Large plant, unalligned
Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 72 (8d10+32)
Speed 10 ft., burrow 10 ft.
STR: 14 (+2)
DEX: 12 (+1)
CON: 18 (+4)
INT: 4 (-3)
WIS: 14 (+2)
CHA: 16 (+3)
Damage Vulnerabilities Fire
Senses passive Perception 12, Stealth +6
Challenge 2 (450 xp)
False Appearance. While the slaughtermelon remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from a normal plant.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 2) piercing damage. If the target is a medium or smaller creature, it must succeed on a DC 14 Dexterity saving throw or be swallowed by the slaughtermelon. A swallowed creature is blinded and restrained, it has total cover against attacks and other effects outside the slaughtermelon, and it takes 14 (4d6) acid damage at the start of each of the slaughtermelon’s turns. If the slaughtermelon takes 15 damage or more on a single turn from a creature inside it, the slaughtermelon must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw at the end of that turn or regurgitate all swallowed creatures, which fall prone in a space within 10 feet of the slaughtermelon. If the worm slaughtermelon dies, a swallowed creature is no longer restrained by it and can escape from the corpse by using 20 feet of movement, exiting prone.
Squat and bulbous, a slaughtermelon tries to blend in with other foliage by remaining motionless or hiding under the dirt with just the lure dangling above. It’s not uncommon for farmers to go missing in areas heavily infected with slaughtermelons since the creatures can easily (yet slowly) sneak into garden patches.
Alluring Fruit. Dangling above the slaughtermelon is an attractive fruit from its own vine. A slaughtermelon can grow a ripe piece of fruit mimicking any fruit around it. Using this technique, it can trick animals or unsuspecting humanoids into walking near its maw, where it bites and devours its prey. Consequently, the ripe fruit is highly valued by the aristocracy in that it is richly sweet and very rare, so some daring farmers make a living by breeding and growing slaughtermelon farms.
Born of Blends. Slaughtermelons reproduce by infecting other seeds with their pollen. Because of this, slaughtermelons can grow from several types of plant seeds, even taking on forms similar to the ones they infect. Pumpkins, squash, cantaloupes, and eggplants are the most common since they grow large, bulbous fruits.