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

Publication history[edit]

The zorbo first appeared in first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the first set of Monster Cards (1982). The zorbo then appeared in the original Monster Manual II (1983).[1]

The zorbo appeared in the second edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two (1995).[2]


A zorbo is a carnivorous beast that likes humanoid flesh. A zorbo can temporarily absorb the natural armor class of items in its surroundings, gaining protection as if it were covered by the hardness of wood, metal, or stone. A zorbo can also gain the protection and defensive bonuses of a protective item worn by an opponent that it strikes, such as armor, shield, or magic item; this item turns into dust.