Family: Ghul

Medium undead, any evil alignment

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 105 (14d8 + 42)
Speed 30 ft., fly 30 ft.

16 (+3) 15 (+2) 16 (+3) 10 (+0) 10 (+0) 15 (+2)

Damage Resistances cold, fire, lightning, necrotic
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, petrified, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages Trade Tongue
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)


  • Paralyzing Throes. When the ghul dies, it explodes in a puff of noxious smoke. Each creature within 5 feet of it must succeed on a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or be paralyzed until the end of its next turn.
  • Turn Resistance.The ghul has advantage on saving throws against any effect that turns undead.
  • Variable Immunity.As a bonus action, the ghul changes one of its damage resistances to immunity to that type of damage until the start of its next turn.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The ghul’s innate spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 13, +5 to hit with spell attacks). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:


  • Multiattack. The ghul makes two attacks with its claws.
  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) slashing damage. If the target is a creature other than an elf or undead, 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.


When an undead with the ability to raise more of their kind, such as a vampire, wight, or wraith, slays a geniekin or some other lesser elemental, the risen creature is a ghul instead. Rather than retaining control of whatever elemental forces it may have had during its life, the ghul becomes representative of all four of the classical elements.

Like more common ghouls and ghasts, a ghul’s existence is focused around a relentless, agonizing need to consume living flesh. Ghuls favor live targets and can be seen sampling their meal even while battle rages around them.

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