The Right Monster for the Job: D&D Monsters Listed by Function

The thought for this publish comes from my son Evan, who DMs a weekly recreation for his buddies. He observed that the gem stalker from Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons has a Protecting Hyperlink characteristic that permits the creature to soak up harm meant for one more goal. The power implies that a problem ranking 5 gem stalker can serve a protecting position very like a CR 7 defend guardian. DMs writing adventures with an element for a less-powerful bodyguard may solid a gem stalker instead of a defend guardian. Evan advised an article itemizing totally different creatures, at totally different energy ranges, capable of fill the identical recreation position.

Gem StalkerThis led me to think about different monster jobs {that a} dungeon grasp may fill for a selected journey. Many campaigns want masterminds to plot evil schemes, guards to defend hoards, and maybe assassins to assault when the meddling do-gooders turn into a nuisance. DMs creating dungeons usually want timeless foes that may survive a vault for a 1,000 years till foolhardy treasure hunters invade.

These lists come from the Monster Manual and  Monsters of the Multiverse and all of the classes that I assumed would show helpful. However I contemplate them a piece in progress. What different jobs deserve lists? Every monster features a quick record of points, together with sorts, terrain, and typical allegiances.  For now, I’ve omitted most humanoid kind monsters.

Creatures that carry messages or conduct strikes and different missions for masterminds and different leaders.

CR Creature
0 Homunculus (Assemble wizard)
1/4 Pseudodragon (Dragon wizard)
1/2 Jackalwere (Shapechanger lamia Graz’zt)
1/2 Magmin (Elemental fireplace)
1 Imp (Satan)
1 Quasit (Demon)
2 Spined satan (Satan)
3 Deep Scion (Monstrosity aquatic)
3 Redcap (Fey hags mages)
3 Wight (Undead)
4 Deathlock (Undead warlock)
4 Succubus/Incubus (Fiend shapechanger)
5 Banderhobb (Monstrosity hags)
5 Cambion (Fiend)
5 Mindwitness (Aberration telepathic)
7 Draegloth (Demon Lolth)
7 Oni (Large)
9 Hydroloth (Yugoloth aquatic)
10 Yochlol (Demon Lolth)
12 Boneclaw (Undead)
12 Dying Knight (Undead)
13 Devourer (Undead Orcus)
13 Narzugon (Satan)
17 Dragon Turtle (Dragon aquatic)

Creatures that assault from hiding to achieve shock.

CR Creature
1/2 Darkmantle (Monstrosity Subterranean Shadowfell)
1/2 Piercer (Monstrosity Subterranean)
1 Choker (Aberration)
2 Ankheg (Monstrosity)
2 Mimic (Monstrosity)
3 Cave Fisher (Monstrosity Subterranean)
3 Grell (Aberration Subterranean)
3 Trapper (Monstrosity)
5 Bulette (Monstrosity)
5 Otyugh (Aberration Rubbish)
5 Roper (Monstrosity Subterranean)
5 Shambling Mound (Plant Forst Swamp)
11 Remorhaz (Monstrosity Chilly)

Protectors of different creatures.

CR Creature
2 Shadow Mastiff (Monstrosity)
3 Displacer Beast (Monstrosity)
4 Clockwork Stone Defender (Assemble)
4 Flameskull (Undead)
5 Gem Stalker (Monstrosity Gem Dragon)
5 Unicorn (Celestial Forest)
7 Defend Guardian (Assemble)
12 Grey Render (Monstrosity)

Creatures that discover and hoard secrets and techniques and magical lore.

CR Creature
2 Berbalang (Aberration)
2 Nothic (Aberration)
4 Bone Naga (Undead)
8 Spirit Naga (Monstrosity)
10 Guardian Naga (Monstrosity)
11 Gynosphinx (Monstrosity)
17 Blue Abishai (Satan Tiamat)
17 Androsphinx (Monstrosity)
17 Nagpa (Monstrosity)
18 Sibriex (Demon)
20 Morkoth (Aberration)

Creatures that lead teams into battle.

CR Creature
3 Chordrith (Monstrosity Lolth)
5 Wraith (Undead)
7 Thoughts Flayer (Aberration Illithid)
9 Flind (Fiend Gnoll)
9 Drow Home Captain (Humanoid Lolth)
12 Dying Knight (Undead)
13 Nalfeshnee (Demon)
14 Ice Satan (Satan)
16 Marilith (Demon)
18 Aminzu (Satan),
19 Balor (Demon)
19 Purple Abishai (Satan Tiamat)
20 Pit Fiend (Satan)

Creatures that help different fighters with methods or magic.

