Creature Competition: Encounters
Choose your favorite monsters, let 'em go head-to-head, and help decide which will be featured in the Season 3 D&D Encounters adventure!
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Competitor Description
Rajaat, Sorcerer of the Way
If anyone should know something of battles and champions, it's this first sorcerer of Athas. No mere conqueror, he attempted to cleanse the entire world of all non-humans—history detailed in the original Dark Sun campaign setting.
Competitor Description
Bargle the Wizard
The renegade magic-user, Bargle (or is it one of his hired dopplegangers?) has ventured forth from the ruins of Gygar's castle. First introduced in 1983's red-boxed Basic Rules, he reappeared in Dungeon 150's "Kill Bargle".
Competitor Description
The Xanathar, Beholder Crime Czar of Waterdeep
Operating out of the bowels of Waterdeep, this elder beholder runs The Xanathar's Guild—thieves and cutthroats, managed by the Eleven Masters. The Xanathar itself appeared in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, including as the end villain in 1990's Eye of the Beholder video game.
Competitor Description
Keraptis, Wizard of White Plume Mountain
Once feared, this reclusive wizard (or perhaps one of his gnomish copies) has emerged from the lava tubes of White Plume Mountain to defend his reputation. Never appearing in the original module, he still controlled the guardians of Whelm, Wave, and Blackrazor.
Competitor Description
Manshoon
Founder of Waterdeep's Black Network, he is the absolute master of the Zhentarim guild, ruling through guile, murder, intrigue, and ever-increasing magical might... including a mysterious army of his own clones. Manshoon—archetype of the sly-tongued, sinister, and decadent evil spellcaster—was part of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.
Competitor Description
Emirikol the Chaotic
Not much is known about this mysterious figure, bringing death to the city streets outside the Green Griffon—but everyone who ever read the 1st Edition Dungeon Master's Guide certainly recalls his famed appearance.
Competitor Description
Lareth the Beautiful
Evil to the core, Lareth will use bribery and honeyed words to sway any contest to his favor. Barring that, he'll murder any serious competitors in their sleep. In 1st Edition's Village of Hommlet, Lareth managed the ruins of the moathouse—outpost to the Temple of Elemental Evil.
Competitor Description
Halaster Blackcloak, Archmage of Undermountain
Only his memories might remain, but they are enough to haunt an even greater monstrous competition—Halaster's sprawling entity known as Undermountain! Devised by Ed Greenwood, Undermountain and its creator have condemned countless parties to their doom.
Competitor Description
Alassra Silverhand, the Simbul
Not the lich-queen, but the witch-queen—Alassra Silverhand would be known as one of the Forgotten Realms most dangerous spellcasters (who else could not only be consort to Elminster, but drag him back from hell itself?). The Simbul was a creation of the Realm's very founder, Ed Greenwood.
Competitor Description
Kalarel, Scion of Orcus
Arrogant, utterly evil, and convinced of his success, Kalarel has plans for his defeated foes in this competition—to raise them as his undead servitors. Kalarel attempted to open the Shadow Rift in 4th Edition's first adventure, H1: Keep on the Shadowfell.
Competitor Description
Zagyg, the Mad Archmage
Unpredictable to the extreme, few could compare to the eccentric (some say insane) Lord Mayor of Greyhawk—who may well have been the greatest archmage in all of Oerth. Gary Gygax himself created Zagyg for the Greyhawk campaign setting.
Competitor Description
Baba-Yaga’s Hut
Creation of the most powerful female mage ever known; though Baba Yaga may have passed on to another plane, her magical dwelling continues to roam about of its own accord—and beware any who cross paths with its lumbering fowl legs! Baba Yaga's Hut appeared in the Eldritch Wizardry supplement.
Competitor Description
Lum the Mad
Possessor of his dreaded machine, tyrant of the game's earliest days, and mad baron of destruction and mayhem! The machine of Lum the Mad as well as the mighty servant of Leuk-O (operated by his turncoat general) both appeared in the Eldritch Wizardry supplement.
Competitor Description
Eclavdra the Drow
Strangely attractive with her flowing silver hair, this evil high priestess wields a numbing tentacle rod—and the will of Lolth herself. Don’t blame the giants; it's said that it was Eclavdra who fomented the events in the Against the Giants series.
Competitor Description
Rary the Traitor
He slew two of the wisest and most powerful wizards of the Flanaess to gain his title of "traitor"—and he won't stop there! Archwizard and outlaw, Rary rules the Brass Hills of Greyhawk, appearing in the 2nd Edition adventure bearing his name.
Competitor Description
Iggwilv
The Mother of Witches, she penned the Demonomicons of vile knowledge—just one of her mystic accomplishments. Mention of Iggwilv came in 1st Edition's Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, her story interweaving with much of Greyhawk's history.
Competitor Description
The Raven Queen
Spinner of fate, patron of winter—this 4th Edition deity marks the end of mortal life, and surely presides over all those she'll defeat in this competition. Perhaps only Orcus can challenge her authority over the gateways of the dead—as he did in 4th Edition's E3: Prince of Undeath.
Competitor Description
King of Shadows (Neverwinter Nights II)
The Shadow Reavers have succeeded in resurrecting their liege for this contest—who'll prove a difficult foe for anyone who doesn't wield the silver sword of Gith… at least, so goes the end fight of the Neverwinter Nights II video game.
Competitor Description
Doresain the Ghoul King
Foremost among Orcus's servants, he wields the staff toothlust and wears the cloak of mouths—trophies of his past victims. The exarch of cannibalism and murder, Doresain appeared most recently in E2: Kingdom of the Ghouls.
Competitor Description
Lord Soth
The Knight of the Black Rose rides forth! Not even death itself could contain this Solamnic knight, who became Krynn's—and the game's—most infamous death knight. Lord Soth appeared throughout Wiese and Hickman's Dragonlance novels.
Competitor Description
Count Strahd von Zarovich
Ruler of Barovia, there has never been a more famed vampire to haunt the game. Strahd starred in I6: Ravenloft, popular enough to spawn an entire campaign setting.
Competitor Description
Hephaestus the Ghost King, Dracolich
Former red dragon turned undead horror, he's further infused with the power of Crenshinibon the Crystal Shard and Yharaskrik the mind flayer. Hephaestus was the titular foe in R.A. Salvatore's The Ghost King—and another dedicated enemy of Drizzt.
Competitor Description
Kaius III, Vampire King of Karrnath
Plotter and strategist, precious few even know the truth about this leader who helped end the Last War—that in his struggles against the Blood of Vol, they transformed him into a vampire. Kaius (and his secrets) can be found in the Eberron campaign setting.
Competitor Description
Torog, the King That Crawls
The King That Crawls has dragged himself from the depths of the Underdark—Torog is broken beyond the point of standing, walking, or flying… but not past fighting. 4th Edition's Underdark featured this god of imprisonment and torture.
Competitor Description
Vecna
Master of that which is not meant to be known! The legendary Hand and Eye of Vecna have been artifacts in the game since the Eldritch Wizardry supplement—and the lich Vecna has since risen to the status of deity.
Competitor Description
Dragotha the Dracolich
Dare you enter the lair of Dragotha the undead dragon, where fabulous riches and hideous death await? So hinted the map surrounding 1st Edition's White Plume Mountain. Red dragon turned dracolich, Dragotha also took part in the campaign-spanning Age of Worms Adventure Path as Kyuss's general.
Competitor Description
Acererak the Demilich
Ages past, this former cambion took the necessary steps to preserve his life force beyond the centuries he had already lived. This creature became the demilich, Acererak—famed inventor of the Tomb of Horrors, perhaps the deadliest of all dungeons ever created.
Competitor Description
Kas the Bloody-Handed
Ask Vecna what happened to his missing hand and eye, and he will point out this former lieutenant and betrayer. The Sword of Kas, considered responsible for this mutilation, appeared as one of the game's first artifacts in Eldritch Wizardry.
Competitor Description
Vlaakith the Lich-Queen
Bow down before the Lich-Queen! Githyanki ruler for over a thousand years and properly known as Vlaakith CLVII, she continues the long line of queens following the death of Gith—as told in Dungeon Magazine's "The Lich-Queen's Beloved".
Competitor Description
Lady Vol
