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First appearanceMonster Manual II (1983)
AlignmentChaotic evil

A nabassu is a fictional demon in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

Publication history[edit]

The nabassu (major demon) first appeared in the first edition Monster Manual II (1983).[1]

The nabassu (greater tanar'ri) appeared in second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Volume Outer Planes Appendix (1991).[2] The nabassu (greater tanar'ri) also appeared in the first Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (1994).[3]

The nabassu and the larval nabassu appeared in third edition in Dungeon #112 (July 2004). The juvenile nabassu and the mature nabassu appeared in Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (2006).[4]

The nabassu appeared in fourth edition in the Demonomicon supplement (2010).


Nabassus are demons very close to undead creatures. Nabassus resemble dark horned demons with bat wings, evil glowing eyes, sharp teeth and long talons. The life of a nabassu is composed of two stages: during the first one, the juvenile nabassus reside on the Material Plane, looking for victims in order to feed on and evolve; during the second one, the mature nabassus come back to the Abyss where they usually live in an Abyssal fortress or become a servant of Orcus.

Other publishers[edit]

The lesser nabasu and the greater nabasu appeared under the "demon" heading in the Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer Games.[5]


  1. Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  2. LaFountain, J. Paul. Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes Appendix. (TSR, 1991)
  3. Varney, Allen, ed. Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (TSR, 1994)
  4. Jacobs, James, Erik Mona, and Ed Stark. Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)
  5. Green, Scott; Peterson, Clark (2002). Tome of Horrors. Necromancer Games. pp. 83–84. ISBN 1-58846-112-2. Search this book on Logo.png

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