New Gamma World Mounts, Pt. 2: Drawing From Other Sources

Like this. Only much, MUCH bigger

Last week, when we explored Gamma World mounts, we looked at the mounts that already exist in the game (only 3) and added three new ones out of the existing pool of Gamma World monsters. Today, I’d like to look beyond the Gamma World monsters, and see if we can find some appropriate mounts in in the compendium of D&D monsters (I’m pretty sure we can). But first, I’d like to present a new Gamma World monster that I designed specifically to be a mount.

I can’t say that the idea for this creature as a mount is my own. In fact, it comes from a semi-canonical source: the Gamma World novel Red Sails in the Fallout. Set in Australia, the main character rides a giant budgie as a mount. In that spirit, I’ve statted out this giant, semi-flightless bird* for your players to use in your Gamma World game:

*In the real world, budgies aren’t “semi-flightless.” They are quite capable of flight.

Since I made it in the Monster Builder, I had to set its origin as “Natural Beast,” rather than the correct “Terrestrial Beast.” I hope you can forgive me. You can download the monster builder file for the budgie here.

I do realize that Hella, from the other Gamma World novel Sooner Dead, also rode a mount – a giant lizard – but I think it will be easier to reskin an existing D&D monster to use as a similar mount. So with that being said, let’s dive into the monsters in the D&D compendium that are mounts.  A quick search reveals 94 possibilities, but I’m going to cull them to only those that I like for Gamma World.

  • Inix – The aforementioned giant lizard mount
  • Giant Lizard (draft or riding) – Also a good reskin for the Sooner Dead mount
  • Crodlu – Dinosaur-y, ostrich-y Dark Sun mount
  • Fastieth – A domesticated riding velociraptor from Ebberon. I might add that a lot of the mounts from Ebberon I saw were domesticated dinosaurs. If you want a variety of dinosaur mounts, you can sort the compendium results by source.
  • Rage Drake – Also a lizard/dinosaur type mount
  • Giant Ant
  • Kank Soldier – a giant insect
  • Blade spider
  • Diving Beetle & Sea Horse – for those times the characters need to be underwater
  • Howler Doom Mastiff – for when the Podog just isn’t good enough
  • Primal Sabretooth Tiger – How weird would it be for a Felinoid to use this as a mount? Awesomely weird.
  • Rime Hound, Dire Wolf, Worg – Again, if you want more options for riding dogs than Podog
  • Dire Boar – Imagine riding up to a band of Porkers on one of these.

Of course, you also have “mundane” mounts like riding horses, elephants, and camels, which might be good for temporary travel, or for characters without the Beast Rider vocation. Which, after all this talk about Gamma World mounts, seems like a pretty cool vocation to take.

Now it’s your turn. What D&D mounts that are good for Gamma World did I miss?


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3 Responses to New Gamma World Mounts, Pt. 2: Drawing From Other Sources

  1. I love these Gamma World articles, the extra mounts are a great addition to the game.
    The Dark Sun Creature Catalog is a gold mine of suitable monsters for Gamma World. I’ve always felt that Dark Sun was D&D’s post-apocalyptic setting so there is definitely some thematic resonance going on.

    I never read any of the Gamma World fiction, so I’m not sure if the monster budgie is supposed to look like this, but I can’t get the image of the lizard/bird hybrid out of my mind that you can ride around on in the arcade classic Golden Axe. Anyway, it’s a cool monster and I appreciate the skill check to teach it to mimic sounds – my players love that kind of thing. One nit-pick though, shouldn’t the speed of not quite flightless be “6 squares (4 if mounted)”?

    • Benoit says:

      Thanks! That’s a great observation that Dark Sun is a kind of fantasy post-apocalyptic setting (vs. Gamma World being a Sci-Fi post-apoc setting).

      The budgies in Red Sails weren’t really described in detail from what I recall, so I just assumed they were giant versions. The mount in the book often talked back and quipped like a parrot, so that’s where I got the idea for the Parrot Speech power.

      Not Quite Flightless is written correctly. The extra 2 squares is a benefit for using the bird as a mount. It’s meant to reflect that someone domesticating the bird for a mount would encourage positive traits in the animal – flying a short distance falls into that camp. So, in “fluff” terms, the extra 2 squares of movement is due to the bird being trained to do so by its owner.

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