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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the flind is a type of humanoid creature, related to a gnoll.

Publication history[edit]

The flind was introduced in the original first edition Fiend Folio (1981).[1]

The flind appears for second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Volume One (1989),[2] and is reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[3] The flind is also detailed in Dragon #173 (September 1991), in "The Sociology of the Flind," a variation on the "Ecology of..." column.[4]

The flind is detailed as a playable character race in The Complete Book of Humanoids (1993).[5] The flind is later presented as a playable character race again in Player's Option: Skills & Powers (1995).[6]

The flind appears in Monster Manual III (2004) as a monster and a playable character race.[7]


A flind is shorter, broader, and stronger than other gnolls;[7] flinds are often found leading a tribe or settlement of gnolls.[7] Flinds use a nunchaku-like weapon called a flindbar, which consists of a pair of metal rods linked together by a chain.[7]

Other publishers[edit]

The flind appeared in the Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer Games.[8]


  1. ^ Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  2. ^ Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume One (TSR, 1989)
  3. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  4. ^ Jones, Spike Y. "The Sociology of the Flind." Dragon #173 (TSR, 1991)
  5. ^ Slavicsek, Bill. The Complete Book of Humanoids (TSR, 1993)
  6. ^ Niles, Douglas and Dale Donovan. Player's Option: Skills & Powers (TSR, 1995)
  7. ^ a b c d Burlew, Rich, et al. Monster Manual III (Wizards of the Coast, 2004)
  8. ^ Green, Scott; Peterson, Clark (2002). Tome of Horrors. Necromancer Games. pp. 138–139. ISBN 1-58846-112-2.