What wild creatures compliment a black pudding?


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I had planned for my players to combat a black pudding in the near future. However, we've had two new players join (putting the 5th-level party from 4 to 6 adventurers) and so I need to adjust the encounter size to match.

Another black pudding would be too challenging I fear. I need something weaker to accompany it during the encounter, but what is there that a black pudding would get along with?

The encounter takes place in a swamp.


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What level are your party?

First thing I thought of when you said "swamp" was a fen mosquito swarm, but that may not be challenging enough, depending on their level, even if you throw a couple at them. You could also toss in another, weaker ooze, like the gray ooze.


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*complement

Being mindless and eating everything it can, I'm not sure what could befriend a Black Pudding except maybe an ooze-themed Druid. Nor am I sure the pudding wouldn't simply eat the swamp! Two weaker puddings could work.
You could take another creature and reskin it, adding on "Ooze Empathy" (from Oozemorph, though I wouldn't go to level 8). I'd recommend revamping the Dero Magister (level 5).

Or a Hazard might help, like having a couple areas w/ Quicksand, maybe w/ DCs increased to raise their level.

An inedible creature may work too, like an elemental or maybe a Will O' Wisp that hangs out w/ the pudding because of all the suffering.

Given the nature of Black Puddings, most anything that distracts or splits the party would work. Or use the pudding underwater! Then it'd avoid its worst enemy, Fireball (after being Split).


If two normal black puddings are too strong, you could make them both weak to drop the threat down. Should be a moderate-threat fight with the extra characters. Alternately, adding a 5th level creature would also do. An Ochre Jelly or Globster might keep close to the theme while adding a little ooze variety. A Gibtas Bounder is immune to acid and resistant to bludgeoning damage, and they typically bond with one other creature so it might just think the pudding is its best friend. An Ether Spider might use the pudding to help set ambushes, once a fight starts it leaps out at the distracted party. A Bog Mummy can probably burrow deep enough the pudding couldn't attack it, and might hang out near one to help it fight. A lone Harpy could lure people into the pudding with a song while keeping away from it via flight and perches in trees.


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Some bacon, french toast, eggs, fried tomatoes, beans, hashbrowns, and regular sausages go really well with black pudding.

What's that? Wrong type of black pudding? You clearly don't have a halfling chef in the party!


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Asethe wrote:
Some bacon, french toast, eggs, fried tomatoes, beans, hashbrowns, and regular sausages go really well with black pudding.

Dammit, I came in here to make that joke.

Wild onion compote and roasted fingerling potatoes, too. It's not a real Irish halfling meal unless there are two types of potatoes.

And a proper cup of tea.


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Thinking I might go for a weakened bog mummy then. It's abilities are certain to make the players take notice (breath of the bog), while also not having many options that are likely to overwhelm the party.

One of the characters is VERY anti-undead, and we haven't seen a lot of those lately. So that should be exciting for the player. Plus, I can describe the weakened template as having been attacked and severely damaged by the ooze.

Even its incurable bog rot isn't likely to be much of a hindrance, provided the players think to go to the city less than a mile away to seek help.


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Ravingdork wrote:

Thinking I might go for a weakened bog mummy then. It's abilities are certain to make the players take notice (breath of the bog), while also not having many options that are likely to overwhelm the party.

One of the characters is VERY anti-undead, and we haven't seen a lot of those lately. So that should be exciting for the player. Plus, I can describe the weakened template as having been attacked and severely damaged by the ooze.

Even its incurable bog rot isn't likely to be much of a hindrance, provided the players think to go to the city less than a mile away to seek help.

You could also always throw in some skeletons. It is pretty easy to explain- they are previous victims, and the slime ignores them because it already took everything it wanted.

The skeletons would then attack anyone that gets close- heck, they might even mix with desire to attack the living with a honest last wish to ward others away from the same threat. You could use the undead to lure in the party- they charge in for skeletons, and then they run into the pudding.


You could throw in half of another black pudding.


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Watery Soup wrote:
Asethe wrote:
Some bacon, french toast, eggs, fried tomatoes, beans, hashbrowns, and regular sausages go really well with black pudding.
Dammit, I came in here to make that joke.

I came to make a different joke. Obviously, even if animals could talk, none of them would ever say anything nice to or about a black pudding -- they would be far more likely to insult a black pudding than compliment it.


Crazy idea, but what if you just added actions?
Same critter, more actions.


^That is easily done by having 2 Black Puddings, but the original post said that 2 of them might be too much.


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In the end, I went with a peat zombie, which they fought immediately prior to the encounter with the ooze (the encounters were consecutive, not simultaneous).

The zombie was a joke.

The ooze, after being split twice in the first round, nearly wiped the entire party on its own. One PC actually DID die. One of the first of the campaign.

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