A night hunter (sometimes spelled nighthunter), also commonly known as a dragazhar, was a type of deep bat that hunted in packs.[3][4]


Dragazhars were nocturnal creatures of medium to high intelligence that survived on a carnivorous diet. They were very dark in appearance, and also liked to dwell in dark places.[3]


Equipped with 180′-range infravision, night hunter groups (often called "swoops") raked at their prey with their claws, or with their ultra-sharp tails. They were often known for stalking and ambushing their prey, advancing from behind stalagmites or other obstacles they might conceal themselves behind.[3]

During rest, drazaghars would roost with their heads pointed to the ground. They were known to scream maniacally when experiencing excitement.[3]


When attacking, either in search for prey, or defensively, night hunter swoops would bite their victims or strike with their wing claws. They frequently made use of their triangular tails to stab or slash at foes.[3]


They often traveled in hunting groups of about ten, in order to hunt for small creatures or carrion, if necessary. However, in desperate situations, these deep bats were known to attack livestock, humans, and even drow.[3]

Night hunters lived in lairs, usually containing over thirty of the creatures. These lairs were usually located underground, in caves. However, if above ground, they preferred to live in dense woods.[3]


The name "dragazhar" comes from the name of the first adventurer to keep a night hunter as a pet.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 18–20. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Richard Baker and James Wyatt (2004-03-13). Monster Update (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 3. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-10.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Ed Greenwood (July 1991). The Drow of the Underdark. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-56076-132-6.
  4. Ed Greenwood, Douglas Niles, R.A. Salvatore (1992). Menzoberranzan. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-5607-6460-0.
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