Gritty Fantasy

This game lets you play a grounded, Stone Age or early Bronze Age fantasy adventure game using rules compatible with those in Dungeons & DragonsTM 5th Edition.

What Makes This Different

Gritty Play

The characters are above-average but not legendary individuals in their world. A single hit from an enemy can take down a player-character. Greater experience will make a character tougher, but powerful creatures will still be a great challenge.

The game is set in an era of very basic tools. Even such mundane equipment as swords and greataxes are scarce and unavailable to starting characters, though they may find such things as they explore their world.

No Magic For You

Magic is uncommon and strange.

While every tribe has a shaman, shamans stay with the tribe, so players will not play shamans. And while there are rumors of witches and wizards who cast powerful spells, they are very rare. Magic is a dangerous, eldritch path only trod by those with some sort of evil plan in their hearts.

Slow Progression

Player-characters will grow stronger with play, but will not naturally grow into demigods able to warp reality to their whims or destroy a dozen enemies with one blow. They will become Conan, not Kratos.

Character Creation

1. Roll Ability Scores

A strong, muscled warrior. A dexterous thief. An alert tracker. This game represents the various aspects of a character with ability scores, each of which also has a modifier that's used in play.

Take four six-sided dice, roll them all, ignore the lowest , and add the remaining dice together. Write that down. For example, if you rolled a 5, 4, 2, and 1, ignore the 1 and add the rest to get a total of 11. This is one of your ability scores.

Repeat this process five times for a total of six numbers. Assign these numbers to the following ability scores, in whatever order you wish:

  • Strength — Your ability to apply brute force and muscles to problems
  • Dexterity — Your reflexes, light-footedness, and general physical reaction time
  • Constitution — Your hardiness and ability to withstand physical punishment
  • Intelligence — Your raw brainpower and analytical thinking
  • Wisdom — Your natural ability to grasp knowledge; quick-wittedness and street smarts
  • Charisma — Your ability to negotiate with and influence other people

For each score, calculate its modifier as follows:

Ability Modifiers
Score Modifier
2-3 -4
4-5 -3
6-7 -2
8-9 -1
10-11 0

Score Modifier
12-13 +1
14-15 +2
16-17 +3
18-19 +4
20-21 +5

2. Your Proficiency Bonus

Write down your Proficiency Bonus, which is +1. This is added to certain activities you're good at, like combat. This will improve if your character survives!

Note that the proficiency bonus can only be applied to the same roll once, so if multiple rules would add your proficiency bonus to the same roll, only add it once.



3. Choose Proficient Saving Throw

When your character reacts to a situation, you may roll a die to determine how well he or she reacts. This is called a saving throw, and you'll add the most relevant ability modifier to the roll.

However! Your character also begins the game particularly experienced in two savings throws: one involving Dexterity, Consitution, or Wisdom (your choice), and another involving Strength, Intelligence, or Charisma (also your choice). Make a mark next to that ability score. When you roll a saving throw with that ability, you will add your proficiency bonus to the ability's modifier.

4. Hit Points And Your Hit Die

An ape swings a fist at a warrior, who twists so that the blow glances off his shoulder. A sword bites into hide armor but doesn't penetrate to the flesh below.

Characters in combat will trade blows without immediate injury or death. Hit Points represent your character's ability to withstand physical combat, either absorbing wounds or avoiding them.

You begin the game with one Hit Die, an eight-sided die (d8). Roll it and add 4. These are your starting Hit Points.

Write down both your Hit Point maximum, and your current number of Hit Points, which for now are the same value (whatever you rolled). As you adventure, you may lose and regain Hit Points, but you may never have more current Hit Points than your Hit Point total.

You will be able to use your Hit Die to recover Hit Points, which is explained in the Healing section later.

5. Calculate Passive Perception

Some enemies may be able to surprise your character. You will not get a saving throw for this, because you're not able to react to the enemy. Instead, the GM will rely on your Passive Perception score.

Calculate your Passive Perception score as 10 + your Wisdom modifier.

