Guardian Creature, Komainu

Medium celestial, neutral good

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 81 (18d8)
Speed 50 ft.

16 (+3) 14 (+2) 11 (+0) 3 (-4) 12 (+1) 7 (-2)

Saving Throws Str +5
Damage Resistances radiant
Skills Perception +3, Stealth +4
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Celestial, Common
Challenge 1 (200 XP)


  • Keen Smell. The komainu has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
  • Pack Tactics. The komainu has advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of the komainu allies is within 5 ft. of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.
  • Paired Protectors. As long as two komainus are within 30 feet of each other, they both radiate a magic circle as per the spell. This effect can be dispelled, but if it is, a komainu can reactivate it as a bonus action.


  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 + 3) piercing damage plus 2 (1d4) radiant damage.
  • Statue Guardian. By concentrating for 1 minute, a komainu can transform itself into a stone statue of itself. It can remain in this form indefinitely and is indistinguishable from a real statue. It retains its normal senses, and in fact its passive Perception is increased to 15 in statue form. It can resume its natural form as an action.


  • Stony Defense (3/Day). When attacked with a melee or ranged weapon attack, the stone lion can harden its skin causing that attack to have disadvantage on the attack roll.


Benevolent guardian spirits that resemble earthly creatures, with dogs and lions the most well-known, roam the idyllic heavenly wilds and aid the inhabitants of their celestial realms, but they are favorite conjurations to the mortal world among certain cultures. Guardian creatures are more intelligent than their terrestrial cousins, able to converse and understand complex instructions. They are most commonly seen as guardians, contracted for a set period of time and standing sentinel in statue form, appearing to the unwary as ornate decorations on a building façade, fountain, or other monument.

Most detest war and shun mass battles, and they do not often serve as mounts but may carry a rider they judge of truly good heart.

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