A lammasu (pronounced: /ˈlɑːmɑːsLA-ma-soo[2]) is a noble and stern magical beast that looks like a cross between a lion and an eagle. Lammasus seek to promote goodness throughout the world, living in isolated ruins and abandoned temples. They speak Celestial, Common and Draconic.[3]


A lammasu has the body of a lion, the wings of a giant eagle, and the face of a human.[3] They are capable of flight.[1]

The average lammasu is 2.4 m (8 ft) long and weighs about 225 kg (500 lbs).[3]


Lammasus are noble and stern creatures who prefer isolation, but concern themselves with the well-being of good creatures in general. They are cordial in nature towards other good creatures and they are often willing to assist in combating evil. Although not immediately apparent, Lammasus are occasionally capable of compassion.[3]


A lammasu can cast spells as though it were a cleric, and can cast from the good, healing, knowledge, and law domains.[3]


Lammasus will almost always join a fight if a good creature is in danger.[4] They will attack evil creatures on sight.[3] They possess sharp front claw. They can also cast cure critical wounds, cure serious wounds, and one in ten can cast holy word.[4]

Lammasus radiate an aura of protection from evil.[4]

In AD&D 2nd edition, lammasus can turn invisible and use dimension door whenever they choose.[4] However, in 3.5 edition, a lammasu can use greater invisibility on itself up to twice per day, and dimension door once per day.[3]


In −30,700 DR, a number of lammasu defeat a much larger force of Aearee-Krocaa, killing one thousand.[5]


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