Best of the Beastiary, D&D

Water Elemental: The Rising Tide

I don’t even have a clever title for this one. Christ, dude, these Elementals have taken everything out of me! *Sigh*… well, at least we’re finally done. Almost.

Again, there really isn’t any specific lore to speak of. Nor a unique design. Both boil down to ‘it’s water that moves and speaks’. Nothing to bite into. End of analysis. Moving on. How fun is it to kill?

Well, it isn’t especially hard. While it does have the highest HP out of any of the elementals (not by much, mind you), it also has the lowest AC. Once again, it has all the typical elemental resistances/immunities; non-magical weapons and acid (hey, that’s new) won’t do much to it, poison won’t do anything, and status effects are a no-go.

It does, however, have a unique weakness: ice. See, whenever the water elemental takes cold damage, it partially freezes, losing some movement speed until the end of its next turn. It isn’t much, but it opens up some fun possibilities for the players to explore.

In terms of attacks, it isn’t all that exciting. It has a slam move that it can use twice, which does 13(2d8+4) bludgeoning damage. So, if all you have it do is hit your players, it won’t make for a very exciting battle. Just a long and tedious one.

You can, however, use the Whelm ability to shake things up. With this, not only can it deal just as much damage as a slam, but it can also grapple large or smaller creatures, essentially trapping them underwater and leaving them to drown. Every turn they’re in there, they take the damage again. If they can’t break out (which shouldn’t be hard, it isn’t the highest strength DC), then a member of the party could help pull them out. It’s not much, but it can add an extra bit of stress and strategy to the fight.

Overall, this one isn’t the worst elemental of the bunch. Sure, it’s still a pretty weak monster overall. But out of the other four, it’s not all that bad.

With all that in mind, let’s put the Water Elemental on the Best of the Bestiary!

  1. Beholder
  2. Death Tyrant
  3. Dragon Turtle
  4. Green Dragons
  5. Red Dragons
  6. Blue Dragons
  7. Black Dragons
  8. White Dragons
  9. Silver Dragons
  10. Couatl
  11. Behir
  12. Aboleth
  13. Bronze Dragons
  14. Brass Dragons
  15. Copper Dragons
  16. Gold Dragons
  17. Chuul
  18. Chimera
  19. Death Knight
  20. Bone Devil
  21. Dracolich
  22. Ankheg
  23. Shadow Demon
  24. Marilith
  25. Drider
  26. Aarackockra
  27. Azer
  28. Demilich
  29. Spectator
  30. Cambion
  31. Animated Armor
  32. Banshee
  33. Basilisk
  34. Yochlol
  35. Bulette
  36. Cloaker
  37. Darkmantle
  38. Doppelganger
  39. Pit Fiend
  40. Erinyes
  41. Chain Devil
  42. Bearded Devil
  43. Barbed Devil
  44. Spined Devil
  45. Ice Devil
  46. Nalfeshnee
  47. Glabrezu
  48. Chasme
  49. Barlgura
  50. Horned Devil
  51. Balor
  52. Shadow Dragon
  53. Vrock
  54. Dretch
  55. Goristro
  56. Hezrou
  57. Manes
  58. Duergar
  59. Quasit
  60. Dryad
  61. Planetar
  62. Imp
  63. Displacer Beast
  64. Carrion Crawler
  65. Rug of Smothering
  66. Bugbear Chief
  67. Bugbear
  68. Vine Blight
  69. Twig Blight
  70. Needle Blight
  71. Bullywug
  72. Cockatrice
  73. Lemure
  74. Solar
  75. Deva
  76. Cyclops
  77. Centaur
  78. Fire Elemental
  79. Water Elemental <—————————-
  80. Air Elemental
  81. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  82. Earth Elemental
  83. Flying Sword
  84. Crawling Claw

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