It’s a brand new 12 months, and which means it’s time for a number of new dungeons. To make sudden encounters, decide from one among these underused monsters.
For probably the most half, many people come again to the identical pool of D&D monsters again and again. They’re the favored ones that DMs finest perceive how one can make the most of in a combat and gamers take pleasure in battling (and hopefully defeating). However the Monster Manuals over time have had a whole bunch of creatures, and a few of them are tragically, chronically ignored. Add one among these underused monsters to one among your dungeons or encounters within the new 12 months for a battle that no person will see coming.
Mephits may be fairly enjoyable creatures, however many people simply by no means see one in battle. They’re one of many new lower-level elemental monsters. And there’s a reasonably first rate number of them, so your Dungeon Grasp may throw them into nearly any early journey or location. I feel these are sometimes missed as a result of elemental monsters are the form of factor you save for higher-level adventurers, and by that time, these guys are encounter appetizers at finest. However in case you’re planning on an elements-heavy story, introducing a Mephit early on could also be a great way to introduce your gamers to the universe.
Generally known as one of many oldest and most depraved races of Giants, I’m actually shocked Fomorians aren’t extra widespread in battles than they’re. Large, ugly, and imply, they’re principally every thing you desire a monster to be. They’re additionally a bit completely different out of your common large, not normally capable of throw boulders as an assault due. As a substitute, the Fomorian is a close-up blunt-force weapon form of encounter. Your get together is extra prone to discover them within the Underdark than in a median cave, however weren’t you on the lookout for an excuse to ship your gamers to the Underdark anyway?
This can be a little vaguer, however Swarms basically deserve extra use in D&D encounters. What sort of Swarm? Seller’s selection! Bugs are an apparent selection however with a reasonably low assault degree that might do extra to create environment than hazard. However bats, rats, snakes, and quippers (principally cartoon piranhas) can all do lots to freak your gamers out.
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There are loads of elemental and rock/filth monsters on the market. And of them, the Galeb Duhr needs to be getting far more consideration than it does. By itself, it might not be an enormous problem for some events, however the Galeb Duhr has the distinctive skill to animate close by boulders and convey have them be a part of the combat with it. This can be a monster than can add extra monsters. It creates extra issues wherever it goes. You could possibly be irritating your gamers a lot greater than you already are!
Salamanders are principally simply good villains. They’re grasping, merciless, slavers who will work for anyone if the value is correct. Wherever a planer rift or elemental vortex exists or evil deeds are being completed by employed arms, Salamanders may very well be. They’re additionally extremely harmful to regular folks, capable of set forests and cities alike on fireplace simply by passing via them and may restrain or assault any creature with their tail.
What’s your favourite underrated or underused monster? Will you be including any of our picks to any of your future encounters? When was the final time you crossed paths with one among these throughout a D&D marketing campaign? Tell us within the feedback!