Minimal (Dungeons & Dragons)

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First appearanceDragon #66 (October 1982)

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the minimal is a type of fictional animal.

Publication history[edit]

The miniature animals first appeared in first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in Dragon #66 (October 1982), including statistics for the ape, gorilla, ape, carnivorous, baboon, badger, bear, black, bear, brown, bear, cave, boar, wild, boar, warthog, buffalo, bull, camel, wild, dog, war, elephant, Asian, elephant, African, hippopotamus, horse, wild, hyena, jaguar, leopard, lion, lion, mountain, lynx, mammoth, rhinoceros, stag, tiger, and wolf.[1] They were reprinted as the minimals in the first edition Monster Manual II (1983).[2]

The same set of minimals appeared in second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989).[3]


The minimal (a contraction of "miniature animal") is a magically reduced version of a normal animal.


  1. ^ Gygax, Gary. "Featured Creatures" Dragon #66 (TSR, 1982)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  3. ^ Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (TSR, 1989)