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D&D 5E Your Personal Favorite "Old School" Monsters


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Lidgar

Hero
Leocrotta. I love how the use their mimic ability to ambush their prey, which resulted in a TPK the first time we encountered them (circa 1980).
 


Omand

Adventurer
So many good memories evoked by this thread.

No particular order, but creatures from 1E that I love using and have fond memories of, and that are not as common these days:

Owlbears
Ropers
Displacer Beasts
Carrion Crawlers
Ghouls
Ghasts
Mummies
Stirges
Rust Monsters (goofy I know, but I had some fun experiences with them chasing PCs)
Otyughs

I am sure there are more.

Cheers :)
 

Omand

Adventurer
Oooh, how could I miss:

Manticores
Wyverns
Shambling Mounds
Grells (again, goofy like the Rust Monster, and yet so fun to work with as a DM)

and one last one, not super uncommon these days, but a favourite:

Wraiths

Cheers :)
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
We've been playing through Tales From the Yawning Portal (which I argue remains THE best adventure book WOTC have published, particularly for online play). Right now we're playing through Dead In Thay, which is all-new to me despite being a conversion of an older adventure (like everything in the book).

Dead in Thay has a LOT of good, old fashioned traditional monsters. We've see some of each of these: Shambling Mound, Otyugh, Gibbering Mouther, Barhest, Hook Horror, Cockatrice, Displacer Beast, Behir, Owlbear, Ochre Jelly, Choker, Gray Ooze, Black Pudding, Dragon Turtle, Merrow, Naga, Sahugin, Golem, Giant, Efreeti, Helmed Horror, Yuan-ti, and on and on of classic 1e-style monsters. It's a blast!

So I was curious to ask others here: What is your favorite "old school" type monster? Something which would have been found in the 1e AD&D Monster Manual or Fiend Folio. Something which, perhaps, isn't seen as often these days in 5e games?
I've always been partial to the Crypt Thing and the Eye of Fear and Flame.
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
I DMed a Trapper last Sunday for the first time in maybe 15 years. I'd forgotten how much they and Lurkers Above just plain rock!

And count me as another vote for Gelatinous Cubes - a pit trap just ain't a pit trap unless there's a G-Cube at the bottom...or that falls in the top once someone is down there. And G-Cubes that hang from the ceiling are even better! :)
 

I DMed a Trapper last Sunday for the first time in maybe 15 years. I'd forgotten how much they and Lurkers Above just plain rock!

And count me as another vote for Gelatinous Cubes - a pit trap just ain't a pit trap unless there's a G-Cube at the bottom...or that falls in the top once someone is down there. And G-Cubes that hang from the ceiling are even better! :)
Lurkers above and Trappers immediately came to mind when I read the tread. Piercers are always fun too.
 

Li Shenron

Legend
Bronze Golem, Rust Monster, various Oozes... basically monsters which had a trick up their sleeve that made your first combat strategy (usually: just attack them) a bad idea, and forced you to find another way. Of course nowadays everybody knows what to expect from those monsters and can adapt since first round, but back then they worked.
 

jasper

Rotten DM
Mrs. Grey 6 foot 6 Homeroom teacher with a four foot yard stick. Once straight lifted the class problem child. Brought him and his desk up to eye level. Said, "Behave!" Dropped the desk with him in it. He behaved for a week after that. (ca 1976)
 

ccs

41st lv DM
5 favorites:
Grell - that full page pic in the 1e FF.... Imagine creeping around in a dungeon & encountering that thing!
Displacer Beasts - they've just always grabbed my imagination
Hook Horrors - as they appear in 1e. So cool looking. Especially that old LJN toy from the 80's
Osquips - sure, basically just dire rats. But so much cooler looking!
Hydra - a vastly underused true classic.....

*Another creature that's always stuck in my imagination: the Ass-were.
Yes, an evil lycanthropic donkey. I forget where it came from (2e?) I'd LOVE to see someone make an quality adventure around this thing. Maybe a murder mystery? I mean, who'd ever suspect the pack animal?
Why haven't I ever used it? 1) I'm not that good at writing mysteries. 2) Most of the groups I've played with aren't that big on playing mysteries &/or are terrible at solving them. Combiner the two &.... :(
Maybe the idea belongs more in a novel than a game?
 

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