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D&D General Index of Dungeons and Dragons Monsters?

khantroll

Explorer
Years ago, I started an overly ambitious project: the ultimate monster manual. I wanted to compile the most all of the data regarding all of the monsters I could into one set of homemade books. Well, having decided that I hate myself enough I've decided to revisit this insane idea.

Back the, I think I started with either the 3.5 Monster Manuals or the Monstrous Compendiums. But this is the age of the internet, and that got me to thinking:

Does anyone know of master index of Dungeons and Dragons monsters?
 

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Because of the restrictions of the OGL SRD, I don't think you'd be able to find a legitimate master index, as many of the monsters aren't included in the SRD and therefore can't be reprinted (or re-indexed) elsewhere. There will definitely be homemade indexes, as it would be an amazing resource, but I have a feeling they'd be in the shadow of WotC and in a potential grey area.
 



jaspert

Villager
D&D Beyond has a searchable Index of all the official 5E monsters. You can view the name, CR, type, size and alignment for free (you don't even need an account). If you want the actual stat blocks you need to buy them.
 



oreofox

Explorer
I had a link bookmarked to a site that had every single 2e AD&D monster in it (included stat blocks). I tried going there again back in July but it had been taken down.

I think if it is just a list, with a source listed of where it's been located, it might not be too bad. But if the statblocks are included, that's when you get into the iffy area.
 



khantroll

Explorer
Awesome guys! I found something elsewhere online that, combined with wikipedia will get me going.

The pathfinder thing is cool, and I'll probably wind up including them in this.

Also, as an aside. the Aarakocra may be the most published creature in all of DnD behind the vampire....
 

Echohawk

Shirokinukatsukami fan
Also, as an aside. the Aarakocra may be the most published creature in all of DnD behind the vampire....
No chance. I'd say the aarakocra has "medium" coverage -- it has appeared in every edition, but doesn't have many variants. There are plenty of monsters with a far more extensive publication history (including the vampire). If I was to guess, I'd say that the lowly zombie is probably the most published creature. There are more than 200 different zombie variants in D&D history, so those take up a big chunk of any index by themselves.

I spent years (literally) compiling an index of D&D monsters. It was as complete as I could make it up to the end of 2008, with 34026 lines. I haven't maintained it since, so it doesn't cover half of 4th or 5th Edition. There were 5316 monsters published for 4th Edition (some of which are in that file), and a total of (only) 1845 published 5th Edition monsters so far, so updating would require adding about 5000 new lines.... maybe one day.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Because of the restrictions of the OGL SRD, I don't think you'd be able to find a legitimate master index, as many of the monsters aren't included in the SRD and therefore can't be reprinted (or re-indexed) elsewhere. There will definitely be homemade indexes, as it would be an amazing resource, but I have a feeling they'd be in the shadow of WotC and in a potential grey area.
There’s nothing stopping people creating a list or index. You don’t need the OGL to do that.
 


khantroll

Explorer
No chance. I'd say the aarakocra has "medium" coverage -- it has appeared in every edition, but doesn't have many variants. There are plenty of monsters with a far more extensive publication history (including the vampire). If I was to guess, I'd say that the lowly zombie is probably the most published creature. There are more than 200 different zombie variants in D&D history, so those take up a big chunk of any index by themselves.

I spent years (literally) compiling an index of D&D monsters. It was as complete as I could make it up to the end of 2008, with 34026 lines. I haven't maintained it since, so it doesn't cover half of 4th or 5th Edition. There were 5316 monsters published for 4th Edition (some of which are in that file), and a total of (only) 1845 published 5th Edition monsters so far, so updating would require adding about 5000 new lines.... maybe one day.
I stand corrected. Yours was one of the ones I was cross-referencing when I made that comment. It seemed like it was one of the ones that came up in every edition in multiple variants.
 

Echohawk

Shirokinukatsukami fan
I stand corrected. Yours was one of the ones I was cross-referencing when I made that comment. It seemed like it was one of the ones that came up in every edition in multiple variants.
Heh. Of course, now I'm obliged to correct my own correction, because I've realised there was never a BECMI version of the aarakocra :p
 

the Jester

Legend
I've seen indices of 2e and 3e monsters, but never a complete one. That would be a very tall order, especially if you include all the monsters from adventures, Dragon and Dungeon magazine, etc. Also, at a certain point, you have to decide how 'complete' you really want to be- do you, for instance, want to include things like a half-fiend vampiric gelatinous gibbering mouther as a separate monster if it appeared in one obscure adventure?

EDIT: Also, do you count the 4e versions of various monsters? E.g. is a "goblin cutter" a goblin, or a separate monster? In some cases, they really are significantly different; while it's easy to argue that a goblin cutter is just a goblin, what about, for example, the weird 4e variants of basilisks or umber hulks with different types of gaze attack?
 




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