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This material from the 5th edition SRD is published under the OGL
Painting by: Arnold Bocklin (1827-1901)
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Image is not a part of the SRD
Medusa [SRD5 OGL] [1]
Medium Monstrosity (Medusas), Lawful Evil
Armor Class: 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points: 127 (17d8+51)
Speed: 30 ft.
10 (+0) 15 (+2) 16 (+3) 12 (+1) 13 (+1) 15 (+2)
Skills: Deception +5, Insight +4, Perception +4, Stealth +5
Senses: Darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages: Common
Challenge: 6 (2,300 xp)Proficiency Bonus (PB): +3
Petrifying Gaze. When a creature that can see the medusa’s eyes starts its turn within 30 feet of the medusa, the medusa can force it to make a DC 14 Constitution saving throw if the medusa isn’t incapacitated and can see the creature. If the saving throw fails by 5 or more, the creature is instantly petrified. Otherwise, a creature that fails the save begins to turn to stone and is restrained. The restrained creature must repeat the saving throw at the end of its next turn, becoming petrified on a failure or ending the effect on a success. The petrification lasts until the creature is freed by the greater restoration spell or other magic.

Unless surprised, a creature can avert its eyes to avoid the saving throw at the start of its turn. If the creature does so, it can’t see the medusa until the start of its next turn, when it can avert its eyes again. If the creature looks at the medusa in the meantime, it must immediately make the save.

If the medusa sees itself reflected on a polished surface within 30 feet of it and in an area of bright light, the medusa is, due to its curse, affected by its own gaze.


Multiattack. The medusa makes either three melee attacks — one with its snake hair and two with its shortsword — or two ranged attacks with its longbow.

Snake Hair. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4+2) piercing damage plus 14 (4d6) poison damage.

Shortsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6+2) piercing damage.

Longbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, range 150/600 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (2d6) piercing damage, plus 7 (2d6) poison damage.

End of the SRD5 material

Unofficial Description: Medusa appear as a humanoid with snakes for hair.

List of Medusas[edit]

(4 official and unofficial Medusas)

Name Type Subtype Size HP CR (XP) Alignment Source
Hythonia (Individual) Monstrosity Medusa Large 199 17 (18,000) Lawful Evil Mythic Odysseys of Theros
Medusa Monstrosity Medusa Medium 127 6 (2,300) Lawful Evil SRD5
Theran Medusa Monstrosity Medusa Medium 127 6 (2,300) Lawful Evil Mythic Odysseys of Theros
Undercity Medusa Monstrosity Medusa Medium 120 6 (2,300) Neutral Evil Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica

Sources and Notes[edit]

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Facts about "Medusa"
AlignmentLawful Evil +
AuthorSRD5 +
Canontrue +
Challenge Rating6 +
Experience Points2,300 +
FeaturesPetrifying Gaze +, Multiattack +, Snake Hair +, Shortsword +, Longbow + and {{{feature1}}} +
Hit Dice17d8+51 +
Hit Points127 +
PublicationSRD5 +
SizeMedium +
SortTextMedusa 5e +
SubtypeMedusa +
TitleMedusa +
TypeMonstrosity +