Dire bats averaged 200 pounds (91 kilograms) and had leathery wings that stretched 15 feet (4.6 meters) from end to end. Their bodies were covered in shaggy fur.
Dire bats hunted at night and rested during the day. They were stealthy and used echolocation to locate prey.
These bats were easy to startle and tended to kill or drive away any other encountered creatures with their bite.
Beyond the Prime Material plane, giant bats could be found in the Domains of Dread. With some claiming that they and other bat species were more numerous there than in any other plane of existence.
They were used as mounts by members of the Shadovar military and Zhentarim skymages. Shield dwarves of Oghrann in the Upperdark also kept large populations of dire bats to use as mounts as well.
The drow kept dire bats both as objects of gambling and steeds. As the former, dire bats were used like chickens or dogs to fight each other, and the drow bet on the outcome. These fights happened either in the air or on the ground, in the latter case, the animals were specifically crippled. The latter use as steeds was dangerous for the rider and was done only in some drow cities. In that case commoners, which might well include children, were used, so that the damage to a community was negligible, if the rider died.
- Mobat, a huge type of bat, even larger than a giant bat.
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