Small fey, typically chaotic neutral

Armor Class 13
Hit Points 10 (4d4)
Speed 40 ft., climb 30 ft.

3 (-4) 17 (+3) 10 (+1) 5 (-3) 12 (+1) 12 (+1)

Skills Perception +3, Stealth +7
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Challenge 1 (200 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +2


  • Shadow Shroud. Darkness clings to the tuffy. Regardless of other light sources in the room, the area within 5 feet of it is heavily obscured for creatures other than the tuffy (creatures within it are blinded). Even creatures with darkvision cannot see through these shadows. These shadows also grant the tuffy advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) rolls and creatures attacking it have disadvantage. Magical light spells of 1st level or higher can suppress these shadows. If cast within the aura of darkness, these spells do not provide their normal illumination, but instead suppress this ability for a number of rounds equal to one plus the spell slot used (cantrips suppress it for one round).
  • Magic Resistance. The tuffy has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.


  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d4+3) slashing damage.


What you thought was just shadows in the corner ripples, and darkness itself pounces at you. Staring out of it you see only a pair of amber feline eyes.

Tuffies are felines native to the Shadow Realm, though some believe they are descended from house cats who were stranded there ages ago. They normally appear just as a pair of feline eyes floating in darkness, but for those who can pierce the shadow, they look like black cats the size of a lynx.

Territorial Hunters. Tuffies are stealth hunters. They normally dine on rodents and birds, but when hungry can take down larger prey. They can also be territorial and have been known to challenge humanoids who are poaching in their territory.

Pampered Pets. Not all tuffies hunt in the wild. Many remain domesticated by shadow elves or other intelligent denizens of the Shadow Realm. Pet tuffies are also highly prized by spellcasters on the material plane who focus on shadow magic.

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