Small construct, unaligned

Armor Class 16
Hit Points 63 (14d6 + 14)
Speed 30 ft.

13 (+1) 22 (+6) 11 (+1) 2 (-4) 14 (+2) 1 (-5)

Saving Throws Dex +9
Skills Perception +5, Stealth +9
Damage Resistances cold, acid, fire; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Damage Immunities necrotic, poison, psychic
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned
Senses blindsight 30 ft., passive Perception 15
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)


  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d8 + 6) piercing damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 16 Dexterity saving throw or fall prone.
  • Gnaw. When a gnarljak knocks a Medium or smaller target prone, it immediately makes three additional bite attacks against the same target and can move 5 feet, all as a bonus action.


  • Multiattack. The gnoll makes one bite attack and two battleaxe attacks.
  • Battleaxe. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 + 3) slashing damage or 8 (1d10 + 3) slashing damage if used in two hands.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) piercing damage.


A gnarljak looks like a bear trap springs sprung to clacking life and ready to tear flesh apart.


Hopping Motion. All steel and springs, a gnarljak is easily mistaken for a simple bear trap when lying dormant. But once it starts hopping in pursuit of a target, it reveals its animated nature and its only motivation: destruction of living things.

Endless Snapping. Gnarljaks are mindless. They do not grow tired. They exist only to pull creatures to the ground and chew through them, then turn around and chew through them again.

Defensive Traps. Some try to use gnarljaks to guard treasures or booby-trap approaches to important locations, but their indiscriminate biting makes quite dangerous to their owners as well. Certain monsters such as redcaps and shadow fey use gnarljak’s with some regularity, and gnomes are very fond of making them part of a standard tunnel defense.

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