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This template is for use in any article about a creature that may be found in the Forgotten Realms, particularly those from the Prime Material Plane. There are subtemplates that are based on the origin (primarily a 4th edition concept, see below) of a creature, namely {{Creature/aberration}}, {{Creature/elemental}}, {{Creature/fey}}, {{Creature/immortal}}, and {{Creature/shadow}}, that call this one with a different color scheme. Note that some parameters are edition-specific (with suffix 1e, 2e, 3e, etc.) and might be different between editions. For the purposes of this template, v.3.5 info should supersede 3rd-edition info and is just called 3e for symmetry. Most of the parameters are left optional and if left undefined they will not appear. You may add wiki links to articles to the relevant topics.

Usage

{{Creature
| image        = 
| caption      = 
| name         = 
| size5e       = 
| type5e       = 
| subtype5e    = 
| alignment5e  = 
| challenge5e  = 
| refs5e       = 
| size4e       = 
| origin4e     = 
| type4e       = 
| subtype4e    = 
| alignment4e  = 
| refs4e       = 
| size3e       = 
| type3e       = 
| subtype3e    = 
| alignment3e  = 
| challenge3e  = 
| refs3e       = 
| size2e       = 
| alignment2e  = 
| refs2e       = 
| size1e       = 
| alignment1e  = 
| refs1e       = 
| patron deity = 
| vision       = 
| activecycle  = 
| diet         = 
| lifespan     = 
| location     = 
| language     = 
| subraces     = 
| climate      = 
| terrain      = 
| genrefs      = 
| height       = 
| length       = 
| wingspan     = 
| weight       = 
| skincolor    = 
| haircolor    = 
| hairstyles   = 
| feathers     = 
| eyecolor     = 
| build        = 
| distinctions = 
| appearrefs   = 
| first        = 
| based        = 
| histrefs     = 
}}

An example is shown to the right:

image  
Optional. An image of the creature. Just put the file name in this field.
For backward compatibility, [[File:]] and [[Image:]] should still work.
A <tabber> is allowed if you want to show different artwork from different editions. Use tab headings "1e", "2e", "3e", etc.
caption  
Optional. A short sentence describing the image, if necessary. It will be italicized automatically.
caption2  
Optional. Not shown above. When an image collection like a tabber or slideshow is placed in the image field, the caption does not render. Use this field to add a caption to an image collection.
name  
Required. The name of the creature.
size5e, size4e, size3e, size2e, size1e 
Optional. The creature's standard size category. Acceptable sizes are:
  • Fine,
  • Diminutive,
  • Tiny,
  • Small,
  • Medium,
  • Large,
  • Huge,
  • Gargantuan, and
  • Colossal.
The creature will automatically be assigned to an appropriate size category unless this is suppressed using nocat. (See below.)
If the creature comes in a range of sizes, use the word "to" to indicate this. For example, "Medium to large" will generated both Category:Medium-sized creatures and Category:Large creatures.
If the creature has multiple forms, subraces, life stages, etc., each with different sizes, use {{Size table}}.
origin4e 
Optional. The planar origin of a creature as specified in 4th edition. Natural creatures usually come from the Prime Material Plane; Elemental creatures come from the Elemental Chaos; Immortal creatures come from the Astral Sea and all its dominions; Shadow creatures come from the Shadowfell; Aberrant creatures come from the Far Realm; and Fey creatures come from the Feywild. These are the only acceptable values for origin4e.
The creature will automatically be assigned to an appropriate origin category unless this is suppressed using nocat. (See below.)
If the creature is unique to 4th edition, or there is no higher edition info, or if you just like the colors, consider using one of the subtemplates listed in the introductory paragraph, but don't be upset if someone updates a creature with a newer edition's info.
type5e, type4e, type3e 
Optional. The general category of the creature. Types were given in 3e, 4e, and 5e.
Fifth edition uses the following types:
This wiki also uses "plant creature" instead of "plant" to avoid confusion with non-sentient vegetation. Additionally, there may be a "tag" or tags in parentheses after the type, such as humanoid (orc), so put those under the subtype field.

The 4e creature types are:
often with one or more added keywords. There are many keywords: angel, demon, devil, dragon, giant, undead, reptile, mount, construct, shapechanger, spider, etc., as well as the elemental types for elemental creatures (air, earth, fire, water). Place these under the subtype field.