6. Roll for Starting Copper

All wealth is measured in copper pieces (which are also equivalent to bones, small shells, etc.).

Roll 4d10 and multiply the result by 10. These are your starting copper pieces.

7. Purchase Your Weapons

Purchase weapons using your starting copper.

8. Calculate your Armor Class

You begin the game with padded armor. Claculate your Armor Class (AC): 11 + your Dexterity modifier. If your Dexterity modifier is more than 2, only add 2 to the base Armor Class.

Name Cost Damage Weight Properties
Simple Melee Weapons
  Club 10 cp    1d4 bludgeoning 2 lb.    Light
  Dagger 200 cp 1d4 piercing 1 lb. Finesse, light, thrown (range 20/60)
  Greatclub 20 cp 1d8 bludgeoning 10 lb. Two-handed
  Handaxe 500 cp 1d6 slashing 2 lb. Light, thrown (range 20/60)
  Javelin 50 cp 1d6 piercing 2 lb. Thrown (range 30/120)
  Light hammer 200 cp 1d4 bludgeoning 2 lb. Light, thrown (range 20/60)
  Mace 500 cp 1d6 bludgeoning 4 lb.
  Quarterstaff 20 cp 1d6 bludgeoning 4 lb. Versatile (1d8)
  Sickle 100 cp 1d4 slashing 2 lb. Light
  Spear 100 cp 1d6 piercing 3 lb. Thrown (range 20/60), versatile (1d8)
  Unarmed strike 1 bludgeoning
Simple Ranged Weapons
  Dart 5 cp 1d4 piercing Finesse, thrown (range 20/60)
  Shortbow 2,500 cp 1d6 piercing 2 lb. Ammunition (range 80/320), two-handed
  Sling 10 cp 1d4 bludgeoning Ammunition (range 30/120)
Armor Cost Armor Class Stealth Weight
Hide 1,000 cp    12 + Dex modifier (max 2) 12 lb.
Leather 1,000 cp 11 + Dex modifier 10 lb.
Padded 500 cp 11 + Dex modifier Disadvantage 8 lb.
Studded leather 4,500 cp 12 + Dex modifier 13 lb.


Gritty Fantasy Character Sheet

Player Name:
Character Name:
Strength: Dexterity: Constitution:
Intelligence: Wisdom: Charisma:
Armor Class: Proficiency:
HP Total: HP Current: Hit Dice:
Passive Perception: Copper:
Weapons: Attack: Damage:
Attack: Damage:

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Ability Checks

A warrior pushes a boulder down a cliff towards his foes. A hunter tracks a dangerous creature through the wilderness.

When your character actively uses his or her skills to achieve something in-game, your GM may call for a skill check.

To make an ability check, roll 1d20 and add the relevant ability modifier. If you roll greater than or equal to the target difficulty number, you succeed; otherwise, you fail.


You can attempt to make yourself difficult to detect by some creatures.

To hide, make a Dexterity check. If the target is not searching for you, compare to the target's Passive Perception; otherwise compare to a Wisdom check by the target. If you roll equal to or higher than the target, you are hidden from that creature.

When hidden from a creature, the creature cannot see you, hear you, or smell you.

You are no longer hidden if you make a noise, or you create a visible sign of your presence (such as shaking a bush).

You cannot hide from a creature that can already see, smell, or hear you, or from a creature that's in the same combat as you. Hiding from one creature does not hide you from others.

Saving Throws

When your character reacts to a (usually dangerous) situation in-game, your GM may ask you to roll a saving throw.

To make a saving throw, roll 1d20 and add the relevant ability modifier (plus your proficiency bonus if you marked that ability).

Advantage and Disadvantage

Sometimes, a character is in a particularly positive or negative situation. This puts the character at advantage or disadvantage when making attack rolls, ability checks, or saving throws.

If your character makes a roll with advantage, roll two d20s and only use the highest number rolled.

If your character makes a roll with disadvantage, roll two d20s and only use the lowest of the two numbers.