She is Erandis Vol—last scion of the line of Vol, born of elf and dragon… and now also a lich and tragic figure worshipped by the Blood of Vol cultists. Lady Vol appears in the Eberron campaign setting.
Competitor Description
Drelnza, Vampire of Tsojcanth
The once sleeping warrior-maiden, this vampire has awoken to forever defend the honor—and treasure—of her mother, Iggwilv. Drelnza awaited players in the hidden inner sphere of 1st Edition's Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.
Competitor Description
Orcus, Demon Prince of the Undead
Powerful enough to threaten the gods! Orcus has lain waste to thousands of kingdoms—a mere competition is hardly worth his effort. Armed with his death-dealing wand, Orcus has been a demonic fixture of the game since Eldritch Wizardry.
Competitor Description
Asmodeus, Lord of the Nine
There can be no question that Asmodeus is the most handsome of all devils as well as being the strongest and most cunning. Bearing his ruby rod, symbol of his authority, the ultimate evil he represents can be seen if he forgets himself and flies into a rage.
Competitor Description
Piranoth the Primordial
He. Is. Piranoth! Creator of the giants, this primordial battled the very gods over the fate of the world. Piranoth appeared in 4th Edition's Revenge of the Giants super-adventure as master of the earth, frost, and fire giants.
Competitor Description
Iuz
Son of Graz'zt and Iggwilv, few can claim a more vile lineage… or entwined feud with the many famed personas of Greyhawk. Within the Empire of Iuz, he rules from the City of Skulls, as mentioned in the Greyhawk campaign setting.
Competitor Description
Tharizdun
The Chained God, the Elder Elemental Eye—little is known of the deity who created the very Abyss, as he does not even deign speak to his followers. Following the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, adventurers discovered this god in WG4: The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun.
Competitor Description
Graz’zt
Though handsome beyond measure, this six-fingered demon prince reigns as one of the most powerful of the Abyss, contesting with the likes of Demogorgon and Orcus. In fact, he originally waged a battle against the troglodyte, harpy, and bar-lgura armies before being summoned by Iggwilv—a history mentioned in 1st Edition's Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.
Competitor Description
Ygorl, Slaad Lord of Entropy
Best known and most dreaded of the slaad lords, he is the bringer of endings, the shadow cast by the Elemental Chaos—wherever he travels, death follows. Ygorl appeared in the 1st Edition Fiend Folio, originally as a skeletal bat-winged figure riding a brass dragon.
Competitor Description
Zuggtmoy
The Lady of Fungi has emerged from the sick confines of her temple. An Abyssal ruler, Zuggtmoy has partnered with Iuz and battled with Juiblex—and originally could be found at the heart of the Temple of Elemental Evil.
Competitor Description
Tiamat
Queen of the chromatic dragons, can anyone possibly think to defeat her five draconic heads? Bitter and wicked, Tiamat is nonetheless one of the game's most emblematic monsters. Named in the 1st Edition Monster Manual, she's since continued her war against Bahamut in the Scales of War Adventure Path.
Competitor Description
Lolth, Demon Queen of Spiders
She is the demon queen of spiders, the goddess of the drow—a jealous, petty god not above transforming even her most loyal subjects into hideous driders. Lolth could first be found at the conclusion to 1st Edition's epic GDQ1-7 Queen of the Spiders series.
Competitor Description
Imix, Prince of Elemental Evil
Ruler of fire creatures, he reigns within his Temple of Ultimate Consumption. Those who do not bow down to him are destroyed by his flaming brilliance. Imix, and the other Elemental Princes of Evil, appeared in the 1st Edition Fiend Folio, later recreated in Dragon Magazine #347.
Competitor Description
Gith
This mythical figure freed her people from their captor mind flayers, setting in place the githyanki empire (and its succession of lich-queens). Reports of her legend began in the 1st Edition Fiend Folio (with material collected from the UK's White Dwarf Magazine).
Competitor Description
Ashardalon the Red Dragon
What could be tougher than an ancient red dragon? How about an ancient red dragon with a balor for a heart. With eyes of fire, and lightening dancing between his claws, this legendary creature was referenced in 3rd Edition's The Sunless Citadel.
Competitor Description
The Lady of Pain
Lady of Pain, we adore you… The Lady has long ruled over the city of Sigil, as presented in 2nd Edition's Planescape setting.
Competitor Description
Kyuss
This evil high priest—leader of the Ebon Triad and creator of the wormspawn—is the very Wormgod himself. Kyuss has long been hinted of since 1st Edition's Fiend Folio's sons of Kyuss, later emerging in the Age of Worms Adventure Path.
Competitor Description
The Lord of Blades
How can you defeat a being that does not know death? Cult leader of the warforged, he has been described as visionary, warlord, messiah… as well as abomination, psychopath, and tyrant. This enigmatic figure came to prominence along with 3rd Edition's Eberron campaign setting.
Competitor Description
Demogorgon, the Prince of Demons
Prince of Demons, Demogorgon is the two-headed monstrosity who commands the respect of deities, devils, demons, and primordials alike! Of course, Aameul and Hethradiah—his two heads—are powerful enough to have entered the competition individually.
Competitor Description
Artemis Entreri
Straight from the streets of Calimport, this master assassin has set aside his grudge against Drizzt to take on all comers. Artemis first appeared in R.A. Salvatore's The Crystal Shard.
Competitor Description
Lord Toede
Rising from fewmaster to Lord of Flotsam, it will be hard to kill this hobgoblin wretch who's already died several times. Toede appeared in the Weise and Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles, as well in Jeff Grubb's Lord Toede.
Competitor Description
Icingdeath the White Dragon
Otherwise known as Ingeloakastimizilian—the dragon may have fallen to Drizzt and Wulfgar, but the scimitar in his hoard named in his honor went on to defeat the balor Errtu. Icingdeath appeared in R.A. Salvatore's The Crystal Shard.
Competitor Description
Nosnra the Hill Giant Chief
He fights as fierce as a frost giant, still furious at anyone who would dare interrupt his dinner plans! Nosnra ruled G1's steading—along with his wife and pet cave bear—in the first Against the Giants adventure.
Competitor Description
The Slave Lords
The evil high priest, Stalman Klim; the half-orc fighter/assassin, Theg Narlot; the drow fighter/cleric, Edralve; the illusionist, Lamonsten; the thief, Slippery Ketta; the monk, Brother Kerin—these are the villains finally confronted in the Slave Lords series.
Competitor Description
Skalmad the Troll King
No one can stop Skalmad, king of the trolls—vicious enough to tear out his own eye and replace it with a relic! Skalmad dominated territory all the way to the Feywild, as the monstrous opponent in 4th Edition's P1: King of the Trollhaunt Warrens.
Competitor Description
Splug the Goblin
A new choice for a new edition! Splug is here to help you! Splug offered his "assistance" to adventurers following his rescue from the torture chamber in 4th Edition's Keep on the Shadowfell.
Competitor Description
Snurre the Fire Giant King
He swings his sword with the might of a storm giant! As ugly as he is muscled, Snurre ruled G3's hall—along with his Queen Frupy, his companion hell hounds, and an entourage of mysterious drow—in the third Against the Giants adventure.
Competitor Description
Warduke
What misguided fool would ever tangle with a fighter in a half-suit of blue chainmail, skull-embossed shield, and bat-winged helm? However outrageous his costume, Warduke nevertheless became the most popular of the D&D action figures.
Competitor Description
High Wyrmlord Azarr Kul of the Red Hand
Half-dragon hobgoblin, he managed the hordes of the Red Hand—working to rule the Elsir Vale in his worship of Tiamat. Naturally, he served as the mastermind behind 3rd Edition's The Red Hand of Doom, precursor to the 4th Edition Scales of War adventure path.
Competitor Description
Grugnur the Frost Giant Jarl
As tough as a cloud giant in terms of the damage he lays out! Grugnur ruled G2's glacial rift—along with his lady and pet winter wolves—in the second Against the Giants adventure.
Competitor Description
Kitiara, Dragon Highlord
Half-sister of Caramon and Raistlin, she became the calculating leader of the Blue Dragonarmy—and while she forever lusted after Tanis, it was Lord Soth who chased after her. Kitiara appeared throughout Wiese and Hickman's Dragonlance novels.
Competitor Description
Jarlaxle
