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AC 17 (natural armor)

HP 157 (15d10 + 75; bloodied 78)

Speed 40 ft.

Proficiency +4; Maneuver DC 17

Saving Throws Str +9, Con +9, Wis +8, Cha +8

Skills Deception +8, Stealth +7

Damage Resistances cold, fire, lightning; damage from nonmagical weapons

Damage Immunities poison

Condition Immunities poisoned

Senses truesight 120 ft., passive Perception 14

Languages Abyssal, telepathy 120 ft.

Chaotic Evil. The glabrezu radiates a Chaotic and Evil aura. 

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


Multiattack. The glabrezu makes two pincer attacks.

Pincer. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 16 (2d10 + 5) bludgeoning damage. If the target is a Medium or smaller creature, it is grappled (escape DC 17). The glabrezu has two pincers, each of which can grapple one target. While grappling a target, a pincer can’t attack a different target. If the same creature is grappled by both of the glabrezu’s pincers, it must escape from each of them separately.

Wish. Once per 30 days, the glabrezu can cast wish for a mortal, using no material components. Before doing so, it will demand that the mortal commit a terribly evil act or make a painful sacrifice.


Fists. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d4 + 5) bludgeoning damage.

Rend. If grappling the same target with both pincers, the glabrezu rips at the target, ending both grapples and dealing 27 (4d10 + 5) slashing damage. If this damage reduces a creature to 0 hit points, it dies and is torn in half.

Darkness. Magical darkness spreads from a point within 30 feet, filling a 15-foot-radius sphere and spreading around corners. It remains for 1 minute, until the glabrezu dismisses it, or until the glabrezu uses this ability again. A creature with darkvision can’t see through this darkness, and nonmagical light can’t illuminate it.

Confusion (1/Day). The glabrezu targets up to three creatures within 90 feet. Each target makes a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw , becoming confused for 1 minute on a failure. A target repeats this saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.


The glabrezu opens combat with two pincer attacks on the same target. It uses Rend whenever it can. It uses Confusion to disrupt ranged attackers. When surrounded by melee attackers, it uses Darkness, relying on its truesight to fight at an advantage. The glabrezu fights until it believes it has no chance of victory, and then offers treasure and favors in exchange for a cease fire.

Demon Names

Abigor, Aborag, Agoraxas, Algalar, Ana-Sepiya, Arcanax, Argenthrixus, Ashban, Brezremith, Caim, Carn, Carnifex, Gall, Hacari, Ignax, Ildramath, Iritra, Lachirax, Maggoth, Malfias, Milviash, Moloth, Morza, Namazeu, Razortail, Sarzan, Serechor, Suroth, Tehezu, Uzuzzu, Velavis, Velgizich, Wreak, Zugor, Zuthis

Legends and Lore

With an Arcana or Religion check, characters can learn the following:

DC 10 Demons are fiends spawned from the Abyss. They are creatures of pure chaos: even the most intelligent demon can’t be reasoned with.

DC 15 Poison can’t adversely affect a demon’s alien physiology. They shrug off much of the damage caused by cold, fire, lightning, and mundane weapons.

DC 20 The most powerful demons are even more resilient. They entirely ignore the effects of many magic spells.


Demons rarely bargain with mortals, but glabrezus are the exception to this rule. They tempt mortals into committing acts of depravity by promising to grant them wishes. A glabrezu’s primary arms end in massive pincers, while a second set of human-sized arms grow from its stomach. To conceal its terrifying appearance, a glabrezu will sometimes contact potential bargainers via telepathy, revealing its demonic origins only once the mortal is fully at its mercy.


1–3 Committing acts of mindless destruction (setting a fire, uprooting trees, defiling a holy site)

4 Trapped in an abandoned summoning circle

5 Pacing the far side of a magic mirror or planar gate, waiting to be released

6 Mangling the corpse of a recent kill

7 Guarding or patrolling, under the control of a summoner

8 Using napkins and rusted cutlery to dine on humanoid corpses

9 Drawn to you by the secret holy or unholy power of one of your magic items

10 if you let it live, it promises to harm one of your enemies


1 Pained screams accompanied by guttural laughter

2 Residual negative emotions (envy, paranoia, rage) subtly influence the area’s inhabitants

3 Horribly misshapen animals, born with extra legs, eyes, or heads

4 The remains of another monster, torn limb from limb

5 A human corpse; its face is frozen in an expression of horror

6 Clawed footprints


Demons are native to the Abyss but can threaten any part of the world if summoned or by bursting through poorly-sealed arcane gates.

CR 0–2 1d4 dretches ; quasit

CR 3–4 horde demon ; shadow demon ; quasit with 1 to 3 death dogs

CR 5–10 glabrezu ; hezrou ; vrock ; 2 or 3 horde demons ; 2 shadow demons ; shadow demon with 1d4 shadows

Treasure 1 warhammer (named Night Terror; its wielder is rattled while in darkness )

CR 11–16 horde demon band ; marilith ; nalfeshnee ; glabrezu with 1 or 2 horde demons ; hezrou with 1d6 + 2 ghouls ; 3 or 4 shadow demons

Treasure 2 scimitar (named Wrath; intelligent, Lawful Evil, with Intelligence, Wisdom and Charisma scores of 12)

CR 17–22 balor ; 2 glabrezu ; 3 vrocks ; horde demon band with cambion , hezrou , or vrock

Treasure gold demon idol (7,500 gp), 2 bottles containing invisible wine that act as potions of invisibility , spell scrolls of contact other plane and dominate person , demon armor

CR 23–30 balor general ; balor or marilith with horde demon band ; marilith with 2 spirit nagas

Treasure massive ruby (25,000 gp) that contains a soul trapped by the magic jar spell, spell scrolls of magic jar and plane shift , 3 arrows of slaying (celestials) , 2 longsword   (named Storm Claw; its wielder can cast lightning bolt with no components once per long rest, saving throw DC 18)

CR 31+ balor general with horde demon band , marilith , or nalfeshnee ; balor with 1d4 + 1 vrocks ; marilith with 3 or 4 hezrous

Treasure gemmed black iron war horn (25,000 gp), gemmed dragonbone crown (25,000 gp), 4 elemental gems (water) , Ioun stone of leadership , vorpal sword

Monster Type Description

Fiends are evil-aligned creatures from Hell, the Abyss, and other cursed realms. Most fiends are demons and devils, each of which have their own subtypes and hierarchies. Some fiends, such as hell hounds , are neither demons nor devils.