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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the necrophidius is a type of construct.

Publication history[edit]

The necrophidius first appeared in White Dwarf #7 (June 1978). In White Dwarf #15 readers were asked to vote for their top ten "Fiend Factory" monsters. The top ten, including the necrophidius, were later reprinted in Best of White Dwarf Articles (1980). The necrophidius appeared in the original first edition Fiend Folio (1981).[1]

The necrophidius appeared in second edition for the Greyhawk setting in the Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Appendix (1990),[2] and appeared under the "golem" heading in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[3]

The necrophidius appeared in third edition in Living Greyhawk Journal #4 (May 2001). The necrophidius appeared in the third edition Fiend Folio (2003).[4]


A necrophidius is built for a single task, such as protector or assassination. It has the skeleton of a giant snake, which a fanged human skull on top, and makes no sounds when it moves. Its Dance of Death hypnotizes its foes, allowing it to use its poisoned bite.