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A 5e supplement with 22 unique boss fights and encounters for levels 1-20. Stat blocks, mechanics, maps, and item rewards galore!

Memorable Fights, Maps, and Epic Challenges
  • 22 Boss Fights and Encounters
  • Unique, Memorable Mechanics
  • 23 Battle Maps
  • 144 Pages of Content
  • 22 Magic Item Rewards
  • 57 Stat Blocks
  • 44 Custom Art Pieces
  • Plot Hooks and Story Continuations

Elevate your encounters and reduce prep time with Drop in Boss Battles and Encounters! This 144 page book contains interactable terrain, multiple phase bosses, objectives, and special rules to create memorable fights. Reward your players for using creativity, smart positioning, and team tactics. Hook suggestions make these fights easy to drop into any existing campaign, one shot, or session!

Level 1-4 Boss Battles

Start the party with these low-level battles!
A level 1 fight to teach your players 5e!

A Warrior's Death - Help your players learn basic mechanics while giving this knight an honorable death. Magic reward: Breastplate of Honor.

If you don't kill rats in a basement, have you actually adventured?

Rats... in a Basement! - A classic fight… with a twist! Magic reward: Pet Draconic Rat.

If this happened to my character I'd probably have a heart attack irl

Ooze Devourer Lab - The party wakes up tied to experimentation tables, with an Ooze after their brains… they should be fine, right?

Goblins are actually scary in numbers

Goblins at the Gates - Set up your defenses and defend against this horde of goblins! Utilize cover, crowd control, and breaking enemy concentration to win the day. Magic reward: Club of Mind Goblin (lol).

Give your players paranoia for the rest of their dnd days

Mimic Storefront - A stakeout in a bird store takes a twist! What’s real? What’s not? It will take more than combat prowess to find out. Magic reward: Summonable Cockatiel.

Level 5-10 Boss Battles

This is where the fun begins! - Anakin Skywalker
Their mechanics make this fight ultra weird!

Spell and Sword - Two half-dragon twins encounter the party on a small bridge. Something divine links them together, making them stronger than the sum of their parts. Solve the link to defeat them! Magic rewards: Draconic Scimitar and Draconic Pendant of Power

Why is he in a graveyard???

Rust Monster Rider - The party encounters a Duergar riding a Mutated Rust Monster, doing nefarious deeds at night! Use the open graves and other terrain to avoid their devastating charge attacks! Magic reward: Exotic Saddle

Icy terrain and a dangerous cliff make this fight deadly!

The Hag's Summit - The party has found the culprit behind the region's freezing temperatures and must battle a hag on a perilous mountain top. Don’t fall! Magic reward: The Icy Hand

Every adventure needs a haunted house

Something Strange - This house is haunted - navigate its dangers and defeat the paranormal entity(ies) before it is too late! Magic reward: Ghostly Rod of Rulership.

Electricity + Water = Not Good

Giant in the Water - The party must engage a Storm Giant while he is waist deep in the ocean before he reaches land. Dodge his electrical attacks and lair actions using water walking and limited land to defeat him! Magic reward: The Lightning Shell

Level 11-16 Boss Battles

Let your high-level parties go wild
It's that guy from the cover!

The Elemental Tempest - Four elementals vie for supremacy in a ritual gone wrong. Control which Elemental is the Tempest to change the battlefield and gain the buffs you want! Magic reward: Unstable Planar Shard

You vs shark. Shark vs boat. Can you out dps him???

Megalodon Boat Attack - The party’s journey by boat is met with an unwelcome visitor. Utilize the boat’s mechanics or your own abilities to stop a fearsome Megalodon from sinking the ship in a crazy DPS race!

Hostage situations make battles much more intriguing!

The Rising Tide - A nefarious group of Sahuagin have taken important members of the town's Admiralty hostage. Act fast to save them, or the coast is doomed! Magic reward: Reaper of the Tides (Trident).

This boss has two health bars. Oh yeah - there's a gate to another dimension too.

