Friday, March 20, 2015

Ahool for 5e

I present to you the Ahool, a mysterious cryptid of the jungle. Part bat, part ape and all predator.

This lovely picture is by Haley Dubay.

Medium monstrosity, unaligned
Armor Class 12
Hit Points 26 (4d8+8)
Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft., fly 50 ft.
Str                    Dex                  Con                  Int                    Wis                  Cha
16 (+3)             15 (+2)             15 (+2)             6 (-2)               12 (+1)             6 (-2)
Skills Athletics +4, Perception +3, Stealth +4
Senses Blindsight 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Challenge 1
Echolocation. While it can’t hear, the ahool has no blindsight.
Keen Hearing. The ahool has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing.
Multiattack. The ahool makes two attacks: one with its bite, one with its claws.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6+3) piercing damage.
Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d4+3) slashing damage.
Ahools are reclusive jungle predators that combine the features of a bat and an ape. They have the head, body and legs of an ape, though their feet end in vicious claws, while their arms are large bat wings with a ten foot wingspan. Their head sports a pair of bat-like ears. They can be quite vicious, but are smart enough to know when they are outclassed by another creature.
Treetop Predators
Ahool typically stalk prey from the branches of jungle trees. After they have had time to study their chosen prey, when the time is right, they swoop down in a vicious attack. Their attacks are swift, and ahool don’t do protracted battles. If they are not able to swiftly make off with their prey, they will withdraw and find a better hunting opportunity. They view just about every other species as possible prey, unless it’s too big, in which case they view it as a threat.
Family Units
Ahool males are usually loners, only briefly joining a female ahool to mate. A male will warn off other males intruding into his territory, but there are rarely battles between rivals. An ahool killing another ahool is almost unheard of.

Ahool females usually form units, so that they may share the rearing of young. Upon reaching adulthood, females will typically continue on with the troop, while males go off to establish their own territory.


  1. Right after Echolocation you say that the ahool *can't* hear. Not sure if that was a mistake, but it seemed like something that should be pointed out.

    1. I used the wording from the bat entry in the player's handbook, but it doesn't look quite right. It would probably be better to say "If it can't hear, the ahool loses its blindsight."

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    1. This was a repeat of the first comment, so I removed it.