Piasa Bird

Huge beast, chaotic evil

Armor Class 19 (natural armor)
Hit Points 200 (16d12+96)
Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft.

22 (+6) 18 (+4) 22 (+6) 8 (-1) 8 (-1) 6 (-3)

Saving Throws Strength +10, Constitution +10
Skills Athletics +10, Intimidation +5, Survival +7
Damage Immunities poisoned
Senses passive Perception 14
Languages Auran, Primordial
Challenge 12 (8,400 XP)

Special Traits

  • Flyby. The piasa doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks when it flies out of an enemy’s reach.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The piasa’s spellcasting ability is Strength (spell save DC 18, +10 to hit with spell attacks). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no components:
  • Keen Hearing and Sight. The piasa has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing or sight.
  • Nesting. The piasa can build a form of confinement for its saved food in the same manner it builds a nest. By weaving roots, sticks, branches, and vines together, the piasa makes a cocoon-shaped cage with one opening on top just large enough for a Medium creature. It provides a small container (usually stolen) filled with water. While it is dry and vulnerable to fire, the cage (AC 10, 60 hp) will harm those inside if burned. A creature must succeed on a DC 18 Strength (Athletics) check to climb up to the hole on top to escape, or deal at least 30 points of slashing or piercing damage to cut a hole in the side.
  • Swoop. If the piasa flies at least 30 feet straight toward a creature of Large size or smaller, it has advantage on an opposed Strength (Athletics) check to grapple. The piasa can only carry one creature at a time, and while carrying a creature it can only use its beak or wing attack.


  • Multiattack. The piasa attacks twice.
  • Beak. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d6+6) piercing damage plus 3 (1d6) poison damage. The target must succeed on a DC 18 Constitution saving throw it is poisoned for 1d4 rounds.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d8+6) piercing damage.
  • Wing. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 15 ft., one target. Hit: 16 (3d6+6) bludgeoning damage.


These massive avians have four-clawed legs of a hawk, a brown scaled body, great green wings, and eerily human eyes of piercing crimson. Piasa birds can build rudimentary cages and sometimes keep excess food in these confines to save for later devouring.

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Vast Kaviya Campaign Setting © 2019 Mike Myler, published under license by Legendary Games; Authors Mike Myler, Andrew Engelbrite, Will Gawned, Alec Kaknes, Anthony Alipio, Sharene Gilchrist, Matteo Piovanelli, Jesse Jordan, GM Lent, Brian Istenes, and Jeremy Esch.

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