Kappa (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Mythological origins Kappa

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, most commonly in the Kara-Tur sub-setting of the Forgotten Realms, the kappa is an evil creature based upon the kappa of Japanese mythology.[citation needed]

Publication history[edit]

The common kappa and the vampiric kappa first appeared in the first edition in the original Oriental Adventures (1985). The creature was further developed in Dragon #151 (November 1989).[1]

The common kappa, the vampiric kappa, and the kappa-ti appeared in second edition for the Kara-Tur setting in the Monstrous Compendium Kara-Tur Appendix (1990).

The kappa appeared in the third edition Oriental Adventures (2001).[2]


A kappa resembles an almost furless, green-skinned, beaked, fiendish monkey, with a cragged depression in its head containing water which acts as its cerebrospinal fluid. The kappa was introduced to D&D in Oriental Adventures. The kappa appeared again in the Kara-Tur Monstrous Compendium Appendix (MC6); appearing are the common kappa, kappa-ti and vampiric kappa.


  1. ^ Knowles, David R. "The Ecology of the Kappa." Dragon #151 (TSR, 1989)
  2. ^ Wyatt, James. Oriental Adventures (Wizards of the Coast, 2001)