Knaerk, Young

Family: Knaerk

Tiny elemental, neutral evil

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 22 (4d4 + 12)
Speed 15 ft., burrow 30 ft.

11 (+0) 9 (-1) 16 (+3) 8 (-1) 12 (+1) 5 (-2)

Damage Vulnerabilities thunder
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities exhaustion, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, unconscious
Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 60 ft., passive Perception 11
Languages Terran
Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)

Special Traits

  • Earth Glide. The knaerk can burrow through nonmagical, unworked earth and stone. While doing so, the young knaerk doesn’t disturb the material it moves through.


  • Multiattack. The young knaerk makes two slam attacks.
  • Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +2 to hit, reach 5 ft.; one target. Hit: 2 (1d4) bludgeoning damage.
  • Rocks Fall. The knaerk can disrupt an area of nearby stone, causing rocks to fall down on top of a target. As long as the target is underground, a knaerk can cause rocks to fall down onto one target within 30 feet. A failed Dexterity save (DC 11) means the target suffers 2d6 points of bludgeoning damage and is restrained; a move action is required to lose the restrained condition. A successful save means the target suffers half the damage and is not restrained.


Every dwarf, young and old, fears a knaerk attack. Their fear of these tunnel-wreckers is enough to induce gibbering madness.

Even though this horror might look like the love child of a chunk of granite, a spider and a hairless goblin, this creature from another plane can scare any tunnel-dwelling creature.

It is known for collapsing tunnels, killing everyone inside and then gliding through the earth without taking a scratch.

Because of this, they are incredibly difficult to kill and are known for destroying whole dwarf clans single-handedly.

For whatever reason, knaerks hate dwarves far more than any other creature that lives underground. Sure, they don’t like duergar, drow, kobolds, orcs and all the rest, but dwarves “break their rubble,” as they say. The feeling among dwarves is considered mutual.

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