Baba Serpent (5e Creature)
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Medium plant, unaligned
Armor Class 12 (natural armor)
Damage Vulnerabilities fire
False Appearance. While the baba remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from an ordinary plant.
Multiattack. The baba makes two bite attacks.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d8 + 1) piercing damage plus 1 poison damage, and if the target is a Medium or smaller creature, it is grappled (escape DC 13). Until this grapple ends, the target is restrained, and the baba cannot bite another target.
Uproot. The baba serpent gains a base walking speed of 30 feet and a swim speed of 30 feet. The baba can use an action to reattach its body to the position from which it uprooted. At the end of each of its turns that is uprooted, the creature takes 1d8 necrotic damage.
Lunge. When a creature moves within reach of the baba's bite attack, the baba makes a bite attack against that creature.
Swift Uproot. As the baba takes damage or is forced to move from its position, it uses its uproot action.
A deku baba with a most peculiar adaptation, the baba serpent has developed the uncanny ability to momentarily separate its head from its planted base to slither about like a snake, snapping its jaws wildly. Until it separates, it is practically indistinguishable from a regular deku baba.
Hidden Among Friends. Many intelligent creatures recognize and predict the immobility of normal deku babas, and drop their guard against such foes. A baba serpent often lives among normal deku babas, routinely thrives in the same habitats, and is able to blend in among them. It is known to take advantage of this camouflage to ambush prey that doesn't expect its sudden mobility. This is a symbiotic relationship—the baba serpent gains a more effective means of attack, and the deku babas are protected from wise predators they could otherwise could not pursue or evade.
- Deku baba, the more common variety that lacks mobility
- Bio deku baba, an amphibious form that can also attain limited mobility
- Big deku baba, an exceptionally large and powerful baba
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