Tonberry (3.5e Monster)

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Author: The-Marksman (talk)
Date Created: February 2024
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You catch sight of a dim flicker ahead, illuminating a small figure slowly shambling towards you. As it draws nearer, the dim light reveals the twisted visage of a Tonberry. This small, green-skinned creature, measuring just over 3 feet in height, is draped in a nondescript, earth-toned, long-sleeved robe that reaches down to its ankles. Peeking from beneath the robe are plain brown shoes, while a modest-length tail, split at the tip, protrudes from the back.

Its movements are slow and deliberate, each step calculated with a malevolent intent that sends shivers down your spine. Its long, slender arms hang limply at its sides, one hand clutching a rusted, blood-stained kitchen knife, while the other holds a lantern emitting an eerie green glow. Grotesque shadows dance along the walls as the light flickers, casting an ominous shadow over the chamber.

Its striking yellow eyes, devoid of lids, jut out from its face, which lacks any discernible mouth or nose. The air grows heavy with a palpable sense of dread as the Tonberry draws closer, and an unsettling silence falls over the area, broken only by the faint echo of its slow footsteps.

A Tonberry Esper
Size/Type: Small Outsider (Esper)
Hit Dice: 7d12 + 7 (91 hp)
Initiative: -1
Speed: 10 ft
Armor Class: 14 (4 Natural armor, -1 Dex, +1 size), touch X, flat-footed X
Base Attack/Grapple: 7/+2 (7 BAB, -1 Str, -4 size)
Attack: Bite +8/+3 melee (1d4 + 1)
Full Attack: Bite +8/+3 melee (1d4 + 1)
Space/Reach: 2 1/2 ft/2 1/2 ft
Special Attacks: Chef's Knife, Karma, Everyone's Grudge

Word of Recall (Su): While on the Material Plane, Espers can use Word of Recall at will, as the spell (cl 14th), except that it can only take them back to their home plane and also works across planar boundries and the creature can transport only itself and up to 50 pounds of objects.

Special Qualities: Darkvision 120 ft, Low-Light Vision, 25% Fortification against critical strikes, immune to banishment, dismissal, petrification, death-effect, polymorphing, fear and any enchantment or compulsion effects. +4 racial bonus on saves against all poisons and diseases.
Saves: Fort +11, Ref +3, Will +8
Abilities: Str 8, Dex 8, Con 25, Int 11, Wis 14, Cha 11
Skills: Climb +9, Escape Artist +9, Hide +9, Intimidate +10, Jump +9, Listen +12, Move Silently +9, Spot +12
Feats: Endurance, Die Hard, Iron Will
Environment: Underground or Ruins
Organization: Solitary
Challenge Rating: 7
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always Chaotic Neutral
Level Adjustment:

A Tonberry is a quite small, unassuming looking creature that at first glance to characters unfamiliar with it, does seem to be a fairly harmless creature. Sneaky beings that slowly creep through the darkness carrying knives and lanterns. Their incessant, innocent stare stabs through opponents, pushing them over the brink of despair. Known as "Pugs" in some cultures, they stand 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall and generally weighing no more than 45 pounds. These green, robed fiends will slowly approach with no expression on their faces. They have round heads with small snouts. These fiends lurk in darkness, slowly drawing near those whose eyes meet theirs. They make their homes inside of caves or if possible, inside of the ruins of an underground castle.


A fiend that roams about by the light of its lantern. Don't be fooled by its tranquil demeanor. It's a vicious and persistent attacker. A Tonberry will move 10 feet every round in an attempt to close in on a target and use karma as often as possible, and at least once against each target possible during the course of a battle. After closing in on an opponent, or when an opponent approaches the Tonberry, it attempts to use Everyones Grudge. Once a target is dropped, it simply moves on to the next one.

Special Attacks[edit]

Chef's Knife: A Tonberry wields a small knife that was created and used by that Tonberry. In the hands of the Tonberry the blade acts as a small +1 dagger of Humanoid Bane. Unlike most weapons, the Tonberry's Chef Knife is Bane to all creatures of the Humanoid type, regardless of subtype. In the hands of anyone except the Tonberry that created it, the Chef's Knife acts as a small masterwork dagger, and will appear as such when an identify spell is cast on it as well.

The Tonberry's attack and damage information in the statistic block was calculated taking into account the +1 bonus to attack for size AND the +1 bonus on the Chef Knife, but not the bane ability of the Chef Knife, so against enemies of the Humanoid type, add +2 to attack and damage of the Chef Knife, as well as +2d6 damage.

