Dretch (Dungeons & Dragons)

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AlignmentChaotic Evil

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the dretch is a type of demon.

Publication history[edit]

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

The dretch first appeared in the first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the adventure module The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1982),[1] and the dretch (minor demon) was reprinted under the Demon heading in the first edition Monster Manual II (1983).[2]

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

The dretch (least tanar'ri) appeared in second edition under the Tanar'ri heading in the Monstrous Compendium Volume Outer Planes Appendix (1991).[3] The dretch (least tanar'ri) appeared for the Planescape setting in the first Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (1994).[4]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000–2002) and Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition (2003–2007)[edit]

The dretch appeared in the third edition Monster Manual (2000),[5] and in the revised 3.5 edition Monster Manual (2003).[5]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008–2014)[edit]

The dretch appeared in the fourth edition Monster Manual 2 (2009).[6]

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

The dretch appeared in the fifth edition Monster Manual (2014) under the demons section.[7]


The dretch are the most common and least powerful of all demons. A dretch has a round, rubbery body and thin, spindly arms and legs.

Other publishers[edit]

The dretch appeared under the Demon heading in Paizo Publishing's book Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary (2009), on page 60.[8]

While creatures called dretch do appear in Garth Nix's The Seventh Tower book series, they are seven-foot spider-like Spiritshadows which do not resemble the Dungeon & Dragons dretch at all.


  1. ^ Gygax, Gary. The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (TSR, 1982)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  3. ^ LaFountain, J. Paul. Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes Appendix. (TSR, 1991)
  4. ^ Varney, Allen, ed. Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (TSR, 1994)
  5. ^ a b Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
  6. ^ Heinsoo, Rob, Stephen Shubert. Monster Manual 2 (Wizards of the Coast, 2009)
  7. ^ author., Mearls, Mike, (2014). Monster manual. Wizards Of The Coast. ISBN 9780786965618. OCLC 965567329.
  8. ^ Bulmahn, Jason (lead designer). Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary (Paizo Publishing, 2009)