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Golem, Keg

An ornate keg with a stern dwarven face, arms, and legs walks about the tavern, dispensing drink to any and all.

Medium construct, unaligned

Armor Class 11 (natural armor)
Hit Points 45 (6d8 + 18)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
16 (+3) 10 (+0) 16 (+3) 8 (–1) 7 (–2) 3 (–4)

Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks not made with adamantine
Damage Immunities poison, psychic
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 8
Languages understands the languages of its creator but can’t speak
Challenge 3 (700 XP)

Special Traits

  • Empty Keg. A keg golem holds 20 gallons of ale. If it runs out of ale or empties itself from ale blast, the golem’s speed is reduced to 0 and it has disadvantage on all attack rolls until it is refilled with at least 1 gallon of ale.
  • Immutable Form. The keg golem is immune to any spell or effect that would alter its form.
  • Magic Resistance. The keg golem has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Rolling Charge. If the keg golem moves at least 15 feet straight toward a creature and then hits it with a slam attack on the same turn, that target must succeed on a DC 13 Dexterity saving throw or be knocked prone. If the target is prone, the keg golem can make one slam attack against it as a bonus action.
  • Construct Nature. A golem doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep.

Actions

  • Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) bludgeoning damage.
  • Ale Blast (Recharge 5–6). The keg golem shoots a 1 gallon jet of ale in a 15-foot line that is 5 feet wide. Each creature in that line must make a DC 13 Constitution saving throw. On a failure, a target takes 9 (2d8) poison damage and is poisoned for 1 minute. On a success, a target takes half the damage and isn’t poisoned. A poisoned creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

About

Dwarven runes adorn the metal of the keg golem, powering it. Some dwarves use the golems to promote their favorite drinking spots.

Creation. Keg golems are created when dwarven rune masters acquire a keg of their strongest ale and carve magical runes into it. The creator then forges a replica of its own face onto the front of the keg. The process requires two weeks of forging and runic inscription. The runes glow with the arcane energy of the creator, ranging from faint blues to dark reds.

Mobile Guardian. Many dwarves create these constructs to use as a mobile source of ale on long journeys. When its master is threatened, the golem helps to incapacitate the adversary with its powerful ale blast. If lost, stolen, or bartered for, a keg golem can be used for promotional purposes or for guarding a tavern.

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