Psychic Tadpole (5e Creature)

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Psychic Tadpole[edit]

Tiny monstrosity, neutral


Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 22 (9d4)
Speed 0 ft., swim 5 ft., fly 50 ft. (hover)


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
3 (-4) 12 (+1) 11 (+0) 17 (+3) 13 (+1) 6 (-2)

Skills Deception +5, Insight +3, Perception +4, Persuasion +5
Damage Resistances psychic
Condition Immunities charmed
Senses passive Perception 14
Languages telepathy 90 ft.
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)


Amphibious. The psychic tadpole can breathe air and water.

Innate Spellcasting (Psionics). The psychic tadpole's innate spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 15). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no components:

At will: charm person, detect thoughts, minor illusion
1/day: suggestion

Psychic Siblicide. The psychic tadpole has 3 (1d4 + 1) psychic frogs whose minds it has overwritten with its own hovering around it. While it has more than one frog, the psychic tadpole has advantage on saving throws against being blinded, deafened, frightened, stunned, and knocked unconscious. Whenever the psychic tadpole takes 6 or more damage in a single turn, one of the frogs dies. If all its frogs die, the psychic tadpole has its AC reduced to 11 and its Intelligence ability score reduced to 12.
These frogs have stats identical to a normal psychic frog, but share a pool of hit points with and use the ability scores of the psychic tadpole, have a flying speed of 50 feet, have no reactions or bonus actions, and can use their action at any time during the psychic tadpole's turn. The psychic tadpole makes saves and checks in place of its frogs, and is aware of anything they are aware of. If a frog is more than 90 feet from the tadpole for a minute or more, it dies.

ACTIONS

Mind Bullet (Recharge 5-6). The psychic tadpole emits a bolt of psychic energy. A creature it can see within 60 feet must succeed on a DC 10 Intelligence saving throw or take 7 (1d10 + 2) psychic damage and be stunned until the end of its next turn.


This creature has the general form of an immature tadpole, with an egg-like, rounded body, stunted back legs, and the majority of its length is made up of a laterally flattened tail. Its flesh is deeply wrinkled or folded and it has a deep groove running along the center of its body, giving it the appearance of a miniature brain. Its eyes are small and deep-set, but possess a spark of sentience. Around it float a handful of frogs with similar features, although their eyes appear dull and empty.
Closely related to the psychic frog, these monsters have comparable psionic power but a radically different lifestyle. Laid in groups of several dozen eggs, a psychic tadpole's first act is to merge with and replace the minds of several of its unborn siblings, which it will use as extensions of its own body from then on. This allows it access to the same abilities without having to invest the energy into growing and maintaining the large brain of an adult psychic frog, and allows the gestalt organism to become something of an apex predator in the ponds and streams they inhabit.



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