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Fear Guard

Medium undead, chaotic evil

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 58 (9d8 + 18)
Speed 0 ft., fly 30 ft.

6 (-2) 15 (+2) 15 (+2) 10 (+0) 12 (+1) 18 (+4)

Damage Resistances acid, cold, fire, lightning, thunder; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Damage Immunities necrotic, poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, grappled, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, restrained, unconscious
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11
Languages understands all languages it knew in life but can’t speak
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • Innate Spellcasting. The fear guard’s spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 15, +7 to hit with spell attacks). The fear guard can innately cast the following spells at will, requiring no material components:
  • Incorporeal Movement. The fear guard can move through other creatures and objects as if they were difficult terrain. It takes 5 (1d10) force damage if it ends its turn inside an object.
  • Sunlight Sensitivity. While in sunlight, the fear guard’s speed is halved and it has disadvantage on attack rolls, as well as on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.


  • Ethereal Touch. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (2d4 + 2) necrotic damage, and the target’s Wisdom score is reduced by 1d4. The target dies if this reduces its Wisdom to 0. Otherwise, the reduction lasts until the target finishes a short or long rest.
  • Create Fear Guard. The fear guard targets a humanoid within 10 feet of it that has been dead for no longer than 1 minute and died violently. The target’s spirit rises as a fear guard in the space of its corpse or in the nearest unoccupied space. The fear guard is under the fear guard’s control. The fear guard can have no more than two fear guards under its control at one time.
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