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Third Harbinger: Famine

Medium monstrosity, neutral evil

Armor Class 19 (natural armor)
Hit Points 345 (30d8+210)
Speed 30 ft.

21 (+5) 18 (+4) 24 (+7) 15 (+2) 24 (+7) 17 (+3)

Saving Throws Int +9, Cha +10
Skills Insight +14, Nature +16, Perception +14, Persuasion +17
Damage Resistances cold; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing
Damage Immunities necrotic, poison; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Condition Immunities charmed, disease, frightened, poisoned
Senses darkvision 120 ft., truesight 60 ft., passive Perception 24
Languages all
Challenge 23 (50,000 XP)


  • Ageless. Famine cannot suffer from frailty of old age, die from old age, or be aged magically.
  • Innate Spellcasting. Famine’s innate spellcasting ability is Wisdom (spell save DC 22, +14 to hit with spell attacks). Famine can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:
  • Legendary Resistance (3/Day). If Famine fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.
  • Magic Resistance. Famine has advantage on saving throws made against spells and other magical effects.
  • Magic Weapons. Famine’s weapon attacks are magical.
  • Shapechanger. Famine can use a bonus action to polymorph into a Small, Medium, or Large beast or humanoid it has seen, or back into its true form. Its statistics, other than its size and the ability to breathe water, are the same in each form. Any equipment it is wearing or carrying isn’t transformed. It reverts to its true form if it dies.


  • Multiattack. Famine uses its Frightful Presence and attacks twice.
  • Withering Touch. Melee Spell Attack: +14 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 51 (8d10+7) necrotic damage. If the target is a creature and takes more than 50 necrotic damage, it makes a DC 22 Constitution saving throw or gains one level of exhaustion.
  • Sap Vitality. Ranged Spell Attack: +14 to hit, range 50/200 ft., one creature. Hit: The target gains one level of exhaustion. At the end of its next turn, if the target is still alive it can make a DC 22 Constitution saving throw to immediately recover from the last level of exhaustion inflicted by Sap Vitality.
  • Frightful Presence. Each creature of Famine’s choice that is within 120 feet of it and aware of it must succeed on a DC 22 Wisdom saving throw or become frightened for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. If a creature’s saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the creature is immune to Famine’s Frightful Presence for the next 24 hours.


Famine can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. Famine regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.

  • Decrepit Pod. Famine conjures a decrepit pod of plant seeds in its hands and throws them at a square within 30 feet. When it hits the decrepit pod spreads into a 20-foot-radius sphere of pollen that hangs in the air for 1 minute or until a wind of moderate or greater speed (at least 10 miles per hour) disperses it. The sphere spreads around corners and its area is heavily obscured. When a creature other than Famine starts its turn inside of the pollen or first enters into the pollen on a turn, the creature makes a DC 22 Constitution saving throw or has disadvantage on attack rolls and ability checks for 1 round. In addition, any food in the area spoils, and any nonmagical plants in the area that aren’t creatures wither and die.
  • Cast Spell (Costs 2 Actions). Famine casts a spell.
  • Scales of Starvation (Costs 2 Actions). Foul energies roil out of Famine in a 40-foot radius. Each creature in the area must make a DC 22 Constitution saving throw, taking 28 (10d6) poison damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. A creature that takes 25 or more poison damage repeats the saving throw or gains one level of exhaustion. Any plant creatures take double damage. Nonmagical plants in the area wither and die, and food in the area spoils.
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