Bodak

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Bodak
Bodak.JPG
Characteristics
Alignment Chaotic Evil
Type Undead
Image Wizards.com image
Stats Open Game License stats

The Bodak (/ˈbdæk/ BO-dak)[1] is an undead creature in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game that comes from the Infinite Layers of the Abyss.

Publication history[edit]

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

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

The bodak first appears in the module The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1982),[2] and later appeared in the first edition Monster Manual II (1983).[3]

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

The bodak appears first in the Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes Appendix (1991).

The bodak was further detailed in the first Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (1994).[4]

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

The bodak appears in the Monster Manual for this edition (2000).[5]

The bodak was detailed in Dragon #307 (May 2003), which introduced the bodak template, with the five-headed hydra bodak as a sample creature.

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

The bodak appears in the revised Monster Manual for this edition (2003).

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

The bodak appears in the Monster Manual for this edition (2008).[6]

Description[edit]

A bodak is humanoid in shape, with smooth grayish-black skin and a featureless face. Its gaze kills living creatures.

A bodak is always chaotic evil. It is said that humanoids who die in some of the most evil places of the Abyss return as bodaks.

Other publishers[edit]

The bodak appeared in Paizo Publishing's book Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2 (2010), on page 48.[7] The bodak is fully detailed in Paizo Publishing's book Undead Revisited (2011), on pages 4–9.[8]

Other games[edit]

In the D20 Modern setting, bodaks are said to be an undead form of greys.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Varney, Allen, ed. Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (TSR, 1994)
  5. ^ Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
  6. ^ Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2008)
  7. ^ Baur, Wolfgang, Jason Bulmahn, et al. Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2 (Paizo Publishing, 2010)
  8. ^ Cagle, Eric, Brian Cortijo, Brandon Hodge, Steve Kenson, Hal Maclean, Colin McComb, Jason Nelson, Todd Stewart, and Russ Taylor. Undead Revisited (Paizo, 2011)