing metal armor or holding a metal shield that starts its turn within 30 ft. of the golem must make a DC 18 Strength saving throw or be pulled 10 ft. towards the golem. Any creature wearing metal armor or holding a metal shield that end their turn within 5 ft. of the golem are restrained. As an action, a restrained creature can make a DC 18 Strength check, escaping (for that round) on a success.

Actions

Multiattack. The golem makes two slam attacks.

Slam. Melee Weapon Attack. +11 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 19 (3d8 + 6) bludgeoning damage.

Magnetic Pull. The golem targets a creature wearing metal armor or holding a metal shield within 60 ft. That creature must make a DC 18 Strength saving throw or be pulled 30 ft. towards the golem.

Magnetic Disarm. The golem targets a creature holding a metal object, such as a weapon, within 30 ft. That creature must make a DC 18 Strength saving throw be disarmed. The object flies to the golem and attaches to its body. The weapon then sticks to the golem, requiring a DC 18 Strength check to remove.


Variant: Magnetite Golem Collectors

A magnetite golem collector has a challenge rating of 13 (10,000 XP). It has Armor Class 20, Speed 20 ft., and Dexterity 7 (-2). It also has the following traits.

Metal Shards. Any creature that starts its turn adjacent to the magnetite golem collector takes 1d6 slashing and 1d6 piercing damage.

In place of the magnetite golem’s slam attack, the magnetite golem collector has the following attack.

Jagged Slam. Melee Weapon Attack. +11 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 19 (3d8 + 6) bludgeoning damage plus 3 (1d6) slashing damage plus 3 (1d6) piercing damage.