Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Salamander

Once again, I find myself with a Fantastic Beast that has a monster of the same name in D&D. As I convert these monsters, I usually have to work out how different these creatures are. If they are very similar, I have to focus in on how I can make the new stat block unique enough.

The Fantastic Beast Salamander however, is very different from its counterpart. They are both fire-based creatures, but that is where the likeness falls away.

‘Fireplace’ Salamander

The Dungeons & Dragons Salamander is a large, reptilian-humanoid that lives on the Plane of Fire or in volcanoes, and has a rich and fiery civilisation. The ‘Fireplace Salamander’, as I’m naming it so that there is a distinction, is little more than a flaming lizard that can only stray from fire briefly.

The former makes for a tough fight; those that stand too close risk spear and tail attacks, and suffer terrible burns every time they strike the Salamander in return. The latter is a curiosity, an unusual little critter which would make for an odd sight in the fireplace or brazier of a great wizard’s home.

Important note: there will be those players that adore having pets in D&D. There’s always one player/adventurer that wants to tame the little beasts they see along the way. I mention this, so that you can prepare for the moment when one of your friends think they can keep the Salamander as a pet or familiar, only to be hit with disappointment, as the poor creature fizzle out a few hours later.

Thank You For Reading

You can find more Fantastic beasts converted into D&D monsters right here!

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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