Remorhaz: Fire Beneath the Ice

Fun fact: I accidentally killed one of my players using this monster. We were doing a prototype session of a new campaign and I chose this monster on a whim. Then I rolled 72 damage. On a character with 36 HP. Killing them instantly. I’ve never felt worse as a DM in my whole life.

Anyways, here’s the monster.

Lore: Under a Blanket of Snow…

Hidden beneath snow and ice, the remorhaze is a vicious predator with a blazing flame in its belly. Hunters within frost giant tribes search for their nests and eggs in the hopes of raising one as a companion.

And… that’s just about it. No, I’m serious. The rest of the lore just describes how they hunt.

Minimal as this is, you can’t do a whole lot with it. If you need a random encounter in a snowy area, it’s a good pick. Or perhaps you could use it as an extra enemy in an encounter against frost giants. Either way, this monster’s primary role is just being a big monster for the party to kill.

And hoo boy, does it do that job marvelously.

Design: A Frozen Abomination

Oh, cool! Nightmare fuel! My favorite!

Well, if that ain’t fucking horrifying!

In case I haven’t mentioned it: these guys are huge. An adult is literally large enough to swallow a player whole. Now imagine this running at you at full speed across a snowy field. Have fun sleeping with that image in your head!

This is an excellent design. It’s creative, it’s creepy, and it’s intimidating as all hell. Not to mention how its colors give subtle clues about its abilities.

Most of its body is a bright blue, like its carapace is frozen. However, the ridges along its spine glow a bright orange. It’s as if the fire inside the monster is peeking out through them, radiating through its spikes. A very neat detail!

Without a doubt, this is the best monster design we’ve seen in a long long time. Hopefully its stats will be just as good!

Stats: The Air Burns

This monster comes in two flavors: the young remorhaz and the adult. Thankfully, the adult is just a more powerful version of the young one, so it’s not like we need to talk about two entirely separate monsters here.

The young remorhaz is a fairly tough monster. Its AC isn’t especially high, but its HP is just shy of an even 100. On top of that, it’s completely immune to cold and fire damage. Sorry, wizards; no Fireball for you.

Even getting near it is dangerous. With its Heated Body ability, anyone who touches it or attacks it takes fire damage.

Also, it’s Bite attack does mean damage. The piercing damage hurts really bad and then it has extra fire damage on top of it.

An adult remorhaz has all of this. But the numbers are way higher. On top of that, its Bite attack also grapples anyone who fails a DC, restraining them and leaving them vulnerable to its Heated Body. Those already dangerous teeth are even deadlier!

Finally, there is its Swallow ability. If a character is grappled by Bite, the remorhaz can make another attack. If that hits, the victim is swallowed. While swallowed, they are blinded, restrained, have total cover, suffer the same effects around the remorhaz, and takes a massive chunk of acid damage. Should the remorhaz take 30 damage or more in a single turn from the inside, it needs to make a Con save or vomit them back up. In doing so, it falls prone.

Oh, and if it dies, the swallowed victim can escape.

All of this combined can make for a terrifying boss fight. How do the melee fighters deal with a monster they can’t even get close to? How does a swallowed player deal with the problem? How do those on the outside help them get out before they die? It’s a hectic battle that could very well push your players to their limits.

Just… don’t make my mistake an instantly kill anyone, alright?


This was a surprisingly good entry! Sure, the lore fell flat. But the design and the stats made up for that in spades!

With that in mind, the Remorhaz is going to #36 on the Best of the Bestiary!

