Dire beast

Dire beasts are multiple types of beasts that are large, aggressive, and have bony spines growing from their bodies, seemingly caused by living in magically corrupted environments. The most common types of dire beasts are dire wolves and dire bears, though other types exist as well.

Description[edit | edit source]

Dire beasts are typically larger, stronger, and more aggressive than their non-dire counterparts. Additionally they often have bony spines that protrude from their bodies.[1][2][3]

Many dire beasts appear to live in areas of Exandria that have been magically corrupted, such as the Savalirwood,[2] the Barbed Fields,[4] the Lotusden Greenwood,[5] and the Mirescar, the latter of which is specifically noted to cause beasts that live there to transform into dire beasts.[6] Orcish tribes often tame dire beasts to use as hunting animals.[7][1]

Known beasts[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Druids of the Circle of the Blighted can gain bony spines similar to dire beasts, as do their Wild Shape forms.[12]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 1:06:07.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Converging Fury" (2x27) at 3:00:54.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Adventures of the Darrington Brigade" (OSx35) at 2:06:45.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "A Dangerous Chase" (2x64) at 1:01:22.
  5. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 3: "Wildemount Gazetteer", p. 140.
  6. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 3: "Tal'Dorei Gazetteer", p. 122.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 1:38:43.
  8. "Hubris" (1x17) at 2:08:20.
  9. "The Voiceless Village" (RST 1x04).
  10. See page 265 of "Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Equipment"
  11. "A Game of Names" (2x49) at 3:10:06.
  12. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 4: "Character Options", pp. 172–173.


  1. Depiction of a dire wolf (top) compared to a regular wolf from Monster Manual 4th edition pg. 264. This file is unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.