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Ropers are monstrosities. They are ambush hunters, taking the appearance of a stalagmite while waiting for their prey to get close.

Appearance[]

Fjord against the Roper - Tyrone Andersen

Fan art of Fjord versus a roper, by Erin Andersen.[art 2]

While waiting for prey, ropers are indistinguishable from a regular stalagmite. When in combat, they reveal their tendrils and their fang-filled mouths.

Abilities[]

While they remain still, ropers are indistinguishable from a stalagmite or similar cave formation. They are very slow-moving, but they can climb on walls and ceilings.

When their prey gets close, ropers lash out with several tendrils and try to grapple and restrain creatures so as to reel them in toward their mouths for a powerful bite attack.

Known ropers[]

Jester casts Banishment by HitokiriChibi

Fan art of Jester banishing a roper, by HitokiriChibi.[art 3]

The Mighty Nein encountered two ropers while making their way through the Underdark tunnels left by the Kryn drow.[4]

They also encountered a roper on the bridge on their way to the King's Cage.[5]

Not far away, as of about 836 PD, ropers may be encountered in a cavern with an acidic river within the Betrayers' Rise.[6]

Trivia[]

On the first encounter with a roper, Travis Willingham exclaimed, "What is that sadistic Japanese traffic cone?"[7]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 See D&D: Monster Manual, 5th ed., p. 261.
  2. See "The Endless Burrows" (2x50) at 52:45.
  3. See "The Endless Burrows" (2x50) at 53:44.
  4. See "The Endless Burrows" (2x50) at 50:20.
  5. See "Reflections" (2x68) at 01:21:30.
  6. See Call of the Netherdeep, p. 63.
  7. See "The Endless Burrows" (2x50) at 50:25.

Art:

  1. Depiction of a roper, by Brynn Metheney from D&D: Monster Manual, p. 261. This page contains unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
  2. Fan art of Fjord versus a roper, by Erin Andersen (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Jester banishing a roper, by HitokiriChibi (source). Used with permission.
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