Allowed 3e/3.5 types are:
3e's "beast" and "shapechanger" types are not used on this wiki. Instead, "beast" becomes "animal" or "magical beast", and "shapechanger" becomes a subtype. This wiki also uses "plant creature" instead of "plant" to avoid confusion with non-sentient vegetation.
The creature will automatically be assigned to an appropriate type category unless this is suppressed using nocat. (See below.)
subtype5e, subtype4e, subtype3e 
Optional. A more specific creature category.
For 5e, this corresponds to "tag"; for 4e, this corresponds to "keyword".
Please only use tags, keywords, and subtypes found in official sourcebooks!
The creature will automatically be assigned to an appropriate tag category, keyword category, and/or subtype category unless this is suppressed using nocat. (See below.)
alignment5e, alignment4e, alignment3e, alignment2e, alignment1e 
Optional. The alignment(s) of the creature as described by the source. If it is a single alignment, like "Neutral" or "Chaotic evil", then use that. You can also say "Any good", "Any non-chaotic", or "Any" if applicable. You may also use the {{alignment grid}} for all but 4th edition, but only use this if more than one alignment is listed. For creatures that can be player races, please specify this field as a creature and not as a player character. Note that in 4e and 5e, some creatures do not have a concept of good/evil/law/chaos and are "unaligned".
The creature will automatically be assigned to an appropriate alignment category unless this is suppressed using nocat. (See below.) If you have used the {{alignment grid}}, you must add the appropriate categories yourself.
challenge5e, challenge3e 
Optional. If the information comes from a Dungeons & Dragons 3rd, v.3.5, or 5th edition source, include the creature's Challenge Rating. Version 3.5 info should supersede 3e info. If the challenge rating is a fraction, use {{Frac}} to express the value.
If the creature has multiple forms, subraces, life stages, etc., each with different challenge ratings, use {{CR table}}.
The creature will automatically be assigned to an appropriate challenge rating category unless this is suppressed using nocat. (See below.)
refs5e, refs4e, refs3e, refs2e, refs1e 
Optional. These parameters are for putting <ref> tags in the headings of the edition-specific sections so they don't clutter up the infobox or hang off in space below an {{alignment grid}}.
patron deity 
Optional. The standard patron deity for the listed creature type, if applicable.
vision 
Optional. The visual capacities of the creature, usually whether it has normal vision, low-light vision, or darkvision.
activecycle 
Optional. When is the creature primarily active? Acceptable values are:
  • Day,
  • Night,
  • Dawn,
  • Dusk,
  • Twilight,
  • Dawn or Dusk, or
  • Any.
The creature will automatically be assigned to an appropriate activity cycle category unless this is suppressed using nocat. (See below.)
diet 
Optional. A term describing the creature's typical diet. Acceptable values are:
  • Herbivore,
  • Omnivore,
  • Scavenger,
  • and Carnivore.
The creature will automatically be assigned to an appropriate diet category unless this is suppressed using nocat. (See below.)
lifespan 
Optional. The average life expectancy of a typical, healthy member of the creature's species.
location 
Optional. The most common locale of the creature. If possible, use the location listed in one of the Monster Manuals. If it makes sense, this can be used to specify the origin for a non-4th edition creature. Do not use for listing climate and/or terrain. Use the climate and terrain fields described below.
language 
Optional. The language or languages a creature of this race/species is commonly expected to speak—often listed in the Monster Manuals or Player's Handbooks.
subraces 
Optional. Any notable populations of the creature that are significantly distinct physically or culturally from the norm (and would therefore have differing information in the template).
climate 
Optional. The climate in which this creature prefers to dwell or is likely to be found. Accepted values are Any, or one or more of Cold, Temperate, or Warm. If specified, one or more categories will be automatically generated for the page.
terrain 
Optional. The type of terrain in which this creature prefers to dwell, or is likely to be found. Exact values can be found on the Creatures by Climate and Terrain template or you can use Any, Barrens, Cleared Lands, Deserts, Dungeons and Ruins, Forests, Glaciers, Hills, Jungles, Moors, Mountains, or Plains; Lakes, Marshes, Rivers, Swamps, Salt Lakes, Salt Marshes, or Seas and Oceans; Volcanic, Underground, Underdark, Urban Areas, Atmosphere, or Planes of Existence. If you specify more than one terrain type, please separate them with a comma or a <br /> tag. If specified, one or more categories will be automatically generated for the page.
