Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Horklump

When is a mushroom not a mushroom?

It looks like a mushroom, smells like a mushroom, lives it’s life in the way that a mushroom does. But uproot this super-rapid breeder and you’ll see tentacles, not roots. Oh yes, this mushroom is actually an animal that barely does anything. That’s cool I guess.

Doesn’t really do much for us in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign, but hey, we’re making them all.


So the Horklump is doing absolutely nothing for us in a combat encounter, but there is something very odd that creeps in when you make a monster that’s an animal that thinks its a plant.

There are spells that allow you to interact with plants. You can chat to them, make them grow quicker, even teleport through trees. So straight away there’s chance that a druid is going to think that the Horklump is ignoring its attempts to interact with them, getting slowly more annoyed by a fungus.

Then there are the spells that allow you to interact with the ‘beast’ type of monsters. The Horklump might have “no discernible use” according to Fantastic Beasts, but in D&D these little puffballs might have a time to shine.

Speak with animals is a lower level spell that speak with plants, so a knowledgeable caster will know that chatting with a nearby Horklump makes ‘more sense’. You could cast conjure animals and summon 8 Horklumps. I… don’t know why you would do that. Mad at your neighbour?

Most interestingly, beast bond allows you connect telepathically with a beast and send simple, conceptual messages to each other. When you consider that most creatures won’t think twice about a clump of mushrooms, and you have yourself an excellent early warning system when you are camping. Pot a clump of Horklump and take it with you, and their blindsight will allow you to detect when invisible creatures are nearby.

You’ll look looney, walking around with a handful of mushrooms, but that’s a small price to pay.

Thank You For Reading

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Author: Rufus Scott

I am a long term Gamer, a full-time History Teacher and a part-time geek. I enjoy writing about the positive aspects of gaming, especially when it comes to education. My posts are sometimes nostalgic, occasionally irrelevant, largely meant to provoke further discussion. I'll sometimes punctuate these whimsical ramblings with a random comment on gaming and/or teaching.

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