Hag, Sand

Family: Hags

Medium monstrosity, chaotic evil

Armor Class 17 (natural armor)
Hit Points 112 (15d8 + 45)
Speed 30 ft., burrow 30 ft.

18 (+4) 15 (+2) 16 (+3) 16 (+3) 14 (+2) 16 (+3)

Skills Deception +6, Perception +5, Stealth +5
Senses darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 15
Languages Common, Dwarvish, Giant, Gnomish
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • Magic Resistance. The sand hag has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The sand hag’s innate spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 14). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:
  • Mimicry. The sand hag can mimic animal sounds and humanoid voices. A creature that hears the sounds can tell they are imitations only with a successful DC 14 Wisdom (Insight) check.
  • Scorpion Step. The sand hag walks lightly across sandy surfaces, never sinking into soft sand or leaving tracks. When in sand terrain, the sand hag ignores difficult terrain, doesn’t leave tracks, and gains tremorsense 30 ft.


  • Multiattack. The sand hag makes two claw attacks.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 4) slashing damage. If the target is a creature, it must make a successful DC 12 Constitution saving throw or gain one level of exhaustion.
  • Scouring Sirocco (Recharge 5-6). The sand hag generates a blast of hot wind in a 30-foot line or a 15-foot cone. Creatures inside it take 14 (4d6) slashing damage plus 7 (2d6) fire damage and are blinded for 1 minute; a successful DC 14 Constitution saving throw halves the damage and negates the blindness. A blinded creature repeats the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. The affected area (line or cone) is heavily obscured until the end of the sand hag’s next turn.
  • Change Shape. The hag polymorphs into a Small or Medium female humanoid, or back into her true form. Her statistics are the same in each form. Any equipment she is wearing or carrying isn’t transformed. She reverts to her true form if she dies.


This withered crone glares malevolently, her face framed by lank gray hair. Her malicious grin is filled with shark teeth, and drool trickles from her lips.

Sand hags stand 6 to 7 feet tall, weigh less than 150 lb., and dress in torn and tattered robes. Although skeletally thin, a sand hag’s apparent frailty belies her prodigious strength.


Hatred of Beauty. Sand hags are terrifying crones that haunt desert ruins and forgotten oases. Their hatred for things of beauty and peace is terrible to behold. A sand hag uses her illusions and mimicry to lure travelers into an ambush.

False Oasis. They delight in tricking a caravan into an illusory oasis, killing all the riding animals and pack animals so the travelers can’t flee, and then terrifying and slaughtering them one by one.

Drain Bodies. For the slaughter of animals or humanoids, a sand hag prefers to rely on her claws, which drain the moisture from their victims. They leave the mummified remnants in postures of life-tied to a saddle, or atop a guard tower-to terrify others.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Tome of Beasts. Copyright 2016, Open Design; Authors Chris Harris, Dan Dillon, Rodrigo Garcia Carmona, and Wolfgang Baur.