List of Dungeons & Dragons monsters (1974–76)

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This is the list of Dungeons & Dragons monsters from products published in 1974–1976, an important element of that role-playing game.[1] This list only includes monsters from official Dungeons & Dragons supplements published by TSR, Inc., not those licensed or unlicensed third party products such as video games or unlicensed Dungeons & Dragons manuals. This list only includes the content from the original 1974 Dungeons & Dragons boxed set, the Greyhawk supplement (1974), the Blackmoor supplement (1975), and Eldritch Wizardry (1976).

TSR 2002 – Dungeons & Dragons Box Set (1974)[edit]

The 1974 Dungeons & Dragons boxed set by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson contained three booklets, including a list of monsters in the booklet "Monsters & Treasure". This booklet contained an index on pages 3–4 featuring statistics about how many creatures of each type of creature appeared per encounter, armor class, how many inches the creature could move on its turn, hit dice, % in lair, and treasure. Pages 5–20 followed with descriptions of each of the monsters, typically consisting of one or more paragraphs. Most of the monsters on this book did not feature an illustration. Also featured are descriptions of humans (bandits, brigands, berserkers, dervishes, nomads, buccaneers, cavemen, and mermen), horses, insects, and other small and large animals.

Creature Page Other Appearances Versions Included Description Image
Basilisks 10 Original: Eldritch Wizardry; Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Companion Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #81; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume Two, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Basilisk Has the power of turning to stone by touch and glance DnD Basilisk.png
Black Pudding 19 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual, Dragon #219; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual Black pudding Black (or Gray) puddings dissolve wood, and corrode metal DnD Black pudding.png
Centaurs 15 Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual, The Complete Book of Humanoids, Player's Option: Skills & Powers; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual Centaur Can attack twice, once as a man and once as a horse DnD Centaur.png
Chimera 11 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set, Companion Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #94; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Chimera Can gore with goat's head, tear with lion fangs, and dragon's head can bite or breathe fire DnD Chimera.png
Cockatrices 10 Basic 1977: Basic Set; 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #95; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual Cockatrice A less powerful but more mobile basilisk, turns opponents to stone by touch DnD Cockatrice.png
Djinn 19 Basic 1977: Basic Set; 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set, Companion Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual Djinn Aerial creatures with magical powers DnD Djinn.png
Dragons 11-14 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set, Companion Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual, Draconomicon; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual, Draconomicon; 4th Edition: Monster Manual, Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons White dragon, black dragon, green dragon, blue dragon, red dragon, golden dragon Powerful and intelligent winged reptiles with magical abilities and breath weapon. DnD Dragon.png
Dryads 16 Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #87; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume Two, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Dryad Beautiful tree sprites, each a part of their own respective tree DnD Dryad.png
Dwarves 16 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Player's Handbook; 2nd Edition: Player's Handbook, Monstrous Compendium Volume Two, The Complete Book of Dwarves, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Player's Handbook, Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Player's Handbook, Monster Manual, Races of Stone; 4th Edition: Player's Handbook, Monster Manual Dwarf Described in the "Chainmail" set; clumsy monsters like ogres and giants have a hard time hitting them DnD Dwarf.png
Efreeti 19 Similar to djinn, but creatures of fire that tend to be Chaotic DnD Efreeti.png
Elves 16 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Player's Handbook; 2nd Edition: Player's Handbook, Monstrous Compendium Volume One, The Complete Book of Elves, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Player's Handbook, Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Player's Handbook, Monster Manual, Races of the Wild; 4th Edition: Player's Handbook, Monster Manual Elf Elves make their homes in woodlands and remote meadowlands DnD Elven.png
Elementals 18-19 Four types described: Air, earth, fire, and water DnD Stone Elemental.png
Gargoyles 14 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume Two, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Gargoyle Reptilian bipedal beast, Chaotic in alignment DnD Gargoyle.png
Ghoul 9 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual, Dragon #252; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual, Savage Species; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual, Libris Mortis: The Book of Undead; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Ghoul Paralyze anyone they touch DnD Ghoul.png
Giants 8-9 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual, Giantcraft; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual, Savage Species; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Hill giant, stone giant, frost giant, fire giant, cloud giant DnD Giant.png
Gnolls 8 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set, Gazetteer: The Orcs of Thar; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #63; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual, The Complete Book of Humanoids, Player's Option: Skills & Powers; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #367 Gnoll A cross between gnomes and trolls, otherwise similar to hobgoblins DnD Gnoll.png
Gnomes 16 Slightly smaller than dwarves, with longer beards, inhabits hills and lowland burrows DnD gnome.png
Goblins 7 Small monsters first described in the original "Chainmail" set DnD Goblin.png
Gorgons 10 Original: Eldritch Wizardry; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set, Companion Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #97; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume Two, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual,; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Gorgon Bull-like monsters with a breath capable of turning creatures to stone Dnd Gorgon
Gray Ooze 20 Seeping horror that resembles wet stone and corrodes metal like a black pudding DnD Gray Ooze.png
Green slime 20 Non-mobile hazard that turns flesh into more green slime DnD Green slime.png
