Babu | Monster Guide for Dungeon & Dragon 5th Edition

Demons and devils clash endlessly for control of the Lower Planes. One of these battles pitted the legions of the archdevil Glasya against the screaming hordes of the demon lord Graz’zt. It is said that when Glasya wounded Graz’zt with her sword, the first babaus arose where his blood struck the ground. Their sudden appearance helped rout Glasya and secured Graz’zt’s place as one of the preeminent demon lords of the Abyss.

A babau demon has the cunning of a devil and the bloodthirstiness of a demon. It has leathery skin pulled tight over its gaunt frame and a curved horn protruding from the back of its elongated skull. A babau’s baleful glare can weaken a creature, and its talons gleam with acidic slime.

Medium Fiend (Demon), Typically Chaotic Evil

Proficiency Bonus: +2
Armor Class: 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points: 82 (11d8 + 33)
Speed: 40 ft.

STR – 19 (+4)
DEX – 16 (+3)
CON – 16 (+3)
INT – 11 (+O)
WIS – 12 (+1)
CHA – 13 (+1)

Skills: Perception +5, Stealth +5

Damage Resistances: cold, fire, lightning; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks

Damage Immunities: poison

Condition Immunities: poisoned

Senses: darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 15

Languages: Abyssal

Challenge: 4 (l,l 00 XP)


Multiattack. The babau makes two Claw attacks. It can replace one attack with a use of Spellcasting or Weakening Gaze.

Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d4 + 4) slashing damage plus 2 (1d4) acid damage.

Spellcasting. The babau casts one of the following spells, requiring no material components and using Wisdom as the spellcasting ability (spell save DC 11):

At will: darkness, dispel magic.fear, heat metal, levitate

Weakening Gaze. The babau targets one creature that it can see within 20 feet of it. The target must make a DC 13 Constitution saving throw. On a failed save, the target deals only half damage with weapon attacks that use Strength for 1 minute. The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itse lf on a success.