Best of the Beastiary, D&D

Air Elemental: I Am The Storm That is Approaching

If you can guess what that title is a reference to, then I’ll… I dunno, give you a high five?

Air elementals really don’t have any lore of their own to speak of. They’re basically small, living tornados that can scream at you. That’s about it. In fact, that even covers their designs. Small tornados that go ‘screee!’ So, let’s just move on to stats.

Air elementals are surprisingly not all that beefy. Sure, they’re immune to basically every condition and poison can’t hurt them. But with an AC of 15 and an HP of 90? Not all that threatening, are they?

In terms of attack, they only have one in the traditional sense. They can slam into you for 14(2d8+5) bludgeoning damage. Not all that intimidating.

Their other attack? Now that is frightening!

See, air elementals have the unique ability to stand in the same space as another creature. If they do that, said creature must make a saving throw. Fail that save and they’ll take a 15(3d8+2) bludgeoning damage and be flung 20 feet away in a random direction and be knocked prone. Oh, and if they hit an object while flying, they take an extra 3(1d6) on top of it. Again, the numbers aren’t super scary. But that one ability can make fighting them a huge pain in the ass.

Unfortunately, that ability is pretty much all this monster has. In terms of everything else, it really isn’t all that memorable or interesting. It’s just kind of… meh. You’re fighting a storm. How interesting.

I wasted my Vergil reference on this, god dammit.

With all that said, let’s put the Air Elemental on the Best of the Bestiary!

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  78. Air Elemental <——————-
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