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AC 13 (natural armor)

HP 68 (8d10 + 24; bloodied 34)

Speed 60 ft., fly 90 ft.

Proficiency +2; Maneuver DC 14

Damage Immunities fire

Senses passive Perception 11

Languages understands Abyssal, Common, and Infernal but can’t speak

Evil. The nightmare radiates an Evil aura. 

Fiery Hooves. The nightmare sheds bright light in a 10-foot radius and dim light for an additional 10 feet. The nightmare leaves charred hoofprints.

Fire Resistance. The nightmare can grant fire resistance to a rider.


Hooves. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) bludgeoning damage plus 7 (2d6) fire damage. If the horse moves at least 20 feet straight towards the target before the attack, the target makes a DC 14 Strength saving throw , falling prone on a failure. The nightmare can move through the space of a prone creature as long as it does not end its turn there.

Ethereal Shift (Recharge 5-6). The nightmare and a rider magically pass from the Ethereal Plane to the Material Plane or vice versa.


The nightmare charges foes, battering them with its hooves and galloping over them.

Legends and Lore

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

DC 10 Though superficially similar to horses, nightmares are actually fiends. They serve as mounts to evil creatures such as demons, devils, and intelligent undead.

DC 15 Nightmares are impervious to fire and confer a measure of this protection to their riders.

DC 20 Nightmares gallop through the air as easily as they cross the ground. They can even travel back and forth between the Material and Ethereal Plane.


A monstrous horse of shadow and flame rears back on its hind legs. It makes a sound like a chorus of a thousand shrieking souls, then disappears in a swirl of smoke and brimstone.

Hellish Origins. For eons, the nightmare has served as a mount for the vilest of creatures. Demons, devils, vampires, and other dread beings favor the nightmare for its intelligence and viciousness. Never fully tamed, nightmares require frequent feedings, a demand their evil riders meet by providing them a steady supply of living victims.

Vile Transformation. A nightmare is not born: it is made when a pegasus’s wings are removed in a painful, twisted ritual. What remains is a shadow of the former creature, distorted and corrupted by evil.


1 Attacks on sight

2 Gallops off to summon allies

3 Chasing down a panicked humanoid

4 Seeks a new rider

5 Waiting for its master to return

6 Fighting a unicorn or pegasus


1–2 Charred hoofprints

3 Uncontrolled wildfire

4 The charred remains of a humanoid

5 The sound of galloping in the distance

6 A streak of fire across the sky


Nightmares are rarely encountered without a rider, except in Hell, the Abyss, or on the Ethereal Plane.

CR 3–4 nightmare

CR 5–10 fell nightmare ; 2 or 3 nightmares ; nightmare leading 1d8 + 4 skeletal warhorses

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.