Wraith, Flayed

Family: Wraith

Medium undead, neutral evil

Armor Class 12
Hit Points 67 (9d8 + 27)
Speed 0 ft., fly 60 ft. (hover)

9 (-1) 15 (+2) 17 (+3) 12 (+1) 9 (-1) 8 (-1)

Saving Throws Wis +2
Damage Resistances cold; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks not made with silvered weapons
Damage Immunities necrotic, poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, paralyzed, poisoned, prone
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 9
Languages any languages it knew in life
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • Sunlight Sensitivity. While in sunlight, the flayed wraith has disadvantage on attack rolls, as well as on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.
  • Torturer. When the flayed wraith reduces a creature to 0 hp, it knocks out the creature, which falls unconscious and is stable.


  • Multiattack. The flayed wraith uses its Howl of Agony. It then makes two claw attacks.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d8 + 2) slashing damage plus 5 (2d4) necrotic damage.
  • Howl of Agony. The wraith screams its pain into the mind of one creature it can see within 30 feet of it. The target must make a DC 14 Wisdom saving throw. On a failure, the target takes 10 (3d6) psychic damage and is incapacitated as it doubles over in pain. On a success, the target takes half the damage and isn’t incapacitated.


Tortured to Death. Flayed wraiths come into being when certain dark energies are present at the moment when an individual is tortured to death. Unlike typical wraiths, they retain the skin they wore in life. Often, the various forms of torture used against them are still evident on the canvas of their bodies.

Mad. The flayed wraith is in a perpetual state of madness, reliving the days and moments that led to its demise.

Flayed wraiths constantly feel the slice of the blade through their skin, the pain of blunt trauma to fingers and toes, or other objects being used on their bodies for the sheer purpose of causing agony. In death, they now seek to cause this same pain to others. They often keep their victims alive to inflict the unspeakable things that were once done to them upon the living. They desire to bring the same pain to others that was once so mercilessly brought against them, and in so doing, at least in their twisted minds, become the masters of life and death.

Undead Nature. A flayed wraith doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep.

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