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D&D 5E Mordenkainen's Fiendish Folio Volume 1

WotC has released another in its line of supplements that support the Extra Life charity. This one is entitled Mordenkainen's Fiendish Folio Volume 1: Monsters Malevolent and Benign. You can purchase it on the DMs Guild for US$9.99, with 70% of the price going to support WotC's local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

About the product: Crawling from the darkest recesses of D&D’s history comes a ferocious menagerie of monsters malevolent and benign! These creatures first appeared in the Fiend Folio for first edition AD&D. Now, thanks to your support of Extra Life, they enter the world of fifth edition D&D.

The monsters included in the supplement are: Assassin Bug, Blindheim, Crab Folk, Dire Corby, Eye of Fear and Flame, Forlarren, Fog Giant, Jermlaine, Kharga, Killmoulis, Mite, Needlefolk, Needle Lord, Norker, Norker War Leader, Screaming Devilkin, Ygorl, and Xill.

About Extra Life: Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for sick and injured kids. Sign up today and dedicate a day of play for kids in your community!


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I loved the Fiend Folio and Norkers probably seals the deal for me.

I hate to nitpik a book for a very worthy cause - however, I am disappointed that Mearls felt the need to drop an f-bomb in the intro in a book set-up to support a charity for the benefit of children.(1)

(1) I know, I know - "O.K. Boomer."


Nice. I have not seen inside this yet, but several of those I have recently added to my extensive Populations lists for determining races for places in my world. Everything from forests to cities, to kingdoms.
Glad to see some of those get the 5E treatment :)


Might be great if you HAVEN'T heard of any of these creatures too :p

I love plant-folk. I thought the needle spraying blights had needfolk covered though, so interesting to see them here. Who doesn't want crabfolk plaguing their shores too? I wonder if they are like the homarids from one of the MtG Plane Shift articles?

Savage Wombat

I remember reading that the Xill were originally based on a book that later became the inspiration for Alien. I would love to see a terrifying version of the monster in print.


Black Lives Matter
I have searched, and I didn't find information about the kharga.

They look like the back end of a rocket, with the mouth of a lamprey. They also swim through solid rock.

My dad once encountered a school of them back when he played 1e. He thought they were possibly the stupidest things his first DM ever threw at the party.

Aaron L

That's rad! Nice to have some old Fiend Folio monsters back (I mean beyond the standard Githyanki and Slaad, of course!)


Did this need Mordenkainen's name on it? Hasn't he already got a Tome of Monsters? To avoid confusion, couldn't this have been put under someone's else's name, or drop it entirely?
I suppose this way a search for one will turn up the other, maximizing visibility and potentially increasing sales. And since it's for charity, I don't begrudge it.

Hmm, aren't the needlefolk already merged into blights in 5E? (Which I thought was a good idea when I saw it.)

Still, a lot of good stuff in here. Do these ever get a POD option? The Eye of Fear and Flame is a great monster, for instance. And is the fog giant the first true giant added to 5E since the Monster Manual?

If this is the volume 1 then I guess we will see the volumen 2, and maybe later a Fiendish Folio compilation.

When the ethergaunts? They are too cool to be forgotten.


I'm absolutely delighted to see these creatures reappear for 5E, and also enormously pleased by the f-bomb in the introduction. That's how I feel about cancer and other serious illnesses, too, so I'm right there with Mr Mearls.


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