Yeth hound (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Yeth hound
Yeth hound.JPG
First appearanceMonster Manual II (1983)
Based onYeth hound
AlignmentNeutral Evil

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the yeth hound is a sinister flying canine inhabiting evil aligned planes. Long and skinny, it is described as resembling as a dog crossed with a lynx, and is deep black in color with yellow eyes. Although lacking wings, the creature is inexplicably capable of flight. Within the game, packs of yeth hounds only hunt during the night and never venture out during the day. If abroad during the day, the sunlight causes them to quickly fade away to the ethereal plane where they cannot return.[1] Yeth hounds understand the language "Infernal", but cannot speak.[2][3]

Publication history[edit]

The yeth hound originally appeared in Monster Manual II (1983) for the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.[4]

In Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition, the yeth hound appeared for the Greyhawk campaign setting in the Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Appendix (1990).[5] The yeth hound is detailed for the Planescape setting in the first Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (1994).[1]

In 3rd edition the yeth hound is in the Monster Manual for this edition (2000).[6]

In v3.5 the yeth hound appears again in the revised Monster Manual for this edition (2003).[7]

In 5th edition, the yeth hound appears in Volo's Guide to Monsters, an expansion/companion to the fifth edition "Monster Manual" and released in November 2016.[8]


  1. ^ a b Varney, Allen. Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (TSR, Inc., 1994)
  2. ^ Yeth Hound at
  3. ^ Yeth Hound at
  4. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, Inc., 1983)
  5. ^ Breault, Mike, ed, et al. Greyhawk Monstrous Compendium Appendix (TSR, 1990)
  6. ^ Williams, Skip, Monte Cook, and Jonathan Tweet. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
  7. ^ Williams, Skip, Monte Cook, and Jonathan Tweet. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2003)
  8. ^ Wizards of the Coast, Volo's Guide to Monsters (Wizards of the Coast, 2016)