Merfolk (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Mythological origins Mermaid

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, merfolk are a race of humanoids that live underwater.

Publication history[edit]

The mermen first appeared in the original Dungeons & Dragons set (1974),[1] and in the 1975 Blackmoor supplement.[2]

The mermen appeared in first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the original Monster Manual (1977).[3]

The mermen appeared in the D&D Expert Set (1981, 1983) and the Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (1991).[4]

The mermen appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989),[5] and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[6] The mermen appeared as a player character race in Dragon #250 (August 1998),[7] as well as for the Forgotten Realms setting in Sea of Fallen Stars (1999).[8]

The merfolk appeared in the third edition Monster Manual (2000),[9] and in the 3.5 revised Monster Manual (2003).


A merfolk has the upper body, arms, and head of a fair-featured human, and instead of legs it has the scaled tail of a great fish.

A merfolk is usually neutral in alignment. Merfolk are marine, but amphibious, and prefer to avoid combat.

Merfolk worship the god Eadro.


  1. ^ Gygax, Gary, and Dave Arneson. Dungeons & Dragons (3-Volume Set) (TSR, 1974)
  2. ^ Arneson, Dave. Blackmoor (TSR, 1975)
  3. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
  4. ^ Allston, Aaron, Steven E. Schend, Jon Pickens, and Dori Watry. Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (TSR, 1991)
  5. ^ Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (TSR, 1989)
  6. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1992)
  7. ^ Wyatt, James. "Heroes of the Sea." Dragon #250 (TSR, Aug 1998)
  8. ^ Schend, Steven E. Sea of Fallen Stars (TSR, 1999)
  9. ^ Williams, Skip, Jonathan Tweet, and Monte Cook. Monster Manual. Wizards of the Coast, 2000