Medium undead, chaotic evil

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 187 (25d8+75)
Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft.

19 (+4) 17 (+3) 16 (+3) 12 (+1) 16 (+3) 21 (+5)

Saving Throws Str +7, Wis +6
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Skills Deception +8, Stealth +6
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Abyssal, Common
Challenge 8 (3,900 XP)


  • Deceptive Noises. A manananggal emits a clicking noise as it flies, which can be detected with a DC 10 Perception check any round that it flies at least 5 feet. However, the noises echo strangely and are highly deceptive, growing quieter the closer the manananggal is to the listener, and seeming to come from other directions. Any creature that can hear the sounds must succeed on a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw or be disoriented by the sound, believing it to be coming from a random direction, and that the source of the noise is a number of feet away equal to 200 feet minus the actual distance (so, a listener 180 feet from the manananggal would believe it was roughly 20 feet away).
  • Prehensile Tongue. A manananggal that is currently separated can extend an impossibly long prehensile tongue from its mouth. This tongue ends in a lamprey-like sucker, and can be extended as far as 20 feet, increasing the reach of its bite attack to that amount. This tongue is somewhat unwieldy, and the manananggal suffers disadvantage on attack rolls made with the tongue. Finally, the tongue can be pressed against an incapacitated or willing creature to drain blood from it, reducing its Constitution by 2 for each minute that it remains attached. Sleeping or unconscious creatures that have their blood drained in this way may make a DC 10 Wisdom (Perception) ability check to be awakened by this feeding, once per minute.


  • Multiattack. The manananggal makes two bite attacks.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 26 (4d10 + 4) piercing damage.


During the day, a manananggal looks like a living human woman. It does not detect as undead during the day, but is still an undead creature. At night, its upper torso rips away, leaving her lower torso behind. Its lower torso is incapacitated, but its upper torso gains its fly speed and natural attacks at this time. The upper and lower portions share the same pool of hit points (despite any intervening distance), and if the incapacitated lower portion is damaged, the manananggal is immediately aware of the attack. A manananggal must return to its lower torso and reattach to it as an action before sunrise-each round a manananggal remains separated after sunrise, its hit points are reduced by 1d6 until it rejoins its lower torso or it is reduced to 0 hit points, crumbling into dust.

Horrid undead, manananggals walk among the living by day and prey upon them at night. These creatures delight in spreading fear and distrust. By day, they tend to stay inside because of their light sensitivity. They mask this odd behavior by either living just outside villages as reclusive hermits or by obtaining roles within the community that explain away or justify their eccentricities. Manananggals pass themselves off as normal people, usually posing as mad old women, midwives, hedge witches, or mystics. This allows the undead creatures to select their prey from within the community.

Manananggals particularly enjoy feeding upon pregnant women, targeting them in their sleep so the undead may feast on the blood of both mothers and the children they carry.

These foul creatures drain blood via their long, black, hollow tongues. Manananggals despise the scent of garlic and strong spices like cloves and anise. As they fly through the night, manananggals make a ticking or clicking sound, leading some villagers to call the creatures “tik-tiks.” Once separated, a manananggal’s mobile torso has a 6-foot wingspan.

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