Custom Content Challenge - May 2023 : New Better Looking Animals!

The theme for this month is “New Better Looking Animals!

Not Monsters, but things like Bears, Dogs, Cougars, Lions, Wolves, Jaguars, etc. These are well past when they should be remade or given better skins. Just play any module that uses the original models and you will see spikey joints, angular muzzles, etc. Surely these can be redone to more modern standards. Or maybe some new animals that are not part of the OC, Expansions or DLC Like Crocodiles, Turtles, Gaur, Cape Buffalo, Bison, etc.

This theme was suggested by Tarot Redhand.


  • It must be fully working in game.
  • Use of vanilla NWN or publicly available texture is fine. Just remember that NWN textures must have dimensions in powers of 2 (2, 4, 8, 16, 32, etc.).
  • Teamwork is welcome.
  • Beginners most welcome. Don’t be afraid, just try, you’ll be surprised!
  • “Custom Content” includes many sorts of things: models, scripts, prefabs (areas, items, creatures, conversations, quests, etc.), sounds, portraits, or anything else new for the game.
  • All submissions must be finished, working, and emailed to (or a non-Vault link provided) by the first of the following month. Sooner than that is perfectly fine too. :wink:

Some things you could include in the download/email that would make packaging everything up easier and faster:

  • Any 2da lines needed.
  • Screenshot from in game for use on the Vault page. Formats: .bmp, .jpg, .png, or .tga
  • Portraits (if needed) of your new goody. Placeables and monsters should include a portrait.
  • Inventory icons (if needed) of your new goody.
  • Any credits you would like listed.
  • If this is your first entry, please tell me what name you would like your work listed under and provide a link to your other NWN content if you want that displayed as well (the link bit is totally optional).
  • Remember, the Challenge is all about fun, sharing, creativity, and surprise!

This thread is for all sorts of discussion about this month’s theme: ideas for things to make, questions/concerns, announcement of what you intend to make, screen-shots of work in progress and/or finished projects.

If you want to discuss the Monthly Custom Content Challenge idea as a whole or wish to submit ideas/themes for future monthly Challenges, please post in its thread here - Custom Content Challenge - Theme Suggestions.

When submitting a new theme, please provide a title and short summary of the theme.

If you have a technical question about some custom content creation, please create a separate thread so that the answers can be found later by anyone, not just people interested in this Challenge.

We’ll try to help!

Have no fear and join the fun!

And finally, you can:

Custom Content Challenge - Theme Suggestions.
Vote 4 for June’s theme
Email content to:


For those unfamiliar with Gaur, they are the largest species of wild cattle. On average males are around 500kg heavier than the American Bison and definitely larger than an Aurox. See this video (9.75 minutes) -


I promised a hippo, so there’ll be a hippo on the way

Maybe some others. My “I will get a semi decent kangaroo if someone can help animate” offer remains open


Insects are animals too! As are crustaceans. Giant praying mantises, giant crayfish, giant ticks…all these were important gygaxian monsters in 1e D&D. There’s also a distinct lack of fowl like ducks and geese in nwn…

Would love to see some squids, aren’t there some CODI concepts of how one would look?
Also stuff like Capybaras, Cockapoos… I dunno why, but I feel some potential Shemsu-Heru goodness in this one. :wink:

Boar animations are disagreeing with me. And after they worked so well for the Elasmotherium back in ice age…

I’m going to get a hippo. I don’t know what its going to be based from. It might be badger at this rate, or basilisk. But there’s going to be a hippo. If I get it done in time, there may be some Interesting options coming through of two memes dear to my heart. Stupid memes. But memes all the same

(i also would like a squid as I’ve been craving a kraken for absolute yonks but don’t have anything to get them across, especially with the ‘fun’ I’m having with hippos)

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For squid, given the context of where it appears, It could be just a mass of individual arms (suckers along the whole length) and tentacles (suckers in special pad at the end). This for when it attacks something that is outside the water.


The hippo in CEP bases obviously on the boar.

Some overrides of the NWN wolf, winter wolf, worg and direwolf. As well as three new wolf variants. they are made from models at deviantart.

And yes my direwolf is just a bigger version of a regular wolf. No spikes and other nonsense stuff. It’s more like the real prehistoric direwolf was supposed to be.


Don’t forget dire wolves aren’t true wolves. Outside of jackals, even, so IRL were probably reddish

Anywho. I’m not fully happy with this. The back feet aren’t fully in place, but, its basically working. If anyone else wants to take a stab at the rigging I may throw it your way to try and get the back feet to behave because running is… Interesting.


Well if you want a reddish direwolf you can use the texture of my red wolf for it. They are made from the same model and their textures are compatible…

Continuing with the canine family. Here comes overrides of the NWN dog, blink dog, fenhound, hell hound and shadow mastiff. As well as new creatures such as: Red fox, coyote, foo dog (you maybe remember that I already have made the foo lion in the asian monsters challenge); And barghest (barghest as new creature is questinable as there is a barghest creatue in the game files, but for some reason it don’t appears in the aurora tileset).


This bear pack overrides the NWN brown bear, black bear, grizzly bear, polar bear and dire bear. And the addition of the panda bear…

This feline pack overrides the NWN cougar, crag cat, dire tiger, jaguar, leopard, lion, panther and the Malar’s one. And adds to the game the cheetah, snow leopard, male lion (two variants), tiger (two variants) and the lynx.

Models from (mainly), deviantart, and NWN2; Malar panther texture from kamal.


Thank you for the improved felines. They look really great!

  • (=^・ω・^=)
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This pack overrides the NWN dire boar, the regular boar; And adds three more boar variants as well as two variants of domestic pigs…


I’ll sit this one out and wait for the drop.
Soooo many animals to turn into hats :grinning: :grinning: :grinning:

All of those look awesome! Shemsu, can we count for new… badgers? :wink:

Haven’t posted anything for a bit, but got the hippo working, and looking to get hopefully at least three things together for a similar themed set.

Gaur’s on its way, Tarot. Just needs a bit more screnangling with the weighting as Gmax and me disagree on its auto-assigning of weight.


Probably too late now but… Anybody feel like retexturing some standard cattle? Maybe add some patches of white, or change them to reddish brown or maybe pure white with black noses?


I’m working on cattle cows and ox…