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First appearanceEldritch Wizardry supplement (1976)
AlignmentChaotic evil

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the glabrezu is one of the most powerful types of demon. In first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, glabrezu were known as type III demons. In second edition AD&D, the name "type III demon" was changed to "glabrezu".

Publication history[edit]

The glabrezu was one of the earliest creatures introduced in the D&D game.

Dungeons & Dragons (1974–1976)[edit]

The type III demon appeared under the demon entry in the Eldritch Wizardry supplement (1976).[1]

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

The type III demon (glabrezu) appears in the first edition Monster Manual (1977).[2]

Dungeons & Dragons (1977–1999)[edit]

This edition of the D&D game included its own version of the type III demon, which is known as the howling demon, first appearing in the Immortal Rules set, in the DM's Guide to Immortals (1986).[3] The howling lesser fiend appeared in the Wrath of the Immortals set, in "Book One: Codex of the Immortals" (1992).[4]

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

In this edition, demons became known as tanar'ri, and this creature officially became known as the glabrezu, a "true tanar'ri", appearing first in the Monstrous Compendium Volume Outer Planes Appendix (1991),[5] and then reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[6]

The glabrezu true tanar'ri also appeared for the Planescape campaign setting in the first Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (1994).[7]

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

The glabrezu (tanar'ri) appears in the Monster Manual for this edition (2000);[8] in this edition, the name demon is resumed, and tanar'ri are now considered a sub-type of demon.

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

The glabrezu appears in the revised Monster Manual for this edition (2003).

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

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

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

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


Glabrezu tempt their victims into ruin by luring them with power or wealth. These demons are as tall as giants, with broad, muscular bodies. Two of its four arms end in clawed hands and two end in powerful pincers. Its doglike head is horned and its muzzle is full of sharp teeth. Glabrezus rank second behind the succubus as demons that tempt and corrupt mortals. Unlike them, the glabrezu does not offer pleasures of the flesh but offers power, wealth, and respect undreamed of by even the most ambitious person. Glabrezus are unable to change (or polymorph) their frightening appearance, so they usually visit mortals in secret. They are most commonly summoned directly by a mortal (such as ambitious human wizards or drow priestesses) who hopes to make bargains. Sometimes they find a potential victim on their own, presenting their "gift" to this person whether or not they want it. In some cases, glabrezus never reveal themselves to a person, relying on their telepathy to speak directly in the victim's mind. They may be direct about their nature or make the person believe he is going insane.

The unholy union between an ascending high priestess of the drow goddess Lolth and a glabrezu results in a draegloth.

Known Glabrezus[edit]

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Drizzt doing battle with a Glabrezu.
  • Belshazu:[11] Summoned by Triel Baenre, and coupled with her so that Triel bore the demon's seed, and produced a half-drow/half-demon child, Jeggred the draegloth. When Belshazu and Jeggred later confronted, there was no fatherly recognition between, and the former taunted the latter. Jeggred would have attacked were it not for his masters' command. Belshazu was finally killed (possibly permanently) by Pharaun Mizzyrm, while on the plane of infinite portals. He was utterly destroyed by a combination of spells ending in a high-level casting of banshee wail.
  • Gerrzog: A glabrezu adversary in the first adventure in Tales from the Infinite Staircase (1998).
  • G'oud'neejh:[12] Glabrezu servant of Tharizdun
  • Mizferac:[13] A glabrezu summoned by the goodly priest Cadderly for information concerning Crenshinibon. For threatening to harm the cleric's children, Cadderly dispelled the ward surrounding Mizferac's summon circle, killed the demon, and summoned it back the next day.
  • Bizmatec:[14] A glabrezu summoned by Errtu the balor for the purpose of dealing with Drizzt, and was later killed by Catti-brie.
  • Nabthatoron:[15] This glabrezu and his retinue were a part of an invasion force defeated at Redgorge by Surabar Spellmason and his allies. Held responsible by an unknown demon lord, Nabthatoron was banished to the prime material plane for as long as Redgorge remained unconquered. He remains as lord of the Demonskar.
  • Sinmaker:[16] Runs the Apothecary of Sin in Cathrys. A glabrezu of average abilities, except for his special affinity for acids, poisons, and venoms. He delights in all things poisonous—the more diabolical, the better. All common poisons are available in the Apothecary, as well as many special, unique concoctions bought by Sinmaker from travelers or synthesized in Sinmaker's own laboratory.
  • Tanetal:[17] Bane's servant, residing in then sleeping Moander's body in the astral plane.
  • Ykkandri[18]

Other media[edit]

The glabrezu appears in the D&D Miniatures: Giants of Legend set (2004).


  1. Gygax, Gary; Blume, Brian (1976). "Eldritch Wizardry" (1 ed.). Lake Geneva, WI: TSR.
  2. Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
  3. Mentzer, Frank. Dungeons & Dragons Set 5: Immortal Rules (TSR, 1986)
  4. Allston, Aaron. Wrath of the Immortals (TSR, 1992)
  5. LaFountain, J. Paul. Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes Appendix. (TSR, 1991)
  6. Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  7. Varney, Allen, ed. Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (TSR, 1994)
  8. Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
  9. Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2008)
  10. Mearls, Mike (2014). Monster manual. Wizards Of The Coast. ISBN 9780786965618. OCLC 965567329. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  11. Athans, Philip (2005). War of the Spider Queen Book V: Annihilation. Wizard of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-3752-1. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  12. In the Abyss p18. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  13. Salvatore, R. A. (2000). Servant of the Shard. Wizard of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-1657-5. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  14. Salvatore, R. A. (1997). Passage to Dawn. Wizard of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-0750-9. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  15. Decker, Jesse (2005). Shackled City Adventure Path. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 0-9770071-0-3. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  16. Grubb, Jeff (2001). Manual of the Planes. Wizard of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-1850-0. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  17. Ward, James M. (1992). Pools of Darkness (Forgotten Realms Fantasy Adventure). Wizard of the Coast. ISBN 1-56076-318-3. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  18. Monte Cook; et al. (2002). Book of Vile Darkness. Wizard of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-2650-3. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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