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Ghoul, Bloated

Medium undead, neutral evil

Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 142 (19d8 + 57)
Speed 20 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
17 (+3) 10 (+0) 16 (+3) 11 (+0) 12 (+1) 13 (+1)

Damage Resistances necrotic, slashing
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11
Languages Common, Undercommon
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)

Special Traits

  • Turning Defiance. The bloated ghoul and any ghouls within 30 feet of it have advantage on saving throws against effects that turn undead.
  • Unholy Stench. When the bloated ghoul takes piercing or slashing damage, noxious vapors burst from its distended stomach. Each creature within 10 feet of it must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or take 7 (2d6) poison damage and be poisoned until the end of its next turn.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The bloated ghoul makes one bite attack and one claw attack.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 16 (3d8 + 3) piercing damage, and, if the target is a humanoid, it must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or contract darakhul fever.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (3d6 + 3) slashing damage. If the target is a creature other than an undead, it must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or have its speed halved and have disadvantage on Dexterity-based checks and saving throws for 1 minute. The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.
  • Hideous Feast. The bloated ghoul feeds on a corpse within 5 feet of it that is less than 1 week old. It regains 1d8 hit points per size category of the creature it consumes. For example, the ghoul regains 1d8 hit points when consuming a Tiny creature or 4d8 hit points when consuming a Large creature. The bloated ghoul can’t use Hideous Feast on a corpse if it or another bloated ghoul has already used Hideous Feast on the corpse.

About

Bloated ghouls are ghouls who have engaged in ritual gorging on the flesh of hundreds of humanoids. Followers of the Bloated Path, the ghouls’ bodies swell with undigested meat and bone. They eventually become pot-bellied undead maddened with hunger. A bloated ghoul’s lair is often slick with spilled blood and guts, which it happily licks off the floor and walls.

Hungry Dead Nature. The ghoul requires no air or sleep.

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