Putrid Haunt

Family: Hydra

Medium undead, neutral evil

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 44 (8d8 + 8)
Speed 30 ft.

17 (+3) 8 (-1) 13 (+1) 6 (-2) 11 (+0) 6 (-2)

Damage Resistances bludgeoning and piercing from nonmagical weapons
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Challenge 2 (450 XP)

Special Traits

  • Dead Still. Treat a putrid haunt as invisible while it’s buried in swamp muck.
  • Swamp Shamble. Putrid haunts suffer no movement penalties in marshy terrain.


  • Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (2d8 + 3) bludgeoning damage.
  • Vomit Leeches (Recharge 6). A putrid haunt can vomit forth the contents of its stomach onto a target within 5 feet. Along with the bile and mud from its stomach, this includes 2d6 undead leeches that attach to the target. A creature takes 1 necrotic damage per leech on it at the start of the creature’s turn, and the putrid haunt gains the same number of temporary hit points. As an action, a creature can remove or destroy 1d3 leeches from itself or an adjacent ally.


These shambling corpses have twigs, branches, and other debris intertwined with their bodies, and their gaping maws often crawl with scrabbling vermin.

Swamp Undead. Putrid haunts are walking corpses infused with moss, mud, and the detritus of the deep swamp. They are the shambling remains of individuals who, either through mishap or misdeed, died while lost in a vast swampland. Their desperate need to escape the marshland in life transforms into a hatred of all living beings in death. They often gather in places tainted by evil deeds.

Mossy Islands. When no potential victims are nearby, putrid haunts sink into the water and muck, where moss and water plants grow over them and vermin inhabit their rotting flesh. When living creatures draw near, the dormant putrid haunt bursts from its watery hiding spot and attacks its prey, slamming wildly with its arms and stomping on prone foes to push them deeper into the muck. There’s no planning and little cunning in their assault, but they move through the marshes more freely than most intruders and they attack with a single-mindedness that’s easily mistaken for purpose.

Leech Harbors. Putrid haunts create especially favorable conditions for leeches. They are often hosts or hiding places for large gatherings of leeches.

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