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Construct is a creature type in Dungeons & Dragons.


Constructs are artificial creatures.[1] They are usually either animated objects, or constructed.[2] Most constructs are not truly alive.[3]

Golems are one kind of construct.[4] Modrons are sometimes classified as constructs.[1]

Publication history[]

Basic D&D[]

Constructs were initially considered part of the conjuration type in the AC9 Creature Catalogue (1986). However, constructs became their own type in the Rules Cyclopedia (1991).

D&D 3rd edition[]

The construct type was introduced again in the Monster Manual (3.0) (2000) and retained for the Monster Manual (3.5) (2003).

D&D 4th edition[]

The construct type became a keyword in the Monster Manual (4e) (2008). Creatures of any type or origin could be constructs, but animates were the most common.

D&D 5th edition[]

The construct type returned in the Monster Manual (5e) (2014).

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Monsters (The Hypertext d20 SRD 5E). Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  2. d20 3.0 SRD (Open Gaming Foundation). Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  3. Monster Manual (4e) (2008), p.280-283.
  4. Monster Manual (3.0) (2000), p.4.