Ruins Encounter Tables for DnD 5e

"Atop an exposed hilltop you see moss-covered stones of an old cairn beside other ancient stones. A large humanoid is knelt over the stones, working on them with care and attention"

Random tables for Dungeons and Dragons ruins encounters

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Ruins Encounters

Ruins can be found anywhere in a fantasy world. A ghost town of inhabited by spirits from recent plagues, an ancient tower used in ancient experiments or the collapsed remains of a water mill built by dwarves . Encounters occur in the shadow of half-standing walls and vine-covered buildings, against scavengers, outcasts, cultists and any other creature that might call the ruins home.

There is a 5e ruins random encounter generator at ChaosGen. And also a pdf of these and more tables at the DM's Guild as Table Rolls - Ruins Encounters.

Ruins Encounters - Random Tables Unusual Encounters Bundle

Ruins Encounter Tables - creatures | locations | non-combat (soon) | complications (soon)

Ruins Levels 1-4

1d8+1d12Ruins Levels 1-4
2 1 Young Black Dragon
3 1 Drow Mage and 1d2 Drow Elite Warriors
4 1 Fomorian
5 1 Oni with 1d4 Ogres
6 1d4 Trolls
7 2d6 Ghouls and 1d4 Ghasts
8 1d6+2 Hobgoblins with 1d6 Bugbears and 1d6 Goblins led by 1 Hobgoblin Captain
9 1d3 Stone
10 1 Wraith with 2d4 Specters
11 Roll on Ruins Encounters lvl 1-4
12 1 Drider and 2d4 Giant Spiders
13 1 Clay Golem
14 1 Grick Alpha with 1d8 Gricks
15 1d3 Orc Eyes of Gruumsh with 2d4 Orcs and 1d3 Ogre
16 1 Gray Slaad
17 1d2 Mind Flayers with 1d6 Quaggoths
18 1 Mage with 1d3 Veterans
19 1d2 Assassins
20 1 Behir

Ruins Levels 5-10

1d8+1d12Ruins Levels 5-10
2 1 Young Black Dragon
3 1 Drow Mage and 1d2 Drow Elite Warriors
4 1 Fomorian
5 1 Oni with 1d4 Ogres
6 1d4 Trolls
7 2d6 Ghouls and 1d4 Ghasts
8 1d6+2 Hobgoblins with 1d6 Bugbears and 1d6 Goblins led by 1 Hobgoblin Captain
9 1d3 Stone Giants
10 1 Wraith with 2d4 Specters
11 Roll on Ruins Encounters lvl 1-4
12 1 Drider and 2d4 Giant Spiders
13 1 Clay Golem
14 1 Grick Alpha with 1d8 Gricks
15 1d3 Orc Eyes of Gruumsh with 2d4 Orcs and 1d3 Ogre
16 1 Gray Slaad
17 1d2 Mind Flayers with 1d6 Quaggoths
18 1 Mage with 1d3 Veterans
19 1d2 Assassins
20 1 Behir

Ruins Levels 11+

1d8+1d12Ruins Levels 11+
2 1 Planetar
3 2 Young Black Dragons
4 1 Rakshasa
5 1 Adult Black Dragon
6 1 Archmage with 1 Shield Guardian
7 1 Iron Golem
8 1d3 Mind Flayers with 2d6 Ogres
9 1d3 Stone Golems
10 1 Beholder
11 Roll on Ruins Encounters lvl 5-10
12 1d4 Clay Golems
13 1d4+2 Stone Giants
14 1 Death Tyrant
15 1d2 Gynosphinxes
16 1 Mummy Lord
17 1 Androsphinx
18 1 Death Knight
19 1 Dao and 1d4 Earth Elementals
20 1 Lich


Ruins Encounter Tables - creatures | locations (soon) | non-combat (soon) | complications (soon)

More Encounters

For a PDF version of forest encounters with more tables check out Ruins Encounters on DM's Guild

Ruins Encounters - Random Tables Unusual Encounters Bundle

These tables inspired my 5E ruins encounters generator at Chaos Gen.

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