Bats were a group of wild, flying animals of generally small size that fed on other small mammals, insects, reptiles, or fruit. Although the majority of bats were small, a few larger varieties existed.[5] Bats were almost all nocturnal.[6]

Description[edit | edit source]

Most bats were roughly the size of a small bird although larger bats existed. All bats were adept at perceiving their surroundings in the dark though the precise mechanics differed by species, with most bats using a form of blindsight,[6] or darkvision in the case of shadowhunter bats.[5]

Species[edit | edit source]

There were many varieties of unusual bat species, some of which are listed below:

Deep bats
Dangerous bats native to the Underdark.[7]
Dire bat
Enormous bats with a wingspan of roughly eight to nine feet.
Fire bat
An unusually large bat native to the elemental planes.[5]
Shadowhunter bat
A type of large, predatory bat touched with the power of the Shadowfell.[5]
Sea bats native to the underground port at Skullport.[8]

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Habitats[edit | edit source]

Beyond the Prime Material plane, bats could be found in the Domains of Dread and some claimed that they were more numerous there than in any other plane of existence.[9]

Usages[edit | edit source]

Some magic stores were known to sell the fur and guano of bats as a sort of material component, both at a price of 10 gp per 1 oz (28 g).[10]

Circa 1365 DR, the owner of the restaurant Maid of the Moors in Mornbryn's Shield, Beldora Thiiruin kept pet bats she allowed freely fly around the dining hall, she used the flying critters and means of pest control.[11]

Halfling kids often fished for bats using a light, durable twine string, and bait of live moths.[12]

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Appearances[edit | edit source]

The Tomb of DamaraDungeon #126: "Blood of Malar"Curse of StrahdBaldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus
Plague of Spells
Video Games
Neverwinter Nights: Darkness over Daggerford

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