The 30 Most Powerful Creatures In Dungeons & Dragons, Ranked (2022)

If there's one thingDungeons & Dragons is known for, it's monsters. After all, the name of the game has the word "Dragons" in it so you know there are some serious threats lurking around every corner. In most cases, a Dungeon Master might throw one or two big creatures at a party, but for those DM's who have a party who is more annoying than they are entertaining, it might be high time to peruse the Monster Manual and throw something truly big at them. Usually, these gigantic monsters are the ones you get to after an incredibly long quest, but every now and again, a mini-boss of sorts shows up to terrorize even the most advanced of players.

For those nights sitting around a table throwing dice and playing with your pals, it would be wise to learn which monsters in D&D are the most threatening. As any player will tell you, the game features pretty much any and every monster you can think of. If it terrorized people back in ancient Greece, it's probably in the Monster Manual and if it has been dreamed up and rests in the public domain, you might stumble upon it at one time or another. D&D features some of the biggest and nastiest monsters ever conceived in the realm of fantasy... these are just the most powerful ones a DM might throw at a party. Shout out in the comments with your favorite mega-monster from one of your D&D plays and let us know which one you absolutely never want to run into!

30 BAPHOMET

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Most people know about Minotaurs and how it's probably best not to be locked in a labyrinth with one, but there's a Minotaur you truly don't want to cross called Bathomet. If the Minotaurs had a king, it would be him.Baphomet is an archdemon whose many names include the Prince of Beasts and the Horned King.

He is the Lord of the Minotaurs who resides in a vast labyrinth of his own making called the Endless Maze, which is set at the 600th layer of the Abyss. It is said to be infinite in size and hosts a palace within called Lyktion.

29 ELDER TEMPEST

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There are many types of elemental monsters spread throughout the realms of D&D, but the most powerful of them is the Elder Tempest. The Elder Tempest is an Elder Elemental of Wind and was created from the rain, lightning, wind and clouds.

When an Elder Tempest is around, expect a severe thunderstorm surrounding it. Not only will it bring the rain, it controls the storm as well and can rain down lightning on anyone who gets too close. Ultimately, fighting one of these is like battling a dragon made of wind who prefers to strike out with lightning... all the time.

28 BEHOLDER

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Beholders are some of the most well-known D&D monsters thanks to being on the cover of most versions of the Monster Manual. These monsters are essentially floating enlarged heads with a huge gaping maw, but their eyes are the main attraction.

In the center of its "face" is a giant eye, but surrounding its body are ten stalks, each with an eye at the end. Each eyestalk holds a different magical ability allowing the Beholder to cast and block a wide variety of spells. Beholders were an original creation for the game back in 1975 and weren't based on mythology like most of the original monsters.

27 FRAZ-URB'LUU

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Fraz-Urb'luu, otherwise known as the "Prince of Deception" is a gigantic beastly demon standing some 18 feet tall. He is not well liked among the Abyssal lords thanks to his penchant for summoning lesser demon lords to humiliate them in some disturbing way to please his many minions.

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He is aptly named thanks to his incredible abilities in the realm of illusion magic. Most of his work is meant to deceive others into serving him, but he can also conjure up some ghastly nightmares to terrify his victims if looking at an 18' demon isn't enough to sen shivers down their spines.

26 ELDER BRAIN

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D&D has a monster called a Mind Flayer, which has the ability to psionically paralyze anyone who stumbles near one. Mind Flayers are generally hated by party members, but they are nothing in comparison to their leader, the Elder Brain.

An Elder Brain is exactly what you might think it is: a gigantic brain suspended in a glass sphere or jar that is far more powerful than its underlings. Elder Brains are equivalent to a 20th level psionicist and are impossible to approach via stealth of other magical means without it knowing long in advance.

