Oliphant (Dungeons & Dragons)

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

Publication history[edit]

The oliphant first appeared in the adventure module The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror (1983).[1] The oliphant appeared in the original first edition Monster Manual II (1983).[2]

The oliphant appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons under the "elephant" entry in the Monstrous Compendium Volume One (1989),[3] and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[4]


An oliphant is an apparent modern relative of the mastodon, with down-curving tusks. An oliphant is intelligent enough to be trained as an engine of destruction, attacking with its tusks and heavy forelegs, and can be used in war and for other military duties when armored with leather or scale and plate reinforcements, spikes projecting from head and forelegs, and bearing a castle-like houdas containing archers and pikemen.