Balors (pronounced: /ˈblɔːrzBAY-lorz[5] or: /ˈbɑːlɔːrzBAL-orz[6]), 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]


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 (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (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. J. Paul LaFountain (1991). Monstrous Compendium: Outer Planes Appendix. In Timothy B. Brown ed. (TSR, Inc.), p. 5. ISBN 1-56076-055-9.
  7. R.A. Salvatore (September 2015). Archmage (Hardcover). (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. Obsidian Entertainment (2006). Chris AvelloneFerret Baudoin, J.E. Sawyer. Neverwinter Nights 2Atari.
  13. Thomas M. Reid (March 2011). The Empyrean Odyssey. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 665,668. ISBN 0-7869-5768-9.
  14. James Wyatt (September 2002). City of the Spider Queen. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 68. ISBN 0-7869-1212-X.