Grindylows are sentient frog-fish creatures. They are usually avoided because they smell of brackish water and love to gnaw on others, as a sign of aggression or affection. Though they are sentient, when in large groups they succumb to primal instincts and are seen as threats. In modern times, novice adventurers often begin their careers breaking up grindylow encampments and forcing them to relocate.


Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2, and your Dexterity score increases by 1.

Age. A grindylow becomes an adult in one year. Grindylows live to be no more than 25.

Alignment. Grindylows live in accord with natural cycles and operate on instinct more than reason. A desire for communal survival motivates much of what a grindylow does, including acts that might seem heroic to others. Grindylows are neutral.

Rarity. Common.

Size. A typical grindylow is 4 feet tall and weighs 50 pounds. Your size is Small.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet, and you have a swimming speed of 25 feet.

Amphibious. You can breathe air and water.

Fishy Stench. You can use your action to exude an oil that smells like rotting fish. For 1 minute thereafter, any creature other than a grindylow that starts its turn within 5 feet of you must succeed on a Constitution saving throw (DC = 8 + your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus) or become poisoned until the start of that creature’s next turn. On a successful saving throw, the creature is immune to your stench for 24 hours. Once you use this ability, you can do so again only after you finish a short or long rest.

Hunter-Gatherer. Trained to fend for yourself in the wild, you have proficiency in two skills of your choice from among Perception, Stealth, and Survival.

Jumper. Double the distance you can jump.

Natural Weapons. You have fangs and claws, and so your unarmed strikes can deal ld4 piercing damage (bite) or slashing damage (claws). Your natural weapons have the light and finesse properties, and you have proficiency with them.

Languages. You speak Common and Aquatic, as well as the native tongue of the grindylow. Some grindylows learn to speak Gutteral. They learn to read and write only if their background or class suggests they do.

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