Tiny beast, unaligned

Armor Class 12
Hit Points 10 (3d4 + 3)
Speed 30 ft.

6 (-2) 14 (+2) 12 (+1) 4 (-3) 10 (+0) 5 (-3)

Skills Perception +2, Stealth +6
Senses passive Perception 12
Challenge 1/8 (25 XP)

Special Traits

  • Grasslands Camouflage. The compsognathus has advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks made to hide in tall grass.
  • Pack Tactics. The compsognathus has advantage on attack rolls against a creature if at least one of the compsognathus’ allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.


  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 0 ft., one creature in the swarm’s space. Hit: 14 (4d6) piercing damage, or 7 (2d6) piercing damage if the swarm has half of its hp or fewer.


Compsognathus is one of the smallest carnivorous dinosaurs. Its stature leads many to underestimate the deadly nature of a pack of these beasts.

Kobold Pets. Compsognathus are often kept by kobolds as pets. Kobolds are particularly fond of building traps that feed swarms of the dinosaurs by placing them at the bottom of a hidden pit or rigging a cage full of the creatures to drop on the heads of unsuspecting adventurers.

Little Dinosaurs, Big Appetites. Though compsognathus are small, they live in large packs. Compsognathus are not afraid of larger prey when they hunt together as a swarm and will seek out a meal worthy of the pack.

Silently Surrounds. Compsognathus are naturally stealthy thanks to their size and ability to blend in with natural terrain. They hunt in tall grass or areas of dense foliage, spreading out to surround their prey before attacking.

Compsognathus Familiars

The compsognathus 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 compsognathus senses as long as they are within 1 mile of each other. While the compsognathus is within 10 feet of its companion, the companion shares the compsognathus’ Grassland Camouflage trait. At any time and for any reason, the compsognathus can end its service as a familiar, ending the telepathic bond.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

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