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D&D Riddles - The DM's Mega List

by Hale J. on April 06, 2021

48. New This Week

Four siblings born together,
Though different could not they be.
The first runs and never wearies.
The second eats and is never full.
The third drinks and is always thirsty.
The fourth sings a song so shrill.

Water, Fire, Earth, Wind


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47.
I shine brightest in the dark.
Though I’m there I can’t be seen.
To possess me costs you nothing.
And without me you’ll lose everything.
What am I?
Hope

46.
The more you take, the more you leave behind.
What am I?
Footsteps

45.
An untiring servant it is,
Carrying loads across muddy earth.
But one thing that cannot be forced,
Is a return to the place of its birth.
River

44.
In the form of fork or sheet,
I hit the ground.
And if you wait a heartbeat,
You can hear my roaring sound.
What am I?
Lightning

43.
Found by the wise,

Lost by the weak,
Broken, not damaged,

Carried, never touched,
Sweet, not tasted,

Unique, but universal.
What am I?
Voice

42. 
Brought to the table.

Cut and served.

Never eaten.
What am I?
Cards

41.
Though I’m tender, ⁠
I’m not to be eaten.⁠
Though fresh mint, ⁠
Nor your breath to sweeten.⁠
What am I?⁠
Money

40.
What is so fragile even whispering its name will kill it?⁠
Silence

39.
You write me with five letters,
But seven I contain.
I have keys but no locks,
Keep time but no clocks.
Music

38.
The foolish man wastes me,
The average man spends me,
And wise man invests me,
Yet all men succumb to me.
What am I?
Time

37.
When you don’t need me,
you hold me close.
But when you need me,
you have to drop me.
What am I?
An Anchor

36.
Feed me and I will live,
give me a drink and I will die.
What am I?
Fire

35.
Two friends stand
And travel together,
One nearly useless
Without the other.
Legs

34.
What five letter long word becomes shorter when you add two letters?
Short

33.
Many have heard me,
yet nobody has seen me.
I never speak back unless spoken to.
What am I?
An Echo

32.
I have a golden head,
And a tail of gold,
But no body.
What am I?
A Coin

31.
I have holes on the top and bottom.
I have holes on my left and on my right.
And I have holes in the middle, yet I still hold water.
What am I?
A Sponge

30.
Four letters I contain,
Forward backwards I’m the same,
Upside down I have no change.
What am I?
NOON

29.
What can you catch but never throw?
Your Breath

28.
Two fathers and two sons went fishing one day.
They were there the whole day and only caught 3 fish.
One father said, that is enough for all of us, we will have one each.
How can this be possible?
It is a Father, Son and Grandfather.

27.
I am not alive, but I can grow;
I don’t have lungs, but air I breath;
I have no mouth, but water drowns.
Fire

26.
What starts with an E,
Ends with an E,
But only contains one letter?
Envelope

25.
A thousand coloured folds stretch toward the sky,
Atop a tender strand,
Rising from the land,
‘Til killed by maiden’s hand,
Perhaps a token of love, perhaps to say goodbye.
A Flower

24.
I go around in circles,
But always straight ahead
Never complain,
No matter where I am led.
A Wheel

23.
Alive without breath,
As cold as death,
Clad in mail never clinking,
Never thirsty, ever drinking
A Fish

22.
One by one we fall from heaven down into the depths of past,
And our world is ever upturned so that yet some time we’ll last.
Sands in an hourglass

21.
You saw me where I never was and where I could not be.
And yet within that very place, my face you often see.
A Reflection

20.
Five hundred begins it, five hundred ends it,
Five in the middle is seen;
First of all letter, the first of all numbers, Take up their stations between.
Join all together, and then you will bring
Before you the name of an eminent king.
DAVID (Roman numerals)

19.
Man walks over, man walks under, in times of war he burns asunder.
A Bridge

18.
What is it that you ought to keep after you have given it to someone else?
Your Word

17.
Often held but never touched,
Always wet but never rusts,
Often bites but seldom bit,
To use me well you must have wit.
Tongue

16.
Three lives have I.
Gentle enough to soothe the skin,
Light enough to caress the sky,
Hard enough to crack rocks.
Water

15.
What does man love more than life
Fear more than death or mortal strife
What the poor have, the rich lack, and what contented men desire,
What the miser spends and the spendthrift saves
And all men carry to their graves?
Nothing

14.
What goes through a door but never goes in or comes out?
A Keyhole

13.
What falls but never breaks?
What breaks but never falls?
Night and Day

12.
I am born in fear, raised in truth, and I come to my own in deed.
When comes a time that I’m called forth, I come to serve the cause of need.
Courage

11.
The cost of making only the maker knows, Valueless if bought, but sometimes traded. A poor man may give one as easily as a king. When one is broken pain and deceit are assured.
A Promise

10.
Pronounced as one letter,
And written with three,
Two letters there are,
And two only in me.
I’m double, I’m single, I’m black, blue, and grey,
I’m read from both ends,
And the same either way.
Eye

9.
What has cities, but no houses;
Forests, but no trees;
And water, but no fish?
A map

8.
A Father’s child,
A Mother’s child,
Yet no one’s son.
Who am I?
The Daughter

7.
Never resting, never still.
Moving silently from hill to hill.
It does not walk, run or trot.
All is cool where it is not.
Sunshine

6.
If you drop me, I’m sure to crack.
Give me a smile, and I’ll always smile back.
A mirror

5.
What is it that given one, you’ll have either two or none?
A choice

4.
My life can be measured in hours,
I serve by being devoured.
Thin, I am quick.
Fat, I am slow.
Wind is my foe.
A Candle

3.
Bright as diamonds,
Loud as thunder,
Never still,
A thing of wonder.
A Waterfall

2.
I don’t have eyes,
But once I did see.
I once had thoughts,
Now white and empty.
A Skull

1.
What always runs but never walks.
Often murmurs, never talks.
Has a bed but never sleeps.
An open mouth that never eats?
A River

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