For other books referred to by this name, see Monster Manual.

Monster Manual II was the third and final monster supplement for the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, following the Monster Manual and Fiend Folio. Monster Manual II was published as a hardback book in 1983, and has the largest page count of the three, containing over 250 monsters, most with illustrations. As with the Monster Manual, this book was written primarily by Gary Gygax.

Many of the monsters were drawn from scenario modules,[1] in particular from S4: Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, and it included a dozen new devils that had been first published in the pages of Dragon magazine. Despite this, a significant amount of its contents had never been published previously, unlike the monsters in both the Monster Manual and Fiend Folio.

The book included random encounter tables for dungeon and wilderness settings built from the Monster Manual, Fiend Folio, and Monster Manual II.[1] Like the Fiend Folio before it, the monsters in Monster Manual II listed the experience point value for each monster within the entry. The Monster Manual II along with the first edition Unearthed Arcana book featured several monsters, races, and places from Gary Gygax's Greyhawk campaign setting.

The book contains a preface on page 4, a section entitled "How To Use This Book" on pages 5-7, descriptions of the monsters on pages 8-132, random encounter tables on pages 133-155, and an index of all the monsters in the Monster Manual, Fiend Folio, and Monster Manual II on pages 156-160. Unlike the previous two books, this book does not contain an alphabetical listing of the monsters in the beginning of the book.


On publication of Monster Manual II, all subsequent reprints of other AD&D manuals were updated to match the design of Monster Manual II. This included, for example, a printing of the Monster Manual with a new cover by Jeff Easley (cover artist of the Monster Manual II).[2]


Monster Manual II garnered positive reviews, receiving a score of 7 out of 10 in a review in White Dwarf magazine.[3] The reviewer praised the book's standard of clear presentation, and felt that the artwork was of a higher quality than that in the previous monster books. However, the reviewer felt that there were too many high level and overly deadly monsters, and that most of the monsters in the book were inimical to adventures. The reviewer did make note of the fact that there were "many interesting ideas and several well-developed tribes and hierarchies", and felt that, overall, the book is "a good, well presented addition to the AD&D series, with some very useful creatures". The reviewer recommended the book to anyone who likes a wide range of monsters in the game.[3]

Doug Cowie reviewed Monster Manual II quite favorably for Imagine magazine.[4] He noted that the cover was good, and contrasted it with the first edition Monster Manual, whose cover was "universally held to be appalling" and whose "childish style" may have "seriously hampered the development of RPGs as adult games".[4] As for Monster Manual II, Cowie suggested: "If you like the AD&D game, go and buy it immediately."[4] Although he found some monsters "to be just plain silly", they are all "well presented, properly thought out and adequately described".[4]

Lawrence Schick also commented on the Monster Manual II in Heroic Worlds, stating "Some of the monsters are less than inspired, and some are quite silly; this author's favorites are the stegocentipede, a giant arthropod notable for its twin row of back plates (wow!), and the stench kow, a monstrous bison that smells real bad."[1]

