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By William Blake - Unknown source, Public Domain,, Antaeus
By William Blake – Unknown source, Public Domain,

Antaeus looks like a typical 11′ tall giant at first glance, by both size and appearance.

  • Gender – Male
  • Race – Giant
  • Occupation –
  • Religion – Hellenic Pantheon
  • Allies – 
  • Enemies – 
  • Abode/Base of operations  –  
  • Nationality –
  • Languages – Greek
  • Alignment – Chaotic evil
  • Affiliation (s) –
  • Significant others – 

A Libyan giant, the son of Poseidon and Gaia. He was extremely strong as long as he remains in contact with the ground (his mother earth), but once lifted into the air he became as weak as water. He challenges all passers-by to wrestling matches, kills them, and collect their skulls, using them to decorate a temple to his father Poseidon. Heracles, finding that he could not beat Antaeus by throwing him to the ground, discovered the secret of his power (touching the ground) and held Antaeus aloft.


Originally Posted by BOZ of the En World forums.

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Large Giant (Earth)
Hit Dice16d8+48 (120 hp)
Initiative+1 (Dexterity)
Speed40 ft.
AC16 (-1 size, +1 Dexterity, +6 natural)
AttacksSlam +16 melee
DamageSlam 2d8+7 (at normal size)
Face/Reach5 ft. by 5 ft./10 ft. (at normal size)
Special QualitiesGrowth, Regeneration, Contact With Earth (vulnerability)
SavesFort +11 , Ref +5 , Will +4
AbilitiesStrength 25, Dexterity 13, Constitution 17, Intelligence 8, Wisdom 11, Charisma 12
SkillsClimb +13, Jump +13, Spot +7
FeatsCleave, Combat Reflexes, Great Cleave, Power Attack, Sunder
Climate/TerrainAny land
Challenge Rating17
TreasureTriple standard
AlignmentAlways chaotic evil
AdvancementBy character class


As Antaeus enters combat, he is often underestimated as being only a mere giant. His appearance begins to change rapidly however, as he uses his Growth power immediately upon beginning combat, and begins to pummel his opponents senseless with his increasing strength.

Growth (Su) Every round that he is in combat after the first one, Antaeus continues to grow and become stronger. After each combat round, he grows two feet taller (and appropriately heavier), increases the damage on his slam attack by 1d8, and gains 2 points of Strength and Constitution, with appropriate damage and hit point adjustments. He continues to grow until he is strong like a titan: 23′ tall, with Strength 37 and Constitution 29, with a slam attack of 8d8+15 damage. Antaeus will remain at this size as long as he fights, and will gradually shrink back down to normal size when the battle is over.

Regeneration (Su) Antaeus heals all damage practically instantaneously at the beginning of each round. When his hit points increase at the beginning of a round, he will therefore have his new maximum hit points.

Contact With Earth (Su) Antaeus must maintain contact with the earth in order for his powers to function. If he is somehow lifted off the ground, his regeneration will no longer work (although he does not lose hit points that he had gained because of it), and he will return back to normal size at the same rate at which he grew.

Antaeus first appeared in Deities and Demigods (Gary Gygax, 1980).

D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Antaeus

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The son of Gaia and Poseidon, Antaeus was a (small) giant who really liked to wrestle. He wrestled anyone willing to, challenging even Heracles/Hercules. While he remained in contact with the ground however, Antaeus was utterly invincible—so Hercules picked him up and crushed him to death in a bear hug. Before that however the wrestler had bested and killed countless opponents, so many that he built a temple to Poseidon out of their skulls. Nothing says I love you like skulls amirite?

Medium giant, neutral
Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 57 (6d8+30)
Speed 30 ft.

20 (+5)​14 (+2)​20 (+5)​10 (+0)​10 (+0)​12 (+1)​

Saving Throws Dex +4
Skills Athletics +7, Perception +2
Senses passive Perception 12
Languages Common
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Gaea’s Strength. As long as Antaeus is in contact with the earth, his Strength is increased by 4 (included in his statistics), and he has advantage on Strength checks and saving throws. This feature functions if he stands on earth, stone, sand, or mud; even a wooden or stone floor of a building or street is sufficient as long as that is in contact with the actual ground.

Gaea’s Vitality. If he is knocked unconscious or killed while in contact with the earth, Antaeus regains all of his hit points, ends any conditions other than prone that he is being affected by, and can take actions on his next turn. He can only be permanently killed if it is done while he is not in contact with the earth. To physically lift him up a creature must be grappling Antaeus and succeed on an opposed Strength (Athletics) check to pin, then has disadvantage on a second opposed Strength (Athletics) check to lift him into the air.

Power Attack. When Anteus makes his first melee weapon attack in a turn, he can choose to take a -5 penalty to his melee weapon attack rolls in exchange for a +10 bonus to melee weapon damage. In addition, Anteus can use a bonus action to make one melee weapon attack after he uses a melee weapon to reduce a creature to 0 hit points or scores a critical hit with it. Anteus can only use this feature on his turn.

Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d4+5) bludgeoning damage.

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