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Spelljammer Ship Encounters

Duncan Thomson
Pink Dragon is a galley ship (DMG) with a simple spelljammer used by the priest captain.  skeletons at the oars row in time to a ghast drummer

Encounters for spelljammer ships using monsters from Spelljammer and the Monster Manual.

Tables for Ship Encounters (levels 1-4 & levels 5-10).

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Spelljammer Ships

The ships of Spelljammer are integral for the setting. Many groups of characters will own, steal or otherwise find their own. They are home to merchants, pirates, explorers, mercenaries and many other crews. Some are identified with a particular creature, such as the beholder Tyrant ship or the psurlon Lamprey.

Encounters include space galleons, neogi nightspiders, elven star moths, pirate sea turtles and agile shrikes.

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Ship details found in the Astral Adventurer's Guide (AAG).
The levels part of the encounter indicates the maximum CR found on board the ship. They are not meant as combat encounters. Creatures marked with a dagger (†) can serve as a spelljammer because it is a spellcaster.

Spelljammer Ship Encounters (Levels 1-4)

d20Spelljammer Ships lvl 1-4
1 Damselfly ship Pegasus crewed by 1d2 giff shipmates (BAM), an acolyte† and captained by a hadozee explorer (BAM). It has a pony mascot on board and extra crew are hadozee shipmates (BAM)
2 Squid ship Bullywug carries 1d6 scouts, a drow† and a veteran captain. It is early into its first voyage with a cargo of silk. Extra crew are scouts.
3 Dragon's End is a dragon turtle skeleton with a lizardfolk shaman† spelljammer. Crewed by 2d4 ssurran poisoners† (BAM) and captained by a ssurran defiler† (BAM). Extra crew are ssurrans lizardfolk stats)
4 Living Ship Sky Ranger with 1d4 myconid adults and captained by a dryad(or tortle druid† - MotM). It has a second tree and a herb garden
5 Flying Fish Giff's Gift crewed by 2d6 dohwar† (BAM) with 1d2 giff shipmates (BAM). It carries 2d4 space swine (BAM) and a cargo of gems
6 Scorpion Ship Misfortune with 1d6 thri-kreen (including one psionicist†) led by 1 thri-kreen hunter (BAM). Open to opportunities.
7 Lamprey Serpent's Smile has 2d4 needle blights crew and a ssurran defiler† (BAM). It's grell (telepathy 60 ft.) captain seeks the Rock of Bral.
8 Pink Dragon is a galley ship (DMG) with a simple spelljammer used by the priest captain. skeletons at the oars row in time to a ghast drummer
9 Scorpion Ship the Fumble is weaponless and home to an aartuk elder† (BAM) and 1d3 aartuk warriors (BAM). The ship bears a number of scars
10 Shrike Hadar's Hunger is crewed by 1d3 githyanki buccaneers† (BAM) and an orc warchief following a treasure map. Extra crew are bandits
11 Wanderlust is a folding boat (DMG) with a spelljammer when in its ship form. In charge is a noble† with 2d4 acolytes† missionaries as crew.
12 Space Galleon Inspiration carries 1d6 hadozee warriors (BAM), a priest† captain and a cargo of unusual pets. Extra crew are commoners
13 Lamprey Warlock's Bargain is inhabited by 1d3 psurlons† and captained by 1 psurlon ringer† in form of an elf. There are several psurlon corpses being eaten by psurlon worms.
14 Astral Pig is a garish armored wagon with a space clown† (BAM) on a spelljammer sofa. 1d3+1 space clowns† argue over who is captain.
15 Wasp Ship Fireball carries a group of adventurers on a quest to save their world. A thug, druid†, scout, spy and cult fanatic†. They need help
16 A Shrike with a mercane (BAM) merchant and 1d6 hobgoblin mercenaries. Extra crew are hadozee shipmates (BAM)
17 Space Galleon Red Wizard is captained by a wight with 2d6 zombies and a flameskull†. It is followed by a variety of scavvers.
18 Scythe is a massive bronze chariot "pulled" by 2d4 space eels (BAM) with reins held by a berserker. Sat on the spelljammer throne is a lamia(or enchanter† - MotM) who demands respect from when spoken to.
19 Shrike Tasha's Tempest is occupied by a green hag(or merrenoloth† - MotM). 1d4 specters flit around the ship. A expert in fortune telling
20 Scorpion Ship Death Cultist is crewed by 1d2 thri-kreen and 1d2 hadozee warriors (BAM). It is captained by a githyanki shipmate† (BAM) and extra crew are ssurrans (lizardfolk stats). They are bounty hunting

