Enhanced Encounter Tables [Updated]

Duncan Thomson

Encounters for all types of D&D and ways to enhance them.

They mirror the encounter generator over at

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

These are enhanced by tables for Encounter Complications and a Reason to be There.

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

Use it to see what state a random encounter or planned encounter are in.

1d8+1d12The creatures encountered are...
2investigating a dead body
4having fun
5following a trail
6waiting for something or someone
8chasing or being chased by something
10stalking or being stalked by something
11foraging for food, plants or herbs
12searching the area
15making a lot of noise
17cleaning or washing themselves
18waiting in ambush or hiding
19fleeing something nearby
20investigating 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.

arctic pdf | coastal pdf | desert pdf | forest pdf | grassland pdf | hill pdf | mountain pdf | swamp pdf | underdark pdf | underwater pdf | urban pdf