Wolfwere (Dungeons & Dragons)

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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, a wolfwere is a wolf that polymorphs into a bipedal human shape and a humanoid-wolf hybrid, often retaining the bipedal stance.

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The wolfwere first appeared in the adventure module The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1982),[1] and in the original Monster Manual II (1983).[2]

The wolfwere appeared in second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Volume One (1989),[3] and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[4] The greater wolfwere appeared for the Ravenloft setting in the adventure module Feast of Goblyns (1990), and in the Monstrous Compendium Ravenloft Appendix (1991).


The wolfwere is a completely different creature from the lycanthropic werewolf. Wolfweres are a distinct species, whereas werewolves are created from the spread of the magical curse of lycanthropy. Wolfweres typically transform from their wolf form to their human or hybrid form on a day when a moon is not present. Wolfweres have appeared in numerous Dungeons & Dragons video games. In the Ravenloft campaign setting, a wolfwere is one of the setting's Darklords.

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