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The Sphinx

By Jean-Léon Gérôme - Fuente, Public Domain,, The Sphinx
By Jean-Léon Gérôme – Fuente, Public Domain,

A stone golem with a lion’s body and a pharaoh’s head. it stands 66 feet tall and 240 feet long, and its weight is incalculable. It is sculpted from living basalt.

A golemlike construct of Colossal size. They are automatons of close to god-like power. Constructing one involves the employment of epic magic and mental forces. These are mainly made by either Hephaestos or his servants.

A stone colossus cannot speak or make any vocal noise.

D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Great Sphinx

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There are sphinxes (or sphinx-like creatures) throughout the mythological world, but in large part they’re thought to have originated in Egypt or Ethiopia—or rather, at least the Greeks recognized they were from elsewhere.

In Egypt the sphinx is depicted as a male and also a guardian of knowledge, but decidedly nicer. In any event there’s just the one in Greek mythology, thought to be the daughter of Orthrus and Chimera, Orthrus and Echidna, or Echidna and Typhon. She guarded Thebes and only allowed travelers who could answer her riddle passage inside or out, eating anyone who couldn’t. Oedipus figures it out though, and in a fit of hysteria the Sphinx throws herself into the sea to die (making him into a hero of the thebans). What this riddle originally was is lost to time, but there are two still attributed to her:

“Which creature has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?”​

Man—who crawls on all fours as a baby, then walks on two feet as an adult, and then uses a cane in old age.

“There are two sisters: one gives birth to the other and she, in turn, gives birth to the first. Who are the two sisters?”​

Day and night; in Ancient Greek ἡμέρα (day) and νύξ (night) are feminine.

Great Sphinx

Gargantuan construct, lawful neutral
Armor Class 19 (natural armor)
Hit Points 350 (20d20+140)
Speed 50 ft., fly 50 ft.

25 (+7)​15 (+2)​25 (+7)​20 (+5)​18 (+4)​18 (+4)​

Saving Throws Wis +12; Proficiency +8
Skills Athletics +15, Arcana +21, History +21, Perception +12, Religion +13
Damage Resistances cold, fire, lightning, thunder; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing
Damage Immunities poison, psychic
Condition Immunities blinded, charmed, deafened, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, stunned
Senses darkvision 200 ft., passive Perception 22
Languages Common, Sphinx
Challenge 25 (75,000 XP)

Broken Nose. The sphinx has disadvantage on scent-based Wisdom (Perception) checks.

Damage Threshold. When the sphinx takes damage from an attack, spell, or other effect, it ignores the first 10 points of damage (calculated after resistances; minimum 0).

Epic Concentration. The sphinx is able to concentrate on up to 2 spells at the same time. If it fails a concentration check while concentrating on more than one spell, it loses both spells. In addition, while it is using one or more concentration spells the sphinx gains one extra bonus action each turn that can only be used to manipulate those spells.

Inscrutable. The sphinx is immune to any effect that would sense its emotions or read its thoughts, as well as any divination spell that it refuses. Wisdom (Insight) checks made to ascertain the sphinx’s intentions or sincerity have disadvantage.

Legendary Resistance (3/Day). If the sphinx fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.

Magic Resistance. The sphinx has advantage on saving throws made against spells and other magical effects.

Magic Weapons. The sphinx’s weapon attacks are magical.

Natural Wonder. The sphinx always knows how long until the next sunset or sunrise and the northerly direction, and it can perfectly remember anything it has experienced within the last century.

Regeneration. The sphinx regains 20 hit points at the start of its turn if it has at least 1 hit point.

Spellcasting. The sphinx is a 14th-level spellcaster. Its spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 21, +13 to hit with spell attacks). It requires no material components to cast its spells. The sphinx has the following wizard spells prepared:

  • Cantrips (at will): mage handminor illusionprestidigitation
  • 1st level (4 slots): detect magicidentifyshield
  • 2nd level (3 slots): darknesslocate objectmisty step, suggestion
  • 3rd level (3 slots): counterspell, dispel magicremove cursetongues
  • 4th level (3 slots): banishmentblack tentacles, confusion
  • 5th level (2 slot): cone of cold, legend lore, telekinesis
  • 6th level (1 slot): sunbeam, true seeing
  • 7th level (1 slot): arcane sword

Multiattack. The sphinx attacks twice with its colossal claws, or it casts a spell and attacks once with its colossal claws.

Colossal Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 60 ft., multiple targets (60-foot line that is 10-feet wide centered on one target; roll separately for each creature and object in the area). Hit: 33 (4d12+7) bludgeoning damage and the target makes a DC 23 Strength saving throw or is knocked prone.

The sphinx can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The sphinx regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.
Colossal Claw Attack. The sphinx makes one colossal claw attack.
Teleport (Costs 2 Actions). The sphinx magically teleports, along with any equipment it is wearing or carrying, up to 120 feet to an unoccupied space it can see.
Cast a Spell (Costs 3 Actions). The sphinx casts a spell from its list of prepared spells, using a spell slot as normal.

The Sphinx

Stone Colossus
Colossal construct
Hit Dice64d10 (432 hp)
Initiative-3 (Dexterity)
Speed40 ft. (can’t run)
AC44 (-8 size, -3 Dexterity, +45 natural)
Base Attack/Grapple+48/+94
AttackSlam +70 (8d6+30) melee
Full Attack2 slams +70 (8d6+30)
Space/Reach30 ft./30 ft.
Special Attacksshatter
Special QualitiesConstruct traits, magic immunity, antimagic field, DR 10/Epic and adamantine
SavesFort +21, Ref +18, Will +21
AbilitiesStrength 70, Dexterity 5, Constitution -, Intelligence 7, Wisdom 10, Charisma 1
SkillsJump +34
Challenge Rating24
AlignmentUsually neutral
Advancement65-192 HD (Colossal)


Shatter (Su) A stone colossus can use shatter(DC 7) as a free action once every 2 rounds against an opponent’s weapon or other item as a 24th-level caster. The DC is Charisma-based.

Magic Immunity (Ex) A stone colossus is immune to all spells, spell-like abilities, and supernatural effects, except as follows. A transmute rock to mud spell slows it (as the slow spell) for 1 round, with no saving throw, while transmute mud to rock heals all its lost hit points. A stone to flesh spell has no effect on a stone colossus.

Construct Traits: Immune to mind-affecting effects (charms, compulsions, phantasms, patterns, and morale effects), and to poison, sleep, Paralysis, stunning, disease, death effects, necromantic effects, and any effect that requires a Fortitude save unless it also works on objects. Cannot heal damage (though regeneration and fast healing still apply, if present). Not subject to critical hits, subdual damage, ability damage, ability drain, or energy drain. Not at risk of death from massive damage, but destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points or less; cannot be raised or resurrected. Darkvision 60 ft.


A stone colossus’s body is chiseled from a single block of hard stone, such as granite, weighing at least 375,000 pounds. The colossus costs 760,000 gp to create, which includes 100,000 gp for the body. Assembling the body requires a successful Craft (sculpting) or Craft (masonry) check (DC 37). The creator must be 25th level and able to cast epic spells. Completing the ritual drains 30,600 XP from the creator and requires geas/quest, limited wish, polymorph any object, and shatter.

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