Popular Monsters

The Thing in the Well Solitary, Large, Stealthy
Dark Tentacles (w[2d12] damage) 16 HP 1 armor
Reach, Near

"Good morning," the Thing in the Well calls, "And how are we doing this morning Mrs. Westmen?" -- "Just wonderfully. How have you been keeping, Thing?" -- "Fine, fine. A little peckish, a bit in the mood for, you know, a nibble, a bite to eat. But don't worry yourself, perfectly fine." -- "It's quite alright Thing, I was just thinking I should bring by some lunch. How does a ham sound?" -- "You are too kind Mrs. Westmen, just too kind..." -- The Thing in the Well has lived in the village for longer than anyone can remember. It is traditional to fix regular meals for the Thing, and to present it with a sheep or pig on special occasions. Years ago a boy went down the well on a dare. He never returned. The subject has not been broached in the presence of the Thing. Instinct: To devour

  • Politely collect tribute
  • Leverage townspeople through secrets
  • Purify water
  • Hide in darkened waters
Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011 This monster has been edited. Its probably still cool, but its stats may not line up with standard monsters.
Clockwork Defender Group, Large, Organized, Construct
Crushing blows from metal limbs (d8+2 damage) 12 HP 3 armor
Forceful
Special Qualities: Metal, Clockwork, Well-hidden weak spot

"The Old Ones, they knew much. Not the alchemy of man nor the sorcery of warlocks and the like. No, this is the magic of gears and pulleys, the sorcery of science. Watch your every step in the tower: be wary or you may call to life the ancient defense systems. You'll know the Defenders have awoken long before you face them, that's for sure; they're louder than a stomping giant and their hulls scrape the stone walls. You'll hear them coming, I'm sure you can avoid them, go on in the tower. Me? I... I'll stay out here. Got to have a lookout post, right?"

Instinct: Destroy all Intruders! *click* Defend the domain!

  • Display immense and uncaring strength
  • Soldier on, ignoring all damage until the last
  • Reveal a hidden function from the depths of its gearworks
Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011 This monster has been edited. Its probably still cool, but its stats may not line up with standard monsters.
The Shadows That Melt Flesh Horde, Tiny, Stealthy, Intelligent, Planar, Amorphous
Millions of tiny bites (b[2d6-2] damage) 6 HP 1 armor
Hand, Ignores Armor
Special Qualities: Completely intangible swarms

Each individual shadow is actually a swarm of tiny, dust-sized demons. No one is quite sure where they come from, or how to kill them, but it is known that children of every species on every plane of existence know to fear the darkness . . . Instinct: To spread

  • Devour flesh
  • Impersonate voices
  • Absorb knowledge from those it kills
Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011 This monster has been edited. Its probably still cool, but its stats may not line up with standard monsters.
Kobold Horde, Small, Stealthy, Intelligent, Organized
Spear (d6 damage) 3 HP 1 Armor
Close, Reach
Special Qualities: Dragon connection

Some are wont to lump these little, rat-like dragon-men in with goblins and orcs, bugbears and hobgoblins. They are smarter and wiser than their kin, however. The kobolds are beholden slaves to dragons and were, in ancient times, their lorekeepers and sorcerer-servants. Their clans, with names like Ironscale and Whitewing, form around a dragon master and live to serve and do its bidding. Spotting a kobold means more are near—and if more are near then a mighty dragon cannot be far, either. Instinct: To serve dragons

  • Lay a trap
  • Call on dragons or draconic allies
  • Retreat and regroup
This monster is from the core Dungeon World book
Fire Beetle Horde, Small
Flames (d6 damage ignores armor) 3 HP 3 Armor
Near
Special Qualities: Full of flames

Scarabaeus pyractomena! What a delightful creature—see how its carapace glitters in the light of our torches? Not too close now, they’re temperamental, you see. The fire in their belly isn’t just metaphorical, no. Watch as I goad the beast. Aha! A spout of flame! Unexpected, isn’t it? One of these creatures alone, if it comes up from below, can be a hellish nuisance to a farmstead or village. A whole swarm? There’s a reason they call it a conflagration of fire beetles. Instinct: To enflame

