Similar to my previous update about which gods were going to be represented in my Players Guide to Greyhawk 576, now that I’m in the home stretch of the DM’s Guide, I thought it would be interesting to list out the various critters and creatures that are currently scheduled for inclusion. As always, the list is subject to change, and I’ll keep this updated as I make progress by marking completed monsters with an asterisk.
To get to this list, I started with the monsters included in the Greyhawk Adventures hardcover, plus those in the Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Appendix. Some came from adventure modules or Dragon magazine articles, a few were necessary because spells or magic items required them, a few came out of the old Minifigs Greyhawk miniatures line, and a few I included for the sake of completeness, to fill in gaps in the existing monster line-up, especially with some of the inner and outer planes.
Beetle, Death Watch*
Elf, Wild (Grugach)*
Giant, Forst (Voadkin)*
Grue, Elemental, Chaggrin*
Grue, Elemental, Harginn*
Grue, Elemental, Ildriss*
Grue, Elemental, Varrdig*
Plant, Carnivorous, Kampfult*
Plant, Carnivorous, Giant Polyp*
Plant, Carnivorous, Vampire Cactus*
Rat, Vapor Rat*
Turtle, Giant Sea*
Turtle, Giant Snapping*
Wraith, Soul Beckoner*
Zombie, Sea (Drowned One)*
3 thoughts on “Greyhawk Monsters in 5E”
Sorry to nick-pick, but the winter wolf is in the Monster Manual (in Appendix A), and the Giant Snapping Turtle is in Tomb of Annihilation.
No nit-pick at all; it's most welcome.
The winter wolf is indeed a miss. I confess I don't like the way they include "miscellaneous creatures" in the appendix. It really seems arbitrary. One would think a wolf with a frigging breath weapon would belong in the main body of the Bestiary.
As for Tomb of Annihilation, I find myself in a bit of a quandary. There's a long history of creatures (and magic items, spells, etc.) being premiered in adventures, and then later included in other products. In this case, since ToA is an adventure, as opposed to a true supplement like Xanathar's Guide to Everything, it's a trickier call.
I don't think having the same monster in ToA and here would be a bad thing, necessarily (as long as they weren't wildly divergent), but I'll definitely give it some thought.
I agree, the organization of certain creatures in the Monster Manual was bit of a puzzler. I wouldn't call a blink dog, phase spider, or winter wolf "miscellaneous".
As for alternate stats of the same creature, Necromancer Games had their version of the Blood Hawk and Death Dog in their Fifth Edition Foes (or maybe they also missed them in the Monster Manual?). Either way, it gives the DM more options/choices.
I look forward for the completion of this project. I've enjoyed your work with the ADD books.
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