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First appearanceMonster Manual (2000)

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the arrowhawk is an outsider from the Elemental Plane of air.[1] It can be used by Dungeon Masters as an aerial predator.

Publication history[edit]

The juvenile, adult, and elder arrowhawk first appeared in the third edition Monster Manual (2000),[1] and then in the version 3.5 Monster Manual.[2]


In the Dungeons & Dragons game, an arrowhawk resembles a bird, perhaps most closely a raptor or vulture, only it has no legs, and 4 wings, which when spread, form an X shape.[1] It is 5 feet long with a 7-foot wingspan during the start of its life, but gets bigger constantly, ending at 20 feet long and 30 feet wingspan. It has a sharp beak, long tail, and 2 tongues. Its feathers are tan, and a dark, greenish blue. It can see in the dark, is immune to acid, electricity and poison, and can shoot lightning from its tail.[1]

In the game, the arrowhawk (despite its intelligence), is fairly similar in habits to normal predatory birds. It is extremely territorial, and always hungry. They attack either for food, or to drive away rivals. Its primary attack is to shoot a ray of electricity from its tail. It can also bite, but prefers not to get close to opponents. The arrowhawk, due to its 4 wings, can alter its posture and speed to fly at maximum speed in any direction.[1]

In Dungeons & Dragons, arrowhawks can speak Auran, but they are rather untalkative creatures.[1] They are regarded as neutral in alignment.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Williams, Skip, Jonathan Tweet, and Monte Cook. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000).
  2. Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2003)

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