D&D General Quaint and curious monsters of forgotten core


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Azzy

KMF DM
Easy to miss, but two living statues were updated for 5E in the update of "Isle of the Abbey" in Ghosts of Saltmarsh: crystal statues and iron statues. Rock statues are still MIA, though (along with assorted non-core living statues).
Sweet! Thanks for the heads up.
 

Yora

Legend
Any memorable ways you used mohrgs or gloomwings? Gloomwings always seemed neat.
Not yet. I think mohrgs really are made to be mystery monsters rather than stronger skeletons. The zombies they create rise only after 1d4 nights, quite some time after they have been killed, and likely already buried. A mohrg prowling the night and staying out of sight can lead to people being found dead and then rising from their graves, or disappearing and then suddenly appearing in the streets as zombies days later. With the morgh being so obscure, and zombies being so generic, there is a very high chance that players investigating the random zombie appearances will have no clue what's going on until they finally corner the creature.

Not yet sure how I want to use gloomwings, but what's not to love about a shadowy butterfly that confuses anyone who looks at it, cause exhaustion, and puts its eggs into disoriented victims?
 

Bitbrain

Glory to Ka!
Brown Dragons - flightless desert dragons. In BECMI, they were the strongest chromatic dragons and breathed fire or poison gas.

Nightwings - giant flying shadow-bats.

Tonals - giant sentient soap bubbles of pure arcane energy.
 








did the doombat from the 1E FF ever appear anywhere after that? I always liked this monstrous powerful bat that could bite, whip you with it's tail, and emit a godawful sonic shriek. Plus, it was big enough to be ridden. I put doombats in quite a few places in my campaign worlds....
 

the Jester

Legend
That I haven't seen mentioned:

Tarantellas, thouls, destrachans, thought eaters, ear seekers, and some of the weirder Planescape monsters that made it into the 3e MM, like rasts, ravids, and belkers, come to mind.
 

the Jester

Legend
did the doombat from the 1E FF ever appear anywhere after that? I always liked this monstrous powerful bat that could bite, whip you with it's tail, and emit a godawful sonic shriek. Plus, it was big enough to be ridden. I put doombats in quite a few places in my campaign worlds....
They appear in my homebrew conversions. :)
 



RoughCoronet0

Dragon Lover
I miss the Dragonspawn, the first batch of which were released in 4e’s Monster Manual. They were neat creatures to throw at players during dragon heavy campaigns.
 



Hussar

Legend
Is there a Chaos Spawn in 5e? A monster that creates monsters? Fantastic.

And Formians. Borg Ants from Beyond? Very fun.
 

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