CR Creature
1/4 Kobold Inventer (Dragon)
1/4 Kobold Scale Sorcerer (Dragon)
1 Firenewt Warlock Of Imix (Elemental Imix)
5 Kraken Priest (Monstrosity Aquatic Kraken)
8 Inexperienced Slaad (Aberration)
9 Grey Slaad (Aberration)
10 Dying Slaad (Aberration)
12 Arcanaloth (Yugoloth)
12 Oinoloth (Yugoloth)
15 Cranium Lord (Undead)

Brutish thugs and enforcers for masterminds and different leaders.

CR Creature
6 Chasme (Demon)
7 Elemental Myrmidons (Elemental)
8 Chain Satan (Satan)
9 Bone Satan (Satan)
14 Cadaver Collector (Assemble)

Creatures possible to assist or information adventurers.

CR Creature
1/8 Flumph (Aberration Underdark)
1/4 Pixie (Fey Forest)
1/4 Sprite (Fey Forest)
2 Centaur (Monstrosity)
2 Pegasus (Celestial)
3 Dolphin Delighter (Fey Aquatic)
4 Couatl (Celestial)
5 Unicorn (Celestial Forest)
5 Werebear (Shapechanger Forest)
9 Treant (Plant Forest)
10 Deva (Celestial)
10 Guardian Naga (Monstrosity)
10 Stone Large Dreamwalker (Large)
11 Gynosphinx (Monstrosity)
12 Ki-Rin (Celestial)
16 Planetar (Celestial)
17 Androsphinx (Monstrosity)
21 Photo voltaic (Celestial)
23 Empyrean (Celestial)

Protectors of treasure or areas.

CR Creature
0 Shrieker (Plant Underdark)
1/4 Flying Sword (Assemble)
1/4 Skeleton (Undead)
1/4 Zombie (Undead)
1 Animated Armor (Assemble)
1 Scarecrow (Assemble)
1 Stone Cursed (Assemble)
2 Gargoyle (Elemental)
2 Guard Drake (Dragon)
2 Rug Of Smothering (Assemble)
2 Shadow Mastiff (Monstrosity)
3 Basilisk (Monstrosity)
3 Displacer Beast (Monstrosity)
3 Hell Hound (Fiend Fireplace)
3 Owlbear (Monstrosity)
3 Spectator (Aberration)
3 Water Wierd (Elemental)
3 Wight (Undead)
4 Chuul (Aberration Aquatic)
4 Clockwork Iron Cobra (Assemble)
4 Flameskull (Undead)
4 Girallon (Monstrosity)
4 Helmed Horror (Assemble)
5 Barbed Satan (Satan)
5+ Golem (Assemble)
5 Clockwork Oaken Bolter (Assemble)
6 Galub Duhr (Elemental)
8 Canoloth (Yugoloth)
10 Guardian Naga (Monstrosity)
10 Yochlol (Demon Lolth)
11 Gynosphinx (Monstrosity)
12 Eidolon (Undead)
16 Stone Large Quintessent (Large)
17 Androsphinx (Monstrosity)
18 Demilich (Undead Tomb)

Creatures that deliver chaos or corruption to areas and other people.

CR Creature
1/8 Boggle (Fey)
1/2 Skulk (Monstosity Shadowfell)
4 Dybbuk (Demon)
4 Succubus/Incubus (Fiend Shapechanger)
5 Allip (Undead)
7 Bheur Hag (Fey)
6 Annis Hag (Fey)
9 Glabrezu (Demon)
11 Alkilith (Demon)
11 Balhannoth (Abberation)
13 Wastrilith (Demon Aquatic)

Creatures that may disguise to infiltrate.

CR Creature
3 Doppelganger (Monstrosity)
4 Succubus/Incubus (Fiend Shapechanger)
7 Maurezhi (Demon Gnoll)
7 Oni (Large)
8 Inexperienced Slaad (Aberration)
9 Grey Slaad (Aberration)
10 Dying Slaad (Aberration)
10 Yochlol (Demon Lolth)
13 Rakshasa (Fiend)
15 Inexperienced Abishai (Satan Tiamat)

Creatures that lead and plot, usually whereas avoiding direct motion.

