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5E D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

damnbul

First Post
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

This MM is artistic. A must purchase to anyone wanting to DM 5th. As a story teller you will enjoy every monster. As a player every fight and interaction will be challenging. Enjoy!
 

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billd91

Hobbit on Quest
4 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Lots of great ideas for monsters - it's obvious that the design team spent a lot of time pouring over the surveys WotC conducted. But the book as a whole suffers a bit in the presentation of some information. There's no challenge rating index for the monsters, and that info is a bit more buried in the stat block than in 3e/4e. It's not clear why some creatures in the book sort in the main body and others among the animals and that makes some creatures like the blink dog harder to find than they should be.Good content - room to improve on usability.
 

ccooke

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

Great art, great rules. Really flexible, with enough fluff to give ideas.
 

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

This edition of Dungeons & Dragons brought me back into the fold after a 25+ year absence. It is more compelling than any edition since 1st edition AD&D. This Monster Manual is likely the best ever in art and layout. There should have been an index of monsters by CR included in the print version and not as a supplemental PDF, but its isn't a huge issue.
 


Merifluous

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

Great art and look, huge selection of monsters for an initial MM, and great accompanying fluff makes this the best monster manual for D&D since at least 2e.
 

bragarfull

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

A good job for the new edition. The binding on this book has held up better than the PH.
 

guachi

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

Better art than the 2e Monster Manual but lacking 2e's awesome ecology sections. The book is pretty and easy to use. The monster abilities are well presented. Most monsters get enough space to have the dry statistical run down and enough flavor text to bring them to life.
 

Pensquiggle

First Post
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Very thorough book. I quite like the artwork, I am a real fan of older versions, all the major entries have art. The stats are very clear and precise and the descriptions give plenty of adventure hooks as well as tactics. I love the little quotes scattered through the pages too.
 

Ravenheart87

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

Tome of Horrors might have more monsters and Hacklopedia might look better, but neither of them is as well balanced as the new Monster Manual. The book has everything that you need for a D&D campaign, and even more: there are some rare, weird and strange stuff, that you probably never used before. It seems the writers were running out of space, the animals and many of their bestial cousins were compressed in a single appendix at the end, with short descriptions. It's okay for the mammoth and the smilodon, but maybe the blink dog or the phase spider deserved as much space as the displacer beast. Still, it's a very nice selection of creatures.The descriptions are well done. Not unnecessarily verbose and quite evocative. The key elements are even emphasized at the beginning of each paragraph. There might be some lore changes that you won't like, but the opposite is possible too. For example I don't know what to think about the aboleths reincarnating on the elemental plane of water, but on the other hand the merrow becoming more than a simple aquatic ogre is something I tottaly dig. The stat blocks are useful and clear, even if a bit bigger than I would prefer. Many creatures have variants that give them more power, usually without changing the CR - the summoning ability of demons and devils, and dragon magic is handled this way.The art is usually good, even if there are some mediocre pieces. Some creatures were redesigned or have unusual visuals, but I found these nice and interesting. The archmage with the corpse paint in the NPC appendix made me chuckle quite a bit.Summa summarum, the 5e Monster Manual has a balanced selection of monsters, the right amount of information, and completely satisfying art and layout. It's a must-have for 5e DMs.
 

Mercurius

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

A great product by Wizards of the Coast - really hits the sweet-spot. The art is generally quite good, ranging from "pretty good" to "terrifically terrifying." On a side note, I was a bit disappointed by the Tarrasque picture - it looks like a rubber bath toy. I would have liked to see more gristle, muscularity, and "tendonosity."
 

Krypter

First Post
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

A superb new version of a venerable classic D&D book, this edition of the Monster Manual delivers on almost every count. From the painted-style, beautiful layout to the lush monster illustrations to detailed statblocks and monster ecologies, it has everything you need. Except a good listing of monsters by Challenge Rating. The addition of Legendary Actions (for monsters) and Lair Actions (for locations) are a great rule innovation, and the return of detailed monster histories, ecologies, behaviours and links to D&D history (eg, Asmodeus, Tiamat, Icewind Dale, etc.) are very much welcome. With only a few exceptions the monster illustrations are excellent (elementals and sphinxes were poorly done, IMO) and very evocative, and the addition of background landscape art, small objects and fetishes and scroll quotes make the whole product feel like an ancient libram brimming with secret lore. Overall: It's great! Buy it!
 

