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Giant elks, otherwise known as giant stags, were a rare species of larger than usual deer.[1][2]


On average these creatures stood 7 ft (2.1 m) tall at the shoulder and weighed around 1,500 lb (680 kg).[2]


Giant elks fought other creatures with either their antlers or their sharp forehooves.[2]

Rumors & Legends[]

These creatures were so rare that sightings were interpreted as foreshadowing some important event, like the birth of a future king. Some legends of deities manifesting on the Prime Material plane in the form of giant elks.[1]



Like any species of deer, giant elks were typically found in forests with a temperate climate.[2]

In the Border Kingdoms they could be found in the forest of Hawkgarth.[3] In the region of Kara-tur, they could be found in the forests of Akari island.[4]


Many cultures considered it taboo to hunt these creatures.[1] They were often preyed upon by dire wolves and saber-toothed tigers.[5]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 325. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 92. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  3. Ed Greenwood (September 1996). “Elminster's Everwinking Eye: The Border Kingdoms: Hawkgarth”. In Jeff Quick ed. Polyhedron #124 (TSR, Inc.), p. 6.
  4. Jeff Grubb (1987). Ochimo: The Spirit Warrior. (TSR, Inc), p. 16. ISBN 0-88038-393-3.
  5. John Nephew, et al. (March 1993). Creature Catalog. Edited by Julia Martin. (TSR, Inc.), p. 9. ISBN 1-56076-593-3.