Wight, Barrow

Family: Wight

Medium undead, chaotic evil

Armor Class 14 (studded leather)
Hit Points 45 (6d8 + 18)
Speed 30 ft.

16 (+3) 14 (+2) 16 (+3) 10 (+0) 13 (+1) 15 (+2)

Skills Perception +3, Stealth +4
Damage Resistances necrotic; bludgeoning, piercing and slashing from nonmagical weapons that are not silvered Damage immunities poison
Condition Immunities exhaustion, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages the language it knew in life
Challenge 3 (700 XP)

Special Traits

    • Gaze of Insanity. If a creature starts its turn within 30 feet of the barrow wight and the two of them can see each other, the barrow wight can force the creature to make a DC 13 Wisdom saving throw if the barrow wight is not incapacitated. On a failed save, the creature is affected by a short-term madness effect for 1 minute. Determine the effect from the table below.
d% Effect (lasts 1 minute)
01-20 The target retreats into its mind and becomes paralyzed. The effect ends if the creature takes any damage.
21-30 The creature is incapacitated, and can only scream, laugh, or weep hysterically.
31-40 The creature is frightened and must use its actions to flee from the source of the fear.
41-50 The creature babbles incoherently and cannot speak normally or cast spells.
51-60 The creature must use its action to attack the nearest creature.
61-70 The creature hallucinates vividly, incurring disadvantage on all ability checks.
71-75 The creature does whatever anyone tells it to do that isn’t obviously self-destructive.
76-80 The creature experiences an overpowering urge to eat something strange, such as dirt, offal, or slime.
81-90 The creature is stunned.
91-00 The creature falls unconscious.
  • Sunlight Sensitivity. While in sunlight, the wight has disadvantage on attack rolls, as well as on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.

The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns. A successful save ends the effect and renders the target immune to the same barrow wight’s insanity gaze for 24 hours. A creature that isn’t surprised can avert its eyes to avoid the saving throw at the start of its turn. If the creature does so, it can’t see the barrow wight until the start of its next turn, when it can avert its eyes again. If the creature looks at the barrow wight in the meantime, it must immediately make the save.


  • Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 6 (1d6+3) bludgeoning damage plus 6 (1d6 + 3) necrotic damage. The target must succeed on a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or its hit point maximum is reduced by an amount equal to the necrotic damage taken. This reduction lasts until the target takes a long rest. The target dies if this effect reduces their hit point maximum to zero. A humanoid slain by this attack rises 1d4 rounds later as a barrow wight under the control of the wight that killed it unless the humanoid is restored to life or its body is destroyed. The wight can have no more than three barrow wights under its control at one time.


This creature appears as a rotting humanoid with leathery, gray skin drawn tight over its frame. Its eyes glow crimson. The creature’s clothes appear as rotting and tattered rags.

Barrow wights are undead creatures akin to normal wights, but they are always found in or near barrows, usually guarding the treasure contained therein. They hate living creatures and attempt to destroy anyone who invades their resting place.

A barrow wight is a twisted, insane creature standing about 6 feet tall.

A barrow wight attempts to use its gaze attack on the closest creature to it when it is first encountered. Creatures not affected by its gaze are pummeled with its fists.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Tome of Horrors © 2018, Frog God Games, LLC; Authors: Kevin Baase, Erica Balsley, John “Pexx” Barnhouse, Christopher Bishop, Casey Christofferson, Jim Collura, Andrea Costantini, Jayson ‘Rocky' Gardner, Zach Glazar, Meghan Greene, Scott Greene, Lance Hawvermale, Travis Hawvermale, Ian S. Johnston, Bill Kenower, Patrick Lawinger, Rhiannon Louve, Ian McGarty, Edwin Nagy, James Patterson, Nathan Paul, Patrick N. Pilgrim, Clark Peterson, Anthony Pryor, Greg Ragland, Robert Schwalb, G. Scott Swift, Greg A. Vaughan, and Bill Webb

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