The Chilcaba is one of the first creatures I ever created. I made this with the intent of giving the DM a creature they could tease the party with. The Chilcaba isn’t evil but it will try to steal any magic item that isn’t nailed to the ground. Read on and I hope you enjoy.


The Chilcaba

Chilcabas are small humanoids born with a deep curiosity that pushes them to be expert scavengers. Chilcabas are primarily active scavenging at night but are not nocturnal. Standing roughly two feet tall and weighing 30 pounds the chilcaba resembles a large bipedal rodent. The chilcaba’s appearance can lead most onlookers to mistake them for a capybara.

Chilcaba Networks.

The chilcaba reside in elaborate underground nests that consist of several chambers interlocked with a latticework of tunnels. Small chilcaba nests can house as few as 5 members while larger dwellings can be home to over 50. All residents in a chilcaba network are members of the same family. A chilcaba family is a matriarchal society. At the age of two male chilcabas leave the network to go find another family to join. At the center of all chilcaba networks is the family’s treasure hoard. The treasure room is where all of the family’s magical items are stored as well as home to the alpha female. Chilcaba networks can be found in temperate climates such as forests and grasslands.

Curious Collectors.

Chilcabas have an innate sense that beckons them to collect magic items. Chilcabas prefer to avoid contact with larger humanoids but will risk being detected if they believe the plunder worth it. Chilcaba prey on unwitting travelers that have set up camp for the evening and have left their items unguarded. Chilcabas work in teams of three to four under the cover of darkness to steal any magical items in the camp. If detected a chilcaba will flee. Chilcabas fight only if cornered and as a last resort. For example, if they are defending the alpha female or the hoard in their lair.

Charismatic Charmers.

Chilcabas are very charismatic but not very intelligent. They do understand that their survival is of the utmost importance to their family. As such they recognize stealing magical items is not worth dying for. To assist chilcabas in their attempt to burgle magic items from unsuspecting travelers they are born with an innate magic ability to charm humanoids. If a chilcaba is able to make eye contact with a potential threat they can cast charm person on that target. This spell cast requires no material components.


Chilcaba wear small hooded cloaks that they create from fabrics that have been either discarded or they have confiscated on scavenging missions. Chilcaba will not make their cloaks from magical cloth. They only value magic items to hoard, not for their personal use.


Small humanoid, chaotic neutral

  • Armor Class 13
  • Hit Points 32(8d6)
  • Speed 35ft.

7 (-1) 13 (+1) 11 (+0) 10 (+0) 10 (+0) 16 (+3)

  • Skills Stealth +3
  • Condition Immunities Charmed
  • Senses darkvision 120 ft., Tremorsense, passive Perception 12
  • Languages Common
  • Challenge 1 (200 XP)

Detect Magic. A chilcaba can detect magic items that are within a 120 foot radius of it. This ability is always active


Charm. One humanoid that the chilcaba can see within 30 feet must make a DC 15 wisdom saving throw or be charmed for 30 minutes. Once the charmed state ends the target humanoid will have no memory of seeing the chilcaba. The chilcaba can only charm one humanoid at a time.

Multiattack. The chilcaba makes two scratch attacks.

Scratch. Melee weapon attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 +3) Slashing.

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