Pseudodragon: A Scaly Companion

It’s time to talk about my favorite game: Partialdungeons and Pseudodragons!

I’ll see myself out…

Lore: A Cat with Wings

Dwelling in the quiet places of the world, within tree hollows and small caves, pseudodragons are elusive but playful creatures. They tend to avoid other creatures, only ever fighting when provoked; even then, it only uses its stinger to paralyze its attackers in order to flee. Despite this, they’re often sought out by wizards, as they can make for superior familiars; with a little gift of food or treasure, they can be made a good companion, so long as they are treated fairly.

While they cannot communicate verbally, pseudodragons are capable of light telepathic communication. It can share basic ideas, like hunger or affection or other such feelings. They can also vocalize basic animal sounds to further communicate their desires.

There’s not much you can do with this lore. Certainly nothing worth a full campaign. Maybe you could do something for a character side quest; give the wizard in the party a chance to get a familiar, something to that effect. Beyond that, though, your options are limited.

Design: My Ideal Pet

You know a dragon? Imagine that. But smaller.

So… it’s a scaly cat? I’ll want one.

Oh my god, I accidentally made an Imagine Dragons pun, I am so sorry.

I love how the artists managed to capture the scale of the little guy in the artwork. A big book, a smaller book, a candle, and a mouse not only make for a surprisingly effective little tower, they also do well to give perspective. This dude is legit small enough to fit on my desk!

As for the design itself… what were you expecting from a monster called the ‘pseudodragon’? It’s a tiny little dragon. That’s all.

Does it fit the bill? Yeah. Is it exceptionally creative? Not really. But what else is there to do?

I still want one. I wanna give him scritches. Even if he stomps all over my keyboard.

Stats: The Weakest Dragon

Poor little dude doesn’t even have a breath attack. How can it still be called a dragon?!

As you might expect from a creature this size, the pseudodragon isn’t particularly durable. Its AC is just barely above single digits, unlike its HP. Sure, it has Magic Resistance, and Keen Senses give it advantage on Perception checks. But anyone who tries to kill it won’t have a hard time of it.

Its attacks aren’t much better. Its bite is pretty weak and its stinger isn’t better. Though the latter at least has a poison effect. So… that’s something.

This clearly isn’t the kind of monster you fight on its own. It makes for a good accompaniment piece to a more powerful enemy. But even then, it’s just a momentary distraction. Not an ideal monster for a fight.

Placement

Honestly, this one is fairly disappointing. Not one of the three categories is necessarily bad, but they are all fairly underwhelming. At no point was I impressed by any of it!

With all that in mind, the Pseudodragon is going to #112 on the Best of the Bestiary.

  1. Beholder
  2. Death Tyrant
  3. Mind Flayer
  4. Dragon Turtle
  5. Mummy/Mummy Lord
  6. Nagas (all three of ’em)
  7. Green Dragons
  8. Red Dragons
  9. Blue Dragons
  10. Black Dragons
  11. White Dragons
  12. Silver Dragons
  13. Couatl
  14. Behir
  15. Aboleth
  16. Sea Hag
  17. Lamia
  18. Bronze Dragons
  19. Brass Dragons
  20. Copper Dragons
  21. Gold Dragons
  22. Chuul
  23. Kuo-Toa
  24. Gibbering Mouther
  25. Kraken
  26. Intellect Devourer
  27. Chimera
  28. Death Knight
  29. Fomorian
  30. Bone Devil
  31. Dracolich
  32. Faerie Dragon
  33. Gelatinous Cube
  34. Lich
  35. Peryton
  36. Orcs (all four of ’em)
  37. Magmin
  38. Kobold
  39. Kenku
  40. Hobgoblins
  41. Night Hag
  42. Green Hag
  43. Black Pudding
  44. Ankheg
  45. Hook Horror
  46. Oni
  47. Storm Giant
  48. Hill Giant
  49. Empyrean
  50. Efreeti
  51. Grimlock
  52. Minotaur
  53. Dao
  54. Cloud Giant
  55. Manticore
  56. Drow (all four of ’em)
  57. Shadow Demon
  58. Modrons (all five of ’em)
  59. Marilith
  60. Drider
  61. Aarackockra
  62. Azer
  63. Demilich
  64. Spectator
  65. Gray Ooze
  66. Ochre Jelly
  67. Hydra
  68. Marid
  69. Harpy
  70. Werejackal
  71. Otyugh
  72. Half-Dragon
  73. Cambion
  74. Fire Giant
  75. Nothic
  76. Pixie
  77. Animated Armor
  78. Banshee
  79. Basilisk
  80. Yochlol
  81. Bulette
  82. Cloaker
  83. Darkmantle
  84. Doppelganger
  85. Ghoul and Ghast
  86. Ettin
  87. Medusa
  88. Pit Fiend
  89. Erinyes
  90. Chain Devil
  91. Bearded Devil
  92. Barbed Devil
  93. Spined Devil
  94. Ice Devil
  95. Mimic
  96. Djinni
  97. Merrow
  98. Nalfeshnee
  99. Glabrezu
  100. Chasme
  101. Grell
  102. Barlgura
  103. Horned Devil
  104. Balor
  105. Shadow Dragon
  106. Myconids (all four of ’em)
  107. Piercer
  108. Werebear
  109. Lizardfolk
  110. Vrock
  111. Dretch
  112. Pseudodragon <—————-
  113. Gnolls (all three)
  114. Goristro
  115. Hezrou
  116. Manes
  117. Frost Giant
  118. Weretiger
  119. Werewolf
  120. Duergar
  121. Quasit
  122. Dryad
  123. Flumph
  124. Goblin
  125. Nightmare
  126. Wereboar
  127. Wererat
  128. Githyanki
  129. Owlbear
  130. Planetar
  131. Imp
  132. Ogres/Half-ogres
  133. Clay Golem
  134. Flameskull
  135. Displacer Beast
  136. Carrion Crawler
  137. Githzerai
  138. Grick
  139. Invisible Stalker
  140. Rug of Smothering
  141. Bugbear Chief
  142. Bugbear
  143. Flesh Golem
  144. Vine Blight
  145. Twig Blight
  146. Needle Blight
  147. Mephits (all six of ’em)
  148. Bullywug
  149. Hellhound
  150. Ettercap
  151. Gas Spore
  152. Cockatrice
  153. Lemure
  154. Homonculus
  155. Merfolk
  156. Solar
  157. Deva
  158. Gorgon
  159. Hippogriff
  160. Griffon
  161. Cyclops
  162. Centaur
  163. Ghost
  164. Pegasus
  165. Fire Elemental
  166. Water Elemental
  167. Air Elemental
  168. Stone Giant
  169. Deep Gnome
  170. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  171. Iron Golem
  172. Stone Golem
  173. Earth Elemental
  174. Galeb Duhr
  175. Helmed Horror
  176. Flying Sword
  177. Crawling Claw
  178. Violet Fungus
  179. Shrieker
  180. Gargoyle
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