D&D Monsters by CR

Are you a Dungeon Master looking for a list of the most challenging creatures in Dungeons and Dragons (D&D)? Look no further than the list of D&D monsters by Challenge Rating (CR). A creature’s CR indicates its power level and serves as a good guide for selecting monsters to challenge your players. The list starts with CR 0 monsters, which are the weakest and most appropriate for beginning adventurers. As CR increases, the monsters become more powerful and more difficult to defeat. More experienced players may be able to take on CR 8, 9, and 10 monsters, while the most powerful and experienced adventurers may be able to tackle CR 11 and 12 monsters. No matter what level you are playing at, this list of D&D monsters by CR makes it easy to find the perfect monster for your game. Here is a list a of D&D monsters from the Monster Manual, sorted by challenge rating (CR) .

CR 0 Monsters

Awakened Shrub
Baboon
Badger
Bat
Cat
Commoner
Crab
Deer
Eagle
Frog
Giant Fire Beetle
Goat
Hawk
Homunculus
Hyena
Jackal
Lemure
Lizard
Octopus
Owl
Quipper
Rat
Raven
Scorpion
Sea Horse
Shrieker
Spider
Vulture
Weasel

CR .125 Monsters

Bandit
Blood Hawk
Camel
Cultist
Flying Snake
Giant Crab
Giant Rat
Giant Weasel
Guard
Kobold
Mastiff
Merfolk
Mule
Noble
Poisonous Snake
Pony
Stirge
Tribal Warrior

CR .25 Monsters

Acolyte
Axe Beak
Blink Dog
Boar
Constrictor Snake
Draft Horse
Dretch
Elf, Drow
Elk
Flying Sword
Giant Badger
Giant Bat
Giant Centipede
Giant Frog
Giant Lizard
Giant Owl
Giant Poisonous Snake
Giant Wolf Spider
Goblin
Grimlock
Panther
Pseudodragon
Riding Horse
Skeleton
Sprite
Steam Mephit
Swarm of Bats
Swarm of Rats
Swarm of Ravens
Violet Fungus
Wolf
Zombie

CR .5 Monsters

Ape
Black bear
Cockatrice
Crocodile
Darkmantle
Dust Mephit
Giant Goat
Giant Sea Horse
Giant Wasp
Gnoll
Gnome, Deep (Svirfneblin)
Gray Ooze
Hobgoblin
Ice Mephit
Lizardfolk
Magma Mephit
Magmin
Orc
Reef Shark
Rust Monster
Sahuagin
Satyr
Scout
Shadow
Swarm of Insects
Thug
Warhorse
Warhorse Skeleton
Worg

CR 1 Monsters

Animated Armor
Brass Dragon Wyrmling
Brown Bear
Bugbear
Copper Dragon Wyrmling
Death Dog
Dire Wolf
Dryad
Duergar
Ghoul
Giant Eagle
Giant Hyena
Giant Octopus
Giant Spider
Giant Toad
Giant Vulture
Harpy
Hippogriff
Imp
Lion
Quasit
Specter
Spy
Swarm of Quippers
Tiger

CR 2 Monsters

Ankheg
Awakened Tree
Azer
Bandit Captain
Berserker
Black Dragon Wyrmling
Bronze Dragon Wyrmling
Centaur
Cult Fanatic
Druid
Ettercap
Gargoyle
Gelatinous Cube
Ghast
Giant Boar
Giant Constrictor Snake
Giant Elk
Gibbering Mouther
Green Dragon Wyrmling
Grick
Griffon
Hunter Shark
Merrow
Mimic
Minotaur Skeleton
Ochre Jelly
Ogre
Ogre Zombie
Pegasus
Plesiosaurus
Polar Bear
Priest
Rhinoceros
Rug of Smothering
Saber-Toothed Tiger
Sea Hag
Silver Dragon Wyrmling
Swarm of Poisonous Snakes
Wererat
White Dragon Wyrmling
Will-o’-Wisp

CR 3 Monsters

Basilisk
Bearded Devil
Blue Dragon Wyrmling
Doppelganger
Giant Scorpion
Gold Dragon Wyrmling
Green Hag
Hell Hound
Killer Whale
Knight
Manticore
Minotaur
Mummy
Nightmare
Owlbear
Phase Spider
Veteran
Werewolf
Wight
Winter Wolf

CR 4 Monsters

Black Pudding
Chuul
Couatl
Elephant
Ettin
Ghost
Lamia
Red Dragon Wyrmling
Succubus/Incubus
Wereboar
Weretiger

CR 5 Monsters

Air Elemental
Barbed Devil
Bulette
Earth Elemental
Fire Elemental
Flesh Golem
Giant Crocodile
Giant Shark
Gladiator
Gorgon
Half-Red Dragon Veteran
Hill Giant
Night Hag
Otyugh
Roper
Salamander
Shambling Mound
Triceratops
Troll
Unicorn
Vampire Spawn
Water Elemental
Werebear
Wraith
Xorn

CR 6

Chimera
Drider
Invisible Stalker
Mage
Mammoth
Medusa
Vrock
Wyvern
Young Brass Dragon
Young White Dragon

CR 7 Monsters

Giant Ape
Oni
Shield Guardian
Stone Giant
Young Black Dragon
Young Copper Dragon

CR 8 Monsters

Assassin
Chain Devil
Cloaker
Frost Giant
Hezrou
Hydra
Spirit Naga
Tyrannosaurus Rex
Young Bronze Dragon
Young Green Dragon

CR 9 Monsters

Bone Devil
Clay Golem
Cloud Giant
Fire Giant
Glabrezu
Treant
Young Blue Dragon
Young Silver Dragon

CR 10 Monsters

Aboleth
Deva
Guardian Naga
Stone Golem
Young Gold Dragon
Young Red Dragon

CR 11 Monsters

Behir
Djinni
Efreeti
Gynosphinx
Horned Devil
Remorhaz
Roc

CR 12 Monsters

Archmage
Erinyes

CR 13 Monsters

Adult Brass Dragon
Adult White Dragon
Nalfeshnee
Rakshasa
Storm Giant
Vampire

CR 14 Monsters

Adult Black Dragon
Adult Copper Dragon
Ice Devil

CR 15 Monsters

Adult Bronze Dragon
Adult Green Dragon
Mummy Lord
Purple Worm

CR 16 Monsters

Adult Blue Dragon
Adult Silver Dragon
Iron Golem
Marilith
Planetar

CR 17 Monsters

Adult Gold Dragon
Adult Red Dragon
Androsphinx
Dragon Turtle

CR 19 Monsters

Balor

CR 20 Monsters

Ancient Brass Dragon
Ancient White Dragon
Pit Fiend

CR 21 Monsters

Ancient Black Dragon
Ancient Copper Dragon
Lich
Solar

CR 22 Monsters

Ancient Bronze Dragon
Ancient Green Dragon

CR 23 Monsters

Ancient Blue Dragon
Ancient Silver Dragon
Kraken

CR 24 Monsters

Ancient Gold Dragon
Ancient Red Dragon

CR 30 Monsters

Tarrasque