Devourer (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Devourer
Characteristics
Alignment chaotic evil
Type Undead
Image Wizards.com image
Stats Open Game License stats
Publication history
Source books Monster Manual 3rd edition, Monster Manual 4th edition

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the devourer is an undead creature which lurks on the Ethereal Plane and Astral Plane.[1]

Publication history[edit]

The devourer first appeared in the second edition for the Planescape setting in the Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix III (1998).[2] The creature was also detailed in the Guide to the Ethereal Plane (1998).

The devourer appeared in the third edition Monster Manual (2000),[1] and in the 3.5 revised Monster Manual (2003).[3] The devourer was further detailed in Dragon #355 (May 2007).[4]

The devourer appears in the fourth edition Monster Manual (2008), including the spirit devourer, the viscera devourer, and the soulspike devourer.[5]

Description[edit]

In Dungeons & Dragons, the devourer resembles a grey, horrible mutated, malnourished, sickly, shambling humanoid. The barely-there skin on its chest is opened up, revealing the completely dry and empty ribcage. Growing out of this ribcage is a smaller head, and two arms. A devourer has the ability to spray a poisonous fog that instantly kills its foe, trapping it in the devourer's ribcage and sustains its unnatural life force and gives it the ability to cast five spells. A creature trapped within a devourer's ribcage is unable to escape and cannot be resurrected without the use of a very powerful spell.

In the game, devourers speak Common and are chaotic evil in alignment.[1]

Other media[edit]

Miniatures[edit]

Two Dungeons & Dragons miniatures represent devourers. The first, simply called "Devourer", was a Rare miniatures in the Unhallowed expansion. The second, an uncommon, was the "Visceral Devourer" in the Against the Giants expansion.

Other publishers[edit]

The devourer is fully detailed in Paizo Publishing's book Undead Revisited (2011), on pages 10–15.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
  2. ^ Cook, Monte. Monstrous Compendium Planescape Compendium III (TSR, 1998)
  3. ^ Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2003)
  4. ^ Stephens, Owen K.C. "The Ecology of the Devourer." Dragon #355 (Paizo Publishing, 2007)
  5. ^ Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2008)
  6. ^ Cagle, Eric, Brian Cortijo, Brandon Hodge, Steve Kenson, Hal Maclean, Colin McComb, Jason Nelson, Todd Stewart, and Russ Taylor. Undead Revisited (Paizo, 2011)