Boasting as many tricks as alliances, this drow has proven time and again an elusive and cunning mercenary—and one armed with a seeming never-ending supply of throwing daggers (some real, some not… as with his loyalties). Jarlaxle first appeared in R.A. Salvatore's Exile.
Competitor Description
Meepo the Kobold
Rising from kobold dragon-keeper to dragonlord, he's long reigned as people's champion! Meepo originated in 3rd Edition's introductory module, The Sunless Citadel.
Competitor Description
Eludecia, Succubus Paladin
Lithe and charming, this "redeemed" villain won our first creature competition (taking out Meepo along the way)—and is back for another shot at the title.
Competitor Description
Verminaard, Dragon Highlord
Perhaps the most famous of the Dragon Lords, he ruled the mines of Pax Tharkas and the Red Dragonarmy. Verminaard and his red dragon Ember served as the villains in Wise and Hickman's first Dragonlance novel, Dragons of Autumn Twilight.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1559
Roll94
Fan Favorite16
= 1669
Winner!
Rajaat, Sorcerer of the Way
If anyone should know something of battles and champions, it's this first sorcerer of Athas. No mere conqueror, he attempted to cleanse the entire world of all non-humans—history detailed in the original Dark Sun campaign setting.
Buff725
Roll123
Fan Favorite36
= 884
Bargle the Wizard
The renegade magic-user, Bargle (or is it one of his hired dopplegangers?) has ventured forth from the ruins of Gygar's castle. First introduced in 1983's red-boxed Basic Rules, he reappeared in Dungeon 150's "Kill Bargle".
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1539
Roll185
Fan Favorite66
= 1790
Winner!
The Xanathar, Beholder Crime Czar of Waterdeep
Operating out of the bowels of Waterdeep, this elder beholder runs The Xanathar's Guild—thieves and cutthroats, managed by the Eleven Masters. The Xanathar itself appeared in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, including as the end villain in 1990's Eye of the Beholder video game.
Buff715
Roll36
Fan Favorite14
= 765
Keraptis, Wizard of White Plume Mountain
Once feared, this reclusive wizard (or perhaps one of his gnomish copies) has emerged from the lava tubes of White Plume Mountain to defend his reputation. Never appearing in the original module, he still controlled the guardians of Whelm, Wave, and Blackrazor.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1609
Roll16
Fan Favorite48
= 1673
Winner!
Manshoon
Founder of Waterdeep's Black Network, he is the absolute master of the Zhentarim guild, ruling through guile, murder, intrigue, and ever-increasing magical might... including a mysterious army of his own clones. Manshoon—archetype of the sly-tongued, sinister, and decadent evil spellcaster—was part of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.
Buff635
Roll76
Fan Favorite19
= 730
Emirikol the Chaotic
Not much is known about this mysterious figure, bringing death to the city streets outside the Green Griffon—but everyone who ever read the 1st Edition Dungeon Master's Guide certainly recalls his famed appearance.
Week 1 Matchup
Ruling all of Undermountain proves vastly superior to ruling a moathouse.
Buff524
Roll42
Fan Favorite0
= 566
Lareth the Beautiful
Evil to the core, Lareth will use bribery and honeyed words to sway any contest to his favor. Barring that, he'll murder any serious competitors in their sleep. In 1st Edition's Village of Hommlet, Lareth managed the ruins of the moathouse—outpost to the Temple of Elemental Evil.
Buff1722
Roll224
Fan Favorite86
= 2032
Winner!
Halaster Blackcloak, Archmage of Undermountain
Only his memories might remain, but they are enough to haunt an even greater monstrous competition—Halaster's sprawling entity known as Undermountain! Devised by Ed Greenwood, Undermountain and its creator have condemned countless parties to their doom.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1784
Roll125
Fan Favorite125
= 2034
Winner!
Alassra Silverhand, the Simbul
Not the lich-queen, but the witch-queen—Alassra Silverhand would be known as one of the Forgotten Realms most dangerous spellcasters (who else could not only be consort to Elminster, but drag him back from hell itself?). The Simbul was a creation of the Realm's very founder, Ed Greenwood.
Buff475
Roll48
Fan Favorite5
= 528
Kalarel, Scion of Orcus
Arrogant, utterly evil, and convinced of his success, Kalarel has plans for his defeated foes in this competition—to raise them as his undead servitors. Kalarel attempted to open the Shadow Rift in 4th Edition's first adventure, H1: Keep on the Shadowfell.
Week 1 Matchup
The Mad Archmage would not be defeated by a chicken-legged hut!
Buff1230
Roll197
Fan Favorite62
= 1489
Winner!
Zagyg, the Mad Archmage
Unpredictable to the extreme, few could compare to the eccentric (some say insane) Lord Mayor of Greyhawk—who may well have been the greatest archmage in all of Oerth. Gary Gygax himself created Zagyg for the Greyhawk campaign setting.
Buff1017
Roll20
Fan Favorite41
= 1078
Baba-Yaga’s Hut
Creation of the most powerful female mage ever known; though Baba Yaga may have passed on to another plane, her magical dwelling continues to roam about of its own accord—and beware any who cross paths with its lumbering fowl legs! Baba Yaga's Hut appeared in the Eldritch Wizardry supplement.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff842
Roll93
Fan Favorite17
= 952
Lum the Mad
Possessor of his dreaded machine, tyrant of the game's earliest days, and mad baron of destruction and mayhem! The machine of Lum the Mad as well as the mighty servant of Leuk-O (operated by his turncoat general) both appeared in the Eldritch Wizardry supplement.
Buff1394
Roll181
Fan Favorite14
= 1589
Winner!
Eclavdra the Drow
Strangely attractive with her flowing silver hair, this evil high priestess wields a numbing tentacle rod—and the will of Lolth herself. Don’t blame the giants; it's said that it was Eclavdra who fomented the events in the Against the Giants series.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff636
Roll25
Fan Favorite13
= 674
Rary the Traitor
He slew two of the wisest and most powerful wizards of the Flanaess to gain his title of "traitor"—and he won't stop there! Archwizard and outlaw, Rary rules the Brass Hills of Greyhawk, appearing in the 2nd Edition adventure bearing his name.
Buff1615
Roll32
Fan Favorite81
= 1728
Winner!
Iggwilv
The Mother of Witches, she penned the Demonomicons of vile knowledge—just one of her mystic accomplishments. Mention of Iggwilv came in 1st Edition's Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, her story interweaving with much of Greyhawk's history.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1960
Roll274
Fan Favorite137
= 2371
Winner!
The Raven Queen
Spinner of fate, patron of winter—this 4th Edition deity marks the end of mortal life, and surely presides over all those she'll defeat in this competition. Perhaps only Orcus can challenge her authority over the gateways of the dead—as he did in 4th Edition's E3: Prince of Undeath.
Buff293
Roll29
Fan Favorite6
= 328
King of Shadows (Neverwinter Nights II)
The Shadow Reavers have succeeded in resurrecting their liege for this contest—who'll prove a difficult foe for anyone who doesn't wield the silver sword of Gith… at least, so goes the end fight of the Neverwinter Nights II video game.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff598
Roll42
Fan Favorite0
= 640
Doresain the Ghoul King
Foremost among Orcus's servants, he wields the staff toothlust and wears the cloak of mouths—trophies of his past victims. The exarch of cannibalism and murder, Doresain appeared most recently in E2: Kingdom of the Ghouls.
Buff1628
Roll130
Fan Favorite98
= 1856
Winner!
Lord Soth
The Knight of the Black Rose rides forth! Not even death itself could contain this Solamnic knight, who became Krynn's—and the game's—most infamous death knight. Lord Soth appeared throughout Wiese and Hickman's Dragonlance novels.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1402
Roll84
Fan Favorite84
= 1570
Winner!
Count Strahd von Zarovich
Ruler of Barovia, there has never been a more famed vampire to haunt the game. Strahd starred in I6: Ravenloft, popular enough to spawn an entire campaign setting.
Buff838
Roll168
Fan Favorite34
= 1040
Hephaestus the Ghost King, Dracolich
Former red dragon turned undead horror, he's further infused with the power of Crenshinibon the Crystal Shard and Yharaskrik the mind flayer. Hephaestus was the titular foe in R.A. Salvatore's The Ghost King—and another dedicated enemy of Drizzt.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1001
Roll160
Fan Favorite40
= 1201
Kaius III, Vampire King of Karrnath
Plotter and strategist, precious few even know the truth about this leader who helped end the Last War—that in his struggles against the Blood of Vol, they transformed him into a vampire. Kaius (and his secrets) can be found in the Eberron campaign setting.
Buff1210
Roll194
Fan Favorite36
= 1440
Winner!
Torog, the King That Crawls
