El Arbol Morado for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Deep in the jungles of southern Alberia and the Surlands awaits something horrible. The tribal Alberians call it xochitl mayana (or the “hungry flower”). Mexjicanos have labeled this fierce creature el arbol morado (the “purple tree”). Like a massive, purple tree, this creature grows in tropical climates. And it hungers for the flesh of all life.

Tecuani brujos tell tales of xochitl mayana dating back thousands of years. They claim the gods created the purple trees to ward of those who would over hunt in the forest. Other tales believe that the purple trees came when the heartstone did, riding on the wings of the massive flaming bird that killed the great lizards of time forgotten. Whatever its origins, all agree that it is something to be feared.

El arbol morado is a 16-20 foot tall plant that looks like a tree without any leaves. Its branches are like snakes, each ending in a clawed mouth. Fire will not burn it, and nonmagical axes will not cut it down. Those who’ve had the misfortune of coming upon one in the forest relate that once it’s fed, it is less aggressive and may stay dormant for days. Still, it takes a quite a bit to feed one. Eyewitnesses say they’ve seen one of these trees eat four entire oxen in just a few minutes.

Arbol Morado (Xochitl Mayana)

Huge plant, unaligned

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)

Hit Points 126 (12d12 + 48)

Speed 10 ft.

Abilities Str 22 (+6), Dex 14 (+2), Con 18 (+4), Int 2 (-4), Wis 12 (+1), Cha 7 (-2)

Damage Resistances lightning

Damage Immunities fire; bludgeoning, piercing, slashing from nonmagical weapons

Senses blindsense 60 ft. (blind beyond this radius), passive Perception 11


Challenge 10 (5,900 XP)


Multiattack. El arbol morado makes six melee weapon attacks.

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 10 ft., one creature. Hit: 11 (2d4 + 6) piercing damage.

Constrict. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 13 (2d6 + 6) bludgeoning damage, and the target is grappled (escape DC 18). Until this grapple ends, the creature is restrained. El arbol morado can grapple up to three targets at one time.


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