Lava Dog

Large elemental, chaotic evil

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 60 (8d10 + 16)
Speed 40 ft.

17 (+3) 14 (+2) 15 (+2) 5 (-3) 11 (+0) 5 (-3)

Damage Vulnerabilities cold
Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Damage Immunities fire
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages Ignan
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)


  • Heated Body. A creature that touches the lava dog or hits it with a melee attack while within 5 feet of it takes 5 (1d10) fire damage.
  • Illumination. The lava dog sheds bright red light in a 20-foot-radius and dim light for an additional 10 feet.


  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 + 3) piercing damage plus 3 (1d6) fire damage.
  • Spit Lava. Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, range 80/320 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 + 3) bludgeoning damage plus 7 (2d6) fire damage.


Looking down from his pegasus, a paladin sees a bizarre sight. Racing through rivers of lava on a mountainside is a large dog-like monster. The bulky yellow and black creature seems unaffected by the searing hot temperatures.

Peak Experiences. Living in a volcano is a harsh life. However, for an elemental from a fiery world it feels just right. It is unlikely that this elemental will be found far from a volcano.

Lava their Owners. A number of lava dogs have become companions for fire giants. They are highly sought after by giants to guard their lairs.

Hot-Tempered. Although some are trained by fire giants, these monsters are generally in a bad mood. It doesn’t take much to get a lava dog enraged.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Monsters of the Wilderness: A Collection of Monsters for 5th Edition Copyright 2022 Cawood Publishing Author Andrew Cawood

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