Dungeons & Dragons “Monster Manual” Preview: The Bulette!

Our unofficial mascot here at Critical Hits, since nearly the beginning, has been the powerful combination of an Umber Hulk riding a Bulette. These creatures, not traditionally known for their teamwork, came together from an in-joke in a game years ago as the ultimate burrowing killing machine, and we’ve just kind of run with it.

It started with this.

When 4th edition came out, we updated it for the new designs. Then we had our own version made.

And now, I am proud to present, a preview of the 5th edition version of the Bulette (click for full size):

Bulette Preview

It burrows! It bites! It leaps! All of your bulette needs are served.

And if you want to see its partner in crime, check out Dread Gazebo’s preview.

About Dave

Dave "The Game" Chalker is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Critical Hits. Since 2005, he has been bringing readers game news and advice, as well as editing nearly everything published here. He is the designer of the Origins Award-winning Get Bit!, a freelance designer and developer, son of a science fiction author, and a Master of Arts. He lives in MD with e, their three dogs, and two cats.


  1. Steelhart says:

    *knock knock knock*
    Who’s there?

  2. Drinky McDrinkleton says:

    Boo-lay, Boo-lette, or Byou-lette?

    • Shiney McShine says:

      Bull-ette. Like a female bullet.

    • That was a topic of much conversation this weekend. My group has been doing it wrong, for sure.

    • According to the only pronunciation I’ve ever seen (in the 2nd edition Monstrous Manual) it was “boo-lay”. My perfect version of any Monster Manual would be a full pronunciation guide. I’d like to think that would stop the second most common argument amongst players.

  3. Yay! I illustrated that monster. Just going to toot my own horn a little bit here.

  4. Beautiful art!

    There better be fluff about how to make shields from it’s hide though 🙂