Penanggalan (Dungeons & Dragons)

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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the penanggalan is a type of undead creature. It is based on the penanggalan, a ghost of Southeast Asian folk mythology.

Publication history[edit]

The penanggalan first appeared in the original first edition Fiend Folio (1981).[1]

The penanggalan appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the Monstrous Compendium Fiend Folio Appendix (1992).[2] The penanggalan was further detailed in "Necrology of the Penanggalan" in Dragon #222 (October 1995).

The penanggolan appeared in the third edition Oriental Adventures (2001), as a template, with a human as a base creature.[3]


A penanggalan is an undead creature that can detach its head, which flies around looking for prey.


  1. ^ Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  2. ^ Williams, Skip, et al. Monstrous Compendium Fiend Folio Appendix (TSR, 1992)
  3. ^ Wyatt, James. Oriental Adventures (Wizards of the Coast, 2001)