  • Undermine the ground
  • Burst from the earth
  • Spray forth flames
This monster is from the core Dungeon World book

Recent Monsters

Golem Mens Imperium Solitary, Tiny, Stealthy, Devious, Construct
Contact Sear (d6-2 damage) 12 HP 5 armor
Hand
Special Qualities: Short Range Telepathy

The Mens Imperium is a frightening intellect that overrides control of the Golem Corpus. It is battlestandard and commander all at once. Little is known about the being, except that is housed in an oblong metal shell like an ornate greathelm, and it’s impact on the Corpus’ ability to engage is strategic combat is obvious. The majority of the references to them in ancient literature were warnings to common soldiers to never directly contact the Mens.

“The battleminds that keep our fine guardians in order are to be respected as both ranking officers ... (illegible) ... by no means should you handle one directly without express order.”
- Fragment of ancient military field manual

Instinct: to establish command

  • Command the Corpus
  • Contact Override
  • Disrupt Thoughts
Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011 This monster has been edited. Its probably still cool, but its stats may not line up with standard monsters.
Golem Corpus Group, Large, Stealthy, Construct
Titanic Fists (d8+4 damage) 14 HP 3 armor
Forceful
Special Qualities: Scrounge and Repair, Limited Autonomy

Hulking brutes, all black muscle and plate, the Golem Corpus is a lesson in raw mechanical force. Simpleminded on its own, it follows a set of basic orders magically imbued into its skeleton. The exposed muscle of the brute is dark, but faintly red, under the scarred plates that cover it’s surface. The Corpus stands fully 8ft tall with inhumanly broad shoulders, defined musculature, and immense fists capable of bodily grabbing an adventurer or battering them to pieces. Notable in its body plan is the lack of a head and face, though they have on occasion been seen carrying an ornate rounded metal object slightly larger than a human head (though much to small to fit the Corpus). When one of these objects is present, the Corpus has been observed to use tools, execute strategy, and generally behave in a fashion signaling greater intelligence.

“The Golem Corpus is a vicious guard dog. If they are present, it’s long-dead creators needed something protected. Doors, Vaults, Prisons, Laboratories, what have you... the Corpus mindlessly defends with fanatical devotion.”
- Findings on Arcane Constructs, 5th ed.

Instinct: to follow its orders

  • Overwhelm
  • Grab/Wield/Toss Foes
Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011 This monster has been edited. Its probably still cool, but its stats may not line up with standard monsters.
Cornfiend Solitary, Stealthy, Intelligent, Hoarder
Hands (d10 damage) 12 HP 0 armor
Close, Reach
Special Qualities: Triple-jointed arms

Extended limbs reaching over crops is usually the most people see of this creature, yet there is much more to them than that. They are, in actual fact, long centipede-like creatures made of a black putrid flesh which have lengthy arms sprouting from the top of them. They hoard all sorts of things on their backs, which slowly melt into the flesh to be digested. Instinct: To hoard food

  • Steal items or resources from afar
  • Wait in hiding for intruders
Gluttony Solitary, Huge, Magical, Stealthy, Divine, Intelligent, Hoarder, Planar, Terrifying
Chomp/Slam (b[2d12+9] damage 3 piercing) 26 HP 6 armor
Reach, Forceful, Ignores Armor, Near
Special Qualities: Bottomless stomach, massive jaw, Abomination of Humanity

Instinct: To consume

  • Gorge
  • Make a deal you can't refuse
  • Life gorge
  • Demon of the third sin
Cultist Scout Group, Magical, Devious
Dagger, Ice Shard (d4 damage) 6 HP 0 armor
Close, Reach

A Cultist Scout sent by the Cult to investigate an area. An average sized Male or Female wearing long robes and hood large enough to cover most of their face. As a scout they prefer to avoid violence and escape to relay the information they have gathered. Instinct: to collect information

  • scout, run
  • Ice Magic
  • What it knows or found out