On Collective Nouns for Fantasy Dungeons & Dragons Monsters & Creatures

My friend over at Gamemaster: A day in the life is writing series on the battle tactics of monsters which I'm finding pretty interesting.

During the discussion of Ankheg battle tactics, the question of a collective noun for them came up, and hence, the idea for this post.

Ankheg - An army of ankheg
Animated Objects - A clutter of animated objects
Azer - A cinder of azer
Aboleth - A horror of aboleth
Angel - A grace of angels

Bugbear - A filth of bugbears
Beholder - A gaze of beholders
Barghest - A nightmare of barghest
Basilisk - A statuary of basalisks
Bulette - A shudder of bulette

Carrion Crawler - an army of carrion crawlers (or infestation)
Centaur - a herd of centaur
Chimera - a nest of chimera
Cockatrice - a flock of cockatrice

Devil - A sin of devils
Dragon - A weyr of dragon (or generation, wing, or flight)

Elemental - A core of elementals

Gargoyle - A gallery of gargoyles
Ghoul - A rot of ghouls
Gnoll - A clann of gnolls
Goblin - A chaos of goblins (or mob, or horde)
Griffon - A pride of griffons (or convocation)

Harpy - An aerie of harpies, (or a colony, or wake of harpies)
Hippogriff - A herd of hippogriff (or a cast)
Hobgoblin - A troop of hobgoblin

Kobold - A warren of kobolds (or pack, or nuisance)
Kuo-toa - A tide of kuo-toa

Lizardfolk - A tribe of lizardfolk
Lycanthrope - A curse of lycanthropes

Manticore - A destruction of manticores
Mind Flayer - A ponderance of mind flayers
Minotaur - A maze of minotaurs
Mummies - A wrap of mummies
Nightmares - A terror of nightmares

Ogre - A club of ogres
Ooze - A slime of oozes
Orc - A horde of orcs
Owlbear - A congress of owlbears
Otyugh - A filth of otyugh

Sahuagin - A catastrophe of sahuagin
Salamander - A heat of salamanders
Skeleton - A horde of skeletons
Shadow - A darkness of shadows
Sladd - A bane of sladd
Spectre - A sneak of spectres, (alternately, a vision)
Sphinx - A riddle of sphinx
Stirge - A swarm of stirge, A blood of stirge
Sprite - A mischief of sprites

Tarrasque (!) - An armageddon of tarrasque
Troglodyte - A slope of trogs
Troll - A growth of trolls, (or a soak of trolls)

Umberhulk - A siege of umberhulks, (or a confusion)
Unicorn - A purity of unicorns (or grace)

Vampires - A coterie of vampires (alternately a lick, or a den or coven)

Worg - A route of worg (or pack)
Wraith - A shade of wraiths
Wyvern - A quiver of wyvern (or nest)

Zombie - A horde of zombies (or invasion)

If during your augury of far realms you come across any other terms used in the common parlance, please leave them in the comments below, and I will note the phrase, and if given, the realm of origin.


  1. This is the most awesome post of the day! Thank you very much. :)

  2. This chart is another excellent take on the subject.

  3. There is also a cute children's book, "A dignity of dragons" (ISBN: 9780618862542) that includes a "vengeance of harpies", a "chord of sirens", a "flurry of yeti", a "cleverness of were-foxes", a "splash of mermaids", a "dazzle of [coatls]", a "bolt of hiipgriffs", and others I forget.

  4. Messrs. Whibley and Stoakes have done great work in this field as well:


  5. Additions and Suggestions:

    Carrion Crawlers - a squirm of crawlers
    Zombies - a shamble of zombies
    Vampires - a drain of vampires
    Wraiths - a dusk of wraiths
    Sahuagin - a frenzy of sahuagin
    Ogres - a crush of ogres
    Bugbears - a gnash of bugbears
    Umberhulks - a smash of umberhulks

  6. a rattle of skeletons
    A heap of boneyards

  7. A closet of Skeletons
    A cave of goblins
    A bite of Vamps
    A body of nymphs
    A seduction of Succubi
    A dance of Pixies

    if you look up winter wolves, they can talk. did anyone ever picture a wolf sticking out its tongue and going "WAZZUUUUUUP!!!"

  8. "A darkness of shadows," Courtney, I fuckin' love you.


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