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Crawling Offspring

Small aberration, unaligned

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 16 (3d6 +6)
Speed 20 ft.

16 (+3) 11 (+ 0) 14 (+ 2) 3 (–4) 10 (+ 0) 11 (+ 0)

Skills Perception +2
Senses blindsight 60 ft., passive Perception 12
Challenge 1 (200 XP)


  • Regeneration. The crawling offspring regains 5 hit points as long as it starts its turn with 1 hit point.
  • Mutation. Each crawling offspring is different in form and shape. These blobs of horror have a special ability from the following list:
d6 Ability
1 Acidic spit (recharge 5–6). As an action, the crawling offspring can spit a cone of acid 15 feet long. Any creature caught in this cone must make a DC 12 Dexterity saving throw, taking 9 (2d8) acid damage on a failure or half as much damage on a success save.
2 Necrotic touch. The crawling offspring’s pseudopod attack inflicts an additional 3 (1d6) necrotic damage.
3 Clawed tentacle. The crawling offspring gains a Clawed Tentacle attack and may multiattack, making one Clawed Tentacle and one Pseudopod attack. The Clawed Tentacle attack is +5 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target, Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) slashing damage.
4 Wings. The crawling offspring gains flight 30 ft.
5 Rubbery, oily skin. The crawling offspring gains resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing attacks from nonmagical attacks, and vulnerability to fire damage.
6 No mutation.


  • Pseudopod. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d2 + 3) bludgeoning damage.


Crawling offspring are mindless creatures with no single form or appearance. Some are oval, while others are round or even boxy. Many have dangling pseudopodia, while others sport whipping claw-tipped tentacles, flapping wings, bulging eyes, warty flesh that leaks oily substances, or none or all of the above.

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