Creeping Shadow

Family: Shadow

Large undead, neutral evil

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 60 (8d10 + 16)
Speed 30 ft.

16 (+3) 19 (+4) 14 (+2) 10 (+0) 14 (+2) 11 (+0)

Skills Perception +4, Stealth +4
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Senses darkvision 90 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages the languages it knew in life
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)


  • Amorphous. The creeping shadow can move through a space as narrow as 1 inch wide without squeezing.
  • Faultless Tracker. The creeping shadow is given its quarry by an evil creature. The creeping shadow knows the direction and distance to its quarry as long as the two of them are in the same forest.
  • Shadow Stealth. While in dim light or darkness, the creeping shadow can take the Hide action as a bonus action.
  • Sunlight Sensitivity. While in sunlight, the creeping shadow has disadvantage on attack rolls, as well as on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.


  • Multiattack. The creeping shadow makes two attacks: only one of which can be a bite attack.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) piercing damage.
  • Unarmed. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (2d8 + 3) bludgeoning damage, and target is grappled (escape DC 13). The creeping shadow has two hands. Each hand can grapple one Medium or smaller target.


Climbing over a large fallen tree, a party of heroes moves cautiously through the forest. The paladin lifts the halfling rogue over the natural obstacle. Just then, a gnome druid sees something out of the corner of his eye. He thought he saw a creeping shadow, one of the last creatures one would ever want to lay their eyes on.

Stealthy Stalker. These callous undead monsters hunt down their prey in the shadowy regions of the woods. The creeping shadow will track its victims for hours, days, or weeks. It is very patient and will wait for just the right moment to strike.

Shady Character. This creature is usually created to hunt someone by a necromancer, witch, or hag. However, the creeping shadow is a coward and will flee any fight that isn’t going its way.

Lost Souls. This undead horror is made from the souls of those who perished in the darkest areas of the forest. Some folks swear they hear many different voices coming from the monster.

Undead Nature. The creeping shadow doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Monsters of the Wilderness: A Collection of Monsters for 5th Edition Copyright 2022 Cawood Publishing Author Andrew Cawood

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