D&D Forest Encounters Random Table: D100

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The forest is a vital part of any role-playing campaign. It provides the players with a natural haven to take time away from the cities and towns, but it also can be home to many fantasy encounters that are not as peaceful as they might first appear.

From the rustling in the bushes to the gnashing of fangs, there is a lot of potential for the forest to test a group, but there are also all sorts of potential to lose one’s way or be sidetracked. This random table will give you a few ideas for what might be lurking in those dark woods and what sorts of things might happen to a wanderer.

100 Random Forest Encounters

  1. Crashing in the distance, but moving towards the party, you hear something much bigger than a small animal moving through the trees. It appears to be coming from the direction the group was headed.
  2. An eerie fog covers the forest, making it difficult to see more than a few feet in front of you. Visibility is reduced by half.
  3. Something falls from above and lands with a crunch in front of you. Investigation reveals it to be a hazelnut.
  4. The smell of rot or decay hangs in the air.
  5. A bird flies overhead and you notice that it has a beak that is much larger than normal.
  6. A strange light flickers among the trees.
  7. A bear charges out of the trees and tries to attack. The bear is a giant black bear.
  8. A strange creature with no eyes or mouth peers out from the bushes. It seems to be looking straight at you. Its body is covered with a strange purple and pink fungus.
  9. An owlbear attacks.
  10. A group of 3d4 small humanoid creatures with glowing eyes attack. They are intelligent and fight with swords. They are all named Bufonius and they are all under a spell that makes them invisible to everyone except the person who named them.
  11. An oddly-shaped tree catches your eye.
  12. A bird with a large, colorful beak lands on a branch in front of you.
  13. You hear a deep rumbling from within the earth and a patch of ground moves and then shudders.
  14. The sound of a person or persons weeping carries on the wind.
  15. You notice a strange stringy web on one of the trees.
  16. A strange fungus covers the forest floor.
  17. You see a large, hairy creature hunched over near the trees. It is eating something that you cannot see.
  18. The top of some trees are covered in large, colorful mushrooms.
  19. A ramshorn fungus is growing in a tree.
  20. Birds in the trees begin to fly about in circles, then suddenly fly off in a different direction.
  21. The top of a tree falls and lands with a crunch in front of you.
  22. A large tree grows in an odd direction, leaning over to one side.
  23. A bird flies overhead, then drops something on you. It is a small, spherical object that breaks open when it hits, revealing many tiny insects.
  24. A long, thin, vine-like plant dangles from a tree and waves back and forth.
  25. A small dragon, no larger than a halfling, lands on a branch and watches you with great interest. It is a young adult green dragon.
  26. A tree with strange, pulsating purple fruit is growing nearby.
  27. A small area is completely covered in a white mulch.
  28. The fresh footprints of a large creature are leading into a patch of dense forest.
  29. The sound of a nearby stream fills the forest with sound.
  30. A distant roaring sound can be heard.
  31. A small field of mushrooms begins to glow and emit a strange, purple light.
  32. The sound of rushing water fills the forest.
  33. An odd, winged creature flies overhead. It has 4 wings and 4 legs, though it flies as if it only has 2 wings.
  34. An unusual tree grows in an odd location. Its trunk is twisted and its branches are oddly positioned.
  35. A patch of ground begins to move and then bursts open, sending worms and insects scurrying away in all directions.
  36. A small gnome stands on a rock and jumps on top of the rock. The gnome is about 2 feet tall.
  37. An owl flies overhead and lands in a tree nearby. It caws a few times and then stares at you with its large yellow eyes. Its eyes glow and then it flies off, still staring at you.
  38. You come across a tree that is completely covered in mushrooms.
  39. A small dragon, no larger than a cat, lands on a tree branch. He is a young adult blue dragon.
  40. You come across a clearing filled with mushrooms. There is a foul smell, but you can taste something sweet in the air.
  41. The top of a tree falls down and lands directly in front of the party. Nothing is seen in the tree before it falls down.
  42. You come across an unusually-shaped tree, covered in a strange vine.
  43. You come across a small area of mushrooms, with a goblin standing next to them. The goblin is pointing an axe at the mushrooms.
  44. A long, white worm is lying across the ground.
