Manticore (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Manticore
D&DManticore.JPG
Manticore as depicted in the original Monster Manual (1977).
Characteristics
Alignment Lawful Evil
Type Magical beast
Image Wizards.com image
Stats Open Game License stats
Publication history
Mythological origins Manticore

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the manticore is a large magical beast with the body of a lion, dragon wings, and a somewhat humanoid head. It is based on the mythological manticore.

Publication history[edit]

The manticore was one of the earliest creatures introduced in the D&D game.

Dungeons & Dragons (1974-1976)[edit]

The manticore was one of the first monsters introduced in the earliest edition of the game, in the Dungeons & Dragons "white box" set (1974), where they were described as huge, lion-bodied monstrosities with a tail full of spikes that can be fired.[1]

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

The manticore appears in the first edition Monster Manual (1977),[2] where it is described as having a lion body, bat wings, and a human head. It attacks by loosing a volley of iron spikes from its tail.

Dungeons & Dragons (1977-1999)[edit]

This edition of the D&D game included its own version of the manticore, in the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (1977),[3] and Expert Set (1981 & 1983).[4][5] The manticore was also later featured in the Dungeons & Dragons Game set (1991), the Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (1991),[6] and the Classic Dungeons & Dragons Game set (1994).

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

The manticore appears first in the Monstrous Compendium Volume One (1989),[7] and is reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[8]

The manticore is further detailed in Dragon #153 (January 1990), in "The Ecology of the Manticore."[9]

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

The manticore appears in the Monster Manual for this edition (2000).[10]

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

The manticore appears in the revised Monster Manual for this edition (2003).

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

The manticore appears in the Monster Manual for this edition (2008).[11]

Description[edit]

A manticore's long tail has a cluster of deadly spikes, which the creature can launch at its foes as weapons.

A manticore is usually lawful evil in alignment.

In the Eberron campaign setting, the manticore is the heraldic beast of the dragonmarked House Kundarak.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gygax, Gary, and Dave Arneson. Dungeons & Dragons (3-Volume Set) (TSR, 1974)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
  3. ^ Gygax, Gary, and Dave Arneson [1974], edited by J. Eric Holmes. Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (TSR, 1977)
  4. ^ Gygax, Gary, and Dave Arneson [1974], edited by Dave Cook. Dungeons & Dragons Expert Set (TSR, 1981)
  5. ^ Gygax, Gary, and Dave Arneson [1974], edited by Frank Mentzer. Dungeons & Dragons Set 2: Expert Rules (TSR, 1983)
  6. ^ Allston, Aaron, Steven E. Schend, Jon Pickens, and Dori Watry. Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (TSR, 1991)
  7. ^ Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume One (TSR, 1989)
  8. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  9. ^ Jones, Spike Y. "The Ecology of the Manticore" Dragon #153 (TSR, 1990)
  10. ^ Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
  11. ^ Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2008)