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Octopuses were a breed of multi-tentacled cephalopod that lived within the ocean.[citation needed]


An octopus tentacle.

Generally, regular octopuses were not dangerous unless provoked, and in this case, would usually try to escape.[2] Many evolved the ability to blend into their environment. They could not only change the color of their skin, but also use muscle action to change its texture to appear more like whatever they were blending against. If they were pursued by predators, octopuses were capable of expelling a cloud of ink before swimming away. Some octopuses were venomous, capable of producing a paralytic neurotoxin.[citation needed]


Blue ring octopus 
Inherently good creatures that dwelt in the oceans of the Underdark, trying to avoid the more powerful races with which they shared territory.[3]
Giant octopus 
Unlike regular octopuses, they were aggressively territorial and could have tentacles up to 10 ft (3 m) long.[4]
Mottled sidi octopus 
A species of fierce octopus larger than an adolescent human in size that inhabited the depths of the Sea of Fallen Stars.[5]
A blind, bell-shaped octopus with the ability to change color.[6]


They made their homes along the bottom of the sea, particularly within coral reefs. Octopuses were quite intelligent as mollusks went and were capable of complex tactics in their pursuit of food.[citation needed]

Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue sold dried up octopus tentacles for 4 gp a piece.[7]


The city of Bral on the Rock of Bral had a tavern named the Drunken Octopus.[8]



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The Ring of Winter
Video Games
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Icewind Dale
Board Games
Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins
Escape the Underdark

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 333. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 276. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  3. Wolfgang Baur (March 1996). “The Dragon's Bestiary: Monsters of the Underdark”. In Pierce Watters ed. Dragon #227 (TSR, Inc.), p. 30.
  4. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 277. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  5. Black Isle Studios (June 2000). Designed by Matt Norton. Icewind Dale. Interplay.
  6. Gregory D. Detwiler (November 1996). “The Dragon's Bestiary: Monsters of the Lower Deep”. In Pierce Watters ed. Dragon #235 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 44–45.
  7. Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 37. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  8. Map included in Richard Baker (1992). Rock of Bral. (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 1-56076-345-0.