Phlegethite, Katari (Lesser)

Family: Phlegethite

Large plant (phlegethite), chaotic evil

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 126 (12d10 + 60)
Speed 10 ft.

21 (+5) 8 (-1) 21 (+5) 1 (-5) 16 (+3) 1 (-5)

Skills Perception +6, Stealth +2
Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 16
Languages Understands Infernal but can’t speak
Proficiency Bonus +3
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)


  • False Appearance. While the katari remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from a normal tree.
  • Grasping Branches. The katari can have up to six branches at a time. Each branch can be attacked (AC 16; 10 hit points; resistant to bludgeoning and piercing; immunity to psychic damage). Destroying a branch deals no damage to the katari, which can extrude a replacement branch on its next turn. A branch can also be broken if a creature takes an action and succeeds on a DC 16 Strength check against it.
  • Siege Monster. The katari deals double damage to objects and structures.


  • Multiattack. The katari makes four attacks with its branches, uses Reel, and makes one attack with its bite.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d8 + 5) piercing damage.
  • Branch. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 50 ft., one creature. Hit: The target is grappled (escape DC 16). Until the grapple ends, the target is restrained and has disadvantage on Strength checks and Strength saving throws, and the katari can’t use the same branch on another target.
  • Reel. The katari pulls each creature grappled by it up to 25 feet straight toward it.


What you took for a tree suddenly opens its eyes to reveal a menacing, demonic face! Katari are the suicidal souls released from their prisons to wreak havoc on the world above. Lesser katari are created by greater katari, who are summoned with specific incantations from the Woe Wood to attack foes. They are particularly good at reducing buildings to rubble, and greater katari specialize in snatching foes hiding within them. A typical attack involves a greater katari animating lesser katari and then gradually increasing its attacks until it can level a building, eating everything within. It enjoys torturing its foes and will not hesitate to display faces on its surface of the damned souls it has consumed, or even those it hasn’t yet but plans to.

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