Large celestial, lawful neutral

Armor Class 19 (natural armor)
Hit Points 432 (32d10+256)
Speed 30 ft., fly 40 ft.

23 (+6) 20 (+5) 26 (+8) 17 (+3) 22 (+6) 30 (+10)

Saving Throws Str +13, Dex +12, Wis +13
Damage Resistances acid, fire; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Condition Immunities charmed, frightened, petrified, poisoned
Skills Intimidation +17, Perception +13, Persuasion +17
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 23
Languages Celestial, Common, Draconic, Infernal
Challenge 21 (33,000 XP)


  • Death Everlasting. A creature killed by the shinigami can only be brought back to life with true resurrection or wish.
  • Inevitability. A shinigami that successfully attacks a creature has advantage on attack rolls against that creature for the next 24 hours.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The shinigami’s spell casting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 25). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:
  • Legendary Resistance (3/Day). If the shinigami fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.
  • The End. If the shinigami scored a critical hit, the shinigami rolls its damage dice three times.


  • Multiattack. The shinigami makes three scythe attacks.
  • Scythe. Melee Weapon Attack: +13 to hit, 10 ft. reach, one target. Hit: 33 (5d10 + 6) bludgeoning damage plus 17 (5d6) necrotic damage.


Feared as truly impartial and merciless harbingers of death, shinigamis are relentless in their pursuit of dispensing quick and just deaths upon those who would seek to disrupt the delicate balance of life. Unlike other, more sinister bringers of doom, shinigamis do not take pleasure in their work and do not seek to impose suffering-although there are exceptions. Some individuals, aptly described by their kin as “rogue shinigamis,” subscribe to either more merciful or more despicable forms of execution and are either lawful good or lawful evil. Victims who have had their lives spared by kind shinigamis praise the angels of death for their clemency and willingness to listen to the victims’ plight, while other dastardly survivors have successfully cheated or bribed their way out of death by manipulating credulous or less honorable shinigami. A shinigami is 9 feet tall and weighs 130 pounds.

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