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Trolls are a predatory species of giant who sometimes take over tribes of lowborn giantkin.[4] There are several sub-species of trolls.

Known troll types[]

If a common troll is nearly killed, but is able to regenerate, it can come back in strange, mutated forms. This is much more likely to occur when the location of the regeneration is imbued with magical energy, if the troll's body was damaged by elemental power. These mutations can also be induced by evil mages.[5]

Common troll[]

The most common type of troll has deep forest-green skin.[6] They are around nine feet tall, and they have long, exaggerated jaws, straggly black hair, and long, pointed hooked noses; their eyes are yellow with white pupils, and reflect light in the dark like cats' eyes.[7]

Venom troll[]

Venom Troll

Depiction of a venom troll from D&D: Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, page 245.[art 2]

Venom trolls are bulbous, with a deep green-blue skin tone with little pustules and boils on it. The torso appears to be swollen, its belly protruding beyond it. Out of the pustules and part of its body oozes thick green poison, and it sprays out from every wound they receive.[5][8]

Abilities[]

  • Damage Immunities: Poison
  • Condition Immunities: Poisoned
  • Keen Smell
  • Poison Splash: When the troll takes damage of any type but psychic, each creature within 5 feet takes poison damage.[9]
  • Regeneration: The troll regains health at the start of each of its turns. If acid or fire damage is taken, it regains no health and is only then able to be killed permanently.[10]
  • Attacks:
    • Multiattack: The troll can make three attacks, one bite and two claw attacks.[11]
    • Bite: The troll can make an attack with its teeth and giant tusks.[12]
    • Claw: The troll can attack with its claws wolverine-style.[13]
    • Venom Spray: Dealing damage to itself, the troll can release a spray of poison in a 15-foot cube.[14]

Ice troll[]

Ice Troll - Icewind Dale

Depiction of an ice troll, by David Sladek from Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden, p. 295.[art 3]

The trolls of Eiselcross, the Flotket Alps, and the Cliffkeep Mountains are presumably ice trolls.[15][16] Able to grow to nine feet tall, these trolls have dull teal-blue skin and fur, elongated arms and legs, and a high-pitched, yelp-like scream. The claws of these trolls give off a cold mist when they strike a target.[17]

The ice trolls of Eiselcross are thinner than usual, and apparently they enter a state of hibernation when they're not actively hunting.[18]

History[]

Campaign One: Vox Machina[]

At some point during the pre-stream campaign, Tiberius attempted to disguise himself as a female troll in order to distract a couple of male trolls around a fire. The situation almost ended very badly for Tiberius had his teammates not come in to rescue him. Vex'ahlia shot off the one troll's dick, which then ended up being placed into Grog's Bag of Holding,[19] where it remained for some time until it Grog pulled it out to offer it up and found it had rotted;[20] it was finally thrown at someone as a distraction.[21]

For at least five or six weeks before Vox Machina's arrival at Kraghammer, trolls, goblins, and various abominations had been emerging through the Greyspine Quarry to attack the dwarves there.[22]

As Vox Machina delved beneath Kraghammer, they encountered a pair of trolls in a duergar warcamp controlled by a mind flayer; these Underdark-dwelling trolls had pupil-less, clouded-over, white eyes like the duergar.[23] Using illusions, the party tricked the trolls into running off a cliff and dropping into the water below,[24] where they were pulled under[25] by an aboleth.[26]

The party found more possible troll footprints among the duergar patrols on the approach to the Emberhold.[27] In the sea of bone and obsidian between the Emberhold and Yug'Voril, a troll accompanied another small group of duergar, but that troll was decapitated by an extremely fast-moving abomination and pulled under the "sea" as it regenerated.[28] And Queen Ulara was accompanied by a giant troll as she fled with an abducted Grog deeper into the Underdark.[29] And finally, the mind flayers of Yug'Voril brought a troll with them to defend the elder brain.[30]

Vox Machina later came upon a pair of trolls in the Shademurk Bog of the Feywild, but managed to avoid them.[31]

Campaign Two: The Mighty Nein[]

The Mountain Makers fought and defeated an ice troll in the Victory Pit during the Harvest Close Festival in Zadash.[32]

BlackSalander Caleb Troll

Fan art of Caleb immolating the venom troll, by BlackSalander.[art 4]

The Mighty Nein soon afterward encountered a venom troll in the Labenda Swamp.[33]

In the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, set in 835 or early 836 PD, the adventure hook Horizonback Horror involves a clan of trolls led by an oni; the oni creates an alchemical infusion from trolls' blood that causes a horizonback tortoise to go berserk and gain the trolls' ability to regenerate after suffering wounds.[34]

Dagen Underthorn mentioned that Eiselcross had "troll mutations up the wazoo," presumably ice trolls.[35]

Campaign Three: Bells Hells[]

After the apogee solstice of 843 PD Bells Hells and Essek Thelyss Teleported to Eiselcross and accessed the Aeorian ruins through a cavern, in which they found several ice trolls sleeping, managing to move near them without waking them up.[36]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 See D&D: Monster Manual, 5th ed., p. 291.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 See D&D: Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, 5th ed., p. 245.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 See Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden, p. 295.
  4. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 124.
  5. 5.0 5.1 See D&D: Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, 5th ed., p. 243.
  6. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 3:18:20.
  7. See "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 15:45.  See also 17:35.
  8. See "Have Bird, Will Travel" (2x23) at 0:36:08.
  9. See "Have Bird, Will Travel" (2x23) at 0:43:38.
  10. See "Have Bird, Will Travel" (2x23) at 0:32:42.
  11. See "Have Bird, Will Travel" (2x23) from 0:53:53 through 55:02.
  12. See "Have Bird, Will Travel" (2x23) at 0:53:53.
  13. See "Have Bird, Will Travel" (2x23) at 0:54:29.
  14. See "Have Bird, Will Travel" (2x23) at 0:40:20.
  15. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 114. See also p. 116.
  16. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 62.
  17. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 3:18:07.
  18. See "Shadows New and Old" (3x96) from 2:34:07 through 2:35:41.
  19. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 1:46:09.
  20. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 51:04.
  21. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 3:33:56.
  22. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 27:56.
  23. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 1:05:31.
  24. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) from 1:51:09 through 1:52:14.
  25. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 2:06:20.
  26. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 4:08:08.
  27. See "Breaching the Emberhold" (1x06) at 31:46.
  28. See "Glass and Bone" (1x08) at 1:32:43.
  29. See "Glass and Bone" (1x08) at 2:50:22.
  30. See "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13) at 1:31:25.
  31. See "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 15:45.  See also 17:35.
  32. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 3:22:04.
  33. See "Stalker in the Swamp" (2x21) at 1:14:51.
  34. The adventure is called . See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 146.
  35. See "An Open Window" (2x114) at 1:24:45.
  36. See "Shadows New and Old" (3x96) at 2:34:07.

Art:

  1. DDB Troll on D&D Beyond. This file is 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. DDB Venom Troll on D&D Beyond. This file is 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.
  3. DDB Ice Troll on D&D Beyond. 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.
  4. Fan art of Caleb immolating the venom troll, by BlackSalander (source). Used with permission.
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