Exclusive: Here's a look at D&D 5e's Manticore

Exclusive: Here's a look at D&D 5e's Manticore

Well, I guess I won't be sleeping tonight.

The early release of the new Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual is but a week away in select stores, with general availability close on its heels on September 30th. During Gen Con, we had a spoiler of the entire table to contents, with Wizards of the Coast revealing a steady trickle of monster spoilers ever since. Without further ado, check out the new edition's hideous Manticore:

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Hm.

*Contemplate Contemplate*

Too much man, not enough ticore. That is my feeling on this image. Back to giving out about the CRB's art for halflings being horrifying and bad for me!

That is straight up nightmare fuel.

That face will haunt me.

This is excellent, that's what a Manticore SHOULD look like. Human-like face, rows of teeth, etc.

It's like they took the classic D&D and mythological Manticore and inexplicably mixed it up with MtG's Masticore. That mouth looks unusual.

I thought manticores only had spikes on their tails.

You know, I really hope WotC does online support well this edition. I'd get a subscription if they provided a beefy Monster Manual reference guide that had more than a couple paragraphs of reference. The Manticore's fluff is better than 5e Umber Hulk in defining it's place in the world, but even pulling the old fluff from previous editions and posting it would be wonderful, and there are so many parts of the lives of these monsters that aren't covered.

JonB:
Well, I guess I won't be sleeping tonight.

I don't see why. It seems rather friendly. All smiles, like its happy to see you.

Its eyes remind me of Sheogorath for some reason.

His face kind of reminds me of Gannondorf, or maybe Vigo from Ghostbusters.

Thunderous Cacophony:
You know, I really hope WotC does online support well this edition. I'd get a subscription if they provided a beefy Monster Manual reference guide that had more than a couple paragraphs of reference. The Manticore's fluff is better than 5e Umber Hulk in defining it's place in the world, but even pulling the old fluff from previous editions and posting it would be wonderful, and there are so many parts of the lives of these monsters that aren't covered.

Yeah...OTOH, isn't even this a big improvement over previous eds that had even less?

Absolutionis:
It's like they took the classic D&D and mythological Manticore and inexplicably mixed it up with MtG's Masticore. That mouth looks unusual.

The manticore (Early Middle Persian Martyaxwar) is a Persian legendary creature similar to the Egyptian sphinx. It has the body of a red lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth (like a shark), sometimes bat wings, and a trumpet-like voice. Other aspects of the creature vary from story to story. It may be horned, winged, or both. The tail is that of either a dragon or a scorpion, and it may shoot poisonous spines to either paralyze or kill its victims. It devours its prey whole and leaves no clothes, bones, or possessions of the prey behind.

The manticore can do 3 attacks, "One with the its bite, two with its claws and three with its tail". Is that correct English? The text makes it sound like it has 6 attacks in total. (I'm not a native English speaker)

JLF:
The manticore can do 3 attacks, "One with the its bite, two with its claws and three with its tail". Is that correct English? The text makes it sound like it has 6 attacks in total. (I'm not a native English speaker)

If I am reading it correctly, it only makes three attacks, but it is either a bite and two claw attacks, or three attacks using only the tail.

OT: Dragons still awesome, manticores have scary teeth and Intellect Devourers are ridiculous. I am okay with this.

It is like a cute little kitty. Just seeking pettings, Joe the barbarian you try to pet it :)

*Based upon that the barbarian player choose to be dumb as a rock just to max is strength*

Laser Priest:

JLF:
The manticore can do 3 attacks, "One with the its bite, two with its claws and three with its tail". Is that correct English? The text makes it sound like it has 6 attacks in total. (I'm not a native English speaker)

If I am reading it correctly, it only makes three attacks, but it is either a bite and two claw attacks, or three attacks using only the tail.

OT: Dragons still awesome, manticores have scary teeth and Intellect Devourers are ridiculous. I am okay with this.

Thanks! That makes much more sense.

I'm really impressed by the art in the 5e materials so far. That thing looks vicious!

A big improvement to its 4e cousin.

JLF:
The manticore can do 3 attacks, "One with the its bite, two with its claws and three with its tail".

That's an "or" not an "and" in the middle. It makes more sense if you don't misquote it.

Just to clarify on the attacks: what this means is that it gets three attacks on you whether it is attacking in melee (1 bite, 2 claws) or from range (3 tail). Its proximity to you will usually determine which set of three attacks it will do.

That is alot of spike and also the face (mainly the jaw) remind me of the titans from Attack on Titans.

 

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