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Medium undead, neutral

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

20 (+5) 17 (+3) 16 (+3) 10 (+0) 13 (+1) 15 (+2)

Skills Athletics +7, Perception +3, Stealth +5
Damage Resistances necrotic; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks that aren’t cold iron
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages the languages it knew in life
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Special Traits

  • Haugbui Weakness. The haugbui is destroyed if a piercing weapon made of iron is driven into its heart while it is incapacitated in its resting place.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The haugbui innate spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 12). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:
    • 3/day: contagion, bestow curse Regeneration. The haugbui regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn. If the haugbui takes fire or radiant damage, this trait doesn’t function at the start of the haugbui’s next turn. The haubui’s body is destroyed only if it starts its turn with 0 hit points and doesn’t regenerate.
    • Stench. Any creature that starts its turn within 5 feet of the haugbui 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 haugbui’s Stench for 24 hours.


  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 12 (2d6 + 5) piercing damage.
  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d4 + 5) slashing damage. Instead of dealing damage, the haugbui can grapple the target (escape DC 15).


This rotting corpse creaks into action to defend its tomb!

The haugbui is a mound-dweller, a living corpse that makes its home in its own tomb. It is rarely encountered outside of it and usually only threatens those who seek to violate its tomb.

Greed Even in Death. It enjoys and expects funerary goods, including that which is buried with it in the mound and sacrifices of calf’s milk and freshly-brewed ale made by locals in the area. It is quite capable of feats of enormous strength, should grave robbers test it. Even cows can be sacrificed to keep aggressive haugbui placated.

Trollskap. Grave robbers are its usual victims, but heroes who seek out particularly rare magic items buried with their owners must sometimes contend with haugbui as well. In addition to teeth, claws and great strength, the haugbui can use “trollskap,” evil magic, to defend its home.

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5E RPG: Viking Adventures. Copyright 2020, Mal and Tal, LLC; Author Michael Tresca.