Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Erkling

Dungeons & Dragons is high-adventure for a lot of the time. Tolkien-esque heroic tales full of might and magic. Sometimes though, D&D adventures stride out into the horror genre.

Playing horror-based D&D is rarely an intensely scary experience. It’s hard to jumpscare when you’re carefully describing the world. A player can only be as creeped out as their imagination will allow. Yet you can build some pretty unsettling, twisted moments. The campaign book Curse of Strahd is especially effective because it leans into camp-horror; a mixed of sinister and the comical that blends really well together.

The Fantastic Beast known as an Erkling immediately inspires a horrific encounter for any D&D game.

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Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Dugbog

This journey has its ups and downs.

From a dozen deadly dragons, to a Dugbog. From giant reptilian, fire-spitting monstrosities, to a small amphibian that looks like a log. It’s a bit of a drop off. Nevertheless, I said I would turn all the Fantastic Beasts into D&D monsters, and so I shall.

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Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Dragons

Did you know that there are dragons in Dungeons & Dragons? I know, I know, I was surprised as well. Not just a few dragons either. The world of Harry Potter has some dragons to deal with too.

They come in all shapes – from babies the size of a horse to elders thirty feet in length – and all sorts of colours. The ‘good’ dragons are all shiny colours, golds and silvers, whilst the ‘bad’ dudes are standard colours like red and blue. Not only does the colour inform their general behaviour and habits, but different breath weapons.

(I’ll never forget the first time a new player confidentially stated, pre-fight: “Don’t worry guys, I’ve got this. I’m resistant to fire damage!” only to watch in horror as the green dragon unleashed an intense cloud of poison on their fledgling character. Priceless.)

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Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Doxy

Another easy one this week. A curtain-nibbling, beetle-winged pest of the Potterverse gets the D&D treatment. The Doxy isn’t going to challenge most RPG adventurers, but it’s a fun little nuisance. A Dungeon Master could have some fun telling characters that they see a fairy on a nearby tree, only to discover that it’s this angry blighter.

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Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Diricawl

It’s always nice to learn that the human race didn’t wipe out a species. It turns out, the Dodo is still alive. The species is actually a ‘Diricawl’, a magical bird that can teleport. So it’s not extinct, it just learned that humans are unsafe spaces and made themselves scarce. Good for them.

So for today’s converstion from Fantastic Beasts to Dungeons & Dragons, we have a lil’ fluffy bird that can teleport.

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Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Clabbert

Last week it was a lion with goat feet and a crab that eats magic. This week we have a monkey frog. Fantasy monsters are a little basic sometimes. Although the monkey frog has a weird, red wart on its head that lights up, which is definitely unique…

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Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Chizpurfle

When I first decided I wanted to convert all the Fantastic Beasts into Dungeons & Dragons monsters, I was thinking of all the giant spiders, snakes and cats. But today it’s a tiny crab. And that’s okay too…I guess.

To be fair, the Chizpurfle does have a few little quirks for me to work on. It’s drawn towards magic, gorges itself on magic items and hangs out in large swarms. That’s not so bad.

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Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Flobberworm

I was worried about this one. This is the most powerful creature in the entire Potterverse. I was not sure I could make the conversion to Dungeons & Dragons monster. After hours of research and careful calculation, I think I have a worthy D&D stat block for the most Fantastic Beast.

The FLOBBERWORM
Beware the Flobberworm
Thank You For Reading

Happy 1st April. Want some proper Fantastic Beasts for your D&D game? Look here!

Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Chimaera

If a fantasy writer created the Chimaera today, you might accuse them of laziness:

“Yeah, so the monster has a lion body and a lion head but it has goat hooves and the tail of a dragon!”

“So you just stuck different animals together? Is that it? And wouldn’t a lion be less dangerous if it doesn’t have claws?”

“Okay…okay, what about a lion with three heads, one is a goat head and one is-“

“Please stop.”

“a dragon head, and it has wings and the tail is actually a snake and…”

And yet, the Chimaera is a staple of fantasy and myth. It such a significant idea, that the word is used as medical and scientific jargon.

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