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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the necrophidius is a type of construct.

Publication history[edit]

The necrophidius first appeared in White Dwarf #7 (June 1978). The necrophidius appeared in the original first edition Fiend Folio (1981).[1]

The necrophidius appeared in second edition for the Greyhawk setting in the Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Appendix (1990),[2] and appeared under the "golem" heading in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[3]

The necrophidius appeared in third edition in Living Greyhawk Journal #4 (May 2001). The necrophidius appeared in the third edition Fiend Folio (2003).[4]


A necrophidius is built for a single task, such as protector or assassination. It has the skeleton of a giant snake, which a fanged human skull on top, and makes no sounds when it moves. Its Dance of Death hypnotizes its foes, allowing it to use its poisoned bite.