Afanc (Dungeons & Dragons)

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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the afanc (/ˈfæŋk/ AY-fanc)[1] is a type of carnivorous sea creature.

Publication history[edit]

The afanc first appeared in the original first edition Monster Manual II (1983).[2]

The afanc (gawwar samakat) appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons for the Al-Qadim setting in the City of Delights boxed set (1993). The afanc and the young afanc appeared in Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One (1994).[3]


An afanc is a great amphibious fish with a whale-like body and a head like a fish. An afanc is able to swim rapidly around its prey in closing circles to cause a whirlpool, sinking ships and drowning air-breathing creatures.

Other publishers[edit]

The afanc appeared in Tome of Horrors 3 in 2005, by Necromancer Games.[4] The entry was updated for the Pathfinder game rules and appeared in The Tome of Horrors Complete in 2011, by Frog God Games.[5]


  1. ^ Mentzer, Frank. "Ay pronunseeAY shun gyd" Dragon #93 (TSR, 1985)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  3. ^ Wise, David, ed. Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One (TSR, 1994)
  4. ^ Tome of Horrors 3 (Necromancer Games, 2005)
  5. ^ The Tome of Horrors Complete (Frog God Games, 2011)