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Rakshasa Lord

Medium fiend, lawful evil

Armor Class 18 (natural armor)
Hit Points 190 (20d8 + 100)
Speed 30 ft.

Str Dex Con Int Wis Cha
16 (+3) 18 (+4) 20 (+5) 14 (+2) 18 (+4) 22 (+6)

Skills Deception +12, Insight +10, Perception +10
Damage Vulnerabilities piercing from magical weapons wielded by good creatures
Damage Immunities bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 20
Languages Common, Infernal
Challenge 20 (25,000 XP)

Special Traits


  • Multiattack. The rakshasa makes two claw attacks.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (3d6 + 3) slashing damage, and the target is cursed if it is a creature. The magical curse takes effect whenever the target takes a short or long rest, filling the target’s thoughts with horrible images and dreams. The cursed target gains no benefit from finishing a short or long rest. The curse lasts until it is lifted by a remove curse spell or similar magic.


  • Instinctive Charm. When a creature within 60 feet of the rakshasa makes an attack roll against it, and another creature is within the attack’s range, the attacker must make a DC 20 Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, the attacker must target the creature that is closest to it, not including the rakshasa or itself. If multiple creatures are closest, the attacker chooses which one to target. If the saving throw is successful, that attacker is immune to the rakshasa’s Instinctive Charm for 24 hours.


A tall, handsome noble enters his master bedroom and closes the door. He takes off his patterned robes and strides forth. Suddenly his appearance changes and a tiger-like humanoid appears in the mirror opposite him. This is the incredibly powerful rakshasa lord.

Hidden Horror. This fiend can easily rule an entire city as a high-ranking noble, live the life of a high priest, or take on the role as an influential merchant. They could even rule a kingdom with many powerful henchmen under their command. At times other rakshasas will even serve this treacherous fiend.

Second Life. As with other rakshasas, this creature returns to Hell when it is killed. Once reborn, the rakshasa lord will seek out its killer. If the lord is killed in Hell, they are destroyed forever.

Amazing Appetites. These fiends have enormous appetites and usually hire the best cooks in the city. One clue that they might not be humanoid is the massive amount of food they eat. It is one of the main vices of this clever fiend, but not the only one.

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Monsters of the City Sins and Virtues A Collection of Monsters for 5th Edition © 2020 Cawood Publishing. Author: Andrew Cawood