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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the opinicus is a type of monster.

Publication history[]

The opinicus first appeared in the original first edition Monster Manual II (1983).[1]

The opinicus appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons for the Al-Qadim setting in City of Delights (1993),[2] and reprinted in Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One (1994).[3]


An opinicus is a desert dwelling creature of good will, which usually lives in old ruins, such as a deserted city, palace, or temple. Opinicus are known for their beneficial acts and friendly dispositions, but also love teasing and jokes. An opinicus appears to be a mixture of monkey, camel, lion, and eagle, with prehensile forepaws. An opinicus can make two claw attacks and rakes with their rear claws. An opinicus is also able to cast spells and turn undead away as if the opinicus were a cleric. An opinicus has a glowing gaze known as "sun sparkles" which causes damage to undead and evil creatures of the Lower Planes.


  1. Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  2. Prusa, Tom and Tim Beach. City of Delights (TSR, 1993)
  3. Wise, David, ed. Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One (TSR, 1994)