a picture of every creature in the Monster Manual 1, where they live, and their level range

June 6th, 2011 by paul

Every creature in the Monster Manual

(Click for unreasonably large size)

I crammed pretty much every MM1 creature on one image.

Every monster has a level band, showing the level range between the highest and lowest version of the monster. Monsters are divided up according to their most common location: the planes, the wilderness, civilization, the sea, exotic lands, and the dungeon.

Although it's not necessarily the best way to make encounters, you could cross-index the level and location of your party and see at a glance all the monsters they're likely to encounter.

Assumptions:

  • For level band purposes, I'm ignoring minions, which I believe are game constructs for representing monsters of significantly lower level.
  • I've made a lot of judgment calls. Some creatures with planar origins are common in the natural world, but I only drew them once. I tried to rely on flavor text. A lot of undead can be found anywhere; I've somewhat arbitrarily split them between the wilderness and dungeon, depending on whether I associate them with crypts.
  • I didn't plot monsters constructed by wizards, such as battlebriar, boneclaw, colossus, eidolon, flameskull, golem, guardian, helmed horror, homunculus, and zombie. I did include skeletons, which tend to outlast their creators.
  • I've also identified some monsters as "exotic": creatures likely to be found on lost continents, distant deserts, and frozen wastes, not the magical Europe that most D&D campaigns start in. Culturally imperialist distinction? Perhaps.
  • I've generally anchored monster names at the bottom of the level bands because I think that the low-level versions usually represent the bulk of the species, and the high-level versions are usually leaders or champions.
  • 19 Responses to “a picture of every creature in the Monster Manual 1, where they live, and their level range”

    1. greywulf says:

      The is quite amazing. Brilliantly done!

    2. greywulf says:

      That is quite amazing, even. Sheesh.

    3. Nicely done. Totally retweeting this.

    4. [...] went through the Monster Manual 1 and crammed a picture of every monster into one illustration. Full-size version at blogofholding.com It could theoretically be used to create on-the-fly encounters (cross-index the character level [...]

    5. Adrian says:

      That is outstandingly awesome!

    6. Dyson Logos says:

      Sir, you are INSANE.

    7. trey says:

      Whoa. That’s impressive.

    8. Nunya says:

      Let me fix that for you Adrian:

      Sir, you are INSANE. I applaud you.

      :P
      -Nunya

    9. Worthstream says:

      oh my god! This is wonderful! How long did it take? any chance you’ll be doing a version with wizard constructed monsters ? Those are pretty common encounters, at least the zombie and golems…

    10. paul says:

      Thanks guys!

      I was thinking that maybe I should add the handful of constructed monsters, maybe in a secret wizard lair in the dungeon, and look into making it available on a print on demand poster or something.

      Other editions/books are possible. It’s pretty fun to doodle monsters while watching TV.

    11. cwhite says:

      I’m stunned. Well done. You make me want to be a better nerd.

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    13. Wow!
      People might call you crazy for doing this, but like any quixotic undertaking it is totally worth it!
      I salute you.

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    16. Nate says:

      This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen. Bravo.

    17. [...] I drew a poster on which I illustrated the wandering monster tables from D&D (not unlike my picture of all the 4e monsters, but larger and more elaborate). It sold out, and Bruce Cordell bought the last [...]

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