Zaratan (Dungeons & Dragons)

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A zaratan is an enormous, passive turtle from the fictional Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role playing game, based on the legendary zaratan.

Publication history[edit]

The zaratan first appeared in second edition for the Al-Qadim setting in the Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (1992),[1] and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[2]

The zaratan appeared in third edition in the Arms and Equipment Guide (2003).[3]


Within the game, zaratans can grow to have shells over 300 feet in diameter which can be mistaken for small tropical islands because they spend the majority of their lives asleep.


  1. ^ Baur, Wolfgang and Steve Kurtz. Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (TSR, 1992)
  2. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  3. ^ Cagle, Eric, Jesse Decker, Jeff Quick, Rich Redman, and James Wyatt. Arms and Equipment Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2003)