Monster Analysis: Fire Giant Dreadnought

Monster Analysis: Fire Giant Dreadnought

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Fire Giant

  • First Appearance: 1-75 Where the Cards Fall

  • Encounter Appearance: 2-50 The Endless Burrows

  • Armor Class 18-25 (Suggested 18)

  • Speed 30 ft

  • Passive Perception 16

  • Immune to fire damage

  • Suggested, Max HP: 162, 234

  • 43 damage taken, 15 taken as cow

Fire giants rank third in the Ordning, the giant status classification system. Metalworking and craftsmanship drives their society, so it’s in their best interest to live somewhere with easy access to the materials and circumstances required for forging.

The fire giant society that The Mighty Nein stumbled upon has carved out their home on the banks of a river of lava underneath the Ashkeeper Peaks that separate Xhorhas from the Dwendalian Empire. From what Jester discerned, the sentry giants were put in place only recently due to the Kryn’s sudden trespass in the giants’ territory by tunneling through the rock.

Fire Giant Dreadnought

  • First Appearance: 2-50 The Endless Burrows

  • Encounter Appearance: 2-50 The Endless Burrows

  • Armor Class Unknown (Suggested 21)

  • Speed 30 ft.

  • Passive Perception 15

  • Immune to fire damage

  • Suggested, Max HP: 187, 270

  • 0 damage taken

We analyzed fire giants in campaign 1, but the dreadnought the Nein faced is new to the show. Introduced in Volo’s Guide to Monsters, the dreadnought is stronger, but less wise and intelligent than a standard fire giant. Dreadnoughts aren’t crafters, but gain respect in fire giant societies for their superior combat training and use of their massive shields. As the Nein witnessed, dreadnoughts fill their full-height shields with whatever hot, painful substances is nearby when they sense a threat. They use these shields as their primary weapon. The Nein can count themselves very lucky that they never got within Shield Charge range of the dreadnought, considering it was able to destroy a bridge with one strike.

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