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North & Central American Bestiary
Though the Americas are far too large to document every magical creature living on the continent, we have collected some of the more notable beasts from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Each creature is listed with its common name along with the rating it would receive from the Wizarding Expedition Society, in accordance with the local governments of North & Central America. We have also given the region where they are most commonly found, though it is certainly possible that many creatures are prone to wander and/or have been relocated for one reason or another.
Common & Notable Magical Creatures
Arbrélan – Alaska & Canada, XXX
From a distance the arbrélan might seem like an ordinary member of the elk family, but a mature male arbrélan can reach nearly three times the size of the average moose. Though the bulk of its appearance is not particularly special, the arbrélan’s antlers extend high into the treetops and seem to be coated in bark, which is split in places from the flowers and leaves sprouting out like branches. Arbrélan antlers will break off occasionally in nature and have great value as a wand wood, though the antlers must be harvested quickly so that they do not wilt before the carving process can begin.
Bladenboro Catamount – Eastern United States, XXXX
Though often confused with the mythical wampus cat by ordinaries, this rather mangy looking oversized feline is usually found in the Appalachian Mountains and typically feeds on the blood of goats or dogs. Many believe due to its vampiric nature that the creatures were originally brought over by immigrants, but there are stories dating back to over a thousand years ago that tell of a gargantuan cougar-like beast that was known to crush or behead its prey before feeding.
Chupacabra – Mexico & Central America, XXXXX
A bi-pedal, lizard-like monstrosity that is rarely seen and serves as a great danger to those who draw too near, the name of this Latin American terror translates roughly to “Goatsucker,” a reference to its feeding habits that involve drinking the blood of livestock. It is believed that the chupacabra has a stare like that of the basilisk that can kill any creature that makes eye contact with it, though few witches and wizards have come close enough to the chupacabra and lived long enough to confirm or deny this suspicion.
Puckle – North America, X
A breed of magical pigeon often found in large cities. They are largely indistinguishable from common pigeons except that they do not fly and are difficult to kill. Their feathers highly sought after for wandwork, though they are difficult to acquire as they do not molt often and puckles are known to become incredibly violent if one draws too near.
Salamanca Diablo – Southwestern United States & Mexico, XX
A fire lizard native to the deserts of the Southwestern United States, these creatures grow to about one foot in length from nose to tail and are generally considered pests. They like to congregate on large rocks and often pile on top of one another. Due to the fact that they absorb the sun’s warmth into their scales, which are useful for some rudimentary potions, they can be painful to the touch and must be removed with tongs. They have been known to explode if highly agitated or if gripped too tightly around the middle while being moved.
Thunderbird – Midwestern United States & Canada, XXXXX A difficult to locate winged creature found most frequently in the Northern United States, as well as the Midwest and Great Plains, thunderbirds are usually found by climbing a mountain to its summit. During the fall they are known to migrate, where they can sometimes be found at the top of desert mesas in the southwest. These birds are incredibly sacred, and their feathers may only be collected by native tribes. It is unlawful to kill a thunderbird for any reason in the United States.
Dragons of North & Central America
Appalachian Brushdragon – Eastern United States, XXXXX
A smallish brown-green dragon with stubby wings that render it unable to fly more than a few feet off the ground. It is greatly attracted to ginseng plants and usually shares its den with 1-2 other dragons. Though they are known for hiding at ground level, brushdragons are incredibly quick and able to scale an entire pine tree in mere moments, owing in part to their lengthy talons and razor-sharp teeth.
Colorado Snowblinder – Western United States, XXXXX
Dwelling primarily in caves in the Rocky Mountains, these dragons have been seen as far north as Canada in the summer months as they prefer cold, icy climates. Snowblinders have been named for their cold breath that can freeze prey in a matter of moments or kick up snow in a blinding cloud around a victim. Though they do not snack on humans regularly, there have been multiple sightings of skiers being snatched up by these pearly white dragons after wandering too far from the usual marked routes.
Haitian Hellraiser – Central America, XXXXX
A fire-breathing beast with stark black scales and multi-colored feathers protruding from its head, back, and arms, this dragon is not quite as large as its European cousins but still serves as a great danger to unsuspecting locals and tourists. Though originally discovered in Haiti, these dragons have been seen throughout the Caribbean and have long wingspans to allow them to soar between islands. The largest known coterie of hellraisers can be found in the El Yunque rainforest in Puerto Rico, and they exist in great numbers in South America as well. Due to their unique composition, these dragons are occasionally hunted for sport and are often cooked over a spit for long hours by the indigenous wizards of Latin America.
Nova Scotian Seaserpent – Northeastern Canada, XXXXX
With sightings both on land and out at sea, this slender blue-green beast feeds primarily on seals and puffins. With the rise in motorized boats driven by ordinary folk, these dragons have been seen moving more and more inland when they are able and are becoming increasingly uncommon in the region. They prefer to roost in particularly rocky areas and have small horns on their snouts to aid in pushing around rocks, along with rippling dorsal fins and webbed talons that help them move through the water.