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A magical beast is a creature type in Dungeons & Dragons.


Magical beasts are non-humanoid creatures that resemble beasts, but they are typically more intelligent and have supernatural powers.[1]

Examples of magical beasts include ropers, sphinxes, and the tarrasque.[2]

Publication history[]

D&D 3rd edition[]

The magical beast type was introduced in the Monster Manual (3.0) (2000) and retained for the Monster Manual (3.5) (2003). The beast type was introduced in the 3.0 Monster Manual, but most of its creatures (save exceptions like dinosaurs) were folded into the magical beast type in the 3.5 Monster Manual.

D&D 4th edition[]

The magical beast type returned in the Monster Manual (4e) (2008). However, it was broadened in this edition to include creatures of the aberrant, elemental, fey, immortal, natural, and shadow origins.

D&D 5th edition[]

The magical beast type was absent from the Monster Manual (5e) (2014), but many of its creatures were included in the new monstrosity type.

See also[]


  1. d20 3.0 SRD (Open Gaming Foundation). Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  2. Monster Manual (3.0) (2000), p.4.