Featured creaturesEdit

Creature Page Other Appearances Description
Aboleth 8
Afanc 8
Agathion 9
Annis 9
Ant lion 10
Ascomoid 10
Aspis 10-11 Described here are the drone, larva, cow
Atomie 11
Aurumvorax 11
Azer 12
Baku 12
Banderlog 13
Barghest 13
Barkburr 14
Basidirond 15
Basilisk, greater 15
Bat 15-16 Described here are the mobat and ordinary bat
Bat, fire 16
Bear, northern (polar bear) 16
Bee, giant 17 Described here are the worker honeybee, soldier honeybee, and bumblebee
Beetle, giant 17-18 Described here are the death watch beetle and slicer beetle
Behemoth 18
Behir 18
Bloodthorn 18-19
Boalisk 19
Bodak 19
Boggart 19-20
Boggle 20
Boobrie 20
Bookworm 21
Bowler 21
Buckawn 21
Cat 22 Described are the domestic and wild cat
Cat lord 22-23
Catfish, giant 23
Cave cricket 23
Cave fisher 24
Cave moray 24
Centipede 24-25 Described are the huge centipede and megalocentipede
Cheetah 25
Choke creeper 25
Cloaker 25-26
Cooshee (elven dog) 26
Crane, giant 26
Crysmal 26-27
Crystal ooze 27
Cyclopskin 27
Daemon 27-31 Described are the arcanadaemon (greater daemon), Charon (the Boatman of the Lower Planes), charonadaemon (lesser daemon), derghodaemon (lesser daemon), hydrodaemon (lesser daemon), Oinodaemon (Anthraxus), piscodaemon (lesser daemon), ultrodaemon (greater daemon), and yagnodaemon (lesser daemon)
Dao 32
Death, crimson 32
Demilich 32-33
Demodand 33-34 Described are the farastu (tarry) demodand, kelubar (slime) demodand, and shator (shaggy) demodand
Demon 35-42
-- Alu-demon (semi-demon) 35-36
-- Babau (minor demon) 36
-- Baphomet (demon lord) 36
-- Bar-lgura (minor demon) 37
-- Cambion (semi-demon) 37
-- Chasme (minor demon) 38
-- Dretch (minor demon) 38
-- Fraz-Urb'luu (Prince of Deception) 39
-- Graz'zt (demon prince) 39-40
-- Kostchtchie (demon lord) 40
-- Nabassu (major demon) 40-41
-- Pazuzu (Prince of the Lower Aerial Kingdoms) 41
-- Rutterkin (minor demon) 41-42
Derro 42
Deva 42-44 Described are the astral deva, monadic deva, and movanic deva
Devil 44-49
-- Abishai (lesser devil) 45
-- Amon (Duke of Hell) 45-46
-- Bael (Duke of Hell) 46
-- Bearded devil (lesser devil) 46
-- Belial (Arch-devil) 46
-- Glasya (Princess of Hell) 47
-- Hutijin (Duke of Hell) 47
-- Mammon (Arch-devil) 47
-- Mephistopheles (Arch-devil) 48
-- Moloch (Arch-devil) 48
-- Nupperibo (least devil) 49
-- Titivilus (Duke of Hell) 49
-- Spined devil (least devil) 49
Diakk 50
Dinosaur 50-55 Described are the ankisaurus, camptosaurus, compsognathus, dacentrurus, deinonychus, dilophosaurus, dimetrodon, euparkeria, kentrosaurus, mamechisaurus, massopondylus, nothosaurus, ornitholestes, phororhacos, podokesaurus, giant pterosaur, struthiomimus, tanystropheus, and tennodontosaurus
Dracolisk 55
Dragon 55-59
-- Cloud dragon 56-57
-- Faerie dragon 57
-- Mist dragon 58
-- Shadow dragon 58-59
Dragonfly, giant 59
Dragon horse 59
Dragonnel 60
Drelb (haunting custodian) 60
Drider 60
Duergar 61
Dustdigger 61
Eagle 62
Eblis 62
Eel, electric (marine) 62
Elf 63 Described are the grugach and valley elf
Elfin cat 63-64
Executioner's hood 64
Falcon (hawk) 64 Described are the small and large falcon
Firefriend (giant firefly) 65
Fly, giant 65 Described are the bluebottle and horsefly
Foo creatures 65-66 Described are the foo dog and foo lion
Forester's bane (snapper-saw) 66
Formian (centaur-ant) 66 Described are the myrmarch, warrior, and worker formian
Froghemoth 67
Galeb duhr 68
Giant 68-69 Described are the fomorian, firbolg, and verbeeg
Gibbering mouther 69-70
Gloomwing 70
Goat 70
Gorgimera 70
Greenhag 71
Grippli 71
Grig 71-72
Grim 72
Grue, elemental 72-74 Described are the chagrin, harginn, ildriss, and verrdig
