Dread Rat (5e Creature)
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Large beast, unaligned
Armor Class 13
Skills Perception +2, Stealth +5
Keen Smell. The rat has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
Pack Tactics. The rat has advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of the rat's allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn't incapacitated.
Multiattack. The rat makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its claws.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 + 3) piercing damage.
Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) slashing damage.
Strong and extremely large, dread rats are opportunistic omnivores that can eat almost anything. They prefer to eat easy meals, such as carcasses left by predators, but a pack of dread rats might hunt a flock of sheep or lone humanoid. Dread rats only attack dangerous creatures, such as bears and wolves, if they feel they have a distinct advantage. Some goblinoids keep dread rats as pets or hunting companions, though they can be trained as pack animals and mounts.
Variant: Diseased Dread Rats
Some dread rats carry vile diseases that they spread with their bites. A diseased dread rat has a challenge rating of 1 (200 XP) and the following action instead of its normal bite attack.
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