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The pernicon is a type of fictional insectoid monster in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

Publication history[edit]

The pernicon first appeared in the original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons first edition Fiend Folio, published in 1981.[1] It was further detailed in Dragon magazine #108 (April 1986) in "The Ecology of the Pernicon".

The pernicon appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in Monstrous Compendium Fiend Folio Appendix (1992)[2] and appears under the "insect" heading in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[3]


A pernicon is a brightly colored insect that resembles a grasshopper, with coloring an odd mixture of red, yellow, ocher, and blue. These desert dwellers form swarms to attack and drain water and bodily fluids from prey.


  1. ^ Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  2. ^ Williams, Skip, et al. Monstrous Compendium Fiend Folio Appendix (TSR, 1992)
  3. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)