Monsters

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The profile of a red dragon, one of the most fearsome monsters that adventurers may encounter. At lower left is human.

This is a field guide to the types of flora and fauna that an adventurer may encounter while traveling through these fantasy realms. Here, the term "monster" is used when these creatures are encountered within the game of Dungeons & Dragons.

Bestiary[edit]

The tables below show basic details gathered by indigenous experts. It categorizes them by general type and gives an overview of their dimensions, general behavior, and range of habitats. The table columns are as follows:

Column Description
Name The most common name used for this type of creature. It is linked to a more detailed description page.
Adult size The overall dimensions of the adult creature based on a 5-foot square unit. Medium means the creature is roughly the size of an adult human, and occupies a single 5′ × 5′ square during combat.
Threat level This is based upon the game's challenge rating: Low means a base Challenge Rating (CR) below 1, Moderate is a CR between 1 and 4, High is a CR of 5 to 8, Very High is a CR of 9 to 12, and Extreme is a CR of 13 or higher.
Behavior The most common alignment, or ethical behavior, of the creature.
Typical groups The typical size of the largest groups that have been spotted. Smaller groups are possible.
Range The surface habitat where this creature is most likely to be encountered.
First published description the name and year of the first published details of the creature. Many of the creatures described herein have appeared in multiple publications, with some of the details changing over time. Some are based upon mythology or creatures that appeared in fictional works, while others are the product of gamer's imagination.

For more detailed information, consult the individual descriptions. Monster statistics are available from the published sources.

Aberrations
Name Adult
Size
Threat
Level
Behavior Typical
Groups
Range First published description
Favored Climate Surface Terrain
Adherer[1] Medium Moderate (3) LE Gang (2–4) Any Any White Dwarf #7 (1978)
Athach[2] Huge High (8) CE Tribe (7–12) Temperate Hills Dungeons & Dragons Master Rules (1985)
Dolgaunt[3] Medium Low (½) LE Pack (3–6) Warm Plains Eberron Campaign Setting book (2005)
Dolgrim Small Moderate (1) CE Company (20–50) None Underground Eberron Campaign Setting book (2005)
 
Animals and Beasts
Name Adult
Size
Threat
Level
Behavior Typical
Groups
Range First published description
Favored Climate Surface Terrain
Axe beak Large Moderate (2) N Flock (3–6) Temperate Plains Monster Manual (1977)
Banderlog[1] Medium Moderate (3) N Pack (7–28) Warm Forest Monster Manual II (1983)
Bonesnapper[1] Medium Moderate (3) N Pack (2–4) Temperate or warm Forest or marsh White Dwarf #6 (1978)
 
Constructs
Name Adult
Size
Threat
Level
Behavior Typical
Groups
Range First published description
Favored Climate Surface Terrain
Animated object[4] Any Varies (½–10) N Solitary Any Any Monster Manual (2000)
Bogun Tiny Moderate (1) N Solitary Any Any Masters of the Wild (2002)
Bronze serpent Huge Very High (10) N Team (3–5) Any Any Monster Manual II (2002)
Caryatid column[1] Medium Moderate (3) N Solitary Any Any Fiend Folio (1981)
 
Dragons
Name Adult
Size
Threat
Level
Behavior Typical
Groups
Range First published description
Favored Climate Surface Terrain
Ambush drake[5] Medium High (5) NE Pack (3–12) Temperate Plains Monster Manual III (2004)
 
Fey
Name Adult
Size
Threat
Level
Behavior Typical
Groups
Range First published description
Favored Climate Surface Terrain
Atomie[1] Tiny Moderate (1) CN Tribe (20–80) Forest Temperate Monster Manual II (1983)
Brownie[1] Tiny Moderate (1) LG Band (5–12) Forest Temperate and warm Monster Manual (1977)
Buckawn[1] Small Moderate (2) N Tribe (12–20) Temperate Forests Monster Manual II (1983)
 
Humanoids
Name Adult
Size
Threat
Level
Behavior Typical
Groups
Range First published description
Favored Climate Surface Terrain
Avariel Medium Low (½) CG Squad (14–23) Temperate Mountains Dragon #51 (1981)
Giff Large Moderate (2) LN Platoon (2–20) Any Any Lorebook of the Void (1989)
Loxo[1] Large Moderate (3) N Herd (12-67) Temperate or warm Plains MC: Forgotten Realms Appendix II (1991)
Orog Medium Low (½) LE Warband (5-20) Any Wilderness MC: Volume One (1989)
 
