|Medium plant (fungus), chaotic neutral|
|Armor Class: 13 (natural armor)|
|Hit Points: 10 (2d8)|
|Speed: 5 ft., fly 30 ft. (hover)|
|Skills: Perception +3, Stealth +3|
|Damage Resistances: acid, poison|
|Condition Immune: poisoned, prone|
|Senses: truesight 60 ft., passive perception 18|
|Challenge: 3 (700 xp)|
|Proficiency Bonus (PB): +2|
Creatures that are reduced to 0 hit points within 1 week of being exposed to the spores cannot regain hit points, except by magical means. If they die within 1 week of being exposed, their corpse will grow pustules that burst releasing a dozen immature Azure Fungi (who disengage and dash to flee). While not a disease, any means of curing disease will neutralize the spores.
Multiattack. The fungus can make one tentacle attack against up to 4 targets within reach.
Deflect Arrows. The fungus can use its reaction to catch thrown weapons or ammunition from a ranged weapon used against it. The fungus must make a Dexterity saving throw (DC 10). If it succeeds, it takes no damage from the attack and the fungus gains an additional reaction. If it fails the save, it takes damage as normal and has expended its reaction for the turn.
Azure fungi are often mistaken for Grell. They consist of a floating, lumpy, spherical body with long, blueish tentacles hanging from it. They have no eyes and no mouth (sages suggest they absorb nutrients through their tentacles).
They are deceptively quick, often striking an attacker before it can engage, and even catch arrows. They often strike from hiding. They have no eyes, but perceive their environment with clarity.
The azure fungi are not evil, but will attack other creatures without provocation. They seem intelligent, and can communicate with each other via subtle tentacle movements, pheromones, or some other, undiscovered means, but have no verbal language.
Monster data +
Azure Fungus (Size: Medium, Type: Plant, Subtypes: Fungus, Alignment: Chaotic Neutral, HP: 10, CR: 3, Features: Explosive • Multiattack • Tentacle • Has Lair, Has Lair: No, NPC: No, Canon: No, Pointer: No, Hidden: No, UA: No, User: Yes, Sources: Rlyehable)