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A Horde of New 5th Edition Monsters!

DM: “A collection of hundreds of eyes floats down the corridor toward you, trailing ganglia and dripping caustic fluid that sizzles when it hits the ground. What do you do?”

PLAYER: “I retire, and become a farmer.”

Whether you need dungeon vermin or a world-shaking personification of evil, the Tome of Beasts has it. Here are more than 400 new foes for your 5th Edition game-everything from tiny drakes and peculiar spiders, to demon lords and ancient dragons.

Tome of Beasts includes monsters from the entire history of Kobold Press, with longtime favorites such as:

  • Clockwork creatures
  • Drakes and dragons
  • Devils and arch-devils
  • Dangerous flavors of the fey
  • Undead-and much more!

Use them in your favorite published setting, or populate the dungeons in a world of your own creation. Pick up Tome of Beasts and give your players an encounter they won’t soon forget!


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Alex D April 24, 2017 9:01 pm UTC
Are there any plans to sell this on Roll20 as a Compendium addon?
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Wolfgang B April 24, 2017 9:17 pm UTC
Yes, it is already available on Fantasy Grounds and on Hero Lab. It's taking longer to get it through at Roll20 but the plan is definitely to offer it there.
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Jeffrey K March 18, 2017 10:44 am UTC
I was notified that this has been updated. It now shows 2 download files:

Kobold_Press_Tome_of_Beasts_V3.pdf and

I don't know which is the more recent version, or why there are two versions, but Kobold_Press_Tome_of_Beasts_V3.pdf will not display properly. It's full of error messages when you try to read it. (Kobold_Press_Tome_of_Beasts_2P_FINAL.pdf works fine)
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Wolfgang B March 18, 2017 2:17 pm UTC
Thank you for reporting this! There's only one file showing on the publisher side, v3, so we've reported this to RPGNow support.
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Jeffrey K March 19, 2017 4:27 am UTC
Thanks! V3 appears to be fixed. I just tried it again, and no error messages :)

BTW, it's not uncommon to see two versions of the same file, often with nothing to indicate which is the most recent. I've always wondered why publishers did that. I never imagined that publishers couldn't see it, too. So I learned something today.
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Stacie W February 18, 2017 6:27 am UTC
Because the original print run is so difficult to find, will there ever be a possibility of there being a Pod option for us to buy on here?
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Stacie W May 12, 2017 7:32 am UTC
*Waves* Repeat question.

Any chance of a PoD option in the near future, or will it be getting a reprint?
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Wolfgang B May 12, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Sorry, missed that Q the first time, appreciate you bumping it! The books are currently on press for a reprint and we expect to have them at the Kobold warehouse within 30 days. They are currently available for preorder there:
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Leigh P December 25, 2016 4:43 am UTC
Would anyone be able to tell me how the beasts fit into a forgotten realms setting? I've seen some mixed reviews (regarding settings and fit) and didn't want to dump the cash given that that's where I like to stay :)
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Wolfgang B December 26, 2016 7:06 pm UTC
Well, it's a generic collection of monsters and not limited to a particular setting. Some of the creatures included first appeared in the Midgard Campaign Setting, but that's a relative handful. In cases where the Midgard ties are important, that information is limited to a sidebar.

So... These monsters will work in the Realms with pretty much zero modification.
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Ismael A December 04, 2016 5:29 am UTC
I can't post a review since I kickstarted this, but I'll post my review here.

Disclosure: I don't know if this needs to be said, but I did kickstart this project, so there you have it.

So this review has been a long time coming. I have had this book for a long time, I have looked at a good number of the monsters in detail (though not all, it may take another few months to a year to do so). I think I have a pretty good handle on this book and its contents in a way that I can deliver a relatively in depth review, and hopefully I can tell you something you didn't already know.

What you likely do know is that this book is amazingly well done. It has many great monsters that are very well thought out and excellently written. It has a lot of baked in adventure ideas that can be based off of nearly any of the monsters within. It has art that is the envy of the 1st party publishers. It has enough monsters to keep your players entertained and challenged for many a campaign.
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Brian Z December 04, 2016 2:29 am UTC
Anyone else having problems with the PDF file downloaded from DTRPG? I'm getting tons of error messages and cannot fully read the file.
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Josh D September 21, 2016 12:56 pm UTC
Didn't purchase here but through kickstarter - totally solid resource, happy that there are quite a few for the CR7-12 range - where I find most of my compaigns getting to and slowing down a bit from lack of diversity.


GREAT ACTIONS - a ton of these monsters in the higher CR range don't just have attack + spells, most have spell like effects through actions which makes them much harder to "resist" or have "immunity" through your party.


Give them your cash! Not sad I did!!!!
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Jimmy P September 15, 2016 12:23 am UTC
At first I was surprised by the high price tag. But then I looked at the page count... over 400 pages. Hmmm... Let's add it to the wishlist and see...
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September 19, 2016 3:02 am UTC
I backed the PDF plus print book on Kickstarter and am exceedingly happy with the product. Its over 400 pages and has a very wide range of creatures and a diverse range of challenge ratings. The monsters are from their Midgard campaign setting but would fit in very well with most generic fantasy worlds.
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