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Easy Sky Encounter Tables for D&D 5e
D&D Encounters Collected Encounter Tables

Easy Sky Encounter Tables for D&D 5e

Duncan Thomson
At first glance you mistake the winged creature ahead for two creatures or mount and rider. Then you make out three heads and a jet of flame as it hovers around a circle of floating runes. It can only mean trouble...

Simple dungeon encounters from an upcoming Collected Encounters pdf.

Tables for Sky Encounters (levels 1-4 & levels 5-10), Encounter Details and Sky Beasts.

Flying journeys, airships, elemental air, sky islands. All suitable for sky encounters.

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Tables for... all terrains | caves | dungeon | farmland | market | river | sewers | sky

Sky Encounters (Levels 1-4)

1d20Sky Encounter Table lvl 1-4
1 2d4 aarakocra or 1d4 giant owls
2 1d3 pegasi or roll on Elemental Air lvl 1-4
3 1d4 swarms of ravens or roll on Sky Beasts
4 1d3 griffons or 1 veteran with wings of flying
5 1 priest riding a pegasus or 1d3 quetzalcoutluses (VGtM)
6 1d2 bearded devils or a magical mist (or cloud) follows the party
7 1d4 will-o'-wisps or 1 archer (VGtM) mounted on a griffon
8 2d4 pteranodons or roll on Sky Beasts
9 1d4+1 mephits (mix of any type) or 1d6 swarms of bats
10 1d4 hippogriffs or 1 succubus / incubus
11 Powerful winds (Stong Wind - DMG) or 1d2 nightmares
12 1d3 hobgoblins mounted on hippogriffs or 1d4+1 ice mephits
13 2d6 blood hawks or roll on Sky Beasts
14 1d3 perytons or 1d4 aarakocra with 1d2 pegasi
15 1d2 manticores or 1 imps
16 1d4 giant vultures or 1 shadow demon
17 1d4 harpies or 1 couatl
18 1d4 giant eagles or roll on Sky Beasts
19 1 helmed horror or 2d4 flying reindeer (elk stats)
20 1 air elemental or 1 young white dragon

From Collected Encounters on DM's Guild

Collected Encounter Tables on DM's Guild Encounters Mega-Bundle on DM's Guild

Sky Encounters (Levels 5-10)

1d20Sky Encounter Table lvl 5-10
1-2 An airship carrying 2d4 veterans and 1 mage; or 1 roc
3-4 2d4 aarakocra with 2d4 pegasi or 1 djinni
5-6 1d3 wyverns or a lightning storm
7-8 1d2 invisible stalkers or 1d2 cloud giants
9-10 1 young dragon (any metallic or chromatic) or 1d3 archers (VGtM) on manticores
11 A glowing portal to the Plane of Air (or the Upper planes); or 1d2 cambions and 1 oni
12 1 night hag on a young black dragon or 1 gynosphinx
13 1d4 air elementals or 1d4 hobgoblins and 1 hobgoblin devastator (VGtM) on griffons
14 1 deva or 1 conjurer (VGtM) with 1 air elemental myrmidon (MToF)
15 1d2 drow mages with brooms of flying; or 1d2 black abishai (MToF)
16 The Four Winds Society, halfling adventurers on a flying carpet - 1d2 veterans, 1 priest, 1 assassin and 1 mage; or 1 horned devil
17 1d6 helmed horrors or 1 necromancer (VGtM) on a beholder zombie
18 1d2 chimeras or 1 blackguard (VGtM) on a nightmare
19 1 efreet or 1d6 elven scouts and 1 knight on giant eagles
20 1 githyanki knight on a young red dragon or 1 frost giant on a roc

Encounter Details (Levels 1-4)

Use 1d10 for beasts and non-sentient creatures.

They are... (or one is...)

1d20Sky Encounter Details
1 fleeing something
2 curious about a floating circle of runes (or a strangely shaped cloud)
3 battling strong winds or awakened
4 following (or being followed by) something
5 wary about something approaching
6 strong flyers (flying speed +20 ft.)
7 playing in clouds
8 watching an event in the distance
9 tired (or seeking shelter from a storm)
10 investigating a floating lantern (or balloon)
11 watching the weather or enjoying the a warm breeze
12 circling a potential disaster
13 enjoying some solitude (or time away from home)
14 searching for a floating island (or castle)
15 playing a game of chase (or catch)
16 patrolling for threats
17 making loud noises
18 scouting for larger group
19 trying to alert others of danger
20 carrying a ring of feather falling (or a potion of fire breath)

Sky Beasts (Levels 1-4)

1d20Sky Beasts lvl 1-4
1-2 2d6 blood hawks
3-4 1d4 insect swarms or 1d2 hawks
5-6 1d4 swarms of ravens
7-8 1d4 giant vultures or 1d3 quetzalcoutluses (VGtM)
9-10 1d2 eagles
11-12 2d4 pteranodons or 1d6 vultures
13-14 2d4 giant owls
15-16 1d4 giant eagles
17-18 2d4 giant bats or 1d4+1 giant wasps
19-20 1d4 hippogriffs or 1d4 bat swarms

From Collected Encounters on DM's Guild

Collected Encounter Tables on DM's Guild Encounters Mega-Bundle on DM's Guild