25 KRAKEN

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While most people fear swimming in the ocean because of sharks, they are absolutely nothing in comparison to the Kraken! These mythical beasts have permeated most marine mythologies for millennia and D&D is no different. Krakens lurk deep within the ocean, slumbering until called upon.

These aren't just enormous beasts capable of swatting away ships, they are intelligent and powerful. Krakens have complete control over the water and weather, which they can use against anyone who approaches. They aren't limited to living undersea and can just as easily breathe water and take out an entire coastal city.

24 DRACOLICH

In D&D, a Lich is a powerful magician who refused to die when the time came. The hide their souls in an object and transition into an immortal undead thing, but retain all of their memories from their life as well as their magical abilities, but with a significant boost in power.

This transition isn't limited to humans or other races, dragons can also become a Lich and when they do, they transform into some of the most powerful creatures in the world. A Dracolich can control the undead and use all of their magical abilities they had during life.

23 ZUGGTMOY

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You know that fungus that infects ants and turns them into zombies whose only purpose is to get as high as possible and explode to release more spores? That's a real thing, but over in the realm of D&D, the version there exists in the form of Zuggtmoy, an archdemon known as the Demon Queen of Fungi.

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While she does hold a humanoid-ish form, she is little more than a vast collection of fungi (mushrooms) whose only purpose is to corrupt the mortals who come close. She infects them with spores and turns them into a mindless minion.

22 ACERERAK

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There are Lich's spread throughout D&D, but only a scant few are so well known and feared they get their own page in the Monster Manual. Acererak was once a powerful wizard, but when the time came to shed his mortal coil, he abandoned that notion and became one of the most powerful Lich's in the universe.

Acererak is easily one of the most powerful spellcasters in the entire game and comes pretty close in terms of power to an Ancient Dragon. His control of and use of magic make him an impossible foe and someone you don't want to have to fight or you might just have to roll for a new character...

21 DEMILICH

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A Lich can exist indefinitely in their skeletonized form, but sometimes they grow tired of living in a body made of bones. When this happens, they have the option to transfer what power they have into their skull, which turns a Lich into a far more powerful creature called a Demilich.

A Demilich has their power boosted far beyond their previous incarnations and has the ability to float about terrorizing parties. It has an incredible amount of immunities and is seriously difficult to damage. It can not only destroy a character, it can swallow their souls.

20 MAEGERA THE DAWN TITAN

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Some of the most dangerous Elementals in the game are also the most useful. Maegera the Dawn Titan is a fire primordial elemental who was trapped long ago b the dwarves of Gauntlgrym. While entombed with their powerful rune magic, she releases enough energy to power their forges.

This makes Maegera incredibly useful, but that doesn't mean she isn't dangerous. She is guarded by the dwarves, but were she to be released, a serious fight would certainly happen. She is one of the most powerful elementals in the universe so fighting her is ill advised.

19 JUIBLEX

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There are some disturbingly powerful and dangerous monsters in the game, but you can't get much crazier than Jubilex, the Faceless Lord and Oozing hunger whose only purpose in life is to consume and grow larger. It does this in a rather nasty way, which is why few people are crazy enough to worship it.

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In order to grow larger, Jubilex absorbs its followers who willingly give themselves to their Lord. It absorbs their living matter and grows larger leaving piles of oozing goo that was once its followers. They continue to exist as an extension of its body though their identities are consumed by Jubilex over a long period of time.

18 EMPYREAN

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Under normal conditions, an Empyrean is a Good creature and isn't maligned evil in any way, but like many others, these can "fall" and become Evil. Normally, they reside in the Upper Planes and are ridiculously powerful beings, but when they fall, they fall hard.

An Evil Empyrean is insanely powerful whose former Good nature shifts to completely and totally evil. They enjoy ruling over the lesser beings of the Material Plane and go on to rule kingdoms as horrible tyrants intent on causing misery to their subjects in whatever way pleases them.

