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    Random Encounter Generators

    These generators automatically determine random encounters for each of the terrains listed below (using the same information, just automated).

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    At times during a game when you're looking to liven things up (perhaps during a long overland journey, or maybe when the party's decided to camp in a dangerous dungeon), you can use the following encounter tables to randomly generate monster encounters. These tables do not cover all possible locations PCs might find themselves in during the course of a game, but you can use these tables as models for generating additional encounter tables of your own design.

    Note that each of the following tables has been assigned an Average CR—this indicates the average difficulty of the encounters that can be rolled up on the table. A CR 4 encounter table works well when challenging a group of 4th level PCs, for example.

    Terrain and Average CRs

    Dungeon (Avg. CR 2)
    Dungeon (Avg. CR 5)
    Dungeon (Avg. CR 10)
    Underground (Avg. CR 9)
    Ruined City (Avg. CR 6)
    Urban/Dangerous City (Avg. CR 6)
    Coastal (Avg. CR 6)
    Shallows (Avg. CR 5)
    Deep Sea (Avg. CR 9)
    Islands (Avg. CR 8)
    Low-Level Ocean Encounters
    Ocean (Avg. CR 8)
    Swamp (Avg. CR 7)
    Desert (Avg. CR 6)
    Forest (Temperate) (Avg. CR 5)
    Jungle (Warm) (Avg. CR 5)
    Hill/Mountain (Avg. CR 8)
    Plains/Savannah (Warm) (Avg. CR 7)

    Cold Mountains
    Cold Mountains (Low Level)
    Cold Mountains (Medium Level)
    Cold Mountains (High Level)
    High Mountains
    Underground City
    Medium Level
    High Level
    Ruined City
    Low Level
    Medium Level
    High Level
    City Streets
    Slums
    Sewers
    Overgrown Fallen City
    Medium Level
    High Level

    Ruined City Risen from the Sea
    Medium Level
    High Level
    Ruined City in the Desert
    Medium Level
    High Level
    Jungle Random Encounters
    Plains Random Encounters
    Jungle City Random Encounters
    Ruined Underground City
    Ruined Desert Village
    Lawless Port City
    Dark and Twisted Swamp
    Sewers Random Encounters
    Crypt Random Encounters
    Scorched Land
    Dark Bog Random Encounters
    Other Encounters

    Dungeon (Avg. CR 2)

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–6 1d6 dire rats 1
    7–12 1d6 fire beetles 1
    13–20 1d6 human skeletons 1
    21–24 1d4 giant centipedes 1
    25–26 1 spider swarm 1
    27–32 1d6 human zombies 2
    33–34 1 choker 2
    35–36 1 skeletal champion 2
    37–44 2d6 goblins 3
    45–48 1d4 ghouls 3
    49–54 1d4 giant spiders 3
    55–56 1 cockatrice 3
    57–60 1 gelatinous cube 3
    61–64 1 rust monster 3
    65–68 1 shadow 3
    69–70 1 wight 3
    71–76 2d4 stirges 4
    77–82 1d6 darkmantles 4
    83–86 1d6 troglodytes 4
    87–90 1d4 bugbears 4
    91–92 1d4 vargouilles 4
    93–94 1 gray ooze 4
    95–96 1 mimic 4
    97–100 1 ogre 4

    Dungeon (Avg. CR 5)

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–4 1 gelatinous cube 3
    5–8 1 rust monster 3
    9–16 2d4 stirges 3
    17–22 1 gray ooze 4
    23–26 1 mimic 4
    27–30 1 basilisk 5
    31–34 1 cloaker 5
    35–38 1 gibbering mouther 5
    39–42 1 ochre jelly 5
    43–46 1 wraith 5
    47–48 1 bearded devil 5
    49–52 1d4 shadows 5
    53–56 1d4 wights 5
    57–62 1d8 skeletal champions 6
    63–68 2d4 ghouls plus 1 ghast 6
    69–72 1 ettin 6
    73–78 1 minotaur 6
    79–84 1d4 ogres 6
    85–88 1d4 trolls 7
    89–90 1 babau 7
    91–94 1 black pudding 7
    95–96 1 medusa 7
    97–98 1 shadow demon 7
    99–100 1d4 xills 8

    Dungeon (Avg. CR 10)

