Tome of Beasts for 5th Edition Review

Quick Look: Tome of Beasts for 5th Edition

Authors:  Chris Harris, Dan Dillon, Rodrigo Garcia Carmona & Wolfgang Baur
Developer: Steve Winter
Publisher: Kobold Press
Year Published: 2016

Role Playing System: 5th Edition Dungeon & Dragons

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From the Publisher: 

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 


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 


  • 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!


I will be honest about Dungeons and Dragons 5E ; as a DM 

(and the rare instances where I am a player), even though I 

love the refined combat and sense of development for player 

characters, I have often felt uninspired by the general fare 

that the 5E Monster Manual has offered.

Sure, it offered all the traditional monsters ; zombies, hags, 

dragons and such, but in my eye, most of the enemies felt 

flat-out boring. 

So when I heard of the opportunity to buy the Tome of Beasts 

by Kobold Press several years ago, I felt it was an opportunity 

that I could not afford to pass up — I desperately needed the 

opportunity to breathe more life into my campaigns and 


And I must profess, I was not disappointed in the slightest.

Alas, I will not be able to talk too much about what this 

massive 5E book has to offer, as I am sure that there are 

copyright issues, and I do not want to detract from any of the 

hard work that went into the production of this treasure trove

of monster material by  posting too many pictures and pages 

of monster stats and descriptions that dwell within this hard 

cover behemoth. 

But I do need to say that if things have been feeling stale for 

you in your gaming sessions, you need to try this out! 

Over 400 monsters await you, and they all ooze with a 

presence that I many times felt is lacking in the official 5E 

Monster manual.

The special abilities and characteristics of all of the creatures 

in this book makes it a thematic pleasure to plan your latest 

dungeon delves. You will almost never be at a loss for ideas, 

as the material contained in this book delivers and inspires on 

all counts, from fantastic art to covering every facet of terrain 

possible in which you can encounter these denizens—land, 

sea, air and more.

I wish I could say and show more. But as stated, I have 

tremendous respect for the talent and work that went into this 


If you want to take your DnD sessions to the next level for your 

gamers, this is an essential to have in your collection!

10 / 10 in all areas. This is a great asset for DM’s!

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Jazz Paladin- Reviewer

Jazz Paladin is an eccentric at heart — When he is not learning to make exotic new foods at home, such 
as Queso Fresco cheese and Oaxacan molé, he is busy collecting vintage saxophones, harps, and other music-related paraphernalia. An avid music enthusiast, when he is not pining over the latest board games that are yet-to-be-released, his is probably hard at work making jazzy renditions of classic/retro video game music tunes as Jazz Paladin on Spotify and other digital music services. 

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