Griffons 18 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume Two, Dragon #161, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual, Savage Species; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Griffon The most prized of steeds, fond of horse flesh DnD Griffon.png
Hippogriffs 17 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume Two, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Hippogriff Fierce fighters that attack with both hooves and sharp beaks DnD Hippogriff.png
Hobgoblins 8 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set, Gazetteer: The Orcs of Thar; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #63; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual, The Complete Book of Humanoids, Player's Option: Skills & Powers; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual, Races of Faerûn; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #309, Monster Manual V; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Hobgoblin Large and fearless goblins DnD Hobgoblin.png
Hydras 10 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #272; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Hydra Large dinosaurs with multiple heads DnD Hydra.png
Invisible Stalkers 18 Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Companion Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual Invisible stalker Monsters created by spells, faultless trackers DnD Invisible stalker.png
Kobolds 7 Original: Blackmoor; Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set, Gazetteer: The Orcs of Thar; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #63, Dragon #141; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual, The Complete Book of Humanoids, Player's Option: Skills & Powers; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #332, Races of the Dragon; 4th Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #364 Kobold Similar to goblins but weaker DnD kobold.png
Lycanthropes 14-15 Werewolf, wereboar, weretiger, werebear DnD Lycantrop.png
Manticoras 10 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Dragon #153, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Manticore Huge, lion-bodied monstrosities with a tail full of spikes that can be fired DnD Manticore.png
Medusae 10 Original: Eldritch Wizardry; Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set, Companion Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual, Savage Species; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; Dragon #355 (May 2007); 4th Edition: Monster Manual; 5th Edition: Monster Manual (2014) Medusa Human-type monster with the lower body of a snake, turns those who look at it to stone D&DMedusa.JPG
Minotaurs 15 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #116, Dragon #141; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual, The Complete Book of Humanoids, Player's Option: Skills & Powers; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual, Savage Species; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #369 Minotaur Bull-headed men, who are man-eaters
Mummies 9 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #300, Savage Species; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual, Libris Mortis: The Book of Undead; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Mummy Touch causes a rotting disease DnD Mummy.png
Nixies 15-16 Water sprites are Neutral in nature but will enslave humans for one year
Ochre Jelly 19 Giant amoeba which can be killed by fire or cold, but divides when hit by weapons
Ogres 8 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set, Gazetteer: The Orcs of Thar; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual, The Complete Book of Humanoids, Player's Option: Skills & Powers; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #304, Savage Species; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual, Monster Manual IV; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Ogre Large and fearsome monsters
Orcs 7-8 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set, Gazetteer: The Orcs of Thar; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #62, Dragon #141; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual, The Complete Book of Humanoids, Player's Option: Skills & Powers; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual, Monster Manual IV; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Orc Tribal creatures that live in caves or villages
Pegasi 17 Winged horses that will serve only Lawful characters
Pixies 16 Air sprites originally described in the "Chainmail" set, naturally invisible to human eyes
Purple Worms 15 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume Two, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #282; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Purple worm Huge and hungry monsters lurk beneath the surface
Rocs 17 Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume Two, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Roc Large and fierce birds that nest in mountains; hostile to creatures of Chaos and Neutrality
Skeletons 9 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual, Libris Mortis: The Book of Undead; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Skeleton Acts under the instructions of their motivator, be it Magic-User or Cleric (Chaos)
Spectres 9 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Spectre Have no corporeal body and drain life energy levels
Treants 16 Tree-like creatures able to command trees, Lawful in nature
Trolls 8 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set, Gazetteer: The Orcs of Thar; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #301, Savage Species; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Troll Thin and rubbery, loathsome creatures able to regenerate
Unicorns 15 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia, Thunder Rift; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #77; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual, Dragon #190; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Unicorn Can be ridden by maiden-warriors and will obey them
Vampires 9-10 Original: Greyhawk; Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual, Libris Mortis: The Book of Undead; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Vampire Powerful undead
Wights 9 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual, Libris Mortis: The Book of Undead, Dragon #348; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Wight Drain away energy levels on a hit
Wraiths 9 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Wraith High-class wights with more mobility
Wyverns 11 Basic 1981: Expert Set; Basic 1983: Expert Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume Two, Monstrous Manual, Dragon Annual #1; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Wyvern Smaller relatives of dragons with poisonous sting in tail
Yellow Mold 20 Deadly underground fungus that attacks wood and flesh
Zombies 9 Basic 1977: Basic Set; Basic 1981: Basic Set; Basic 1983: Basic Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual, Libris Mortis: The Book of Undead; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Zombie Acts under the instructions of their motivator, be it Magic-User or Cleric (Chaos)

