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In the D&D 4e Monster Manual, there are monster templates such as 'lich' which increase a standard monster to elite or an elite to a solo.

Do monster templates still appear in more recent core D&D material?

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Monster Templates can be found in the DMG, Monster Manuals or Open Grave. These templates are recommened for monster but you can apply them to Player Characters with caution. Also, even intelligent artifacts/items surve as templates. – Caden Raikoujin Iyori Dec 7 '11 at 0:19

Yes, templates are still being published

Page 117 of the Neverwinter Campaign Gudie has a Wererat template.

Interestingly, unlike the templates in the original core products, it does not make the monster an elite.

Futhermore, this Book of Vile Darkness preview article presents a Moilian Dead monster theme, which has a lot in common with monster templates (the key difference being DM choice in picking theme powers from a menu).

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