Encounters for all types of D&D and ways to enhance them.
They mirror the encounter generator over at ChaosGen.com.
Terrain Encounter Tables
Below is a table for the activity or state of creatures in an encounter.
And then encounters for low, mid and high level by terrain. Most also have a location table...
Encounters - arctic | coastal | desert | forest | grassland | hill | mountain | swamp | underdark | underwater | urban
Encounter tables for all the terrains are in pdf format on DM's Guild in the the Terrain Encounter Bundle.
Tables of 1d8+1d12 or 2d10
The tables presented here are generated using 1d8+1d12, a table described in the Dungeons and Dragons 5E Dungeon Master's Guide (page 86). It gives you five most common values (8-12) and rarer results higher and lower in the table.
You could equally use 2d10 for a range of 2-20 which makes "11" the most common result.
Use these tables as is, as a base for your own tables or just for inspiration.
Encounter Activity or State
This table is used in the 5E Random Encounters generator at ChaosGen.com.
Use it to see what state a random encounter or planned encounter are in.
|1d8+1d12||The creatures encountered are...|
|2||investigating a dead body|
|5||following a trail|
|6||waiting for something or someone|
|8||chasing or being chased by something|
|10||stalking or being stalked by something|
|11||foraging for food, plants or herbs|
|12||searching the area|
|15||making a lot of noise|
|17||cleaning or washing themselves|
|18||waiting in ambush or hiding|
|19||fleeing something nearby|
|20||investigating a cave entrance|
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Enhanced PDF versions of all of these are available on DM's Guild with tables for locations, beasts, humanoids, hazards and other extras.