Advantage and disadvantage do not stack and cancel each other out. So, if two abilties give you advantage, you still only roll two d20s. If you have both advantage and disadvantage, only roll one d20.

Advantage and disadvantage never apply to damage rolls.


Combat takes place in a series of rounds. Each combatant gets one turn in each round.

Roll Initiative

For each creature in the combat, roll 1d20 and add the character's Dexterity modifier. This is the creature's initiative for this combat; the creature with the highest initiative takes its turn first, followed by the creature with the next highest initiative, etc.

If two creatures have the same initiative, they can choose which goes first, or roll for it. In the latter case, the roll only determines which goes before the other; it is not a new initiative roll.

The Surprise Round

If one group attacks an enemy group that is unaware of the first group's presence, the first group gets a surprise round. Begin combat as usual, rolling initiative and proceeding through combat, but for the first round, the surprised creatures can do nothing on their turns except make reactions. After the surprise round, combat continues as normal.

Actions in Combat

Each creature in combat can do the following during its turn:

  • One primary action
    • Attack — Make one melee or ranged attack
    • Dash — Move up to 30 feet (in addition to your regular movement below)
    • Disengage — Your movement does not provoke opportunity attacks for the rest of your turn
    • Dodge — Until the start of your next turn, any attack against you is made with disadvantage (if you can see the attacker) and you make Dexterity saving throws with advantage
    • Heal — Touch one dying creature; it is now stabilized (see Dying and Death below)
    • Help — Choose one creature you can see; it gains advantage on its next ability check before the start of your next turn
    • Hide — Make a Dexterity check to hide
    • Ready — Choose an action (such as an attack), and a trigger for that action. Until the start of your next turn, when that trigger occurs, you can take that action
    • Recall Lore — Make an Intelligence check to recall useful information about a creature or environment
    • Search — Investigate your environment for clues and/or hidden items
    • Use an Object — Interact with an object that requires some attention, such as opening a chest or disarming a trap
  • One movement, in which you can move up to your speed (see Movement During Combat, below)
  • One bonus action, only if made available by a rule (as in two-weapon fighting)
  • One reaction, only if made available by a rule (as in opportunity attacks)
  • One minor activity, such as opening an unlocked door, picking up a rock, or calling out a brief order


The creature can perform these actions in any order it chooses. Movement is the only activity that can be split up, so you could choose to move 10 feet, perform an attack action, then move another 20 feet.

Making an Attack

You can make a melee attack against any creature within 5 feet of your character. To do so, roll a d20 and add your melee attack modifier (Strength modifier + Proficiency bonus). Apply advantage or disadvantage if necessary.

You can make a ranged attack against any creature within the range of your ranged weapon. Each ranged weapon has two ranges: the first is the number of feet within which you can make a normal ranged attack; you have disadvantage if attacking within the second range. You cannot attack outside of the second range.

To make a ranged attack, roll a d20 and add your ranged attack modifier (Dexterity modifier + Proficency bonus). Apply advantage or disadvantage if necessary.

If the result is equal to or greater than the enemy's Armor Class, the attack hits.

Critical Hits And Fails

When making an attack, if the die rolls 20, you score a critical hit. In this case, the attack automatically hits (no matter the target's Armor Class), and roll twice as many damage dice as you normally would. So, if you score a critical hit with a handaxe, instead of rolling 1d6, roll 2d6.

When making an attack, if the die rolls 1, you score a critical failure and the attack automatically misses.

Taking Damage

If an attack hits, roll the weapon's damage die, and add your Strength modifier if attacking at melee, or add your Dexterity modifier if attacking at range. Reduce the target creature's Hit Points by the amount of damage. If the creature falls to 0 Hit Points or fewer, it is dying. (However, most GMs kill non-PCs outright at 0 or fewer Hit Points.)

Dying and Death

A creature reduced to 0 or fewer Hit Points is dying. A creature reduced to as many Hit Points below 0 as the character's Hit Point maximum dies outright.

