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Nugget is a blink dog puppy who is a pet of Jester and Beau. As an NPC, Nugget is played by Matthew Mercer.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

Nugget is a tiny little puppy. His coat has hints of calico elements, with light tan fur and bits of faintly darker brown stripes. He has oversized puppy paws that look soft and goofy. Signs of Nugget's fey nature can be seen in the blink dog's unnaturally angular limbs, and ears that are tall and pointed (though wide at the base). Nugget's eyes are black but turn to a bright blue just before teleporting.

As of Homeward Bound (2x48), Nugget had grown up considerably. Though still a young blink dog, he is about as large as a fully grown conventional dog now.

Personality Edit

When Nugget gets too excited, he teleports. As a puppy, Nugget is rambunctious. Jester had to begin training him right away to recognize the Mighty Nein as "home".

Biography Edit

Background Edit

Nugget the blink dog

Fan art of Nugget the Blink Dog, by Keenan Taylor.[art 2]

It is unknown how Kestriv acquired this blink dog puppy. He and his troupe gave the puppy initial training to stay within its cage, otherwise it would be physically impossible to keep the teleporting fey creature in his menagerie.

"Beyond the Boundaries" (2x32) Edit

Jester was immediately enamored with the cute little puppy, so she split the cost of 100 gp for the little blink dog with Beau. That way, they could have a pet together, and it could share their room whenever they roomed together.

"The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) Edit

When the Mighty Nein relaxed on the beach on their way to Nicodranas, Jester spent two hours training Nugget to blink on-command, after hearing the command word "poof".

"Encroaching Waters" (2x34) Edit

Nugget struggled during the extensive swimming required to reach the Sluice Weave.

"Dockside Diplomacy" (2x35) Edit

After the Nein finished their business under the city, Jester left Nugget in her mother's care prior to Marius' midnight meeting on the wharf. Nugget remained in Marion's care when the Nein stole the Mist.

"O Captain, Who's Captain?" (2x36) Edit

Jester asked her mother to take care of Nugget via Sending, which Marion was happy to do.

"Homeward Bound" (2x48) Edit

After the Mighty Nein's return to Nicodranas, Jester took Nugget with her and Marion seemed eager to be rid of him (as the dog had grown considerably since their departure).

"Duplicity" (2x55) Edit

Nugget was knocked unconscious from Caleb's Fireball spell. He was saved by Caduceus, who used the cantrip Spare the Dying to save him.

"Wood and Steel" (2x58) Edit

When the Mighty Nein traveled to The Deepriver Mining Camp to deal with the giants, Nugget (and Sprinkle) remained with Yeza at the Dim's Inn to keep him company.

"Domestic Respite" (2x62) Edit

Nugget was designated as a 'Guard Nugget' by Jester and he was allowed to share her and Beau's bedroom, although Jester decided that he would also sleep on the balcony patio. Beau insisted that he was not allowed on her bed due to his drooling.

"A Dangerous Chase" (2x64) Edit

Once again, Nugget remained with Yeza at Xhorhaus when they set off to follow Oban to Bazzoxan in the north.

"Family Gathering" (2x71)Edit

The Mighty Nein and Yeza Brenatto teleported from Rosohna to Nicodranas to drop Yeza off with Marion Lavorre. Jester left Nugget for Luc Brenatto to take care of.[1]

Relationships Edit

  • Jester Lavorre: Co-owner. She takes more interest in Nugget and has attempted to train him.
  • Beauregard: Co-owner. Given that Jester seems to have a greater interest in training and bonding with Nugget, Beau has allowed her to take most of the responsibility for him.

Character Information Edit

Abilities Edit

  • Keen Hearing and Smell: Advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing or smell
  • Bite: Melee Weapon attack, +0 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target, hit: 1 piercing damage
  • Teleport: The dog magically teleports (along with any Equipment it is wearing or carrying) up to 20 ft. to an unoccupied space it can see. Before or after teleportation, the dog can make one Bite attack.
    • "Poof": Jester's command word to get Nugget to Teleport

Notable Items Edit

Quotations Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Since this blink dog is only a puppy, Nugget's speed (20 ft.) and other stats were originally lower than would be normal for his creature type. After his month and a half long stay with Marion Lavorre, his stats seem closer to those of a standard blink dog.
  • Nugget appears to be following down the same path as Trinket, in the sense of becoming the brunt of Sam's jokes and derision towards animal companions.

References Edit

  1. See "Family Gathering" (2x71) from 1:46:02 through 1:49:05.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Nugget, by Mel de Carvalho (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Nugget the Blink Dog, by Keenan Taylor (source).  Used with permission.
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