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Alignment Lawful neutral (1e - 3,5e), unaligned (4e), Lawful neutral (5e)
Type Fey humanoid (plant)
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Publication history
Source books Monster Manual 2 (2010)
First appearance In the Dungeons of the Slave Lords

In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Myconids (/ˈmknɪd/ MY-koh-nihd)[1] are a race of intelligent roughly humanoid fungi.

Publication history[edit]

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

The myconid (fungus man) first appeared in the first edition in the adventure module A4 In the Dungeons of the Slave Lords (1981), and then the original Monster Manual II (1983).[2]

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

The myconid (fungus man) appeared in second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989),[3] and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[4]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 and 3.5 edition (2000-2007)[edit]

The junior worker myconid, the average worker myconid, the elder worker myconid, the myconid guard, the myconid circle leader, and the myconid king appeared in Dragon issue #292 (February 2002), and the third edition Monster Manual II (2002).[5] The myconid venom spore appeared in the adventure Expedition to Undermountain (2007).

Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008-2014)[edit]

The myconid rotpriest, myconid sovereign, and myconid guard appears in the fourth edition Monster Manual 2 (2008),[6] also the myconid gas spore and myconid colony swarm appeared in the Underdark supplement (2010).[7]

Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition (2014-)[edit]

Myconids appear prominently in the main Monster Manual for the first time in the 5th Edition Monster Manual, including the Myconid Sprout, the Myconid Adult and the Myconid Sovereign, as well as a sample Quaggoth Spore Servant.[8]


Myconids communicate by emitting spores, and older myconids are able to achieve several magical effects with their spores including the temporary animation of dead animals into a form of undead.

In other media[edit]


The dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden cohabits with a friendly myconid colony in the novel Exile, before the colony is slaughtered by Drizzt's pursuing family.

Computer games[edit]

Hostile myconids appear as enemies in the computer games Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. Populating the caves of the Dragon's Eye and under Athkatla respectively, they regularly attempt to confuse the player's party members before attacking them with strong melee attacks.


  1. ^ Mentzer, Frank. "Ay pronunseeAY shun gyd" Dragon #93 (TSR, 1985)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary (1983). Monster Manual II. TSR. 
  3. ^ Cook, David "Zeb"; et al. (1989). Monstrous Compendium Volume Two. TSR. 
  4. ^ Doug, Stewart, ed. (1993). Monstrous Manual. TSR. 
  5. ^ Bonny, Ed; Grubb, Jeff; Redman, Rich; Williams, Skip; Winter, Steve (2002). Monster Manual II. Wizards of the Coast. 
  6. ^ Heinsoo, Rob; Schubert, Stephen (2010). Monster Manual 2. Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 978-0-7869-5101-7. 
  7. ^ Heinsoo, Rob; Collins, Andy (2010). Underdark. Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 978-0-7869-5387-5. 
  8. ^ Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. p.230-232, Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2014)