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This bald, long-bearded dwarf has dull gray skin, low arching brows, and eyes that seem to absorb rather than reflect the light.

Duergar CR 1/3
XP 135
Duergar warrior 1
LE Medium humanoid (dwarf)
Init –1; Senses Darkvision 120 ft; Perception +1
AC 17, touch 9, flat-footed 17 (+6 armor, –1 Dexterity, +2 shield)
hp 7 (1d10+2)
Fort +4, Ref –1, Will +1; +2 vs. spells
Immune Paralysis, phantasms, poison
Weaknesses light sensitivity
Speed 20 ft.
Melee warhammer +3 (1d8+1/×3)
Ranged light crossbow +0 (1d8/19–20)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 3rd)

1/day—enlarge person (self only), invisibility (self only)
Strength 12, Dexterity 9, Constitution 15, Intelligence 10, Wisdom 13, Charisma 4
Base Atk +1; CMB +2; CMD 11
Feats Weapon Focus (warhammer)
Skills Intimidate +1, Stealth –3; Racial Modifiers +2 Perception relating to stonework, +4 Stealth
Languages Common, Dwarven, Undercommon
SQ slow and steady, stability
Environment any underground
Organization solitary, team (2–5), squad (6–12 plus 3 sergeants of 3rd level and 1 leader of 3rd–8th level), or clan (13–80 plus 25% noncombatant children plus 1 sergeant of 3rd level per 5 adults, 3–6 lieutenants of 3rd–6th level, and 1–4 captains of 9th level)
Treasure NPC Gear (chainmail, heavy steel shield, warhammer, light crossbow [20 bolts], 3d6 gp, other treasure)

Cousins to dwarves, duergar are foul-tempered creatures that loathe intruders to their underground realms—but not nearly as much as they do their kinfolk closer to the surface.

Duergar dwell in communities deep underground, and appear as darker, more twisted versions of their kinder kin. Their skin is a dull gray, as though rubbed with dust or ash, but this is a natural coloration that better allows them to blend with their underground surroundings. They are a race of slavers, but while non-dwarven prisoners are usually put to backbreaking work, dwarven prisoners are generally slain on the spot.

In combat, duergar fire crossbows from a distance, then shift to the warhammer after a few rounds. If outnumbered, or given sufficient threat (and space), a duergar will use its enlarge person ability and begin lashing out at its enemies.


Characters with the Knowledge (nature) or Knowledge (dungeoneering) know more about dwarfs than the common layman. When a character makes a successful skill check the following lore is revealed, higher DCs reveal all information from lower checks

Knowledge (nature) or Knowledge (dungeoneering)
DC result
12: This short grey humanoid that is bald yet has a full beard is in fact a dwarf known as a duergar. They are evil beings that dwell deep underground. This reveals all hill dwarf traits that apply to duergar.
18: Duergar can see twice as far as a normal dwarf in darkness, but are sensitive to the point of distraction in bright light. They spend their lives in toil and are at constant war with other dwarves.
20: Druegar are not skilled with traditional Dwarven weaponry. They wear drab clothing and jewelry meant to blend in with their environment.
24: Druegar are capable of minor spell like abilities once per day as follows:enlarge person, invisibility. They are immune to poison, Paralysis, and many illusions

Duergar Characters

Duergar are defined by their class levels—they do not possess racial Hit Dice. All duergar have the following racial traits.

+2 Constitution, +2 Wisdom, –4 Charisma: Duergar are hearty and observant, but also stubborn and belligerent.

Slow and Steady: Duergar have a base speed of 20 feet, but their speed is never modified by armor or encumbrance.

Darkvision: Duergar can see in the dark up to 120 feet.

Duergar Immunities: Duergar are immune to Paralysis, phantasms, and poison. They also gain a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against spells and spell-like abilities.

Stability: Duergar receive a +4 racial bonus to their CMD against bull rush or trip attempts while on solid ground.

Spell-Like Abilities: Duergar can cast enlarge person and invisibility each once per day, using their character level as their caster level. Both of these spell-like abilities affect the duergar only.

Light Sensitivity: Duergar are dazzled as long as they remain in an area of bright light.

Languages: Duergar begin play speaking Common, Dwarven, and Undercommon. Duergar with high Intelligence can choose bonus languages from the following: Aklo, Draconic, Giant, Goblin, Orc, Terran.

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