Crawling Shambler

Family: Shambler


Medium undead (rotter), neutral evil

Armor Class 9
Hit Points 85 (10d8+40)
Speed 15 ft.

18 (+4) 8 (-1) 18 (+4) 3 (-4) 8 (-1) 8 (-1)

Skills Deception +3, Stealth +1
Saving Throws Wisdom +1
Damage Vulnerabilities fire
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhausted, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 9
Languages understands the languages it knew in life but cannot speak
Challenge 1 (200 XP)

Special Traits

  • Close to the Ground. An attack roll made against a crawling shambler has advantage if the attacker is within 5 feet of the shambler. Otherwise it has disadvantage. A crawling shambler suffers no ill effects or penalties from being prone.
  • Dismemberment. A crawling shambler suffers dismemberment from any physical attack that deals 12 or more points of damage. It suffers no ill effects from losing a leg.
  • Woeful. When a crawling shambler causes damage to a living target with an attack, that target must make a DC 10 Woe saving throw. The target takes 1d6 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 crawling shambler for 24 hours.


  • Death Grip. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8+4) piercing damage and the target is grappled (escape DC 14). The shambler can have only one target grappled at a time.
  • Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. If the crawling shambler has a target grappled, it maintains the grapple. Hit: 13 (2d8+4) bludgeoning damage.


A crawling shambler possesses tremendous upper body strength, but cannot use its legs or stand upright. A crawler might have severe lower body injuries, or even be severed at the waist. A crawling shambler typically hides in plain sight, playing dead until someone moves close enough for an attack.

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