Mountain Encounter Combat Terrain, Treasures and Complications for 5e

"There is a group of giants sleeping nearby"

Tables for Combat Terrain and Minor Treasures and Encounter Complications for Mountain Encounters. Result is from Mountain Encounter Complications.

Enhancements by terrain - coastal | grassland | mountain | road

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Mountain Encounter Enhancements

What makes this mountain encounter unique?

Maybe there are shouts echoing off the mountains or a spectacular view of the surroundings. There might be an enclosure holding goats or steps leading to a ruined statue. A creature might wear a griffon pelt or be carrying a scroll of lightning bolt.

There is a 5e Mountain random encounter generator at ChaosGen. For a PDF version of mountain encounters with more tables check out Mountain Encounters on DM's Guild.

Mountain Encounters on DM's Guild Terrain Encounters Bundle for 5e

Mountain Encounter Tables - creatures | locations | non-combat | enhancements

Mountain Combat Terrain

1d8+1d12Mountain Combat Terrain
2 Minecart tracks and a minecart
3 A cliff face with a dangling rope
4 A rowing boat on a lake's edge
5 A mound of snow or a rope ladder up to a wide ledge
6 Steps cut into a broken cliff
7 Stepping stones over a stream or thick snow (difficult terrain)
8 A large fire ready to light
9 Stone steps leading to a ruined statue or slippery ice (DMG pg 110)
10 A steep slope of bracken (difficult terrain)
11 A deep fish-filled pond or a rope bridge
12 A beast pen holding goats
13 A fence at the top of a cliff or a pool with a layer of thin ice (DMG pg 110)
14 A line of pine trees
15 A muddy slope (difficult terrain) or a burning campfire
16 Loose rocks, snow and ice that could trigger an avalanche if disturbed
17 A drop down to jagged rocks
18 A hidden pit trap (DMG pg 122) covered in animal hides
19 Several precarious ladders leading up a slippery cliff
20 A hidden cache (Perception check to spot if near) with a potion of frost giant strength (or roll on Minor Mountain Treasures)

Mountain Minor Treasures

1d4+1d6Mountain Minor Treasures
2 1d3 topazes, each carved with a dwarven rune. Worth 500 gp each.
3 Potion of Vitality
4 A set of crystal figurines depicting frost and fire giants. Worth 750 gp
5 Elemental Gem (air or earth)
6 The deeds to a silver mine that is overrun by duergar
7 Elixir of Health or Quaal's Feather Token - Bird
8 A griffon pelt cloak worth 50 gp.
9 Potion of Giant Strength (frost or fire) or Potion of Gaseous Form
10 Artisan's tools (mason's, leatherworker's or jeweler's)
11 1d4 Potions of Climbing or Potion of Heroism
12 Blue quartz worth 1d4 x 10 gp
13 Spell Scroll of lightning bolt (or sleet storm)
14 200 ft of silk rope or 1d4 climber's kits
15 Potion of Flying or Scroll of Protection (elementals or beasts)
16 A finely made set of bagpipes inlaid with silver. Worth 150 gp.
17 Spell Scroll of wind walk (or wall of stone)
18 The saga of a famous local warrior written on 2d6 stone tablets.
19 Potion of Longevity or Potion of Giant Strength (cloud)
20 A vial of wyvern poison

Mountain Encounter Complications

1d8+1d12Mountain Encounter Complications
2 There is a mirage arcana (or programmed illusion) spell here
3 There are humanoids as allies, servants, mercenaries or prisoners (or are nearby). Roll on Mountain Humanoids
4 There is a minecart and minecart tracks or roll on Mountain Combat Terrain
5 There is a second group of creatures nearby (roll again on the appropriate encounter table)
6 There are stepping stones over a stream or roll on Mountain Combat Terrain
7 There is a hidden item or cache here. Roll on Minor Mountain Treasures
8 There is a spectacular view of the surroundings. Roll on Unusual Locations for a place that stands out nearby.
9 There is a fence at the top of a cliff or roll on Mountain Combat Terrain
10 There are herd of 4d6 goats watching or as livestock or Roll on Mountain Beasts for beasts as pets, guards or nearby.
11 There is a cave entrance here, inhabited by a lone creature (Roll on Quick Mountain NPCs) or leading to a cave system (or dungeon)
12 Shouts are echoing through the mountains. Roll on Mountain Humanoids (or Giant Encounters) for the source.
13 A thunderstorm is approaching or roll on Mountain Hazards & Obstacles
14 There is a prisoner in the encounter (or a lone traveler nearby). Roll on Quick Mountain NPCs
15 A bridge is in bad repair and ready to collapse or roll on Mountain Hazards & Obstacles
16 The creatures are carrying a magic item (or it is hidden nearby). Roll on Magic Items - Mountain
17 There is a ravine disguised by a hallucinatory terrain; or roll on Mountain Hazards & Obstacles
18 There is a group of giants sleeping (or resting) nearby. Roll on appropriate Giant Encounters table.
19 There is an elemental (or planar) portal here or there is a crossing to the Shadowfell or Feywild here
20 Nearby is a powerful creature those encountered try not to disturb. Roll or pick a result from Mountain Encounters Level 11+

More Encounter Tables

There is a 5e Mountain random encounter generator at ChaosGen. For a PDF version of mountain encounters with more tables check out Mountain Encounters on DM's Guild.

Mountain Encounters on DM's Guild Terrain Encounters Bundle for 5e

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