TSR 2003 – Dungeons & Dragons Supplement I: Greyhawk (1974)[edit]

This first supplement to the Gygax/Arneson boxed set is by Gary Gygax and Rob Kuntz and was printed in 1974. Information is presented in a similar manner as that in the boxed set booklet. Page 33 contains an index of the monsters presented in the book, and pages 34–40 contain descriptions of each monster. Additions and corrections to Vampires and Elementals from the boxed set are included in this book on page 34.

Creature Page Other Appearances Versions Included Description Image
Beholders 37-38 Basic 1983: Companion Set; Basic 1991: Rules Cyclopedia; 1st Edition: Monster Manual, Dragon #76; 2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Monstrous Manual; 3rd Edition: Monster Manual; 3.5 Edition: Monster Manual, Lords of Madness: The Book of Aberrations; 4th Edition: Monster Manual Beholder "Spheres of Many Eyes" or "Eye Tyrants", a levitating globe with ten magical eye stalks  
Blink Dogs 38 Resemble African wild dogs, with high intelligence and an ability of limited teleportation  
Bugbears 34 Great hairy goblin-giants  
Carrion Crawlers 39 Worm-shaped scavengers whose touch causes paralyzation  
Displacer Beasts 38 Puma-like creature with six legs and two tentacles growing from its shoulders  
Doppelgangers 37 Creatures with mutable form, able to shape themselves into doubles of any person they observe  
Dragons 35-37 Brass, copper, bronze, and silver dragons, the Platinum Dragon (The King of Lawful (and Neutral) Dragons) and the Chromatic Dragon (The Queen of the Chaotic Dragons) Powerful and intelligent winged reptiles with magical abilities and breath weapon.  
Druids 34 Priests of a neutral-type religion  
Gelatinous Cubes 39-40 Cubic creatures that sweep clean the floor and walls of dungeon passages  
Giants, Storm 34 Intelligent giants found only in out-of-the-way places  
Giant Tick 39 Overgrown insects which live on the blood of other living things  
Giant Slugs 40 Giant beasts that spit a highly acid saliva with considerable accuracy at great distances  
Golems 39 Flesh, stone, and iron golems are described  
Harpies 35 Have the lower bodies of eagles and the upper bodies of human females  
Hell Hounds 38 Reddish-brown evil hounds that can breathe fire  
Lammasu 37 Human-headed, winged lions which are very lawful and very magical. The lammasu was introduced to the game in its first supplement, Greyhawk (1975).[2] They are also lawful, although they have little interest in the conflict between law and chaos. Their innate magical powers let them cast spells as a 7th-level cleric.  
Liches 35 Skeletal monsters that were formerly Magic-Users or Magic-User/Clerics in life  
Lizard Men 37 Aquatic monsters with a rude intelligence, fond of human flesh  
Lycanthropes (Wererat or Rat Man) 37 Extremely intelligent lycanthropes that will capture humans and hold them for ransom  
Ogre magi 34 Japanese Ogres, far more powerful than their Western cousins  