17 YEENOGHU

On the Material Plane, there exists a beast called a Gnoll, which players often stumble upon in combat. They arose from their leader/god known as Yeenoghu, the Beast of Butchery. While roaming the Material Plane, Yeenoghu left his kills behind, which were consumed by his pack of ravenous hyenas

After eating his leavings, the hyenas transformed into gnolls as a result and remain his followers in his absence. Unlike other archdemons, Yeenoghu doesn't have a thirst for power, but only for blood. He leaps into battle regardless of the situation and can be trusted only to increase the bloodshed wherever he goes.

16 LESHAY

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Long before the multiverse ofDungeons & Dragons arose, there existed another universe populated by a race of beings known as the LeShay. When their universe came to an end, a few LeShay managed to claw their way into the D&D Multiverse where they settled themselves as intensely powerful beings.

A LeShay is a powerful combatant capable of casting high-level spells, but that's not the only trick up their sleeves. They are also highly-skilled in the use of any and every type of weapon, which they generally keep close in a massive arsenal. Taking one out leaves a lot of loot behind, but it isn't easy.

15 GRAZ'ZT

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There are monsters that get involved in direct combat whenever antagonized and there are those who prefer to charm and corrupt their foes.Graz'zt is definitely the latter thanks to his role as the archdemon known as the Dark Prince of Pleasure. This is the monster who will show you all the "pleasures of Hell" to bring you under his control.

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Graz'zt will alter his form into whatever is pleasing to the eye... either for his gratification or to attract more followers. While he prefers to stay out of combat, that doesn't mean he can't hit players with incredibly powerful enchantments, but for most, seeing him will be enough to fall victim to his influence.

14 ANCIENT DRAGONS

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In the worlds ofDungeons & Dragons there are many different types of the beasts whose name is in the game. Dragons are hugely powerful magical creatures but their powers change over time. Their longevity means that the longer they live, the more powerful they become and the most powerful a dragons in the game are ancient.

The oldest dragons in existence are, by far, the most powerful standard dragons in the universe. In terms of which is the most dangerous, Gold and Red dragons are easily more powerful than their differently-colored cousins, but the difference is slight. All Ancient Dragons are powerful, dangerous, intelligent and loathsome of adventurers.

13 ATROPAL

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In any mythology, a god is a powerful entity who can pretty much do whatever they want. Sometimes, a god doesn't come into being in exactly the right way and when that happens, a stillborn god becomes a monster known as an Atropal. An Atropal is essentially a stillborn undead fetus, but comes with a ton of powers.

After all, they are still gods... of a sort. They can fire off negative energy and drain the levels from characters. Even touching an Atropol will permanently reduce a character's Constitution points by five so if you do happen upon an Atropal, it's best to keep your distance.

12 MARUT

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We humans have lawyers who come into play to make sure our contracts are fulfilled by all parties, but those monsters don't exist in the world of D&D. In the game, there are creatures known as Marut who were created by Primus for the express purpose of upholding contracts between powerful beings like demons and gods.

Seeing as they deal with powerful creatures to arbitrate various agreements, they are powerful in their own rite. A Marut has the ability to travel anywhere in the Multiverse at will and can take on just about any threat with intense justice.

11 HECATONCHEIRES

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Hecatoncheires is a monster that comes straight out of Greek Mythology. Originally, the Greek version of the Hecatoncheires was an enlarged monster with 100 arms, but the one introduced into D&D lore is a bit different. For D&D, Hecatoncheires is made up of 100 different people all merged into a single being.

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This means that an attack from the Hecatoncheires comes 100 times each turn, though the number of attacks that land depend on the size of its target. When trying to take one of these on by yourself, they might hit only 15 times a turn. You better take it out quickly because it can summon a copy of itself into the fight.