Karma: When a Tonberry is successfully struck in combat for damage by any type of ability, up to twice per round, the Tonberry can choose to use Karma as an immediate action. When a Tonberry uses Karma, a purple and blue ghostly energy fires out from his lantern towards the target of his Karma attack. The Tonberry makes a ranged touch attack up to 60 feet against the creature that damaged him. If the ranged touch attack is successful, the Tonberry deals 1/2 of the damage dealt to him back to the opponent as untyped damage.


Everyone's Grudge: When a Tonberry is adjacent to an opponent whom he has successfully used his Karma ability on in the last hour, the Tonberry can attempt to use his Everyone's Grudge ability. To do this, as a full round action, the Tonberry must make a successful attack against the opponent. If successful, the opponent must make a fortitude save (DC = High Summoner's level + Tonberry's wis mod) or it dies. If the opponent makes the save, no other ill effects than the 1d3 damage from the Chef Knife occurs. This ability does not function on creatures without a constitution score such as constructs and undead, but does work normally on creatures with strange anatomies that are normally immune to critical hits or sneak attack, like oozes, plants and creatures with fortification. If a Tonberry attempts to use Everyone's Grudge and misses the attack, this does not count against his one use of Everyone's Grudge per summoning.

Marksman's Homebrews
Classes Battle Juggernaut, Bewitcher, Bounty Hunter, Cat Burglar, Divine Healer, Enchantress, Footpad, Grimslayer, Half-Nymph, Half-Rylvain, Hunter, Ki Warrior, Martial Artist, Noble, Platinum Dragoon, Radiant Champion, Rylvain, Saiyan Warrior, Scout, Socialite Deluxe, Spy, Undead Slayer, Undead Stalker, Warlord, Wolverine
Races Elven Nymph, Half-Drow, Elf, Half-Giant, Half-Nymph, Half-Rylvain, Half-Saiyan, Liantia, Moogle, Namekian, Ronso, Rylvain, Saiyans, Xanthian
Character Options Ascended Super Saiyan, Ascetic Juggernaut, Awesome Blow, Enhanced Ki Pool, Full Power Super Saiyan, Saiyan Elite, Tail Defense, Ultra Super Saiyan
Equipment Cloak of Bullshit, Cloak of Greater Bullshit, Cloak of Lesser Bullshit, Dragon Balls, Excalibur, Potion of Youth
Spells & Powers Condition, Eternal Charm Monster, Eternal Charm Person, Eternal Slumber, Reraise, Restore Youth, Steal Youth, Summon Wyvern
Invocations After Image, Alternate Delivery, Beam Blast, Candy Beam, Death Beam, Destructo Disc, Dragon Fist, Energy Channel, Energy Rings, Explosive Wave, Final Explosion, Flash Step, Four Witches, Fusion Dance, Greater Ki Transmutation, Healing Spirit, Improved Intimidating Ki, Improved Ki Charging, Improved Ki Flying, Improved Ki Volley, Instant Transmission, Intimidating Ki, Kaio-ken, Ki Barrage, Ki Charging, Ki Enhancement, Ki Flying, Ki Sense, Ki Shield, Ki Sight, Ki Supression, Ki Sword, Ki Transmutation, Ki Wind, Lesser Electrical Transmutation, Lesser Fire Transmuation, Lesser Frost Transmutation, Master Ki Transmutation, Multi-Form, Neo Tri Beam, Nova Chariot, Power Ball, Scatter Shot, Solar Flare, Spirit Ball, Spirit Bomb, Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack, Tri Beam, Warp Blast
Espers Bomb, Cactuar, Cait Sith, Chocobo Esper, Cockatrice, Esper, Goblin, Kirin, Mindflayer, Shiva, Siren, Sylph, Tonberry, Unicorn
Monsters Adamantoise, Ash Viper, Behemoth, Drake, Malboro V.2, Murder of Crows, Tangle Tree
Other Aralhal, Celesdra, Golbez System, James Houlton, Levels That Spells Are Obtained, Rydel Taerun, Shenron, Spirit Beast
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AlignmentAlways Chaotic Neutral +
AuthorThe-Marksman +
Challenge Rating7 +
EnvironmentUnderground or Ruins +
Identifier3.5e Monster +
Level Adjustment+
RatingUndiscussed +
SizeSmall +
SubtypeEsper +
TitleTonberry +
TypeOutsider +