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Alignment Chaotic evil
Type Outsider (Demon)
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A bar-lgura (/ˌbɑːrləˈɡɔːrə/ BAR-lə-GORR)[1] is a fictional demon in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

Publication history[edit]

The bar-lgura was introduced to the D&D game in the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

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

The bar-lgura was one of the new demons that debuted in the module Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1982),[2] and then appear in the first edition Monster Manual II (1983),[3] under the demon entry.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-1999)[edit]

In this edition, demons became known as tanar'ri, with the bar-lgura lesser tanar'ri appearing first in the Monstrous Compendium Volume Outer Planes Appendix (1991).[4]

The bar-lgura lesser tanar'ri also appeared for the Planescape campaign setting in the first Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (1994).[5]

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

In this edition, the name demon is resumed, and tanar'ri are now considered a sub-type of demon.[6] The bar-lgura (tanar'ri) appears in the Book of Vile Darkness (2002).[7]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition (2003-2007)[edit]

The bar-lgura is one of several demons appearing in Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (2006).[8]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008-)[edit]

The barlgura appears in the Monster Manual for this edition (2008), again under the demon entry.[9]


Bar-lguras are savage and cruel demons resembling fiendish orangutans. They normally reside in isolated and inaccessible areas of the Abyss. Sometimes groups of bar-lgura gather up and form a tribe. They love spreading destruction everywhere, even if they are often employed by powerful demon lords as scouts.

The demon lord Ilsidahur is the patron of the bar-lgura demons.


  1. ^ Mentzer, Frank. "Ay pronunseeAY shun gyd" Dragon #93 (TSR, 1985)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary. The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (TSR, 1982)
  3. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  4. ^ LaFountain, J. Paul. Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes Appendix. (TSR, 1991)
  5. ^ Varney, Allen, ed. Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (TSR, 1994)
  6. ^ Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
  7. ^ Cook, Monte. Book of Vile Darkness (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)
  8. ^ Jacobs, James, Erik Mona, and Ed Stark. Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)
  9. ^ Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2008)