Sharks were aggressive carnivorous fish. They could be found hunting alone or in groups and were known for attacking anyone approaching them without provocation.[1][2]


Medium sharkEdit

Medium sharks, such as reef sharks, usually inhabited shallow waters and coral reefs. They hunted in packs.[2]

Large sharkEdit

Large sharks included hunter sharks that preyed on deep waters, and fleshtearer sharks, which were found in various environments, including underground rivers and lakes.[2][3] They usually hunted alone, but could also be found in groups.[2]

Huge SharkEdit

Huge sharks, sometimes known as giant sharks or great white sharks, could be found in deep oceans and attacked anything that approached them, including whales and ships.[1][2]

Even larger sharks existed, known as dire sharks, which had a similar behavior, attacking anything that they perceived to be edible, no matter how large.[5]


All sharks were utterly fierce, aggressive, and fearless. They were relentlessly hungry.[1][3][2]


Sharks were tactical hunters, using their keen senses to circle their prey just outside of their field of view and charging to attack at the most opportune moment. Their powerful jaws and sharp teeth were effective against many different targets, sometimes even ship hulls.[1][3][2]


Sharks were revered by sahuagin and could be trained by them. Their kinship to sahuagin was so strong that even wild sharks considered them allies and did not attack them. Sahuagin could also telepathically issue commands to nearby sharks.[6]

Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue sold shark hides for 15 gp a piece.[7]


The smaller types of sharks were very common in the waters surrounding Chult. The Bay of Chult and Refuge Bay contained large groups of reef sharks. Hunter sharks and reef sharks hunted off the coast of Ishau, as well as Jahaka Anchorage.[8] In the Shining Sea, they lurked in the sunken ruins of Untisczer.[9]


These creatures had been swimming in the oceans for thousands of years with little change in their appearance or methods.[3]

Notable sharksEdit


See AlsoEdit


Dungeon #64: "Grotto of the Queen"The Twilight TombPrinces of the ApocalypseTomb of Annihilation
The Coral KingdomRealms of Valor: "Grandfather's Toys" • Rising TideUnder Fallen StarsThe Sea Devil's EyeThe Emerald ScepterQueen of the DepthsMaiden of PainWrath of the Blue Lady
Video games
Icewind DaleNeverwinter Nights: Pirates of the Sword Coast

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 279. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 328, 330, 336. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Rob Heinsoo, Stephen Schubert (May 19, 2009). Monster Manual 2 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 182. ISBN 0786995101.
  4. Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 87. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  5. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 64–65. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 263–264. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  7. Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 75. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  8. Christopher Perkins, Will Doyle, Steve Winter (September 19, 2017). Tomb of Annihilation. Edited by Michele Carter, Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 43, 64, 66–67, 82. ISBN 978-0-7869-6610-3.
  9. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 102. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.
  10. Christopher Perkins, James Haeck, James Introcaso, Adam Lee, Matthew Sernett (September 2018). Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 66. ISBN 978-0-7869-6625-7.
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