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First appearanceFiend Folio (1981)

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the crabman is a large monstrous humanoid.

Publication history[edit]

The crabman first appeared in the first edition in the original Fiend Folio (1981).[1]

The crabman appeared in the second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Fiend Folio Appendix (1992),[2] reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[3]

The yurian appeared in the third edition Fiend Folio (2003).[4]


Crabmen are simple hunter-gatherers and generally peaceful.

A crabman is usually neutral and generally lives near warm sea coasts.


The crabman appeared on's list of "The most underrated monsters of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons".[5]

Other publishers[edit]

The crabman appeared in the Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer Games.[6] The Crabman appears in Castles & Crusades Classic Monsters the Manual where it appears more crab-like.[7] The crabman also appears in the second printing of OSRIC.[8]

Further reading[edit]

  • Dragon Magazine #250.


  1. ^ Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  2. ^ Williams, Skip, et al. Monstrous Compendium Fiend Folio Appendix (TSR, 1992)
  3. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  4. ^ Cagle, Eric, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matt Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt. Fiend Folio (Wizards of the Coast, 2003)
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  6. ^ Green, Scott; Peterson, Clark (2002). Tome of Horrors. Necromancer Games. pp. 47–48. ISBN 1-58846-112-2.
  7. ^ Hartsfield, Kim (2012). Castles & Crusades: Classic Monsters the Manual. Troll Lord Games. p. 29. ISBN 9781936822065.
  8. ^ Marshall, Stuart; Finch, Matthew (2006). OSRIC, Old School Reference and Index Compilation. Knights n Knaves, First Edition Society. p. 266.