Biweekly Monster-Obscurapus

Inhabitants of the Dark Sea. Among the lesser predators of the underdark water reservoirs, the obscurapus uses its ability to leave the water and its debilitating cloud of smoke or ink to survive and to hunt a wider variety of prey. They are known to work their way close to the surface where water ways flow into the underdark.

Aerosolized Ink. Like common octopus, the obscurapus uses an ink spray for defense, but its spray is adapted to form clouds both in water and in air. It also contains a contact poison that weakens all in the cloud at least until they can escape it.Obscurapus

Obscurapus
Large aberration, neutral evil
Armor Class: 13
Hit Points: 52 (8d10 + 8)
Speed: 10 ft., swim 60 ft., fly 40 ft. (hover)

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
17 (+3) 16 (+3) 13 (+1) 10 (+0) 11 (+0) 4 (-3)

Skills: Perception +4, Stealth +7
Senses: darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages: –
Challenge: 2 (450 XP)

Amphibious. The obscurapus can breathe air and water.

Shadow Stealth. While in dim light or darkness, the obscurapus can take the Hide action as a bonus action.

Actions
Tentacles. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 15 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6+3) bludgeoning damage. If the target is a creature, it is grappled (escape DC 16). Until this grapple ends, the target is restrained and the obscurapus can’t use its tentacles on another target.

Debilitating Cloud (Recharge 5-6). A 20 foot-radius cloud of smoke (in air) or ink (in water) extends all around the obscurapus. The area is obscured for one minute, although a significant wind or current can disperse the smoke or ink, respectively.  Creatures that start their turn in the cloud must make a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or be poisoned. Poisoned creatures remain poisoned as long as they are in the cloud, but may make a DC 13 Constitution saving throw at the start of their turn to remove the poisoned condition.

My daughter has been talking about this air octopus for a long time. Most of the time she remembers that she wants its smoke to make people worse at attacking. The poisoned condition covers that, although obscured is similar.

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1 Response to Biweekly Monster-Obscurapus

  1. writerdariel says:

    Nice concept! I’ve always liked the idea of squid/octopi moving onto land. Since I find them creepy, a cephalopod moving into my environment feels doubly dangerous.

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