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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, the revenant is a type of fictional monster.

Publication history[]

The revenant first appeared in first edition in the original Fiend Folio (1981).[1]

The revenant appeared in second edition for the Forgotten Realms setting in the Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix (1989),[2] and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[3]

The revenant appeared in third edition for the Forgotten Realms setting as a template in Monsters of Faerûn (2001),[4] and in the adventure City of the Spider Queen (2002).[5]

The revenant was added as a fully playable character race for 4th edition in Dragon #376 (2009)[6]


In some earlier versions of the game, the revenant is a powerful undead creature that has a strong physical resemblance to a zombie, a far less powerful undead creature. Notably, more recent versions of the game have adapted the revenant to reflect the aforementioned role of one who returns from the grave to fulfill a set task, but is not necessarily bound by the will of the person or deity who resurrected it.


  1. Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  2. Conners, William, et al. Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix (TSR, 1989)
  3. Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  4. Wyatt, James, and Rob Heinsoo. Monstrous Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn (Wizards of the Coast, 2001)
  5. Wyatt, James. City of the Spider Queen (TSR, 2002)
  6. Matthew Sernett Playing Revenants (Wizards of the Coast 2009)