Thursday, October 14, 2010

Castlevania Monster: Phantom Bat

Here's another Castlevania inspired D&D monster for your Halloween gaming pleasure.  It's the first boss in the original game, and it's appeared in quite a few other CV titles over the years.  It's the Phantom Bat.

Based on the Mobat from the AD&D Monster Manual 2/AD&D 2E Monstrous Compendium, but with a twist.

Phantom Bat  
Armor Class: 2 (18)
Hit Dice: 6
Move: Fly 150 (50)
Attacks: 1 bite
Damage: 2d4
No. Appearing: 1-8 (1-8)
Save As: Fighter 6
Morale: 8
Treasure Type: C
Alignment: Chaotic
XP: 275
Phantom Bats are giant semi-intelligent bats with a 15' wing span.  Despite their size, they are agile fliers, using their natural sonar and speed to fly fast and avoid obstacles and attacks.  If caught in cramped conditions where they may not fly, a Phantom Bat is considered AC 7 (13).  Phantom Bats often swoop to attack.  Instead of biting, they ram opponents on a swoop, inflicting 4d4 damage and requiring the target to Save vs. Paralysis or be stunned for one round.  Because of their silent flight and ability to navigate in pitch darkness by sonar, they surprise on a 1-3 on d6.
Phantom Bats have one more special ability.  Once per Turn, they may Screech.  All those within 20' of the Phantom Bat must Save vs. Paralysis or cover their ears in pain, being unable to attack for 1d4 Rounds.


  1. Nice job. I like the idea of mining Castlevania for idea; it suffices to say my players are in for a few surprises this weekend.

  2. When will we see Medusa Heads? ;)

  3. I don't think I ever actually played Castlevania. Maybe I missed out.

  4. You did indeed miss out. One of the most consistently fun series of games ever to make it onto your TV.

  5. Medusa heads are coming, sometime soon.

    Grumpy--if you've got the time, download a NES emulator and some ROMs and give the original 3 CV games a whirl. They are a lot of fun.