Choldrith | Monster Guide for Dungeon & Dragon

Choldriths are monstrous spiderlike creatures originally created to serve Lolth. They rule colonies of chitines and lead them into battle in Lolth’s war against her enemies.

When devotees of Lolth created the first chitines, she watched as her followers used arcane magic and demonic powers and invoked her aid for the divine spark needed to ensure the subjects’ survival, expecting to see these new abominations dedicated solely to her, but the devotees performed no such ritual. As revenge for the devotees’ betrayal, the Spider Queen manipulated the creation rituals so that they sometimes created choldriths instead of chitines.

Medium Monstrosity (Cleric), Typically Chaotic Evil

Armor Class: 15 (natural armor)

Hit Points: 66 (12d8 + 12)

Speed: 30 ft., climb 30 ft.

    STR – 12 (+1)
    DEX – 16 (+3)
    CON – 12 (+1)
    INT – 11 (+0)
    WIS – 14 (+2)
    CHA – 10 (+0)

Skills: Athletics +5, Religion +2, Stealth +5

Senses: darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 12

Languages: Undercommon

Challenge: 3 (700 XP)

Proficiency Bonus: +2

Fey Ancestry. The choldrith has advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put the choldrith to sleep.

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

Sunlight Sensitivity. While in sunlight, the choldrith has disadvantage on attack rolls, as well as on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.

Web Sense. While in contact with a web, the choldrith knows the exact location of any other creature in contact with the same web.

Web Walker. The choldrith ignores movement restrictions caused by webbing.


Dagger. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d4 + 3) piercing damage plus 10 (3d6) poison damage.

Spellcasting. The choldrith casts one of the following spells, using Wisdom as the spellcasting ability (spell save DC 12):

At will: guidance, thaumaturgy

1/day each: bane, hold person

Web (Recharge 5- 6). Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, range 30/60 ft., one Large or smaller creature. Hit: The target is restrained by webbing. As an action, the restrained target can make a DC 11 Strength check, bursting the webbing on a success. The webbing can also be attacked and destroyed (AC 10; 5 hit points; vulnerability to fire damage; immunity to bludgeoning, poison, and psychic damage).


Spectral Dagger (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest). The choldrith conjures a floating, spectral dagger within 60 feet of itself. The choldrith can make a melee spell attack (+4 to hit) against one creature within 5 feet of the dagger. On a hit, the target takes 6 (1d8 + 2) force damage.

The dagger lasts for 1 minute. As a bonus action on later turns, the choldrith can move the dagger up to 20 feet and repeat the attack against one creature within 5 feet of the dagger.