A dying creature can only make a death saving throw on its turn; no other action, movement, or activity. There are no modifiers to this roll.

Roll Result
20 Creature stabilizes.
10-19 Mark 1 success.
2-9 Mark 1 failure.
1 Mark 2 failures.

On the 3rd failure, the creature dies. On the 3rd success, the creature stabilizes.

A stabilized creature is unconscious, has 0 Hit Points, and does not roll death saving throws.

Successes and failures reset as soon as a dying creature regains consciousness.

Any creature can make a Wisdom ability check to touch a dying creature and stabilize it, and succeeds if they roll more than the amount of the creature's negative Hit Points (maximum 15). So, if a creature is at -7 HP, another creature must make a Wisdom check of 7 or higher. For a creature at -15 HP or below, the target is always 15.

Movement During Combat

You can move up to 30 feet during your turn. You can split up your movement in 5-foot increments, so you can (for example) move 5 feet, attack a creature, move 25 feet, and pick up an object.

Opportunity Attacks

An opportunity attack is made when one creature attempts to escape or act in such a way that opens itself up to attack by a nearby enemy.

Opportunity attacks are provoked if two creatures are within 5 feet of each other and one of them either moves away from the other creature or makes a ranged attack against any creature.

The creature not acting can use its reaction to make one free melee attack against the acting creature. Because it's using its reaction, a creature can make only one opportunity attack per round.

Two-Weapon Fighting

If you hold a light melee weapon in each hand, you can attack with them both. Choose which weapon you're using as your primary weapon, and which as your secondary weapon. You can attack with your secondary weapon by using your bonus action, and you don't add your Strength ability modifier to the damage on that attack.


If your character spends at least one hour performing no strenuous activity—this means no fighting, no bargaining, and otherwise no activity that would invoke a die roll—the character has just completed a Short Rest. If your character sleeps for at least 8 hours, he or she has just completed a Long Rest.

After a Short Rest, the character can use Hit Dice to regain lost Hit Points. You can roll as many Hit Dice as you want during one Short Rest, but each die you roll is no longer available to you until your character completes a Long Rest. When you roll Hit Dice, regain a number of Hit Points equal to the total rolled on all the Hit Dice you rolled.

When you complete a Long Rest, you regain all your lost Hit Points, and you regain up to half your total number of rolled Hit Dice. So, if you have 2 Hit Dice and roll both, after a Long Rest you regain 1 Hit Die.


Leveling Up

At the end of each adventure, your character's abilities improve. Increase the character's level by 1, and improve your character as described in the chart below.

Level Effect
1 Character creation
2 Add 1 Hit Die
3 Increase 1 ability score by +1
4 Add 1 Hit Die
5 Increase proficiency bonus by +1
6 Add 1 Hit Die
7 Increase 1 ability score by +1
8 Add 1 Hit Die
9 Increase proficiency bonus by +1
... ...



A creature can be affected by any of the following conditions, possibly even several conditions at once.

  • A blinded creature can't see, and fails any ability check involving sight. A blinded creature has disadvantage on its attack rolls, and attacks against it are made with advantage.
  • A charmed creature won't attempt to harm the creature that charmed it. The creature that charmed it has advantage on any social ability check involving the charmed creature.
  • A defeaned creature can't hear, and fails any ability check involving hearing.
  • A frightened creature has disadvantage on attack rolls and ability checks while it can see the source of its fear. The frightened creature won't willingly move closer to the source of its fear.
  • A grappled creature has a movement of 0. The grapple ends if the grappled creature falls unconscious, or if the grappled creature makes a successful Strength or Dexterity check against the grappling creature's Strength check. The grappling creature can drag its grappled creature at half speed.
  • An incapacitated creature can't take actions (it can move, though).
  • An invisible creature cannot be seen (but can be heard, smelled, etc.). An invisible creature has advantage on its attack rolls, and attacks against it are made with disadvantage.
  • A paralyzed creature is incapacitated and can neither move nor speak. The paralyzed creature fails Dexterity- and Strength-based saving throws, attacks against it have advantage, and any melee attack against it is an automatic critical hit.
  • A poisoned creature takes disadvantage on ability checks and attack rolls.
  • A prone creature can crawl at half speed, or use half its speed to stand up. A prone creature takes disadvantage on attack rolls; melee attacks against it have advantage, and ranged attacks against it have disadvantage.
  • A restrained creature has a movement of 0. The creature attacks and makes Dexterity checks with disadvantage, and attacks against it are made with advantage.
  • A stunned creature is incapacitated, can't move, and can barely speak. It fails Strength and Dexterity saving throws, and attacks against it are made with advantage.
  • An unconscious creature is incapacitated, can't move, can't speak, and is not aware of its surroundings. It drops whatever it's holding, falls prone, and fails Strength and Dexterity saving throws. Attacks against it have advantage, and any melee attack against it is an automatic critical hit.


