D&D 5E D&D Beyond Confirms Monsters of the Multiverse's May Standalone Release

Monsters of the Multiverse comes out this month as part of a gift set along with Tasha's Cauldron of Everything and Xanathar's Guide to Everything. However, if you don't need those older books, D&D Beyond has confirmed that Monsters of the Multiverse will be available separately on May 17th.

DDB's entry refers to the digital release, but these are typically timed to match the hardcovers. You can preorder the digital version from DDB now.

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The book compiles monsters from Volo's Guide to Monsters and Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, and updates them to match WotC's current format; additionally it tweaks stats where needed to ensure monsters are worthy of their Challenge Rating, as some D&D monsters have been felt to be underpowered. In addition, it compiles over 30 races previously published in 5E D&D books, also updated to the current formats.


Update! WotC has confirmed the standalone hardcover release date is May 17th.

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Looking on DDB there's zero information about what they're going to do, they cancelled the normal dev update where they might have said, and they've put the book on sale, full price, no discounts, without explaining how they're going to handle it, or indeed commenting in any way which might inform that.

As you can imagine the locals are getting pretty rowdy over there, they're not happy. It's been pointed out that previously DDB has always taken the "overwriting" approach with mechanical changes (with updates to Artificer/Bladedancer in Tashas for example overwriting earlier versions in SCAG and Eberron), but also that it's really weird that they're seemingly actively avoiding saying how this will work, and yet are selling it - and they point-blank refuse to do refunds (certainly as a matter of course).
 

lkj

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Looking on DDB there's zero information about what they're going to do, they cancelled the normal dev update where they might have said, and they've put the book on sale, full price, no discounts, without explaining how they're going to handle it, or indeed commenting in any way which might inform that.

As you can imagine the locals are getting pretty rowdy over there, they're not happy. It's been pointed out that previously DDB has always taken the "overwriting" approach with mechanical changes (with updates to Artificer/Bladedancer in Tashas for example overwriting earlier versions in SCAG and Eberron), but also that it's really weird that they're seemingly actively avoiding saying how this will work, and yet are selling it - and they point-blank refuse to do refunds (certainly as a matter of course).

How it's presented on DDB is almost certainly tied to their license agreement with WotC. WotC has a fair bit of control about how and what they present. The fact that they aren't answering suggests that they can't. They're planning a dev update this week. If they haven't announced the plan, I suspect that's were you'll get to hear Joe Starr say 'Love to tell you but we can't. We'll get back to you.'

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Nikosandros

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How it's presented on DDB is almost certainly tied to their license agreement with WotC. WotC has a fair bit of control about how and what they present. The fact that they aren't answering suggests that they can't. They're planning a dev update this week. If they haven't announced the plan, I suspect that's were you'll get to hear Joe Starr say 'Love to tell you but we can't. We'll get back to you.'

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Yes, that's likely. The optics are not good on DDB in this instance, but I also have the impression that WotC is leaving them hang out to dry-
 


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