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AC 12

HP 31 (7d8; bloodied 15)

Speed 30 ft.

Proficiency +2; Maneuver DC 12

Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing

Damage Immunities poison

Condition Immunities charmed , fatigue , frightened , paralyzed , petrified , poisoned

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10

Languages understands the languages of its creator but can’t speak

False Appearance. While motionless, the scarecrow is indistinguishable from an ordinary scarecrow.

Flammable. After taking fire damage, the scarecrow catches fire and takes 5 (1d10) ongoing fire damage if it isn’t already suffering ongoing fire damage. A creature can spend an action to extinguish this fire. 

Local Spirit. The scarecrow is destroyed if it travels more than a mile from the place it was created.

Spell-created. The DC for dispel magic to destroy this creature is 19.


Multiattack. The scarecrow uses Scare and makes two slam attacks.

Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) bludgeoning damage.

Scare. Each creature of the scarecrow’s choice within 30 feet that can see the scarecrow makes a DC 12 Wisdom saving throw . On a failure, it is magically frightened for 1 minute. It repeats the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. If a creature’s saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, it is immune to Scare for 24 hours.

Hat of Illusion (1/Day). While wearing a hat or other head covering, the scarecrow takes on the illusory appearance of the last living humanoid to wear that hat. It requires a DC 12 Insight or Perception check to recognize the illusion. The illusion ends when the scarecrow is touched, takes damage, attacks, or uses Scare, or when the scarecrow chooses to end it as a bonus action.


The scarecrow uses Scare and then slams a target, preferably a frightened one. Most scarecrows guard a particular person or place and don’t chase a fleeing enemy.

Legends and Lore

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

DC 10 Spellcasters create scarecrows to guard the entrances to their homes. Made of rags and straw, scarecrows are particularly susceptible to fire.

DC 15 Though terrifying, scarecrows fall to pieces if the magic that animates them is dispelled. The spirit of a dead humanoid inhabits each scarecrow; banishing this spirit also destroys the scarecrow.

DC 20 While wearing a hat or other head covering, a scarecrow can take on the appearance of the last person to wear that hat.


Whereas mundane scarecrows warn against trespassing, magical scarecrows punish those who ignore that warning. Made of tattered clothes stuffed with hay, scarecrows are constructs  spellcasters employ as guards. Their eyes burn with sinister light as they chase interlopers through dark fields and down abandoned roads.

Eerie Effigy. A scarecrow is animated by the echo of a malign spirit. A sense of dread surrounds it. Although scarecrows don’t  express emotion and have no wills of their own, they seem to enjoy causing suffering and fear: their eyes flash bright and their shambling gait increases whenever mayhem is in the offing.

Short-Lived Sentinel. Scarecrows are easier to create than other constructs but far less durable, falling to pieces no more than a year after their creation. A scarecrow isn’t a valuable servant designed to guard a tomb or hidden sanctum for decades. Rather, it’s left to stand outside in all weather, acting as the first line of defense against those who would invade a spellcaster’s privacy.

Uncanny Copy. A scarecrow can sometimes assume the appearance of a creature made of flesh and blood. Its boneless gait and silent, inexpressive face, however, make the illusion convincing only from a distance. Once its disguise is penetrated, the eyes of its sackcloth face glow like coals as it lumbers towards terrified onlookers.


1 Motionless; attacks only if you approach something it’s guarding

2 Its head turns to watch you; attacks if you get within 5 feet

3 Disguised as a humanoid; silently tries to lead you to its master

4 Performing a horrid boneless dance

5 Motionless, but changes its position when you’re not watching; attacks if approached

6 Guarding in disguised form; attacks trespassers


Scarecrows are usually created by spellcasters in temperate environments. Snowmen and sandlings are more common in extreme environments.

CR 0–2 1 or 2 scarecrows , sandlings , or snowman ; scarecrow with awakened shrub or swarm of ravens

CR 3–4 3 or 4 scarecrows , sandlings , or snowman

CR 5–10 scarecrow harvester ; scarecrow harvester riding nightmare , skeletal warhorse , or broom of flying

Treasure broom of flying or horseshoes of a zephyr

Monster Type Description

Constructs are beings that were built or made. Some are mindless machines, while others have some form of intelligence. Guardians are constructs.