The King That Crawls has dragged himself from the depths of the Underdark—Torog is broken beyond the point of standing, walking, or flying… but not past fighting. 4th Edition's Underdark featured this god of imprisonment and torture.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1846
Roll222
Fan Favorite111
= 2179
Winner!
Vecna
Master of that which is not meant to be known! The legendary Hand and Eye of Vecna have been artifacts in the game since the Eldritch Wizardry supplement—and the lich Vecna has since risen to the status of deity.
Buff409
Roll74
Fan Favorite12
= 495
Dragotha the Dracolich
Dare you enter the lair of Dragotha the undead dragon, where fabulous riches and hideous death await? So hinted the map surrounding 1st Edition's White Plume Mountain. Red dragon turned dracolich, Dragotha also took part in the campaign-spanning Age of Worms Adventure Path as Kyuss's general.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1207
Roll60
Fan Favorite48
= 1315
Winner!
Acererak the Demilich
Ages past, this former cambion took the necessary steps to preserve his life force beyond the centuries he had already lived. This creature became the demilich, Acererak—famed inventor of the Tomb of Horrors, perhaps the deadliest of all dungeons ever created.
Buff1019
Roll163
Fan Favorite20
= 1202
Kas the Bloody-Handed
Ask Vecna what happened to his missing hand and eye, and he will point out this former lieutenant and betrayer. The Sword of Kas, considered responsible for this mutilation, appeared as one of the game's first artifacts in Eldritch Wizardry.
Week 1 Matchup
One of our closest matches this week, as lich defeats lich.
Buff1089
Roll142
Fan Favorite11
= 1242
Vlaakith the Lich-Queen
Bow down before the Lich-Queen! Githyanki ruler for over a thousand years and properly known as Vlaakith CLVII, she continues the long line of queens following the death of Gith—as told in Dungeon Magazine's "The Lich-Queen's Beloved".
Buff1129
Roll135
Fan Favorite34
= 1298
Winner!
Lady Vol
She is Erandis Vol—last scion of the line of Vol, born of elf and dragon… and now also a lich and tragic figure worshipped by the Blood of Vol cultists. Lady Vol appears in the Eberron campaign setting.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff332
Roll23
Fan Favorite0
= 355
Drelnza, Vampire of Tsojcanth
The once sleeping warrior-maiden, this vampire has awoken to forever defend the honor—and treasure—of her mother, Iggwilv. Drelnza awaited players in the hidden inner sphere of 1st Edition's Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.
Buff1928
Roll347
Fan Favorite135
= 2410
Winner!
Orcus, Demon Prince of the Undead
Powerful enough to threaten the gods! Orcus has lain waste to thousands of kingdoms—a mere competition is hardly worth his effort. Armed with his death-dealing wand, Orcus has been a demonic fixture of the game since Eldritch Wizardry.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1981
Roll357
Fan Favorite139
= 2477
Winner!
Asmodeus, Lord of the Nine
There can be no question that Asmodeus is the most handsome of all devils as well as being the strongest and most cunning. Bearing his ruby rod, symbol of his authority, the ultimate evil he represents can be seen if he forgets himself and flies into a rage.
Buff300
Roll36
Fan Favorite3
= 339
Piranoth the Primordial
He. Is. Piranoth! Creator of the giants, this primordial battled the very gods over the fate of the world. Piranoth appeared in 4th Edition's Revenge of the Giants super-adventure as master of the earth, frost, and fire giants.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff598
Roll42
Fan Favorite12
= 652
Iuz
Son of Graz'zt and Iggwilv, few can claim a more vile lineage… or entwined feud with the many famed personas of Greyhawk. Within the Empire of Iuz, he rules from the City of Skulls, as mentioned in the Greyhawk campaign setting.
Buff1654
Roll298
Fan Favorite116
= 2068
Winner!
Tharizdun
The Chained God, the Elder Elemental Eye—little is known of the deity who created the very Abyss, as he does not even deign speak to his followers. Following the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, adventurers discovered this god in WG4: The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1589
Roll191
Fan Favorite64
= 1844
Winner!
Graz’zt
Though handsome beyond measure, this six-fingered demon prince reigns as one of the most powerful of the Abyss, contesting with the likes of Demogorgon and Orcus. In fact, he originally waged a battle against the troglodyte, harpy, and bar-lgura armies before being summoned by Iggwilv—a history mentioned in 1st Edition's Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.
Buff663
Roll40
Fan Favorite13
= 716
Ygorl, Slaad Lord of Entropy
Best known and most dreaded of the slaad lords, he is the bringer of endings, the shadow cast by the Elemental Chaos—wherever he travels, death follows. Ygorl appeared in the 1st Edition Fiend Folio, originally as a skeletal bat-winged figure riding a brass dragon.
Week 1 Matchup
This week, the five-headed dragon earned the highest number of buffs for a single competitor.
Buff277
Roll47
Fan Favorite0
= 324
Zuggtmoy
The Lady of Fungi has emerged from the sick confines of her temple. An Abyssal ruler, Zuggtmoy has partnered with Iuz and battled with Juiblex—and originally could be found at the heart of the Temple of Elemental Evil.
Buff2014
Roll20
Fan Favorite141
= 2175
Winner!
Tiamat
Queen of the chromatic dragons, can anyone possibly think to defeat her five draconic heads? Bitter and wicked, Tiamat is nonetheless one of the game's most emblematic monsters. Named in the 1st Edition Monster Manual, she's since continued her war against Bahamut in the Scales of War Adventure Path.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1881
Roll357
Fan Favorite113
= 2351
Winner!
Lolth, Demon Queen of Spiders
She is the demon queen of spiders, the goddess of the drow—a jealous, petty god not above transforming even her most loyal subjects into hideous driders. Lolth could first be found at the conclusion to 1st Edition's epic GDQ1-7 Queen of the Spiders series.
Buff389
Roll8
Fan Favorite4
= 401
Imix, Prince of Elemental Evil
Ruler of fire creatures, he reigns within his Temple of Ultimate Consumption. Those who do not bow down to him are destroyed by his flaming brilliance. Imix, and the other Elemental Princes of Evil, appeared in the 1st Edition Fiend Folio, later recreated in Dragon Magazine #347.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff969
Roll19
Fan Favorite29
= 1017
Gith
This mythical figure freed her people from their captor mind flayers, setting in place the githyanki empire (and its succession of lich-queens). Reports of her legend began in the 1st Edition Fiend Folio (with material collected from the UK's White Dwarf Magazine).
Buff1276
Roll191
Fan Favorite51
= 1518
Winner!
Ashardalon the Red Dragon
What could be tougher than an ancient red dragon? How about an ancient red dragon with a balor for a heart. With eyes of fire, and lightening dancing between his claws, this legendary creature was referenced in 3rd Edition's The Sunless Citadel.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1651
Roll83
Fan Favorite116
= 1850
Winner!
The Lady of Pain
Lady of Pain, we adore you… The Lady has long ruled over the city of Sigil, as presented in 2nd Edition's Planescape setting.
Buff629
Roll94
Fan Favorite19
= 742
Kyuss
This evil high priest—leader of the Ebon Triad and creator of the wormspawn—is the very Wormgod himself. Kyuss has long been hinted of since 1st Edition's Fiend Folio's sons of Kyuss, later emerging in the Age of Worms Adventure Path.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff864
Roll147
Fan Favorite43
= 1054
The Lord of Blades
How can you defeat a being that does not know death? Cult leader of the warforged, he has been described as visionary, warlord, messiah… as well as abomination, psychopath, and tyrant. This enigmatic figure came to prominence along with 3rd Edition's Eberron campaign setting.
Buff1410
Roll99
Fan Favorite71
= 1580
Winner!
Demogorgon, the Prince of Demons
Prince of Demons, Demogorgon is the two-headed monstrosity who commands the respect of deities, devils, demons, and primordials alike! Of course, Aameul and Hethradiah—his two heads—are powerful enough to have entered the competition individually.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1864
Roll93
Fan Favorite336
= 2293
Winner!
Artemis Entreri
Straight from the streets of Calimport, this master assassin has set aside his grudge against Drizzt to take on all comers. Artemis first appeared in R.A. Salvatore's The Crystal Shard.
Buff357
Roll11
Fan Favorite0
= 368
Lord Toede
Rising from fewmaster to Lord of Flotsam, it will be hard to kill this hobgoblin wretch who's already died several times. Toede appeared in the Weise and Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles, as well in Jeff Grubb's Lord Toede.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1895
