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With its sky of jagged stone and perpetual night, the Underdark is home to all manner of Fungi. Taking the place of plants in the subterranean realm, Fungi are vital to the survival of many underground species, providing nourishment and shelter in the unforgiving darkness.


Fungi spawn in organic matter, then break that matter down to consume it, feeding on filth and corpses. As they mature, Fungi eject spores that drift on the lightest breeze to spawn new Fungi.


Not needing sunlight or warmth to grow, Fungi thrive in every corner and crevice of the Underdark. Transformed by the magic that permeates that underground realm, Underdark Fungi often develop potent defensive mechanisms or abilities of mimicry and attack. The largest specimens can spread to create vast subterranean forests in which countless creatures live and feed.

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Cover image: Fungi by dustinanddragons


Author's Notes

Original Article written for D&D Monster Manual 5e by Wizards of the Coast (WotC)

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