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Gargoyle, Fungus

Medium plant, neutral evil

Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 67 (9d8 + 27)
Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
18 (+4) 14 (+2) 17 (+3) 6 (–2) 11 (+0) 7 (–2)

Skills Perception +6, Stealth +5
Damage Resistances fire; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons that aren’t adamantine Gargoyles
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities exhaustion, petrified, poisoned
Senses passive Perception 16
Languages
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • False Appearance. While the gargoyle remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from a weathered, inanimate statue that is covered in fungus, lichen, and moss.
  • Stench. Any creature that starts its turn within 10 feet of the gargoyle must succeed on a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or be poisoned until the start of its next turn. On a successful saving throw, the creature is immune to the gargoyle’s stench for 24 hours.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The gargoyle makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4) piercing damage.
  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) slashing damage.
  • Deadly Spores (Recharge 5–6). The fungus gargoyle exhales deadly spores in a 15-foot cone. Each creature in the area must make a DC 15 Constitution saving throw, taking 18 (4d8) poison damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

About

This creature looks like a winged statue, humanoid in shape, carved from molds, funguses, and mushrooms. Its arms and legs end in clawed hands and feet, and its mouth is lined with fangs carved from the same substances its body is.

Fungus gargoyles are thought to be gargoyles that have been transformed into their current state by an evil cult that pays reverence to various demons of slime, ooze, and fungus. These creatures are often found acting as guardians in temples dedicated to such demons.

Unlike normal plants, fungus gargoyles do not require food or air (they still require water, however), but sometimes eat their fallen enemies simply for the sheer pleasure of doing so (usually only evil-aligned fungus gargoyles do this). A typical fungus gargoyle stands about 5 or 6 feet tall and weighs up to 200 pounds. Though its shape can vary, most resemble ugly winged humanoids.

Fungus gargoyles typically ambush their prey, standing motionless until their opponent moves close. The fungus gargoyles then leap to the attack, slashing with their claws. Most fungus gargoyles try to stay airborne during combat rather than fight on the ground.

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