Bamboo Blights for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Not all blights come from deciduous or coniferous forests. For example, the desecration of the Gulthias tree can spread to the desert and create cactus blights. There are tales of willow and cattail blights haunting swamps. But perhaps one of the most interesting blights adventurers may ever come across are the bamboo blights in Shou.

Standing much taller than other blights, bamboo blights are often confused for golems. They’re complete brutes, relying on their extreme strength to level those who’d trespass in their territory. In addition, bamboo blights are more than just animated twigs, needles, or vines come to life. Maintaining a cruel semblance of life, the stiff, flexible wood continues to grow even in its apparent undeath, offering it a crude form of regeneration.

Shou hags love to desecrate forests thick with bamboo. They know the curse will create these blights who are easy to command once they rise. Find a bamboo blight and you’re sure to find a hag coven, too.

Bamboo Blight

Large plant, neutral evil

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)

Hit Points 45 (6d10 + 12)

Speed 30 ft.

Abilities Str 19 (+4), Dex 10 (+0), Con 15 (+2), Int 4 (-3), Wis 8 (-1), Cha 3 (-4)

Damage Vulnerabilities fire

Condition Immunities blinded, deafened,

Senses blindsight 60 ft. (blind beyond this radius), passive Perception 9

Languages understands Common but can’t speak

Challenge 2 (450 XP)

Regeneration. The blight regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn. If the blight takes fire damage, this trait doesn’t function at the start of the blight’s next turn. The blight dies only if it starts its turn with 0 hit points and doesn’t regenerate.


Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4) bludgeoning damage.


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