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Gloom Owl

Medium fey, chaotic evil

Armor Class 13
Hit Points 32 (5d8 + 10)
Speed 20 ft., fly 80 ft.

15 (+2) 16 (+3) 15 (+2) 15 (+2) 16 (+3) 11 (+0)

Skills Perception +5, Stealth +5
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 15
Languages Sylvan
Challenge 2 (450 XP)


  • Reckless. At the start of its turn, the gloom owl can gain advantage on all melee weapon attack rolls it makes during that turn, but attack rolls against it have advantage until the start of its next turn.
  • Sunlight Sensitivity. While in sunlight, the gloom owl has disadvantage on attack rolls, as well as on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.


  • Multiattack. The gloom owl makes one bite attack and one talons attack.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (2d6 + 2) piercing damage.
  • Talons. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d8 + 2) slashing damage.
  • Hoot of Horror (1/day). The gloom owl lets out a deep hoot in a 30-foot cone. Any creature in the area must succeed on a DC 12 Constitution save or take 4 (1d8) psychic damage.


The sound of large wings flapping cuts through the night air. Other creatures in the forest are alerted that a gloom owl is on the move. Small beasts scatter, looking for cover from the dangerous predator.

Aggressive Fey. Gloom owls are extremely aggressive and act in a hostile fashion to every creature except grim squirrels (page 103). The tiny fey warriors help the owls hunt for food and have been loyal to them for many years.

Air Cavalry. These creatures are allies of the evil squirrels and work together to create a formidable air force. The sight of dive-bombing owls with squirrel riders can scare much bigger creatures. Two or three of the squirrels usually ride each owl.

Tree House. Gloom Owls make their homes in large cavities of huge trees. Some of these homes are also filled with the remains of their victims and hidden treasures.

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