Malphas (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Home plane Nine Hells
Power level Duke of Hell
Alignment Lawful Evil
Superior Tiamat
Design details

Malphas is a Duke of Hell in the service of Tiamat, in the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game.

Publication history[edit]

Malphas first appears in Ed Greenwood's article "The Nine Hells Part I" in Dragon #75 (1983).[1]

Malphas was briefly mentioned in Faces of Evil: The Fiends (1997).[2]

Malphas was briefly detailed in Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells (2006).[3]


Malphas usually appears as a 7-foot tall humanoid, but can also assume the form of a great, crow-like black bird.


Malphas is a vassal of Tiamat, who leads 40 companies of abishai. Each company contains 333 abishai each. Malphas also works to keep the outcast Rabble of Devilkin in line.


Amduscias originally served Zariel, the previous lord of Avernus, but was granted into the service of Tiamat in exchange for the dragon queen's aid in guarding the entrance to the second layer of Hell. This arrangement continued unchanged with the reign of Bel.


  1. ^ Greenwood, Ed. "The Nine Hells Part I." Dragon #75 (TSR, 1983)
  2. ^ McComb, Colin. Faces of Evil: The Fiends. (TSR, 1997)
  3. ^ Laws, Robin D, and Robert J. Schwalb. Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)