A wyvern (pronounced: /ˈwɪvɜːrnWIH-vurn[6][7] Loudspeaker listen or: /ˈwvɛrnWY-vern[6][7] Loudspeaker listen) was a large winged lizard with a stinging tail and sharp teeth. They had dark brown or grey bodies, around 15' (4.6 m) in length, weighing around a ton. They were not greatly intelligent although they did speak Draconic fluently. They were not averse to attacking anything less powerful than themselves. Their sleek, strong legs proved very useful for attack.[3][note 1]


Wyverns were created by the aearee of Viakoo in −30,700 DR.[8]

Cultural SignificanceEdit

Some wyverns served the dark Chultan demigod Eshowdow, and their appearance was seen as a good sign by his followers.[9]


Wyverns were used as mounts by various races and cultures, including Zhentarim skymages[10] and the extradimensional marauder Imgig Zu.[11]

Wvyern hide was used in the creation of bookbindings,[12] and its blood was an ingredient in the belarris poison.[13] Additionally, the poisonous barbed tail of the beast was used in the creation of poison darts.[citation needed]

Notable Wyverns Edit


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  1. Although normally depicted with only two legs, some sources, such as the ADD comic "The Gathering", show wyverns with four legs like dragons. The scorpion-like sting on the tail suggests it is in fact a wyvern.

Further ReadingEdit


  1. Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 303. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 268. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 259. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  4. Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 366. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  5. Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 102. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 30.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dungeons & Dragons FAQ (HTML). Wizards of the Coast. (2003). Archived from the original on 2017-07-09. Retrieved on 2018-05-22.
  8. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  9. Eric L. Boyd (1997). Powers and Pantheons. (TSR, Inc), p. 81. ISBN 0-7869-0657-X.
  10. Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 102. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
  11. Michael Fleisher (December 1988). “The Gathering”. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #1 (DC Comics), pp. 3–5.
  12. Jeff Grubb, Kate Novak (November 1992). The Ring of Winter. (TSR, Inc), p. 145. ISBN 978-1560763307.
  13. Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 43. ISBN 0786960345.


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