Groaning Spirit (Necromancer Games)

Medium undead, chaotic evil

Armor Class 12
Hit Points 58 (13d8)
Speed 0 ft., fly 40 ft. (hover)

1 (–5) 14 (+2) 10 (+0) 12 (+1) 11 (+0) 17 (+3)

Saving Throws Wis +2, Cha +5
Damage Resistances acid, fire, lightning, thunder; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Damage Immunities cold, necrotic, poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, grappled, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, restrained
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages Common, Elvish
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)


  • Detect Life. The groaning spirit can magically sense the presence of creatures up to five miles away that are not undead or constructs. It knows the general direction they are in but not their exact locations.
  • Incorporeal Movement. The groaning spirit 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.


  • Deadly Touch. Melee Spell Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 12 (3d6 + 2) necrotic damage.
  • Horrifying Visage. Each non-undead creature within 60 feet of the groaning spirit that can see it must succeed on a DC 13 Wisdom saving throw or be frightened for one minute. A frightened target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, with disadvantage if the groaning spirit is within line of sight, ending the frightened condition on itself on a success. If a target’s saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the target is immune to this groaning spirit’s Horrifying Visage for the next 24 hours.
  • Groan. If the groaning spirit is not in sunlight, it unleashes a mournful groan. A creature that is not an undead or construct that is within 30 feet of it that hears the groan must make a DC 13 Constitution saving throw. On a failure, the creature drops to 0 hit points. On a success, it takes 10 (3d6) psychic damage.


The groaning spirit is the malevolent spirit of a female elf often found haunting swamps, fens, moors, and other desolate places. Groaning spirits hate the living and seek to destroy whomever they meet. A groaning spirit appears as a translucent image of her former self, with a visage horrifying to behold. Far worse is their deadly touch and the groan they can unleash to kill those who hear the mournful sound.

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