Wyvern

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For a list of all dragon-like creatures, see list of dragons.

wyvern DWyvern.png
HP 16-38
HD 5
XP 208
Speed 15
AC 5
EV 10
MR 20
Attack1 20 (bite: plain)


Type of Meat Clean
Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type wyvern, wyvern
Flags Flying
Warm-blooded
A dragon-like creature with a long, sharply pointed tail. Although smaller and less formidable than true dragons, wyverns are nonetheless a foe to be reckoned with.

“On the other hand, Confucius is made to say to his disciples, ‘I know how birds can fly, how fishes can swim, and how animals can run. But the runner may be snared, the swimmer may be hooked, and the flyer may be shot by the arrow. But there is the dragon. I cannot tell how he mounts on the wind through the clouds, and rises to heaven. Today I have seen Lao-tsze, and can only compare him to the dragon.’”
-Life of Confucius

“This Dragon had Two furious Wings
Each one upon each Shoulder;
With a Sting in his Tail as long as a Flail,
Which made him bolder and bolder.
He had long Claws, and in his Jaws
Four and forty Teeth of Iron;
With a Hide as tough, as any Buff,
Which did him round environ.”

-“An Excellent Ballad of a most dreadful Combat, fought between Moore of Moore-Hall, and the Dragon of Wantley”, retold by Ambrose Philips, _A Collection of Old Ballads. Corrected from the Best and Most Ancient Copies Extant. With Introductions Historical, Critical, Or Humorous_. 1723.

Useful Info

Wyverns are fast, flying dragon-like creatures that have a painful bite, but little durability and no other special traits. They can be found in the middle portions of the Dungeon, as well as the Lair.

Tips & Tricks

  • They're too fast to run away from easily, but don't forget how flimsy they are. They may look like dragons, but they don't stand up to abuse nearly as well.
  • Low-level characters should hit them with whatever ranged attacks they have available to minimize time spent in melee, and should avoid engaging them at all when at less than full health.