Sample Monsters

Following are a few sample monsters. Many more are available online and in the Dungeons & DragonsTM 5th Edition Monster Manual.


Medium humanoid, unaligned

  • Armor Class 11
  • Hit Points 15 (2d10 + 5)
  • Speed 30ft.

14 (+2) 12 (+1) 14 (+2) 5 (-3) 7 (-2) 9 (-1)

  • Senses passive Perception 13
  • Languages none
  • Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)

Pained Frenzy. If the caveman has less than 5 Hit Points and is hit by a melee attack, it takes a free attack against the creature that hit it as its reaction.


Club. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) bludgeoning damage.

Stone. Ranged Weapon Attack: +2 to hit, ranged 40/120, one target. Hit: 3 (1d4 + 1) bludgeoning damage.


Medium beast, unaligned

  • Armor Class 13
  • Hit Points 10 (1d10 + 5)
  • Speed 40ft.

12 (+1) 15 (+3) 6 (-2) 12 (+1) 16 (+3) 4 (-3)

  • Senses passive Perception 13
  • Languages none
  • Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)


Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d6 + 1) piercing damage.

Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage.



Stone Age Culture

You're free to come up with your own culture, of course, but here are a few ideas for the structure of a stone age culture. To be clear, these are not accurate representations of any stone age culture; they're just ideas to get you started.


Intelligent beings organize themselves into tribes. Some tribes are large enough to build a full settlement that functions as a simple village. These settlements will have up to a dozen mud or wood buildings, possibly surrounded by a stick fence. Other large tribes live in temporary housing that they move from one hunting ground to the next. Smaller tribes live in caves or other natural shelter.

Some tribes have conquered others and established (tiny) empires spanning a dozen or more settlements.

Many settlements and "empires" have established trade between them, with (for example) coastal villages trading fish and salt for meat and fruit from inland tribes.


Each tribe has its own religious rites and worships gods that vary from region to region. Neighboring tribes might worship similar gods, but the farther you travel, the more different the gods become.

There are three common theologies:

  1. Worship of a pantheon of named, distinct gods, each with power over a certain domain
  2. Worship of a large variety of gods, some named and some unknown
  3. Worship of a vast variety of natural spirits and gods; each tree might have its own

Most tribes mark out a sacred space within their settlement, often with a circle of unusually-colored stones. This sacred space might contain offerings, an altar, sacred objects, or some combination thereof.

In the wild, hunters and some tribes mark off remarkable natural phenomena as sacred, either with stones or by tying ropes to nearby trees to "rope off" the sacred area. Special ceremonies are sometimes performed at these places to worship, placate, or offer sacrifices to the god(s) who live there.

Few tribes practice regular human sacrifices; there aren't enough people to support it (though a human sacrifice may be called for in rare circumstances). Animal sacrifices are common and crop sacrifices ubiquitous.

Nearly all tribes of more than a dozen or so contain one shaman-like member. This individual is often more scientist than cleric, observing natural phenomena for patterns and reacting with an appropriate ritual or offering.