Spelljammer Ship Encounters (Levels 5-10)

d20Spelljammer Ships lvl 5-10
1 Damselfly ship Pegasus crewed by 1d2 giff shipmates (BAM), an acolyte† and captained by a hadozee explorer (BAM). It has a pony mascot on board and extra crew are hadozee shipmates (BAM)
2 Squid ship Bullywug carries 1d6 scouts, a drow† and a veteran captain. It is early into its first voyage with a cargo of silk. Extra crew are scouts.
3 Dragon's End is a dragon turtle skeleton with a lizardfolk shaman† spelljammer. Crewed by 2d4 ssurran poisoners† (BAM) and captained by a ssurran defiler† (BAM). Extra crew are ssurrans lizardfolk stats)
4 Living Ship Sky Ranger with 1d4 myconid adults and captained by a dryad(or tortle druid† - MotM). It has a second tree and a herb garden
5 Flying Fish Giff's Gift crewed by 2d6 dohwar† (BAM) with 1d2 giff shipmates (BAM). It carries 2d4 space swine (BAM) and a cargo of gems
6 Scorpion Ship Misfortune with 1d6 thri-kreen (including one psionicist†) led by 1 thri-kreen hunter (BAM). Open to opportunities.
7 Lamprey Serpent's Smile has 2d4 needle blights crew and a ssurran defiler† (BAM). It's grell (telepathy 60 ft.) captain seeks the Rock of Bral.
8 Pink Dragon is a galley ship (DMG) with a simple spelljammer used by the priest captain. skeletons at the oars row in time to a ghast drummer
9 Scorpion Ship the Fumble is weaponless and home to an aartuk elder† (BAM) and 1d3 aartuk warriors (BAM). The ship bears a number of scars
10 Shrike Hadar's Hunger is crewed by 1d3 githyanki buccaneers† (BAM) and an orc warchief following a treasure map. Extra crew are bandits
11 Wanderlust is a folding boat (DMG) with a spelljammer when in its ship form. In charge is a noble† with 2d4 acolytes† missionaries as crew.
12 Space Galleon Inspiration carries 1d6 hadozee warriors (BAM), a priest† captain and a cargo of unusual pets. Extra crew are commoners
13 Lamprey Warlock's Bargain is inhabited by 1d3 psurlons† and captained by 1 psurlon ringer† in form of an elf. There are several psurlon corpses being eaten by psurlon worms.
14 Astral Pig is a garish armored wagon with a space clown† (BAM) on a spelljammer sofa. 1d3+1 space clowns† argue over who is captain.
15 Wasp Ship Fireball carries a group of adventurers on a quest to save their world. A thug, druid†, scout, spy and cult fanatic†. They need help
16 A Shrike with a mercane (BAM) merchant and 1d6 hobgoblin mercenaries. Extra crew are hadozee shipmates (BAM)
17 Space Galleon Red Wizard is captained by a wight with 2d6 zombies and a flameskull†. It is followed by a variety of scavvers.
18 Scythe is a massive bronze chariot "pulled" by 2d4 space eels (BAM) with reins held by a berserker. Sat on the spelljammer throne is a lamia(or enchanter† - MotM) who demands respect from when spoken to.
19 Shrike Tasha's Tempest is occupied by a green hag(or merrenoloth† - MotM). 1d4 specters flit around the ship. A expert in fortune telling
20 Scorpion Ship Death Cultist is crewed by 1d2 thri-kreen and 1d2 hadozee warriors (BAM). It is captained by a githyanki shipmate† (BAM) and extra crew are ssurrans (lizardfolk stats). They are bounty hunting

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