Babaus (pronounced: /bɑːˈbzba-BOWZ[3]) were a type of tanar'ri demon.[2]


A babau stood about 6 feet tall and resembled a gaunt humanoid covered in black leathery skin with pointed ears and a long curved horn jutting out of the back of its head. It was covered by a red protective slimy jelly that damaged anything it touched like acid.[2]


Although they could use their claws in combat, babaus preferred to use weapons, usually those requiring two hands to wield.[citation needed]


The babaus are the assassins of the demon ranks. They delighted in murder and sadism; their stealth set them apart from their more overt demon-kin. They took pride in devising means of slowly killing their targets, inflicting the greatest amount of pain while staving off death—and thus the end of the suffering—of their victims.[citation needed]


They usually served as spies or assassins to more powerful demons of the Abyss or sometimes to spellcasters on the material plane. Babaus struck with sudden ferocity after forming careful, devious plans. Most demon lords had at least several babaus as minions.[2]

Babaus usually tried to summon another babau before battle so they could both lay plans together using their telepathy and strike from either side of the opponent to flank them.[citation needed]


Babaus were involved in the Battle of Daelyth's Dagger in 1374 DR in the Lost Peaks.[4]





  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wizards RPG Team (2016). Volo's Guide to Monsters. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 136. ISBN 978-0786966011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 40. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  3. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 25.
  4. Richard Baker (August 2004). Forsaken House. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 295. ISBN 0-7869-3260-0.

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