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Hydra

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"Hydra"
Curse hydra.png
Details
Type(s)
Beast
Source
Greek mythology
Scale
Huge
Other names
Lernaean Hydra


The hydra (greek: Ὕδρα) is a huge lizard with one or several long snake-like heads. It has powerful regenerative powers and poisonous breath. While some start out with just one head, their greatest strength is their ability to grow two new, for each that is chopped off.

Source[edit | edit source]

The hydra is the offspring of Typhon and Echidna. The hydra's siblings are the Chimera, Cerberus, Sphinx and Orthrus. The earliest mention is in Hesiod's poem Theogony around 700 BC.

Media[edit | edit source]

Hydras appear in the following media:

Books[edit | edit source]

  • The Halfling's Gem: The Legend of Drizzt, Book 6, by R.A. Salvatore, hero Wulfgar fights a mighty hydra in this book from "The Forgotten Realms".

Folklore[edit | edit source]

Movies[edit | edit source]

  • Hercules - 1997 - the movie adaptation by Walt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Feature Animation

Games[edit | edit source]