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House Hunter Mimic as depicted in the Monstrous Compendium Annual One (1994)

House Hunters are a fictional creature in the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons. House hunters are described in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition’s Monstrous Compendium Annual One (1994), as large relatives of mimics. This variant of the mimic first appeared in Dungeon magazine No. 19 (October 1989) in the adventure scenario "The Vanishing Village", by Marcus Rowland, and became a core useable enemy in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition in the Monstrous Compendium Annual One (1994). Bearing similar traits to their parent creature, this monster can transform its shape into perfect replicas or objects and uses deceitful tactics to capture its prey.

Publication History[edit]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition[edit]

The House Hunter made its appearance later in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition in Dungeon magazine No. 19’s adventure scenario, "The Vanishing Village". This new variant of the mimic was more powerful in both its shapeshifting and damage capabilities than a normal mimic. These new mimics could transform into much larger and more complex shapes such as houses, huts, and large interior piece such as staircases or castle gates.

House Hunters were not used frequently as their power and interest would diminish if used too often against players, instead they were seen as a strong monster that the players should be worried about facing, rather than heading head first into battle against. This was emphasised by their size and camouflage capabilities that keeps the players on edge and cautious.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition[edit]

House Hunter appeared in the Monstrous Compendium Annual One (1994). Described as large relatives of mimics that have lost some of the latter’s camouflage versatility, in exchange for the ability to live above ground. House hunters form hard shells that look like stone, wood, or thatch, lending the appearance of a building.

The Monstrous Compendium Annual One (1994) tells us that there are three types of house hunters that can be encountered. These different versions are based on the age of the House Hunter, ranging from young House hunters (aged less than 10), Adult (aged more than 10 but less than 60), and ancient (aged 60+). All these different versions change the statistics of the monster, such as it’s damage capabilities, hit dice, and health. Unlike their parent monster, only Adult and ancient house hunters can talk, but can only speak a crude form of Common rather than multiple languages. Sages speculate that they communicate telepathically within a 10-mile range.

House Hunters have an extremely large size once they begin to age. each House Hunter has a tongue that is 2 feet long per Hit Die, two eyestalks that are 6 inches long per Hit Die, and two tentacles that are 1 foot long per Hit Die. This means that Ancient House Hunters have a tongue that is 40 feet long , two eyestalks that are 120 inches long, and two tentacles that are 20 feet long.

These mimc maintain some of the aspects as seen in Dungeon magazine No. 19’s adventure scenario "The Vanishing Village". They are still considered to be mimics but in a much larger and more powerful form. These variants are able to transform into larger objects that a normal mimics cannot, such as a house, hut, or staircase.

Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition and beyond[edit]

The house hunter has not made an official appearance in 3rd edition or anything after it, though homebrew and manually adapted versions exist on the internet that players can use in their games it they wish.


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  1. ^ "Mimic, House Hunter (Monstrous Manual)". www.mojobob.com.
  2. ^ David, Wise; Jeff, Easley; Jim, Holloway (December 1, 1989). Monstrous Compendium Annual, Volume 1 (Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, 2nd Edition). TSR.
  3. ^ "D&D Alumni - A Look Back at Mimics".
  4. ^ "House Hunter Mimic, Adult".
  5. ^ "House Hunter - Monster of the Week - Dungeons & Dragons [D&D]".
  6. ^ "House Hunter for D&D 5e".
  7. ^ "Deep Dive - The Mimic".

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