In 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons, every monster in the Monster Manual (as well as other source books) has a predefined Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma score in its stat block. For example:
- Commoners have 10 (+0) for every ability score, for a total of 60.
- An Awakened Shrub has a measly 48 (3 + 8 + 11 + 10 + 10 + 6).
- An Ancient Gold Dragon has an impressive 136 (30 + 14 + 29 + 18 + 17 + 28).
- A level 1 player character using the point buy system will typically max out at approximately 78 (perhaps slightly lower or higher depending on their racial bonuses).
I chose the shrub and dragon by sorting monsters by CR on Dnd Beyond, but CR doesn't perfectly correlate with ability scores. For example, the ability scores of the Tarrasque (CR 30) only add to 96, far lower than the Ancient Golden Dragon (CR 24).
So, if we consider only the sum of these six numbers, and ignore all other abilities or features a creature may have, which monster in DnD 5e comes out on top, and which is on the bottom?
This is purely to satisfy my personal curiosity, and is not part of any effort to rank the monsters for any practical purpose.