Kelpie (Dungeons & Dragons)

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First appearanceWhite Plume Mountain (1979)

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the kelpie is a type of plant creature.

Publication history[edit]

The kelpie first appeared in the adventure module White Plume Mountain (1979).[1] The kelpie appeared in the original first edition Fiend Folio (1981).[2]

The kelpie appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989),[3] and appeared under the "intelligent plant" entry in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[4]

The kelpie appeared in the third edition Fiend Folio (2003).[5]


A kelpie is a mass of animate seaweed that can alter its form to resemble a woman, a hippocampus, or a green horse. It can charm a humanoid into thinking it can rescue the kelpie, which then grapples the victim until it drowns.