D&D Miniatures
Desert of Desolation
Random Encounters
By Dale Donovan

Here's a random encounter table for a 5th-level dungeon. All the creatures on the table are from the Desert of Desolation set. If you don't have the miniatures listed here, substitute any figures of a similar CR that you do own. Use this table to generate the less important encounters in a dungeon or other encounter area, as a list of encounters with ELs at or near 5th level, or as a list from which to choose an encounter whenever you need one.

d% Encounter
1-5 Roll on 4th-level table
6-9 Boneshard Skeleton (CR 3)
10-12 Ettercap Webspinner (CR 3)
13-15 Animated Statue (CR 3)
16-18 Rot Scarab Swarm (CR 3)
19-22 Militia Archer (CR 4)
23-25 Visejaw Crocodile (CR 4)
26-27 Shrieking Harpy (CR 4)
28-29 2 Demonweb Swarms (CR 2)
30-31 Shrieking Harpy (CR 4) + Ravenous Ghoul (CR 1)
32-34 Tiefling Rogue (CR 5)
35-37 Guardian Mummy (CR 5)
38-40 Sahuagin (CR 5)
41-43 Halfling Enchanter (CR 5)
44-46 Halfling Rogue (CR 5)
47-49 Large Fire Elemental (CR 5)
50-52 Shadar-Kai Assassin (CR 5)
53-55 Shadow Mastiff (CR 5)
56-58 Snaketongue Cultist (CR 5)
59-61 Ettercap Webspinner (CR 3) + Demonweb Swarm (CR 2)
62-64 Drow Blademaster (CR 6)
65-67 Spined Devil (CR 6)
68-70 Blood of Vol Fanatic (CR 6)
71-73 Tiefling Cleric (CR 6)
74-76 Boneshard Skeleton (CR 3) + Ettercap Webspinner (CR 3)
77-79 2 Snaketongue Cultists (CR 5)
80-82 Shrieking Harpy (CR 4) + Animated Statue (CR 3)
83-85 Yuan-ti Champion of Zehir (CR 7)
86-88 Drider (CR 7)
89-91 Flamesnake (CR 7)
92-93 Guardian Mummy (CR 5)+ Demonweb Swarm (CR 2)
94-95 Yuan-ti Malison (CR 8)
96-00 Roll on 6th-level table

About the Author

Dale Donovan is a 18-year veteran of the gaming industry, during which time he edited DRAGON Magazine, wrote or edited many Forgotten Realms products, among others, and served as a Managing Editor. As a freelancer, he's worked for Green Ronin, Upper Deck, Steve Jackson Games, Guardians of Order, White Wolf/Sword & Sorcery, and the Valar Project, among others. He loves games, books, games, comics, games, movies, games, and his wonderful wife and delightful daughter.


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