Strzyga (5e Creature)

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Medium undead, chaotic evil

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 97 (13d8 + 39)
Speed 30 ft., burrow 20 ft., swim 20 ft.

20 (+5) 14 (+2) 16 (+3) 10 (+0) 14 (+2) 13 (+1)

Skills Perception +6, Stealth +6
Proficiency Bonus +2
Damage Vulnerabilities fire, radiant
Damage Resistances cold
Damage Immunities necrotic, poison
Condition Immunities charmed, frightened, poisoned
Senses darkvision 120 ft., tremorsense 40 ft., passive Perception 16
Languages Common, Sylvan
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Innate Spellcasting. The strzyga's innate spellcasting ability is Wisdom (spell save DC 13, +5 to hit with spell attacks). She can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:

At will: mage hand, minor illusion, misty step
3/day each: animate dead, corpse explosion

Magic Resistance. The strzyga has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.


Multiattack. The strzyga makes two attacks, only one of which can be with her harpoon tongue.

Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (1d10 + 5) slashing damage.

Harpoon Tongue. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 20 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d8 + 5) piercing damage plus 7 (2d6) necrotic damage. The target's hit point maximum is reduced by an amount equal to the necrotic damage taken, and the strzyga regains hit points equal to that amount. The reduction lasts until the target finishes a long rest. The target dies if this effect reduces its hit point maximum to 0. Instead of dealing damage, the strzyga can grapple the target (escape DC 14) and if successful can pull the target up to 20 feet towards herself.

The horrific strzyga is an undead hag, generally created when a hag was slain in battle but brought back from the dead via necromancy and transformed into a horrific combination of hag and ghoul. Among the Quajjari sultanate these creatures are known as aunties of ghouls and rule over ghouls, ghasts and other undead as a tyrannical but perversely loving aunty. Though she has lost much of her cunning her undead state has turned her into a feral and monstrous creature that sucks blood with her harpoon tongue and can raise an army of lesser undead. Domovoi, bloated cadavers and mglak keep her company as well as other lesser hags like sea hags and green hags. The strzyga generally hate night hags and will only work with them if bested in combat. Strzyga can form a coven with two other hags like all hags can and she generally is the muscle of the coven with her undead minions.

Covens. A strzyga that is part of a coven (see the "Hag Covens" sidebar in the Monster Manual) has a challenge rating of 6 (2,300 XP).

Undead Nature. A strzyga doesn't require air, food, drink, or sleep.

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