Ghoul, Dust

Family: Ghouls

Medium undead, chaotic evil

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 104 (16d8 + 32)
Speed 40 ft., fly 40 ft., burrow 20 ft.

21 (+5) 16 (+3) 15 (+2) 14 (+2) 14 (+2) 16 (+3)

Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 18
Languages Common
Challenge 7 (2,900 XP)

Special Traits

  • Improved Critical. The ghoul’s attacks score a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20.


  • Multiattack. The dust ghoul makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d8 + 5) piercing damage.
  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (3d6 + 5) slashing damage.
  • Blinding Dust (1/day). Blinding dust and sand swirls magically around the ghoul. Each creature within 5 feet of the ghoul must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or be blinded until the end of the creature’s next turn.
  • Paralyzing Shriek (Recharge 5-6). The dust ghoul unleashes a hellish shriek. Each creature that is within 60 feet of the ghoul and can hear it must succeed on a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or be paralyzed for 1 minute. The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.


This monster appears as a dust-covered creature with decaying flesh pulled tight over its humanoid frame. Its teeth are pointed fangs and its hands end in wicked, dirt-covered and blood-soaked claws.

When a humanoid creature dies on the Parched Expanse on the Plane of Molten Skies, there is a good chance it returns from the afterlife as a dust ghoul – an undead flesh-eating creature composed of dust and earth.

Dust ghouls haunt the Parched Expanse, preying on unwary travelers who linger too long in their hunting grounds. These creatures savor the taste of human flesh and devour such a kill with great ferocity.

Dust ghouls predicate their arrival by animating dust into ghostly humanoids that immediately move to grapple potential prey. Dust ghouls then move in (often swooping in from above) and attempt to paralyze their foes with their shriek. Prey is then torn to pieces by the dust ghouls using its claws and fangs. If a dust ghoul is slain, it crumbles into a pile of dust.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Tome of Horrors © 2018, Frog God Games, LLC; Authors: Kevin Baase, Erica Balsley, John “Pexx” Barnhouse, Christopher Bishop, Casey Christofferson, Jim Collura, Andrea Costantini, Jayson ‘Rocky’ Gardner, Zach Glazar, Meghan Greene, Scott Greene, Lance Hawvermale, Travis Hawvermale, Ian S. Johnston, Bill Kenower, Patrick Lawinger, Rhiannon Louve, Ian McGarty, Edwin Nagy, James Patterson, Nathan Paul, Patrick N. Pilgrim, Clark Peterson, Anthony Pryor, Greg Ragland, Robert Schwalb, G. Scott Swift, Greg A. Vaughan, and Bill Webb