Creatures are divided into one of the following types. A creature generally only has one Type but may have more than one “subtype” (“subtype grafts”_
- Magical Beasts
- Monstrous Humanoids
Aberrations have a bizarre anatomy, strange abilities, an alien mindset, or any combination of the three.
Animals are a living, nonhuman, generally “natural” creature, usually a vertebrate with no magical abilities and no innate capacity for language or culture.
A construct is an animated object or artificially created creature, like a golem or robot.
Dragons are reptile-like creatures, usually winged, with magical or unusual abilities.
Fey are fairy-like creatures with supernatural abilities and connections to nature. Fey are usually human-shaped.
Humanoids usually have two arms, two legs, and one head, or a human-like torso, arms, and a head. humanoids have few or no supernatural or extraordinary abilities, but most can speak and usually have well-developed societies. They are usually Small or Medium (with the exception of giants). Every humanoid creature also has a specific subtype to match its race, such as human, dark folk, or goblinoid.
Magical beasts are similar to animals but can have Intelligence scores higher than 2 (in which case the creature knows at least one language, but can’t necessarily speak). Magical Beasts usually have supernatural or extraordinary abilities, but are sometimes merely bizarre in appearance or habits.
Monstrous humanoids are similar to humanoids, but with monstrous or animalistic features. They often have magical abilities as well.
Oozes are amorphous or mutable creatures, usually mindless.
Outsiders are at least partially composed of the essence (but not necessarily the material) of some plane other than the Material Plane. Some creatures start out as some other type and become outsiders when they attain a higher (or lower) state of spiritual existence.
Plant creatures are (generally) vegetable creatures. Note that regular plants, such as one finds growing in gardens and fields, lack Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores; even though plants are alive, they are objects, not creatures.
Undead are once-living creatures animated by spiritual or supernatural forces.
This type includes insects, arachnids, other arthropods, worms, and similar invertebrates.