Needleman (Dungeons & Dragons)

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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the needleman is a type of plant creature.

Publication history[edit]

The needleman first appeared in White Dwarf #6 (April 1978). The needleman appeared in the original first edition Fiend Folio (1981).[1] In White Dwarf #15 readers were asked to vote for their top ten "Fiend Factory" monsters. The top ten, including the needleman, were later reprinted in Best of White Dwarf Articles (1980).

The needleman appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons for the Greyhawk setting in the Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Appendix (1990),[2] and was reprinted in Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Three (1996).[3]

The needleman appeared in third edition in Dragon #292 (February 2002), and then in the third edition Monster Manual II (2002).[4]


A needleman is a humanoid plant creature which appears ruddy green, mottled with browns and reds in autumn. It can fire its small needles from its body as an attack.


  1. ^ Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  2. ^ Breault, Mike, ed, et al. Greyhawk Monstrous Compendium Appendix (TSR, 1990)
  3. ^ Pickens, Jon, ed. Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Three (TSR, 1996)
  4. ^ Bonny, Ed, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter. Monster Manual II (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)