Binomen N/A
Body type Canid
Sapience Non-sapient
Aggressivity Extreme
Habitat Northern England (especially Yorkshire)
Diet Carnivore
Locomotion Movement using four legs
Status DD
Behind the Scenes
Universe Real

The Barghest is a monstrous black dog that preys on lone travelers with its long, sharp teeth and claws.


It is sometimes depicted as having backward facing feet, one eye, or headless, depending on the legend. The sight of a barghest is said to predict death to the one who saw it. One is said to frequent a remote gorge named Troller's Gill.

There is also a story of a Barghest entering the city of York occasionally, where, according to legend, it preys on lone travellers in the city, the Barghest has also been seen at Clifford's Tower.

Whitby is also associated with the spectre. A famous Barghest was said to live near Darlington who was said to take the form of a headless man (who would vanish in flames), a headless lady, a white cat, a dog, rabbit and black dog. Another was said to live in an "uncannie-looking" dale between Darlington and Houghton, near Throstlenest.

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