CR Creature
2 Sea Hag (Fey Aquatic)
4 Deathlock Mastermind (Undead Warlock)
4 Lamia (Monstrosity Desert Graz’Zt)
5 Evening Hag (Fiend Planes)
7 Thoughts Flayer (Aberration Illithid)
7 Oni (Large)
8 Spirit Naga (Monstrosity)
10 Aboleth (Aberration)
10 Alhoon (Aberration Illithid Wizard)
10 Dying Slaad (Aberration)
11 Genie (Elemental)
12 Dying Knight (Undead)
13 Beholder (Aberration)
13 Rakshasa (Fiend)
13 Vampire (Undead)
13 Ultoloth (Yugoloth)
14 Dying Tyrant (Undead)
14 Elder Mind (Aberration Illithid)
15 Mummy Lord (Undead Tomb)
15 Cranium Lord (Undead)
17 Nagpa (Monstrosity)
18 Sibriex (Demon)
19 Balor (Demon)
20 Pit Fiend (Satan)
21 Lich (Undead Wizard)
23 Empyrean (Celestial)
23 Kraken (Monstrosity)
V Dracolich (Undead Wizard)
V Dragon (Dragon)
CR Creature
1 Hippogriff (Monstrosity)
1 Steeder (Monstrosity)
2 Griffon (Monstrosity Cliffs)
2 Pegasus (Celestial)
3 Nightmare (Fiend)
6 Wyvern (Dragon)
11 Roc (Monstrosity Mountain)

Creatures that defend pure locations.

CR Creature
1/4 Sprite (Fey Forest)
1 Dryad (Fey Forest)
5 Unicorn (Celestial Forest)
5 Wooden Woad (Plant Forest)
9 Treant (Plant Forest)

Creatures who comply with orders to struggle in quantity.

CR Creature
1/4 Skeleton (Undead)
1/2 Chitine (Monstrosity Loth)
1/2 Nupperibo (Satan)
1/4 Zombie (Undead)
1 Firenewt Warrior (Elemental Imix)
1 Sea Spawn (Monstrosity Aquatic)
3 Bearded Satan (Satan)
3 Bulezau (Demon)
3 Wight (Undead)
4 Merregon (Satan)
5 Barlgura (Demon)
5 Mezzoloth (Yugoloth)
5 Purple Slaad (Aberration)
5 Salamander (Elemental Fireplace Efreet)
5 Tanarukk (Demon)
6 White Abishai (Satan Tiamat)
7 Armanite (Demon)
7 Blue Slaad (Aberration)
7 Dhergoloth (Yugoloth)
8 Hezrou (Demon)
8 Howler (Fiend)
11 Horned Satan (Satan)
14 Fireplace Large Dreadnought (Large)
V Large (Large)

Creatures that spy or assassinate utilizing stealth.

CR Creature
0 Skull Rat (Aberration Illithid)
0 Homunculus (Assemble)
1/4 Pseudodragon (Dragon Wizard)
1/2 Darkling (Fey)
1 Clockwork Bronze Scout (Assemble)
1 Imp (Satan)
1 Quasit (Demon)
2 Darkling Elder (Fey)
5 Cambion (Fiend)
5 Oblex Grownup (Ooze Illithid)
7 Black Abishai (Satan Tiamat)
10 Oblex Elder (Ooze Illithid)

Creatures that sometimes increase different troops.

CR Creature
1 Half-Ogre (Large)
2 Ogre (Large)
2 Ogre Bolt Launcher (Large)
2 Ogre Howday (Large)
2 Ogre Zombie (Undead)
3 Hell Hound (Fiend Fireplace)
3 Manticore (Monstrosity)
3 Ogre Chain Brute (Large)
4 Ogre Battering Ram (Large)
5 Troll (Large)
8 Shoosuva (Demon)
9 Nycaloth (Yugoloth)
11 Horned Satan (Satan)
12 Erinyes (Satan)
17 Goristro (Demon)

Creatures that search targets for termination.

CR Creature
3 Slithering Tracker (Ooze)
4 Yeth Hound (Fey)
5 Revenant (Undead)
6 Chasme (Demon)
6 Invisible Stalker (Elemental)
8 Canoloth (Yugoloth)
10 Orthon (Satan)
14 Retriever (Assemble Lolth)
16 Metal Predator (Assemble)

Creatures that work higher as story parts than as fight foes.

CR Creature
1/2 Fuel Spore (Plant)
2 Nothic (Aberration)
4 Ghost (Undead)
25 Marut (Assemble Inevitable)

Risks that lair underground.

