Giant crabs were a species of large crab.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

Giant crabs were known to sport varying arrays of colors. Most commonly reds, browns, and greys. Their bodies were typically covered by a large, chitinous shell.[2] Some species had their eyes atop stalks, allowing them to peak over ledges or around corners.[3]

Biology[edit | edit source]

Giant crabs were amphibious creatures, equally capable of surviving on both land and in water.[1][2][3]

Giant crabs typically mated in autumn, with males attempting to mate with as many females as they could. The fertilized females were known to bury their eggs in the sand of beaches, which would then hatch the following spring.[2]

Combat[edit | edit source]

Giant crabs typically preferred to sneak up on their prey, then catch and dismember them with their large pincers.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Some time following its destruction on the Night of Burning Flowers in 647 DR, the castle of Ito-jo in Kozakura was haunted by the ghosts of giant crabs and these hauntings would continue well into the 14th century DR.[5]

A coven of sea hags dwelling in the Sargauth Level of Undermountain used giant crabs as their mounts and pets.[6]

Ecology[edit | edit source]

Giant crabs typically made their homes along shorelines, with some burrowing into the sand at day and only coming out to feed around dusk and dawn. Though they were also known to hunt during the morning and night.[2]

Diet[edit | edit source]

Giant crabs were known to often feed upon large dead fish and other forms of carrion that sank beneath the waves or washed up on shores. Their tendency to feast upon large carrion along the seafloor was considered an important ecological niche. They were also known to venture into the water in search of fish.[2]

Habitats[edit | edit source]

In northwest Faerûn, giant crabs could be found in the Stump Bog.[7]

In the Zakhara region's Crowded Sea, they could be found on the archipelago of Jazayir al-Sartan. Particularly in its bay Batihat al-Saji and the islands of Jazayir al-Alfar and Uyun al-Sartan. Those that inhabited the last island were known as "the children of Sartan."[8]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Though difficult to train, some aquatic rangers were known to have them as animal companions.[9]

Usages[edit | edit source]

On the surface, giant crabs were often hunted by humans and demihumans for their meat and hard chitinous shells. The latter of which were prized by some as a material for constructing armor and shields.[2]

The militia of the Haifami was one such group that wielded shields, fancifully-decorated, that were carved from the shells of giant crabs.[10]

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Appendix[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Storm King's ThunderWaterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad MageBaldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus
Video Games
Organized Play & Licensed Adventures
Dark Rites at Fort Dalton

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 324. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 50. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 15. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  4. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 302. ISBN 978-0786965622.
  5. Jon Pickens, et al. (December 1986). Night of the Seven Swords. Edited by Karen S. Martin. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 3–5, 8. ISBN 0-88038-327-5.
  6. Christopher Perkins (November 2018). Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 49. ISBN 978-0-7869-6626-4.
  7. Ed Greenwood (December 1987). “Welcome to Waterdeep”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #128 (TSR, Inc.), p. 14.
  8. David Cook (October 1992). “Al-Sartan”. In Bill Slavicsek ed. Golden Voyages (TSR, Inc.), pp. 2, 4–5, 6, 8, 10. ISBN 978-1560763314.
  9. Rick Swan (1993). The Complete Ranger's Handbook. Edited by Elizabeth Danforth. (TSR, Inc), p. 31. ISBN 1560766344.
  10. David Cook (October 1992). “Al-Sartan”. In Bill Slavicsek ed. Golden Voyages (TSR, Inc.), p. 5. ISBN 978-1560763314.
  11. Deborah Christian (August 1995). “Arcane Lore: Sea Magic”. In Wolfgang Baur ed. Dragon #220 (TSR, Inc.), p. 72.
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