Owl Bears 39 Horrid creatures which "hug" like a bear and deal damage with a beak  
Phase Spiders 39 Giant spiders that can shift out of phase with its surroundings  
Rust Monsters 39 Creatures are the bane of metal with a ferrous content, which they rust instantaneously  
Salamanders 37 Free-willed, highly intelligent Fire Elementals  
Shadows 34-35 Non-corporeal intelligent creatures that hunger after the life energy of living things  
Stirges 39 Large, bird-like monsters with long probuscuses which suck blood from living creatures  
Titans 35 Similar to giants, but far more handsome and intelligent, even more so than humans  
Tritons 34 Similar to Mermen in appearance, and can use spells  
Umber Hulks 38 Human-shaped creatures with gaping maws flanked by pairs of exceedingly sharp mandibles  
Will O'Wisp 35 Highly clever creatures that lure foes to feed upon their life force  

TSR 2004 – Dungeons & Dragons Supplement II: Blackmoor (1975)[edit]

This second supplement to the Gygax/Arneson boxed set is by Dave Arneson and was printed in 1975. Information is presented in a similar manner as that in the boxed set booklet. Page 14 contains an index of the monsters presented in the book, and pages 15–24 contain descriptions of each monster.

Creature Page Other Appearances Versions Included Description Image
Dolphins 20  
Aquatic Elves 20 Also called sea elves, they are akin to mermen as land elves are to humans  
Elasmosaurus 19  
Fire Lizard 19  
Floating Eyes 23 Small fish with a huge central eye that can hypnotize a victim  
Giant Beaver 16  
Giant Crabs 15  
Giant Crocodile 16  
Giant Eels 19  
Giant frog 16 Blackmoor (1975); Monster Manual (1977); Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989); Dungeon #82 (September 2000); Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil (2001) Dark green, covered in warts and boils and a foul-smelling ooze; 3 feet long and 2 feet tall. Attack by whipping poison at their prey with their tongues.  
Giant Leech 16  
Giant Octopi 16  
Giant Otter 17  
Giant Sea Spider 21  
Giant Shark 19  
Giant Squid 16  
Giant Toads 16  
Giant Wasps 18  
Giant Beetle 18 Five types are described: giant stag beetle, rhinoceros beetle, bombardier beetle, fire beetle, and boring beetle  
Ixitxachith 23 A race of Chaotic Clerical Philosophers that resemble manta rays  
Lamprey 19  
Locathah 23 Nomadic people that ride eels and roam the ocean depths  
Manta Ray 21  
Masher 23 Coral eaters, similar to large Purple Worms  
Mermen 15 More intelligent than lizardmen, these aquatic creatures use weapons as humans do  
Minotaur Lizard 19  
Morkoth or Morlock 23 This shrouded wraith of the deep makes its home in spiraling tunnels  
Mososaurus 19  
Plesiosaurus 19  
Portuguese Man-Of-War 19  
Pungi Ray 20  
Sahuagin 21-23 "Devil-Men of the Deep", these voracious creatures are a constant threat to humans  
Sea Horse 19  
Strangle Weed 23 Looks like ordinary seaweed but crushes its victims like a tentacle (Note: stats are not given on page 14)  
Weed Eels 21  
Whale 19  

