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Alignment Chaotic evil
Type Outsider (Demon)
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A goristro is a fictional demon in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

Publication history[edit]

The goristro was introduced to the D&D game in the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977–1988)[edit]

The goristro (major demon) first appeared in Dragon #91 (November 1984); the article's author, Gary Gygax, explained that he had intended to put the creature into Monster Manual II along with the other demons.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989–1999)[edit]

In this edition, demons became known as tanar'ri, with the goristro greater tanar'ri appearing in the Planes of Chaos boxed set (1994) for the Planescape campaign setting.[1]

The goristro greater tanar'ri appears again in Monstrous Compendium Annual Three (1996).

Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000–2002)[edit]

In this edition, the name demon is resumed, and tanar'ri are now considered a sub-type of demon.[2] The goristro (tanar'ri) appears in this edition's Manual of the Planes (2001).[3]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition (2003–2007)[edit]

The goristro is one of several demons appearing in Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (2006).[4]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008–)[edit]

The goristro appears in the Monster Manual for this edition (2008), again under the demon entry.[5]


Goristros are huge demons resembling a man with the head of a bison. Goristros are rude and violent enemies, often employed on the battlefield by demon lords as siege engines. Because of their limited intelligence, Goristros lack the ability to weave intrigues and to plot against other demons, so they often serve the demon lords of the Abyss as elite troops.


  1. ^ Smith, Lester W., and Wolfgang Baur. Planes of Chaos (TSR, 1994)
  2. ^ Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
  3. ^ Grubb, Jeff, David Noonan, and Bruce Cordell. Manual of the Planes (Wizards of the Coast, 2001)
  4. ^ Jacobs, James, Erik Mona, and Ed Stark. Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)
  5. ^ Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2008)