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D&D 5E Check Out The Full Monsters of the Multiverse Cover Art

The wraparound cover art for January's Monsters of the Multiverse -- an updated compilation of existing D&D monsters -- has been revealed. The cover features an astral dreadnaught, the same monsters which adorned AD&D's Manual of the Planes in 1987.

The front cover had been revealed previously, but this is the clearest picture yet of the full art piece by Greg Rutkowski. Mordenkainen Presents Monsters of the Multiverse is part of the 3-book gift set which also includes Xanathar's Guide to Everything and Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, all together in a slipcase.


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Monsters of the Multiverse is "a treasure trove of creature related material from previous products compiled into one book and updated." Improvements are based on feedback, rebalancing monsters with new and old art.

The book contains over 250 monsters, and 30 playable races, including all of the setting agnostic races that have been published outside the Player's Handbook.

Some content from Witchlight, Fizban's, and Strixhaven was influenced by Monsters of the Multiverse.

The books is available first in the gift set, but will also be available separately later in the year.
 
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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey




AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
Someone told me the book was merely a rearrangement of the bestiary parts of Volo's and Mordekainen's and not a brand new monster books. How true is it?
Mostly true. It will also have updated versions of 30ish non-PHB player races in a different chapter, and maybe some lore about the D&D Multiverse, but it's mostly a combined and updated mix of Volo's Guide to Monsters and Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (with the new style of monster stat blocks, with the "Typically" before most creatures with semi-predetermined alignments, as well as Spellcasting as a more limited Action option instead of creature trait).
 



Mostly true. It will also have updated versions of 30ish non-PHB player races in a different chapter, and maybe some lore about the D&D Multiverse, but it's mostly a combined and updated mix of Volo's Guide to Monsters and Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (with the new style of monster stat blocks, with the "Typically" before most creatures with semi-predetermined alignments, as well as Spellcasting as a more limited Action option instead of creature trait).
Apparently there will be a fair amount of rebalancing of the statblocks.
 


Burnside

Space Jam Confirmed
Supporter
If that is the case that is very disappointing.

And really, if WotC is rebalancing statblocks for material they've already released, it should be available as errata as well IMO.

I'm wondering what this book will look like on DNDBEYOND, for that reason. Will even appear there, or will the monsters and player races just be updated.
 

Jacob Lewis

Ye Olde GM
If that is the case that is very disappointing.

And really, if WotC is rebalancing statblocks for material they've already released, it should be available as errata as well IMO.
They might be doing that for monsters in the srd, which are available for free. I suspect that would be the case if this book is only focusing only on content that was printed after the Monster Manuals (i.e. not included in the srd). And from what I understand, these updates won't invalidate previous statblocks. They're more of an alternate rather than an update. We'll just have to wait to see for ourselves.
 






DND_Reborn

Legend
Yeah, I still have that book - never found it remotely useful or even very interesting to read, unfortunately. Even though I never played it, Planescape made the planes much more engaging.
Really? I loved that book and still use it for inspiration when my games travel to the outer planes...

I never got into Planescape, probably because I felt Manual of the Planes was great and more than enough for me. 🤷‍♂️
 

RoughCoronet0

Dragon Lover
I’m curious about the dragon looking creature behind the Astral Dreadnought. My first thought was a Red Dragon as the Githyanki are often known to ride special Red Dragons called Pact Dragons, and both creatures are often seen roaming the Astral much like the Dreadnought.

Though Red dragons are in the MM, not in any of the supplement monster books, so maybe it’s another creature?
 

Mezuka

Explorer
Very cool cover but sorry WoTC I'm not investing in any new D&D 5e books until 2024.

Our 5e campaign crashed three months into Covid. I've taken the opportunity to try other fantasy games like Fantasy AGE, Symbaroum and now Shadow of the Demon Lord.

The jury is out is to whether or not I will buy 5.x (or 6e). SotDL is a very strong contender as a D&D replacement game.
 


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