Moray Snail

Here's one of the critters living in the partially-flooded 3rd level of the dungeon.  A question for my readers:  did somebody already make a monster like this?  I think it's all me, but I've read a lot D&D related material, so it's always possible that I picked it up somewhere else subconsciously...

Moray Snail
No. Enc: 1 (1)
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 60' (20')
Armor Class: 2
Hit Dice: 5
Attacks: 1
Damage: 1d12
Save: F5
Morale: 10
Hoard Class: V plus shell
XP: 500

Moray snails are giant eels with six crab-like legs, living inside intricate shells. The eel head may strike up to 10’ away from the shell, withdrawing back inside after a bite. If the head and neck is somehow prevented from withdrawing, it has an effective AC of 8.

The bite of a moray snail is venomous, and its victims must save vs. poison or be paralyzed for 1d4 turns.

The shell of a full-grown moray snail is 5’ in diameter, and is banded with a rainbow of bright colors, overlaid with iridescent arabesques.  Undamaged, it is worth 500 gp to a collector.

When necessary, moray snails may scuttle about on their crab-like legs, but they prefer to wait in ambush for prey – easily done in the dark, but any party with a light source should have no problem spotting the moray snail’s brightly colored shell.


  1. Cave moray from the Monster Manual II?

    Dig your version, great mental image of the eel.

    1. Thanks Blair! Yeah I might have been remembering the cave moray

  2. I do not want to be dick, and this just as opinion but as honest answer to honest question I think your creation does resemble Neogi out of Spelljammer setting in appreance. I would say that is extent of similarity as your guys don't seem like members of intelligent space-faring civilization.

    Moray eel scuttling around with six legs does conjure mental image much like these guys:



  3. You're not being a dick, and I've never read a Spelljammer product, so any likeness their is coincidental.

    On reflection, I may have overstated "read a lot of D&D material"... it's mostly 1st edition and things from the blogs...