Clinging Shambler

Family: Shambler


Small undead (rotter), neutral evil

Armor Class 12
Hit Points 20 (3d6+9)
Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft.

12 (+1) 14 (+2) 16 (+3) 3 (-4) 8 (-1) 5 (-3)

Skills Acrobatics +4, Stealth +4
Saving Throws Dexterity +4, Wisdom +1
Damage Vulnerabilities fire
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhausted, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11
Languages understands the languages it knew in life but cannot speak
Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)

Special Traits

  • Dismemberment. A clinging shambler suffers dismemberment from any physical attack that deals 8 or more points of damage.
  • Unnatural Speed. A clinging shambler can dash as a bonus action.
  • Woeful. When a clinging shambler causes damage to a living target with an attack, that target must make a DC 10 Woe saving throw. The target takes 1d4 spiritual damage on a failed save, or half as much (minimum 1) on a successful saving throw. Once a specific target has taken spiritual damage due to this trait, it is immune to further spiritual damage from this particular clinging shambler for 24 hours.


  • Clinging Strike. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft, one target. Hit: 5 (1d6+2) piercing damage and the target is grappled (escape DC 13; if the clinging shambler has lost an arm, the victim has advantage on the escape check).
  • Relentless Grasp. The clinging shambler targets a creature it has grappled. It maintains the grapple and inflicts 5 points of piercing damage as it digs in with its teeth and nails. Both the shambler and its victim are restrained until the start of the shambler’s next turn.


These small shamblers typically rise from the bodies of children. Lack of mass and muscle reduce the strength of these creatures. When a clinging shambler attacks, it latches onto one of its victim’s limbs, digging in with teeth and nails-becoming a literal dead weight that hinders a victim and leaves them vulnerable to other shamblers.

Clinging shamblers can adhere to any surfaces, and might lie in wait on a ceiling or wall.

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