Groaning spirit

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Groaning Spirit
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In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, the groaning spirit is a type of undead. The creature is also known as the banshee (/ˈbænʃ/ BAN-shee).[1]

Publication history[edit]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977–1988)[edit]

The groaning spirit (banshee) first appeared in the first edition in the original Monster Manual (1977).[2]

Advanced Dungeons & dragons 2nd edition (1989–1999)[edit]

The groaning spirit (banshee) appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989),[3] and is reprinted as the banshee in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[4]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000–2002)[edit]

The banshee appeared in third edition Dungeons & Dragons in Monster Manual II (2002).[5]

Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition (2014–)[edit]

The banshee appeared in the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons in the Monster Manual (2014).[6]


The groaning spirit is a spirit of an evil female elf, whose keening wail causes hearers to die on the spot.

Other publishers[edit]

The groaning spirit appeared in The Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer Games.[7]

The banshee appeared in Paizo Publishing's book Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2 (2010), on page 41.[8]


  1. ^ Mentzer, Frank. "Ay pronunseeAY shun gyd" Dragon #93 (TSR, 1985)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
  3. ^ Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (TSR, 1989)
  4. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  5. ^ Bonny, Ed, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter. Monster Manual II (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)
  6. ^ Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2014
  7. ^ Green, Scott; Peterson, Clark (2002). The Tome of Horrors. Necromancer Games. pp. 159–160. ISBN 1-58846-112-2. 
  8. ^ Baur, Wolfgang, Jason Bulmahn, et al. Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2 (Paizo Publishing, 2010)