Roll284
Fan Favorite38
= 2217
Winner!
Icingdeath the White Dragon
Otherwise known as Ingeloakastimizilian—the dragon may have fallen to Drizzt and Wulfgar, but the scimitar in his hoard named in his honor went on to defeat the balor Errtu. Icingdeath appeared in R.A. Salvatore's The Crystal Shard.
Buff313
Roll34
Fan Favorite0
= 347
Nosnra the Hill Giant Chief
He fights as fierce as a frost giant, still furious at anyone who would dare interrupt his dinner plans! Nosnra ruled G1's steading—along with his wife and pet cave bear—in the first Against the Giants adventure.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff915
Roll55
Fan Favorite27
= 997
The Slave Lords
The evil high priest, Stalman Klim; the half-orc fighter/assassin, Theg Narlot; the drow fighter/cleric, Edralve; the illusionist, Lamonsten; the thief, Slippery Ketta; the monk, Brother Kerin—these are the villains finally confronted in the Slave Lords series.
Buff1278
Roll13
Fan Favorite13
= 1304
Winner!
Skalmad the Troll King
No one can stop Skalmad, king of the trolls—vicious enough to tear out his own eye and replace it with a relic! Skalmad dominated territory all the way to the Feywild, as the monstrous opponent in 4th Edition's P1: King of the Trollhaunt Warrens.
Week 1 Matchup
The giants did not fare well this week; Splug advances while Meepo falls by the wayside!
Buff1211
Roll97
Fan Favorite85
= 1393
Winner!
Splug the Goblin
A new choice for a new edition! Splug is here to help you! Splug offered his "assistance" to adventurers following his rescue from the torture chamber in 4th Edition's Keep on the Shadowfell.
Buff1025
Roll10
Fan Favorite0
= 1035
Snurre the Fire Giant King
He swings his sword with the might of a storm giant! As ugly as he is muscled, Snurre ruled G3's hall—along with his Queen Frupy, his companion hell hounds, and an entourage of mysterious drow—in the third Against the Giants adventure.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1180
Roll12
Fan Favorite59
= 1251
Winner!
Warduke
What misguided fool would ever tangle with a fighter in a half-suit of blue chainmail, skull-embossed shield, and bat-winged helm? However outrageous his costume, Warduke nevertheless became the most popular of the D&D action figures.
Buff1020
Roll112
Fan Favorite0
= 1132
High Wyrmlord Azarr Kul of the Red Hand
Half-dragon hobgoblin, he managed the hordes of the Red Hand—working to rule the Elsir Vale in his worship of Tiamat. Naturally, he served as the mastermind behind 3rd Edition's The Red Hand of Doom, precursor to the 4th Edition Scales of War adventure path.
Week 1 Matchup
It's hard to advance when not one person selected you to become the ultimate winner. Sorry, Grugnur—get back to your glacial rift.
Buff718
Roll108
Fan Favorite0
= 826
Grugnur the Frost Giant Jarl
As tough as a cloud giant in terms of the damage he lays out! Grugnur ruled G2's glacial rift—along with his lady and pet winter wolves—in the second Against the Giants adventure.
Buff1480
Roll266
Fan Favorite59
= 1805
Winner!
Kitiara, Dragon Highlord
Half-sister of Caramon and Raistlin, she became the calculating leader of the Blue Dragonarmy—and while she forever lusted after Tanis, it was Lord Soth who chased after her. Kitiara appeared throughout Wiese and Hickman's Dragonlance novels.
Week 1 Matchup
Oh, Meepo! How the puny have fallen!
Buff1209
Roll36
Fan Favorite73
= 1318
Winner!
Jarlaxle
Boasting as many tricks as alliances, this drow has proven time and again an elusive and cunning mercenary—and one armed with a seeming never-ending supply of throwing daggers (some real, some not… as with his loyalties). Jarlaxle first appeared in R.A. Salvatore's Exile.
Buff1048
Roll157
Fan Favorite63
= 1268
Meepo the Kobold
Rising from kobold dragon-keeper to dragonlord, he's long reigned as people's champion! Meepo originated in 3rd Edition's introductory module, The Sunless Citadel.
Week 1 Matchup
Buff1295
Roll78
Fan Favorite78
= 1451
Winner!
Eludecia, Succubus Paladin
Lithe and charming, this "redeemed" villain won our first creature competition (taking out Meepo along the way)—and is back for another shot at the title.
Buff921
Roll83
Fan Favorite9
= 1013
Verminaard, Dragon Highlord
Perhaps the most famous of the Dragon Lords, he ruled the mines of Pax Tharkas and the Red Dragonarmy. Verminaard and his red dragon Ember served as the villains in Wise and Hickman's first Dragonlance novel, Dragons of Autumn Twilight.
Week 2 Matchup
Our Dark Sun champion shows what it means to conquer!
Buff1506
Roll105
Fan Favorite90
= 1701
Winner!
Rajaat, Sorcerer of the Way
If anyone should know something of battles and champions, it's this first sorcerer of Athas. No mere conqueror, he attempted to cleanse the entire world of all non-humans—history detailed in the original Dark Sun campaign setting.
Buff1440
Roll130
Fan Favorite58
= 1628
The Xanathar, Beholder Crime Czar of Waterdeep
Operating out of the bowels of Waterdeep, this elder beholder runs The Xanathar's Guild—thieves and cutthroats, managed by the Eleven Masters. The Xanathar itself appeared in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, including as the end villain in 1990's Eye of the Beholder video game.
Week 2 Matchup
He already rules this season of D&D Encounters—and advances in the tournament as well!
Buff1108
Roll66
Fan Favorite32
= 1206
Manshoon
Founder of Waterdeep's Black Network, he is the absolute master of the Zhentarim guild, ruling through guile, murder, intrigue, and ever-increasing magical might... including a mysterious army of his own clones. Manshoon—archetype of the sly-tongued, sinister, and decadent evil spellcaster—was part of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.
Buff1843
Roll55
Fan Favorite92
= 1990
Winner!
Halaster Blackcloak, Archmage of Undermountain
Only his memories might remain, but they are enough to haunt an even greater monstrous competition—Halaster's sprawling entity known as Undermountain! Devised by Ed Greenwood, Undermountain and its creator have condemned countless parties to their doom.
Week 2 Matchup
Sadly, the Mad Archmage met his match in the lovely Alassra.
Buff2093
Roll230
Fan Favorite147
= 2470
Winner!
Alassra Silverhand, the Simbul
Not the lich-queen, but the witch-queen—Alassra Silverhand would be known as one of the Forgotten Realms most dangerous spellcasters (who else could not only be consort to Elminster, but drag him back from hell itself?). The Simbul was a creation of the Realm's very founder, Ed Greenwood.
Buff879
Roll53
Fan Favorite44
= 976
Zagyg, the Mad Archmage
Unpredictable to the extreme, few could compare to the eccentric (some say insane) Lord Mayor of Greyhawk—who may well have been the greatest archmage in all of Oerth. Gary Gygax himself created Zagyg for the Greyhawk campaign setting.
Week 2 Matchup
A mere tentacle rod couldn’t defeat the Mother of Witches.
Buff1056
Roll21
Fan Favorite11
= 1088
Eclavdra the Drow
Strangely attractive with her flowing silver hair, this evil high priestess wields a numbing tentacle rod—and the will of Lolth herself. Don’t blame the giants; it's said that it was Eclavdra who fomented the events in the Against the Giants series.
Buff1888
Roll208
Fan Favorite94
= 2190
Winner!
Iggwilv
The Mother of Witches, she penned the Demonomicons of vile knowledge—just one of her mystic accomplishments. Mention of Iggwilv came in 1st Edition's Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, her story interweaving with much of Greyhawk's history.
Week 2 Matchup
Death itself could not defeat the Knight of the Black Rose… but the Raven Queen could.
Buff1941
Roll39
Fan Favorite136
= 2116
Winner!
The Raven Queen
Spinner of fate, patron of winter—this 4th Edition deity marks the end of mortal life, and surely presides over all those she'll defeat in this competition. Perhaps only Orcus can challenge her authority over the gateways of the dead—as he did in 4th Edition's E3: Prince of Undeath.
Buff1060
Roll32
Fan Favorite64
= 1156
Lord Soth
The Knight of the Black Rose rides forth! Not even death itself could contain this Solamnic knight, who became Krynn's—and the game's—most infamous death knight. Lord Soth appeared throughout Wiese and Hickman's Dragonlance novels.
Week 2 Matchup
Crawl back to your Underdark domain, Torog! Strahd is beyond you.
Buff1825
Roll110
Fan Favorite110
= 2045
Winner!
Count Strahd von Zarovich
Ruler of Barovia, there has never been a more famed vampire to haunt the game. Strahd starred in I6: Ravenloft, popular enough to spawn an entire campaign setting.
Buff1131
Roll204
Fan Favorite34
= 1369
Torog, the King That Crawls
The King That Crawls has dragged himself from the depths of the Underdark—Torog is broken beyond the point of standing, walking, or flying… but not past fighting. 4th Edition's Underdark featured this god of imprisonment and torture.
Week 2 Matchup
Vecna must have learned the secret to advancing (perhaps hidden within the Tomb of Horrors).
Buff2184
Roll306
Fan Favorite131
