Skitter (5e Monster)

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Author: Rlyehable (talk)
Date Created: 2019-04-30
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Skitter [1]
Tiny Monstrosity, Unaligned
Armor Class: 6
Hit Points: 1 (1d4-4)
Speed: 30 ft., climb 30 ft.
3 (-4) 3 (-4) 3 (-4) 3 (-4) 3 (-4) 3 (-4)
Condition Immunity: blinded, prone
Senses: blindsight 30 ft., blind beyond this range., passive Perception 6
Challenge: 0 (0 xp)Proficiency Bonus (PB): +2
Quick Squeeze. The skitter can move through openings 1/4 inch wide without squeezing, and even smaller openings if squeezing.

Spider Climb. The skitter can climb difficult surfaces, including upside down on ceilings, without needing to make an ability check.


Flee. The skitter can use its action to perform two of the following: dash, disengage, and hide.

Skitters appear to be a spherical creature about 1 inch in diameter, covered with 1 inch spiky hair. This "hair" is actually tentacles that both allow it move by rolling and squeezing through smaller openings, and to feed. They come in a variety of colors: rust reds, browns, and grays.

Skitters live on bacteria, carrion, mold, decayed plants, and animal waste. They are a food source for many creatures when their preferred food is unavailable. Skitters avoid bright light when possible, as it makes them easier prey.

Fortunately, skitters reproduce at a substantial rate. When a skitter has consumed enough food, it will burst producing 2-5 smaller skitters.

Skitters are generally harmless and solitary, but if their numbers are not controlled, overpopulation will cause a change in skitters. At this time they will form a dangerous Skitter Swarm.

Sources and Notes[edit]

  1. user:Rlyehable. Created: 2019-04-30. Licensed: CC-BY-SA.

Author's Notes[edit]

Skitter and skitter swarm are a recreation of a creature I designed for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the late 70's. It was designed to explain how medium and larger creatures could survive in a dungeon with limited logistics to support them.

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Facts about "Skitter (5e Monster)"
AlignmentUnaligned +
AuthorRlyehable +
CRval0 +
Canontrue +
Challenge Rating0 +
Creature NameSkitter +
Experience Points0 +
FeaturesQuick Squeeze +, Spider Climb +, Flee + and {{{feature1}}} +
Hit Dice1d4-4 +
Hit Points1 +
Identifier5e Monster +
NameSkitter +
RatingUndiscussed +
SizeTiny +
SortTextSkitter 5e +
SummarySkitter appear as tiny ball-like creatures covered in spiky hair. +
TitleSkitter +
TypeMonstrosity +