Babaus (pronounced: /bɑːˈbzba-BOWZ[3]) usually serve as a spy or assassin to more powerful demons of the Abyss or sometimes to spellcasters on the material plane. Babaus strike with sudden ferocity after forming careful, devious plans. Most demon lords have at least several babaus as minions. Babaus usually try to summon another Babau before battle so they can both lay plans together using their telepathy and strike from either side of the opponent to get a flanking bonus.


Babaus stand about 6 feet tall and resemble a gaunt humanoid covered in black leathery skin with pointed ears and a long curved horn jutting out of the back of their heads. They also are covered by a red protective slimy jelly that damages anything it touches like acid.

A babau appears to be a skeletal humanoid beast. Its skin is stretched taut over the demon’s wiry frame. The skull-like head of the babau is distinctively arrayed with a singular curved horn at its back. The body of the demon constantly oozes a caustic blood-like secretion.


Babaus are sneaky and sly. They attack the most powerful foe first, hoping to eliminate the true threats quickly and then toy with the rest. Although they can use their claws in combat, babaus prefer to use weapons, usually those requiring two hands to wield.


The babau are the assassins of the demon ranks. They delight in murder and sadism; their stealth setting them apart from their more overt demon-kin. They take 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.


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



Further readingEdit


  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. 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.