The quasit appeared in second edition under the "imp" entry in Monstrous Compendium Volume One (1989), and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993). The quasit appeared for the Planescape setting in the Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (1994).
The quasit appeared in the third edition Monster Manual (2000) under the "demon" entry, and again in the 3.5 revised Monster Manual (2003). The quasit familiar appeared in Tome and Blood (2001), and later in the revised 3.5 Dungeon Master's Guide (2003). The third edition version gained wings and the ability to fly, which appears in no other edition.
The quasit appeared in fourth edition in Monster Manual 3 (2010).
A quasit's natural shape is that of a tiny horned humanoid with a long tail, although they are capable of shape-shifting at will. They are normally found serving as counselors, spies, or spellcasters for more powerful demons or chaotic evil spellcasters.
They are weak fighters, although they have several useful tricks up their sleeves, such as poisonous claws and the ability to shapeshift, turn invisible, and cause fear. They generally employ these tricks to the full as they prefer to use hit-and-run tactics whenever possible.
Quasits and Death Quasits are also found in some roguelike games such as NetHack, Moria, Angband, and ZAngband. In all but NetHack they are invisible, and in all the above roguelikes, they have the power to reduce their enemies' dexterity. They also make appearances in Neverwinter Nights.
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