Flying Fish

Tiny beast, unaligned

Armor Class 13
Hit Points 1 (1d4 – 1)
Speed 10 ft., climb 30 ft., swim 40 ft.

2 (-4) 16 (+3) 9 (-1) 1 (-5) 7 (-2) 2 (-4)

Skills Stealth +5
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 8
Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)


  • Amphibious. The flying fish can breathe air and water.
  • Familiar. With the GM’s permission, the find familiar spell can summon this creature.
  • Glide. When the flying fish falls and is not incapacitated, it can subtract up to 30 feet from its fall when calculating fall damage and can move horizontally 2 feet for every 1 foot it falls.
  • Spider Climb. The flying fish can climb difficult surfaces, including upside down on ceilings, without needing to make an ability check.
  • Standing Leap. The flying fish’s long jump is up to 10 feet and its high jump is up to 5 feet, with or without a running start.


  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +0 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d4 + 3) bludgeoning damage.


This small fish has transparent wings where most fish would have gills. Their claws, somewhat like a crab’s, make it possible for them to perch jauntily on outcroppings.

These strange little fish can swim and dive as well as fly.

Found primarily in the rare sea forests that crop up occasionally in the Nonestic Ocean of Faerie, flying fish have retractable claws they use to hold fast and, if need be, nip attackers who get too close. They live in the trees but are adaptable to any outcroppings near the shore.

Fight or Flight. Flying fish developed their pincers and flight as a response to predators. They are amphibious, capable of traveling significant distances after launching themselves out of the water. Their ability to cling to larger objects is one way they get around, hitching a ride on ships or whales until danger passes, and then releasing themselves back into the ocean. In this manner flying fish quickly propagate to every island and even on river shores.

Fast Food. Flying fish fill an important ecological niche in any land masses near the shore. They provide sustenance to land-dwelling beings who can’t survive in the ocean, as they deliver potential meals inland. They are also aggravating pests; more than one ship is infested with flying fish, who cling fast to the rigging and hull. Unfortunately, flying fish aren’t particularly tasty but are edible in a pinch.

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