Hold monster was an enchantment spell that held a targeted creature helpless.[2]


This spell functioned in the same manner as hold person, except that it colud be used against any creature who failed to resist to its effect.[2]

For as long as the caster concentrated, up to one minute, the spell caused one or more creatures to be paralyzed. While under its effect, a paralyzed creature could repeatedly try to break free from the spell. Undead creatures were immune to this spell.[1]


The spell required verbal, somatic and material components. The material required was one hard metal bar or rod, which could be as small as a three-penny nail,[2] or a small straight piece of iron.[1] It could be replaced by a spellcasting focus.[6]


The spell was attributed to the Netherese arcanist Prug in -1864 DR and was originally called Prug's hold being.[7]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 63,207–211, 251. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (August 2000). Player's Handbook 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. ?. ISBN 0-7869-1551-4.
  3. David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 169. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  4. Richard Baker (1996). Player's Option: Spells & Magic. (TSR, Inc), p. 185. ISBN 0-7869-0394-5.
  5. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 153. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  6. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 203. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  7. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), pp. 24,27. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.

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