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Bloodied & Bruised Vol. 2 – Volo's Guide to Monsters


New Combat Actions for the Creatures in Volo's Guide to Monsters

The bugbear chief nurses a gushing wound in her side before issuing an order of retreat to her allies. A bright light forms around the angel’s dying body, blinding everyone near it as it passes on from the world of the living. With blood streaming down its torso, an enraged hill giant slams its fists into the ground and causes the earth around it to quake. 

Bloodied & Bruised is a series providing new combat actions for the creatures in the 5e roster. When pushed to their limits in combat, these monsters, critters, fiends, and foes gain new abilities that aid them in battle, or perhaps spell their doom depending on the circumstances. Bloodied & Bruised takes inspiration from the "bloodied" condition from 4e, making entirely new combat actions that can completely change the nature of a fight.

In addition, Bloodied & Bruised also introduces several "death throes" to the game, marking the demise of certain creatures with a grand explosion, heavy fall, or other unique effect to make the slaying of a great monster a truly unique experience.

Examples of Bloodied Actions


When bloodied at 63 HP, the flind has the following features.

  • New Ability: Point Blank Range. While bloodied, the flind suffers no disadvantage on ranged attack rolls while within 5 feet of a hostile creature.
  • Strength: Sprint Attack. While bloodied, when the flind moves at least 20 feet in a straight line and then hits a creature with a melee attack, the attack deals one extra die of damage.
  • Trigger Ability: Brutality. When first bloodied, the flind lets out a loud, manic cackle, infecting all allies in a 60-foot radius who hear it with an insatiable bloodlust. An allied creature who hears the cackle has advantage on the next attack roll it makes before the end of its next turn. If this advantage causes the creature to hit, its attack deals one extra die of damage.

Elder Brain

When bloodied at 105 HP, the elder brain has the following features.

  • Ability Recharge: Legendary Actions. When first bloodied, the elder brain regains all expended uses of its legendary actions.
  • Ability Recharge: Mind Blast. When first bloodied, the elder brain’s Mind Blast ability is recharged.
  • New Ability: Telepath Tactics. While bloodied, the elder brain can coordinate its attack with other telepathic creatures, such as mind flayers. The elder brain has advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of the elder brain’s telepathic allies is within 10 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.
  • Trigger Ability: Spellcasting. When first bloodied, the elder brain can use its reaction to cast a spell that normally requires an action to cast. This reaction is limited to spells the elder brain can cast at will.
  • Death Throes: Mind Break. When the elder brain dies, any creature that was linked telepathically to it when it perished feels the loss of sentience as if the creature itself had died. Telepathically linked creatures must make a DC 15 Intelligence saving throw. A creature takes 15 (6d4) psychic damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. If a creature fails the saving throw by 5 or more, its mind breaks for a short time, and it suffers the effects of a confusion spell. A confused creature can make a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

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Anders S July 10, 2023 3:49 pm UTC
Hi! Great stuff. It looks like the Printer Friendly version still has a (black&white) texture background. Could that be removed, so as to not waste ink? Thanks!
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Anne G July 11, 2023 6:26 am UTC
Should be updated now!
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Anders S July 16, 2023 2:23 pm UTC
Excellent, thank you!
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Miles M March 08, 2022 9:39 pm UTC
Can't wait to see the next supplements covered! I use this in EVERY game!
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Michael H March 08, 2022 12:01 am UTC
Will there be a release for Mordenkainens ?
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Anne G March 08, 2022 1:02 am UTC
Working on it (and Fizban's) right now. It may release as soon as late March (though April is more likely). It'll be added to the B&B bundle on release, so returning customers get a discount.
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Michael H March 10, 2022 9:27 pm UTC
Thanks, bought the bundle. The ToC in Volo's Guide is somewhat broken, it starts with maybe 100 or so garbage entries before the real entries show up. Hope you can look into that.
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Anne G March 12, 2022 3:38 pm UTC
Never seen that error before... It should be fixed now, but I'll keep an eye on future releases so it doesn't sneak in there again.
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