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Balors (BAY-lorz[5]), also known as type VI demons,[4] were one of the most powerful types of tanar'ri. They were found serving as generals under demon lords or even as minor princelings.[3][2]


A dark aura of power surrounds this towering humanoid with huge bat wings. Lurid flames dance over its skin. In one of its massive clawed hands, this creature bears a sword that looks sharp enough to cut even to the soul. In its other hand, it bears a whip licked by tongues of fire.
  — [6]

Balors were about 12 feet tall and weighed 4,500 pounds. Their skin was usually dark red and wrapped in flame.[3]


Balors were one of the most terrible creatures of the Abyss. They constantly strove for more power for themselves and chaos, terror, and misery for others.[3]


Balors preferred to battle from afar, using spells and abilities and ranged weapons. They usually carried a fiery whip and a vorpal (or lightning[2]) sword. Balors were able to summon hordes of dretches or a single more powerful tanar'ri.[3]

When a balor was killed, it exploded, severely harming anyone close to it and destroying any weapons the balor was holding.[3][2]

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Further readingEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 155. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 52–53. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 40–42. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gary Gygax (1977). Monster Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 19. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  5. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 25.
  6. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  7. R.A. Salvatore (September 2015). Archmage. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 1. ISBN 0-7869-6575-4.
  8. R.A. Salvatore (March 2005). The Crystal Shard. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1606-0.
  9. Monte Cook (April 1999). The Glass Prison. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0786913435.
  10. Lisa Smedman (January 2007). Sacrifice of the Widow. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-4250-9.
  11. Lisa Smedman (June 2008). Ascendancy of the Last. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0-7869-4864-2.
  12. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 23, 108. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  13. Ed Greenwood (June 7, 2016). Death Masks. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-6593-2
  14. Ed Greenwood/The Hooded One (2015-04-17). Questions for Ed Greenwood (2015). Candlekeep Forum.
  15. Obsidian Entertainment (2006). Chris AvelloneFerret Baudoin, J.E. Sawyer. Neverwinter Nights 2Atari.
  16. Thomas M. Reid (March 2011). The Empyrean Odyssey. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 665,668. ISBN 0-7869-5768-9.
  17. James Wyatt (September 2002). City of the Spider Queen. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 68. ISBN 0-7869-1212-X.
  18. Philip Athans (2008). A Reader's Guide to R. A. Salvatore's the Legend of Drizzt. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 115. ISBN 0-7869-4915-5.

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