5E D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Henrix

Villager
4 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

This is a very good MM.I would have given it five stars if the monster descriptions had been longer and more detailed.They are better than the one in the 4e MM, but shorter than 3e. And not at all as good as many of the 2e texts.
 

Neuroglyph

Villager
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

It’s possible that the new 5th Edition D&D Monster Manual might very well be the grandest MM ever produced for this RPG. Certainly, the D&D Monster Manual is physically one of the sturdiest designs -not all of the old MM’s were so well made as anyone who owned a 2nd Edition Monster Manual can tell you. And from a writing and illustration perspective, this new D&D Monster Manual is wonderful to read and contains some downright amazing new renderings of iconic fantasy monsters.
 

Patrick McGill

Villager
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Overall, the story content within this book will leave it’s mark on the RPG industry for a very long time to come. Many creatures come away almost reinvented, or simply revitalized, making you think deeply about monsters that have simply been sitting in the tool shed this whole time.

So this volume serves both the purpose as a reference tool, but also as an idea producer. Simply flipping through it and reading a random entry can bring forth a wealth of adventure and session ideas. It is really only a shame that we still have to wait until December(!) in order to effectively use this book to it’s fullest potential.

So, until the Dungeon Masters Guide is released, I can safely say that for me the future of this edition is bright indeed. I just hope that the staggered release schedule that they chose to do, ostensibly due to wanting to give each book a good round of review and editing, won't hurt the edition right out of the gate. I do believe some may feel that this volume goes hand in hand with the one coming, and is thus a lesser thing during the interim. We shall see.
 
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Americancyco

Villager
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Overall I like the book there are a few things I would to change like making undead templates but not enough to make me upset I ot the book.
 

Corrosive

Adventurer
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

A truly gorgeous Monster Manual which you can enjoy reading or referencing. Plenty of ecology and wonderful art. Best looking MM ever, and almost as useful as the 2E Monstrous Compendiums.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

This is an excellent Monster Manual. It doesn't have a monsters-by-CR chart, but there are various fan-made ones around the web. Other than that, it's very attractive fun to read.
 

bigdill23

Villager
4 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

The artwork alone makes this manual worth owning. The dragons are superb, the balor is fantastic, and the Tarrasque is simply terrifying. My biggest complaint, is that there's no list of the monsters by anything other than alphabetical order. Thankfully, I was able to find a list based on challenge rating (http://media.wizards.com/2014/downloads/dnd/MM_MonstersCR.pdf). A list based on size, or AC, or HP would have been nice, as well. But, overall, this is a very nice monster manual.
 

ashockney

Villager
4 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Should this be rated separately by players and DM's? I'm guessing most DM's will be 4 or 5 stars, and most players will be 1 or 2 stars! Brilliant!
 

koga305

Villager
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

This book is amazing. The monsters are fantastically illustrated and their writeups are overflowing with great adventure hooks. In my experience they are all more-or-less mechanically balanced and fun to run as well. It lacks an index of monsters by challenge rating, but there's one on the website to download so it's not a big issue.
 

Weird Dave

Explorer
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

The Monster Manual for the new 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons is gorgeous to behold and filled to the seams with useful information. Up to this point, my favorite D&D monster book had been the 2nd edition Monstrous Manual, simply for the amount of content crammed into that book. This one distilled that wall of text for each entry into usable chunks, while maintaining easy to use stat blocks and gorgeous art, propelling it into my favorite monster book slot. So much great stuff. So much usefulness.
 

Hand of Evil

Adventurer
3 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Monsters are the standard fare, other than updating stats nothing new and that is fine but it is not going to get you a 5. Give me a size comparison chart, some monster motivations and tactics!
 

Leif

Adventurer
4 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

...because it follows too closely on the heels of 4E, on which I spent MUCH money, that I now wish I had back. But, the book is quite good, although it is 80%+ just a re-hash of every MM that's ever been published for D&D. Nice presentation of the 'same old, same old' though. Decent beat and you can dance to it. Awfully pricey, though, now that I think about it.* Actually, I would have reduced my rating to a 3 out of 5 if there was a way to do so.


* -- I long for the good old days when a brand new MM cost $12.00 + sales tax! I mean, I know, times change, and everything, but I really don't think the book is worth three times as much now as it was then.
 
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SharnDM

Explorer
4 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

If you're going to run a 5th Edition Game you're going to need this book. The fact that it is also a gorgeous piece of work, captivating to anyone who gives it a read through is just icing on the cake. Wizard’s has taken their typical MM framework and embellished a lot more on the Lore side of a monster description and I think things are better for it. Glaring omissions are indexes that help DMs list creatures by CR, habitat, etc. Please read my full review if you want to get a deeper cut. http://melsmifgames.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/the-dd-monster-manuel-hundreds-of-bestial-flavors/
 

Alphastream

Adventurer
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

I was prepared to be disappointed in this book, especially given how very good the recently released 13th Age Bestiary is - and the 13th Age Bestiary is fantastic because it is such a departure from typical monster books.And yet, the D&D team managed to create their own departure, all while building upon the best of the past. The 5E Monster Manual is dripping with lore, covered in fantastic imaginative artwork, and full of invigorating ideas. This is one of the finest RPG books I've ever owned, for sure.
 

Nojo509

Villager
3 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Good luck finding that right challenge rating creature or the perfect monster to be found in the mountains. The only organization is alphabetical. That said, some nice monsters with great art.
 

Jargogle

Explorer
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Beautiful art, a collection of the quintessential monsters that make D&D what it is, and monster lore that often inspires adventure concepts. Could it have used a section organising monsters by type, by location, and by CR? Yes, but one part of that is already free to download, and the rest is easy to find. Ultimately minor quibbles on what is certainly the best official D&D MM since 2e's Monstrous Manual.
 

RichGreen

Villager
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Beautiful art & layout, great selection of monsters, and lots of D&D lore and story hooks. And modrons! What more could you ask for?
 

Dice4Hire

Villager
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Not sue Im gonna play 5E much but this book is gorgeous and has tons of nice info.
 

Wolfskin

Villager
4 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

I love 5e MM, especially when it comes down to its inspiring fluff, though in my opinion the new statblock format could be better and some of the same-species monsters (such as dragons and giants) could've been streamlined a lot without repeating necessary information. The book fills its purpose, though- lot of monsters, beautiful art and inspiring writing.
 

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