Elder Tempest | Monster Guide for D&D

Terrifying storms manifest in the bodies of elder tempests. Beings carved from clouds, wind, rain, and lightning, elder tempests assume the shape of serpents that slither through the sky. They drown the land beneath them with rain and stab the earth with lances of lightning. Punishing winds scream around them as they fly, feeding the chaos they create.

Gargantuan Elemental, Typically Neutral

Armor Class: 19
Hit Points: 264 (16d20 + 96)
Speed: 0ft., fly 120 ft. (hover)

    STR – 23 (+6)
    DEX – 28 (+9)
    CON – 23 (+6)
    INT – 2 (-4)
    WIS – 21 (+5)
    CHA – 18 (+4)

Saving Throws: Wis +12, Cha +11

Damage Resistances: bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks

Damage Immunities: lightning, poison, thunder

Condition Immunities: exhaustion, grappled, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, restrained, stunned

Senses: darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 15


Challenge: 23 (50,000 XP)

Proficiency Bonus: +7

Air Form. The tempest can enter a hostile creature’s space and stop there. It can move through a space as narrow as 1 inch wide without squeezing.

Flyby. The tempest doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks when it flies out of an enemy’s reach.

Legendary Resistance (3/Day). If the tempest fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.

Living Storm. The tempest is always at the center of a storm 1d6 + 4 miles in diameter. Heavy precipitation in the form of either rain or snow falls there, causing the area to be lightly obscured. Heavy rain also extinguishes open flames and imposes disadvantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing. In addition, strong winds swirl in the area covered by the storm. The winds impose disadvantage on ranged attack rolls. They also extinguish open flames and disperse fog.

Siege Monster. The tempest deals double damage to objects and structures.


Multiattack. The tempest makes two Thunderous Slam attacks.

Thunderous Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +16 to hit, reach 20 ft., one target. Hit: 23 (4d6 + 9) thunder damage.

Lightning Storm (Recharge 6). Each creature within 120 feet of the tempest must make a DC 21 Dexterity saving throw, taking 27 (6d8) lightning damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. If a target’s saving throw fails by 5 or more, the creature is also stunned until the end of its next turn.


The tempest can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The tempest regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.

Move. The tempest moves up to its speed.

Lightning Strike (Costs 2 Actions). The tempest can cause a bolt of lightning to strike a point on the ground anywhere under its storm. Each creature within 5 feet of that point must make a DC 21 Dexterity saving throw, taking 16 (3d10) lightning damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

Screaming Gale (Costs 3 Actions). The tempest releases a blast of thunder and wind in a line that is 300 feet long and 20 feet wide. Objects in that area take 22 (4d10) thunder damage. Each creature there must succeed on a DC 21 Dexterity saving throw or take 22 (4d10) thunder damage and be flung up to 60 feet in a direction away from the line. If a thrown target collides with an immovable object (such as a wall or floor) or another creature, the target takes 3 (1d6) bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it was thrown before impact. If the target collides with another creature, that other creature must succeed on a DC 19 Dexterity saving throw or take the same impact damage and be knocked prone.