Monster Analysis: Vampire Count Tylieri

  • First Appearance: 31 Gunpowder Plot
  • Armor Class 16
  • Challenge Rating: 12 by himself, 18 with ten guards
  • Resistant to necrotic damage
  • Darkvision 120 ft, Passive 17
  • Speed 30 ft., 20 ft (mist), able to climb walls and ceilings at full speed
  • Able to change from humanoid, bat, and mist form at will
  • 109 damage taken (including 20 healing), 24 HDYWTDT by Trinket (yes, THAT Trinket)

Count Tylieri may not have been on Percy’s list, but he was one of the first lines of oppression for the people of Whitestone. This seems to have been true even before his transformation (as indicated by Desmond’s interrogation before the party left Emon), though the Briarwoods seem to have found a use for his corpse and deemed it acceptable for him to operate autonomously. Whether the soul in charge is the same as the one in life is up for debate, but there’s no question that either is cruel.

For a full-fledged vampire with legendary actions, he was still on the relatively lighter side. Although we appreciate that he was willing to get his own hands dirty rather than relying solely on his men, his relatively low full health made it not entirely the wisest play from his point of view. That said, considering that no one in Whitestone was capable of touching him before, it’s probable that his blood lust, pride, and over-confidence were his true downfall.

As we saw after Trinket took the Count down (seriously, STILL cannot get over that), vampires are forcibly changed into their mist forms at 0 hp. While in this form, they are immune to all damage except sunlight. Even if he had been allowed to escape back to his coffin, he would have been paralyzed for the next hour in his humanoid form, still at 0 hp. Given how easy it was for the group to find, it is of little doubt that Keyleth would have just as easily been able to finish him there as she did in his mist form in the foyer.

DMs will also take note of the odds of the battle. One vampire is dangerous; that many guards (hp between 35 and 60) backing him up should have been lethal, especially when all 11 combatants are focusing their attacks on a lone reckless barbarian in the first round. That said, it didn’t take long for the battle to flip entirely. Vox Machina WRECKED.