  45. The sound of many feet can be heard in the distance. They sound like the feet of a large creature moving through the trees.
  46. A small dragon, no larger than a cat, lands on a branch and studies you with curiosity. He is a baby black dragon.
  47. The sound of many feet can be heard in the distance. They sound like the feet of a large creature moving through the trees.
  48. A small area of the forest floor is covered in a smooth white substance.
  49. Large, colorful mushrooms are growing in a circle.
  50. You notice slime dripping down the side of a nearby tree.
  51. You see a small clearing filled with a strange white substance that sparkles in the sunlight.
  52. An odd, yellow-stained creature runs through the underbrush and then stops. It is a werewolf.
  53. Dozens of strange fungi are growing out of the side of a tree, many of which are glowing.
  54. A small clearing filled with dead, brown plants.
  55. The ground shakes and the forest rumbles. A wyvern is going berserk nearby.
  56. A beautiful, white mushroom is growing nearby.
  57. A large creature moves about in the underbrush, but it is too large for you to see.
  58. A small field of mushrooms appears. They disappear as you approach.
  59. A long, thin, vine-like plant dangles from a branch in front of you. It is covered in strange purple and pink growths.
  60. A ramshorn fungus is growing on a tree. It is growing in a spiral pattern around the tree.
  61. You see a small creature in the distance, but it disappears before you can get a good look at it.
  62. A branch hanging over the road falls and lands with a loud thud. Make a dexterity saving throw or take 1d10+2 damage.
  63. The forest floor is covered in a layer of fine, white powder.
  64. Several crickets are rapping on a nearby mushroom.
  65. The bushes beside you rustle and a small creature darts out.
  66. The bushes beside you rustle and a small creature darts out. It is carrying berries.
  67. A large and oddly-shaped tree stands in the distance.
  68. A small bird lands on a branch in front of you. It caws a few times and then turns and flies off.
  69. You see a small creature in the distance, but it disappears before you can get a good look at it.
  70. Shadows appear on the trees and move as if they were living beings.
  71. A small white owl flies out of the bushes.
  72. The ground shakes and the forest rumbles. A large insect is burrowing nearby.
  73. Small lizards dart between the bushes.
  74. The ground shakes and the forest rumbles. An insect is burrowing nearby.
  75. The bushes beside you rustle and a small creature darts out. It is carrying tiny gems.
  76. A large owl flies overhead and lands on a tree in front of you. It starts hooting loudly.
  77. A large owl flies overhead and lands on a tree in front of as. It is carrying a small animal.
  78. The ground shakes and the forest rumbles. An insect is burrowing nearby.
  79. The ground shakes and the forest rumbles. A rabbit is hopping nearby.
  80. Large tracks are pressed into the earth. They look like the prints of a large bear.
  81. You see a small creature in the distance, but it disappears before you can get a good look at it.
  82. A loud bang occurs nearby. Make a constitution saving throw or take 1d10+2 sonic damage.
  83. A small snake is crossing the path.
  84. You hear the sound of distant music.
  85. You smell a foul odor. Make a constitution saving throw or be poisoned for 2d4 damage until the end of your next turn.
  86. A small snake is crossing the path.
  87. A large owl flies overhead and lands on a tree in front of you. It is carrying berries.
  88. The ground shakes and the forest rumbles. A goblin is running nearby.
  89. You see a small creature in the distance, but it disappears before you can get a good look at it.
  90. A tiny red mushroom grows on the trunk of a nearby tree.
  91. A large owl flies overhead and lands on a tree in front of you. It starts hooting loudly.
  92. A large owl flies overhead and lands on a tree in front of you. It is carrying a small animal.
  93. The forest floor is littered with scales and small pieces of a large snake.
  94. A large owl flies overhead and lands on a tree in front of you. It is carrying berries.
  95. A small bird lands on a branch in front of you. It sings a few notes and then turns and flies off.
  96. You see a small creature in the distance, but it disappears before you can get a good look at it.
  97. A large owl flies overhead and lands on a tree in front of you. It starts hooting loudly then speaks to players in common, warning of a coming storm.
  98. The ground shakes and the forest rumbles. A rabbit is hopping nearby.
  99. Small mushrooms are growing on nearby trees.
  100. The ground shakes and the forest rumbles. A large rabbit is hopping nearby. It’s an experiment by a wizard that went wrong. The wizard is now dead.

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