Shadow, Blast

Family: Shadow

Medium undead, chaotic evil

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 117 (18d8 + 36)
Speed 40 ft., climb 20 ft.

15 (+2) 18 (+4) 15 (+2) 10 (+0) 13 (+1) 16 (+3)

Damage Immunities fire, poison
Damage Vulnerabilities cold
Condition Immunities exhaustion, poisoned
Skills Acrobatics +7, Intimidation +6, Perception +7, Sleight of Hand +7, Stealth +7
Senses darkvision, passive Perception 17
Languages Kirkut
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)


  • Burning Cloud. A blast shadow can use its bonus action to activate a fiery aura and can use another bonus action to shut it off. This aura has a 5-foot radius. A creature that enters this radius for the first time in a turn or that starts their turn in this radius takes 3 (1d6) poison damage. If the blast shadow takes cold damage, this aura becomes inactive, and cannot become active again until the after the end of the blast shadow’s next turn.
  • Death Burst. When a blast shadow is reduced to 0 hit points, it explodes in a blast of radiated flame and smoke. Creatures within 40 feet must make a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw or take 17 (5d6) poison damage, or half as much on a success. Turn Resistance. The blast shadow has advantage on saving throws against any effect that turns undead.


  • Multiattack. The blast shadow makes two attacks with its claws.
  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 4) piercing damage and 7 (2d6) poison damage.


Blast shadows usually spawn as the result of a magical catastrophe. They also can be artificially created, and pyromaniac magic users, worshipers of evil fire deities, and the servants of powers that crave burnt offerings favor these undead horrors. Blast shadows created in this way are loyal to their creator, but those created by a natural cataclysm or the death burst of another blast shadow are beholden to no one.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Aegis of Empires Adventure Path © 2021, Legendary Games; Authors: Greg A. Vaughan, Matt Goodall, Steve Helt, Tom Knauss, Anthony Pryor, Alistair J. Rigg, and Jeffrey Swank; based on original material by Greg A. Vaughan.

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