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What is the lowest CR creature that has Legendary Actions?

I'm open to answers referencing creatures from any officially published WotC resources, including named NPCs in published adventures or DDAL (Adventurers League).

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We have a winner at CR 3

As of now, according to a search on DnD Beyond, there is a single creature who wins at CR 3:

The Bol'bara who is from the Explorer's Guide to Wildmount. There are some specific requirements for them to have legendary actions which are mentioned in mdrichey's answer. Thanks to mdrichey for finding this option in the first place.


Below is my previous answer prior to the release of Wildmount:

There are two creatures tied at CR 4 that have legendary actions:

The Yestabrod from Out of the Abyss and the Thessalhydra from Hunt for the Thessalhydra.

There is also the honorable mentions of the Merrenoloth from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes; a CR 3 character with lair and regional actions though no legendary actions.

There is also, as mdrichey points out, the Unicorn at CR 5 from the Monster Manual, who has legendary actions, is not from a specific module, and is not a specific (single) character/creature. Thanks, again, to mdrichey for bringing up the Unicorn as an option/example.

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Bol'bara (CR 3)

The adventure "Unwelcome Spirits," contained in Explorer's Guide to Wildmount, contains a CR 3

goblin warlock

named Bol'bara, who has legendary actions when she

is fully possessed by her patron, the shadow demon known as Trush.

Honorable Mention: Unicorn

Medix2's answer mentions a couple of CR 4 monsters from other published adventures that have legendary actions. I think it is also worth mentioning that the lowest CR monster with legendary actions that is not tied to a specific published adventure is the CR 5 unicorn.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I Incorporated some of your answer into my own. If you don't think I gave out credit correctly or that it should be restructured, feel free to explain \$\endgroup\$ – Medix2 Mar 18 '20 at 0:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ Well would you look at that, mere hours after I accepted an answer, the new book came out with a different answer. Although I won't change the accepted answer, I feel that at least you deserved a +1. \$\endgroup\$ – heerkitten Mar 18 '20 at 5:45

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