Even amongst the weirdest of fantastical creatures, five legs is an oddity. Some animals are technically ‘pentapedal’ if you count the tail, and if you search for “five legged monsters” online, you get a lot of reference to a dad joke about the monster’s pants. There’s probably a very specific, mythological beast I’m missing that prevents the Quintaped from being completely unique, but it’s setup is definitely more bonkers than the average.
Not to mention that the Quintaped were once a Scottish clan that were cursed into monstrous forms and then killed those that cursed them and refuse to be turned back to normal out of spite. They weren’t angry about being cursed. They started angry and when they were warped, they owned it.
Two qualities needed to be present in the stat block to make this monster feel authentic: Firstly, its multi-limbed, bulky body needs to hit hard. Secondly, its multi-limbed, bulky body needs to be clumsy. So if you meet the Quintaped out in the open, expect to be thoroughly galumphed. On the other hand, if you manage to get to high ground, the Quintaped will tumble over its own five-hoofed frame to get to you.
If you are running a truly authentic Potter-verse game, these angry monstrosities are isolated to one Scottish island. If you just want Fantastic Beasts in your own D&D setting, the Quintaped makes for a pretty solid encounter. A herd of angry, spluttering, five-legged beasties thundering across an open plain for no other reason than that they want to be angry somewhere else…
Alternatively, maybe someone brought a Quintaped over to the mainland to study, and it broke loose. The adventurers are tasked with trying to contain the wild, raging thing as it tumbles down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, perhaps?
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