= 2621
Winner!
Vecna
Master of that which is not meant to be known! The legendary Hand and Eye of Vecna have been artifacts in the game since the Eldritch Wizardry supplement—and the lich Vecna has since risen to the status of deity.
Buff788
Roll39
Fan Favorite32
= 859
Acererak the Demilich
Ages past, this former cambion took the necessary steps to preserve his life force beyond the centuries he had already lived. This creature became the demilich, Acererak—famed inventor of the Tomb of Horrors, perhaps the deadliest of all dungeons ever created.
Week 2 Matchup
Orcus didn't even need to use his wand to dominate this match.
Buff721
Roll72
Fan Favorite22
= 815
Lady Vol
She is Erandis Vol—last scion of the line of Vol, born of elf and dragon… and now also a lich and tragic figure worshipped by the Blood of Vol cultists. Lady Vol appears in the Eberron campaign setting.
Buff2267
Roll159
Fan Favorite159
= 2585
Winner!
Orcus, Demon Prince of the Undead
Powerful enough to threaten the gods! Orcus has lain waste to thousands of kingdoms—a mere competition is hardly worth his effort. Armed with his death-dealing wand, Orcus has been a demonic fixture of the game since Eldritch Wizardry.
Week 2 Matchup
Little is known about Tharizdun… except that he lost.
Buff1952
Roll234
Fan Favorite137
= 2323
Winner!
Asmodeus, Lord of the Nine
There can be no question that Asmodeus is the most handsome of all devils as well as being the strongest and most cunning. Bearing his ruby rod, symbol of his authority, the ultimate evil he represents can be seen if he forgets himself and flies into a rage.
Buff1058
Roll63
Fan Favorite74
= 1195
Tharizdun
The Chained God, the Elder Elemental Eye—little is known of the deity who created the very Abyss, as he does not even deign speak to his followers. Following the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, adventurers discovered this god in WG4: The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun.
Week 2 Matchup
Another overwhelming victory for the queen of chromatic dragons.
Buff781
Roll125
Fan Favorite31
= 937
Graz’zt
Though handsome beyond measure, this six-fingered demon prince reigns as one of the most powerful of the Abyss, contesting with the likes of Demogorgon and Orcus. In fact, he originally waged a battle against the troglodyte, harpy, and bar-lgura armies before being summoned by Iggwilv—a history mentioned in 1st Edition's Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.
Buff2252
Roll225
Fan Favorite158
= 2635
Winner!
Tiamat
Queen of the chromatic dragons, can anyone possibly think to defeat her five draconic heads? Bitter and wicked, Tiamat is nonetheless one of the game's most emblematic monsters. Named in the 1st Edition Monster Manual, she's since continued her war against Bahamut in the Scales of War Adventure Path.
Week 2 Matchup
One should not meddle with a jealous, petty goddess of spiders.
Buff2155
Roll129
Fan Favorite129
= 2413
Winner!
Lolth, Demon Queen of Spiders
She is the demon queen of spiders, the goddess of the drow—a jealous, petty god not above transforming even her most loyal subjects into hideous driders. Lolth could first be found at the conclusion to 1st Edition's epic GDQ1-7 Queen of the Spiders series.
Buff853
Roll162
Fan Favorite34
= 1049
Ashardalon the Red Dragon
What could be tougher than an ancient red dragon? How about an ancient red dragon with a balor for a heart. With eyes of fire, and lightening dancing between his claws, this legendary creature was referenced in 3rd Edition's The Sunless Citadel.
Week 2 Matchup
Arguably the biggest matchup this week—and the Lady of Pain crushes both Aameul and Hethradiah.
Buff1850
Roll93
Fan Favorite130
= 2073
Winner!
The Lady of Pain
Lady of Pain, we adore you… The Lady has long ruled over the city of Sigil, as presented in 2nd Edition's Planescape setting.
Buff1192
Roll83
Fan Favorite60
= 1335
Demogorgon, the Prince of Demons
Prince of Demons, Demogorgon is the two-headed monstrosity who commands the respect of deities, devils, demons, and primordials alike! Of course, Aameul and Hethradiah—his two heads—are powerful enough to have entered the competition individually.
Week 2 Matchup
Drizzt may have defeated Icingdeath in the novels… but anything he can do, Artemis believes he can do better.
Buff1613
Roll16
Fan Favorite81
= 1710
Winner!
Artemis Entreri
Straight from the streets of Calimport, this master assassin has set aside his grudge against Drizzt to take on all comers. Artemis first appeared in R.A. Salvatore's The Crystal Shard.
Buff1338
Roll174
Fan Favorite27
= 1539
Icingdeath the White Dragon
Otherwise known as Ingeloakastimizilian—the dragon may have fallen to Drizzt and Wulfgar, but the scimitar in his hoard named in his honor went on to defeat the balor Errtu. Icingdeath appeared in R.A. Salvatore's The Crystal Shard.
Week 2 Matchup
Meepo may be out, but underdog Splug is moving on!
Buff1315
Roll197
Fan Favorite13
= 1525
Skalmad the Troll King
No one can stop Skalmad, king of the trolls—vicious enough to tear out his own eye and replace it with a relic! Skalmad dominated territory all the way to the Feywild, as the monstrous opponent in 4th Edition's P1: King of the Trollhaunt Warrens.
Buff1633
Roll147
Fan Favorite114
= 1894
Winner!
Splug the Goblin
A new choice for a new edition! Splug is here to help you! Splug offered his "assistance" to adventurers following his rescue from the torture chamber in 4th Edition's Keep on the Shadowfell.
Week 2 Matchup
Oh Warduke! Half a pair of armored pants could not save you this time.
Buff1371
Roll110
Fan Favorite82
= 1563
Warduke
What misguided fool would ever tangle with a fighter in a half-suit of blue chainmail, skull-embossed shield, and bat-winged helm? However outrageous his costume, Warduke nevertheless became the most popular of the D&D action figures.
Buff1571
Roll126
Fan Favorite63
= 1760
Winner!
Kitiara, Dragon Highlord
Half-sister of Caramon and Raistlin, she became the calculating leader of the Blue Dragonarmy—and while she forever lusted after Tanis, it was Lord Soth who chased after her. Kitiara appeared throughout Wiese and Hickman's Dragonlance novels.
Week 2 Matchup
It doesn't get much closer than this—Jarlaxle pulls out one more trick to best the lovely Eludecia!
Buff1427
Roll228
Fan Favorite86
= 1741
Winner!
Jarlaxle
Boasting as many tricks as alliances, this drow has proven time and again an elusive and cunning mercenary—and one armed with a seeming never-ending supply of throwing daggers (some real, some not… as with his loyalties). Jarlaxle first appeared in R.A. Salvatore's Exile.
Buff1511
Roll121
Fan Favorite76
= 1708
Eludecia, Succubus Paladin
Lithe and charming, this "redeemed" villain won our first creature competition (taking out Meepo along the way)—and is back for another shot at the title.
Week 3 Matchup
Undermountain's winning ways continue, taking out the Dark Sun representative!
Buff1392
Roll264
Fan Favorite84
= 1740
Rajaat, Sorcerer of the Way
If anyone should know something of battles and champions, it's this first sorcerer of Athas. No mere conqueror, he attempted to cleanse the entire world of all non-humans—history detailed in the original Dark Sun campaign setting.
Buff1645
Roll214
Fan Favorite82
= 1941
Winner!
Halaster Blackcloak, Archmage of Undermountain
Only his memories might remain, but they are enough to haunt an even greater monstrous competition—Halaster's sprawling entity known as Undermountain! Devised by Ed Greenwood, Undermountain and its creator have condemned countless parties to their doom.
Week 3 Matchup
The lovelier of these two competitors moves forward, in the battle of our top witches!
Buff1730
Roll158
Fan Favorite121
= 2009
Winner!
Alassra Silverhand, the Simbul
Not the lich-queen, but the witch-queen—Alassra Silverhand would be known as one of the Forgotten Realms most dangerous spellcasters (who else could not only be consort to Elminster, but drag him back from hell itself?). The Simbul was a creation of the Realm's very founder, Ed Greenwood.
Buff1302
Roll143
Fan Favorite65
= 1510
Iggwilv
The Mother of Witches, she penned the Demonomicons of vile knowledge—just one of her mystic accomplishments. Mention of Iggwilv came in 1st Edition's Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, her story interweaving with much of Greyhawk's history.
Week 3 Matchup
The ruler of Barovia proved no match for the ruler of death itself!
Buff1880
Roll132
Fan Favorite132
= 2144
Winner!
The Raven Queen
Spinner of fate, patron of winter—this 4th Edition deity marks the end of mortal life, and surely presides over all those she'll defeat in this competition. Perhaps only Orcus can challenge her authority over the gateways of the dead—as he did in 4th Edition's E3: Prince of Undeath.
Buff1128
Roll124
Fan Favorite68
= 1320
Count Strahd von Zarovich
Ruler of Barovia, there has never been a more famed vampire to haunt the game. Strahd starred in I6: Ravenloft, popular enough to spawn an entire campaign setting.
