5E D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

TrippyHippy

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

You certainly get a comprehensive plentiful bunch of monsters to choose from, with decent illustrations, an easy to use format and a general good organisation. The NPCs are useful too. As such, it’s as useful a resource as any Monster Manual ever made for D&D. That said, the themed equivalents for other games such as WFRP, Ars Magica and RuneQuest also came equipped with some narrative ideas beyond a simple catalogue (or in the latter case an actual campaign world) which brings more directly to the table. Good. Very good, in fact. But not the best ever.
 

Tush Hog

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

This is a glorious version of the monster manual. The art and monster selection are top notch. I love the new stat blocks.
 
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Bestiaries and Monster Manuals and other tomes full of critters and beasties are generally great for reference but almost as boring as spellbooks to actually read. Not so with the 5E Monster Manual. Every critter has nifty bits of lore associated with it, making it actually fun to read through. There's also callbacks to prior editions, with some things like Demon amulets not seen since 1E, as well as nifty upgrades and updates to some creatures that make them intriguing and/or more usable than they were in prior editions. Succubi/Incubi, for example, make so much more sense as independent fiends, as opposed to either demons (most prior editions) or devils (4E). At any rate, this is by far the best book of monsters I have ever encountered.

Edit to add: The art is gorgeous. Prettiest book of beasties I've ever seen as well.
 
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Gilwen

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

Even though this book didn't have a good CR index it still exceed my expectations and is one of the best MM's from any line that I have played.
 

JTorres

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

It would seem that, rather than get bogged down in trying to provide something shiny and new, the design philosophy behind the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons was to delve into the game's past in order to define its future. This is no great revelation on my part as many other players and game masters have talked about this very thing but no other book out of the core three better exemplifies this reverence for D&D's past than the 5th Edition Monster Manual. This book is filled with the classic creatures countless of player's have cut down over the years such as the eponymous dragons or the distinctive illithid. Among the usual suspects are odd choices such as modrons which seem to have been placed in as playful nods to the more niche corners of D&D's past. Then again it could be the inclusion of a creature like the modron might be in preparation for a new Manual of the Planes or a resurrection of the Planescape setting. Either way, there is a large selection of creatures to choose from for springing on unsuspecting adventurers. Between the selection of creatures offered, the adventure seeds planted in each creature's fluff, and the enjoyment of just reading the entries for their own sake, I feel this is the best of the core books. There's nothing original here but what is offered is so lovingly crafted that its been worth having on my shelf regardless.
 
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

I wasn't sure what kind of art was going to be used, I personally was tired of cartoony/anime art. I feel in love with the art first but then reading every monster just drew you in even more. The layout is really good, easy to find everything you need to know about the monsters for 5E. Love the Legendary actions and Lairs for some of the more nasty and iconic creatures, it makes them scary again.The non player characters and the misc. creatures index are also very helpful. Solid book and my favorite of all three core 5E books.
 

Bugbear70

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

I'll admit it--I'm usually a crunch-over-fluff DM. Just give me a good stat block and I'll figure out the rest. However, the best part of the newest MM is the lore for each monster. Almost every creature had at least one lore entry that got my mind a-churning on some devious campaign seed. The PHB introduces the concept of awarding PCs inspiration, but the MM is meant to provide us DMs with inspiration!
 
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Mixing both the streamlined method of 4e's with the in-depth writing of 2e, all the while filling it with top-notch art and a mighty sense of organization (except for the "Monsters by CR" index, which is missing for some reason) the new MM really is a piece of work to behold. Monster ecology is back as an entry and the diversity of creatures manages to showcase D&D's monumental heritage, making it both a useful tool and a nostalgic compendium of the things we all love to kill and loot.
 

EthanSental

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

Nice art to go long with the new edition monsters, nicely done WoTC. The CR chart missing not enough in my book to drop a star.
 

Stormonu

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

Coming from previous editions, with the 2E Monstrous Manual being my favorite MM, it took a while for me to warm up to this book. The full-color art mostly is full of gems (but there are a couple of stinkers) and the text is a great balance of mechanics and story hooks. An overall worthy purchase, good for just sitting down and perusing as well as using in-game.
 

jcrog

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

The 5e Monster Manual looks great. The art is well done and the book is easy to read. The stat blocks are streamlined and even have average hit points and damage so you don’t have to roll them. The monsters are definitely more deadly and more useable over a broader number of PC levels. Thanks to how the monsters scale in 5e they remain relevant longer. It may take more of them to be a threat but lower level monsters still can be used effectively against a party. See my full review here: http://www.play-board-games.com/dungeons-and-dragons-5e-monster-manual-review/
 
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

This one basically does what it says on the tin - it's a manual of monsters for the 5th Edition D&D game. The book is abolutely stunning throughout, is well laid out, and has a very solid collection of critters. All in all, it's a winner.

(That said, it's only my second favourite monster book from the editions - the 2nd Edition Monstrous Manual has it beat... just barely. But then, that was also a fantastic book!)
 

PhDnD

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

This book got great reviews and was hailed as the “world-builder’s monster manual” among many circles. The artwork was (for the most part) absolutely stunning. The cover art is my favorite of all the core rulebooks. I love the regional and lair effects from major monsters. The simplicity of the monster stat block is refreshing and this book is not lacking in lore. The book does not leave out any major monsters but does leave a few monsters wanting more. I was disappointed in the oni and minotaur to name a few but 90+% of the monsters are done very well. Coming from 4th Edition, I also want a few more types/templates of each monster but I am realizing that I can do that myself quite easily with this edition.
 

akr71

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

The artwork is great! The content is top-notch. I just wish there were some rules/guidelines for creating additional NPCs. I know I can re-skin the existing ones and that allows additional flexibility, but a half a column of text with guidelines for doing so would have pushed this into 'excellent' territory. Oh, and a template for skeletons and zombies should I want to create others than what is listed. I can work it out myself, but again, a paragraph or two for creating your own undead or even lycanthropes would have been awesome.
 

Lucas Yew

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

While it may not be Perfect, it still has the most iconic monsters of D&D refined for 5th Edition. Good it is.
 

Topdecker

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

Great art. But not one image that I can remember, not even the cover, with the exception of the Rust Monster. For me, the purpose of a monster manual is first to inspire - to make me to want to create an adventure or an encounter after having gotten embroiled in inventive thought about a given creature or family of creatures. The visual portion of the art tends to trigger me to take a closer look. While it is filled with high quality art, very little of it tells a tale. The art in the 1st edition MM is crude in comparison, but it does a much better job of telling a story, of helping you create an adventure and I am disappointed that I still find myself looking back to the 70's and 80's to get a clearer sense of how the story should be told.I am also disappointed that there is not some sort of terrain guide, encounter chart, or other tools that help you incorporate the 400+ creatures into a campaign.
 
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Though there are criticisms to be made- there aren't enough NPC stat blocks, there are a limited number of beasts to for shapeshifting, nitpicks with layout and editing- the overall product here is excellent. Wizards of the Coast's powerful art budget brings these monsters to life and the rules are really easy to use. As both a player and DM, I have had extremely positive experiences with this product.
 

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