D&D Random Encounters for 5E - Forest

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 woodlands are full of life, with greenery and beasts at every step. It is home to feral druids, cavorting fey, beast hunters and primordial creatures best left alone.

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A gang of crooks

2 Kenku (Monster Manual p.194)
2 Bandits

At a patch of brambles surrounded by dirt (there is bright sunshine)
They are covered in fungi
In a fight they use ranged attacks on the nearest foe
Possibly... they have a Cloak of Protection
Difficulty... 300 Hard

At a swift brook surrounded by moss (there is a pile of furs)
They are fleeing a fire
In a fight they quickly retreat and try attacking again from ambush
Possibly... they have an Elemental Gem - earth
Difficulty... 450 Deadly

At a patch of discoloured heath by a thorns (there are recent tracks of a satyr nearby)
They are harassed by a forest spirit
In a fight they run away if things start going badly
Difficulty... 437.5 Deadly


A group of fey

1 Faerie Dragon (red/orange/yellow) (Monster Manual p.133)
1 Sprite
1 Blink Dog
1 Pixie (Monster Manual p.253)

At a deep pool surrounded by moss (close by is a large sculpture made of webs)
They are making something in the trees
In a fight they focus on the foe that stands out most
Difficulty... 700 Deadly


A cauldron (group) of bats

2 Giant Bats
3 Bats
1 Swarm of Bats

At a several hanging vines that can be used to swing over a pit (there is a flowery smell covering the area)
They are injured in some way (reduced speed)
In a fight they run away as fast as they can if things go badly
Possibly... during the fight a beast comes to investigate
Difficulty... 360 Hard