Black Stag

Large fey, chaotic evil

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 42 (5d10 + 15)
Speed 40 ft.

18 (+4) 12 (+1) 16 (+3) 14 (+2) 13 (+1) 12 (+1)

Skills Investigation +4, Perception +3, Stealth +3
Senses darkvision 90 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Sylvan
Challenge 3 (700 XP)


  • Brave. The black stag has advantage on saving throws against being frightened.
  • Charge. If the black stag moves at least 20 feet straight toward a target and then hits it with a ram attack on the same turn, the target takes an extra 7 (2d6) damage. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 14 Strength saving throw or be forced prone.
  • Creeping Darkness. If the black stag spends a week in a forest, the trees and plants will slowly start to die. This process can be stopped by the presence of a good-aligned druid or a unicorn.
  • Innate Spellcasting. Te black stag’s innate spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 12). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:
  • Shifting Shadows. All the shadows within a mile of the black stag move independently.


  • Multiattack. The black stag makes two ram attacks, or one hooves attack on a prone creature.
  • Ram. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4) bludgeoning damage.
  • Hooves. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one prone creature. Hit: 17 (3d8 + 4) bludgeoning damage.


While walking through the woods a sense of uneasiness fills your gut. Then you notice shadows around you seem to be moving independently. The cleric in your adventuring party suspects that the black stag is near. Then the druid notices that something is wrong with the trees and plants.

Sickening Shadows. When a black stag arrives, forests start to rot and turn an inky, black color. After they’ve decomposed, the cruel fey will search for new woods to corrupt and destroy.

Horrible Henchmen. At times evil druids and other nefarious characters fall into league with this fey. If it’s in a good mood, the black stag will even let these villains use it as a mount.

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