D&D 5E What Are Your Favorite D&D Monsters (MM Edition)?

Which are your favourite D&D monsters? (Choose as many as you want)

  • aarakocra

    Votes: 6 3.0%
  • aboleth

    Votes: 35 17.7%
  • angels

    Votes: 16 8.1%
  • animated objects

    Votes: 23 11.6%
  • ankheg

    Votes: 25 12.6%
  • azer

    Votes: 7 3.5%
  • banshee

    Votes: 20 10.1%
  • basilisk

    Votes: 28 14.1%
  • behir

    Votes: 20 10.1%
  • beholders

    Votes: 93 47.0%
  • blights

    Votes: 6 3.0%
  • bugbears

    Votes: 37 18.7%
  • bulette

    Votes: 35 17.7%
  • bullywug

    Votes: 20 10.1%
  • cambion

    Votes: 10 5.1%
  • carrion crawler

    Votes: 44 22.2%
  • centaur

    Votes: 12 6.1%
  • chimera

    Votes: 29 14.6%
  • chuul

    Votes: 9 4.5%
  • cloaker

    Votes: 12 6.1%
  • cockatrice

    Votes: 18 9.1%
  • couatl

    Votes: 14 7.1%
  • crawling claw

    Votes: 13 6.6%
  • cyclops

    Votes: 10 5.1%
  • darkmantle

    Votes: 4 2.0%
  • death knight

    Votes: 42 21.2%
  • demilich

    Votes: 23 11.6%
  • demons

    Votes: 64 32.3%
  • devils

    Votes: 57 28.8%
  • dinosaurs

    Votes: 24 12.1%
  • displacer beast

    Votes: 53 26.8%
  • doppelganger

    Votes: 24 12.1%
  • dracolich

    Votes: 31 15.7%
  • dragons

    Votes: 97 49.0%
  • dragon turtle

    Votes: 20 10.1%
  • drider

    Votes: 23 11.6%
  • dryad

    Votes: 13 6.6%
  • duergar

    Votes: 12 6.1%
  • elementals

    Votes: 48 24.2%
  • elves (inc. drow)

    Votes: 33 16.7%
  • empyrean

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • ettercap

    Votes: 10 5.1%
  • ettin

    Votes: 16 8.1%
  • faerie dragon

    Votes: 21 10.6%
  • flameskull

    Votes: 30 15.2%
  • flumph

    Votes: 20 10.1%
  • fomorian

    Votes: 10 5.1%
  • fungi

    Votes: 9 4.5%
  • galeb duhr

    Votes: 7 3.5%
  • gargoyle

    Votes: 33 16.7%
  • genies

    Votes: 25 12.6%
  • ghost

    Votes: 25 12.6%
  • ghouls

    Votes: 59 29.8%
  • giants

    Votes: 60 30.3%
  • gibbering mouther

    Votes: 23 11.6%
  • gith

    Votes: 21 10.6%
  • gnolls

    Votes: 49 24.7%
  • gnome (inc svirfneblin)

