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Dungeons & Dragons character
First appearancementioned in the original Monster Manual II (1983)
Created byGary Gygax
RaceDemon lord
TitleLady of Fungi, Demon Queen of Fungi, Demon Lady of Fungi
DomainsChaos, Evil, Ooze, Plant

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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, Zuggtmoy or Tsuggtmoy is the Demon Queen of Fungi. Her symbol is a jawless human skull with fungi blooming from within, though some of her false cults use other symbols. For example, her cult in the Temple of Elemental Evil used the symbol of the Elder Elemental Eye.

Zuggtmoy is the "dread and fell ruler of the 222nd ghastly plane of the Abyss."

Publishing history[edit]

The demoness Zuggtmoy has always been mentioned in first edition World of Greyhawk supplements as an ally and perhaps consort/lover to the vile demigod Iuz.[citation needed] She was mentioned in passing in the 1st edition Monster Manual 2.[1] It wasn't until the release of the supermodule T1-4 The Temple of Elemental Evil that players got a good look at Zuggtmoy.[2]

Zuggtmoy was featured in third edition in the Demonomicon of Iggwilv column in Dragon #337 (2005).[3] She also appeared in Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (2006).[4]

Zuggtmoy was detailed in the Fourth Edition Demonomicon (2010).[5]

In September 2015 Zuggtmoy was updated to the Fifth Edition rules in the Out of the Abyss.[6]


As Lady of Fungi, Zuggtmoy as originally presented resembled a huge puffball fungus on top of four elephantine legs. A mushroom-shaped head with squashed and vague humanoid-like features resided atop her body. She could extrude pseudopodia from her bloated body to squash opponents. Canonically, Zuggtmoy can also appear as a feeble crone or a ravishingly-beautiful human woman.

Third edition game publications, such as Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss and Dragon, have Zuggtmoy retaining her blue-skinned demonic female form from The Temple of Elemental Evil video game, while her original fungoid form has become an aspect.


Zuggtmoy is an ally of Iggwilv and Iuz and has been romantically linked to the latter. She is forced to share Shedaklah, a layer of the Abyss, with the demon lord Juiblex, who she constantly wars with over control over the entire layer. Her two chief allies are the demon lord Haagenti, Lord of Alchemy, whose minions are often seen in the forests of Shedaklah collecting ingredients for chemical reagents, and the demon lord Demogorgon, with whom she often collaborates.

Vassals and minions[edit]

Zuggtmoy is served by her lieutenant, the demon lord Yibiyru, the Rancid Lady of Bitter Bile (who has been described conflictingly as either her mother and or daughter). Her most notorious high priest was the druid Xhagevoxhab, who once ruled a vast territory in the Underdark over 600 years ago.

Zuggtmoy is served by elemental rukarazylls and vathugu demons as well as various fungal creatures.


Zuggtmoy rules the 222nd layer of the Abyss, officially called Shedaklah, although according to her creator Gary Gygax, it is called Mycorji. She shares this layer with Juiblex, the Faceless Lord. Also called the Slime Pits, Shedaklah is a duo-layer: its surface is overrun by fungi and plant creatures while its underground corollary is infested with oozes and slimes. Zuggtmoy claims the surface realm whereas Juiblex is confined to below ground. As a result of her setbacks in the "T" modules, Juiblex has managed to lay claim to parts of the surface realm. It was with the efforts of Zuggtmoy's lieutenant, Yibiyru, the Rancid Lady of Bitter Bile, that Juiblex didn't conquer all of Shedaklah.

Zuggtmoy rules from the center of the layer in a palace that consists of two dozen or so gigantic mushrooms, each connected to the others by shelf-fungi, and each four miles tall. Numerous chambers and corridors have been carved within the mushrooms; it is said not even Zuggtmoy herself knows the full extent of the palace.


In the T modules, Zuggtmoy is revealed to be a competitor and enemy of Lolth. She built the Temple of Elemental Evil with Iuz. The forces of good launched a campaign against her, trapping her within the temple's confines. In the current World of Greyhawk Timeline, Zuggtmoy is presumed released from the Temple by Robilar.

In other media[edit]

In Gary Gygax's Gord the Rogue novels, Zuggtmoy is one of the so-called "Monarchs of Demonium". She also has a vile artifact called the Cauldron of Corruption, a small kettle-like object covered with bumps, knobs and other weird protrusions. Upon command, it can grow into a huge cauldron and shoots out jets and sprays of flesh-eating and poisonous slimes and spores.

In the 2003 The Temple of Elemental Evil video game, Zuggtmoy was given a more fearsome appearance: a blue-skinned demonic female form with long sharp claws whose lower body consists of strands of fungoid matter.


  1. Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  2. Gygax, Gary, and Frank Mentzer. The Temple of Elemental Evil (TSR, 1985)
  3. Jacobs, James. "The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Zuggtmoy." Dragon #337 (Paizo Publishing, 2005)
  4. Jacobs, James, Erik Mona, and Ed Stark. Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)
  5. Mearls, Mike, Brian R. James, and Steve Townshend. Demonomicon. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2010
  6. Slaviscek, Bill; Perkins, Christopher (2015). Out of the Abyss. Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 978-0786965816. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

Further reading[edit]

  • Gygax, Gary. Artifact of Evil. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1986.
  • Jacobs, James. "Dragon's Bestiary: Minions of Iuz." Dragon #270. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2000.
  • Jacobs, James. "Lord of the Scarlet Tide." Dungeon #85. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2001.
  • Jacobs, James. "Spawn of Elemental Evil." Dragon #285 (Paizo Publishing, 2001).

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