Giant Hagfish (5e Creature)

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Giant Hagfish[edit]

Medium beast, unaligned

Armor Class 12
Hit Points 22 (4d8 + 4)
Speed 0 ft., swim 30 ft.

10 (+0) 14 (+2) 12 (+1) 1 (-5) 10 (+0) 4 (-3)

Proficiency Bonus +2
Senses darkvision 30 ft. (blind beyond this range), passive Perception 10
Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)

Slippery. The hagfish has advantage on ability checks and saving throws made to escape a grapple.

Water Breathing. The hagfish can breathe only underwater.


Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 5 (2d4) piercing damage.

Exude Slime (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest). The area in a 10-foot radius around the hagfish is filled with slime. Creatures that can breathe underwater that start their turn in the slime must make a DC 11 Constitution saving throw or become unable to breathe. Creatures that do not have a swimming speed that start their turn in the slime must make a DC 11 Strength saving throw or have their speed reduced to 0 feet. Affected creatures can repeat these saving throws at the start of their subsequent turns to end the effects.
At the start of the hagfish's next turn, the slime expands to a 20-foot radius.

Giant Hagfish Source

Hagfish are eel-like animals with smooth, purple, loose-fitting skin and simple eyes that cannot see far. They have several rows of horizontal teeth in a jawless mouth. This giant variant feeds on the carcasses of large aquatic animals by burrowing into their interior. Giant hagfish are most commonly encountered when another animal–or an adventurer–disturbs such a corpse and the hagfish squirms out of the rotting matter. They are also found hiding in caves or under large rocks.
Although it has a tearing bite, it is not a predator and prefers to flee from threats. It has glands along its body that produce microfibrous mucus when threatened, which expands into a huge amount of sticky slime. This can clog up a predator's gills or hinder a non-aquatic creature's ability to swim.
Giant hagfish can be hunted for their meat and for their skin, which makes good leather. If the slime of an agitated hagfish is gathered and dried out, it creates a silk-like substance suitable for clothing or ropes.

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