D&D General Quaint and curious monsters of forgotten core

JEB

Legend
What are some of your favorite monsters that used to be part of the core rules, but have yet to return in any 5E products? What did you like about them? Have you ever used them? And would you like to see them return (core or otherwise)?

For the purposes of this discussion, "core rules" sources for monsters from previous editions are:
  • The Monsters & Treasure booklet in the original boxed set
  • The Monster Manuals in 1E, 3.0, 3.5, or 4E; but not any subsequent Monster Manuals for those editions
  • The 1977 (Holmes), 1981 (Moldvay), or 1983 (Mentzer) Basic D&D rulebooks
  • The D&D Rules Cyclopedia
  • Monstrous Compendium Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
  • The Monstrous Manual
  • The Monster Vault
 
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JEB

Legend
Some random former core monsters that have stuck with me:

Floating eye (1E Monster Manual)
These are (probably) based on Namor's hypno-fish from some old Marvel comics, and I suspect that's where my affection for these oddballs came from.

Wereshark (D&D Rules Cyclopedia)
They seem like the logical oceanic counterpart of werewolves, but they haven't made an appearance since 3e. I could easily see sahuagin weresharks being a thing...

Crypt thing (Monstrous Manual)
The idea of a neutral, rather than evil, undead guardian has an unexplainable appeal to me. I updated them for one of my 5E games, as the guardian of an ancient tower that rose from the ocean. When the party caused the tower to collapse for good, I had it teleport itself so it could intercept them while they fled...

Deepspawn (Monstrous Manual)
A monster which completely justifies the classic, randomly generated dungeon crawl. What's not to like?

Brown dragon (Monstrous Manual)
I was disappointed these flightless desert dragons didn't make a comeback in Fizban's. It never came up in our last campaign, but I assumed rogue brown dragons lived in the deserts near our setting's dragon-ruled kingdom of Vemurion.

Eyewing (Monstrous Manual)
Another monster likely among old favorites because it reminds me of a monster from other media: the fire eye from Castlevania III.

Wemic (Monstrous Manual)
A player in my first D&D campaign created a wemic PC, so there's some nostalgia wrapped up in this choice. They've consistently been one of my top picks for a 5E return, as a monster or as a PC option.

Primordial naga (4E Monster Manual)
Most of 4E's monsters left me cold, due to the lack of lore, but the concept and mechanics won me over on this one, with all those different elemental attacks. A 5E return as a mythic monster would be neat.
 


Yora

Legend
My setting includes bebiliths, derro, howlers, morghs, yeth hounds (all 3rd ed. MM) and brown dragons, giant bloodworms, gibberlings, gloomwings, hangman trees, and tabaxi (from 2nd ed. MM).
 







doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Most of 4E's monsters left me cold, due to the lack of lore
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Maybe we have very different priorities, in terms of what lore is helpful, but they had quite a lot of lore.
Deepspawn (Monstrous Manual)
A monster which completely justifies the classic, randomly generated dungeon crawl. What's not to like?
I think Jerry Holkins used a variant of these in the Aquisitions Inc C Team game, as part of the Wandering Crypt.
 

Omand

Hero
I liked Phantom Fungus from 3E. A four-legged plant creature with tongues like Ropers to grab PCs; plus they are invisible!

Only a CR3 creature in 3E, so could be used for low level parties. I had fun with them several times in adventures. I should probably try to transfer them to 5E.

Cheers :)
 




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Aurumvorax
 



JEB

Legend
My setting includes bebiliths, derro, howlers, morghs, yeth hounds (all 3rd ed. MM) and brown dragons, giant bloodworms, gibberlings, gloomwings, hangman trees, and tabaxi (from 2nd ed. MM).
Any memorable ways you used mohrgs or gloomwings? Gloomwings always seemed neat.

Also particularly interested in how you used giant bloodworms or gibberlings. Always appreciate seeing Fiend Folio veterans!

EDIT: Honestly, I'm kind of surprised gibberlings haven't returned in 5E, especially with them being a Realms monster staple after their first appearance.
 
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