Medium undead (shapechanger), chaotic evil

Armor Class 12 (natural armor)
Hit Points 22 (5d8)
Speed 30 ft.

13 (+1) 15 (+2) 10 (+0) 7 (?2) 10 (+0) 6 (?2)

Skills Athletics +3, Stealth +4
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, paralyzed, poisoned, unconscious
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages Common
Challenge 1 (200 XP)


  • Regeneration. The gaki regains 2 hit points at the start of its turn if it has at least 1 hit point.


  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 8 (2d6 + 1) piercing damage.
  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (2d4 + 1) slashing damage.
  • Feast of Flesh. When the jikki nikki scores a critical hit with its claws or hits a creature that is prone, restrained, or immobilized with its claws, it can make a bite attack as a bonus action against the same target. In addition, a jikki nikki can spend 1 round feasting on the corpse of a Small or larger creature, regaining 2d6 hit points for a Small creature, 4d6 for a Medium creature, or 6d6 for a Large or larger creature. Once it has feasted on a creature, the remains decay and cannot be used for another feast.
  • Change Shape. The jikki nikki can turn into a Tiny flying insect, typically a fly or beetle, with a fly speed of 20 ft. It cannot attack in this form but it has advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks.


Gaki are the restless spirits of wicked mortals that are condemned to wander the land of the living in the form of misshapen monstrosities as cosmic punishment for their sins. The exact appearance of each gaki varies based on their home culture and the nature of their crimes, but there are several common categories into which they fall.

Jikki-Nikki-Gaki. Spirits of greed, avarice, and gluttony, jikki nikki-gaki retain their basically humanoid form but their flesh is rotten and repulsive, pallid and flaking. Some are bloated and corpulent as a mark of their eternal gluttony, while others are emaciated as through forever starving with a hunger that cannot be satisfied.

Shikki-Gaki. Spirits of faithless and negligent servants, herbalists, healers, and gardeners, and sometimes even the corrupted remnants of kami or other nature spirits, these unfortunates are accursed for the sins of sloth and cruel indifference to the suffering of those around them.

Shinen-Gaki. Spirits of cowardly or treacherous soldiers who abandoned their posts or betrayed their allies, shinen-gaki are most active at night. They resemble burning skeletons, writhing in anger and terror at the same time, but their feet never quite touch the ground as they float on a draft of smoke.

Sunlight causes their fires to grow dim and ashen, and they typically hide themselves during daylight hours. By night, they can transform into hovering balls of flame, often yellow, white, red, or even blue. These burning lights may mislead or attract the attention of the unwary, but close inspection reveals a handful of black spots floating at the center of their fiery mass, like eyespots or even an anguished skull-like mask.

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