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Giant frogs were monstrous varieties of the mundane animals of the same name.[1][3][4]

Description

In terms of physical description, giant frogs completely matched normal frogs, except in size. They could grow up to 6 ft (1.8 m) long, and weigh up to 250 lb (110 kg). The tongues of these beasts could grow up to 18 ft (5.5 m) long.[3]

Behavior

All species of giant frog held a great fear towards fire and would try to get as far away from it as they could.[3][4]

Abilities

Due to their extended size, a giant frog could jump up to 10 ft (3 m) high,[1][3] and across gaps that were 20 ft (6.1 m) wide, even from being completely stationary.[1] In earlier ages, some scholars noted specimens that could jump even greater heights, up to 30 ft (9.1 m).[4]

Combat

These monstrous frogs were well camouflaged, so it was likely that their prey would be surprised. They would use their large adhesive tongues to capture and restrain foes.[3]

In combat, these beasts bit their foes, and usually grappled them in the process. Small creatures were often swallowed whole after being restrained by the frog's bite, causing the internal acids to wear away at it.[1]

History

Ruke Diggot suffered the fate of being swallowed whole by one of these hulking amphibians.[5]

Sub-Species

Giant dark frog
Giant frogs that were a type of dark creature, beings inherently tied to and lurking within the Plane of Shadow.[6][7]
Killer frog
A mutant breed of giant frog that had talons and teeth. They primarily fed upon humans.[4]
Poisonous frog
A variety of giant frog that largely looked the same as the mundane variety. However, their bodies secreted a type of poison through their skin. They were less common than the standard giant frog.[4]

Ecology

Giant frogs formed packs, although they didn't have a sophisticated hierarchy.[3]

A giant frog devours a humanoid.

Diet

These creatures mostly ate insects, small creatures, and fish,[3] as well as birds and rats.[4]

They were also capable of devouring other large creatures whole, including humans,[4][5] halflings, and elves.[4]

Habitats

Giant frogs were found in almost all natural areas of fresh water — lakes, rivers, marshes, and swamps.[4]

They were known to inhabit many places all around Faerûn, including the Mere of Dead Men,[8] the Vast Swamp,[9] the Mortick Swamp,[10] Phlan,[11] the Nagaflow[12], and in the Underdark, particularly Undermountain.[13]

Outside of Faerûn, giant frogs were known to be found in many of the tropical forests and swamps of Maztica.[14]

Relationships

Large aquatic creatures, such as giant species of fish, giant turtles,[4][3] and Giant snakes were often known to prey upon them. Although giant frogs hunted very frequently, they knew their boundaries and place in the food chain, thus they did their best to avoid such predators.[4]

Some giant frogs were known to keep the company of bullywugs. Bullywugs, as they were able to communicate with frogs and toads, formed bonds with these large frogs. Bullywugs trained the frogs to be protectors that could also hunt food for them. The ability of these frogs to swallow their prey whole allowed for the bullywugs to transport their future meals back to camp simply and efficiently.[15]

Rumors & Legends

In the Flooded Forest, there were rumors of giant frogs forming druidic circles and being capable of casting spells.[16]

Appendix

See Also

Appearances

Adventures
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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 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. Gary Gygax, Andy Collins (March 2013). “The Village of Hommlet”. In Miranda Horner, Kim Mohan eds. Dungeon #212 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 55.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 119. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 41. ISBN 0-935696-00-8.
  5. 5.0 5.1 James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “Cormanthor”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 2. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  6. Richard Baker, Bruce R. Cordell, David Noonan, Matthew Sernett, James Wyatt (March 2007). Cormyr: The Tearing of the Weave. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 73, 75–76. ISBN 978-0-7869-4119-3.
  7. Richard Baker, Bruce R. Cordell, David Noonan, Matthew Sernett, James Wyatt (March 2007). Cormyr: The Tearing of the Weave. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 80–83, 98–105. ISBN 978-0-7869-4119-3.
  8. Ed Greenwood and Sean K. Reynolds (May 1999). “Wyrms of the North: Voaraghamanthar, "the Black Death"”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #258 (TSR, Inc.).
  9. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “Explorer's Manual”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 21. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  10. Tom Prusa (1993). The Shining South. (TSR, Inc), p. 49. ISBN 1-56076-595-X.
  11. James Ward, Jane Cooper Hong (November 1989). Pool of Radiance. (TSR, Inc), pp. 113–128. ISBN 0-8803-8735-1.
  12. Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 23. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  13. Christopher Perkins (November 2018). Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 115. ISBN 978-0-7869-6626-4.
  14. Jeff Grubb and Tim Beach (September 1991). Fires of Zatal. (TSR, Inc), p. 19. ISBN 1-5607-6139-3.
  15. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 35. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  16. Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 158. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
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