Best of the Beastiary, D&D

Hippogriff: Prisoner of Azkaban Joke

Did anyone know what a hippogriff was before that book? Or was this a commonly known monster? I don’t know, I grew up in a post-Harry Potter world.

Lore: Majestic Animals

That’s all these guys are, really. Just cool animals to populate your fantasy world.

Not much is known about hippogriffs. Their origins are magical and unknown. These omnivores mate for life and fight to the death to defend their mates and their young. A difficult fight, considering that those who prey on hippogriffs are dragons, griffons, and wyverns. However, a hippogriff can be raised in captivity to become a loyal mount and companion.

There’s not much to be done with the lore there. Maybe the players could raise one as part of their backstory. Or maybe you could create a random encounter where one of hte aformentioned predators tries to hunt a hippogriff nest. You can’t write the most compelling stories with them. But you can do some fun stuff!

Design: BIRD HORSE!!

If I had to choose between riding a griffon or riding one of these, I’d pick the hippogriff in a heartbeat.

It’s a cool looking beastie. Sandwich a bird and a horse and what do you get? Something freaking badass looking! No wonder everyone fell in love with this thing in Harry Potter!

That said, it lacks the creativity I look for in monster designs. Sure, it’s cool. But it has none of the uniqueness that makes beasts like the Beholder so cool.

Is it boring? No. But is it unique? Also no.

Stats: Nothing.

There’s really nothing special about this monster combat-wise. It’s a straight-forward monster with no special abilities or remarkable stats. It’s just ‘flying bird/horse thing that’ll claw and peck you’. Given how low a level it is, killing it really shouldn’t be hard for any party.

Not that you should want to. Evil bastards.

Placement

This is a pretty nothing monster. It isn’t awful by any means. But there’s nothing particularly memorable about it, either. It’s just… an animal. A cool looking animal! But just that.

With all that in mind, let’s put the Hippogriff on the Best of the Bestiary!

  1. Beholder
  2. Death Tyrant
  3. Dragon Turtle
  4. Green Dragons
  5. Red Dragons
  6. Blue Dragons
  7. Black Dragons
  8. White Dragons
  9. Silver Dragons
  10. Couatl
  11. Behir
  12. Aboleth
  13. Sea Hag
  14. Bronze Dragons
  15. Brass Dragons
  16. Copper Dragons
  17. Gold Dragons
  18. Chuul
  19. Gibbering Mouther
  20. Chimera
  21. Death Knight
  22. Fomorian
  23. Bone Devil
  24. Dracolich
  25. Faerie Dragon
  26. Night Hag
  27. Green Hag
  28. Ankheg
  29. Storm Giant
  30. Hill Giant
  31. Empyrean
  32. Efreeti
  33. Grimlock
  34. Dao
  35. Cloud Giant
  36. Drow (all four of ’em)
  37. Shadow Demon
  38. Marilith
  39. Drider
  40. Aarackockra
  41. Azer
  42. Demilich
  43. Spectator
  44. Marid
  45. Harpy
  46. Half-Dragon
  47. Cambion
  48. Fire Giant
  49. Animated Armor
  50. Banshee
  51. Basilisk
  52. Yochlol
  53. Bulette
  54. Cloaker
  55. Darkmantle
  56. Doppelganger
  57. Ghoul and Ghast
  58. Ettin
  59. Pit Fiend
  60. Erinyes
  61. Chain Devil
  62. Bearded Devil
  63. Barbed Devil
  64. Spined Devil
  65. Ice Devil
  66. Djinni
  67. Nalfeshnee
  68. Glabrezu
  69. Chasme
  70. Grell
  71. Barlgura
  72. Horned Devil
  73. Balor
  74. Shadow Dragon
  75. Vrock
  76. Dretch
  77. Gnolls (all three)
  78. Goristro
  79. Hezrou
  80. Manes
  81. Frost Giant
  82. Duergar
  83. Quasit
  84. Dryad
  85. Flumph
  86. Goblin
  87. Githyanki
  88. Planetar
  89. Imp
  90. Clay Golem
  91. Flameskull
  92. Displacer Beast
  93. Carrion Crawler
  94. Githzerai
  95. Grick
  96. Rug of Smothering
  97. Bugbear Chief
  98. Bugbear
  99. Flesh Golem
  100. Vine Blight
  101. Twig Blight
  102. Needle Blight
  103. Bullywug
  104. Hellhound
  105. Ettercap
  106. Gas Spore
  107. Cockatrice
  108. Lemure
  109. Solar
  110. Deva
  111. Gorgon
  112. Hippogriff <—————————–
  113. Griffon
  114. Cyclops
  115. Centaur
  116. Ghost
  117. Fire Elemental
  118. Water Elemental
  119. Air Elemental
  120. Stone Giant
  121. Deep Gnome
  122. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  123. Iron Golem
  124. Stone Golem
  125. Earth Elemental
  126. Galeb Duhr
  127. Helmed Horror
  128. Flying Sword
  129. Crawling Claw
  130. Violet Fungus
  131. Shrieker
  132. Gargoyle

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