The Best D&D Arena Monster

Red Abishai - D&D Arena Monster Favorite.
Red Abishai – Mordenkainen’s
Tome of Foes, pp. 160-162

Perhaps my favorite D&D arena monster to field in the Dungeonsports Coliseum is the Red Abishai. You can find the lore and stat blocks for all Abishai starting on page 160 of Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes. According to the tome, Abishai are former mortals whose souls are tranformed into these fiendish beings as a reward by Tiamat.

Red Abishai are by far the toughest of the Abishai. They have an armor class of 22 and 255 average hit points of. Consequently, they are hard to hit and can take a beating. They get three attacks, and if all three hit you can expect and average of 86 damage per turn. That’s enough even to give a beefy bear totem barbarian pause.

Red Abishai have a +12 to hit, making it very likely they are going to connect with those attacks. They also have a nasty little trick in their fiendish pockets, namely Incite Fanaticism. This action allows the Red Abishai to grant advantage on attacks to up to four of their allies. Especially in an encounter with multiple Red Abishai, where they can give each other advantage, you can count on this ability radically increasing the amount of damage your monsters can dish out.

Being the Best D&D Arena Monster You Can Be

These monsters have never failed to provide the contestants of the Coliseum with a challenge. This is true even for level 20 PCs with epic boons. Secondly, Incite Fanaticism also significantly increases the power of other monsters. Lastly, the players are afraid of them. The Red Abishai’s speed and powerful close combat forces players to pay attention to them, giving other monsters a chance to do their worst. Although I create counter at (sorta) random, it’s great to have these creatures paired with other monsters that can dish out significant ranged damage.

Now, you can come out and see Red Abishai flex their muscle in the Dungeonsports Coliseum on Twitch! Later on, I’ll be posting more articles in this series on the best D&D arena monsters. You’ll find them under the category of “Voivode’s Hotlist”

Coliseum Accountant – Dale Merriweather

Dale Merriwether, Coliseum Accountant

Greetings! I’m Dale Merriweather. I serve as the Dungeonsports Coliseum accountant. Thanks to the goddess, Verasundia, I can assure the Coliseums finances are great. Gold is paid out to our contestants and patrons at lightning speed. I never use my sleep breath to deny payment. Never have and never will. That’s a Dale Merriweather guarantee. Unless we meet in the arena, in which case I might just use my sleep breath on you to keep you from winning.

I usually don’t though, because I prefer setting people on fire. I guess I could put contestants to sleep and then set them on fire. The problem there is it it can take so long to catch my breath after such an attack that I might just not have the chance to complete the combo. So, I’ll just continue to keep it simple.

The Ronald Situation from the Perspective of the Coliseum Accountant

The real reason I asked Voivode to let me post on the old message board is the whole “Ronald Situation”. For those of you unfamiliar, recently I appeared in the arena with my partner, Ronald (life partner, not business partner. Ronald was terrible with numbers). Ronald was killed in the arena. Nobody cares about that, but they do seem to care about the fact that I broke up with him in the seconds before the killing blow landed. I’ve been getting a lot of grief about this, which seems unfair as I’m already grieving Ronald.

It was an act of kindness, folks. Voivode revivifies me every time I fall in the arena because I’m the best godsdamned Coliseum Accountant he’s ever had. I knew he wouldn’t do the same for Ronald. Since we’re not going to be on the same plane of existence anymore, I wanted him to have his options open. Now he can find a new love in the afterlife. Those tears in his eyes before his head exploded were tears of sadness for sure, but not of betrayal.

Now if you all would let me get back to keeping these books. It’s hard to focus on keeping the Coliseum’s accounts straight with all the booing and hissing.

Maybe if come and check out the Dungeonsports Coliseum. You never know when I may make another appearance!

The Dungeonsports Coliseum Complex

The Dungeonsports Coliseum Complex

The Dungeonsports Coliseum complex rides atop the back of an Astral Shieldbeast. Such a rare and splendid being, the Shieldbeast! We only hollowed out part of it to build the Coliseum. Hence, the rest of it is mostly still alive.

This arena, the premier venue for arena combat on this plane or any other, uses it’s position in the Astral Plane, adjacent to all other planes of existence to ensure a steady supply of bizarre monsters and brazen contestants.

The Coliseum Complex also features a broad variety of attractions and amenities, including a lightning rail, a gentlebeings club, ample supplies of fresh water, and rapid transit to most other planes of existence. Whether you want to mix it up with some of the nastiest beings known to anywhere, or just lounge in the Coliseum bath house, the Dungeonsports Coliseum Complex has what you’re looking for.

You’re Invited!

Voivode Kohoutek the master of the coliseum, cordially invites you to come and enjoy a cruise through the stars and sample the ample concessions and comfortable accommodations that the Complex has on offer. Very few centaur contestants have ever been given a stable next to mundane horses as quarters. Why would you expected to be treated any worse?

The answer is, you wouldn’t, because Voivode has standards to maintain or the goddess Verasundia will strip him of every last blessing she ever bestowed upon him. Assuredly, he would never allow that. But all of that is beside the point really. Come on out. Stay in a room with a panoramic view of the Astral Plane. Don’t stare too long, or it will suck the soul right out of your eyes!

No I mean really, it’s good! If you become a contestant, you’ll enjoy all the amenities of the Coliseum. This includes access to magical artifacts from across the planes. Why, just a few days back, the Arena Gnomes sold one of our contestants a Sword of Answering. And at a very reasonable price I might add! Only nine of them in all the planes, and we had one just tucked up on a shelf!

How do you get to the Dungeonsports Coliseum Complex?

Firstly, come and join the spectators in the stands on twitch. From there, you can learn how to make your way from the stands to the sands of the Coliseum!

Undoubtedly, you wonder, “What are the stakes?” Well. we absolutely guarantee gold and fame (fantasy that is, not IRL). In return, all you need to know is that a failed (i.e. dead) contestant’s soul will forever belong to the Coliseum.

Sad Little Girl Kohoutek

Sad Little Girl Kohoutek
Vexia Kohoutek art Courtesy of RuckeySquad

When the coliseum was created, Sad Little Girl was part of the audience provided by Verasundia, the celestial patron who enabled Voivode Kohoutek to construct the Coliseum. Caught in the thrall of the Goddess, and presssed into service as spectators in the coliseum, these beings suffer a harsh life living on the meager concessions available in the Coliseum. Most of the creatures earned the retribution of the goddess. In Sad Little Girls Case, through no fault of her own.

Sad Little Girl distinguished herself as a fan among fans as the primary supporter and heckler of an Elvish contestant name Kotetsu. He was prone to dramatic failures in combat. Oddly enough, the strange mixture of abuse and support from Sad Little Girl often rallied him to victory. They developed a close relationship, but sadly she watched him die in the arena, the victim of a Pit Fiend.

Voivode’s First Adoptive Daughter

Voivode admired the young girls zeal for the contestants of the Coliseum. He moved her from living in the stands with the rest of the riff raff that Verasundia had provided. Voivode gave her a home, a role in the Coliseum, and a surname. Sadly, due to the tendency of PCs not to as for the names of NPCs, Sad Little Girl’s given name remains unknown to this day.

Sad Little Girl Kohoutek as an Arena Master

As an Arena Master, Sad Little Girl Kohoutek spurs the monsters on to greater feats of villainy. Under normal Coliseum rules, downed contestants are no longer targets. But Sad Little Girl is desperate to add the souls of fallen adventurers to her adoptive father’s collection. While she is in charge, monsters are free to finish off fallen champions.

Join us in the Dungeonsports Coliseum, and see the havoc that Sad Little Girl can wreak!