FAQs

The 30 Most Powerful Creatures In Dungeons & Dragons, Ranked? ›

  1. 1 TIAMAT. Tarrasques are certainly feared in the Material Plane, but there's a creature feared across the multiverse.
  2. 2 TARRASQUE. Pretty much anyone who has ever played D&D knows of the Tarrasque. ...
  3. 3 PRISMATIC DRAGON. ...
  4. 4 AVANGION. ...
  5. 5 ORCUS. ...
  6. 6 ZARIEL. ...
  7. 7 ELDER TITAN. ...
  8. 8 SLARKRETHEL. ...
Jul 17, 2022

What is the most powerful creature in Dungeons and Dragons? ›

The Tarrasque is the most powerful creature in the current edition of Dungeons & Dragons and it represents the ultimate challenge for many players.

What is the most powerful creature in fantasy? ›

Here we explore the top five most powerful mythical creatures.
  1. Chimera. Illustration of a chimera by Jacopo Ligozzi, 1590–1610. ...
  2. Basilisk. Basilisk illustration by by WretchedSpawn2012. ...
  3. Dragons. “Probably one of the more well-known mythical creatures, dragons are a common feature across many different cultures. ...
  4. Kraken. ...
  5. Sirens.
Nov 13, 2020

Are Dragons the most powerful mythical creatures? ›

Dragons are usually reptiles; although they vary in size and characteristics depending on their origin, they are certainly one of the most powerful legendary creatures. They appear in many myths around the world, and also in popular modern stories such as Harry Potter, The Hobbit or Game of Thrones.

Who is the most powerful god in D&D? ›

If knowledge is power, then Oghma would be the most powerful god in the Dungeons & Dragons pantheon. Despite his relative lack of any divine power, especially when it comes to gods that command elements or rule over regions of the cosmos, Oghma is a favorite of storytellers, inventors, and scholars as well as mages.

Which is better dragon or phoenix? ›

If you wanna have stronger powers, buy Dragon. Phoenix has lesser combat moves compared to Dragon, but they're adding a new move pretty soon, so keep it. Phoenix users are extremely useful in raids and pvp so I'd stick w Phoenix.

What is more powerful than a dragon? ›

The only thing more powerful than a dragon is a dragon slayer. For four years, Donald Trump's penchant for division and chaos was the dominant force in American life. In the end, after a long and excruciating battle, it was vanquished by Joe Biden's promise of decency, unity and national healing.

What is the most evil creature? ›

The Top 20 Mythical Creatures and Monsters
  • Centaurs (Greek and Roman)
  • Basilisks (Greek and Roman)
  • The Chimera (Greek)
  • Medusa (Greek and Roman)
  • Cyclopes (Greek and Roman)
  • The Minotaur (Greek)
  • The Kraken (Scandinavian)
  • Cerberus (Greek)
Jul 7, 2022

Who is the biggest dragon? ›

At 10 feet and 200 pounds, the Komodo dragon is the world's biggest and most powerful lizard alive. Komodo dragons attack deer, goats, pigs, dogs, and occasionally humans. These lizards were brought to the Museum from a 1926 expedition to the island of Komodo in Indonesia.

What is the most legendary creature? ›

Pegasus. Pegasus is one of the most legendary mythical creatures of all time. He's even more impressive than a unicorn, if you can imagine. He's a winged stallion with a mane of pure white snow, said to be the offspring of the Greek god Poseidon, with a mixture of Medusa's blood.

What is the fastest mythical creature? ›

Sleipnir (from Norse mythology)

Sleipnir is possibly the 'fastest monster' in the world, courtesy of its eight-legs that carried the enchanted gigantic horse across the land, sea, and even air. Of course, all of that speed was not just for bragging.

Who is the weakest god? ›

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  • 17 Vesta.
  • 16 Vili.
  • 15 Baldur.
  • 14 Baron Samedi.
  • 13 Odin.
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  • 11 Plutus.
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Jul 30, 2018

Who is the oldest god in DND? ›

Tharizdun
First appearanceThe Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun (1982)
Created byGary Gygax
In-universe information
AliasThe Elder Elemental Eye, the Elder Elemental God
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Who is the father of all gods? ›

Zeus is the god of the sky in ancient Greek mythology. As the chief Greek deity, Zeus is considered the ruler, protector, and father of all gods and humans.

