5e SRD >Gamemastering >Monsters & Foes >Monsters By Type >Undead >Skeletons >

Skeleton, Swordbreaker (Veteran)

Medium undead, lawful evil

Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 78 (12d8 + 24)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
16 (+3) 13 (+1) 14 (+2) 6 (–2) 8 (–1) 5 (–3)

Damage Vulnerabilities thunder
Damage Resistances piercing, slashing
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities exhaustion, petrified, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 9
Languages understands all languages it knew in life but can’t speak
Challenge 3 (700 XP)

Special Traits

  • Fossilized Bones. Any nonmagical slashing or piercing weapon made of metal or wood that hits the swordbreaker skeleton cracks. After dealing damage, the weapon takes a permanent and cumulative –1 penalty to damage rolls. If its penalty drops to –5, the weapon is destroyed. Nonmagical ammunition made of metal or wood that hits the swordbreaker skeleton is destroyed after dealing damage.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The veteran swordbreaker skeleton makes two longsword attacks. If it has a shortsword drawn, it can also make a shortsword attack.
  • Longsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 + 3) slashing damage, or 8 (1d10 + 3) slashing damage if used with two hands.
  • Shortsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) piercing damage.
  • Heavy Crossbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, range 100/400 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d10 + 1) piercing damage.

About

Tougher than a typical animated skeleton, these undead are raised from skeletal remains that have fossilized. Some are long dead beasts of a forgotten age, dug from the stone which encases them and reanimated. Others are more recent, raised from remains that were buried in areas where fossilization commonly occurs, such as near areas of mineral-rich water.

Bones of Stone. The swordbreaker skeleton’s bones have fossilized and become stony. Most weapons shatter against these bones, but the fossilization makes the skeletons more susceptible to magic that harms stone or that causes concussive bursts of sound.

Undead Nature. A swordbreaker skeleton doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Empire of the Ghouls © 2020 Open Design LLC; Wolfgang Baur, Richard Green, Jeff Lee, Christopher Lockey, Kelly Pawlik, Mike Welham.