Duergar, 1st-Level Warrior

Size/Type: Medium Humanoid (Dwarf, psionic)
Hit Dice: 1d8+5 (9 hp)
Initiative: +0
Speed: 20 ft. in chainmail (4 squares); base speed 20 ft.
Armor Class: 17 (+5 chainmail, +2 heavy shield), touch 10, flat-footed 17
Base Attack/Grapple: +1/+2
Attack: Warhammer +2 melee (1d8+1/×3) or light crossbow +1 ranged (1d8/19-20)
Full Attack: Warhammer +2 melee (1d8+1/×3) or light crossbow +1 ranged (1d8/19-20)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Duergar traits, psi-like abilities
Special Qualities: Darkvision 120 ft., duergar traits
Saves: Fort +4*, Ref +0*, Will -1*
Abilities: Str 13, Dex 11, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 9, Cha 4
Skills: Appraise +2, Craft (blacksmithing) +2, Craft (stonemasonry) +2, Listen +3, Move Silently -4, Spot +2
Feats: Toughness
Environment: Underground
Organization: Team (2-4), squad (9-16 plus 3 3rd-level sergeants and 1 leader of 3rd-8th level) or clan (20-80 plus 25% noncombatants plus 1 3rd-level sergeant per 5 adults, 3-6 6th-level lieutenants, and 1-4 9th-level captains)
Challenge Rating: 1
Treasure: Standard coins, double goods, standard items
Alignment: Often lawful evil
Advancement: By character class
Level Adjustment: +1

Sometimes called gray dwarves, these evil beings dwell in the underground.

Most duergar are bald (even the females), and they dress in drab clothing that is designed to blend into stone. In their lairs they may wear jewelry, but it is always kept dull. They war with other dwarves, even allying with other underground creatures from time to time.

Duergar speak Dwarven and Undercommon.

Challenge Rating:

Duergar with levels in NPC classes have a CR equal to their character level. Duergar with levels in PC classes have a CR equal to their character level +1.


Psi-Like Abilities: 1/day—expansion, invisibility. These abilities are as the power (or spell) manifested by a psion of the duergar’s Hit Dice (minimum 3rd level) and affect only the duergar and whatever he carries.


Duergar characters possess the following racial traits.

  • +2 Constitution, -4 Charisma.
  • Medium size.
  • Duergar base land speed is 20 feet. However, gray dwarves can move at this speed even when wearing medium or heavy armor or when carrying a medium or heavy load (unlike other creatures, whose speed is reduced in such situations).
  • Darkvision out to 120 feet.
  • Immunity to paralysis, phantasms, and poison.
  • +2 racial bonus on saves against spells and spell-like effects.
  • Stability: Duergar are exceptionally stable on their feet. A duergar receives a +4 bonus on ability checks made to resist being bull rushed or tripped when standing on the ground (but not when climbing, flying, riding or otherwise not standing firmly on the ground).
  • Stonecunning: This ability grants a duergar a +2 racial bonus on Search checks to notice unusual stonework, such as sliding walls, stonework, traps, new construction (even when built to match the old), unsafe stone surfaces, shaky stone ceilings, and the like. Something that isn’t stone but that is disguised as stone also counts as unusual stonework. A gray dwarf who merely comes within 10 feet of unusual stonework can make a Search check as if he were actively searching, and a duergar can use the Search skill to find stonework traps as a rogue can. A duergar can also intuit depth, sensing his approximate depth underground as naturally as a human can sense which way is up. Duergar have a sixth sense about stonework, an innate ability that they get plenty of opportunity to practice and hone in their underground homes.
  • Psi-Like Abilities: 1/day—expansion, invisibility. These abilities affect only the duergar and whatever he carries. Manifester level is equal to Hit Dice (minimum 3rd).
  • Naturally Psionic: Duergar gain 3 bonus power points at 1st level. This benefit does not grant them the ability to manifest powers unless they gain that ability through another source, such as levels in a psionic class.
  • +1 racial bonus on attack rolls against orcs (including half-orcs) and goblinoids (including goblins, hobgoblins, and bugbears).
  • +4 dodge bonus to Armor Class against creatures of the giant type (such as ogres, trolls, and hill giants).
  • Light Sensitivity (Ex): Duergar are dazzled in sunlight or within the radius of a daylight spell.
  • Duergar have a +4 racial bonus on Move Silently checks and a +1 racial bonus on Listen and Spot checks. They have a +2 racial bonus on Appraise and Craft checks that are related to stone or metal.
  • Automatic Languages: Common, Dwarven, Undercommon.
  • Bonus Languages: Draconic, Giant, Goblin, Orc, Terran.
  • Favored Class: Fighter.
  • Level Adjustment: +1
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