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Creature Codex for 5th Edition


A Rampage of New 5th Edition Monsters!

DM: “A mysterious figure in a cloak approaches you in the tavern...”

PALADIN: “Aha! This must be a wizard with a map to a dungeon!”

DM: “…and he’s ticking.”


Whether you need scuttling dungeon denizens, alien horrors, or sentient avatars of the World Tree, the Creature Codex has you covered! Nearly 400 new foes for your 5th Edition game—everything from acid ants and grave behemoths to void giants and zombie lords.


  • A dozen new demons and five new angels
  • Wasteland dragons and dinosaurs
  • All-new golems, including the altar flame golem, doom golem, and keg golem
  • Elemental lords and animal lords to challenge powerful parties
  • Chieftains and other leaders for ratfolk, centaurs, goblins, trollkin, and more
  • New undead, including a heirophant lich to menace lower-level characters

...and much more! Use them in your favorite published setting, or populate the dungeons in a world of your own creation. Pick up Creature Codex and surprise your players with monsters they won’t be expecting!


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Jeremy H November 28, 2020 1:59 pm UTC
Shoot! I missed that great deal! I was waiting for my own sales to pick up before I bought the PDF.
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Taylor S August 03, 2019 7:33 pm UTC
Would love to see a print version here on drivethru.
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Mike V April 18, 2019 8:51 pm UTC
Hi there!

Is it possible to purchase the XML file somewhere? I would really like to use the monsters in improved initiative! Of course I am willing to pay and will then buy both the file and the book.



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Wolfgang B April 18, 2019 9:09 pm UTC
The only digital formats we have for this title are PDF, Roll20, and Fantasy Grounds. Sorry to say, there's no XML file available.
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Corentin P April 05, 2019 5:56 pm UTC
Hi ! Congrats for that book !
I have a question regarding the use of stats blocks from that book : would you allow me to copy some of your stats blocks (the Paper Golem for example) to be printed in an adventure which I will sell at the DMsguild ? You will be credited in the credits.
It seems DMsGuild let that happen : "When re-using a larger element that you have taken from another DMs Guild author’s work, include a reference to the original work by linking to the product page on within your PDF. For example, if you are using a Rainbow Unicorn creature that you found in another author’s work, you might reference that inside your own work where you provide stats for the Rainbow Unicorn the first time, using an internal citation such as, "(Rainbow Unicorn from Cloud Forest by Jane Doe).""
Just let me know. I don't want any copyright trouble, that's why I ask you first :)
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Wolfgang B April 05, 2019 6:19 pm UTC
Thanks for your question! The Creature Codex is published under the Open Gaming License on DriveThruRPG, while the DM's Guild does not allow Open content to be used in items published there.

HOWEVER, while you cannot legally reprint the stat blocks, you certainly can make a reference to them, somewhat like bolded monster names in adventures. Just say "MONSTER NAME (see Creature Codex, page ##)" or something along those lines. Hope that helps!
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Corentin P April 06, 2019 6:43 am UTC
OK, I get it ! Thanks for clarifying, copyright is always tricky. I sure will use the solution you suggest. Again, bravo for this book.
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Zuilin's G January 26, 2021 5:38 pm UTC
Are all the monsters in the Creature Codex OGL content? That is to say, could full-on copies of the stat blocks be used in products sold on DriveThruRPG (rather than DM's Guild) or would they have to be referenced on DriveThruRPG products as well?
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Wolfgang B January 26, 2021 7:00 pm UTC
Hi Zuilin, and YES, the Creature Codex monsters are OGL content, and their stat blocks are available for other products on DriveThruRPG to use in adventures etc. There's a few exceptions noted in the Product Identity statement per the OGL terms, around particular elements like the "Using in Midgard" sidebars.

If you publish a product that uses Codex monsters, let the Kobold Press team know and we'll give it a shoutout on social media.
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January 27, 2019 2:51 am UTC
Love this book and use for adventures all the time. Art, layout, editing, and most importantly PLAYTESTING is top notch. This one gets a lot of use and always will. Highly recommended.
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Bob M January 24, 2019 2:29 am UTC
Bought the hardcover through Kickstarter --- it's amazing. Cannot be highly enough recommend it. I've used multiple creatures in it for multiple games in a row.
Feel like a cheater leaving a recommendation here when I didn't buy through the site but everyone should know how awesome this book is.
I absolutely LOVE having a set of stock creatures that my experienced folks don't understand at all. Its an *amazing* tool for DMs in that scenario.
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Chris J November 30, 2018 2:23 pm UTC
I purchased this as the Kobold store and not here, so I can't leave a proper review. This book is fantastic. If you enjoyed ToB you won't be disappointed in this. I run a game with experienced players who know the MM inside and out. This book, and its predecessor, allows me to spring massive "XXX?!" surprises on them. The creatures are diverse, innovative, creative, and run the gamut of CRs. There is enough Midgard-specific flavor to help Midgard GMs (me) integrate them into the setting logically and easily, yet it's not so overwhelming that it cripples people running Faerun or other settings from pulling them in. Love it!
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Marc R November 04, 2018 2:35 pm UTC
@ Ben J - are you by any chance viewing the PDF with something other than Adobe Acrobat Reader (specifically Preview, Apple's PDF Reader)? Preview is know to have issues sometimes correctly displaying complex images
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Ben J November 04, 2018 12:52 am UTC
Some of the images are missing. Like the Dhampir text is wrapped round white space.
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Marc R October 26, 2018 12:11 pm UTC
Christopher R - Creature Codex is a brand new book of all-new monsters. It's essentially the sequel or follow up to the Tome of Beasts (there's even a cute little "Tome of Beasts 2" logo on the back cover)

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Christopher R October 26, 2018 10:44 am UTC
How is this product related to Tome of Beasts (which I already have)? Do they have different monsters or is there something else that makes them different? Just checking. Thanks.
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Kevin S October 19, 2022 10:05 pm UTC
Different monsters, actually include stats for Baba Yaga, while Tome of Beasts has her Horsemen
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Marc R October 19, 2018 2:49 am UTC
Those just happen to be the first 2 creatures that fall alphabetically in the book. The preview is simply the first handful of pages as determined by the DriveThru preview. You can get an excellent sense of the full range of inspiring creatures in the book by checking out the TOC.

Thanks for the comment though.

Besides, those first 2 creatures are actually pretty cool and unique! :)
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David L October 17, 2018 3:02 am UTC
An Ox and an Antacid? Not exactly inspiring creatures in the preview...
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Ralph T October 02, 2018 8:37 am UTC
Once again another awesome product by Kobold Press. With that said I don't really like theme; there is way to much green. =) I would also like to see them add a pronunciation guide for all the names in future products.
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MR. S September 21, 2018 3:29 am UTC
so, basically MM 2?
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Wolfgang B September 21, 2018 4:17 am UTC
Exactly that
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Donaven B September 14, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Recently received my Creature Codex and pawns after backing the Kickstarter. The PDF here is CERTAINLY worth the purchase with hugely imaginative monsters for your game. The perfect addition to the also awesome Tome of Beast. This is another fantastic product from Kobold Press! If you have the opportunity to pick up the physical book, it is a top notch product with high quality printing and binding.
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