Magical Beasts
Name Adult
Size
Threat
Level
Behavior Typical
Groups
Range First published description
Favored Climate Surface Terrain
Abrian Medium Moderate (1) CE Flocks (11–40) Any Hills or plains Monstrous Compendium (1995)
Ahuizotl[1] Huge Very High (9) CN Colony (2–5) Warm Wetlands Fires of Zatal (1991)
Al-mi'raj[1] Small Moderate (1) N Warren (2-20) Temperate Any Fiend Folio (1981)
Aranea[4] Medium Moderate (4) N Colony (3-6) Temperate Forests Isle of Dread (1981)
Aurumvorax Small High (7) N Solitary Temperate Hills or mountains Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (1980)
Avalancher Large High (5) N Burial (3-12) Cold Mountains Monster Manual III (2004)
Bhaergala[1] Large Moderate (4) N Temperate or warm Forest Dragon #94 (1985)
Bloodsilk spider Small Moderate (2) N Nest (8-16) Temperate or warm Forest or marsh Monster Manual IV (2006)
Bunyip[1] Medium Moderate (3) N Solitary Temperate or warm Aquatic or marsh Fiend Folio (1981)
Caterwaul[1] Medium Moderate (3) CE Solitary Temperate Forest or mountains Fiend Folio (1981)
Chimera[1] Large High (7) CE Flight (6-13) Temperate Hills Monsters & Treasure (1974)
Cooshee[1] Medium Moderate (2) N Pack (4-9) Any Any Dragon (1982)
Digester[4] Medium High (6) N Warm Forests Monster Manual (2000)
Fyrefly[1] Fine Low (1/8) CN Solitary Warm or temperate Forest MC: Fiend Folio Appendix (1992)
Ki-rin[1] Huge Extreme (13) LG Solitary Any Any Eldritch Wizardry (1976)
Lamia[4] Large High (6) CE Gang (3-4) Temperate Deserts Monster Manual (1977)
 
Monstrous Humanoids
Name Adult
Size
Threat
Level
Behavior Typical
Groups
Range First published description
Favored Climate Surface Terrain
Abeil Medium Varies (1-12) L Crew (10-40) Temperate or warm Desert, hills or plains Monster Manual II (2001)
Blindheim[1] Small Moderate (2) CE Gang (2-4) None Underground Dragon #68 (1982)
Crabman[1] Large Moderate (2) N Gang (2-12) Temperate or warm Forest or marsh Fiend Folio (1981)
 
Oozes
Name Adult
Size
Threat
Level
Behavior Typical
Groups
Range First published description
Favored Climate Surface Terrain
Aballin Medium Moderate (4) N Solitary Temperate Any land Fiend Folio (1992)
Stunjelly Large Moderate (4) N Solitary None Underground Fiend Folio (1981)
 
Outsiders
Name Adult
Size
Threat
Level
Behavior Typical
Groups
Range First published description
Favored Climate Surface Terrain
Alkilith[6] Large Extreme (14) CE Gang (2-4) Any Abyss Fiend Folio (2003)
Astral dreadnought[1] Gargantuan Extreme (17) CN Solitary Any Any Planescape Monstrous Compendium II (1994)
Bariaur[7] Large Low (½) CG Flock (26-92) Any Ysgard MC: Outer Planes Appendix (1991)
 
Plants
Name Adult
Size
Threat
Level
Behavior Typical
Groups
Range First published description
Favored Climate Surface Terrain
Algoid[1] Medium Moderate (4) N Cluster (3-6) Temperate or warm Forest or marsh Fiend Folio (1981)
Ascomoid[1] Large High (6) N Solitary None Underground Dragon #68 (1982)
Assassin vine[4] Large Moderate (3) N Patch (2-4) Temperate Forest Monster Manual (2000)
Basidirond[1] Medium High (5) N Pair None Underground Monster Manual II (1982)
Violet fungus[4] Medium Moderate (3) N Patch (2-4) None Underground Monster Manual (1977)
Volodni Medium Moderate (1) CN Band (3-8) Cold Forest Unapproachable East (2003)
 
Undead
Name Adult
Size
Threat
Level
Behavior Typical
Groups
Range First published description
Favored Climate Surface Terrain
Alhoon Medium Extreme (18) LE Solitary None Underground Menzoberranzan (1992)
Allip[4] Medium Moderate (3) NE Solitary Any Any Monster Manual (2000)
Ashen husk[8] Medium Moderate (3) NE Caravan (3-18) Warm Any Sandstorm (2005)
Baelnorn Medium Extreme (18) NG Solitary Temperate Any Ruins of Myth Drannor (1993)
Bodak[4] Medium High (8) CE Gang (2-4) Any CE-aligned plane Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1982)
Boneclaw[5] Large High (5) CE Marrow (6-11) Any Any Monster Manual III (2004)
Brain in a jar[9] Tiny Moderate (4) NE Solitary Any Any Libris Mortis (2004)
Coffer corpse[1] Medium Moderate (3) CE Solitary Any Any Fiend Folio (1978)
Crypt thing[1] Medium High (5) N Solitary None Underground Fiend Folio (1981)
 
Vermin
Name Adult
Size
Threat
Level
Behavior Typical
Groups
Range First published description
Favored Climate Surface Terrain
Cave cricket Small Low (½) N Cluster (2-5) None Underground The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1982)
Cave fisher[1] Medium Moderate (2) N Gang (1-4) None Underground Slave Pits of the Undercity (1981)
Death watch beetle[1] Medium High (6) N Solitary Temperate or warm Forest Monster Manual II (1983)
Slicer beetle[1] Large Moderate (4) N Cluster (2-5) Temperate or warm Forest Monster Manual II (1983)

Templates or multiple types[edit]

Other[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

For further information on these creatures, consult the following works: