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Hyaenodons (pronounced: /hˈændɑːnhy-ÆN-o-dan[6]), also known as hyenodons and giant hyenas, were ancient creatures similar but unrelated to hyenas. They were considered to be within the purview of Gorellik, and were sometimes used by gnolls as guard beasts.[2][3][7]


These creatures had tawny gold fur, similar to that of a lion.[8]


Due to traveling and hunting in packs these creatures were capable of taking down prey larger than themselves, such as baluchitherium. They would surround their victims and pull them down to the ground with their vise-like jaws.[8]

Notable Hyaenodons[]

A group of thirteen exceptionally powerful hyaenodons served Amaunator by attacking those condemned by the god.[9][10]


A hyaenodon could be summoned by the conjure animals spell.[11]



Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus

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  3. 3.0 3.1 Jon Pickens ed. (1995). Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two. (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 0-7869-0199-3.
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  5. 5.0 5.1 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 54. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  6. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 26.
  7. Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 83. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
  8. 8.0 8.1 John Nephew, et al. (March 1993). Creature Catalog. Edited by Julia Martin. (TSR, Inc.), p. 9. ISBN 1-56076-593-3.
  9. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 34. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  10. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  11. Gary Gygax (1979). Dungeon Masters Guide 1st edition. (TSR, Inc.), p. 222. ISBN 0-9356-9602-4.