I need to pull together a list of dinosaur equivalents for D&D by name, what dinosaur they are equivalent to, and ideally book.

I know the various monster manuals and other books have a bunch of dinosaur equivalents. I don't have all the books but I do have D&D insider which has a major weakness of no pictures. I have this big need for a plateau filled with dinosaurs (my daughter has been making tokens with dinosaurs stamped on them).

  • \$\begingroup\$ Nota bene, in case anyone doesn't realize: the various drakes are generally dinosaur cognates. \$\endgroup\$
    – Bryant
    Commented Sep 3, 2010 at 15:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ Huh. That'll make things easier. I was looking for the various creatures from Eberron, like the fastieth. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jadasc
    Commented Sep 3, 2010 at 15:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't know about 4e ... but I could have sworn that 3e and before had actual dinosaurs in one of the monster manuals. Makes me wish I wouldn't have sold all my 3e and before stuff. \$\endgroup\$
    – user5
    Commented Sep 3, 2010 at 16:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Scott -- yep! See also d20srd.org/srd/monsters/dinosaur.htm. \$\endgroup\$
    – Bryant
    Commented Sep 3, 2010 at 19:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Bryan -- Excellent !!! glad my memory isn't failing me yet ! \$\endgroup\$
    – user5
    Commented Sep 3, 2010 at 20:57

3 Answers 3


Behemoths are the D&D4 dinosauroids. I'm not sure they have obvious equivalents in all cases.

  • Bone-Crown - Pachycephalosaurus? - mm3
  • Skinwing - One of the pteradactyl types - mm3
  • Bloodspike - Stegosaurus? -mm1
  • Macetail - Anklosaurus! -mm1
  • Tri-Horn - Triceratops -Adventurer's Vault
  • Spirehorn - Like a.. really big Triceratops? -mm3

I'd also add in Fastieth (it's an Ebberon monster, but it's a nice little velociraptor guy)

Other ideas include a reskinned Destrachan, certain drakes, and maybe even reskin stirge's as pleistocene mosquitos. ;)

Also see this thread. The Fang Titan Drake (mm2) is highly recommended as a stand-in for a T-Rex.


The older editions (AD&D 2, D&D Cyclopedia) have explicit Dinosaur Entries. D&D Cyclopedia

  • Dinosaur, Aquatic, Small
  • Dinosaur, Aquatic, Large
  • Dinosaur, Aquatic, Armored
  • Dinosaur, Land Carnivore, Small (raptors)
  • Dinosaur, Land Carnivore, Large (tyranosaurs)
  • Dinosaur, Land Carnivore, Flying (Pterodactyls)
  • Dinosaur, Land Herbivore, Small
  • Dinosaur, Land Herbivore, Medium
  • Dinosaur, Land Herbivore, Armored (Stegosaurs)
  • Dinosaur, Land Herbivore, Large (Sauropods)

None of them are explicit links in Cyclopedia, but the parenthesis are my guess based upon description matches.


D&D 3.5e Monster Manual has a whole section on dinosaurs.

The section contains:

  • Deinonychus
  • Elasmosaurus
  • Megaraptor
  • Triceratops
  • Tyrannosaurus

I don't know if there are any others in there that are closely based on but not quite dinosaurs.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Just noticed this is the same list that is covered in the link in the comments. Hope it's still useful as an answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – Heather
    Commented Sep 3, 2010 at 22:15

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