Manticore (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Manticore
DnD Manticore.png
Illustration of a Manticore
Characteristics
Alignment Lawful Evil
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Publication history
Mythological origins Manticore

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the manticore is a legendary creature with the body of a lion, dragon wings, and humanoid head. It is based on the mythological manticore.

Publication history[edit]

The manticore was one of the earliest creatures introduced in the D&D game.

Dungeons & Dragons (1974–1976)[edit]

The manticore was one of the first monsters introduced in the earliest edition of the game, in the Dungeons & Dragons "white box" set (1974), where they were described as huge, lion-bodied monstrosities with a tail full of spikes that could be fired.[1]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977–1988)[edit]

The manticore appears in the first edition Monster Manual (1977),[2] where it is described as having a lion body, bat wings, and a human head. It attacks by loosing a volley of iron spikes from its tail.

Dungeons & Dragons (1977–1999)[edit]

This edition of the D&D game included its own version of the manticore, in the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (1977),[3] and Expert Set (1981 and 1983).[4][5] The manticore was also later featured in the Dungeons & Dragons Game set (1991), the Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (1991),[6] and the Classic Dungeons & Dragons Game set (1994).

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989–1999)[edit]

The manticore appears first in the Monstrous Compendium Volume One (1989),[7] and is reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[8]

The manticore is further detailed in Dragon #153 (January 1990), in "The Ecology of the Manticore".[9]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000–2002)[edit]

The manticore appears in the Monster Manual for this edition (2000).[10]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition (2003–2007)[edit]

The manticore appears in the revised Monster Manual for this edition (2003).

Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008–)[edit]

The manticore appears in the Monster Manual for this edition (2008).[11]

Description[edit]

A manticore's long tail has a cluster of deadly spikes, which the creature can launch at its foes as weapons.

A manticore is usually lawful evil in alignment.

In the Eberron campaign setting, the manticore is the heraldic beast of the dragonmarked House Kundarak.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gygax, Gary, and Dave Arneson. Dungeons & Dragons (3-Volume Set) (TSR, 1974)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
  3. ^ Gygax, Gary, and Dave Arneson [1974], edited by J. Eric Holmes. Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (TSR, 1977)
  4. ^ Gygax, Gary, and Dave Arneson [1974], edited by Dave Cook. Dungeons & Dragons Expert Set (TSR, 1981)
  5. ^ Gygax, Gary, and Dave Arneson [1974], edited by Frank Mentzer. Dungeons & Dragons Set 2: Expert Rules (TSR, 1983)
  6. ^ Allston, Aaron, Steven E. Schend, Jon Pickens, and Dori Watry. Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (TSR, 1991)
  7. ^ Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume One (TSR, 1989)
  8. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  9. ^ Jones, Spike Y. "The Ecology of the Manticore" Dragon #153 (TSR, 1990)
  10. ^ Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
  11. ^ Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2008)