Week 3 Matchup
An amazing upset! This famed lich has taken out the very Prince of Undead!
Buff1561
Roll187
Fan Favorite94
= 1842
Winner!
Vecna
Master of that which is not meant to be known! The legendary Hand and Eye of Vecna have been artifacts in the game since the Eldritch Wizardry supplement—and the lich Vecna has since risen to the status of deity.
Buff1451
Roll261
Fan Favorite102
= 1814
Orcus, Demon Prince of the Undead
Powerful enough to threaten the gods! Orcus has lain waste to thousands of kingdoms—a mere competition is hardly worth his effort. Armed with his death-dealing wand, Orcus has been a demonic fixture of the game since Eldritch Wizardry.
Week 3 Matchup
A heavyweight matchup, with the queen of the chromatics disregarding Asmodeus' authority!
Buff1395
Roll279
Fan Favorite98
= 1772
Asmodeus, Lord of the Nine
There can be no question that Asmodeus is the most handsome of all devils as well as being the strongest and most cunning. Bearing his ruby rod, symbol of his authority, the ultimate evil he represents can be seen if he forgets himself and flies into a rage.
Buff1689
Roll135
Fan Favorite118
= 1942
Winner!
Tiamat
Queen of the chromatic dragons, can anyone possibly think to defeat her five draconic heads? Bitter and wicked, Tiamat is nonetheless one of the game's most emblematic monsters. Named in the 1st Edition Monster Manual, she's since continued her war against Bahamut in the Scales of War Adventure Path.
Week 3 Matchup
Another incredible upset! The Lady of Pain has been ousted! The queen of spiders reigns supreme!
Buff1549
Roll201
Fan Favorite93
= 1843
Winner!
Lolth, Demon Queen of Spiders
She is the demon queen of spiders, the goddess of the drow—a jealous, petty god not above transforming even her most loyal subjects into hideous driders. Lolth could first be found at the conclusion to 1st Edition's epic GDQ1-7 Queen of the Spiders series.
Buff1532
Roll107
Fan Favorite107
= 1746
The Lady of Pain
Lady of Pain, we adore you… The Lady has long ruled over the city of Sigil, as presented in 2nd Edition's Planescape setting.
Week 3 Matchup
Our remaining underdog could only survive for so long. He stood little chance against the master assassin.
Buff1798
Roll162
Fan Favorite90
= 2050
Winner!
Artemis Entreri
Straight from the streets of Calimport, this master assassin has set aside his grudge against Drizzt to take on all comers. Artemis first appeared in R.A. Salvatore's The Crystal Shard.
Buff1166
Roll233
Fan Favorite82
= 1481
Splug the Goblin
A new choice for a new edition! Splug is here to help you! Splug offered his "assistance" to adventurers following his rescue from the torture chamber in 4th Edition's Keep on the Shadowfell.
Week 3 Matchup
The mercenary drow shows he has more tricks up his sleeves than he has sleeves!
Buff1379
Roll221
Fan Favorite55
= 1655
Kitiara, Dragon Highlord
Half-sister of Caramon and Raistlin, she became the calculating leader of the Blue Dragonarmy—and while she forever lusted after Tanis, it was Lord Soth who chased after her. Kitiara appeared throughout Wiese and Hickman's Dragonlance novels.
Buff1563
Roll219
Fan Favorite94
= 1876
Winner!
Jarlaxle
Boasting as many tricks as alliances, this drow has proven time and again an elusive and cunning mercenary—and one armed with a seeming never-ending supply of throwing daggers (some real, some not… as with his loyalties). Jarlaxle first appeared in R.A. Salvatore's Exile.
Week 4 Matchup
The battle for the Forgotten Realms has been decided, it would seem—the Simbul has exiled Halaster back to Undermountain!
Buff1311
Roll144
Fan Favorite66
= 1521
Halaster Blackcloak, Archmage of Undermountain
Only his memories might remain, but they are enough to haunt an even greater monstrous competition—Halaster's sprawling entity known as Undermountain! Devised by Ed Greenwood, Undermountain and its creator have condemned countless parties to their doom.
Buff1617
Roll291
Fan Favorite113
= 2021
Winner!
Alassra Silverhand, the Simbul
Not the lich-queen, but the witch-queen—Alassra Silverhand would be known as one of the Forgotten Realms most dangerous spellcasters (who else could not only be consort to Elminster, but drag him back from hell itself?). The Simbul was a creation of the Realm's very founder, Ed Greenwood.
Week 4 Matchup
In the battle between our two monstrous queens, it's dragons over spiders with Tiamat advancing over Lolth!
Buff1877
Roll263
Fan Favorite131
= 2271
Winner!
Tiamat
Queen of the chromatic dragons, can anyone possibly think to defeat her five draconic heads? Bitter and wicked, Tiamat is nonetheless one of the game's most emblematic monsters. Named in the 1st Edition Monster Manual, she's since continued her war against Bahamut in the Scales of War Adventure Path.
Buff1111
Roll56
Fan Favorite67
= 1234
Lolth, Demon Queen of Spiders
She is the demon queen of spiders, the goddess of the drow—a jealous, petty god not above transforming even her most loyal subjects into hideous driders. Lolth could first be found at the conclusion to 1st Edition's epic GDQ1-7 Queen of the Spiders series.
Week 4 Matchup
Another of our queens moves forward, with the Raven Queen demolishing the master of the unknown.
Buff1610
Roll241
Fan Favorite113
= 1964
Winner!
The Raven Queen
Spinner of fate, patron of winter—this 4th Edition deity marks the end of mortal life, and surely presides over all those she'll defeat in this competition. Perhaps only Orcus can challenge her authority over the gateways of the dead—as he did in 4th Edition's E3: Prince of Undeath.
Buff1297
Roll259
Fan Favorite78
= 1634
Vecna
Master of that which is not meant to be known! The legendary Hand and Eye of Vecna have been artifacts in the game since the Eldritch Wizardry supplement—and the lich Vecna has since risen to the status of deity.
Week 4 Matchup
This epic battle has finally been decided—and perhaps the results are little surprise: Artemis, our master assassin, defeats Jarlaxle!
Buff1616
Roll259
Fan Favorite81
= 1956
Winner!
Artemis Entreri
Straight from the streets of Calimport, this master assassin has set aside his grudge against Drizzt to take on all comers. Artemis first appeared in R.A. Salvatore's The Crystal Shard.
Buff1169
Roll140
Fan Favorite70
= 1379
Jarlaxle
Boasting as many tricks as alliances, this drow has proven time and again an elusive and cunning mercenary—and one armed with a seeming never-ending supply of throwing daggers (some real, some not… as with his loyalties). Jarlaxle first appeared in R.A. Salvatore's Exile.
Week 5 Matchup
Ah, the lovely Alassra. Did you really think a witch-queen could defeat the Raven Queen? Sadly, no—and now you too must pass through the gateways of the dead.
Buff974
Roll175
Fan Favorite68
= 1217
Alassra Silverhand, the Simbul
Not the lich-queen, but the witch-queen—Alassra Silverhand would be known as one of the Forgotten Realms most dangerous spellcasters (who else could not only be consort to Elminster, but drag him back from hell itself?). The Simbul was a creation of the Realm's very founder, Ed Greenwood.
Buff1673
Roll251
Fan Favorite117
= 2041
Winner!
The Raven Queen
Spinner of fate, patron of winter—this 4th Edition deity marks the end of mortal life, and surely presides over all those she'll defeat in this competition. Perhaps only Orcus can challenge her authority over the gateways of the dead—as he did in 4th Edition's E3: Prince of Undeath.
Week 5 Matchup
The master assassin has defeated so very many this competition—including his occasional ally, Jarlaxle. Yet even he could not best the five-headed Queen of the Chromatics.
Buff1831
Roll183
Fan Favorite128
= 2142
Winner!
Tiamat
Queen of the chromatic dragons, can anyone possibly think to defeat her five draconic heads? Bitter and wicked, Tiamat is nonetheless one of the game's most emblematic monsters. Named in the 1st Edition Monster Manual, she's since continued her war against Bahamut in the Scales of War Adventure Path.
Buff825
Roll58
Fan Favorite41
= 924
Artemis Entreri
Straight from the streets of Calimport, this master assassin has set aside his grudge against Drizzt to take on all comers. Artemis first appeared in R.A. Salvatore's The Crystal Shard.
Week 6 Matchup
The Raven Queen reigns supreme!
Buff1333
Roll93
Fan Favorite93
= 1519
Winner!
The Raven Queen
Spinner of fate, patron of winter—this 4th Edition deity marks the end of mortal life, and surely presides over all those she'll defeat in this competition. Perhaps only Orcus can challenge her authority over the gateways of the dead—as he did in 4th Edition's E3: Prince of Undeath.
Buff890
Roll160
Fan Favorite62
= 1112
Tiamat
Queen of the chromatic dragons, can anyone possibly think to defeat her five draconic heads? Bitter and wicked, Tiamat is nonetheless one of the game's most emblematic monsters. Named in the 1st Edition Monster Manual, she's since continued her war against Bahamut in the Scales of War Adventure Path.
Welcome to Creature Competition: Encounters!

