VOLO'S GUIDE Around The Web - The Ultimate Preview Compilation

Folks have been posting photos of their purchases of Volo's Guide to Monsters (out in preferred stores on Friday, and the rest the world on November 15th) around the web. Here's a few posts that I know of - including the table of contents! WotC has shown off tons of the book to various websites over the last few weeks, and I've tracked all of them. Don't miss hags & slithering trackers, goblins, nilbogs, kobolds, hobgoblins, & barghests, flinds, gnolls & yuan-ti, froghemoth, giants and orcs, mindflayers and beholders, fire giant dreadnoughts, giant lore, and the book's preface. Plus, of course, the 10 new monster PC races! The images below courtesy of @GarettKP, @darjr, and Lexjeid on Reddit.

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Atsur

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Just as an FYI, WotC had the Reddit admins take down the AMA from the guy who posted the above pictures, so the same might happen here.
 
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Sunseeker

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Yuan-Ti: "Snake people" seems a little uninspired when reading some of their predecessors on the list. "Little Dragons" just makes Kobolds feel completely adorable to me. Totally stoked on the idea of fallen Aasimar, reminds me of some of the "fallen Deva" stuff from 4E.
 

Parmandur

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Yuan-Ti: "Snake people" seems a little uninspired when reading some of their predecessors on the list. "Little Dragons" just makes Kobolds feel completely adorable to me. Totally stoked on the idea of fallen Aasimar, reminds me of some of the "fallen Deva" stuff from 4E.


I think they were going for adoreable/pathetic/comedic with the Kobolds in this edition, so it fits?



Based on the Orc previewed stuff...anybody else think that somebody at WotC was playing "King of Dragon Pass" too mich (not that there's anything wrong with that), and they decided to just make Orcs into Orlanthi with tusks? The "Godsworn," all the Orc variants seem like HeroQuesters...
 
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Sunseeker

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I think they were going for adoreable/pathetic/comedic with the Kobolds in this edition, so it fits?
I'm honestly reconsidering kobolds being typical low level bad guys with their presentation this turn.
 
Holy Crap, that Fallen Aasmir ability seems to be huge. I'm almost worried about the balance.

So many, many amazing things to discover in this book though. I don't recognize most of these monster names and it has me a little excited.
 

gyor

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Holy Crap, that Fallen Aasmir ability seems to be huge. I'm almost worried about the balance.

So many, many amazing things to discover in this book though. I don't recognize most of these monster names and it has me a little excited.
Actually I think its the weakest. Radiant is better damage then Necrotic, after that its fear vs. flight vs. 10' radiant damaging aura.

The Aura is great for picking off weak creatures surrounding you, and boost your damage. Flight is, well flight, I don't think that needs explaination why that is good (it doesn't violate AL rules on flight either as it doesn't kick in till level 3.)

The Fallen Angel reminds me abit of the Valkyries from Lost Girl.
 

gyor

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Parts of the fluff are iffy and don't fit with the little bit of info in the SCAG, were most Aasimar aren't all connected to Mount Celestia, in fact most are descended from Mulhorandi/Untherite Gods and their servants, with a minor descended from other celestials, or are Incarnated Devas.

Still only a slight background adjustment, replace Angellic Guides with Mulhorandi Gods.
 

flametitan

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Parts of the fluff are iffy and don't fit with the little bit of info in the SCAG, were most Aasimar aren't all connected to Mount Celestia, in fact most are descended from Mulhorandi/Untherite Gods and their servants, with a minor descended from other celestials, or are Incarnated Devas.

Still only a slight background adjustment, replace Angellic Guides with Mulhorandi Gods.
An alternative might also be to say the DMG aasimar represents "when a human and an angel love each other very much" while the Volo Aasimar represents a being that was created in a more "planned" divine intervention, and thus was either sent to the Material Plane as a child or created in a virgin Birth.
 
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Elderbrain

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Is there a Paladin NPC stat block? I see something called a "Champion" listed and am wondering if anyone can confirm/deny that it is a Paladin (I suppose it could be a Fighter).
 
An alternative might also be to say the DMG aasimar represents "when a human and an angel love each other very much" while the Volo Aasimar represents a being that was created in a more "planned" divine intervention, and thus was either sent to the Material Plane as a child or created in a virgin Birth.
So Jesus was an Aasimar? ;)
 

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