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Bloodied & Bruised – Monster Manual

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New Combat Actions for the Creatures in the Monster Manual

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

Iron Golem

When bloodied at 105 HP, the iron golem has the following features.

  • Ability Recharge: Poison Breath. When first bloodied, the golem’s Poison Breath ability is recharged.
  • Frailty: Malfunction. While bloodied, the golem doesn’t work as optimally. Its speed is lowered by 5 feet (to a minimum of 10 feet) and it cannot take reactions.
  • New Ability: Overheating. While bloodied, the golem overheats to maintain efficiency. Any creature who touches the golem or hits it with a melee attack while within 5 feet of it takes 5 (1d10) fire damage. If a gallon or more water is dumped on the golem, this trait is suppressed until the end of the golem’s next turn.
  • Strength: Scalding Weapons. While bloodied, the golem’s weapon attacks deal an additional 7 (2d6) fire damage. If a gallon or more water is dumped on the golem, this trait is suppressed until the end of the golem’s next turn.
  • Death Throes: Arcane Boom. A small arcane explosion happens as the golem falls to the ground. Each creature in a 10-foot radius of the golem when it expires takes 12 (5d4) force damage.
Hill Giant

When bloodied at 52 HP, the hill giant has the following features.

  • Frailty: Frustrated. The giant is frustrated by its injuries. At the start of each of its turns, it must succeed on a DC 10 Wisdom saving throw or attack whatever creature is closest to it. If two or more creatures are within the same distance of the giant, it chooses its target at random.
  • New Ability: Ground Smash. As an action while bloodied, the giant can hit the ground at its feet, making the earth shake. Each Medium or smaller creature standing within 15 feet of the giant when it hits the ground must succeed on a DC 16 Dexterity saving throw or fall prone. After using this ability, the giant can make a single melee attack as a bonus action.
  • Death Throes: Timber. The giant falls in a random direction, provided it isn’t prone. Roll a d8 to determine which direction the giant falls when it dies. The area where it lands becomes difficult terrain, and the giant takes up a 15-foot square of space.
    Each creature standing in the area must make a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, the dead giant lands on the creature. The creature takes 17 (5d6) bludgeoning damage, is knocked prone, and is restrained under the giant’s body. The creature must use an action and 10 feet of movement on its turn to make a DC 17 Strength (Athletics) check, freeing itself from beneath the giant’s body on a success. 
    If a creature succeeds on the Dexterity saving throw, it takes no damage, isn’t knocked prone, and is pushed 5 feet out of the giant‘s space into an unoccupied space of the creature's choice. A creature that cannot move or chooses not to move suffers the consequences of a failed saving throw.

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Jimmy F November 05, 2021 6:07 pm UTC
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Badger B November 03, 2021 9:33 pm UTC
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Anne, what a fantastic idea!

I will be picking this up.
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Wout T November 03, 2021 7:34 pm UTC
This looks really amazing! Is it possible to put this on Fantasy Grounds, or would it be too complicated seeing that it's adding a lot of new rules/abilities to existing creatures?
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Grim Press ` November 03, 2021 10:29 pm UTC
Hi Wout,

We've chatted with Anne and will be working to adapt this for Fantasy Grounds. With the way the FG program works, we will have to do some creative monster feature-linking as we obviously can't reproduce each monster in its entirety from the Monster Manual.

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Wout T November 04, 2021 1:10 pm UTC
Super!!!
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Ryan R November 03, 2021 2:45 pm UTC
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Incredible stuff! Just as a side note for whenever you do your first revision, as I was reading through I noticed the bloodied HP of the Black Dragon Wyrmling is still 63 when the other ones are much lower.
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Anne G November 04, 2021 5:39 am UTC
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Damn, it must have slipped through editing. Updated it to the right HP amount. Thank you for letting me know!
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Colten T November 03, 2021 2:19 pm UTC
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I've been enjoying adding the bloodied condition to some of my monsters as a DM! After learning 4e had it, I often wondered why monsters didn't have this mechanic anymore. Thank you for taking the time to make this!
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