I've been told the beholder monster first appeared in Greyhawk (1975), but what was the first appearance of Xanathar in particular? Title and year would be nice.


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The first appearance of Xanathar is in the first edition supplement Waterdeep and the North. A copy of which, that actually belongs to a friend, is somewhere in my garage.

For a bottle of single malt scotch (which I’m happy to share), I’ll tell you what adventuring in the Forgotten Realms was like back then.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Arguably their first appearance is on Waterdeep and the North - they appear to be the centrepiece of the cover art! \$\endgroup\$
    – Carcer
    Commented Feb 11 at 10:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ Would you accept Belgian beer instead of scotch? \$\endgroup\$
    – JFL
    Commented Feb 12 at 15:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you are ever in my neck of the woods, I have an Auchentoshan 21 year old I'd be happy to share for your war stories. My memories only go back to AD&D in the mid 90s. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 12 at 18:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ Wikipedia has the cover of FR1, Waterdeep and the North with Xanathar and it's associates. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 13 at 20:40

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