Who is the strongest God? ›

Zeus was the Greek god that both deities and man would call upon for help. Zeus would help the other gods, goddesses, and mortals if they needed help, but would also invoke his wrath upon them if he felt they weren't worthy of his help. This made Zeus the strongest Greek god in Greek mythology.

Who is the strongest dragon in DND? ›

10 Strongest Types Of Dragons in Dungeons & Dragons
  1. 1 Tiamat.
  2. 2 Ancient Gold Dragon. ...
  3. 3 Ancient Red Dragon. ...
  4. 4 Ancient Silver Dragon. ...
  5. 5 Ancient Blue Dragon. ...
  6. 6 Ancient Bronze Dragon. ...
  7. 7 Ancient Green Dragon. ...
  8. 8 Ancient Black Dragon. ...
Sep 6, 2020

Which ape is the strongest? ›

Gorilla. Gorillas are the largest apes (not monkeys!) and the strongest primate, known for their impressive strength. These powerful animals weigh up to 200 kg, and can lift almost 2,000 kg – 10 times their body weight.

Who is the god of dragons? ›

Bahamut

Is the Red Death bigger than the Bewilderbeast? ›

The Bewilderbeast is bigger than the Red Death. It has two large tusks on its face. It shoots giant gallons of ice. It can not fly.

How big is the purple death? ›

Trivia. Though no official size has ever been given, Richard Hamilton has suggested that the Purple Death is similar in size to the Red Death. And according to the The Art of How to Train Your Dragon, the Red Death is 400 feet long with a wingspan of 550 feet.

What is a dragon with two legs called? ›

A wyvern (/ˈwaɪvərn/ WY-vərn, sometimes spelled wivern) is a legendary dragon that has two legs.

Can dragon fruit? ›

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What's stronger than a phoenix? ›

14 Molecule Man. As powerful as the Beyonder, Molecule Man has not only saved the entire Marvel universe but also recreated it, proving that he's more powerful than the Phoenix. If the Watcher has his eye on you, you know you're a dangerous threat to the multiverse.

What kills a dragon? ›

The first thing you have to consider when slaying a dragon is whether you are endowed with superhuman strength. If so, then almost any weapon will do. There are stories of dragonslayers using an axe or even a club to dispatch the fiery beasts, but a knight will typically use a sword.

Which animal can defeat dragon? ›

Any of the mythical horses and hounds could defeat them fairly easily, as well as anything above them.

What creature kills dragons? ›

Ichneumon. Ichneumon are legendary creatures closely related to weasels and other mustelidae, and are one of the very few magical creatures capable of causing any trouble for dragons. Most prominently, Ichneumons are known for actually managing to kill them.

What creatures are more powerful than Dragons? ›

D&D: 10 Most Powerful Monsters That Aren't Dragons
  • 10 The Molydei Serve The Demon Lords. ...
  • 9 Lich Are Wizards Who Went The Extra Mile. ...
  • 8 Magic Is Useless Against An Astral Dreadnought. ...
  • 7 A Mind Flayer Lich Is Two Horrors Combines. ...
  • 6 Krakens Rule The Sea. ...
  • 5 Empyreans Are The Children Of Gods.
Dec 28, 2021

Which is stronger Tiamat or Tarrasque? ›

And in answer to the general question, Tiamat, especially with the new statblock from Fizban's. Tiamat has a 26 int and wis, the tarrasque has a 3 and 11. Tiamat has plans that go well beyond what a mortal could comprehend. She's much more dangerous than the tarrasque, which is just crush, kill, destroy.

What color dragon is the strongest? ›

Red dragons are the largest and most powerful of the classic chromatic dragons.

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