An angel of decay, or rot harbinger, was an undead monstrosity that was the very essence of rot.[2]


Standing 9 feet tall and weighing 500–700 lbs with wings and claws, their putrid bodies constantly decomposed, and pools of filth dribbled around their feet.[2]

History Edit

The angels of decay were created as a mockery of, and possibly from, the legion of true angels sent against the demon lord Orcus at a time when he traveled the layers of the Abyss.[3]


In battle, they were ferocious, using their ogre-like size and strength to pummel opponents who had not already succumbed to their aura of corruption.[2]

When they spoke they did so with a slurred, muddy voice.[4].

Notable Angels of DecayEdit

An angel of decay named Shex was a field commander for an army of undead.[4]


  1. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 4th edition. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Andy Collins, Bruce R. Cordell (October 2004). Libris Mortis: The Book of Undead. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 83–84. ISBN 0-7869-3433-6.
  3. Monster Manual, 4th Edition. pp.223
  4. 4.0 4.1 Richard Lee Byers (April 2007). Unclean. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 82. ISBN 978-0-7869-4258-9.