Lyall Callum Gloomstalker

Fan art of a gloomstalker, by Callum Lyall.[art 1]

The gloomstalker is a race of flying monsters created by Matthew Mercer.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

"Black as night against the gray sky. From this distance, you make out no details in their bodies. It's almost like a moving shadow above you. Wherever light would hit to give you some sense of structure, it's just absence, void. It's just a flying shadow."[1]

"It is billowing black shadow like smoke off of it. You can see glimpses of some sort of physical form in there, but it's so blurry, it's almost like it's phasing between physical matter and dream. You're not sure what it's made from, but you can see what looks to be an elongated neck, some sort of snapping jaw at the end, and two bright, greenish-yellow glowing beacons like eyes at the front of its face. Its wings don't have skin or flesh, it's just dark smoke, and as it flaps, it leaves these trails, these curling bits like black, black, black smoke. ... It's wyvern-sized. It's maybe 20 feet from wingtip to wingtip."[2]

Behavior Edit

The gloomstalkers were intelligent enough to coordinate an air patrol above Thar Amphala. They were able to communicate with one another and obey commands given via Dominate Monster.

One of the gloomstalkers encountered by Vox Machina showed evidence of being able to dispel an illusion of a little girl, produced by Scanlan. However, the gloomstalker was not intelligent enough to understand why the little girl disappeared when its anti-glamor cone crossed her.[2]


Gloomstalkers are able to fly at a speed of 80 feet per round[3] and they have the ability to to teleport short distances.[4] Gloomstalkers may also be vulnerable to radiant damage.[5]

Encounters Edit

"Thar Amphala" (1x101) Edit

Vox Machina encountered them in the Shadowfell, above the city of Thar Amphala.[1]

"Chases and Trees" (2x65) Edit

The Mighty Nein encountered them in the Barbed Fields on their way towards Bazzoxan. The group inadvertently disturbed a group of gloomstalkers when they were eating an udaak they had just killed.[6]

References Edit

  1. See "Thar Amphala" (1x101).[citation needed]
  2. See "Race to the Tower" (1x102).[citation needed]
  3. See "Chases and Trees" (2x65) at 1:01:00.  Gloomstalkers travels at a speed of 80 feet per round.
  4. See "Beneath Bazzoxan" (2x66) at 0:58:27.  A gloomstalker teleports a short distance.
  5. See "Chases and Trees" (2x65) at 1:04:16.  A gloomstalker takes radiant damage and Matt indicates that it takes more damage than usual.
  6. See "Chases and Trees" (2x65) at 0:52:32.


  1. Fan art of a gloomstalker, by Callum Lyall (source).  Used with permission.
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