Hangman tree 74
Haunt 74
Hollyphant 75
Hordling (hordes of Hades) 75-76
Hybsil 76
Jann 77
Jelly, mustard 77
Kampfult 78
Kech 78
Korred 78
Kraken 79
Lammasu, greater 79
Lamprey, land 80
Luck eater 80
Lycanthrope 80-82 Described are the foxwoman, seawolf (greater), seawolf (lesser), and wereshark
Magman 82
Mandragora 82-83
Mantis, giant 83
Mantrap 83
Margoyle 83
Marid 84
Mastiff, shadow 84
Mihstu 84-85
Miner 85
Minimal 85-86
Modron 86-91 Described are the monodrone (base modron), duodrone (base modron), tridrone (base modron), quadrone (base modron), pentadrone (base modron), decaton (hierarch modron), nonaton (hierarch modron), octon (hierarch modron), septon (hierarch modron), hexton (hierarch modron), quinton (hierarch modron), quarton (hierarch modron), tertian (hierarch modron), secundus (hierarch modron), and Primus (the One and the Prime)
Mold, russet 91-92
Mongrelman 92
Moon dog 92-93
Muckdweller 93
Mud-man 93-94
Myconid (fungus man) 94-95
Nereid 95
Narwhale 95
Obliviax (memory moss) 96
Ogre, aquatic (merrow) 96
Oliphant 96
Ophidian 97
Opinicus 97
Otter 97
Owl 97-98
Para-elemental 98-99 Described are the ice, smoke, magma, and ooze para-elemental
Pech 99
Pedipalp 100 Described are the large, huge, and giant pedipalp
Phantom 100
Phoenix 100-101
Phycomid 101
Planetar 101-102
Pseudo-undead 102
Pudding, deadly 102
Pyrolisk 103
Quasi-elemental lightning 103
Quickling 103-104
Quickwood (spy tree) 104
Ram 104
Rat 105 Described are the ordinary rat and vapor rat
Raven (crow) 105 Described are the ordinary, huge, and giant raven
Retch plant 106
Rock reptile 106
Sandling 106
Scorpion 107 Described are the large and huge scorpion
Scum creeper 107
Selkie 107
Shade 108
Shedu, greater 109
Sirine 109
Skeleton, animal 109
Skunk 110
Slime creature 110
Slime, olive 110
Snake 111 Described are the constrictor and poisonous snake
Solar 111-112
Solifugid 112 Described are the large, huge, and giant solifugid
Spectator 112-113
Spider, giant marine 113
Spriggan 113
Squealer 113-114
Squirrel 114 Described are the giant black and ordinary squirrel
Squirrel, carnivorous flying 114
Stegocentipede 114-115
Stench kow 115
Stone guardian 115
Storoper 115-116
Sundew, giant 116
Swan 116
Swanmay 116-117
Swordfish 117
Taer 117
Tarrasque 117-118
Tasloi 118
Termite, giant harvester 118-119
Thessalhydra 119
Thri-kreen (mantis warrior) 119
Thunder beast 120
Thunderherder 120
Time elemental 120-121
Transposer 121
Tri-flower frond 121
Troll, marine (scrag) 121-122 Described are the fresh water and salt water marine troll
Twilight bloom 122
Urchin, land 122
Ustilagor 122-123
Vagabond 123
Vargouille 123
Vegepygmy 124
Verme 124
Vilstrak 124-125
Vulchling 125
Vulture 125 Described are the giant and ordinary vulture
Weasel 125
Webbird 125-126
Wemic 126
Willow, black 126
Wolf-in-sheep's-clothing 127
Wolfwere 127
Worm 127-128 Described are the tenebrous worm and the tunnel worm
Xag-ya and xeg-yi 128-129
Xaren 129
Yeth hound 129
Yochlol (handmaiden of Lolth) 130
Yuan-ti 130
Zombie, juju 131
Zombie, monster 131
Zorbo 131
Zygom 132


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lawrence Schick (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games: 107. Prometheus Books. ISBN 0-87975-653-5
  2. "Later AD&D Manuals". The Acaeum. Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Megan C Evans (January 1984). "Open Box: Dungeon Modules". White Dwarf (49): 14. Games Workshop. ISSN 0265-8712
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Doug Cowie (March 1984). "Game Reviews". Imagine (12): 14. TSR Hobbies (UK), Ltd.

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