Crimson death (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Crimson Death
Crimson Death.JPG
Alignment Neutral Evil
Type Undead
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The crimson death is an undead creature in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game that dwells in marshes and swamps.

Publication history[edit]

The crimson death first appeared (as "Death, crimson") in the first edition in the original Monster Manual II (1983).[1]

The crimson death appeared in the second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix (1989),[2] reprinted in the Monstrous Manual under the "mist" entry.[3]

The crimson death appeared in the third edition Monster Manual II (2002).[4]


It appears as a vaguely humanoid knot of fog, with arms, a torso, and white glowing eyes. Its lower body trails off into indistinct vapor.

A crimson death is always neutral evil.

Powers and abilities[edit]

The crimson death is an incorporeal undead. However, it can drain blood from any creature it touches.