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–4 1 black pudding 7
    5–8 1 dark naga 8
    9–14 1 mohrg 8
    15–18 1 nabasu 8
    19–22 1d6 cloakers 8
    23–28 1d6 wraiths 8
    29–36 1d4 ettins 8
    37–40 1 bone devil 9
    41–44 1 night hag 9
    45–48 1 spirit naga 9
    49–54 1 vampire 9
    55–58 1 vrock 9
    59–66 1d6 minotaurs 9
    67–72 2d4 trolls 9
    73–76 1d4 greater shadows 10
    77–78 1 bebilith 10
    79–82 1 barbed devil 11
    83–86 1 devourer 11
    87–88 1 hezrou 11
    89–92 1d4 rakshasas 12
    93–94 1 lich 12
    95–96 1 glabrezu 13
    97–98 1 ice devil 13
    99–100 1 nalfeshnee 14

    Underground (Avg. CR 9)

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–10 2d6 duergar 3
    11–16 1d6 cave fishers 6
    17–22 1 basidirond 5
    23–32 2d6 drow and 1 drow noble 5
    33–40 2d6 giant spiders 6
    41–46 1d6 violet fungi 7
    47–52 1d8 derros 7
    53–60 2d6 morlocks 7
    61–64 1 black pudding 7
    65–68 1 giant slug 8
    69–72 1d6 cloakers 9
    73–82 2d6 dark creepers, 1 dark stalker 9
    83–86 1d6 driders 11
    87–90 1d6 intellect devourers 12
    91–92 1 purple worm 12
    93–96 1d4 ropers 15
    97–98 1 neothelid 15
    99–100 1 shoggoth 19

    Ruined City (Avg. CR 6)

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–4 1 spider swarm 1
    5–8 1 rat swarm 2
    9–16 2d6 human skeletons 3
    17–24 1d6 stirges 3
    25–28 1 assassin vine 3
    29–36 1d6 ghouls 5
    37–38 1 barghest 4
    39–44 1d6 skeletal champions 6
    45–48 1d4 yeth hounds 6
    49–54 1d6 ogres 7
    55–58 1d6 shadows 7
    59–62 1d6 wights 7
    63–64 1 lamia 6
    65–70 1d6 harpies 8
    71–72 1 medusa 7
    73–74 1 nabasu 8
    75–76 1 dark naga 8
    77–84 1d8 gargoyles 8
    85–88 1d6 cyclopes 9
    89–92 1d6 wraiths 9
    93–94 1 behir 8
    95–96 1 sphinx -
    97–98 1 spirit naga 9
    99–100 1d4 spectres 10

    Urban/Dangerous City (Avg. CR 6)

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–12 1d6 dogs 2
    13–20 1 rat swarm 2
    21–30 1d6 riding dogs 5
    31–32 1 werewolf 2
    33–40 3d6 dire rats 5
    41–48 2d6 tengus 5
    49–56 2d6 tieflings 5
    57–62 1d6 ghouls 5
    63–68 1d6 doppelgangers 7
    69–78 2d6 wererats 8
    79–82 1 succubus 7
    83–86 1d6 jann 8
    87–90 1d8 gargoyles 8
    91–92 1 mohrg 8
    93–94 1 intellect devourer (body theft) 8
    95–96 1 vampire 9
    97–98 1 night hag 9
    99–100 1 rakshasa 10

    Coastal (Avg. CR 6)

    These monsters have a penchant for lairing near coastal towns and fishing settlements, and can be a menace to those looking for a safe place to dock or anchor.

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–9 1 giant crab 2
    10–16 1 bunyip 3
    17–19 1 draugr captain 3
    20–28 1 kelpie 4
    29–34 1d6 reefclaws 4
    35–41 1d6 draugr 5
    42–49 1 globster 5
    50–53 1d4 tidepool dragons (Pathfinder #55 82) 5
    54–60 1 saltwater merrow 6
    61–68 2d4 jinx eaters 6
    69–71 1d6 pteranodons 6
    72–78 1 shark-eating crab 7
    79–85 1d4 sea drakes 8
    86–91 1 coral golem 9
    92–96 1d6 duppies 10
    97–100 1d4 giant snapping turtles 11

    Shallows (Avg. CR 5)

    The monsters below are often encountered in shallow waters near coastlines.

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–5 1d4 dolphins 1
    6–9 1 incutilis (Pathfinder #55 84)
    2
    10–16 1d4 hippocampi 3
    17–25 2d6 merfolk 3
    26–29 2d6 grindylows 4
    30–38 2d4 stingrays 4
    39–44 1d8 manta rays 5
    45–54 2d4 sea snakes 5
    55–59 1 grodair 5
    60–67 1d6 adaros 6
    68–74 1d4 cecaelias 7
    75–83 1 tylosaurus 8
    84–91 1d6 giant moray eels 8
    92–95 1d4 giant sea snakes 9
    96–98 1 dire shark 9
    99–100 1 nereid 10

    Deep Sea (Avg. CR 9)

    The monsters below are often encountered while traversing the deep blue waters of the seas.

