With our first druid in the party for a while, we kept bumping into the desire to summon various animals, many of which don’t have AD&D stats. As a regular occurrence, we didn’t want to create new stats for animals on a regular basis, or search about for the closest analogue. I also wanted to avoid min/maxing for the animal with the “best” hit dice, armor class, and damage. So, taking the complicated approach, I compiled a complete listing of all of the animals with stats in the AD&D system. From there I created averaged stats for each type of creature (mammal, bird, reptile, fish), for each size (small, medium, large, giant).
I then compiled a separate listing of all of the special animal attributes, such as: charge (buffalo), dive (birds of prey), musk (skunks), spit (camel), rear claws (big cats), etc. which we can then apply where appropriate, with the intention that only one “Special” ability can apply to any one creature type.
Now for any imaginable animal we have a a single easy reference chart. Summon the animal of choice (where available), determine if it has a special ability, and have at it.
|Mammal, Small||Squirrel, Bat||7||12″ (18″)||<1||1|
|Mammal, Medium||Dog, Cat||7||15″||2||1-4|
|Mammal, Large||Black Bear, Cheetah, Ape, Dolphin, Horse||7||18″||3+3||1-3/1-3/1-6|
|Mammal, Giant||Orca, Whale||4||18″||15||d20 to 3d20|
|Bird, Medium||Falcon, Eagle, Penguin||6||1″/33″||1+3||1-2/1-2/1-2|
|Bird, Giant||Giant Eagle||7||3″/48″||4||1-6/1-6/2-12|
|Reptile, Medium||Boa Constrictor||6||15″||3||1-3|
|Reptile, Giant||Giant Crocodile||4||6″/12″||7||3-18/2-20|
|Fish, Large||Great White||6||/18″||7||3d4|
|Fish, Huge||Megalodon, Giant Squid||5||/18″||12||5d4|
Small (up to 75 lbs.), Medium (Up to 400 lbs.), Large (Up to 1000 lbs.), Huge (1000+ lbs.)