Monday, 4 January 2010

Giant Koi Carp

There is nothing alive on this planet that is as ravenous or as stupid as a koi carp. To gaze into the eyes of one as it opens its maw at you with blind hunger, thinking only of filling its grotesquely distended belly, is to gaze into the eyes of gluttony itself. Their baleful rapacity is unmatched.

Here's a picture of one I took yesterday, to prove it.

Giant Koi Carp

Armour Class: 4
Hit Dice: 6*
Move: 180' (Swim)
Attacks: 1 bite
Damage: 2d6+2, special
No. App: 2-40
Save As: F3
Morale: 9
Treasure: V (in belly)
Intelligence: 0
Alignment: Neutral
XP: 650

On a hit which does more than 10 damage, a koi will swallow its victim whole. The unfortunate will then die within 2d6 rounds from a combination of drowning and stomach acid unless the koi can be killed.


  1. Greetings!

    Awesome! I'm adding a pool full of these guys to a dungeon I'm working on right now. Thanks! These guys are just damned cool.:)

    Just imagine the players wading through a subterranean river...investigating a pool area off to the side...and a swarm of these things begin to nibble at them...and then tear them apart with ferocious, mindless bites as they enter a feeding frenzy? LOL...the players are gonna scream when they meet these guys...LOL

    Great stuff!

    Semper Fidelis,


  2. I love the picture, too!

    Semper Fidelis,


  3. You know what, besides the giant carp being monsters, I was thinking that you could have a culture that used them to pull barges through canals.
    Lots of people used to use ox teams or horses that walked alongside a canal to pull barges, a four koi team yolked to the barge would be pretty cool for your mollusk dominated game world.

    You could even have a culture of rivalry between different draft carp breeding families. Think of giant carp bred to display a specific color pattern as well as strength and endurance to identifiy each familiy and enhance their stature in the community.

  4. Great post and very nice photo!

  5. Definitely "borrowing" these, thanks!

    No longer will players scoff at weedy moats and lily-choked ponds...;)

  6. SHARK: Always nice to know any stuff I create is finding a good home. ;)

    E. G. Palmer: That is a fantastic idea, sir. And it will be used, believe you me.

    Christian: Can you guess who got a new camera for Christmas?

    Al: Make sure you kill a PC or two for me.