Throat leech

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Throat leech
First appearanceWhite Dwarf #6 (April 1978)

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the throat leech is a type of vermin creature.

Publication history[edit]

The throat leech first appeared in White Dwarf #6 (April 1978). The throat leech appeared in the original first edition Fiend Folio (1981).[1]

The throat leech appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons under the "leech" heading in the Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989),[2] and in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[3]


A throat leech is a small twig-sized creature found in pools, lakes, and streams. If swallowed, it stays in the creature's throat and sucks blood until it becomes fully distended, which causes the victim to choke.


  1. Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  2. Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (TSR, 1989)
  3. Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)

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