Fan art of the Metagaming Pigeon, by Rachel Pomerleau.[art 1]

Coo, coo, Hunter's Mark, coo, coo
Travis Willingham, playing The Metagaming Pigeon

The Metagaming Pigeon is a concept created by Sam Riegel in "Midnight Espionage" (2x12) to explain away metagaming comments. Thereafter, it was invoked on several occasions when players had knowledge that their characters were unable to share with each other.

"Midnight Espionage" (2x12)

  • First coo.[1]
  • The Metagaming Pigeon mentions the High Richter Prucine to Fjord and Beau.[2]
  • Appearing before Jester and Beau, the Metagaming Pigeon advises them that their haversack might be useful.[3]

"A Favor in Kind" (2x16)

The Metagaming Pigeon comments that they're never coming back here when Mollymauk suggests they could stash items safely behind the waterfall in the underground river.[4]

"Harvest Close" (2x17)

Sam Riegel has a picture of the Metagaming Pigeon on his flask with the text "Cooo! Cooo! Use Mage Hand! Coo! Coo!".[5]

"The Gentleman's Path" (2x19)

The Metagaming Pigeon spoke to Jester telling her that Caleb was alive (and playing dead) and that she didn't need to save him.[6]

"Commerce & Chaos" (2x31)

The Metagaming Pigeon spoke to Jester whilst she was examining a broken sword hilt that Pumat Sol had for sale and advised her to buy it.[7]

"The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33)

The Metagaming Seagull explained how Caleb knew about the Sluice Weave.[8]

"Homeward Bound" (2x48)

The Metagaming Pigeon wanted Fjord to ask the fishmonger if he knew what Yussa Errenis looked like.[9]

"Wood and Steel" (2x58)

The Metagaming Pigeon talked to Caleb and Beau whilst they were discussing the payment for dealing with the giants at the Deepriver Mining Camp, it let them know that they should talk to the rest of the Mighty Nein before deciding which combination of items and gems to accept.[10]

"Domestic Respite" (2x62)

The Metagaming Pigeon advised Beauregard to use an insight check when she was talking to Caleb about his feelings towards Nott, but she claimed not to need it as she was so sure she was correct. But this may have just been a ruse to get him to leave so she could sleep.[11]

"Beyond the Eyes of Angels" (2x67)

The Metagaming Pigeon spoke to the group to let them know that only radiant damage was of any use in the current fight against the zombies, if they wanted to successfully collect a golden heart. Although it was soon proven wrong.[12]

"Manifold Morals" (2x74)

The Pigeon reminded Beauregard that they needed Teleportation Circles on both ends of their journey (which, as it turned out, they already had, with an assist from Essek).[13]

"Bathhouses and Bastions" (2x90)

The Pigeon reminded Fjord to ask Adeen Tasithar what he had traded for the Luxon Beacons he allegedly gave to the Dwendalian Empire.[14]

"Stone to Clay" (2x91)

The Pigeon told Nott she should buy the willowshade oil from Turmin that protects against being turned to stone.[15]

"Frigid Propositions" (2x109)

Fjord, upon expressing reluctance to spend a lot of money on a ring of fire resistance, was mysteriously reminded that Veth had plenty of money to contribute.[16]

"The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117)

As Jester was expending one of her last spell slots on a whim to contact Kotho about Sabian for Fjord, the Pigeon reminded her that the party had planned to use her Sending to contact Essek Thelyss.[17]

"Fair-weather Faith" (2x123)

During the battle with Gelidon, a flock of Metagaming Pigeons debated whether the Nein should betray the Tombtakers.[18]

"Worth Fighting For" (2x126)

Pigeons warned Yasha she was being ripped off when a merchant in Rexxentrum offered her oil to hide herself from divination. She still bought the oil, but for a slightly lower price.[19]


  1. See "Midnight Espionage" (2x12) at 0:21:46.
  2. See "Midnight Espionage" (2x12) at 0:25:04.
  3. See "Midnight Espionage" (2x12) at 0:41:30.
  4. See "A Favor in Kind" (2x16) at 1:56:23.
  5. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:26:48.
  6. See "The Gentleman's Path" (2x19) at 2:41:10.
  7. See "Commerce & Chaos" (2x31) at 0:43:28.
  8. See "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) at 3:08:27.
  9. See "Homeward Bound" (2x48) at 1:19:21.
  10. See "Wood and Steel" (2x58) from 1:20:20 through 1:20:38.
  11. See "Domestic Respite" (2x62) from 1:23:48 through 1:24:31.
  12. See "Beyond the Eyes of Angels" (2x67) at 4:00:00.
  13. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 3:11:48.
  14. See "Bathhouses and Bastions" (2x90) at 2:51:05.
  15. See "Stone to Clay" (2x91) at 2:44:59.
  16. See "Frigid Propositions" (2x109) at 59:27.
  17. See "The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117) from 2:01:21 through 2:03:10.
  18. See "Fair-weather Faith" (2x123) at 1:31:20.
  19. See "Worth Fighting For" (2x126).


  1. Fan art of the Metagaming Pigeon, by Rachel Pomerleau (source).  Used with permission.
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