Help decide which monster will be featured in the Season 3 D&D Encounters adventure!

Here's how it works.

  • Go to My Picks, check out the head-to-head matchups, choose the monsters you think have a shot at winning the tournament, and click Submit Picks.
  • Next week, the competition begins! Starting April 8th, visit the Tournament, buff your monsters (one buff per monster, per week), and get the results the following Friday.
  • Winning creatures advance based on the total buffs a creature receives, "My Picks" nominations, and a good ol’ fashioned d20 die roll from the D&D game designers.
  • When four monsters are left standing, our own Chris Perkins will choose one of them to be featured in the Season 3 D&D Encounters adventure!
  • After 6 weeks of buffing, we'll announce the ultimate tournament winner!

While you’re playing, share the Creature Competition with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, or just send them an email!

Welcome to Creature Competition: Encounters!

Help decide which monster will be featured in the Season 3 D&D Encounters adventure!

Here's how it works.

  • Go to My Picks, check out the head-to-head matchups, choose the monsters you think have a shot at winning the tournament, and click Submit Picks.
  • Starting now, visit the Tournament, buff your monsters (one buff per monster, per week), and get the results the following Friday.
  • Winning creatures advance based on the total buffs a creature receives, "My Picks" nominations, and a good ol’ fashioned d20 die roll from the D&D game designers.
  • When four monsters are left standing, our own Chris Perkins will choose one of them to be featured in the Season 3 D&D Encounters adventure!
  • After 6 weeks of buffing, we'll announce the ultimate tournament winner!

While you’re playing, share the Creature Competition with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, or just send them an email!

On to the Second Week of Voting!

After the first week of voting, several of the heavy hitters advance: Tiamat, Asmodeus, Strahd… and Splug! Yes, Splug moves on while Meepo falls… as do all of the original giants, the Lord of the Blades, and even the Slave Lords.

Here's how it works.

  • The competition has begun! Continue to visit the Tournament, buff your monsters (one buff per monster, per week), and get the results the following Friday.
  • Winning creatures advance based on the total buffs a creature receives, "My Picks" nominations, and a good ol’ fashioned d20 die roll from the D&D game designers.
  • When four monsters are left standing, our own Chris Perkins will choose one of them to be featured in the Season 3 D&D Encounters adventure!
  • After 6 weeks of buffing, we'll announce the ultimate tournament winner!

While you’re playing, share the Creature Competition with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, or just send them an email!

On to the Third Week of Voting!

After two weeks of voting, we've started seeing some crucial matchups—and some truly competition-changing results. Perhaps the biggest matchup so far, the Lady of Pain bested none other than Demogorgon! Plus, Strahd moved past the King That Crawls, and Jarlaxle barely edged out our succubus paladin (and only thanks to a fortuitous roll of the die).

Here's how it works.

  • The competition has begun! Continue to visit the Tournament, buff your monsters (one buff per monster, per week), and get the results the following Friday.
  • Winning creatures advance based on the total buffs a creature receives, "My Picks" nominations, and a good ol’ fashioned d20 die roll from the D&D game designers.
  • When four monsters are left standing, our own Chris Perkins will choose one of them to be featured in the Season 3 D&D Encounters adventure!
  • After 6 weeks of buffing, we'll announce the ultimate tournament winner!

While you’re playing, share the Creature Competition with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, or just send them an email!

On to the Fourth Week of Voting!

After three weeks of voting, we've had some amazing matchups—and some truly incredible upsets! The Lady of Pain, Asmodeus, Orcus: all out! Lolth, Tiamat, and Vecna advance. Plus, next week sees the epic showdown between Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle!

Here's how it works.

  • The competition has begun! Continue to visit the Tournament, buff your monsters (one buff per monster, per week), and get the results the following Friday.
  • Winning creatures advance based on the total buffs a creature receives, "My Picks" nominations, and a good ol’ fashioned d20 die roll from the D&D game designers.
  • When four monsters are left standing, our own Chris Perkins will choose one of them to be featured in the Season 3 D&D Encounters adventure!
  • After 6 weeks of buffing, we'll announce the ultimate tournament winner!

While you’re playing, share the Creature Competition with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, or just send them an email!

We've Arrived at Our Last Four!

After four weeks of voting, we've come to our last four competitors. Alassra Silverhand now controls the Forgotten Realms, Artemis has assassinated his former ally, Tiamat devoured the queen of spiders, and the Raven Queen has spun the fate of Vecna!

Here's how it works.

  • The competition is still underway! Continue to visit the Tournament, buff your monsters (one buff per monster, per week), and get the results the following Friday.
  • Winning creatures advance based on the total buffs a creature receives, "My Picks" nominations, and a good ol’ fashioned d20 die roll from the D&D game designers.
  • When four monsters are left standing, our own Chris Perkins will choose one of them to be featured in the Season 3 D&D Encounters adventure!
  • After 6 weeks of buffing, we'll announce the ultimate tournament winner!

While you’re playing, share the Creature Competition with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, or just send them an email!

We've Come to the Final Match!

Here we are, folks—the last match of the competition, with two queens pitted against each other: the Raven Queen and a Dragon Queen. Which will prove the ultimate winner in this epic event? Only you will decide!

Here's how it works.

  • The competition is down to its final match! Visit the Tournament, buff your choice for the final winner (one buff per monster, per week), and get the results the following Friday.
  • Winning creatures advance based on the total buffs a creature receives, "My Picks" nominations, and a good ol’ fashioned d20 die roll from the D&D game designers.
  • Next week, we'll announce the ultimate tournament winner!

While you’re playing, share the Creature Competition with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, or just send them an email!

The Raven Queen Wins!

The Raven Queen reigns supreme!

It was a brutal competition, folks. Contenders from all corners of the D&D universe, and from editions past and present, tried their best to win the crown. They represented various spheres of magic-users, monsters, undead, and the unholy & divine—but in the end, she who spins the fate of mortals has won Creature Competition: Encounters!

The Raven Queen: with victories over the Shadow King, Lord Soth, Count Strahd, Vecna, the Simbul, and Tiamat—we salute you!

As we've announced in the past, one of the final four creatures will be featured in an upcoming season of D&D Encounters: The Simbul, the Raven Queen, Tiamat, or Artemis. Our thanks to everyone who participated!

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