Shadow dragon

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This article is about the dragon from the Dungeons & Dragons series. For other uses, see Shadow dragon (disambiguation).
Shadow dragon
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The shadow dragon is a type of dragon in the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.

Publication history[edit]

The shadow dragon first appeared in the first edition Monster Manual II (1983).[1]

The shadow dragon appeared in second edition for the Greyhawk setting in the Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Appendix (1990),[2] and is reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[3]

The shadow dragon appeared in third edition for the Forgotten Realms setting in Monsters of Faerûn (2001).[4] The shadow dragon also appears in Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons (2003).[5]


A shadow dragon is an evil dragon that uses illusion magic, and can breathe a cloud of darkness that blinds creatures and drains their life energy.


  1. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  2. ^ Breault, Mike, ed, et al. Greyhawk Monstrous Compendium Appendix (TSR, 1990)
  3. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  4. ^ Wyatt, James and Rob Heinsoo. Monstrous Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn (Wizards of the Coast, 2001)
  5. ^ Colins, Andy, Skip Williams, and James Wyatt. Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons (Wizards of the Coast, 2003)