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Hungry Ghost, Gaki

A wretched spirit, at once both emaciated and bloated, stuffs huge handfuls of filth from a dung heap into its gaping, toothy maw.

Medium undead, chaotic evil

Armor Class 14
Hit Points 75 (10d8 + 30)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
7 (–2) 18 (+4) 17 (+3) 10 (+0) 12 (+1) 16 (+3)

Saving Throws Wisdom +4, Charisma +6
Skills Perception +4
Damage Resistances acid, fire, lightning, thunder; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Damage Immunities cold, necrotic, poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, grappled, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, restrained
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages any languages it knew in life
Challenge 8 (3,900 XP)

Special Traits

  • Aura of Famine. If a creature starts its turn within 10 feet of a gaki, it is overwhelmed by a hunger that dissolves fat and atrophies muscle. It must make a DC 14 Constitution saving throw, taking 11 (2d10) necrotic damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.
  • Gluttonous Attraction. At the start of its turn, if a creature can see the gaki, it must make a DC 14 Wisdom saving throw. On a failure, it is overcome with a desire to kill and eat the ghost, and it must move as close to the gaki as it can.
  • Hungry Frenzy. The gaki has advantage on melee attack rolls against any creature that doesn’t have all its hp.
  • Incorporeal Movement. The gaki can move through other creatures and objects as if they were difficult terrain. It takes 5 (1d10) force damage if it ends its turn inside an object.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The gaki makes two bite attacks.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) piercing damage plus 7 (2d6) acid damage.
  • Spit Acid. Ranged Spell Attack: +6 to hit, range 30 ft., one target. Hit: 21 (6d6) acid damage.

About

The gaki, or hungry ghosts, are restless spirits of avaricious humans, cursed by the gods to live eternally in constant hunger.

This hunger manifests itself as an insatiable desire to consume filth or cannibalistically devour human carrion. A hungry ghost appears as a hairless human with deep, bruised-blue skin stretched tight over both its emaciated ribs and its pendulous belly.

Desperate Hunger. Gaki rarely hunt mortal creatures.

Though gaki can kill mortal creatures and devour their flesh, they find the rancid taste of carrion far more appetizing.

When gaki do attack humanoids, it is because that mortal is keeping it from eating. Gaki cursed to eternally feed on feces, for instance, stalk outhouses and viciously attack the creatures relieving themselves within, as the gaki believes the creatures are guarding their rightful meal.

Esoteric Devourers. A hungry ghost is cursed to consume a single thing for eternity. Usually the object of their hunger is disgusting refuse like feces or garbage, but some gaki have more unusual tastes. Often, these tastes ironically reflect the sins these spirits committed in life. Gaki are generally benign, but the hungers that put them in conflict with civilized creatures—such as hungering for gold, clothing, magical scrolls—are the most destructive of all.

Hungry Dead Nature. The hungry ghost doesn’t require air or sleep.

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