    Votes: 10 5.1%
  • goblins

    Votes: 65 32.8%
  • golems

    Votes: 44 22.2%
  • gorgon

    Votes: 15 7.6%
  • grell

    Votes: 23 11.6%
  • grick

    Votes: 13 6.6%
  • griffon

    Votes: 31 15.7%
  • grimlock

    Votes: 9 4.5%
  • hags

    Votes: 48 24.2%
  • half-dragon

    Votes: 8 4.0%
  • harpy

    Votes: 24 12.1%
  • hell hound

    Votes: 30 15.2%
  • helmed horror

    Votes: 13 6.6%
  • hippogriff

    Votes: 10 5.1%
  • hobgoblins

    Votes: 39 19.7%
  • homunculus

    Votes: 8 4.0%
  • hook horror

    Votes: 24 12.1%
  • hydra

    Votes: 33 16.7%
  • intellect devourer

    Votes: 25 12.6%
  • invisible stalker

    Votes: 11 5.6%
  • jackalwere

    Votes: 9 4.5%
  • kenku

    Votes: 13 6.6%
  • kobolds

    Votes: 54 27.3%
  • kraken

    Votes: 13 6.6%
  • kuo-toa

    Votes: 17 8.6%
  • lamia

    Votes: 11 5.6%
  • lich

    Votes: 72 36.4%
  • lizardfolk

    Votes: 38 19.2%
  • lycanthropes

    Votes: 41 20.7%
  • magmin

    Votes: 2 1.0%
  • manticore

    Votes: 34 17.2%
  • medusa

    Votes: 29 14.6%
  • mephits

    Votes: 19 9.6%
  • merfolk

    Votes: 7 3.5%
  • merrow

    Votes: 6 3.0%
  • mimic

    Votes: 32 16.2%
  • mind flayer

    Votes: 99 50.0%
  • minotaur

    Votes: 40 20.2%
  • modrons

    Votes: 33 16.7%
  • mummies

    Votes: 39 19.7%
  • myconids

    Votes: 18 9.1%
  • nagas

    Votes: 21 10.6%
  • nightmare

    Votes: 21 10.6%
  • nothic

    Votes: 16 8.1%
  • ogres

    Votes: 56 28.3%
  • oni

    Votes: 30 15.2%
  • oozes

    Votes: 32 16.2%
  • orcs

    Votes: 48 24.2%
  • otyugh

    Votes: 26 13.1%
  • owlbear

    Votes: 61 30.8%
  • pegasus

    Votes: 8 4.0%
  • peryton

    Votes: 14 7.1%
  • piercer

    Votes: 6 3.0%
  • pixie

    Votes: 7 3.5%
  • pseudodragon

    Votes: 27 13.6%
  • purple worm

    Votes: 31 15.7%
  • quaggoth

    Votes: 5 2.5%
  • rakshasa

    Votes: 42 21.2%
  • remorhazes

    Votes: 17 8.6%
  • revenant

    Votes: 20 10.1%
  • roc

    Votes: 16 8.1%
  • roper

    Votes: 28 14.1%
  • rust monster

    Votes: 49 24.7%
  • sahuagin

    Votes: 19 9.6%
  • salamanders

    Votes: 12 6.1%
  • satyr

    Votes: 6 3.0%
  • scarecrow

    Votes: 16 8.1%
  • shadow

    Votes: 32 16.2%
  • shambling mound

    Votes: 35 17.7%
  • shield guardian

    Votes: 13 6.6%
  • skeletons

    Votes: 73 36.9%
  • slaadi

    Votes: 22 11.1%
  • specter

    Votes: 16 8.1%
  • sphinxes

    Votes: 17 8.6%
  • sprite

    Votes: 6 3.0%
  • stirge

    Votes: 26 13.1%
  • succubus/incubus

    Votes: 15 7.6%
  • tarrasque

    Votes: 22 11.1%
  • thri-kreen

    Votes: 22 11.1%
  • treant

    Votes: 19 9.6%
  • troglodyte

    Votes: 14 7.1%
  • troll

    Votes: 64 32.3%
  • umber hulk

    Votes: 47 23.7%
  • unicorn

    Votes: 15 7.6%
  • vampires

    Votes: 54 27.3%
  • water weird

    Votes: 16 8.1%
  • wight

    Votes: 42 21.2%
  • will-o'-wisp

    Votes: 21 10.6%
  • wraith

    Votes: 51 25.8%
  • wyvern

    Votes: 37 18.7%
  • xorn

    Votes: 12 6.1%
  • yetis

    Votes: 10 5.1%
  • yuan-ti

    Votes: 35 17.7%
  • yugoloths

    Votes: 13 6.6%
  • zombies

    Votes: 55 27.8%

What are your favorite D&D monsters? The ones you go back to time and time again? The ones you love to use to terrify your players, or the ones you love to slay with wild abandon? They don't have to be the biggest, or the most awe-inspiring; they might just be something you find incredibly useful, thematic, or which appeals to you directly. Perhaps they've been the ones you use from every edition. Perhaps you used one recently and just had so much fun with it.

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This is a poll. You can choose as many monsters as you like. Let's find out what are D&D's most popular monsters! We'll be using the D&D 5E Monster Manual for this list, more specifically the main monsters section of that book (not the animals or NPC sections).

