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Balloon trap

Source Dragonslayer's Handbook pg. 26
Price 150 gp; Weight 4 lbs.
Category Adventuring Gear


This trap consists of a buoyant balloon tied to an anchor by a very thin strand of metal. The strand acts as a vertical tripwire that triggers the trap, targeting any flying creature that contacts it. The trap’s creator may set any number of mechanical or magical effects to be triggered when the trap is activated. Balloon traps are especially useful against creatures with large wingspans, or when the balloon is concealed, as in a tree canopy or smoke cover. Below is a sample balloon trap.

Sirocco Balloon Trap - CR 14

Type magic; Perception DC 31; Disable Device DC 31


Trigger touch; Reset none
Effect spell effect (siroccoAPG, 4d6+11 fire damage [DC 19 Fort for half] plus fatigued, knocked prone [DC 19 Fort avoids], flying creatures grounded [DC 15 Fly avoids]); multiple targets (all creatures in a 20-ft.-radius, 60-ft.-high cylinder centered on the balloon trap tripwire)