5E Menagerie: Trash Gryphon (5e)
This mini-pdf clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content.
One of these pages is devoted to a one-page iteration of the nice full-color artwork, while the other contains the rules-relevant material and background.
In 5e, Trash Gryphons are challenge 0 Tiny monstrosities that actually are a variety of different entities that combine the traits of mammals and birds; the most commonly-known one is raven/raccoon, but pigeon/rat or jay-squirrel hybrids exist as well. An alternate ability that lets them use skunk musk is provided. Good news: the statblock of the 5e-version works, though the features like Keen Sight are only bolded, and not both bolded and italicized, as they should be.
As noted before, there is an alternate creature feature that allows for the use of skunk-like musk spray that may temporarily incapacitate those sprayed; however, it is not perfect: It specifies that immunity to poison makes you automatically succeed on the saving throw. Okay, does that mean the poisoned condition, poison damage, both? This needs clarification.
Editing and formatting are okay on a formal and rules level. Layout adheres to the series’ two-column full-color standard, and the artwork is cool. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
The 5e-version of the trash gryphons penned by Jacob Blackmon and Margherita Tramontano is better than the flawed PFRPG-iteration. It’s not necessarily an impressive critter, but it’s an okay little file for a low price point. If the notion sounds interesting to you, this may be worth checking out. My final verdict will be 2.5 stars, rounded up.
You can get this critter here on OBS!
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