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Groaning spirit

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Groaning Spirit
First appearanceMonster Manual (1977)

In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, the groaning spirit is a type of undead. The creature is also known as the banshee (/ˈbænʃ/ BAN-shee).[1]

Publication history[edit]

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

The groaning spirit (banshee) first appeared in the first edition in the original Monster Manual (1977).[2]

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

The groaning spirit (banshee) appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989),[3] and is reprinted as the banshee in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[4]

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

The banshee appeared in third edition Dungeons & Dragons in Monster Manual II (2002).[5]

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

A banshee named Agatha appears in the Lost Mines of Phandelver adventure module, included with the starter set, although no stat block is given for her. The banshee appeared in the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons in the Monster Manual (2014).[6]


The groaning spirit is a spirit of an evil female elf, whose keening wail causes hearers to die on the spot.

Other publishers[edit]

The groaning spirit appeared in The Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer Games.[7]

The banshee appeared in Paizo Publishing's book Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2 (2010), on page 41.[8]


  1. Mentzer, Frank. "Ay pronunseeAY shun gyd" Dragon #93 (TSR, 1985)
  2. Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
  3. Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (TSR, 1989)
  4. Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  5. Bonny, Ed, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter. Monster Manual II (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)
  6. Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2014
  7. Green, Scott; Peterson, Clark (2002). The Tome of Horrors. Necromancer Games. pp. 159–160. ISBN 1-58846-112-2. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  8. Baur, Wolfgang, Jason Bulmahn, et al. Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2 (Paizo Publishing, 2010)

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