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Bloodied & Bruised – Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft

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New Combat Actions for the Creatures in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft

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

Relentless Slasher

When bloodied at 42 HP, the relentless slasher has the following features.

  • Ability Recharge: Legendary Actions. When first bloodied, the relentless killer regains all expended uses of its legendary actions.
  • New Ability: Bloodlust. While bloodied, the relentless killer deals one extra die of damage with its melee weapon attacks against other bloodied creatures.
  • New Ability: Cold-Hearted Killer. While bloodied, the relentless killer has advantage on all attack rolls it makes on its turn, but only if they are all made against the same creature. If the first attack made with advantage kills the targeted creature, the relentless killer cannot make any more attacks this turn.

Greater Star Spawn Emissary

When bloodied at 145 HP, the greater star spawn emissary has the following features.

  • Ability Recharge: Legendary Actions. When first bloodied, the star spawn regains all expended uses of its legendary actions.
  • New Ability: Psychic Rebound. While bloodied, the star spawn is immune to psychic damage. In addition, if the star spawn is targeted by an attack or feature that deals psychic damage, the psychic damage is reflected back on the attacker instead. The creature takes the highest possible psychic damage from the feature.
  • Death Throes: Horrible Mush. The area within 10 feet of the star spawn when it dies is covered in a sticky, eldritch mass that undulates and writhes. The mush is considered difficult terrain, and any creature that ends its turn in the mush must succeed on a DC 18 Strength saving throw or be grappled by the mush. A creature can use an action to make a DC 18 Strength check, pulling free of the mush on a success. If a creature remains grappled by the mush for three consecutive rounds, it instead becomes restrained by the mush as the writhing mass begins to scale up the creature’s body, and the DC to escape increases to 22.
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