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First appearanceFiend Folio (1981)

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the crabman is a large monstrous humanoid.

Publication history[edit]

The crabman first appeared in the first edition in the original Fiend Folio (1981).[1]

The crabman appeared in the second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Fiend Folio Appendix (1992),[2] reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[3]

The yurian appeared in the third edition Fiend Folio (2003).[4]


Crabmen are simple hunter-gatherers and generally peaceful.

A crabman is usually neutral and generally lives near warm sea coasts.


The crabman appeared on's list of "The most underrated monsters of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons".[5]

Other publishers[edit]

The crabman appeared in the Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer Games.[6] The Crabman appears in Castles & Crusades Classic Monsters the Manual where it appears more crab-like.[7] The crabman also appears in the second printing of OSRIC.[8]

Further reading[edit]

  • Dragon Magazine #250.


  1. Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  2. Williams, Skip, et al. Monstrous Compendium Fiend Folio Appendix (TSR, 1992)
  3. Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  4. Cagle, Eric, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matt Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt. Fiend Folio (Wizards of the Coast, 2003)
  6. Green, Scott; Peterson, Clark (2002). Tome of Horrors. Necromancer Games. pp. 47–48. ISBN 1-58846-112-2. Search this book on Logo.png
  7. Hartsfield, Kim (2012). Castles & Crusades: Classic Monsters the Manual. Troll Lord Games. p. 29. ISBN 9781936822065. Search this book on Logo.png
  8. Marshall, Stuart; Finch, Matthew (2006). OSRIC, Old School Reference and Index Compilation. Knights n Knaves, First Edition Society. p. 266. Search this book on Logo.png

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