TSR 2005 – Dungeons & Dragons Supplement III: Eldritch Wizardry (1976)[edit]

This third supplement to the Gygax/Arneson boxed set is by Gary Gygax and Brian Blume and was printed in 1976. Information is presented in a similar manner as that in the boxed set booklet. Page 27 contains an index of the monsters presented in the book, and pages 27–40 contain descriptions of each monster. Additions and corrections to several monsters from previous books in the series are included in this book from pages 27–29.

Creature Page Other Appearances Versions Included Description Image
Brain moles 39 Small rodent-like creatures that are attracted by psionic activity  
Cerebral Parasites 39 Tiny creatures that attack psionically endowed creatures  
Couatl 38 Winged, feathered serpents found in jungles, with exceptional intelligence and powers  
Demons -- 29-38 Demons are chaotic and evil  
-- Demogorgon 37 This gigantic reptilian demon prince is powerful, has body and legs of a giant lizard, twin snake-like necks and two heads which bear the visages of evil baboons  
-- Orcus 35 Grossly fat demon lord with goat-like head and legs, holds the wand of death (Orcus' Wand)  
-- Type I 30 Among the weakest of their kind, they resemble a cross between human and vulture  
-- Type II 30 Looks like a gross toad with human arms in place of forelegs  
-- Type III 32 Has a ghastly appearance, broad and strong-looking, with a head like a goat-horned dog, pincers instead of hands, and human arms protruding from its chest  
-- Type IV 32 Combines the worst features of ape and boar, with small wings for their ponderous bodies  
-- Succubus 33 Appears like a tall and very beautiful human woman, and drains energy by a kiss  
-- Type V 33 Female demon with a multiarmed torso atop the body of a great snake  
-- Type VI 33 Highly intelligent demons with great magical power  
Intellect Devourers 38-39 Chaotic and evil monsters, highly malign with regard to sentient life  
Ki-rin 38
Ki-rin
Characteristics
Alignment Good
Publication history
First appearance Eldritch Wizardry (1976)

Aerial creatures that dwell amongst the clouds, of the highest intelligence and completely lawful (and good)

 
Mind Flayers 39 Super-intelligent, man-shaped creatures of great (and lawful) evil, tentacles penetrate to the brain and draw it forth for food  
Shedu 38
Shedu
Characteristics
Alignment Lawful good
Type Magical beast
Publication history
Mythological origins Shedu

Similar in appearance to lammasu, human-headed winged creatures with bull-like bodies

 
Su-Monsters 39 Evil and chaotic beings resembling wasp-waisted, great chested hounds  
Thought Eaters 39-40 Unintelligent ether dwellers attracted by psionic-related energy use  

TSR 2006 – Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes (1976)[edit]

This fourth supplement to the Gygax/Arneson boxed set is by Robert Kuntz and James Ward and was printed in 1976.

Creature Page Other Appearances Versions Included Description Image
Sphinx Monster Manual (1977), Dragon #81, Dungeons & Dragons Master Rules (1985), Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (1991), Monstrous Manual (1993), Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two (1995), Monstrous Compendium Spelljammer Appendix II (1991), Dragon #244 (February 1998), Monster Manual (2000), Monster Manual (2003), Sandstorm: Mastering the Perils of Fire and Sand (2005), Tome of Magic: Pact, Shadow, and Truename Magic (2006), Monster Manual (2008) Androsphinx, Criosphinx, Gynosphinx, Hieracophinx Magical beasts, that appear as lions with the heads of various other human and animal creatures.  

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wienecke-Janz, Detlef, ed. (2002). Lexikon der Zauberwelten - Gandalf & Co. Wissen Media Verlag. p. 12. ISBN 3-577-13505-0. 
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary and Robert Kuntz. Supplement I: Greyhawk (TSR, 1975)