Apteros (5e Creature)

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Medium monstrosity, unaligned

Armor Class 16
Hit Points 60 (8d8 + 24)
Speed 60 ft., climb 40 ft., swim 40 ft.

16 (+3) 22 (+6) 17 (+3) 12 (+1) 19 (+4) 7 (-2)

Skills Acrobatics +8, Perception +8
Proficiency Bonus +2
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 18
Languages Arthropoid
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Grappler. The apteros has advantage on attack rolls against any creature grappled by it.

Keen Sight and Smell. The apteros has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight or smell.

Run Down. If the apteros moves at least 20 feet towards a target and then hits it with a claw attack on the same turn, the apteros can make one bite attack against it without using an action.


Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 16 (3d8 + 3) piercing damage.

Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) slashing damage. If the target is a Small or smaller creature, it is grappled (escape DC 13). The apteros has two claws, each of which can grapple only one creature.


Rampage. When the apteros reduces a creature to 0 hit points with a melee attack on its turn, the apteros can move up to half its speed and make a claw attack.

Art by Jonathan Wojcik

These creatures are the result of the unnatural fusion between a humanoid and a dragonfly. A voracious predator with keen senses, the apteros is constantly in search of its next meal as it darts from place to place, its massive, highly sensitive eyes easily detecting the slightest twitch of a camouflaged toad even as it dashes through a fog-shrouded marsh; it has lost its capacity for flight, but boasts one of the fastest running speeds of any land animal. It typically skewers and devours smaller prey on the run, while pouncing larger beasts from behind and attempting to gnaw through their neck. An apteros is adept not only as hunting and killing, but at searching, watching and gathering information, its large brain capable of processing detailed visual input even as it dashes through its territory at top speed. Apteros mate tail-to-tail for hours at a time, and will continue running and hunting while so attached. Young are miniature versions of adults, and born immediately capable of fending for themselves.
Despite their inability to fly, apteros are fascinated by the sky and naturally drawn to points of higher elevation, stalking meals from cliff faces, tree branches and rooftops wherever applicable. Similarly, apteros do not require an aquatic environment like their dragonfly base, but are attracted to the smell of water and fascinated by reflective surfaces.
Apteros are signature hunting partners to the denizens of a certain bog, though their territorial nature limits the creatures to one per household.

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