CR Creature
1/4 Grimlock (Humanoid Illithid)
1/2 Grey Ooze (Ooze)
2 Quaggoth (Humanoid Lolth)
3 Hook Horror (Monstrosity)
4 Black Pudding (Ooze)
5 Umber Hulk (Monstrosity)

Creatures that may perpetually survive in a location till disturbed

CR Creature
1/4 Mephit (Elemental)
1/4 Skeleton (Undead)
1/2 Shadow (Undead)
1 Specter (Undead)
2 Gibbering Mouther (Aberration)
2 Will-O’-Wisp (Undead Desolation)
3 Deathlock Wight (Undead Warlock)
3 Mummy (Undead Tomb)
4 Banshee (Undead)
4 Shadow Demon (Demon)
5 Spawn Of Kyuss (Undead Aquatic)
5 Wraith (Undead)
6 Medusa (Monstrosity Ruins)
8 Sword Wraith Warrior (Undead)
6 Bodak (Undead Orcus)
8 Sword Wraith Commander (Undead)
14 Cadaver Collector (Assemble)

Creatures sometimes met in cities.

CR Creature
2 Wererat (Shapechanger)

Creatures that roam, usually searching for to slake their starvation.

CR Creature
1/2 Jackalwere (Shapechanger Lamia Graz’Zt)
1/2 Rust Monster (Monstrosity Subterranean)
1 Ghoul (Undead)
1 Meazel (Monstrosity)
1 Vargouille (Fiend)
2 Carrion Crawler (Monstrosity)
2 Gelatinous Dice (Ooze Subterranean)
2 Mind Devourer (Aberration Subterranean Illithid)
2 Ochre Jelly (Ooze Subterranean)
2 Ogre (Large)
2 Meenlock (Fey)
2 Merrow (Monstrosity Shore Aquatic)
2 Rutterkin (Demon Abyss)
3 Displacer Beast (Monstrosity)
3 Flail Snail (Elemental)
3 Vampiric Mist (Undead)
3 Yeti (Monstrosity Chilly)
5 Xorn (Elemental Subterranean)
5 Tlincalli (Monstrosity Desert)
6 Drider (Monstrosity Underdark Spider)
6 Vrock (Demon)
8 Cloaker (Aberration Subterranean)
8 Hydra (Monstrosity Shore Aquatic)
9 Abominable Yeti (Monstrosity Chilly)
10 Dying Kiss (Aberration)
11 Roc (Monstrosity Mountain)
13 Devourer (Undead Orcus)
13 Neothelid (Aberration Subterranean)
15 Nabassu (Demon)
15 Purple Worm (Monstrosity Subterranean Mountain)
17 Dragon Turtle (Dragon Aquatic)
20 Leviathan (Elemental Aquatic)
20 Nightwalker (Undead)

Risks that seem in wild locations usually in or close to a lair.

CR Creature
1/8 Stirge (Beast)
1/2 Cockatrice (Monstrosity)
1 Harpy (Monstrosity Cliffs)
1 Hippogriff (Monstrosity)
2 Ettercap (Monstrosity Spider)
2 Giffon (Monstrosity Cliffs)
2 Merrow (Monstrosity Shore Aquatic)
2 Peryton (Monstrosity Mountain)
3 Basilisk (Monstrosity)
3 Manticore (Monstrosity Pack)
3 Owlbear (Monstrosity)
3 Werewolf (Shapechanger Pack)
4 Wereboar (Shapechanger Orc)
4 Ettin (Large Solo)
4 Girallon (Monstrosity)
4 Weretiger (Shapechanger Jungle)
5 Catoblepas (Monstrosity Swamp)
5 Gorgon (Monstrosity)
5 Troll (Large)
6 Chimera (Monstrosity)
6 Wyvern (Dragon)
8 Corpse Flower (Plant)
9 Frost Salamander (Elemental Chilly)
10 Froghemoth (Monstrosity Swamp)
11 Behir (Monstrosity)
11 Remorhaz (Monstrosity Chilly)

Creatures that trigger unnatural disasters.

CR Creature
16 Phoenix (Elemental)
23 Elder Tempest (Elemental)
23 Kraken (Monstrosity)
30 Tarrasque (Monstrosity)

Creatures that favor mischief over battle.

CR Creature
1/8 Boggle (Fey)
1/4 Pixie (Fey Forest)
1/4 Mephit (Elemental)
1/2 Satyr (Fey)
1 Quickling (Fey)
1+ Faerie Dragon (Dragon)
2 Will-O’-Wisp (Undead Desolation)



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