  1. Beholder
  2. Death Tyrant
  3. Mind Flayer
  4. Dragon Turtle
  5. Mummy/Mummy Lord
  6. Nagas (all three of ’em)
  7. Green Dragons
  8. Red Dragons
  9. Blue Dragons
  10. Black Dragons
  11. White Dragons
  12. Silver Dragons
  13. Couatl
  14. Behir
  15. Aboleth
  16. Sea Hag
  17. Lamia
  18. Bronze Dragons
  19. Brass Dragons
  20. Copper Dragons
  21. Gold Dragons
  22. Chuul
  23. Kuo-Toa
  24. Gibbering Mouther
  25. Kraken
  26. Intellect Devourer
  27. Chimera
  28. Death Knight
  29. Fomorian
  30. Bone Devil
  31. Dracolich
  32. Faerie Dragon
  33. Gelatinous Cube
  34. Lich
  35. Peryton
  36. Remorhaz <———————
  37. Orcs (all four of ’em)
  38. Magmin
  39. Kobold
  40. Kenku
  41. Hobgoblins
  42. Night Hag
  43. Green Hag
  44. Black Pudding
  45. Ankheg
  46. Hook Horror
  47. Oni
  48. Purple Worm
  49. Storm Giant
  50. Hill Giant
  51. Empyrean
  52. Efreeti
  53. Grimlock
  54. Minotaur
  55. Dao
  56. Cloud Giant
  57. Manticore
  58. Drow (all four of ’em)
  59. Shadow Demon
  60. Modrons (all five of ’em)
  61. Marilith
  62. Drider
  63. Aarackockra
  64. Azer
  65. Demilich
  66. Spectator
  67. Gray Ooze
  68. Ochre Jelly
  69. Hydra
  70. Rakshasa
  71. Marid
  72. Harpy
  73. Werejackal
  74. Otyugh
  75. Half-Dragon
  76. Cambion
  77. Fire Giant
  78. Nothic
  79. Pixie
  80. Animated Armor
  81. Banshee
  82. Basilisk
  83. Yochlol
  84. Bulette
  85. Cloaker
  86. Darkmantle
  87. Doppelganger
  88. Ghoul and Ghast
  89. Ettin
  90. Medusa
  91. Pit Fiend
  92. Erinyes
  93. Chain Devil
  94. Bearded Devil
  95. Barbed Devil
  96. Spined Devil
  97. Ice Devil
  98. Mimic
  99. Djinni
  100. Merrow
  101. Nalfeshnee
  102. Glabrezu
  103. Chasme
  104. Grell
  105. Barlgura
  106. Horned Devil
  107. Balor
  108. Shadow Dragon
  109. Myconids (all four of ’em)
  110. Piercer
  111. Werebear
  112. Lizardfolk
  113. Vrock
  114. Dretch
  115. Pseudodragon
  116. Gnolls (all three)
  117. Goristro
  118. Hezrou
  119. Manes
  120. Quaggoth
  121. Frost Giant
  122. Weretiger
  123. Werewolf
  124. Duergar
  125. Quasit
  126. Dryad
  127. Flumph
  128. Goblin
  129. Nightmare
  130. Wereboar
  131. Wererat
  132. Githyanki
  133. Owlbear
  134. Planetar
  135. Imp
  136. Ogres/Half-ogres
  137. Clay Golem
  138. Flameskull
  139. Displacer Beast
  140. Carrion Crawler
  141. Githzerai
  142. Grick
  143. Invisible Stalker
  144. Rug of Smothering
  145. Bugbear Chief
  146. Bugbear
  147. Flesh Golem
  148. Vine Blight
  149. Twig Blight
  150. Needle Blight
  151. Mephits (all six of ’em)
  152. Bullywug
  153. Hellhound
  154. Ettercap
  155. Gas Spore
  156. Cockatrice
  157. Lemure
  158. Homonculus
  159. Merfolk
  160. Solar
  161. Deva
  162. Gorgon
  163. Hippogriff
  164. Griffon
  165. Cyclops
  166. Centaur
  167. Ghost
  168. Pegasus
  169. Fire Elemental
  170. Water Elemental
  171. Air Elemental
  172. Stone Giant
  173. Deep Gnome
  174. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  175. Iron Golem
  176. Stone Golem
  177. Earth Elemental
  178. Galeb Duhr
  179. Helmed Horror
  180. Flying Sword
  181. Crawling Claw
  182. Violet Fungus
  183. Shrieker
  184. Gargoyle

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