The Giant Rocktopus described in Out of the Abyss (p.28) is said to be a Giant Octopus that evolved to live on land.

It has a walking speed of 20 feet and a climbing speed of 10 feet.

Nothing is mentioned about a swim speed, though. Does this mean the Rocktopus has the Giant Octopus 60' swim speed, or did it lose its ability to swim entirely?

This matters a lot if a Druid tries to Wild Shape into the Giant Rocktopus.


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According to the official digital resource dndbeyond.com, the Giant Rocktopus has a walking speed, climb speed, but no swim speed.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Is dndbeyond an official source? \$\endgroup\$
    – Merudo
    Apr 15, 2019 at 19:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Merudo Yup! Sorry, should have clarified in my answer. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 15, 2019 at 19:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ It is an official licensed source, but in this case they are manually creating a unique statblock for the rocktopus (as they do for all modified versions of existing statblocks in adventures, presumably related to their upcoming encounter builder), so it's possible they made a mistake in interpreting the adventure's description for it. I've asked them to confirm that it's correct with WotC. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Apr 15, 2019 at 20:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast I too am curious about how canonical the online material is. As dndbeyond.com adds more features, I have a feeling it will figure more and more frequently into rpg.se answers. But as you note, there might be reason to question the integrity of dndbeyond.com as a source of information. Perhaps a topic of debate for a future meta post! \$\endgroup\$ Apr 15, 2019 at 22:04

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