Revenant: Vengeful Victim, Restless Spirit

Wait a minute… a vengeful spirit relentless in their pursuit? Didn’t we cover a monster like that just a few weeks ago?

Lore: It Follows

Formed from the souls of mortals who met cruel ends, revenants claw their way out of the grave in order to pursue revenge. They resemble a zombie in all ways except for their eyes, which burn with hatred and flare in the presence of their target. Should the revenant’s original body not be available, the spirit will simply posses another humanoid corpse.

Revenants only have a year to live. Should they claim their vengeance or run out of time, their body will turn to dust. If the spirit is aware that they alone will not be able to get revenge, they will seek powerful allies to aide them in the endeavor.

These spirits can always detect the creature of their ire, always knowing the direction and distance between them. No magic can conceal them. In the scenario that the revenant has multiple targets, they’ll first pursue the one to strike the killing blow. If the body is destroyed, the revenant’s soul will simply find a new one and start again.

This makes for some pretty good storytelling potential. Maybe an NPC the party defeats returns as a revenant and pursues them for revenge as a recurring boss. Or maybe the party allies themselves with a revenant to fight the BBEG. It may not work well in the starring role, but it adds some excellent variety to a campaign!

And since its design is basically just ‘zombie with fire eyes’, we can skip that and move on to…

Stats: Unkillable Hatred

For a vengeful spirit, revenants sure are durable. Their AC isn’t all that high, but their HP total more than makes up for that. On top of that, they’re resistant to necrotic and psychic damage, completely immune to poison damage, and immune to most conditions.

Oh, but we’re not done. With Regeneration, it heals 10 HP at the start of each of its turns. This function is only disabled if it takes fire or radiant damage. Thanks to Rejuvenation, its soul survives even if the body is destroyed; while in this state, only a wish spell can send it to the afterlife. Finally, thanks to Turn Immunity, it can’t be driven off by turn undead effects. Oh, and thanks to Vengeful Tracker, it always knows where its target is.

Finally, we reach its attacks. Its Fist attack isn’t that dangerous; it just punches you in the face. However, should you be one of its targets, the damage increases to a monstrous degree. Or it could grapple the target instead of dealing any damage.

Then there’s its Vengeful Glare. This ability only works on one it has sworn vengeance against. Should that target fail a save, they will be paralyzed until the revenant deals damage to it. When that paralysis ends, the victim is frightened of the revenant. This effect lasts until they remake and succeed the saving throw.

If the players are the target of the revenant’s ire, then this can make for a pretty terrifying battle. That extra little requirement to unlock its true potential is a neat little addition. It isn’t the best boss battle, but it’s still better than just ‘hit it ’till it dies’.


This is a fairly decent monster overall. Its design is literally nothing, sure; it’s just a zombie with different eyes. But its lore and stats are both pretty good. Not mind-boggling, but still cool.

With all that in mind, the Revenant is going to #88 on the Best of the Bestiary!

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  3. Mind Flayer
  4. Dragon Turtle
  5. Mummy/Mummy Lord
  6. Nagas (all three of ’em)
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  24. Gibbering Mouther
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  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
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  42. Night Hag
  43. Green Hag
  44. Black Pudding
  45. Ankheg
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  55. Dao
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  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
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  80. Animated Armor
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  82. Basilisk
  83. Yochlol
  84. Bulette
  85. Cloaker
  86. Darkmantle
  87. Doppelganger
  88. Revenant <—————
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  110. Myconids (all four of ’em)
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  115. Dretch
  116. Pseudodragon
  117. Gnolls (all three)
  118. Goristro
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  139. Flameskull
  140. Displacer Beast
  141. Carrion Crawler
  142. Githzerai
  143. Grick
  144. Invisible Stalker
  145. Rug of Smothering
  146. Bugbear Chief
  147. Bugbear
  148. Flesh Golem
  149. Vine Blight
  150. Twig Blight
  151. Needle Blight
  152. Mephits (all six of ’em)
  153. Bullywug
  154. Hellhound
  155. Ettercap
  156. Gas Spore
  157. Cockatrice
  158. Lemure
  159. Homonculus
  160. Merfolk
  161. Solar
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  165. Griffon
  166. Cyclops
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  168. Ghost
  169. Pegasus
  170. Fire Elemental
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  172. Air Elemental
  173. Stone Giant
  174. Deep Gnome
  175. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  176. Iron Golem
  177. Stone Golem
  178. Earth Elemental
  179. Galeb Duhr
  180. Helmed Horror
  181. Flying Sword
  182. Crawling Claw
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