Burach Bhadi

Large monstrosity, unaligned

Armor Class 11 (natural armor)
Hit Points 58 (9d10 + 27)
Speed 30 ft., swim 30 ft.

17 (+3) 16 (+3) 13 (+1) 2 (-4) 10 (+0) 3 (-4)

Skills Perception +5, Stealth +5
Senses blindsight 30 ft., passive Perception 15
Proficiency Bonus +2
Challenge 2 (450 XP)


  • Amphibious. The burach badi can breathe both air and water.
  • Keen Scent. The burach badi has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
  • Salt Osmosis. Whenever the burach badi starts its turn in contact with a pound or more of salt, it takes 1d4 necrotic damage. Using an action to sprinkle a pound of salt on the burach badi deals 1d4 necrotic damage to it immediately and another 1d4 necrotic damage to it at the start of its next turn (after which the salt rubs off).
  • Underwater Camouflage. The burach badi has advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks made while underwater.


  • Constrict. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 10 ft., one creature. Hit: 13 (3d6 + 3) bludgeoning damage. If the target is Large or smaller, it is grappled (escape DC 13) and pulled 5 feet toward the burach badi. Until this grapple ends, the target is restrained, the burach badi tries to drown it, and the burach badi can’t constrict another target.
  • Blood Drain. One creature grappled by the burach badi must make a DC 11 Constitution saving throw. On a failed save, the target loses 22 (4d10) hit points, and the burach badi regains half as many hit points. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 11 Constitution saving throw against disease or become poisoned until the disease is cured. Every 24 hours that elapse, the target must repeat the saving throw, reducing its hit point maximum by 5 (1d10) on a failure. The disease is cured on a success. The target dies if the disease reduces its hit point maximum to 0. This reduction to the target’s hit point maximum lasts until the disease is cured.


The burach badi, also known as the horse leech, is a serpent-like leech creature found in swamps and marshes. It measures around 10 feet in length and features a series of nine eyes on its head. The burach badi’s slimy skin is mottled with brown, tan, and occasional shades of gray.

The burach badi dwells in wet, slimy areas such as swamps and marshes, where it lies in wait for unsuspecting prey. It is primarily attracted by the scent of horses, leading it to ambush those traveling near rivers and bodies of water. The burach badi is a carnivorous creature that preys upon both rider and mount, grappling onto the legs of the horse and dragging both rider and mount underwater to be devoured at its leisure.

The burach badi relies on its keen olfactory senses and multiple eyes to detect the scent of horses and locate its prey. It patiently waits submerged in the water, hidden among the mud and slime, ready to strike when an opportunity presents itself. When a suitable target comes within reach, the burach badi swiftly latches onto the horse’s legs, using its constricting strength to restrain and incapacitate both rider and mount. Once its victims are subdued, it drains their blood, siphoning the life force to sustain itself.

The burach badi is vulnerable to salt. Sprinkling salt on its body can cause severe harm, ultimately leading to its demise. The presence of salt causes excruciating pain to the creature, making it an effective means of defense against its attacks.

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