Will dragons, demons, and devils rule the roost as expected? Or might there be some surprises in there?
 

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey






el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
I just chose those I tend to use the most.

Bugbear
Bulette
Bullywug
Dinosaur
Displacer Beast
Flumph
Giants
Gnome
Grimlock
Hobgoblin
Lizardfolk
Manticore
Hook Horror
Otyugh
Owlbear
Piercer
Skeleton
Stirge
Troglodyte
Troll
Umber Hulk
Wight
Wyvern
Zombie
 

Fifinjir

Explorer
Almost all undead
animated objects
angels
blights
chimera
Demons
Devils
Dryads
Gargoyles
Gibbering Mouthers
Golems
Gnolls
Hags
Hell hounds
Homunculi
Manticores
Mephits
Modrons
Oni
Oozes
Parytons
Pixies
Scarecrows
Shield guardians
Unicorns

…I don’t have a problem you have a problem.
 

aco175

Legend
I picked around 10. It mostly seems to be undead and constructs like what @Micah Sweet said above. I also like the classic low level ones like goblins and hobgoblins. These are the things of dungeons and tombs. Big threats like dragons are cool and I tend to have one in each campaign, but the PCs always run into skeletons and zombies.
 

Cambion, Dragon Turtle, Golem, Purple Worm

All have featured in some of my favorite encounters I've ever run and tend to make appearances even if they don't fit the themes of my current adventures.
 

Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
I was introduced to D&D by two bullywugs and a carrion crawler, so they retain a special place in my affections.

I also use lots of insectoid goblins and like Ettercaps as a nice bugbear replacement for the theme.

I also use lots of Fae including Pixies, sprites, grig, gnomes, Faerie dragons, Willowisp, Hags and Trolls, plus some unique Fae Lords.
Galeb Duhr, Blights, Treants and Shambling mounds (and Battlebriars) round out my Fae Sylvan realms

The windswept moors are haunted by wraiths and spectres, ghouls, Shadows, skeletons, hellhounds, scarecrows, lycanthropes, cultist and Hags.

sahuagin are the Orcs of my Island setting, along with Merrow-oni sea-gods and The Kraken and Sekolah.

the Sphinx, the Roc, the Gorgon are all unique Boss monsters.
 

I voted for a heap and realised I still left several off. Going through the list made me realise that I voted for mainly the classic D&D monsters, maybe because that’s what I think of when I think of D&D.
 


JEB

Legend
I picked a bunch, but my top 10 (in no particular order):
  • flumph
  • slaadi
  • yugoloths
  • modrons
  • death knight
  • beholder
  • helmed horror
  • flameskull
  • nothic
  • mephits
Runners-up include kenku, gith, hobgoblins, lizardfolk, and golems.

That said, there aren't really any monsters in the 5E Monster Manual I dislike...
 
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Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
I wish I could downvote beholders. I think they've become so overused. So much, they should change the name of the game to Dungeons and Beholders. 🤷🏼‍♂️

Then again, I guess I voted for a lot that aren't super popular. The only monster I voted for that also got a lot of votes was the owlbear.
 



My bag is:
Ogre Magi.(Fly, invisible, cone of cold, regenerate), what's not to love

Mephits ( wrote a 4 part AP for AAW full of the buggers and variants). They are so dumb and easy to manipulate and have silly big noses.

Centipedes. There just great from ultra low level and can be made into many variants.

Slaad. Just very cool and chaotic
 

overgeeked

B/X Known World
I picked a bunch of them. But they're old favorites. Nothing special about them in 5E makes them stand out.

For some reason, undead, animal-people hybrids (especially snake people), sentient stuff (oozes, animated objects, mushroom people, etc), and elementals all top my list.
 

JEB

Legend
I will call out a few not-top-10s I still voted for that had new twists I liked in 5E, specifically:
  • Tying aarakocra to the Wind Dukes and the Rod of Seven Parts
  • Gargoyles and aarakocra being enemies
  • Merrow being demonically corrupted merfolk, instead of just aquatic ogres
  • Quaggoths having a tragic backstory of being driven underground by the elves
 

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