The Worst Dungeons & Dragons Monsters in the Monster Manual

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Vote up the most useless D&D monsters ever conceived.

Dungeons & Dragons is about fighting monsters in dungeons, but some D&D monsters aren't even worthy of the silliest spells. While fantasy mainstays like orcs, goblins, and dragons are all well and good, eventually they get stale. Fortunately, the good folks who write Dungeons & Dragons made the Monster Manual, a huge tome of beasties to keep your dungeon crawling with the most monstrous D&D beasts.


Unfortunately, it seems like there is a limited number of good monster ideas in the world and the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual writers burned through all of them long before they stopped writing books. To put it simply: for every actually frightening monster in the Monster Manual, there’s also a rabbit mixed with some other animal thanks to some weird, weird magic. In honor of these bad ideas, this a list of the worst monsters in D&D.

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  • 1
    861 VOTES

    Duck Bunny

    Duck Bunny
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    Once upon a time a wizard dared to ask the question, "What if a duck and a rabbit did the dirty?" This stupid, abominable thing is the result. Yes, I’m sure you’re all quivering in your boots at the thought of fighting the dreaded Duck Bunny.

  • 2
    772 VOTES

    Gelun

    Gelun
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    The Gelun is a creature that lives in the desert because it constantly has a block of ice forming around it, thus it needs to be in the heat. This monster is basically the equivalent of putting a zombie in a giant ice cube, which sort of invalidates anything intimidating about zombies.

  • 3
    694 VOTES

    Stench Kow

    Stench Kow
    Photo: Wizards of the Coast

    The Stench Kow is a cow that stinks. If you can’t already tell from its awful name, this monster is not very popular.

  • 4
    764 VOTES

    Mauler

    Mauler
    Photo: Wizards of the Coast

    Mother of God, look at this thing. It looks like something from Dr. Frankenstein’s Build-a-Bear Workshop franchise. It looks like Simba’s cousin from the Chernobyl Zoo. Based on the name, the Mauler probably mauls, but how is that even possible when it somehow has five hind legs?

  • 5
    593 VOTES

    Campestri

    Campestri
    Photo: Wizards of the Coast

    The Campestri are mushrooms with mouths. They look like something a music festival-goer would draw between psychedelic trips. If your DM uses these, there's a good chance they're tripping balls throughout every campaign.

  • 6
    703 VOTES

    Spiderhorse

    Spiderhorse
    Photo: Wizards of the Coast

    Spiderhorse belongs to a proud tradition of monsters that people made up when they were running out of ideas and just started combining two animals together to see what stuck. In the case, someone mashed together equine majesty and arachnid creepiness, canceling out both in the process.