D&D Random Encounters for 5E

Encounters might be a meeting with a patrol of guards at an old shrine or a familiar looking for aid. It might be an ambush in the wilderness, a stand-off in the city or a monster in the Underdark.

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A pack of rats

3 Giant Rats
2 Rats

At an overgrown canal (the area is cursed ground)
They are are partway through a journey or migration
In a fight they retreat when half their number have fallen
Possibly... they have a vial of wyvern poison
Difficulty... 190 Easy

At a muddy waterfall (the area is desecrated ground)
They are fleeing a nearby disaster
In a fight they attack whoever is causing them the most pain
Difficulty... 100 Easy


A group of blights

5 Twig Blights (Monster Manual p.32)
1 Vine Blight (Monster Manual p.32)

At an isolated monastery (it is protected by a beast spirit)
They are investigating an item - length of rope
In a fight they all attack the same foe
Possibly... they have
Difficulty... 450 Deadly

At an old campsite. There is a smouldering campfire with a patch of black mushrooms (close by is a shrine to a power of healing)
They are playing with a pet
In a fight they try to capture the most dangerous warrior
Possibly... they have Pearl of Power
Difficulty... 200 Medium

At an edge of a muddy lake (there is smoke from a fire)
They are searching the area for a companion
In a fight they attack whoever is largest
Difficulty... 700 Deadly