Spawn of the Demon Lord of Cockroaches

Family: Demons

Medium fiend (demon), chaotic evil

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 119 (14d8 + 56)
Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.

15 (+2) 13 (+1) 19 (+4) 10 (+0) 11 (+0) 12 (+1)

Saving Throws Dex +4
Damage Resistances cold, fire, lightning
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages Abyssal
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +3


  • Command Vermin. The spawn of Akyishigal can command any Beast with an Intelligence of 2 or lower within 30 feet of it that isn’t under the magical control of another creature, provided the Beast is insectoid and doesn’t have a Challenge Rating higher than the spawn’s. The Beast obeys the spawn’s commands to the best of its ability, heedless of its own safety.
  • Magic Resistance. The spawn of Akyishigal has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.


  • Multiattack. The spawn makes one Bite attack and two Sting attacks. It can replace its Bite attack with a use of Swarming Cough, if available.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d10 + 2) piercing damage.
  • Sting. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d8 + 2) piercing damage plus 3 (1d6) poison damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or become poisoned until the end of its next turn.
  • Swarming Cough (3/Day). The spawn belches forth a swarm of insects. The swarm is an ally of the spawn, obeys its spoken commands, and takes its turn immediately after the spawn’s. The swarm remains for 1 minute, until the spawn dies, or until the spawn dismisses it as a bonus action. The spawn can have no more than two swarms under its control at a time.


This man-sized abomination has a tail that splits near the end curling over its back. Both ends bear needle-stingers dripping with poison.

The spawn of Akyishigal are found in abundance wherever the demon lord abides. He has also been known to send them to his followers if their need is great and the spawn’s presence will somehow benefit Akyishigal.

Lords of Vermin. Vermin of all types instinctively obey mental commands from a spawn of Akyishigal. What’s more, these repulsive beings can vomit thousands of roaches that also do the spawn’s bidding. They take particular delight in belching roaches directly onto their foes, but they’ve also been known to use roaches and vermin as a means of cutting off an enemy’s retreat or of hindering pursuit when the spawn itself wants to escape.

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