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Yan-C-Bin's humanoid avatar, from Princes of the Apocalypse.

Yan-C-Bin is one of the five iconic Archomentals of Dungeons & Dragons, having been created by Lewis Pulsipher for the Fiend Folio alongside Imix, Ogremoch, Olhydra, and Cryonax.

1st Edition[edit]

"Appeared" in the Fiend Folio... inasmuch as he can. That's right, he's invisible, and shapeless, although his form takes up a ten foot diameter spheroid. His palace, in the Air plane, is "great" and "airy".

2nd Edition[edit]

In 2nd edition, Yan-C-Bin appeared in the Monstrous Compendium Appendix 3 for Planescape alongside not just his former brothers & sister, but also a cast of four new good archomentals: Ben-Hadar, Sunnis, Zaaman Rul, and his new personal rival, Chan.

3rd Edition[edit]

Dragon Magazine #347 gave us the most insight into Yan-C-Bin - and the rest of the Evil Archomentals - of any edition before it.

4th Edition[edit]

Yan-C-Bin was one of the two classic archomentals who didn't fare so well in 4th edition; he had to share a single article in Dungeon Magazine #199's Lords of Chaos. He did benefit in one way, gaining a humanoid form to use to interact with his followers instead of the traditional shapeless mass of air.

5th Edition[edit]

All of the Princes of Elemental Evil made their grand debut for the newest edition in the D&D 5th edition adventure "Princes of the Apocalypse", which revolves around the party kicking the asses of the ever-fractious Cult of Elemental Evil. Ironically, he maintained his humanoid avatar from 4e in this edition.


The Archomentals of Dungeons & Dragons
Elements: Air Water Earth Fire Ice
Good Archomentals: Chan Ben-Hadar Sunnis Zaaman Rul
Evil Archomentals: Yan-C-Bin Olhydra Ogremoch Imix Cryonax