D&D General What is the Quintissential D&D Mascot Monster?


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Tales and Chronicles

Jewel of the North, formerly know as vincegetorix
If named monsters are allowed, Id go with either Demogorgon or Orcus.

As far as generic monsters goes, I think ropper or flaming skull are good choices.
 

Quickleaf

Legend
I'd say it's beholders or mimics, but both are extremely good and iconic critters. (Rust monsters are great, too, but suffer from the same awareness issue that kobolds do.)
Posh! Beholder is in the eye of the beholder. It might be a gas spore!

Mimics? Maybe it's just a treasure chest and you're convinced it's a mimic...

But rust monsters?

They're adorable. I gifted one for a friend's kid's bday. I did not send silverware for their next gift, just in case.

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CreamCloud0

One day, I hope to actually play DnD.
Posh! Beholder is in the eye of the beholder. It might be a gas spore!

Mimics? Maybe it's just a treasure chest and you're convinced it's a mimic...

But rust monsters?

They're adorable. I gifted one for a friend's kid's bday. I did not send silverware for their next gift, just in case.

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You link rusty but not mimic or cube!? Unacceptable! I’ll have to do it myself
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EzekielRaiden

Follower of the Way
While dragons are the (literally) emblematic monster, I think in order of precedence, D&D's quintessential monsters are...
  1. Beholder
  2. Owlbear (there's a reason the movie druid could turn into one)
  3. Gelatinous Cube
  4. Mimic
  5. Displacer Beast
  6. Rust Monster
  7. Bulette
  8. Mindflayer
  9. Tarrasque
  10. Kobold
  11. Flail snail
  12. Flumph
Dragons are just sort of a generically important fantasy monster, so they sort of take a 0th position here because of how much D&D has always been a fantasy kitchen sink to one degree or another.
 

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