Dungeons and Dragons is a huge game, and consequentially has a lot of content, but it feels like the same types of monsters receive all the attention. I mean, dragons are great, but they take up half the space of the title, and outside of DnD, all we see is unicorns, griffons, and maybe some goblins if we’re lucky. In order to spread the love, I have searched through several DnD manuals for a few creatures that, for whatever reason, should receive more attention.
Boneclaw (Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes)
When a person tries to become a lich and fails, they become a boneclaw instead. (A lich is basically a magic user who becomes immortal through a process that involves consuming other people’s souls. Not great) Boneclaws look like skeletons, but with gigantic clawed hands, hence the name. They attach themselves to people full of hate and serve them, even if the people don’t know they exist. I’m pretty sure this is already a concept that’s appeared somewhere – I can’t name specific examples – but it’s fairly terrifying, so it could definitely do with more uses.
Flail Snail (Volo’s Guide to Monsters)
These gallant creatures are exactly what they sounds like: giant snails with flails growing from their heads. Their name even rhymes. To make matters even better, the snails’ shells basically turn into disco balls when the snails feel threatened, and they leave trails of glass that provide the snails’ neighbors with building materials. In my opinion, these unintentionally helpful disco snails are definitely on the same caliber as dragons.
Froghemoth (Volo’s Guide to Monsters)
Picture the situation: you’re vacationing in a swamp, as one does, when suddenly a shadow falls upon you. You look up and straight into the three eyes of a gigantic frog with tentacles. This is the froghemoth. Apparently froghemoths also come from outer space (Or just a different DnD plane, like the realm of the fey or Hell. Frogs from Hell is actually a fairly cool concept, now that I think about it), which I suppose makes sense, considering that they are green with eyestalks. Just imagine this creature in a horror movie though. They always seem to be about insects, but what’s scary to insects? This frog is a predator to us all.
Galeb Duhr (Monster Manual)
Galeb Duhr are basically friendly rock people who guard treasure. Besides being absolutely adorable, they also get everywhere by rolling and they double their speed when they are going down hills which is definitely an excellent way to travel. How they avoid running into objects, however, while traveling in this manner, I have no idea.
Giff (Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes)
If you’ve ever watched documentary about the revolutionary war and thought “huh, I wish they could do this, but all the soldiers are hippos,” then you are in luck, because that’s exactly what giff are. They serve as mercenaries, so this is your perfect opportunity to hire a steampunk hippo wearing a monocle.
Piercer (Monster Manual)
Piercers sound like hulking gladiators with a gigantic spears, but really they are hunks of rock colored flesh that pretend to be stalactites to catch their prey. They attach themselves to the ceilings and fall on any unsuspecting creature. If they miss, they just have to hope for the best before crawling about 30 feet per minute. Really, this creature’s appearance and abilities are all rather unfortunate, which is why it deserves a glamorous debut.
Radiant Idol (Eberron: Rising from the Last War)
Radiant idols are fallen angels who appear in the world and create cults while pretending to still be a heavenly being. They are forces of corruption and their true forms reflect this; they appear as angels, but with one detail wrong. The radiant idol makes for an intriguing plot in a mystery, though honestly the plots of most fantasy books seem to revolve around a corrupted entity behaving in corrupt manners, so perhaps the radiant idol is already around in some form, but I suppose if the concept is popular, it’s popular for a reason.
Remorhazes (Monster Manual)
When you think Remorhaz, think a combination of a centipede and a cobra. They live in the Arctic, which really is their main appeal. Arctic horror? Perhaps there is already such a thing, but every genre needs large burrowing predators and seeing a remorhaz erupt out of the snow feels like it would be awesome for spectators, but I suppose not that great for whoever the victim is.
What DnD monsters do you wish would casually appear on your favorite fantasy shows. Let us know!