Mind the tentacles as we make our way into the Monster Manual to learn all about the psionic terror, the mind flayer.
I mean, this is clearly an owl-like creature…and like a bear.
Manticores are based on Persian myth, and have been in D&D at least since the days of BECMI. Here they are present in both the Monster Manual and the Vault.
The work on My Dad’s Monster Manual continues, let’s see what he thinks of the myconid.
Lizardfolk have been in D&D since its beginnings, when they were known by the less inclusive name of “lizard men”.
The Dryad originates as a tree spirit from Greek mythology and would inhabit trees and forests.
Enter the chimera. A creature that is part goat, part red dragon, and part lion. A creature with air superiority, fire breath, and deadly natural weapons. They’re terrifying creatures to stand face to face with and they have zero mercy due to the demonic magics that created them.
There are so many great combinations that everyone is going to have their opinion on what is best, and that is a great thing.
The requirements for my list are I can only list monsters I have GM’d or made adventures for. In some cases I did the prep but the villain did not come into play for some reason.
Lichs are the original horrible undead wizards of D&D, having existed since the beginning. They’re both in the 4e Monster Manual and the Vault.