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First appearanceLost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1982)
AlignmentChaotic evil

A bar-lgura (/ˌbɑːrləˈɡɔːrə/ BAR-lə-GORR),[1] or barlgura is a fictional demon in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

Publication history[edit]

The bar-lgura was introduced to the D&D game in the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977–1988)[edit]

The bar-lgura was one of the new demons that debuted in the module Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1982),[2] and then appear in the first edition Monster Manual II (1983),[3] also under the demon entry.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989–1999)[edit]

In this edition, demons became known as tanar'ri, with the bar-lgura lesser tanar'ri appearing first in the Monstrous Compendium Volume Outer Planes Appendix (1991).[4]

The bar-lgura lesser tanar'ri also appeared for the Planescape campaign setting in the first Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (1994).[5]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000–2002)[edit]

In this edition, the categorization as demon is resumed, and tanar'ri are considered a sub-type of demon.[6] The bar-lgura (tanar'ri) appears in the Book of Vile Darkness (2002).[7]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition (2003–2007)[edit]

The bar-lgura is one of several demons appearing in Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (2006).[8]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008–2014)[edit]

The barlgura appears in the Monster Manual for this edition (2008), again under the demon entry.[9]

Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition (2014–present)[edit]

The barlgura appears in the Monster Manual for this edition (2014), again under the demon entry.[10]


Bar-lguras are described as savage and cruel demons resembling fiendish orangutans. They reside in isolated and inaccessible areas of the Abyss and sometimes forming tribes. They enjoy spreading destruction everywhere, even if they are often employed by powerful demon lords as scouts. The demon lord Ilsidahur is the patron of the bar-lgura demons.


  1. Mentzer, Frank. "Ay pronunseeAY shun gyd" Dragon #93 (TSR, 1985)
  2. Gygax, Gary. The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (TSR, 1982)
  3. Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  4. LaFountain, J. Paul. Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes Appendix. (TSR, 1991)
  5. Varney, Allen, ed. Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (TSR, 1994)
  6. Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
  7. Cook, Monte. Book of Vile Darkness (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)
  8. Jacobs, James, Erik Mona, and Ed Stark. Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)
  9. Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2008)
  10. "Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) Fifth Edition (5e) - D&D Beyond". D&D Beyond. Retrieved 2018-06-13.

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