The water weird first appeared in the original, tournament-dungeon version of The Lost Caverns of Tsojconth (1976). It was later included in the first edition Monster Manual (1977), where Ernie Gygax is credited as its creator.
The water weird appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989), and is reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993) under the "elemental, water kin" heading.
The water weird appeared in third edition Dungeons & Dragons under the "elemental weird" heading in Monster Manual II (2002). Elemental weirds were further detailed in "The Ecology of the Elemental Weird" in Dragon #347 (September 2006), which also described the lesser elemental weirds.
The water weird originates from the elemental place of water, and attacks all living things, feeding on their essences.
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