Continuing with our series of Harry Potter creatures created for D&D 5e I thought we’d take a look at the often overlooked bowtruckles. These little creatures live in the wand wood trees and feed on insects. Left to themselves they’re only dangerous to wood lice and other bugs, but when they or their tree are threatened they will put their sharp claws to good use. People have even been blinded by bowtruckles from time to time. I designed them to be a very minor threat, but with some interesting possibilities. A branch (the correct designation for a group of bowtruckles) attacking to defend their tree could be a serious threat to a low-level party caught unprepared. Their ability to pick locks is also represented, so if a player managed to befriend one of the little guardians they’ll have a useful ally.
Tiny beast, chaotic good
Armor Class 14
Hit Points 3 (1d4 +1)
Speed 10 ft., climb 15 ft.
Str 6 Dex 14 Con 10 Int 8 Wis 12 Cha 12
Skills Intimidation +3, Perception +4 Stealth +7
Senses passive Perception 11
Languages Understands Common but cannot speak.
Challenge ¼ (50 Xp)
Born Lockpickers. The dagger-like fingers bowtruckles use to find food and defend themselves are also extremely useful at picking locks. Bowtruckles can use their fingers as though they were thieves’ tools when attempting to pick a lock giving them a +6 bonus to the attempt.
Natural Camouflage. Blending in with the wand wood trees where they live in these tiny creatures are incredibly difficult to see. While hiding within vegetation the bowtruckles had advantage on on Stealth checks.
Scratch. Melee Weapon Attack. +2 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit 3 (1d6+2) piercing damage. On a natural 20 the target must make a DC 12 Dexterity Saving Throw or be blinded.