DM Howard

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

First off, I have to say that this Monster Manual is MUCH better than the 4th Edition one (in my opinion of course!) and I like that there is more information and descriptive text in the monster entries than there seemed to be before. I actually like flipping through this book and just reading a random entry. However, knowing how fantastic of a job a monster book COULD be (check out Kenzer and Company's Hacklopedia for Hackmaster 5th Edition), I felt that there wasn't much "soul" in the book. Certainly a must-have for any DM looking to run 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons.
 


Sobran

Idiot Savant
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

I seriously cannot believe how many monsters they crammed into this tome. Thankfully, unlike some 4th Edition D&D books, this has a fair amount of fluff on each of the creatures. There are only two drawbacks worth noting, and neither is enough to lower my review score:1) There is no index by Challenge Rating. This is easily remedied by printing out a download WotC made available for this very problem. I'm not sure how this was overlooked, but at least it's been addressed.2) There is a small appendix of what appears to be animals. Occasionally, it includes something you might consider a monster, such as the Winter Wolf. Looking for the Winter Wolf and can't find it under 'W'? It's in the appendix. Thankfully, there's only a few questionable classifications in there.
 



ockhamtherazor

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

I like the art of this book. Apparently WotC finally realized that it does help selling books.There are many good things about this book, but let's talk about the dark side:1. High level monsters doesn't look scary. A large amount of them only know slash and bite and are very poor tactically.2. I expected more description and background of monster species. That I think worth sacrificing the number of monsters included. I know most of these monsters are already well decorated in old editions, but everybody want something new, right?3. So many magic resistance. That make spellcasting characters feel useless. On the otherside, not many monster has magic weapon. It's hard for me to believe that the badass big T doesn't even has magic weapon trait.
 

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

Excellent work with many customization options. I'm very proud of WotC work, they have really grown up :)The descriptions are just what you need to know without overwhelming details, the monsters choice brings back in auge some old school creatures like Modrons and Flumphs AND you have got to love lair rules!It is true that it lacks a CR table, but you can simply find it free on the internet (such as many other sources for the game).
 

Zeitgeist

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

My kids and I love this book. This book like the Player's handbook, is absolutely gorgeous. The book is extremely sturdy and well bound. The pages are well designed the layout just beautiful. The collection of monsters is great and it contains a wide variety of creatures and monsters for every level and difficulty. The editing is great, the descriptions really nice, more on some than others. The stat blocks are easy to read and standout and are part of the art of the pages it seems to me. The index is good. There are several creatures that I wish never made it in here though and wish their were others. I despise the robot like or mechanized creatures like Modrons and hope that steampunk/gearpunk, space aliens and gun stuff just does not make its appearance. To me it seems out of place in a fantasy game. I know the debate that this can create, this is just my opinion. The book could probably use some tables categorizing kinds of creatures (Giant Spiders, I remember dozens of kinds, Undead, Conjured, Fire Breathing ones, etc.) and also could use more descriptions of monster's environments, eating and lifestyles, etc. Some of the descriptions went into planes, relationships with Gods I am totally unfamiliar with, and did not offer much in way of descriptions. Pathfinder Bestiary books are the measure I am using agains these and they do a decent job of categorizing monsters, have climate and environment identifiers, charts and table that are relatively useful. I recommend downloading from the DnD website the list of monsters by challenge pdf. Overall this is a beautiful book with a good variety of monsters. I have yet to find a Monster Manual that I do not throw some monsters out and never use. This is no exception. Most manuals also do not offer all the information I want on a monster and that requires me to improvise, which is fine and to be expected. I do wish though the ones I do use a lot were better talked about: I've always been a NPC and Miscellaneous Creatures kind of DM anyway, so a lot of this book, as does most of the Monster books out there, don't have much of what I am looking for.
 

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