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I was looking at the piercer and noticed that it's attack not only has a Hit outcome, but a Miss line as well that is both fun and fits the attack. As far as I can tell, the piercer is the only creature like this in the Monster Manual.

What other monsters have specified Miss outcomes for their attacks/actions?

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You're right that Miss outcomes are uncommon

I've found a few more using the search function on DnD Beyond, but there aren't many.

In addition to the Piercer, there's also:

  • A Kobold Inventor which has a Miss effect when it throws a Green Slime Pot as part of its Weapon Invention action. Published in Volo's Guide to Monsters.

  • Zorak Lightdrinker who has a Hit or Miss effect after making a weapon attack. Published in Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage.

  • A Fluxcharger which has a Hit or Miss effect when it uses its Arc Lightning action. Published in Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica.

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    – Alex
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The only other one I could find with a "Miss:" result was the kobold inventor's Green Slime Pot:

Hit: The target is covered in a patch of green slime. Miss: A patch of green slime covers a randomly determined 5-foot-square section of wall or floor within 5 feet of the target.

I used this D&D Beyond search to find this. Note there is also Zorak Lightdrinker and Fluxcharger which have a different "Hit or Miss:" option.

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    – raithyn
    Mar 31, 2020 at 15:39

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