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

Publication history[edit]

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

The gorbel appeared in the second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Fiend Folio Appendix (1992).[2] The gorbel appears under the "beholder" heading in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[3]


A gorbel appears as a red globe of transulcent, thin rubbery material, with six tiny red eyes on short, retractable eyestalks equally spaced around the top of its spherical body, and two short, clawed legs on its underside. When its hide is pierced or slashed, its balloon-like body bursts, releasing a cloud of pyrophoric gas which explodes. A gorbel can also explode if damaged by magic spells, or if it is within the blast range of another exploding gorbel.

Other publishers[edit]

The gorbel appeared in the Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer Games.[4]


  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. ^ Green, Scott; Peterson, Clark (2002). Tome of Horrors. Necromancer Games. pp. 154–155. ISBN 1-58846-112-2.