I'm running a campaign where the players have found themselves in the Shadowfell. I have no idea what sorts of monsters or people would be iconic for this realm. Is there a comprehensive list somewhere? We happen to be playing 5e, but I can make use of information from any edition.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the tour and the help center; they're a useful introduction to the site. I've removed the generic D&D tag in favour of the specific edition you're using: the [dungeons-and-dragons] tag is specifically for questions which tie together multiple editions. \$\endgroup\$ – BESW Sep 11 '14 at 7:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ @BESW Didn't the Shadowfell exist in 4e as well? \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Sep 11 '14 at 9:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ "iconic" != "exclusive" \$\endgroup\$ – o0'. Sep 11 '14 at 9:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Miniman Sure, but the 4e setting is notably different from the 5e setting (and the Shadowfell didn't exist in 3.5 et al), so a setting/edition-generic answer is impossible. \$\endgroup\$ – BESW Sep 11 '14 at 9:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's worth mentioning that there's only barely a mention of the Shadowfell at this point in published materials for 5e. And none of those are in the currently published monster book. There will likely be something in the MM, but it's not out for another 3 weeks. \$\endgroup\$ – wax eagle Sep 11 '14 at 12:20

Detailed information on the 5e version of the Shadowfell is still pending (hopefully in the Dungeon Master's Guide!) but here are some typical inhabitants from 4e:

  • Shadar-Kai, near-humans with tattoos and scars that rejoice in battle and have shadowy abilities.
  • Shadow creatures (none are in the Basic Rules bestiary, and the type may not exist at all in 5e).
  • Ghosts of the dead on their way to their final destination.
  • Corporeal undead, typically the result of ghosts who refused to pass on.
  • Any horror-themed creature, as the Shadowfell is basically Spooky Halloween World.

Given the limited creatures available in the Basic Rules, I'd provide a lot of undead and reskin some other creatures: turn wolves into "balehounds" and ogres into "flesh terrors" and so on.

You can generally assume that each normal race has a Shadowfell subrace or equivalent with gray skin, shadow-themed abilities, and more piercings.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks! I'd forgotten about the 4e "shadow" type and Shadar Kai. I'll look back on those books! \$\endgroup\$ – Key Tenavast Sep 11 '14 at 14:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ "…and more piercings": O dungeonpunk, never change. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Sep 11 '14 at 16:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ There is a leak/preview of a 'shadow' monster in the monster manual. \$\endgroup\$ – GMNoob Sep 12 '14 at 4:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ "Shadar-Kai, near-humans ..." - I thought Shadar-kai were elves? They are in 5e, at the very least... \$\endgroup\$ – NathanS Sep 11 at 7:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ In 4e, which is the perspective of their inclusion in this answer, they were once humans. MToF does reimagine them for 5e as ex-elves. I may get around to updating this answer, but it's very old. A new answer might be better. \$\endgroup\$ – Gregory Avery-Weir Sep 12 at 5:01

There is now more information in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. There is a whole section about the Shadar Kai, and then the Sorrowsworn

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to rpg.se! Take the tour and visit the help center when you get a chance. It's a good place to learn how this site works. You have the start of a good answer, if you can support your answer with quotes and references to the book it will be more useful. Specifically what is the new information in MToF? Include some examples in your answer and it will be excellent. Thanks for participating and happy gaming! \$\endgroup\$ – linksassin Jan 22 at 0:17

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