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Swarm of Fire Bugs

Medium swarm of tiny elementals, typically neutral

Armor Class 13
Hit Points 32 (5d8+10)
Speed 10 ft., fly 60 ft. (hover)

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
3 (-4) 17 (+3) 14 (+2) 5 (-3) 10 (+0) 7 (-2)

Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing
Damage Immunities fire, poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, grappled, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, restrained, stunned, unconscious
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages Understands Ignian
Challenge 1 (200 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +2

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Fire Form. The swarm can move through a space as narrow as 1 inch wide without squeezing. A creature that touches the elemental or hits it with a melee attack while within 5 feet of it takes 2 (1d4) fire damage.
  • Illumination. The swarm sheds bright light in a 5-foot radius and dim light in an additional 5 feet.
  • Swarm. The swarm can occupy another creature’s space and vice versa. The swarm can’t regain hit points or gain temporary hit points.
  • Water Susceptibility. For every 5 feet the swarm moves in water, or for every gallon of water splashed on them, it takes 1 cold damage.

ACTIONS

  • Touch. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 0 ft., one target in the swarm’s space. Hit: 14 (4d6) fire damage, or 7 (2d6) fire damage if the swarm has half of its hit points or fewer.

ABOUT

A hundred tiny candle flames swirl and dance in the air. It’s beautiful until they rush toward you and sear your flesh.

Fire bugs are tiny elementals, native to the plane of fire, where they serve the same ecological niche that flies and mosquitoes do in the prime material plane.

Dangerous Pests. For adventurers a single fire bug is a nuisance. However, when unleashed on the prime material plane, they can easily start fires that ruin property and endanger lives. Luckily, once they start a fire, they normally bask in it. Thanks to their vulnerability to water, they are often destroyed when the fire is extinguished without anybody being the wiser. True ruin comes when fire bugs dance from house to house, setting blocks or entire cities aflame.

Slipping Through or Summoned Minion. When fire bugs come to the prime material plane, it’s frequently near an elemental nexus, like an active volcano. Other times they are called by spellcasters with magic like conjure minor elementals.

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