In this set of blog entries I aim to convert the original 1e Oriental Adventure monsters to 5e to provide some extra fodder for an OA campaign. I am using both the original 1e source and the updated 3e source as reference for the build.
Medium humanoid (shapechanger, yokai), chaotic evil
Armor Class 12 (natural armour)
Hit Points 58 (9d8 + 18)
Speed 30 ft.
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Skills Perception +4, Stealth +3
Damage Immunities bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Senses passive Perception 14
Languages Common (can’t speak in wolf form)
Challenge 3 (700 XP)
Fear Aura. A tigbanua buso is shrouded in a constant aura of fear. Creatures that start their turn within 10 feet of the tigabnua buso must make a DC 12 Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, the creature is frightened until the start of its next turn. If a creature’s saving throw is successful, the creature is immune to the buso’s Fear Aura for the next 24 hours.
Multiattack. The buso makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target.
Hit: 6 (1d8 + 2) piercing damage. If the target is a humanoid, it must succeed on a DC 12 Constitution saving throw or become cursed and become a tagamaling buso.
Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature.
Hit: 7 (2d4 + 2) slashing damage.
Buso are fearsome ghoul-like creatures normally found near cemeter- ies or in forests or rocky mountains. Once friendly and helpful to men, the buso have since become one of mankind’s deadly enemies. Now, under the cloak of night, they prey on lone travelers and helpless villages. Buso are exceptionally tall and lean, having long bodies and necks. Their feet are bony and oversized. Their hair is curly and dirty and their noses are flat. All have a single eye in their head, either red or yellow.
Tigbanua buso: This type of buso is extremely ferocious, and attacks whenever it has the opportunity. Tigbanua attack with their sharp claws and fangs. The claws of a tigbanua transmit a horrible disease and all wounded by the creature must make a successful saving throw or become infected. Those infected eventually become tagamaling. The tigbanua buso is not noted for its intelligence.
Tagamaling buso: This type of buso is a person infected by a tigbanua. This disease periodically transforms the person into a tagamaling. Each night there is a 1 % cumulative chance that the diseased person transforms, his body changing into that of a buso. The victim becomes savage and mindless, attacking (and devouring) any and all he can. The tagamaling has the same hit dice and hit points as the person possesses in normal life. Characters with special abilities are not able to use their powers while transformed, their minds filled only with rage and animal lusts. The diseased person has no memory of any actions done as a tagamaling. Once the disease reaches 100%, the victim can no longer be cured and changes into a tagamaling every night.