Groaning Spirit

This translucent figure resembles a beautiful elven female with delicate features. Her eyes burn with a crimson flame and her hair is a tangled mess of its former beauty.

Groaning Spirit CR 7

XP 3,200
CE Medium undead (incorporeal)
Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft., lifesense; Perception +20; Aura fear (30 ft., DC 19), unnatural aura (30 ft.)


AC 17, touch 17, flat-footed 14 (+4 deflection, +3 Dex)
hp 85 (10d8+40)
Fort +7; Ref +6; Will +10
Defensive Abilities channel resistance +4, incorporeal; Immune cold, electricity, undead traits; SR 18
Weaknesses vulnerability to dispel evil


Spd fly 30 ft. (perfect)
Melee incorporeal touch +11 (1d8 plus chill touch)
Special Attacks keening


Str ZZ, Dex ZZ, Con ZZ, Int ZZ, Wis ZZ, Cha ZZ
Base Atk +7; CMB +7; CMD 24
Feats Ability Focus (keening), Alertness, Blind-Fight, Improved Initiative, Weapon Focus (incorporeal touch)
Skills Bluff +14, Fly +24, Intimidate +17, Knowledge (religion) +16, Perception +20, Sense Motive +20, Stealth +16
Languages Common, Elven, Gnome, Sylvan


Chill Touch (Su)

Damage caused by the groaning spirit’s touch attack is considered negative energy and sends a chilling cold through an opponent’s body. Any creature touched must succeed on a DC 19 Fortitude save or suffer 1 point of Strength drain. Groaning spirits are the bane of other undead, and any undead they touch (except other groaning spirits) must succeed on a DC 19 W ill save or flee in fear for 2d6 rounds. The save DCs are Charisma-based.

Keening (Su)

Once per day, at night only, a groaning spirit can release a death wail audible to a range of 1 mile. All creatures within 30 feet that hear this must make a successful DC 21 Will save or be affected as per the wail of the banshee spell. Those that make their save still take 3d6+7 points of damage. The save DC is Charisma-based and includes a +2 bonus from the groaning spirit’s Ability Focus feat.

Lifesense (Su)

A groaning spirit can sense all living creatures up to 5 miles away.

Vulnerability to Dispel Evil (Ex)

If a dispel evil spell (the second effect requiring a touch attack) is used against a groaning spirit the creature must succeed on a Will save (DC 15 + caster’s relevant ability score modifier) or be destroyed immediately.


Environment any
Organization solitary
Treasure standard

The groaning spirit is the malevolent spirit of a female elf that is found haunting swamps, fens, moors, and other desolate places. Groaning spirits hate the living and seek to destroy whomever they meet. A groaning spirit appears as a translucent image of her former self.

A groaning spirit’s primary attack is her keening. If a creature survives the keening attack, the groaning spirit attacks with her incorporeal touch.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Groaning Spirit from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene and Clark Peterson, based on original material by Gary Gygax.

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