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–4 1 giant sea anemone 2
    5–7 1d4 death's head jellyfish 3
    8–14 1d4 sharks 4
    15–22 1d8 tritons 5
    23–31 1d4 ceratioidi 5
    32–37 1d4 weresharks 5
    38–43 1d4 devilfish 6
    44–51 1 sea scourge 6
    52–61 1d6 jellyfish swarms 9
    62–67 1d6 giant jellyfish 10
    68–75 1 charybdis 13
    76–82 1 shipwrecker crab 13
    83–88 1 great white whale 14
    89–94 1 lusca 17
    95–97 1 kraken 18 Edit HTML
    98–100 1 deep sea serpent 19

    Islands (Avg. CR 8)

    The following monsters are commonly encountered on or near islands.

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–4 1 monkey swarm 2
    5–12 2d4 baboons 3
    13–17 1d4 garden oozes 4
    18–27 2d6 kuru 4
    28–32 1d4 chickcharneys 5
    33–38 1d6 giant chameleons 6
    39–42 1 elder nirento 6
    43–50 1d4 archelons 7
    51–57 1d6 cyclopes 8
    58–64 1d4 soucouyants 10
    65–72 1 larabay 11
    73–82 1d4 jungle giants 12
    83–87 1d4 gholdakos 12
    88–93 1 storm giant 13
    94–97 1 jubjub bird 15
    98–100 1d4 kongamatos 17

    Low-Level Ocean Encounters

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–5 1d4 merfolk   1/2
    6–11 1 fuath 1
    12–16 1d4 grindylows 1
    17–21 1 squid 1
    22–27 1d6 dolphins 2
    28–32 1d6 locathahs 2
    33–36 1 adaro 3
    37–40 1 bunyip 3
    41–44 1 wereshark 3
    45–51 1d8 stingrays 3
    52–56 1d4 reefclaws 3
    57–62 2d6 grindylows 4
    63–67 1 sea hag 4
    68–72 1 cecaelia 5
    73–78 1d4 draugr pirates 5
    79–83 1 giant moray eel 5
    84–88 1 globster 5
    89–92 1d6 sahuagin 5
    93–96 1 jellyfish swarm 6
    97–100 1d8 sharks 6

    Ocean (Avg. CR 8)

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–4 1 octopus 1
    5–14 2d6 dolphins 4
    15–19 2d6 merfolk 4
    20–23 1 sea hag 4
    24–31 1d6 squid 4
    32–36 1d6 water mephits 6
    37–38 1 aboleth 7
    39–42 1 giant octopus 8
    43–50 2d6 sahuagin 8
    51–60 2d6 sharks 8
    61–66 2d6 skum 8
    67–71 1d6 giant moray eels 8
    72–77 1d6 Large water elementals 8
    78–79 1 dire shark 9
    80–81 1 dragon turtle 9
    82–83 1 giant squid 9
    84–85 1d4 elasmosauruses 9
    86–91 2d4 orcas 9
    92–93 1 young bronze dragon 9
    94–95 1 marid 9
    96–97 1 elder water elemental 11
    98 1 sea serpent 12
    99 1 kraken 18
    99 1 shoggoth 19

    Swamp (Avg. CR 7)

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–6 1 constrictor snake 2
    7–10 1 hydra 4
    11–14 1 leech swarm 4
    15–18 1 gray ooze 4
    19–22 1 green hag 5
    23–26 1 ochre jelly 5
    27–32 2d6 stirges 5
    33–38 1d6 crocodiles 5
    39–46 2d6 giant frogs 7
    47–52 2d6 goblin dogs 7
    53–56 1d4 harpies 7
    57–64 2d6 lizardfolk 7
    65–72 2d6 boggards 8
    73–74 1 chuul 7
    75–76 1 dracolisk 7
    77–80 2d6 giant leeches 8
    81–82 1 young black dragon 7
    83–84 1 giant slug 8
    85–88 1d6 shambling mounds 10
    89–90 1 spirit naga 9
    91–94 1d6 will-o'-wisps 10
    95–96 1 dire crocodile 9
    97–98 1 giant flytrap 10
    99–100 1 froghemoth 13

    Desert (Avg. CR 6)

