Plant Creatures in D&D

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Plant creatures in the D&D universe are plants that have some form of sentience and though they have the biological hallmarks of plant life (such as spreading spores, photosynthesising etc), they behave more like a creature. Some plant creatures demonstrate greater sentience than others such as myconids or vegepygmys that are capable of communication and intellectual reasoning while others appear to act more on instinct like a simple beast might do, reacting to stimuli like pain and hunger in an instinctual way.

Types of Plant Creatures

Below are all the types of plant creatures found in the D&D universe:

  • Assassin Vine – A carnivorous plant that grows both above and below the surface
  • Blight – Plants that have been tainted with evil, becoming a dead-looking creature similar to the plant from which it was formed
  • Campestri – A sentient fungal creature related to myconids
  • Gas Spore – Balloon-looking, toxic fungi that look similar to a beholder
  • Kelpie – Appearing like a mass of seaweed, kelpie can adjust their form to appear like other creatures
  • Mantrap – Similar to a venus fly trap, but much larger, mantraps are capable of consuming a person whole
  • Myconid – Peaceful, bipedal, fungal creatures that live in dark corners of the world
  • Shambling Mound – A large, predatory creature made up of strong vines
  • Shrieker – Fungi without the ability to move, but will emit loud, screaming noises to capture their prey
  • Thornslinger – A small, carnivorous tree covered in thorns
  • Treant – Sentient tree beings with the ability to walk
  • Tri-flower Frond – A triple flowering plant that attacks passers by
  • Vegepygmy – Spawned from dead humanoids through the spores they emit, vegepygmys are sentient creatures
  • Violet Fungus – human-sized mushrooms with vine-like appendages that can attack passers by
  • Wood Woad – Powerful, humanoids turned into guardian plants hosting the soul of a creature that has given up their life to perform an eternal duty
  • Yellow Musk Creeper – A flower that can kill psychically passers by and implant its bulb in their corpse allowing it to reanimate the corpse

You can learn more about plant creatures and the different types you might encounter in D&D by purchasing a copy of Volo’s Guide to Monsters.

Published by DM Ben

Ben is an experienced dungeon master and player who's been immersed in the D&D universe since he was a teenager over 20 years ago. When he's not writing for Dungeon Mister, Ben loves creating fiendish puzzles and devious dungeons for his players. He's an especially big fan of the Ravenloft and Dragonlance settings.

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