A manticore being hunted.

A manticore was a large, magical beast with the body of a lion, dragon-like wings, and a somewhat humanoid head. Its long tail had a cluster of deadly spikes, which the creature could launch at its foes as weapons. It had incredibly tough claws and fangs.[2]


Manticores were known to be savage man-eaters and allies of evil creatures. Manticores were intelligent creatures and often worked beside other evil beings to bring strife and suffering to the world.[2]


Manticores were true monsters. They were giant beasts with the bodies of lions, the wings of a dragon, the head of a man, and a tail that ended in a mass of deadly spikes. The mouth of a manticore was full of rows and rows of razor-sharp teeth, similar to a great white shark. It used these teeth to feed upon any creature the manticore could catch, be it animal or human.[2]


Some manticores had tail spikes that carried lethal or paralytic venom. Often, these manticores would have tails that were similar in appearance to that of a scorpion's stinger.[2]


Manticores were carnivorous, preferring to eat human flesh, but they could happily settle for the flesh of other creatures as well.[6]


Manticore hide was used for furniture such as chairs.[7]


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  1. The 2nd edition Monstrous Manual states that manticores occur in any climate or terrain.



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