Malebolgite, Buoso

Family: Malebolgite

Small fiend (malebolgite), neutral evil

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 10 (3d6)
Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft.

3 (-4) 15 (+2) 10 (+0) 10 (+0) 12 (+1) 12 (+1)

Skills Acrobatics +4, Deception +3, Perception +3, Stealth +4
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages understands Infernal but can’t speak
Proficiency Bonus +2
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)


  • Death Burst. When the buoso dies, it leaves behind a cloud of smoke that fills a 5-foot-radius sphere centered on its space. The sphere is heavily obscured. Wind disperses the cloud, which otherwise lasts for 1 minute.
  • Keen Smell. The buoso has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
  • Standing Leap. The buoso can leap 30 feet horizontally or 20 feet vertically from a standing position.
  • Sudden Rush. Until the end of the turn, the buoso’ speed increases by 60 feet and it doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks.


  • Poisonous Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1 piercing damage and the target must make a DC 10 Constitution saving throw, taking 9 (2d8) poison damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. If the poison damage reduces the target to 0 hit points, the target is stable but poisoned for 1 hour, even after regaining hit points, and is paralyzed while poisoned in this way.
  • Body Thief. The buoso initiates a Wisdom contest with an incapacitated humanoid within 5 feet of it that isn’t protected by protection from evil and good. If it wins the contest, the buoso magically switch’s forms with the target creature. While switching forms, the buoso and target retain their Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores, as well as their languages and traits (the new buoso does not have the Body Thief trait however). It otherwise adopts the other’s statistics. Each knows everything the other creature knew, including spells and languages. If the host body dies, the buoso dies unless its old body is within 5 feet. A protection from evil and good spell cast on the body can revert the forms if the buoso’s body is within 5 feet. The forms can also be switched back by means of a wish. By spending 5 feet of its movement, the buoso can voluntarily switch back to its old body if its within 5 feet.


This small black lizard darts along the ground at lightning speed. The buoso is a small, black lizard that moves at lightning speed to attack humanoid opponents. Despite their small size, buosi are hunters of men. They aim their attacks at the opponent’s stomach and then rely on their transformative powers to do the rest.

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