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Medusa Queen

Medium monstrosity
12 (8,400 XP)


Defense note natural armor
Damage immunities poison
Condition immunities poisoned

Speed 9 m.
Senses darkvision 18 m., passive Perception 16
Skills Deception +9, Insight +6, Perception +6, Stealth +8
Languages Common, Elvish

Dashing Strike. If the medusa queen uses its action to Dash, it can use a bonus action to make one melee weapon attack or shove a creature.

Legendary Resistance (3/Day). If the medusa fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.

Magic Resistance. The medusa has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.

Petrifying Gaze. When a creature that can see the medusa’s eyes starts its turn within 18 meters of the medusa, the medusa can force it to make a DC 18 Fortitude saving throw if the medusa isn’t incapacitated and can see the creature. If the saving throw fails by 5 or more, the creature is instantly petrified. Otherwise, a creature that fails the save begins to turn to stone and is restrained. The restrained creature must repeat the saving throw at the end of its next turn, becoming petrified on a failure or ending the effect on a success. The petrification lasts until the creature is freed by the greater restoration spell or other magic.

Unless surprised, a creature can avert its eyes to avoid the saving throw at the start of its turn. If the creature does so, it can’t see the medusa until the start of its next turn, when it can avert its eyes again. If the creature looks at the medusa in the meantime, it must immediately make the save.

If the medusa sees itself reflected on a polished surface within 18 meters of it and in an area of bright light, the medusa is, due to its curse, affected by its own gaze.


Multiattack. The medusa makes either three melee attacks—one with its snake hair and two with its shortsword or dagger—or two ranged attacks with its longbow.

Snake Hair. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 1.5 m., one creature. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) piercing damage plus 28 (8d6) poison damage.

Shortsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 1.5 m. Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) piercing damage.

Dagger. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 1.5 m. or range 4.5/18 m. Hit: 6 (1d4 + 4) piercing damage.

Longbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, range 35/185 m. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 4) piercing damage, plus 14 (4d6) poison damage.

Create Serpents (6). The medusa plucks two of its snake hairs and throws them in an unoccupied space that she can see within 9 meters. The snakes magically grow into Giant Poisonous Snakes which have 44 health.

Legendary Actions

The medusa queen can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The medusa queen regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.

Attack. The medusa makes one attack with its shortsword or longbow.

Flurry of Bites (Costs 3 Actions). The medusa makes an attack with its snake hair against each creature of its choice within range.

Move. The medusa moves up to half its speed.