Blackwing (4e Creature)

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These undead birds are guardians to mountainous tombs, and are sometimes raised to serve as mounts to evil champions or more powerful undead.

Level 12 Skirmisher
Large natural beast (mount, undead)
XP 700
Initiative +13 Senses Perception +13; darkvision
HP 124; Bloodied 62
AC 26; Fortitude 25, Reflex 20, Will 20
Immune disease, poison; Resist 10 cold, 10 necrotic; Vulnerable 5 radiant
Speed 4, fly 10 (hover)
Basicmelee.png Bite ♦ at-will
Effect: Reach 2; +17 vs. AC; 2d6 + 5 damage.
Melee.png Claw ♦ at-will
Effect: +17 vs. AC; 1d8 + 5 damage.
Melee.png Combined Attack ♦ at-will
Effect: When hovering, the blackwing makes a bite attack and two claw attacks against the same target.
Melee.png Frightful Dive ♦ at-will
Effect: The blackwing moves up to its fly speed and makes a bite attack against a target at any point during its move without provoking an opportunity attack, and the blackwing makes a secondary attack against the same target. Secondary Attack: +15 vs. Will; the target takes a –2 penalty to all defenses until the end of the blackwing’s next turn.
Close.png Wail of Despair ♦ recharge D6 (5).png D6 (6).png
Effect: Close burst 5; targets enemies; deafened creatures are immune; +13 vs. Will; the target takes a –2 penalty to all defenses until the end of the blackwing’s next turn.
Under Its Wing ♦ at-will
Effect: The blackwing grants its rider resist 5 cold and 5 necrotic.
Str 24 (+13) Dex 22 (+12) Wis 14 (+8)
Con 20 (+11) Int 6 (+4) Cha 6 (+4)
Alignment Unaligned Languages

Blackwing Tactics[edit]

Blackwings are always flying, using frightful dive to swoop down on foes and incite fear in them. After attacking, they fly off and circle around to dive again. Blackwings use wail of despair whenever it recharges, and strike with combined attack against foes able to affect the blackwing with ranged attacks.

Blackwing Lore[edit]

A character knows the following information with a successful Religion check.

DC 15: This is an undead bird known as a blackwing, whose screech instills terror into foes’ hearts. It guards tombs high up in the mountains or located in frigid areas.
DC 20: The first blackwings were long ago raised from the corpses of giant eagles by their goblin tormentors. Through dark rituals, dead giant eagles are still raised to this day to serve as mounts.

Encounter Groups[edit]

Blackwings are most commonly encountered near tombs, tierelessly flying high above, on the lookout for tresspassers, although some are encountered as mounts serving as battle champions for undead creatures or the favored living.

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