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Dungeons & Dragons creature
Naga
Alignment
Type Aberration
Source books
First appearance
Mythological origins Nāga
Image Wizards.com image
Stats OGL stats

In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, nagas comprise a variety of similar species of intelligent aberrations with widely differing abilities and alignments. The four most common races of naga are the dark naga, guardian naga, spirit naga, and water naga.

Description

Nagas resemble giant snakes, some with humanoid heads and some with more snake-like heads. Each type of naga has a certain amount of spell casting power.

Types

  • Banelar Naga [1] - purplish naga that can manipulate magic items with short tentacles around its face; named after their association with the deity Bane
  • Bone Naga [2] - a unique type of undead naga
  • Bone Naga Template [3] - can be applied to any naga to create an undead creature
  • Bright Naga [4] - chaotic evil naga that can mock sorcerous spellcasting
  • Brine Naga - powerful naga that resembles a sea serpent
  • Dark Naga - lawful evil
  • Guardian Naga - lawful good
  • Ha-naga [5] - a massive and powerful naga lord, often worshipped by spirit nagas as a god
  • Iridescent Naga [6] - chaotic good
  • Master Naga - Possesses seven cowled heads, wearing giant gems whose value corresponds with the naga's age.
  • Spirit Naga - chaotic evil
  • Water Naga - neutral
  • Worm Naga - powerful servants of the deity Kyuss transformed into nagas

Society

Most nagas worship the naga creator goddess Shekinester and her son Parrafaire, except for dark nagas, who venerate Sess'Innek.

Shinomen nagas

In the Rokugan campaign setting, the nagas of the Shinomen Forest are an ancient race of noble creatures. These nagas have humanoid torsos and snake tails. Five bloodlines are known to exist: asp, chameleon, cobra, constrictor, and greensnake.

Nagas in the Forgotten Realms

In the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, nagas were created by the reptilian creator race, the sarrukh, along with yuan-ti. The banelar and iridiscent nagas originated in the Realms, as well as a Faerûnian version of the ha-naga.

Related creatures

  • Nagahydra - Five-headed abomination combining features of nagas and hydras.

References

  • Bonny, Ed, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter. Monster Manual II. Wizards of the Coast, 2002.
  • Collins, Andy, Bruce R. Cordell, and Thomas M. Reid. Epic Level Handbook. Wizards of the Coast, 2002.
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  • Greenwood, Ed, Eric L. Boyd, and Darrin Drader. Serpent Kingdoms. Wizards of the Coast, 2004.
  • Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual. TSR, 1977.
  • Kuntz, Robert J., and James Ward. Gods, Demi-gods & Heroes. TSR, 1978.
  • Richards, Jonathan M. "The Ecology of the Dark Naga: Fool Me Twice." Dragon #261. TSR, 1999.
  • Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual. TSR, 1994.
  • Wyatt, James. Oriental Adventures. Wizards of the Coast, 2001.
  • Wyatt, James, and Rob Heinsoo. Monstrous Compendium: Monsters of Faerun. Wizards of the Coast, 2001.