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Let's compile a complete list of monster templates & themes!

Jhaelen

First Post
I guess it's just that my google-fu is lacking but I couldn't find anything in that regard.
It can't be true that no one has ever compiled one, right?
I'd be particularly interested in the ones published in Dragon/Dungeon (if any).

Thanks in advance for any pointers!


P.S.: Here are the ones I found in the books I own:

DMG (templates):
Battle champion (p.176) - Humanoid Soldier (Leader)
Bodyguard (p.177) - Humanoid Soldier
Death knight (p.177) - Undead Soldier (Leader); L11+
Death master (p.177) - Shadow Humanoid Controller (Leader)
Demagogue (p.178) - Humanoid/Magical Beast Controller (Leader)
Demonic Acolyte (p.178) - Demon Humanoid/Magical Beast Controller (Leader)
Devastator (p.178) - Humanoid Artillery
Feyborn (p.179) - Fey Beast/Humanoid Skirmisher
Frost adept (p.179) - Elemental Humanoid/Magical Beast Controller
Lich (p.179) - Undead Controller/Artillery; L11+
Mummy champion (p.180) - Undead Humanoid Brute (Leader); L11+
Mummy lord (p.180) - Undead Humanoid Controller (Leader); L11+
Savage berserker (p.180) - Humanoid Brute (Leader)
Scion of flame (p.180) - Elemental Humanoid/Magical Beast Controller
Shadowborn stalker (p.181) - Shadow Humanoid Lurker
Vampire lord (p.181) - Undead Humanoid Controller/Skirmisher; L11+

Cleric (p.182) - Controller (Leader)
Fighter (p.183) - Soldier
Paladin (p.183) - Soldier
Ranger (p.183) - Skirmisher
Rogue (p.183) - Skirmisher
Warlock (p.183) - Skirmisher
Warlord (p.183) - Soldier (Leader)
Wizard (p.183) - Artillery

DMG2 (themes):
Demogorgon cultist (p.106)
Feywild denizen (p.108)
Goblin allies (p.110)
Legion of Avernus (p.112)
Lolth's chosen (p.114)
Orcus blood cultist (p.116)
Snaketongue cultist (p.118)
Those who hear (p.120)
Tiamat's red hand (p.122)

(templates):
Beast of Demogorgon (p.125) - Beast/Magical Beast Brute
Champion of Bane (p.125) - Humanoid/Magical Beast Soldier (Leader)
Chaos warrior (p.125) - Humanoid Elite Brute
Cursed guardian (p.126) - Humanoid/Magical Beast Soldier
Dragontouched destroyer (p.126) - Beast/Humanoid/Magical Beast Brute
Grizzled veteran (p.127) - Humanoid Skirmisher
Hellbound soldier (p.127) - Humanoid Soldier
Mad alchemist (p.128) - Humanoid/Magical Beast Artillery (Leader)
Slithering idol (p.129) - Reptile Beast/Humanoid/Magical Beast Skirmisher (Leader)
Spectral assassin (p.130) - Humanoid Lurker
Spiderblessed Spinner (p.130) - Humanoid/Magical Beast Controller
Terrifying haunt (p.130) - Undead Controller
Victim of the mad dance (p.131) - Skirmisher

Avenger (p.131) - Skirmisher
Barbarian (p.131) - Brute
Bard (p.131) - Skirmisher (Leader)
Druid (p.132) - Controller
Invoker (p.132) - Controller (Leader)
Shaman (p.132) - Skirmisher (Leader)
Sorcerer (p.132) - Artillery
Swordmage (p.132) - Soldier
Warden (p.132) - Soldier

Open Grave (templates):
Ascetic of Vecna (p.216) - Humanoid/Magical Beast Artillery; L11+
Deathhunger (p.216) - Undead Brute
Guardian of the dead (p.216) - Soldier; L11+
Infected zombie (p.217) - Undead Brute
Relentless killer (p.217) - Soldier
Shadow spirit (p.217) - Undead Beast/Humanoid/Magical Beast Lurker
Spawn of Kyuss (p.218) - Undead Beast/Humanoid/Magical Beast Soldier; L11+
Spirit possessed (p.218) - Undead Controller
Swarm shifter (p.218) - Swarm Skirmisher
Tomb tainted (p.219) - Brute
Vampire thrall (p.219) - Undead Shapechanger Humanoid Brute

Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons (templates):
Draconic creature (p.250) - Natural Beast/Humanoid Brute/Soldier
Dragonguard (p.250) - Soldier

Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons (templates):
Elite dragon (p.218) - Dragon

Dark Sun Creature Catalog (themes):
Arena-bred monster (p.126)
Elementally infused monster (p.128)
Psionic adept (p.130)
Sunwarped monster (p.132)

Underdark (themes):
Aleeria Salitzar (p.40)
Hannault Thrayban (p.41)
Ordu Dekaan (p.41)
Fungal dragon (p.48)
Byoll grell (p.49)
Glatt grell (p.49)
Jrall grell (p.49)
Kragg grell (p.49)
Incunabulum agent (p.127)
Demon of Esarham (p.128)

The Plane Above (themes):
Exalted of Erathis (p.140)
Exalted of Kord (p.141)

Demonomicon (themes):
Baphomet's Horned Legion (p.21)
Faithful of Graz'zt (p.22)
Kostchtchie's Winter Host (p.23)
Oublivae's Ruinlords (p.24)
Pazuzu's Dread Flock (p.25)
Yeenoghu's Death Pack (p.26)
Zuggtmoy Rot Cultists (p.27)
Bound demon (p.28)
Demonic master (p.29)

The Book of Vile Darkness (themes):
Chaos Beast (the being becomes a nearly mindless engine of destruction that has no true form)
Devotee of Darkness (serve some dark lord in exchange for power)
Doomdreamers ( which are devoted to the Elder Elemental)
Maenads (from the Feywild)
Moilian Dead (from the Shadowfell)
Slave to the Nine Hells (which is divided up into nine subthemes based upon which Hell the monster draws its power from)

Dungeon #190 (theme)
Shadowborn (Shadowborn, p.1)

Dungeon #199 (themes)
Olhydra (Lords of Chaos, p.5)
Yan-C-Bin (Lords of Chaos, p.9)

Fiery Dragon's Creature Collection (templates):
Envenomed beast
Hex Creature
Hydran Beast
Multi armed
Soulless
 
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Jhaelen

First Post
It appears you are the first! I had no idea themes even appeared in any products besides DMG2.
Wow, who'd have thought?

Well, I know of at least one other book that includes monster themes: The Book of Vile Darkness (which I don't have (yet)). Maybe someone who has the book can list them?
 

Quickleaf

Legend
Wow, who'd have thought?

Well, I know of at least one other book that includes monster themes: The Book of Vile Darkness (which I don't have (yet)). Maybe someone who has the book can list them?

I don't own it but...I read a review :)

There are 6 monster themes in BoVD:

* Slave to the Nine Hells (which is divided up into nine subthemes based upon which Hell the monster draws its power from)
* Moilian Dead (from the Shadowfell)
* Maenads (from the Feywild)
* Doomdreamers ( which are devoted to the Elder Elemental)
* ?
* ?
 

Arctic Wolf

First Post
The other two themes are:

* Devotee of Darkness (serve some dark lord in exchange for power)
* Chaos Beast (the being becomes a nearly mindless engine of destruction that has no true form)


Hope this helps.
 
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Jhaelen

First Post
Cool, thanks! I've added the BoVD themes to my first post.

Adding a short description also seems like a good idea. I'll see if I can add it to the other themes & templates :)
 

Arctic Wolf

First Post
Awesome, and a chaos beast can turn other creatures into a chaos beast too if they can't save against the *disease* it has. Just throwing that in there too :p
 

Going third party for a moment Fiery Dragon's Creature Collection has the following templates:
Envenomed beast
Hex Creature
Hydran Beast
Multi armed
Soulless
...and there's also Blackdirge's short range of template PDFs too.
 

Jhaelen

First Post
Mini-Update: I more or less accidentally found another monster theme in Dungeon #190: Shadowborn

I also added the templates from Fiery Dragon's Creature Collection to the list.
 

Jhaelen

First Post
Yay! There's two new themes in the recent Dungeon (#199) article Lords of Chaos for Olhydra and Yan-C-Bin - a great article by M. Shea, by the way!

I also added some origin/type/keyword/requirement info to the templates listed in the first post.
 


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