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General Creatures Obscure & Underused

Theo R Cwithin

I cast "Baconstorm!"
What are some relatively obscure monsters that have piqued your interest, but that you've never actually used/encountered?

Bonus: If you're aware of an adventure or encounter that features someone else's favorite obscure beastie, let them know.


I've got several favorites like this, but one particularly longstanding one is the odic, a poisonous, undead spirit that possesses trees & plant monsters and moves from place to place every night. (That, at least, is how it's described in the BECMI Companion Set, where I first saw it.) I'm a fan of plant monsters, so this guy always seemed like an interesting BBEG with lots of potential, but I've never really found a good opportunity to use one in play.
 

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Cyclopes. They're great monsters, and I originally learned about them from Greek Mythology, but in D&D I have for some reason never felt compelled to put them in a campaign. Maybe it's because they're a bit lacking in flavorful lore, at least in 5e.

Morkoths. This is the opposite of Cyclopes for me. They're new to me, are cool and would be a great villain, but I have also never found a time in a campaign to add them in.

Living Spells. Fairly new creatures to 5e, only 4 official stat blocks in this edition (Three in E:RftLW, one in W: DotMM). I have even created homebrew stats for more than 12 other living versions spells, but have never found a situation in a campaign where it would fit into the story.

(I may add more later.)
 
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Eltab

Hero
From a 3e book of Undead, a name close to Skin Kite. (Speaking from memory, so I could be wrong.)
This thingy looks like a big piece of paper (as in papyrus) blowing on a breeze. If it lands on you, it sucks your skin off. Two kites blow away from your body.

Put this in a tomb. If lots of adventurers have broken in before, there are more kites than if the tomb was mostly undisturbed. If you want to warn the PCs, they find a previous victim's body.

I want to use it, especially if the PCs for some reason (they missed something?) have to come back to the tomb later. I've never seen anything like it in any adventure.
 


Omand

Explorer
OK, I am not quite following the rules of the thread (because I have used this creature), but phantom fungus from 3E/3.5E were definitely underused. I cannot recall seeing or hearing of them being placed in any official products, and they did not make the transition to 4E or 5E (so far).

They were/are a CR 3 plant creature as I recall, and invisible. For the low level they are encountered at they can pack quite a surprise.

The time I did use them against a group it was a challenging fight for the party, but the players enjoyed it (afterwards), and were quite spooked. All of the players had played 1E or 2E and had no clue what they were facing, as it was new for 3E.

Cheers
 

Theo R Cwithin

I cast "Baconstorm!"
OK, I am not quite following the rules of the thread (because I have used this creature), but phantom fungus from 3E/3.5E were definitely underused. I cannot recall seeing or hearing of them being placed in any official products, and they did not make the transition to 4E or 5E (so far).
Oh yes, phantom fungus! I don't recall seeing them in any published product either; but I once used them in a short delve of my own in which they were used as beasts of burden and food for a big band of grimlock miners.


Another one of mine, (also that I first saw in BECMI Companion) is the mujina, a very strong humanoid who can project an illusory face onto its otherwise smooth featureless . It's described as a sort of warrior and infiltrator. I never figured out a good niche for this guy, though, and always ended up using some sort of shape-shifter instead.
 


Tonguez

Legend
Nightshades
I once had a Plague Doctor villain in league with a Nightwing who would cast its shadow over a town, but never really got the chance to use it directly.

and what is the point of the Woodwose?

and Ive always thought about using a Nuckalevee but never got the chance
 

Voadam

Hero
For me it would be the Wind Walker from the 1e Monster Manual.

Like the Morkoth I never really saw them after the 1e MM though they have an entry in the 4th 1e Monster card art that is not quite the air elemental image I pictured from the MM description.

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Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
I'm running an "explore the new world" campaign and in order to make it feel new to the players (D&D veterans all) as well as the characters I've been looking for little used monsters. Definitely going to be watching this thread.
 


Theo R Cwithin

I cast "Baconstorm!"
There's a creature that is basically a walking stony, spiky structure of holes and tubes. Wind blowing through the creature's body produces soft whistling noises that can pacify lesser undead.
I couldn't remember the name of it, so I had to poke around til I found it in the 1e Fiend Folio: sussurus.
(Because of course. :rolleyes:.)

It's an odd beastie with an odd ability that's inspired a couple encounter ideas years ago, but I've never had a chance to use on in play.
 

Voadam

Hero
I also like a lot of stuff from the Moldvay basic set but did not see a lot of the monstrous animals it included such as the Robber Fly, the various lizards or the Rock Baboon. The first monster entry with a picture is the Ape, White:

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which are pretty fantastic albino cave apes sometimes kept as pets by neanderthals. I do not recall ever seeing them in a module.

Although if you throw on an extra pair of arms and bulk them up a bit you get Girallons which I have seen.

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Nebulous

Legend
Cyclopes. They're great monsters, and I originally learned about them from Greek Mythology, but in D&D I have for some reason never felt compelled to put them in a campaign. Maybe it's because they're a bit lacking in flavorful lore, at least in 5e.

Morkoths. This is the opposite of Cyclopes for me. They're new to me, are cool and would be a great villain, but I have also never found a time in a campaign to add them in.

Living Spells. Fairly new creatures to 5e, only 4 official stat blocks in this edition (Three in E:RftLW, one in W: DotMM). I have even created homebrew stats for more than 12 other living versions spells, but have never found a situation in a campaign where it would fit into the story.

(I may add more later.)
I have miniatures of several cyclops, a morkoth and living spells, but can't recall using them either. The morkoth seems especially difficult to implement, but would be quite frightening. I could be wrong, but I seem to recall 4e have some fairly extensive backlore to cyclopses.
 

Nebulous

Legend
Cyclopes. They're great monsters, and I originally learned about them from Greek Mythology, but in D&D I have for some reason never felt compelled to put them in a campaign. Maybe it's because they're a bit lacking in flavorful lore, at least in 5e.

Morkoths. This is the opposite of Cyclopes for me. They're new to me, are cool and would be a great villain, but I have also never found a time in a campaign to add them in.

Living Spells. Fairly new creatures to 5e, only 4 official stat blocks in this edition (Three in E:RftLW, one in W: DotMM). I have even created homebrew stats for more than 12 other living versions spells, but have never found a situation in a campaign where it would fit into the story.

(I may add more later.)
I have miniatures of several cyclops, a morkoth and living spells, but can't recall using them either. The morkoth seems especially difficult to implement, but would be quite frightening. I could be wrong, but I seem to recall 4e have some fairly extensive backlore to cyclopses.
 

Theo R Cwithin

I cast "Baconstorm!"
I feel like you could crack open the Fiend Folio and about 75% of the monsters would fit the bill. For every Gith or Death Knight, there's a Tirapheg or Umpleby. There's so much glorious weirdness in it.
I can't disagree! I was flipping through it yesterday to look something up, and there are some very... peculiar beasties in there.

Like gorbel.

It's like a grabby stirge that swallowed a hydrogen-filled dodgeball. How are these magnificent angry balls of explosive malice not in every dungeon everywhere?
 

Benjamin Olson

Adventurer
Next chance I get in a Forgotten Realms campaign I'm making players fight a Phaerimm. Weird as hell, important to the setting lore, and yet haven't been given stats for several editions; it's a damned shame. Their days as cover models shall return!

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