|“||This creature resembles nothing so much as a roundish blob of inky black goo.||”|
|— Skip Williams, Monster Manual 3.5|
The average black pudding measured 15 ft (4.6 m) across and 2 ft (0.6 m) thick and they weighed around 18,000 lb (8.2 mt). While most of these monsters were an inky black, some could be brown, grey, and even white. In underground locations, these creatures appeared as dark blobs.
These creatures were mindless underground-dwelling scavengers that wandered and absorbed whatever they found. A black pudding would position itself in a dungeon hallway like a shadow and wait for unsuspecting prey.
Black pudding attacked by grabbing, grappling, and constricting prey directly into their liquid-esque mass. Like other oozes, they also secreted a deadly acidic substance which strongly and quickly dissolved weapons, clothing, and organic tissue alike. When slashed at or pierced, the black pudding split into two smaller puddings, both of which would do the same; this continued until they were too small and weak to do so further. A black pudding would eat bone, metal, and wood leaving only stone behind.
Like other oozes, black pudding desire warmth and sense their prey through movement. While the creatures seek living and breathing targets, they will feast on animal guts, slime, and mushrooms.
Black puddings could be found inhabiting shrines and temples dedicated to Ghaunadaur, the drow deity of oozes. The worshippers of the deity cultivated alliances with black pudding for mutual defense.
- Johnathan Richards (July 1995). “The Ecology of the Black Pudding”. In Wolfgang Baur ed. Dragon #219 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 35–39.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 241. ISBN 978-0786965614.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Rob Heinsoo, Stephen Schubert (May 19, 2009). Monster Manual 2 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0786995101.
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 201. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 297. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 10. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
- ↑ Gary Gygax (1974). Dungeons & Dragons (1974) (Monsters & Treasure). (TSR, Inc), p. 19.
- ↑ Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 240. ISBN 978-0786965614.
- ↑ James Wyatt (September 2002). City of the Spider Queen. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 28. ISBN 0-7869-1212-X.