This bizarre creature is a small, floating orb with reddish skin. Atop its round body are six eyestalks, each ending in a sapphire-colored eye. Dangling beneath its body are two stubby, rubbery legs that end in claws.


XP 50 ()

N Small

Initiative +2


AC 12

hp: 11 (2d8 + 2)

Resistance: Bludgeoning damage


Speed: 5 ft., fly 40 ft.

Multiattack: A gorbel bites once and attacks once with claws.

Melee Attack—Bite: +4 to hit (reach 5 ft.; one creature). Hit: 1d6 + 2 piercing damage.

Melee Attack—Claw: +4 to hit (reach 15 ft.; one creature). Hit: 1d4 slashing damage. A target of Small size or smaller is pulled to within 5 feet of the gorbel; if the target is Medium size or larger, the gorbel pulls itself to within 5 feet of the target.


Str 12 (+1), Dex 14 (+2), Con 12 (+1),

Int 8 (–1), Wis 9 (–1), Cha 8 (–1)

Languages: Deep Speech

Senses: Darkvision 60 ft.


Explosive: When a gorbel takes piercing or slashing damage, it must make a successful Con saving throw or it explodes. The DC for the saving throw equals 5 plus the damage taken from the attack. When it explodes, all creatures within 5 feet of it take 1d6 + 1 force damage, or half damage with a successful DC 11 Dex saving throw. The gorbel dies instantly, of course.


Environment: Warm

Organization: Solitary or swarm (2–10)

The gorbel is a strange creature approximately 3 feet in diameter, possibly related to the gas spore. Its reddish skin is a tough, rubbery membrane that is tragically thin. The spherical body of a gorbel is filled with a lighter-than-air gas that smells of rotten eggs (sulfur) and that reacts violently with air.

A gorbel eats, breathes, and excretes through an aperture best described as a mouth. This mouth is lined with a ring of sharp teeth that face inward to help it force food into its gullet.

Gorbels primarily attack with their claws, which they can extend elastically to tremendous lengths and hook into prey. They then either drag the prey to their mouths, or drag their mouths to the prey. A gorbel will attack and try to eat whatever it suspects might be edible—generally, that covers anything that moves. The strange metabolic processes that produce the gorbel’s light-than-air gas also instill it with an insatiable hunger.