Beast of Busco

Posted on Jul 14, 2022 by Admin

Monsters 5E Cryptids

Beast of Busco

The Beast of Busco is an elusive snapping turtle that was said to live and hunt in the River Busco. It was first encountered when a local fisherman threw their line into the water and after much waiting, drew in a larger catch than they were expecting.

In fact, they reeled in a large monstrous snapping turtle that proceeded to snap the fisherman's boat in half with a single bite and attack them. This fisherman was never seen or heard from again, leading many to believe that it sank to the river's depth with the beast in tow to be a feast. This fisherman was local indeed, but also the chieftain of the local village who was presumed to be fishing in their spare time.

The village set out to avenge their chieftain, but after many days of searching and scouting the riverbanks and even within the river itself, the thereafter named Beast of Busco could not be found....

Today, the Beast of Busco still remains a mysterious creature that is adept at hiding out of sight, sometimes while still plainly in view. The Beast's large shell is shaped very similarly to the rocks and boulders of the area that it lives in and hunts, and so with a still withdrawal, the Beast can sink itself into the mud and be completely oblivious to anyone walking past it. It may use this opportunity to strike at unwitting prey, usually ending it in one bite.

While the Beast of Busco is not particularly mythical or magically gifted, the simple fact that such a large creature has evaded the eyes of humans and prey alike is astonishing in of itself to make it infamous.

Beast of Busco

Large beast, unaligned

Armor Class 17 (natural armor)

Hit Points 75 (10d10 + 20)

Speed 30 ft., swim 40 ft.

Abilities Str 22 (+6) | Dex 12 (+1) | Con 20 (+5) | Int 6 (-2) | Wis 16 (+3) | Cha 5 (-3)

Skills Stealth +7

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passiver Perception 13

Languages --

Challenge 8 (3,900 XP)

Ambusher. In the first round of a combat, the beast has advantage on attack rolls against any creature it surprised.

Amphibious The beast can breathe air and water.

Angler's Bane. While the beast is grappling a creature, the creature takes 7 (2d6) piercing damage at the start of each of its turns.

False Appearance. While the beast remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from an ordinary boulder.

Surprise Attack. If the beast surprises a creature and hits it with an attack during the first round of combat, the target takes an extra 10 (3d6) damage from the attack.


Multiattack. The beast makes one bite attack and one tail attack.

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 20 (4d6 + 6) slashing damage, and a Medium or smaller creature is grappled (escape DC 17).

Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 15 ft., one target. Hit: 17 (2d10 + 6) bludgeoning damage.

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