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Tome of Beasts for 5th Edition (2023 Edition)


A Horde of New 5th Edition Monsters!

A monster bursting from the groundDM: "A collection of hundreds of eyes floats down the corridor toward you, 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 world-shaking villains, the Tome of Beasts 1 (2023 edition) has it. This book presents more than 400 foes suitable for any campaign setting—from tiny drakes and peculiar spiders to demon lords and ancient dragons. Tome of Beasts 1 introduces new foes and upgrades monsters that originally appeared in Tome of Beasts, including:

  • Full errata and streamlined mechanics to make monsters even more playable
  • 11 all-new creatures like the ashwalker, planewatcher, and the ancient cave dragon
  • Expanded tables by creature type and terrain
  • New monster art—and much more!

Give your players encounters they won't soon forget. Now easier to run than ever! 

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Alex M December 02, 2023 9:54 pm UTC
Is there ever going to be a version available that is integrated into Roll20? PDFs are well and good, but building a somewhat complex statblock by hand takes a lot of time and it would be hugely appreciated if I could skip that step as a DM.
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Carlos C July 14, 2023 5:52 pm UTC
I am ok with the book being revised, but one of the concerns I have with it is that Kobold Press removed some of creatures that are Midgard Lore specific from it. They didn't even mentioned it in the description, and you only could see it in a blog post they added in their site. I started running Empire of the Ghouls in Midgard and have been liking it a lot, but I'm wondering if Kobold Press is starting to move away from their world setting.
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Ralph T June 02, 2023 5:00 am UTC
What is the difference between the Tome of Beasts (2016) and this Tome of Beasts (2023)?
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marissa W June 07, 2023 4:11 am UTC
its in the description....
"Full errata and streamlined mechanics to make monsters even more playable
11 all-new creatures like the ashwalker, planewatcher, and the ancient cave dragon
Expanded tables by creature type and terrain
New monster art—and much more!"
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Ralph T June 08, 2023 4:22 pm UTC
Thank you for your response marissa W. The "full errata" and "streamlined mechanics" should be updates to the "older" version. 11 all-new creatures, expanded tables, new monster art, and "much more!" is not enough for $29.99. I used to highly respect Kobold Press, but after this they have lost some respect. This just seems like a play for greed on finances.
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Wolfgang B June 08, 2023 8:30 pm UTC
Yes indeed the errata is available for free.

The store description is wildly underselling the work on the updates. LOTS more information is on the Kobold Press blog about the further development of existing creatures, the honing of new abilities, and how this came together over a 6-month dev cycle.

Check this point-by-point out for better details:
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Ralph T June 10, 2023 4:07 pm UTC
Thank you for the information and the quick response. I'll take a look at it.
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Benjamin B June 10, 2023 4:53 pm UTC
Are there any plans to give volumes 2 and 3, or the Creature Codex similar updates?
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Wolfgang B June 10, 2023 6:33 pm UTC
It frankly depends on whether the first remastered edition does well; it was a lot of work, and if people like the updates we'll do it again.

In that case, it would be reasonable to expect an updated Creature Codex in 2024 or 2025.
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Nathaniel L August 31, 2023 12:01 am UTC
Hi Wolfgang! I was hoping you could elaborate on whether there were any "re-balancing" changes to stat blocks in the way of adjusting ability scores, AC, HP, damage, etc. or if it was more just clarifying whether things were actions, streamlining spells, etc. Thanks for jumping in here to ask questions!
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Ralph T October 04, 2023 4:39 pm UTC
@Wolfgang I looked at the site you linked above (sorry it took so long), and read the differences. My apologies for misunderstanding Kobold Press' work. I am unable to purchase the product at this time, but I do look forward to when I am able to purchase and read through it. Thanks for all the quality work you and your company has done.
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