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Giant weasels, also known as dire weasels, were a species of larger than normal weasels.[3]


Dire weasels had sleek, long bodies up to 10 feet (3 meters) long and could reach a weight of 700 pounds (320 kilograms).[3] Those that dwell in the North were known to have white coats. And rarely, some giant weasels were born with an entirely black coloration.[4]


Giant weasels had a unique agent within their saliva that, when in contact with a creature's open wound, prevented the clotting process in blood and promoted greater bleeding.[4]


Giant weasels were known to be far more vicious than their smaller cousins and were often just as willing to attack humanoid creatures as they were normal prey.[4]


Once a giant weasel had its jaws locked onto a creature it was very reluctant to let go and would suck at their victim's blood. Due to the special agent within their saliva, the amount of bleeding would be excessive.[4]


Unlike their smaller cousins, who were rather solitary creatures, giant weasels typically lived and hunted in packs.[4]


A number of giant weasels were known to serve the mad druid Wyllow within her domain of Undermountain.[6]

Giant weasels were also known to inhabit the fens, salt flats, and coniferous forests of the Moonshae Isles,[7] the forests of Cormanthor,[8] and Semberholme.[9]


Much like their smaller cousins, giant weasels were often trained and domesticated to be hunting companions or guard animals.[5][4] Kobolds were one of many races known for domesticating giant weasels, but unlike larger races they were known to use them as mounts.[10]


Before the Second Sundering, giant weasel pelts were generally known to sell found around 1,000 to 6,000 gp.[4][5] The white pelts of the northern giant weasel, as well as the pelts of the rare black giant weasel, both typically sold for more.[4]


Giant weasels were favored animals of the gnomish gods Garl Glittergold and Segojan Earthcaller.[11]




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  2. Template:Cite dungeon/208/Some Assembly Required
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  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 100. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  6. Jean Rabe, Norm Ritchie (Feburary 1994). The Ruins of Undermountain II: The Deep Levels (Campaign Guide). (TSR, Inc), pp. 40–41. ISBN 1-5607-6821-5.
  7. Douglas Niles (November 1987). Moonshae. Edited by Mike Breault. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 16–18. ISBN 0-88038-494-8.
  8. Ed Greenwood (March 1993). “Campaign Guide to Myth Drannor”. In Newton H. Ewell ed. The Ruins of Myth Drannor (TSR, Inc.), p. 11. ISBN 1-5607-6569-0.
  9. Steven E. Schend and Kevin Melka (1998). Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves. (TSR, Inc), p. 87. ISBN 0-7069-0761-4.
  10. Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, Kolja Raven Liquette (2006). Races of the Dragon. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 38. ISBN 0-7869-3913-3.
  11. Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. pp. 10–15. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.