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–8 1 giant spider 1
    9–12 1 skeletal champion 2
    13–18 1d8 skeletons 2
    19–22 1 bat swarm 2
    23–30 1 giant scorpion 3
    31–34 1d3 dire bats 4
    35–42 1d6 venomous snakes 5
    43–46 1 basilisk 5
    47–52 1 mummy 5
    53–56 1d4 jann 7
    57–60 1 lamia 6
    61–68 2d6 giant ants 8
    69–72 1 young brass dragon 7
    73–80 2d6 gnolls and 1d4 hyenas 7
    81–84 1 remorhaz (cold desert only) 7
    85–88 1 behir 8
    89–92 1 sphinx -
    93–96 1 young blue dragon 9
    97–98 1 adult brass dragon 11
    99–100 1 adult blue dragon 13

    Forest (Temperate) (Avg. CR 5)

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–6 1 bat swarm 2
    7–8 1 yellow musk creeper 2
    9–12 1d4 giant spiders 4
    13–16 1 assassin vine 3
    17–20 1 giant mantis 3
    21–22 1 unicorn 3
    23–26 1d4 dire bats 4
    27–32 1d4 boars 4
    33–34 1 dire boar 4
    35–38 1 giant stag beetle 4
    39–42 1 owlbear 4
    43–46 1 tiger 4
    47–52 1d6 werewolves 6
    53–56 1d4 dire wolves 6
    57–60 1 ettercap and 1d6 giant spiders 6
    61–70 2d6 goblins and 1d4 goblin dogs 6
    71–74 1 barghest and 2d6 goblins 6
    75–78 1d6 centaurs 7
    79–86 2d6 wolves 7
    87–88 1 nymph 7
    89–92 1 dire tiger 8
    93–94 1 young green dragon 8
    95–98 1d4 shambling mounds 9
    99–100 1 treant 8

    Jungle (Warm) (Avg. CR 5)

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–4 1 bat swarm 2
    5–8 1 yellow musk creeper 2
    9–14 1 constrictor snake 2
    15–18 1d6 giant centipedes 3
    19–26 1 leopard 2
    27–30 1d4 giant spiders 4
    31–34 1d6 venomous snakes 5
    35–40 1d4 boars 4
    41–44 1 dire boar 4
    45–50 1 tiger 4
    51–54 1 giant frilled lizard 5
    55–60 1d6 monitor lizards 6
    61–62 1 army ant swarm 5
    63–64 1 ankylosaurus 6
    65–70 1d6 dire apes 7
    71–78 2d4 gorillas 7
    79–82 2d4 deinonychuses 8
    83–84 1 nymph 7
    85–86 1d4 girallons 9
    87–90 1 dire tiger 8
    91–94 1d4 shambling mounds 9
    95–96 1 treant 8
    97–98 1 tyrannosaurus 9
    99–100 1 brachiosaurus 10

    Hill/Mountain (Avg. CR 8)

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–6 1d6 eagles 3
    7–14 2d6 orcs 3
    15–22 2d6 tengus 5
    23–30 2d6 hobgoblins 5
    31–36 1d4 giant eagles 6
    37–42 1d6 ogres 7
    43–44 1 young white dragon 6
    45–48 1 bulette 7
    49–52 1 chimera 7
    53–58 1d6 griffons 8
    59–64 2d4 bugbears 7
    65–66 1d6 cyclopes 9
    67–68 1 gorgon 8
    69–72 1d4 wyverns 9
    73–78 1d6 trolls 9
    79–80 1 ogre mage 8
    81–82 1 roc 9
    83–86 1d6 hill giants 11
    87–88 1 young silver dragon 10
    89–90 1 young red dragon 10
    91–92 1d4 frost giants 12
    93–96 1d6 stone giants 12
    97–98 1 cloud giant 11
    99–100 1d4 fire giants 13

    Plains/Savannah (Warm) (Avg. CR 7)

    d% Encounter Avg. CR
    1–6 1 cheetah 2
    7–10 1 cockatrice 3
    11–16 1 giant scorpion 3
    17–20 1 dire lion 5
    21–26 1 giant frilled lizard 5
    27–30 1d6 ankhegs
    31–34 1d6 pteranodons
    35–40 1d8 monitor lizards
    41–44 1d6 dire hyenas
    45–52 2d6 hyenas
    53–60 2d6 gnolls
    61–66 1d6 lions
    67–70 2d6 giant ants
    71–74 2d4 pegasi
    75–78 2d6 centaurs
    79–80 1 dire tiger 8
    81–82 1d6 ankylosauruses
    83–84 1d6 stegosauruses
    85–88 2d4 rhinoceroses
    89–90 1 young gold dragon 11
    91–94 2d4 elephants
    95–96 1d6 tyrannosauruses
    97–98 1d8 triceratops
    99–100 1d6 brachiosauruses