Monster of the Week: Gremlin

Spawning a host of similar films including Critters, Ghoulies, Munchies and arguably and possibly cult hits like The Puppet Masters, Warner Brother’s 1984’s Gremlins ended up being a horror comedy classic. This week’s Monster of the Week follows in the heels of last week’s write-up of the mogwai. When caretakers fail to observe the rules of these tiny adorable creatures, the unfortunate result can be a gremlin. Small, violent and cruel, gremlins are tiny horrors bent on dishing out pain and misery to anyone and anything they can. Unlike their more benevolent origins, gremlins are truly monsters in the D&D sense – so here’s a quick write-up!

Conversion. Gremlin’s might at first seem fairly straightforward in terms of having a suitable D&D counterpart – kobolds. However, the Gremlins movies display the creatures as much less sophisticated than a typical kobold and are seemingly devoid of a knowledge-based culture. As such, kobolds and even goblins presented in the Monster Manual are more likely the warrior equivalents of their race. Regular gremlins would probably be little more sophisticated than ordinary commoners when it comes to fighting, especially since they are often born and live over such short time spans meaning they have little time to develop any true sense of combat prowess. Still, unlike commoners they do have the benefit of tiny razor sharp teeth and claws. In addition, no rendition of gremlins should be undertaken without the hilarious variants depicted in Gremlins 2 – try throwing a highly intelligent gremlin at your players and see how they react!

What do you think, did I make gremlins tough enough? And what about the variants are they suitably hilarious? (Download my rendition of a Gremlins stats in jpeg or pdf format for your campaign and drive your players nuts with their tiny pranks)

Monster-A-Week-Gremlin

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