Jabberwock (3.5e Creature)

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Size/Type: Large Magical Beast
Hit Dice: 8 (60 hp)
Initiative: +2
Speed: {{{speed}}}
Armor Class: 17, touch 11, flat-footed 15
Base Attack/Grapple: +8/+16
Full Attack:
Space/Reach: 10 ft./5 ft. (10 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks: gaze
Special Qualities:
Saves: Fort +8, Ref +8, Will +3
Abilities: Str 18, Dex 15, Con 14, Int 3, Wis 12, Cha 17
Skills: Listen +8, Spot +9
Feats: Alertness, Flyby Attack, TrackB, Weapon Focus (claw)
Environment: Any
Organization: Any
Challenge Rating: 7
Treasure: None
Alignment: Any
Level Adjustment:

Strategies and Tactics[edit]

Jabberwocks enjoy intimidating foes with their stunning appearance, or confusing them. Reality bends oddly around the jabberwock, which may explain why other odd creatures such as bandersnatches are often seen around them.

Sample Encounters[edit]

EL 7: As you approach a tumtum tree, a jabberwock, with eyes of flame, comes whiffling through the tulgey wood, burbling as it comes!


Environment: Woods near portals to the chaotic planes breed jabberwocks easily. The magically tweaked nature of such forests makes them feel rather tulgey to those who pass through them.

Typical Physical Characteristics: A jabberwock looks either intimidating or ridiculous to PCs, depending on how brave they are. Certainly absurd, they can be seen in the picture above. These odd quirks of their anatomy do nothing for them, save improve grab and a weakness to vorpal weaponry.

Alignment: Jabberwocks are completely insane, and horribly frumious. They will not hesitate to kill everything they see. Few things inspire fear like a jabberwock. However, they are destructive out of habit, not evil intent, and are usually Chaotic Neutral.

Jabberwock Lore[edit]

Characters who have ranks in Knowledge (arcana) can learn more about Jabberwocks. When a character makes a successful check, the following lore is revealed, including the information from lower DCs.

Knowledge (Arcana)
DC Result
17 This creature is a jabberwock.
20 Jabberwocks have jaws that bite and the claws that catch.
22 A jabberwock's burble can drive even the strongest of men insane.
25 A jabberwock's eyes of flame burn so bright they can be blinding.
27 Jabberwocks have a vulnerability to vorpal weapons.
30 See the For Player Characters section below.


’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
        Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
        And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
        The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
        The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
        Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
        And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
        The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
        And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
        The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
        He went galumphing back.

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
        Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
        He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
        Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
        And the mome raths outgrabe.

The Jabberwock, as illustrated by John Tenniel
Lewis Carroll


Jabborwocks are beings of pure madness. Anything living near a jabberwock for years at a time becomes a Twisted version of itself (see Twisted Creature), hence the slithy toves and frumious bandersnatches living nearby it. No two jabberwocks live together due to their chaotic nature, and the loneliness gives them quite a manxome temperament.

Sample Lair[edit]

Jabberwockies typically live in forests: Usually found as a random wilderness encounter for epic characters. See table of sample encounters of the Dungeon Masters Guide.

Typical Treasure[edit]

Jabberwocks never carry vorpal blades among their treasure, but an inn near the tulgey woods where they live has a vorpal blade stashed there. See Minor Artifacts.

For Player Characters[edit]

Defeating a jabberwock gives the player a reputation among the various creatures bonded to the jabberwock. Bandersnatches and other such creatures will be too frightened to harm you after you have slain a jabberwock.

The king of the jabberwocks, Jabberwocky the XXVI, will do this for you in an even bigger way. NPCs who know the jabberwocks exist will be so amazed by your exploit that you gain a +10 bonus to all your Diplomacy Checks with them. However, the only known document which gives information on his whereabouts is written backwards in the Land of Nonsense.

Advanced Creatures[edit]

Really tulgey woods where tumtum trees grow tend to produce tougher jabberwocks than normal.

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