genrefs 
Optional. You may put <ref> tags for this section here so they don't clutter up the data fields.
height 
Optional. How tall is the creature? Measurements are, in keeping with the current standards in official sources, in U.S. customary units (yards, feet, and inches). (You may add metric units in parentheses.)
length 
Optional. How long is the creature? Measurements are, in keeping with the current standards in official sources, in U.S. customary units (yards, feet, and inches). (You may add metric units in parentheses.)
wingspan 
Optional. If the creature has wings, how wide they are outstretched. Measurements are, in keeping with the current standards in official sources, in U.S. customary units (yards, feet, and inches). (You may add metric units in parentheses.)
weight 
Optional. How heavy is the creature? Measurements are, in keeping with the current standards in official sources, in U.S. customary units (pounds, ounces). (You may add metric units in parentheses.)
skincolor 
Optional. The skin color of the creature. Can be as simple as "green" or can be more detailed, noting patterns or other visual distinctions if present.
haircolor 
Optional. The hair color of the creature, with additional information for how it might change over a creature's lifespan or vary within a species.
hairstyles 
Optional. Is this creature typically bald? Do they favor long beards? Do they braid their hair?
feathers  
Optional. Feather color and distinctions, if the creature has feathers.
eyecolor  
Optional. Eye color and distinctions.
build 
Optional. The typical build for this creature. Use such terms as "tall", "stocky", etc.
distinctions 
Optional. Any other notable physical characteristics about the creature that are not otherwise noted in the template.
form1, form2, form3 
Optional. If this creature has multiple forms, you can list them here. If you provide an appearance for each form, this will create a tabbed box under the Appearance subsection so that each form can have its own appearance attributes. If you specify form1, you must also specify appearance1, and so on. Use this to add specific appearance tabs for males and females of the species. Do not use this feature to describe subraces or ethnicities. Subraces should have their own articles with their own {{Creature}} infoboxes. Ethnicities should have their own articles with their own {{Ethnicity}} infoboxes.
appearance1, appearance2, appearance3 
Optional. This is where you provide the appearance of each of the creature's forms (or sexes). Use the {{Appearance}} template, which takes the same appearance parameters above. If you specify appearance1, then you must specify the corresponding form1, and so on.
| form1        = 
| appearance1  = {{Appearance|height=|length=|wingspan=|weight=|skincolor=|haircolor=|hairstyles=|feathers=|eyecolor=|build=|distinctions=}}
| form2        = 
| appearance2  = {{Appearance|height=|length=|wingspan=|weight=|skincolor=|haircolor=|hairstyles=|feathers=|eyecolor=|build=|distinctions=}}
| form3        = 
| appearance3  = {{Appearance|height=|length=|wingspan=|weight=|skincolor=|haircolor=|hairstyles=|feathers=|eyecolor=|build=|distinctions=}}
appearrefs 
Optional. You may put <ref> tags for this section here so they don't clutter up the data fields.
first 
Optional. Name of any official Forgotten Realms material in which the creature first appeared (e.g. name of a novel or a sourcebook).
based 
Optional. What the creature is derived from or based on: a mythological or folkloric creature (e.g., a creature from Greek mythology) or a creature from another fiction setting (e.g., H. P. Lovecraft). We suggest linking to the appropriate Wikipedia article.
histrefs
Optional. You may put <ref> tags for this section here so they don't clutter up the data fields.
variant 
Optional. Not shown above. This parameter is set by the subtemplates to choose a different color theme for the infobox. Allowable values are "aberration", "elemental", "fey", "immortal", and "shadow".
nocat 
Optional. Not shown above. Setting this to true will suppress the automatic generation of categories. Primarily used on documentation pages like this one.

Standardized Sections

These are the typical section headers for an article about a creature, as discussed in this forum thread. You can easily cut and paste it from here and delete the ones you don't use:

==Description==
==Personality (use for a sentient being)==
==Behavior (use for creatures with animal intelligence)==
==Combat==
==Society (use for sentients)==
==Ecology (use for animals)==
==History==
==Notable <plural creature name> (list, if more than one)==
==Appendix==
===See Also===
===Notes===
{{Notes}}
===Appearances===
===Gallery===
===External Links===
===References===
{{Refs}}

References

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