Phoenix (Dungeons & Dragons)

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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the phoenix is a type of magical beast.

Publication history[edit]

The phoenix was introduced in the earliest edition of the game, in Supplement IV: Gods, Demi-gods & Heroes (1976).[1]

Other versions of the phoenix appeared in the first edition AD&D Deities and Demigods (1980),[2] and in Dragon #47 (March 1981). The phoenix appeared in Dragon #65 (September 1982),[3] and then reprinted in the original first edition Monster Manual II (1983).[4]

The phoenix appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes Appendix (1991),[5] and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[6]

The phoenix appeared in the third edition Monster Manual II (2002).[7]


A phoenix is an intelligent magical creature from the plane of Elysium that prefers places of beauty and sylvan peace. A phoenix can attack with its long, sharp, gem-like beak or its diamond-hard talons, but can also voice a piercing whistle that causes other creatures to pause, and has numerous magical abilities. A phoenix appears similar to a very large peacock with a longer beak in proportion, with plumage of bright violet, scarlet, crimson, and flaming orange colors. The beak and claws of a phoenix are of blue-violet, and its eyes are a deep, glowing ruby color.

Other publishers[edit]

The phoenix is fully detailed in Paizo Publishing's book Mythical Monsters Revisited (2012), on pages 46–51.[8]


  1. ^ Kuntz, Robert J. and James Ward. Gods, Demi-gods & Heroes (TSR, 1976)
  2. ^ Ward, James and Robert Kuntz. Deities and Demigods (TSR, 1980)
  3. ^ Gygax, E. Gary. "Featured Creatures." Dragon #65 (TSR, 1982)
  4. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  5. ^ LaFountain, J. Paul. Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes Appendix. (TSR, 1991)
  6. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  7. ^ Bonny, Ed, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter. Monster Manual II (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)
  8. ^ Benner, Jesse, Jonathan H. Keith, Michael Kenway, Jason Nelson, Anthony Pryor, and Greg A. Vaughan. Mythical Monsters Revisited (Paizo, 2012)