D&D Random Encounters for 5E - Desert

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.
The desert conjures images of sun-blasted wastes, stark canyons and sandy ridges. Encounters may take place at a well-guarded oasis, a lonely mesa, among half buried ruins or in the bed of a dried up river.

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1 Berserker named Carlin "Jangle" Reese (gnome)

At a wooden path leading up a cliff (by an area of stunted trees)
They are making sand sculptures
In a fight they prefer to capture their foes
Possibly... they have a Spell Scroll of control weather
Difficulty... 450 Deadly


A group of warriors

2 Guards
4 Bandits

At a statue and a desolate shrine to a power of community (close by is an area of dirt)
They are playing in sand
In a fight they work together to focus on larger foes
Possibly... they have leatherworker's tools
Difficulty... 300 Hard


A group of spiders

3 Giant Wolf Spiders
1 Giant Spider

At a shady oasis (the area is associated with the Feywild)
They are playing with an item - saddle or a bone flute
In a fight they single out the largest foe
Possibly... they have a Sword of Vengeance (cursed)
Difficulty... 700 Deadly


2 Thri-kreen (Monster Manual p.288)

At a mound of sand and an ancient well (close to an area of hardy cacti)
They are playing in sand
In a fight they attempt to use the terrain to attack with stealth
Possibly... they have a Poisoner's kit
Difficulty... 600.0 Deadly


2 Half-Ogres (Monster Manual p.238)

At an ancient ornate tomb (close by is a beast pen holding mules)
They are making stone sculptures
In a fight they focus on larger foes
Possibly... they have a Decanter of Endless Water
Difficulty... 600.0 Deadly