Ki-rin (5e)

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Qing dynasty qilin bronze sculpture located at the New Imperial Summer Palace.
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Ki-rin (pointer) [1]
Huge Celestial, Lawful Good
Armor Class: 20
Hit Points: 152
Speed: 60 ft., fly 120 ft. (hover)
Skills: Insight, Perception, Religion
Senses: blindsight 30 ft., darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 19
Languages: all, telepathy 120 ft.
Habitat: Coastal, Desert, Grassland, Mountain
Plane: Upper Plane
Challenge: 12 (8,400 xp)Proficiency Bonus (PB): +4


Innate Spellcasting (Charisma).

Legendary Resistance (3/day). [2] If the ki-rin fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.

Magic Resistance. [2] The ki-rin has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.

Magic Weapons. The ki-rin's weapon attacks are magical.

Spellcasting (Wisdom, Cleric).



Hoof. Melee Weapon Attack

Horn. Melee Weapon Attack:

Legendary Actions

The celestial can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The celestial regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.




Unofficial Description: Ki-rin have Chinese dragon like heads with beards and antlers. Their bodies are like a horse or deer, but have cloven hooves. They are often gold, but may be any bright color.

Ki-rin's Lair

Ki-rin lair in tall mountain aeries or isolated temples located in such heights.

Lair Actions

When fighting inside its lair, an ki-rin can use lair actions. On initiative count 20 (losing initiative ties), the celestial takes a lair action to cause one of the following effects; the celestial can’t use the same effect two rounds in a row:

  • Conjure Objects
  • Pure flowing water
  • Healthy animals, plants, and good creatures
  • Protection from Curses, diseases, and poisons
  • Control Weather
  • Feather Fall

When the ki-rin dies, all these effects disappear immediately, although the invigorating effect on flora and fauna remains for 3 years.

Sources and Notes[edit]

  1. et. al., Mike Mearls (November 2016). Volo's Guide to Monsters. (5e) Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 978-0-7869-6601-1. p. 163-164. Licensed: © Wizards of the Coast (used under 'fair use' clause).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Trait matches the trait of the same name in the 5th ed. SRD. - Wizards RPG Team (6 May 2015). SRD-OGL v5.1. (5e) Wizards of the Coast. Licensed: OGL & CC-BY.

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Facts about "Ki-rin (5e)"
AlignmentLawful Good +
AuthorVolo's Guide to Monsters +
CRval12 +
Canontrue +
Challenge Rating12 +
Creature NameKi-rin +
Experience Points8,400 +
FeaturesInnate Spellcasting +, Legendary Resistance +, Magic Resistance +, Magic Weapons +, Spellcasting +, Multiattack +, Hoof +, Horn +, Detect +, Smite + and Move +
HabitatCoastal +, Desert +, Grassland + and Mountain +
Has Lairtrue +
Hit Points152 +
Legendary Monstertrue +
NameKi-rin +
PlaneUpper Plane +
PublicationVolo's Guide to Monsters +
SizeHuge +
SortTextKi-rin 5e +
SummaryKi-rin have Chinese dragon like heads with beards and antlers. Their bodies are like a horse or deer, but have cloven hooves. They are often gold, but may be any bright color. +
TypeCelestial +