Huge monstrosity, neutral

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 157 (15d12 + 60)
Speed 50 ft.

22 (+6) 10 (+0) 18 (+4) 7 (–2) 12 (+1) 8 (–1)

Saving Throws Con +7, Wis +4
Skills Perception +4
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Senses passive Perception 14
Languages Common
Challenge 7 (2,900 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +3


  • Impaling Charge. If the karkadann moves at least 20 feet straight toward a target and then hits it with a Horn attack on the same turn, the karkadann impales the target on its horn, grappling the target if it is a Large or smaller creature (escape DC 15). Until the grapple ends, the target is restrained, takes 18 (4d8) piercing damage at the start of each of its turns, and the karkadann can’t make horn attacks against other targets.
  • Magic Resistance. The karkadann has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.


  • Multiattack. The karkadann makes two Hooves attacks or one Horn attack and one Hooves attack.
  • Hooves. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d8 + 6) bludgeoning damage.
  • Horn. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 24 (4d8 + 6) piercing damage.
  • Toss. One Large or smaller creature impaled by the karkadann is thrown up to 30 feet in a random direction and forced prone. If a thrown target strikes a solid surface, the target takes 3 (1d6) bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it was thrown. If the target is thrown at another creature, that creature must succeed on a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw or take the same damage and be forced prone.
  • Healing Touch (3/Day). The karkadann touches another creature with its horn. The target magically regains 22 (4d8 + 2) hp and is cured of all diseases and poisons afflicting it.


Taller than an elephant, this one-horned beast combines a mottled leathery hide, a tail like a lion’s, and three-hoofed toes on each foot. Its low, mournful wail echoes across the grasslands.

Living on warm grassy plains and in windswept desert lands, the karkadann is a solitary creature, sometimes known as the “Lord of the Desert.” It uses its long, black horn to defends its vast territory from other creatures, and its ferocity is legendary. The karkadann has a particular dislike of elephants, driving them from its turf by stabbing their flanks and haunches with its deadly horn.

Haunting Wail. The karkadann has a loud, haunting call, a wail which carries for miles across flat terrain. Some speculate that it is calling for a mate; others that it is crying out in loneliness, for there are few karkadanns left in the world. Their formidable nature makes them attractive targets for trophy hunters, and their horns are highly prized as components for antidotes and for curing disease.

Musical Solace. Despite its aggression, not every encounter with a karkadann ends in violence. The great beast finds the cooing of ring doves very soothing, and it will lie peacefully under trees where they are nesting. Those suffering illness and seeking assistance from the karkadann sometimes wait beneath such trees, hoping to be healed by the karkadann’s magic horn while it listens to the cooing doves.

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