To build a tribe's religious practices, define the following:

  • 3 popular gods or spirits
  • How the gods or spirits are prayed to (falling to knees, clapping hands, swaying, bowing, whispered prayers, loud requests, drawing on the ground, etc.)
  • The most common rite of worship (nightly prayer, morning ritual, weekly burnt offering, dance, etc.)
  • A major festival and what makes it special

Petitioning the Gods or Spirits

An individual may, very rarely, go through a public rite to petition a god or spirit for a favor, such as insight into a major crisis or a cure from a crippling disease.

As part of the rite, the god or spirit will take something very precious from the petitioning character. The character might consciously sacrifice a particular item or person, or may let the god or spirit choose. If the character has nothing precious, the god or spirit will simply not respond.


Gritty 5E: The Short List

If you're already familiar with Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, this page is a "cheat sheet" for adapting 5E for gritty fantasy.

Character Creation

  1. Roll for the six standard ability scores (4d6, drop lowest) or do point-buy, and calculate modifiers.
  2. Give the character a proficiency modifier of +1.
  3. Choose one saving throw for which the character adds his/her proficiency bonus.
  4. Every character starts with a 1d8 Hit Die. Roll for Hit Points, adding 4 (so, 1d8+4 starting HP).
  5. Calculate passive Perception (10 + Wisdom modifier).
  6. Choose one simple melee or ranged weapon and calculate attack and damage as in standard 5E.
  7. Choose any one armor that costs less than 50 gold and calculate AC as in standard 5E.

Every character has a speed of 30 and proficiency with simple weapons and light armor. There are no classes, races, skills, feats, or spells. This is all that makes up a character.

Running the Game

You should be able to use the rest of the 5E rules as they are: advantage/disadvantage, short rest healing with Hit Dice, cover, grappling, etc. They won't be particularly gritty, but they'll work.

Leveling Up

"Level up" at the end of each adventure, as follows:

Level Effect
1 Character creation
2 Add 1 Hit Die
3 Increase 1 ability score by +1
4 Add 1 Hit Die
5 Increase proficiency bonus by +1
6 Add 1 Hit Die
7 Increase 1 ability score by +1
8 Add 1 Hit Die
9 Increase proficiency bonus by +1
... ...

Hit Points will increase at roughly half the rate of standard 5E, to reflect the grittiness of the setting.


For a Stone Age setting, the only equipment available is as follows. Bronze Age settings have all equipment available.

Stone Age Adventuring Gear

Item Cost Weight
  Arrows (20) 1 gp 1 lb.
  Sling bullets (20) 4 cp 1½ lb.
Bedroll 100 cp 7 lb.
Blanket 50 cp 3 lb.
Fishing tackle 100 cp 4 lb.
Grappling hook 200 cp 4 lb.
Hammer 100 cp 3 lb.
Hunting trap 500 cp 25 lb.
Pole (10-foot) 1 cp 7 lb.
Pot, iron 200 cp 10 lb.
Pouch 50 cp 1 lb.
Quiver 100 cp 1 lb.
Rations (1 day) 50 cp 2 lb.
Rope (50 feet) 100 cp 10 lb.
Sack 1 cp 1/2 lb.
Torch 1 cp 1 lb.
Waterskin 20 cp 5 lb. (full)
Whetstone 1 cp 1 lb.



This game completely throws off 5E monster math, naturally, but then you're not going to be using the same kinds of monsters anyway. After first level, keep monsters at about half the standard difficulty.

Following is a list of monsters appropriate to a bronze age setting. "Real creatures" are actual, real-world animals or people, like wolves and pantehrs. "Grounded Monsters" are just different enough than real animals that they could have existed in our world, like dire wolves and giant rats. "Fantastic monsters" are pulled from classic myth, and thus could be just around the bend; creatures you might meet once in a lifetime in a fairy tale, like hags and harpies.

