Best of the Beastiary, D&D

Grick: Dune Joke

First the grell, now this. These last two entries have been some weird looking dudes. And I kinda love it!

Lore: Lurker in the Rocks

Gricks lay waiting within rocks for their prey. Rather than hunting, they’ll drag their rubbery bodies to where other creatures might pass to lurk until they can ambush their next meal. They’ll consume anything aside from another grick. Only once their prey is extinguished do they move on. The only sign of their presence is the accumulated items discarded from the corpses of its victims.

And… that’s it. It hides in the rocks and ambushes people. That’s all there is to it.

Well, that’s a shame.

Design: Worm-Tentacle-Octopus… Wortenpus?

Why does the word ‘wordentpus’ make me feel so uncomfortable?

It’s like the worms from Dune, only not as cool

This is another A+ design. Whoever made the grell must have been responsible for this dude, because they have a lot of the same energy. Three simple aspects, worm, beak, and tentacles, all stuck together. And it works!

Like, imagine walking across some rocks and then this motherfucker pops out at you! That is a legitimately frightening image!

If there were more to its lore, I’m sure I’d have more to say here. But there’s not, so I’ll wrap it up quick. This is a creative and fun design and I like it a lot. Definitely a solid one.

Not that the bar is all that high these days.

Stats: Now There Are Two of Them!

We’ve got two flavors of grick to work with here! And both are just as boring as each other! Yay!

The regular grick is hardly durable. Its AC is hardly the worst thing ever, but it’s also hardly the best. However, its HP is just pitiful. Luckily, it has resistance to all non-magical melee, so an early party of adventurers might have a slightly harder time killing it.

And the alpha is the exact same but with less pitiful numbers.

Action wise, the grick is pretty basic. It can attack you with its tentacles, then with its beak if that hits. Combined, that comes to a total of 3d6+4 damage. Not bad for an early game monster, but hardly the most threatening.

And the alpha is the exact same thing but the tentacles do more damage and it can attack with its tail.

Why are there two varieties when they’re both basically the same thing?

Both varieties have the Stone Camouflage ability. This gives them advantage on stealth checks made in rocky terrain. Which can make for a terrifying start to the battle; ambush the weakest member of the party, have them roll for initiative, and watch the players panic.

Placement

This is yet another mixed bag monster. Its lore basically doesn’t exist and its stats are lame. But god dammit, I love that design! Definitely one destined for the mid-low tier of the list.

With all that in mind, let’s put the Grick 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. Gibbering Mouther
  19. Chimera
  20. Death Knight
  21. Fomorian
  22. Bone Devil
  23. Dracolich
  24. Faerie Dragon
  25. Ankheg
  26. Storm Giant
  27. Hill Giant
  28. Empyrean
  29. Efreeti
  30. Dao
  31. Cloud Giant
  32. Drow (all four of ’em)
  33. Shadow Demon
  34. Marilith
  35. Drider
  36. Aarackockra
  37. Azer
  38. Demilich
  39. Spectator
  40. Marid
  41. Cambion
  42. Fire Giant
  43. Animated Armor
  44. Banshee
  45. Basilisk
  46. Yochlol
  47. Bulette
  48. Cloaker
  49. Darkmantle
  50. Doppelganger
  51. Ghoul and Ghast
  52. Ettin
  53. Pit Fiend
  54. Erinyes
  55. Chain Devil
  56. Bearded Devil
  57. Barbed Devil
  58. Spined Devil
  59. Ice Devil
  60. Djinni
  61. Nalfeshnee
  62. Glabrezu
  63. Chasme
  64. Grell
  65. Barlgura
  66. Horned Devil
  67. Balor
  68. Shadow Dragon
  69. Vrock
  70. Dretch
  71. Gnolls (all three)
  72. Goristro
  73. Hezrou
  74. Manes
  75. Frost Giant
  76. Duergar
  77. Quasit
  78. Dryad
  79. Flumph
  80. Goblin
  81. Githyanki
  82. Planetar
  83. Imp
  84. Clay Golem
  85. Flameskull
  86. Displacer Beast
  87. Carrion Crawler
  88. Githzerai
  89. Grick <——————–
  90. Rug of Smothering
  91. Bugbear Chief
  92. Bugbear
  93. Flesh Golem
  94. Vine Blight
  95. Twig Blight
  96. Needle Blight
  97. Bullywug
  98. Ettercap
  99. Gas Spore
  100. Cockatrice
  101. Lemure
  102. Solar
  103. Deva
  104. Gorgon
  105. Cyclops
  106. Centaur
  107. Ghost
  108. Fire Elemental
  109. Water Elemental
  110. Air Elemental
  111. Stone Giant
  112. Deep Gnome
  113. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  114. Iron Golem
  115. Stone Golem
  116. Earth Elemental
  117. Galeb Duhr
  118. Flying Sword
  119. Crawling Claw
  120. Violet Fungus
  121. Shrieker
  122. Gargoyle

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