At the request of a friend I decided to make some creatures from the Harry Potter universe using D&D 5th edition rules, and I thought I would start with one of my all time favorites. Fans of the Harry Potter books or Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them will remember the nifflers as furry creatures that love to get their claws around shiny objects. We learn a bit more about them in the fourth Harry Potter book, but Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them did a great job of lending the creatures personality.
We know nifflers are small treasure made creatures commonly found living in mines, and they’re adept at burrowing. In truth they present more danger to a person’s valuables and their fragile belongings than anything else. With that in mind I gave them a few traits to aid in their ability to find treasure and hide in their natural environments. I also gave them the ability to burrow, but they are adept at moving through dirt rather than solid rock.
I took some liberties by giving them the ability to understand a few languages, but they can’t speak.Wizards and goblins are both known to domesticate nifflers and use them to look for treasure, we don’t see much of the dwarves of the Harry Potter universe but it seems like a safe bet that they’d have a familiarity with these beasts as well.
In all the niffler is at best a useful ally and at worst a minor nuisance.
Small beast, neutral good
Armor Class 12
Hit Points 4 (1d4+2)
Speed 20 ft., burrow 30 ft.
Str 6 Dex 14 Con 10 Int 8 Wis 12 Cha 10
Skills Stealth +5
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11
Languages Understands Common, Goblin, & Dwarven but can’t speak.
Challenge ¼ (50 XP)
Treasure Hunters. The niffler has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks to spot shiny objects and treasures.
Overstuffed. When the niffler takes damage a number of valuables fall out of its pouch. Consult the table below to roll for what it drops.
Expansive Pouch . The niffler’s pouch is voluminous and can hold a surprising amount of stolen goods which the creatures will attempt to bring back to their nests. These pouches are able to contain up to 25 pounds of material taking up 3 feet by 3 feet’s worth of space.
Tunneler. The niffler can burrow through dirt at half its burrow speed and leafs a 1-foot-diameter tunnel in its wake.
You Find Them Down Mines Mostly. Owing to their darkly colored bodies niffler’s are adept at hiding in dark tunnels, mines, and other such places. Niiffler’s have advantage on stealth checks made in darkness or low-light.
Snatch. Melee Weapon Attack. +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: On a hit the niffler steals one item the target is holding, usually the shiniest thing in sight.
Scratch. Melee Weapon Attack: +2 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 3 (1d4+2) piercing damage.
1- Between 8 and 12 gold coins spill out of the niffler’s pouch rolling in all directions.
2- 3 gems worth 500 gold pieces each fall out of the niffler’s pouch.
3- A solid gold bar falls out of the niffler’s pouch with a loud clatter. Any creature within 35 ft.with a passive Perception of 10 or higher will hear the noise.
4- Several very shiny but worthless buttons roll out of the niffler’s pouch.
5- An animated golden bust of a very tired looking wizards falls out of the niffler’s pouch with a loud bang. The bust begins shouting at the niffler and anyone else it sees.
6- A tiara and several small rings worth 25 gold each fall out of the niffler’s pouch.
7-An gaudy necklace worth 1,000 gp spills partway out of the niffler’s pouch, seeing this the little creature stop and tries to stuff the necklace back into its pouch.
8-1d12 of silver coins fall out of the niffler’s pouch rolling in all directions.
9- A crystal ball falls out the niffler’s pouch, unless caught it hits the ground and shatters.
10-A set of small silver salt and pepper shakers made in the likeness of swans fall out of the niffler’s pouch and take flight.