01
Mar
09

The top 10 D&D monsters

And in reverse order, just like Miss World…

10. Kobolds – The favourite under-dog(men). Skull-skull for the Olympics!!

9. Shadar-kaiThis goth-emo race conceal some serious opposition for the drow in terms of their blackened eyes and deadly shadow-based powers. In 3E they also had a masochistic streak worthy of Hellraiser. In either edition, fun.

8. Tyrannosaurus Rex – Big teeth, killer claws and jazz hands! The T-rex is a childhood staple and going toe-to-toe with one is a great talking point for a number of fighters.

7. Drow – Decadent, deadly, demon-loving poison-using spider fetishists. As dark reflections of the elves, they have become iconic (and slightly over-used by certain players). There are also a lot of jokes about the Victoria Secrets nature of their clothing but that’s just jealousy isn’t it?

6. Werewolf Classic monster-movie fare and fun opposition. Even high-level parties have a frisson of nerves when they meet werewolves because things can go very wrong and you get some wonderful vignette encounters in Ravenloft involving them.

5. Hydra – Who doesn’t relive Jason & The Argonauts meeting these? You don’t? Liar.

4. Larva MageReally creepy and visually cool.

3. Mind Flayer – Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. Wonderful – the idea of some alien creature eating your brain just adds to the fear factor and these creatures have that alien megalomaniac mindset which makes them great long-term villains.

2. WightClassic undead; from barrow wights to battle and deathlock wights.

1. Dragons – The icon. Accept no substitutes – these beasts need to be played according to their statute. Rich Burlew’s Order of the Stick is currently showing how it should be done.

Honourable Mentions

Troll – The gift that keeps. on. giving.
Githyanki Baroque swords, unforgiving grudges, telekinesis and red dragons. Love it.

Skeletons More Ray Harryhausen goodness.


Frost Giants
Really big, really cold Vikings. Wow.

Displacer BeastAnother icon, a shimmering panther with tentacles. Very cool.

No. Not that. Oh no – things I would not take seriously.

SalamanderI just prefer a big burning lizard myself. Look at the frost salamander, why not have a fiery version of it. Why do you need the arms and the spear?
Trilloch – Most parties are fractious enough without too much help.

Crimson DeathJust too annoying to fight and to run properly. Intangible, grabbing, blood draining and this is why people shoudn’t kill vampires apparently.


Ixitxachitl
– Evil stingrays cursed with unpronouncability and a lack of usefulness.

Senmurv Are you sure drugs weren’t involved in the creation of this thing?

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