Trapper (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Publication history
First appearance The Strategic Review #5 (December 1975)

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

Publication history[edit]

The lurker (later known as the trapper) first appeared in The Strategic Review #5 (December 1975).

The trapper appeared in first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the original Monster Manual (1977).[1] The miner first appeared in the original Monster Manual II (1983). The trapper was further detailed in Dragon #84 (April 1984).[2]

The trapper and the forest trapper (miner) appeared under the "lurker above" entry in second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989),[3] and reprinted under the "lurker" entry in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[4] The ice trapper appeared in Dungeon #78 (January 2000).


The trapper is a variation of the lurker. Instead of attacking by dropping from above, it waits on the floor and kills by closing itself over prey that walks on top of it.

Forest trapper (miner)[edit]

Another, more different variation of the lurker. The miner waits on the floor of forests, waits until prey walks on top of it, and then attacks with two poisonous barbs.


Rob Bricken of io9 identified the trapper as one of "The 12 Most Obnoxious Dungeons & Dragons Monsters".[5]

Other publishers[edit]

The trapper is fully detailed as the "lurking ray" in Paizo Publishing's book Misfit Monsters Redeemed (2010), on pages 46–51.[6]


  1. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
  2. ^ Greenwood, Ed. "The Ecology of the Trapper." Dragon #84 (TSR, 1984)
  3. ^ Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (TSR, 1989)
  4. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
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  6. ^ McComb, Colin, Rob McCreary, and James L. Sutter. Misfit Monsters Redeemed (Paizo, 2010)