Emus for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Emus are soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds with long necks and legs, and can reach up to 6 feet in height. Emus can travel great distances, and when necessary can sprint at 31 mph. They forage for a variety of plants and insects but have been known to go for weeks without eating. Emus drink infrequently but take in copious amounts of water when the opportunity arises.

Emus are most common in areas of savannah woodland and primordial forests and least common in heavily populated districts and arid areas with annual precipitation of fewer than 24 inches. They predominately travel in pairs, and while they can form large flocks, this is an atypical social behavior that arises from the common need to move towards a new food source

The emu’s main defense is a swift kick or two using their powerful legs.


Medium beast, unaligned

Armor Class 11

Hit Points 11 (2d8 + 2)

Speed 40 ft.

Abilities Str 12 (+1), Dex 12 (+1), Con 12 (+1), Int 2 (-4), Wis 10 (+0), Cha 5 (-3)

Senses passive Perception 10


Challenge 1/8 (25 XP)


Kick. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d6 + 1) bludgeoning damage.


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The emu will be included as a Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition entry in a new book I’m working on for DMsguild.com titled, simply, CR 1/8.

It will be available for free download and reading until the book is published (probably by the end of this week).

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3 thoughts on “Emus for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

      1. You are very welcome. Good luck. Remember an emu is a large Australian bird the size of an ostrich but has dull brown plumage.

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