How to Create a D&D Monster for Fifth Edition in 15 Minutes or Less

Occasionally, I get folks on Instagram and Facebook asking me how to create a D&D monster for Fifth Edition. Of course, the Dungeon Master's Guide outlines how to do just that on pages 273 - 283. But for some that can be a little overwhelming. And there are lots of little rules that are easy … Continue reading How to Create a D&D Monster for Fifth Edition in 15 Minutes or Less

Athach | New Monster for Fifth Edition

The athach is a hulking, misshapen biped. Its flabby, pear-shaped body has a third arm growing from its chest. Immensely strong, an athach can hammer most opponents to gory paste. An athach has a wide, slobbering mouth. Curving tusks like a boar's jut from its lower jaw. Its other teeth are small and peglike. It … Continue reading Athach | New Monster for Fifth Edition

Aranea | New Monster for Fifth Edition

The aranea is an intelligent, shapechanging spider with sorcerous powers. In its natural form, an aranea resembles a large spider. Its body is 3 feet across, its legs span 7 feet, and it weighs about 150 pounds. An odd-shaped lump on its back houses its brain. A pair of mandibles sprout from the front of … Continue reading Aranea | New Monster for Fifth Edition

Dwarven Wardogs | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

This is a request I got a while back that I'm finally able to get to making (sorry for the delay, Graham). Graham's request is simple: "A genetically superior hellhound bred for battle." Graham expanded on the idea on Instagram: "What would a war dog be like? In the world I'm building, the dwarves of … Continue reading Dwarven Wardogs | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

3 New A-Hole Monsters to Torment Your Players With | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

There are a few monsters in Dungeons & Dragons whose existence serves to only torment players. Whether it's a monster disguised as a treasure chest (mimics!), or monsters that drop from the ceilings (piercers), or monsters that eat through metal (rust monsters!), let's face it: these things don't make evolutionary sense. Obviously, they're the machinations … Continue reading 3 New A-Hole Monsters to Torment Your Players With | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

How to Create an Elite Humanoid in Fifth Edition | Monster Workshop with DM Dave

Recently, I showed you all how to make a cool, new monster variant in 15 minutes or less. And many of you shared that enjoyed it. So thank you so much! This time, I'd like to dive into how to make an elite version of a monster. What is an elite monster? An elite monster … Continue reading How to Create an Elite Humanoid in Fifth Edition | Monster Workshop with DM Dave

Cloaker Variants for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

The cloaker is a cool monster. Basically, it's a giant, talking manta ray that pretends to be a coat. They're chaotic neutral, too, which means they kinda just want to do their own thing and be left alone. What really makes them bizarre, I feel, is that they look like bestial predators, have fluff that … Continue reading Cloaker Variants for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Flesh Jelly, Lesser | A New Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

A flesh jelly is a nauseating mound of stinking flesh that gorges itself on any creatures unfortunate enough to cross its path. These ravenous oozes are usually found in tropical regions. A flesh jelly is a blob of soft, fleshy tissue surrounded by a filthy membrane composed of skin, hair, and fur. When it moves, … Continue reading Flesh Jelly, Lesser | A New Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Beholder, Abretheghals | New Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Imagine if your nightmares came to life. Any of them. How pleasant would it be to wake up and find yourself face-to-face with whatever stress-generated phantasm your mind concocted while you were unconscious? Imagine some ghoul that looks like you, naked, with all its teeth falling out. Perhaps your mind would create childhood embarrassments given … Continue reading Beholder, Abretheghals | New Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Chuul Variants for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Despite being a lifelong fan of Dungeons and Dragons, for whatever reason, aboleths are stuck in a blind spot on my D&D nerd-dar. If you aren't familiar with aboleths, they're basically giant, Lovecraftian, psychic fish monsters that can turn humanoids into thin-skinned, water-breathing servants. Pretty ick all the way around. But this article isn't about … Continue reading Chuul Variants for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition