The Most Terrifying Wolf To Encounter
wolf howling in the forest with sharp teeth

There is no creature attested in all the sagas whose name carries more renown—nor dread—than the Wolf of the Fens. “Fame-wolf,” “the Ravener,” and “Bane of the High One” are just a few of the many kennings the skalds (Nordic poet) have heaped upon him.

A fearsome wolf of gargantuan size and immense strength, Fenrir is one of three children born of the union between Loki and the Jötunn Angrboða. Together with his sister Hel, ruler of the dead, and brother Jörmungandr, the world-serpent, he is one of three figures that will lead the enemies of the Æsir in battle at the Twilight of the Gods.

Armed with foreknowledge of this destiny, the Æsir sought to bind Fenrir and so limit the desolation he could bring about. Enlisting the help of the dwarven smiths Brokkr and Eitri, the gods obtained an unbreakable magical chain. Called Gleipnir, this chain was thin as spider’s thread and appeared nothing more than a fine silk ribbon. Suspicious of the gods’ motives in challenging him to break the ribbon, the mighty Fenrir agreed to be bound—so long as he could hold Týr’s hand within his jaws as his insurance against deception.

Henceforth, Týr was known as “the one-handed god.”

Wolf Unbound. No bond can hold Fenrir except the magic chain Gleipnir, forged by the Sons of Ivaldi from six impossible components. At the time of Ragnarök, however, all bonds will be broken, and Fenrir will join with his siblings in the vanguard as they march against the Æsir. When this comes to pass, the Wolf of the Fens will face Odin in battle, eventually swallowing the All-father. In turn, Odin’s son Víðarr will slay Fenrir by tearing his huge jaws asunder.

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Fenrir numbers among the most powerful creatures a group of adventurers might face. If you wish to make an encounter with the Fenris Wolf truly legendary, Fenrir might use its Twilight of the Gods mythic trait. When this happens, it calls upon a reserve of strength just as it appears to be vanquished and heralds the end of an age. Fenrir can choose one of its mythic actions when it uses a legendary action.

Fenrir uses its Twilight of the Gods Trait:

Snippet explaining the twilight of the gods trait.
Twilight of the Gods trait

Fighting Fenrir as a mythic encounter is equivalent to taking on two CR 26 creatures in one encounter. Award a party 180,000 XP for defeating Fenrir after it uses Twilight of the Gods.

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Fenrir is a figure of godlike (and God-devouring) stature. A showdown with Bane of the High One will commonly take place as the final set piece battle at the of the world in Ragnarök-themed campaign. Before reaching this point, a party of heroes will likely have many levels of experience, high-powered magical artifacts and supernatural gifts like divine blessing and epic boons all at their disposal.

Find complete stat block and description here: Fenrir – OneDnD

Fenrir wolf being confronted by hero and his dogs.

Legendary Resistance (3/Day). If Fenrir fails a saving throw, he can choose to succeed instead.

Magic Resistance. Fenrir has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.

Magic Weapons. Fenrir’s attacks count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical attacks and damage.

Twilight of the Gods (Mythic Trait; Recharges after a Short or Long Rest). When Fenrir is reduced to 0 hit points, he doesn’t die or fall unconscious. Instead, he regains 300 hit points. In addition, flames burn from his eyes and nostrils and his bite attacks do an additional 13 (2d12) fire damage.

Multiattack. Fenrir can use his Frightful Presence. He then makes three melee attacks.

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +18 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 36 (4d12 + 10) piercing damage. If the target is a creature, it is grappled (escape DC 20). Until this grapple ends, the target is restrained, and Fenrir can’t bite another target.

Shake Prey. Fenrir makes one bite attack against a larger or smaller creature he is grappling. If the attack hits, the target takes 42 (12d6) slashing damage and is thrown up to 60 feet in Fenrir’s choice of direction and knocked prone. If a thrown target strikes a solid surface, the target takes 3 (1d6) bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it was thrown. If the target is thrown at another creature, that creature must succeed on a DC 20 Dexterity saving throw or take the same damage and be knocked prone.

Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +18 to hit, reach 10ft., one target. Hit: 24 (4d6 + 10) bludgeoning damage. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 20 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.

Devour. Fenrir makes one bite attack against a larger or smaller creature he is grappling. If the attack hits, the target takes the bite’s damage, the target is swallowed, and the grapple ends. While swallowed, the creature is blinded and restrained, it has total cover against attacks and other effects outside Fenrir, and it takes 56 (16d6) acid damage at the start of each of Fenrir’s turns.

If Fenrir takes 60 damage or more on a single turn from a creature inside it, Fenrir must succeed on a DC 25 Constitution saving throw at the end of that turn or regurgitate all swallowed creatures, which fall prone in a space within 10 feet of Fenrir. If Fenrir dies, a swallowed creature is no longer restrained by it and can escape from the corpse by using 30 feet of movement, exiting prone.

Frightful Presence. Each creature of Fenrir’s choice within 120 feet of it and aware of it must succeed on a DC 17 Wisdom saving throw or become frightened for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, with disadvantage if Fenrir is within line of sight, ending the effect on itself on a success. If a creature’s saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the creature is immune to Fenrir’s Frightful Presence for the next 24 hours.

Howl (Recharge 5–6). Fenrir emits a bloodcurdling howl. Each creature within 30 feet of Fenrir that can hear the howl must make a DC 24 Constitution saving throw, taking 71 (13d10) thunder damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

Here is a stat block for Fenrir:

All stats about the Fenrir wolf.
Fenrir Stat Block

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