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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

Stormonu

Legend
I like the cover, but I'm not sure about the book. From what I understand, it's just reprints of existing monsters with updated stats. If the monsters were all new, or collected from the various adventure books (that I don't have), I'd consider it, but I think this will be a pass for me (of course, said the same thing about Witchhaven and Fizban, and ended up with both of those...sigh).
 

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SkidAce

Legend
Supporter
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?
Its a matter of perspective...its actually in the front of the pic. Its a Stirge.



(I kid... i kid...)
 


GMMichael

Guide of Modos
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.
I'm interpreting this as 30 heritages and, more importantly, 250 playable races! It's gonna be a party y'all!

By the way, the MoM image is actually background-sized, for those of you still looking at the Windows logo or some serene, grassy knoll.
 



AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
FWIW, I always like the idea (when I held the original book) of turning it upside-down! :)

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(Using text from the original Manual of the Planes of course...)
Given that the printer that Wizards of the Coast uses often misprints their books to be upside-down, something like that is almost definitely going to happen to someone's copy of this book. (I had it happen to my first D&D 5e DMG.)
 

AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
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?
It looks really shiny, almost like a Gem Dragon, but given that Sardior, the only Ruby Dragon in D&D 5e, is dead it's probably jut a Red Dragon, potentially with a Githyanki riding it. Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes even mentions that Githyanki will occasionally hunt down Astral Dreadnoughts, so it could be a Pact Dragon Scout heading back to a Githyanki city/outpost to bring reinforcements to take on the Dreadnought.
 

DND_Reborn

Legend
Given that the printer that Wizards of the Coast uses often misprints their books to be upside-down, something like that is almost definitely going to happen to someone's copy of this book. (I had it happen to my first D&D 5e DMG.)
You know, if I could get a copy upside-down of this book, I would buy it for that alone. :D
 


Mercador

Explorer
I got the other gift set (alternate cover) so... yeah. Moreover, I don't have Volo neither Mordenkainen so I guess it makes even more sense to go for that one. That would be cool to play it though, not just collecting it.
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
If you already own the books these come from, I can't see buying this. Pretty disappointed if this is one of the major releases next year.

Plus, let's face it, monster books from other publishers are much more interesting.
 




Stalker0

Legend
Probably a hard pass on this one. We get only a few 5e books each year.... filling up the slot with what is essentially the "clip show" of monster books is not what I'm looking for.

The stat blocks would have to be wholesale changes (like a redo of monster math and abilities) to make me interested. Streamlining and cleaning of spells is just not enough to warrant another investment in the same monsters.
 




JEB

Hero
Probably a hard pass on this one. We get only a few 5e books each year.... filling up the slot with what is essentially the "clip show" of monster books is not what I'm looking for.
To be fair, this was originally going to be a 2021 release, it just got delayed past the holidays. So it shouldn't count for one of 2022's "slots."
 

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