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Alignment True Neutral
Type Magical beast
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Publication history
Source books Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting

Rothé are fictional herd animals in Dungeons & Dragons.

Publication history[edit]

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

The deep rothé appeared in second edition for the Forgotten Realms setting in The Drow of the Underdark (1991).[2] The ghost rothé and the surface rothé appeared in Polyhedron #75 (September 1992). The rothé appeared in the Monstrous Manual (1993) under the "mammal" entry.[3]

The deep rothé, the ghost rothé, and the surface rothé appeared in third edition for the Forgotten Realms setting in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2001).[4]


In the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, they are one of the primary livestock of humans of Faerûn's Northern areas and of the drow of the Underdark below. They resemble musk oxen, and have three different sub-species—surface rothé, deep rothé (which communicate with magical flashing lights in their Underdark home), and ghost rothé (large white rothé with magical abilities that grant them transportation and silence).

Rothé are blind animals commonly used for their meat, skin, and milk, used to make cheese. More about rothé can be learnt in Elaine Cunningham's Starlight & Shadows trilogy, in which heroine Liriel Baenre's arch-enemy, Shakti Hunszrin, happens to be part of a rothé breeders family.