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Giant rats, also known as dire rats, were a species of large rodent.[1]


Giant rats were much larger than the common rat, most growing to the size of a large dog. They were covered in coarse fur that was brown-black in color.[3][4]


Giant rats worked exceptionally well in groups, taking advantage of their numbers to attack more efficiently.[1] They attacked a target by biting them with its sharp incisors. Giant rats avoided attacking stronger creatures, especially those wielding fire, unless driven by extreme hunger or compelled to do so by a wererat or vampire. Giant rats were excellent swimmers, as such they were just as dangerous in the water as they were on land.[3][4]

The bite of these creatures carried a potentially lethal disease known as filth fever.[3] It was recommended that victims of giant rat bites sought immediate clerical attention.[1]


Giant rats were common found in subterranean areas such as crypts, dungeons and sewers. They were also found in great numbers within graveyards, where they dug a network of tunnel to gain access to the corpses found within.[3][4]


Giant rats could be found in the wild in the Silver Marches, particularly in the Rauvin Vale and Sundabar Vale, as well as in the High Forest.[6]

Beyond the Prime Material plane, giant rats could be found in the Domains of Dread.[7]


See Also[]


A dire rat could be summoned as an animal companion in Neverwinter Nights.[8]



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