Description[edit | edit source]
The average black pudding measured 15 ft (4.6 m) across and 2 ft (0.6 m) thick and they weighed around 18,000 lb (8.2 mt). While most of these monsters were an inky black, some could be brown, grey, and even white. In underground locations, these creatures appeared as dark blobs.
Some black puddings that managed to survive for a very long time came to be known as elder black puddings, they were significantly bigger than their younger counterparts and had almost impenetrable outer layer of aged material. These ancient black puddings were immune to all damage, unless the outer layers were dissolved first by a very specific concoction.
Behavior[edit | edit source]
These creatures were mindless underground-dwelling hunters and scavengers that wandered and absorbed whatever they found. A black pudding would position itself in a dungeon hallway like a shadow and wait for unsuspecting prey.
Combat[edit | edit source]
Black pudding attacked by grabbing, grappling, and constricting prey directly into their liquid-esque mass. Like other oozes, they also secreted a deadly acidic substance which strongly and quickly dissolved weapons, clothing, and organic tissue alike. When slashed at or pierced, the black pudding split into two smaller puddings, both of which would do the same; this continued until they were too small and weak to do so further. A black pudding would eat bone, metal, and wood leaving only stone behind.
Ecology[edit | edit source]
Like other oozes, black pudding desire warmth and sense their prey through movement. While the creatures seek living and breathing targets, they will feast on animal guts, slime, and mushrooms.
Black puddings could be found inhabiting shrines and temples dedicated to Ghaunadaur, the drow deity of oozes. The worshipers of the deity cultivated alliances with black pudding for mutual defense.
History[edit | edit source]
Circa 1490 DR, the especially huge ancient Elder black pudding created a lair for itself in the Noxious Chasm just outside of Luskan that served as the city's sewer's exhaust. The significant age of the creature granted it an almost impenetrable crust of aged material making it almost invincible. The Elder has been disposed of using Relona's anti-pudding dissolving agent that dissolved its aged armor making it vulnerable.
Appendix[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Dungeon #126: "Blood of Malar" • Doom of Daggerdale • City of the Spider Queen • Princes of the Apocalypse • Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage • Candlekeep Mysteries: "The Book of Inner Alchemy"
- Video Games
- Sword Coast Legends • Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms
- Card Games
- AD&D Trading Cards • Dragonfire (Shadows Over Dragonspear Castle)
- Board Games
- Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins
Further reading[edit | edit source]
- Johnathan Richards (July 1995). “The Ecology of the Black Pudding”. In Wolfgang Baur ed. Dragon #219 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 35–39.
References[edit | edit source]
- Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 241. ISBN 978-0786965614.
- Rob Heinsoo, Stephen Schubert (May 19, 2009). Monster Manual 2 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 172. ISBN 0786995101.
- Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 201. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 297. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
- Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 10. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
- Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson (1974). “Monsters & Treasure”. Dungeons & Dragons (TSR, Inc), p. 19.
- n-Space (October 2015). Designed by Dan Tudge, et al. Sword Coast Legends. Digital Extremes.
- Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 240. ISBN 978-0786965614.
- James Wyatt (September 2002). City of the Spider Queen. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 28. ISBN 0-7869-1212-X.
- Christopher Perkins (November 2018). Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 20. ISBN 978-0-7869-6626-4.