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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the achaierai (/əˈaɪər/ ə-CHY-ə-ry)[1] is a large birdlike outsider that comes from the plane of Acheron.

Publication history[edit]

The achaierai originally appeared in the first edition Fiend Folio (1981).[2]

The achaierai appeared in the second edition Fiend Folio Monstrous Compendium supplement (1992).[3] It later appeared in the Planescape supplement, Planes of Law (1995).[4]

The achaierai appeared in the third edition Monster Manual (2000),[5] and the 3.5 edition Monster Manual (2003). It also appears in the Pathfinder Bestiary 2, which was released late 2010 for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.


The achaierai resembles an enormous [15-foot-tall (4.6 m)] flightless bird with four stilt-like legs, a plump, hulking body, blunt, shaggy stubs for wings, and a parrot-like head. Its plumage is mostly red with orange and yellow highlights, though its sides and stumpy wings are blue and green.

An achaierai is always lawful evil and they hunt together in small flocks. They are evil, clever, and predatory, with a distinct taste for torture. It can release a choking, toxic black cloud that causes temporary insanity. Their forelegs are also powerful weapons, being able to deliver an extremely powerful kick, and to grab and grasp prey. It can also attack with its beak.

Other publishers[edit]

The achaierai appeared in Paizo Publishing's book Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2 (2010), on page 17.[6]

Other media[edit]

The achaierai appears in the D&D Miniatures: Aberrations set #26 (2004).


CJ Miozzi included the achaierai on The Escapist's list of "The Dumbest Dungeons & Dragons Monsters Ever (And How To Use Them)".[7]


  1. ^ Mentzer, Frank. "Ay pronunseeAY shun gyd" Dragon #93 (TSR, 1985)
  2. ^ Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  3. ^ Williams, Skip, et al. Monstrous Compendium Fiend Folio Appendix (TSR, 1992)
  4. ^ McComb, Colin and Wolfgang Baur. Planes of Law (TSR, 1995)
  5. ^ Williams, Skip, Jonathan Tweet, and Monte Cook. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
  6. ^ Baur, Wolfgang, Jason Bulmahn, et al. Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2 (Paizo Publishing, 2010)
  7. ^

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