Real Creatures

Monster CR Reference
Ape 1/2 MM p317
Archer 3 Volo's p210
Auroch 2 Volo's p207
Axe Beak 1/4 MM p317
Baboon 0 MM p318
Bat 0 MM p318
Bear 1/2 to 1 MM pp318-319
Boar 1/4 MM p319
Camel 1/8 MM p320
Champion 9 Volo's p212
Constrictor 1/4 MM p320
Crocodile 1/2 MM p320
Deer 0 MM p321
Dinosaur 1/4 to 8 MM p79
Draft Horse 1/4 MM p321
Eagle 0 MM p322
Elephant 4 MM p322
Elk 1/4 MM p322
Hawk 1/4 MM p330
Hyena 0 MM p331
Jackal 0 MM p331
Killer Whale 3 MM p331
Lion 1 MM p331
Mammoth 6 MM p332
Mule 1/8 MM p333
Octopus 0 MM p333
Owl 0 MM p333
Panther 1/4 MM p333
Poisonous Snake 1/8 MM p334
Polar Bear 2 MM p334
Pony 1/8 MM p335

Real Creatures, continued

Monster CR Reference
Reef Shark 1/2 MM p336
Rhinoceros 2 MM p336
Riding Horse 1/4 MM p336
Sabre-Toothed Tiger 2 MM p336
Scorpion 0 MM p337
Spider 0 MM p337
Swarm of Bats 1/4 MM p337
Tiger 1 MM p339
Vulture 0 MM p339
Warlord 12 Volo's p220
Wolf 1/4 MM p341

Grounded Monsters

Monster CR Reference
Blood Hawk 1/8 MM p319
Death Dog 1 MM p321
Dire Wolf 1 MM p321
Fungi 0 to 1/2 MM p137
Giant Badger 1/4 MM p323
Giant Bat 1/4 MM p323
Giant Boar 2 MM p323
Giant Centipede 1/4 MM p323
Giant Constrictor 2 MM p324
Giant Crab 1/8 MM p324
Giant Crocodile 5 MM p324
Giant Eagle 1 MM p324
Giant Elk 2 MM p325
Giant Fire Beetle 0 MM p325
Giant Frog 1/4 MM p325
Giant Hyena 1 MM p326
Giant Lizard 1/4 MM p326
Giant Octopus 1 MM p326
Giant Owl 1/4 MM p327
Giant Snake 1/4 MM p327
Giant Rat 1/8 MM p327
Giant Scorpion 3 MM p327
Giant Sea Horse 1/2 MM p328
Giant Shark 5 MM p328
Giant Spider 1 MM p328
Giant Vulture 1 MM p329
Giant Wasp 1/2 MM p329
Giant Wolf Spider 1/4 MM p330
Hunter Shark 2 MM p330


Grounded Monsters, continued

Monster CR Reference
Swarm of Rot Grubs 1/2 Volo's p208
Winter Wolf 3 MM p340
Yeti 3 MM p305

Fantastic Monsters

Monster CR Reference
Centaur 2 MM p38
Cyclops 6 MM p45
Dryad 1 MM p121
Flying Snake 1/8 MM p322
Fomorian 8 MM p136
Ghost 4 MM p147
Ghoul 1 MM p148
Giant 5 to 13 MM p149
Hag 2 to 5 MM p176
Harpy 1 MM p181
Hydra 8 MM p190
Medusa 6 MM p214
Minotaur 3 MM p223
Ogre 2 MM p237
Roc 11 MM p260
Satyr 1/2 MM p267
Shadow 1/2 MM p269
Stirge 1/8 MM p284
Treant 9 MM p289
Troll 5 MM p291
Vampire 13 MM p295
Will-o'-wisp 2 MM p301
Worg 1/2 MM p341
Wraith 5 MM p302
Zombie 1/4 MM p315




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Open Game License v 1.0a Copyright 2000, Wizards of the Coast, LLC.

Gritty Fantasy Copyright 2017, Brent P. Newhall.



This is version 1.1 of these rules.

  • Version 1.1 added rules for petitioning gods or spirits, and added the Open Gaming License.
  • Version 1.0 was the first release of these rules.


This game adaptation was written by Brent P. Newhall in Homebrewery. Email Brent with feedback at

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