In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the crypt thing is a type of undead creature.

Crypt thing
Alignment Neutral
Type Undead
Publication history
Source books Fiend Folio
First appearance 1981


A crypt thing is depicted as being an undead skeleton that wears brown robes, found within its private lairs. When attacked a crypt thing will attempt to teleport its attacker to a random location.

Publication historyEdit

The crypt thing has appeared in the following publications:

  • It first appeared in the first edition Fiend Folio (1981).[1]
  • The second edition for the Greyhawk setting in the Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Appendix (1990).[2]
  • Reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[3]
  • The third edition in Living Greyhawk Journal #5 (March 2002).
  • The third edition Fiend Folio (2003).[4]
  • The Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer Games.[5]


  1. Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  2. Breault, Mike, ed, et al. Greyhawk Monstrous Compendium Appendix (TSR, 1990)
  3. Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  4. Cagle, Eric, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matt Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt. Fiend Folio (Wizards of the Coast, 2003)
  5. Green, Scott; Peterson, Clark (2002). Tome of Horrors. Necromancer Games. pp. 50-51. ISBN 1-58846-112-2.