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Wolpertinger

A strange amalgam of creatures, the antlered rabbit hops on the stump, spreading its wings and releasing a high-pitched shriek from behind its fangs.

Tiny monstrosity, unaligned

Armor Class 13
Hit Points 9 (2d4 + 4)
Speed 30 ft., burrow 10 ft., fly 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
6 (–2) 16 (+3) 14 (+2) 5 (–3) 12 (+1) 6 (–2)

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11
Languages
Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)

Special Traits

  • Charge. If the wolpertinger moves at least 10 feet straight toward a target and then hits it with a gore attack on the same turn, the target takes an extra 2 (1d4) piercing damage.
  • Flyby. The wolpertinger doesn’t provoke an opportunity attack when it flies out of an enemy’s reach.
  • Standing Leap. The wolpertinger’s long jump is up to 20 feet and its high jump is up to 10 feet, with or without a running start.

Actions

  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d4 + 3) piercing damage.
  • Gore. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d4 + 3) piercing damage.
  • Keening (Recharge 6). The wolpertinger emits a piercing shriek. Each creature within 30 feet that can hear the wolpertinger must succeed on a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or be deafened for 1 minute. A beast with an Intelligence of 4 or lower that is in the area must also succeed on a DC 13 Wisdom saving throw or be frightened until the beginning of its next turn.

Mischievous Beasts. The wolpertinger possesses a talent for mischief and petty theft involving food but otherwise does little harm if unprovoked. An angry wolpertinger, on the other hand, makes for a frightening enemy, dropping from the sky, antlers first, on the object of its ire.

Desired by Fey. Some fey develop unusual compulsions around wolpertingers, describing them as divinely adorable, delightful, and utterly charming. While wolpertingers are certainly unusual, the fey often become obsessed enough to pay large sums for a live animal. Bearfolk consider them reliable guides through forests, claiming they can speak. No other humanoids have reported wolpertinger speech, and it seems likely that the bearfolk may be teasing their fey and gnomish friends.

Gnome Friends. Wolpertingers have a fondness for gnomes and dwell in forests near gnomish settlements. Gnomes often raise wolpertingers as companions and many gnomish wizards have wolpertinger familiars.

Familiar. Some wolpertingers are willing to serve spellcasters as a familiar. Such wolpertingers have the following trait. The wolpertinger can serve another creature as a familiar, forming a magic, telepathic bond with that willing companion. While the two are bonded, the companion can sense what the wolpertinger senses as long as they are within 1 mile of each other. While the wolpertinger is within 10 feet of its companion, the companion shares the wolpertinger’s Standing Leap trait. At any time and for any reason, the wolpertinger can end its service as a familiar, ending the telepathic bond.

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