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Alignment Lawful Evil

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, the meenlock is a type of fictional monster.

Publication history[edit]

The meenlock first appeared in the original first edition Fiend Folio (1981).[1]

The meenlock appeared for the Greyhawk setting in second edition in the adventures Greyhawk Ruins (1990),[2] and Flames of the Falcon (1990),[3] and was reprinted in Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two (1995).

The meenlock appeared in the third edition Monster Manual II (2002).[4]

The meenlock appeared in fourth edition in the Monster Manual 3 (2010).[5]


Meenlocks are two-foot tall, bipedal creatures with horrid, insect-like features that are covered in black, shaggy fur. They live in small groups (no more than 5 to a group) in underground caves. The mere sight of a meenlock can cause low-level intelligent creatures to collapse in fear, their touch causes paralysis, and they have a short-range teleportation ability.

If a meenlock lair is disturbed, the occupants will silently follow the responsible party and wear down a single member (chosen generally at random, although humans and paladins will be given priority) with a continual low-level telepathic assault that manifests as whispered voices, strange noises, and other phenomena only perceived by the chosen target. When their weakened prey beds down for the night, the meenlocks will attempt to paralyze them (killing anyone else who resists), carry them back to their lair while still alive, and turn them into another meenlock through a short, gruesome procedure.