D&D 5E Which Official D&D Books Are Your Favourite?

Which Official D&D Books Are Your Favourite? (Choose as many as you want)

  • Volo’s Guide To Monsters

    Votes: 36 37.1%
  • Xanathar’s Guide To Everything

    Votes: 54 55.7%
  • Mordenkainen’s Tome Of Foes

    Votes: 25 25.8%
  • Tasha’s Cauldron Of Everything

    Votes: 40 41.2%
  • Fizban’s Treasury Of Dragons

    Votes: 24 24.7%
  • Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide

    Votes: 9 9.3%
  • Guildmaster’s Guide To Ravnica

    Votes: 5 5.2%
  • Acquisitions Incorporated

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Eberron: Rising From The Last War

    Votes: 23 23.7%
  • Explorer’s Guide To Wildemount

    Votes: 15 15.5%
  • Mythic Odysseys Of Theros

    Votes: 16 16.5%
  • Van Richten’s Guide To Ravenloft

    Votes: 21 21.6%
  • Hoard of the Dragon Queen

    Votes: 3 3.1%
  • Princes Of The Apocalypse

    Votes: 6 6.2%
  • The Rise Of Tiamat

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Out Of The Abyss

    Votes: 8 8.2%
  • Curse Of Strahd

    Votes: 34 35.1%
  • Storm King’s Thunder

    Votes: 6 6.2%
  • Tales From The Yawning Portal

    Votes: 20 20.6%
  • Tomb Of Annihilation

    Votes: 13 13.4%
  • Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

    Votes: 9 9.3%
  • Waterdeep: Dungeon Of The Mag Mage

    Votes: 11 11.3%
  • Ghosts Of Saltmarsh

    Votes: 27 27.8%
  • Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus

    Votes: 8 8.2%
  • Icewind Dale: Rime Of The Frostmaiden

    Votes: 11 11.3%
  • Candlekeep Mysteries

    Votes: 5 5.2%
  • The Wild Beyond The Witchlight

    Votes: 10 10.3%
  • Strixhaven: A Curriculum Of Chaos

    Votes: 7 7.2%
  • Critical Role: Call Of The Netherdeep

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Mordenkainen Presents Monsters Of The Multiverse

    Votes: 10 10.3%

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
There have been over 30 official D&D 5E hardcover books (not counting numerous boxed sets, PDFs, etc.) released since the game launched in 2014.

Which ones stand out to you? You can choose as many as you like from this poll. It might be books you love because of the theme or content, adventures you played through, rules books you find really useful. What are your favourite D&D 5E hardcovers?

For the purposes of this poll, we're only including the official hardcover books -- not boxed sets, PDFs, etc.

We're also not including the Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, or Monster Manual, as I'm going to go ahead and assume the core books are no-brainers.

Let's find out what our favourite D&D books are!
 

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delericho

Legend
Picked Eberron as the best overall. "Curse of Strahd" is the best of the adventures, but suffers in comparison with the original. The next best, IMO, is "Rime of the Frostmaiden".

I didn't pick either Volo's or Mordenkainen's guides, as I don't particularly care for either as a whole. However, the sections on new monsters are great. (Similarly, I'm guessing "Monsters of the Multiverse" is a winner, though I don't own it.) Finally, "Storm King's Thunder" is not a particularly good adventure, but I really like the concept, think it makes for a great setting guide, and has some really good dungeons in there.

Also, wasn't there a compiled volume of the "Tyranny of Dragons" campaign? Shouldn't that be on the list?
 

TerraDave

5ever, or until 2024
Glad to see TftYP and Saltmarsh getting some early appreciation. Strahd will do well, deservedly so. All favorites

Volvos and the first Mordenkainen were pretty good, Xanathar’s alright and Tasha’s ok, but none are faves. The rest I don’t know and or don’t care.
 



Retreater

Legend
As a forever DM (as far as 5e is concerned), I don't really spend a lot of time with the player-facing option books. My primary contact is with the core rulebooks and adventure modules. Even the monster books I don't really use because monster stats are in the adventures, or if I write my own adventures, I usually use the standard creatures or make my own.
 



JEB

Legend
Volo's and Xanathar's are definitely my top two sourcebooks for 5E. Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes didn't work as well for me, but otherwise it's a solid #3 behind them. I also voted for SCAG - even though the book has issues, I have a weird fondness for it, maybe because it was the first non-core sourcebook for 5E (unless you count EEPC).

Ghosts of Saltmarsh is my favorite adventure book(/mini-setting/seafaring sourcebook), with Out of the Abyss next in line (like SCAG, I suspect I like that more than most), and Yawning Portal further behind that.

I actually haven't sat down and properly read a fair number of the others - just skimmed enough to know what's in them - so it doesn't seem fair to rank them as favorites or not yet. (There are also some I have fully read and didn't list as favorites, but trying to stay positive.)
 
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GreyLord

Legend
Unearthed Arcana (1e), Fiend Folio (1e), Monster Manual II (1e), Dragonlance Adventures (1e), OA (1e)...Combat Options (2e), Forgotten Realms (1e), Forgotten Realms Adventures (2e).

But my all time favorites are probably the Rules Cyclopedia and the B/X and BECMI rulesets.

Obviously as it's 5e I voted on the poll, but those aren't my favorite "official" D&D books which are currently released and available. The ones I wrote above are some of them and you can actually buy them from Dungeon Masters Guild!!!
 


Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
Tomb of Annihilation's chapter with a Gazetteer of Chult made me want to order plane tickets the first time I read it. Too bad that the Death Curse ticking timer gets in the way of PCs exploring it too.
 


Jer

Legend
Supporter
Wild Beyond Witchlight is only the second campaign book I've picked up and wanted to run "as is" rather than tearing it apart for parts - Curse of Strahd being the other. I haven't run Witchlight yet, but as a read through I'm dying to.

Tasha's is the best rules expansion book as far as I'm concerned - lots of good stuff in there.

And of course Ravenloft and Eberron setting books will get a thumbs up for me - very nicely done reimaginings of both settings.
 

RoughCoronet0

Dragon Lover
I’m a big fan of monster books, so Volo’s, Mordenkainen’s, and Fizban’s are top favorites for me.

Wildemount is one book I have used a bunch as inspiration for my world.

Honorable mention goes to the Tyranny of Dragons complication as well. I love Dragons and Tiamat.
 

ad_hoc

(he/they)
Rime of the Frostmaiden is my favourite. It's exactly what I want in an adventure. Curse of Strahd is my runner up. I like horror in my D&D.

I didn't know Ghosts of Saltmarsh was so popular. Maybe I should check it out.
 





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