A fish was a type of limbless aquatic animal that was often used as a source of food by many creatures.[1][2][3][4]

Description[edit | edit source]

Fishermen using fishing rods and harpoons to catch fish.

Most types of fish were generally not a threat, but giant fish could be deadly foes, sometimes swallowing foes whole.[5]

Ecology[edit | edit source]

Fish of the same type often gathered in "schools". They often did not attack others unless magically commanded to do so.[6] They were herded by merfolk,[7] and sometimes guarded by nixies.[8]

Religion[edit | edit source]

Blibdoolpoolp, the goddess of the kuo-toa (who themselves were fish-like humanoids), often took the form of a woman with a fish's head.[9]

Some societies believed that krakens were deities—such creatures may have bestowed plentiful harvests of fish upon their worshipers, should the krakens be pleased with their deeds.[10]

Uses[edit | edit source]

Several creatures ate fish as either part of or all of their diet. Some of these creatures included bronze[4] and black dragons.[1] Tantran finefish was a type of spiced and pickled fish produced in Tantras.[11]

Fish could be summoned by a variety of spells, from monster summoning I (which could summon a single lamprey) to monster summoning VIII (which could summon a giant shark).[6] They were also sometimes used as familiars.[12]

The infamous beholder Xanathar kept a goldfish named Sylgar as a pet.[13]

Notable Types of Fish[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The mark of the most ancient dwarven kingdom of Faerûn, Haunghdannar, was that of a mountain with a fish mounted on a seven-pointed star.[38]

Three small fish was the sabban mark of Ylar Sabban in Calimport.[39]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Novels
ArchmageCity of the DeadSojournTantras
Video Games
Baldur's Gate: Dark AllianceBaldur's Gate IIIIdle Champions of the Forgotten RealmsNeverwinterSword Coast Legends

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