Summoning the Beyond - A Gnoll Necromancer has unlocked supreme power. Stop his ritual before his summon completes, and the Dracolich comes to life! Magic reward: The Deathly Ring of Power.

This fight is kind of brutal. We did describe it as doing a "Red Wedding" to your players...

Night Out Assassins: Gala Ambush - Red Wedding your players. They deserve it! Magic reward: Assassin's Blade.

Level 17-20 Boss Battles

This is crazy stuff
IT'S GODZILLA! If you haven't seen Minus One yet, do so after you buy this book!

Rampage of the Machines Defend a town using their lair actions to help you bring down a Mechanical Hydra before it destroys everything! Magic reward: The Clockwork Heart.

Oh crap... it's the other guy from the cover!

The Profane Sacrifice - A demon is ascending to near godhood through a profane ritual. Stop the ritual by any means necessary before he becomes too powerful and kills reality itself! Magic reward: Sword of the Demon King Aspirant

Some enemies cannot be killed. Imprison this Titan before he ends the world...

They Have Awakened - A Titan older than the world itself has been unchained. It cannot be killed - only anchored back into its prison. Use the city's defenders in this epic, larger-than-life battle to plant the anchors and drag him back where he came from! 

Every epic encounter requires fighting an epic-level wizard. Inspired by Power Rangers.

A Wizard's Revenge - An evil wizard has created a power-rangers-esque giant golem and is terrorizing the countryside. Infiltrate the golem and defeat this epic-level caster before it is too late! Magic rewards: Used Robe of the Archmagi, Ioun Stone of Mastery, Used Staff of the Magi.

We saved the best for last. Any party can dance off against this heavily-inspired lord of performing!

The Dance of the Divine - We saved the best for last... Hee hee! The King of Pop is back… with a vengeance! Use smart tactics and slick dance moves to become the new Lord of the Dance in this thriller of a fight. Magic reward: The Golden Slippers. This fight has been scaled for all levels!

A Map for Every Battle

Each fight comes with a map specifically designed for the battle's mechanics. These will be each offered as a separate download within your DriveThruRPG library for easy VTT use and so that you can use them for other encounters or campaigns as needed!

57 Stat Blocks of Dangerous Enemies

A sneak peak inside the statlocks for A Wizard's Revenge

Fight massive titans, demon lord ascendants, mechanical hydras, megalodons... the list goes on and on! The more complicated battles include tips and tricks for getting the most out of the stat blocks to help you utilize different combos to surprise your players!

Unique Encounter Mechanics

Sneak peak inside the book at the mechanics for The Dance of the Divine

Without spoiling too much, some battles involve: 

  • Escaping from tables before being able to fight
  • Using harpoon guns and teamwork to load, aim, and shoot
  • Abusing cover rules against enemy ranged attacks
  • Defeating bosses in a certain order to trigger special effects
  • Fighting possessed objects
  • Avoiding knockback abilities by using terrain
  • Defeating pieces of a boss to debuff him as a whole
  • Dealing with hostage-killing devices
  • Destroying lair objects to debuff an enemy
  • Using player-given lair actions to stop giants
  • A dance battle against a Mummy Lord and his Backup Dancers

24d3d93bf806877ba111e7e85a5f4077_originaMechanics are explained thoroughly so that the DM can easily convey them to the party in character. We do not keep the obvious to ourselves, and we may repeat ourselves, but by doing so we want everyone to have fun!

20 Magic Item Rewards

A sneak peak inside the book at the stats on some magic items

Most battles include one or more magic items that are thematic to the encounter and create memories associated with the battle. For example, a draconic rat companion can join you after completing Rats... In a Basement! And we know players love npc companions! Other items include thematic weapons, armor, and magic devices that can positively affect your campaign going forward.

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March 4th, 2024
This came in a pinch when I needed a quick fight after a couple hours of Roleplaying. The classic rats in a basement gave my players a run for their money, and they literally spent 10 minutes fighting over who was going to keep the egg item. The other [...]
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