Crimson Death

Medium aberration, neutral evil

Armor Class 18 (natural armor)
Hit Points 135 (18d8 + 54)
Speed 60 ft. (30 ft. After feeding)

11 (+0) 18 (+4) 16 (+3) 17 (+3) 16 (+3) 16 (+3)

Saving Throws Wisdom +6
Skills Athletics +6, Perception +9, Stealth +10
Damage Resistances bludgeoning, slashing and piercing from nonmagical weapons that aren’t silvered
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 19
Languages Deep Speech (can’t speak)
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)

Special Traits

  • Torpor. After draining a creature’s hit points to zero, the crimson death, sated from its feeding, moves at half its normal speed and performs Dexterity (Stealth) checks at disadvantage (because it flushes crimson, hence the name). Attacks against the crimson death are made at advantage. These effects last for one hour.


  • Multiattack. The crimson death makes two attacks with its tentacles.
  • Tentacles. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 +4) bludgeoning damage.
  • Engulf. If one or more tentacles hit a target, the crimson death may use a bonus action to move into the same space as the target. Whenever the crimson death enters a creature’s space, the creature must make a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw. On a successful save, the creature can choose to be pushed 5 feet or back or to the side of the crimson death. A creature that chooses not to be pushed suffers the consequences of a failed saving throw. On a failed save, the crimson death enters the creature’s space and the creature takes 4 (1d8) bludgeoning and 4 (1d8) necrotic damage. The engulfed creature cannot breathe, is restrained, and takes 22 (5d8) necrotic damage at the start of each of the crimson death’s turns. When the crimson death moves, the creature moves with it. A crimson death can hold only one Large creature or up to four Medium or smaller creatures inside it at a time. An engulfed creature can try to escape by taking an action to make a DC 15 Strength check. On a success, the creature escapes and enters an unoccupied space of its choice within 5 feet of the crimson death.
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