Back in the day, someone had created a handbook for harvesting parts from monsters. They went through every monster in the SRD and chose parts (and fairly reasonable prices for those parts). I was wondering if anyone knew of a link to the old material. I can only find links to 5e versions, which is not what I am looking for.

I believe there were multiple versions, and the one I vaguely recollect was a Word document. I also think there was an Excel version, IIRC, I was not as fond of that one (I do not recall why, as this was many years ago).


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While not exactly the specific source you described, there are a number of sources for 3.x that reference monster parts:

Official sources:

  • http://www.d20srd.org/srd/variant/magic/metamagicComponents.htm
  • Complete Mage has some optional material spell components, as does a few other source books which shall not be named (by me).
  • Player's Handbook II has the Trophy Collector feat.
  • some 3rd edition Dragon era articles also have monster parts (317 among others)
  • Unearthed Arcana has a small section about monster parts
  • Draconomicon has some dragon related ones

Also, previous editions of the game were a little more forthcoming with this sort of information... check out this old thread: https://www.enworld.org/threads/critter-bits-and-magic-recipes.35574/ It mentions...:

  • various old Dragon "Ecology of the..." magazine articles (use the DragonDex to search for them)
  • ye olde Monstrous Manual has a bunch scattered in the monster descriptions
  • The 1e DMG, p116-7 has a list of ingredients for potions. Also look for "Power Components"
  • Dragon 137 has a list of values for hides and body parts, young creatures and eggs.
  • Monstrous Compendium Annuals have more parts listed in monster descriptions
  • and more....

Lastly, there are alternate sources:

  • 101 Arcane/Divine Spell Components books from 2003 which is OGL material.
  • White Dwarf magazine (issues 59-63) Graeme Davis articles had detailed monster parts magic item creation rules for most of the items in the original Dungeon Masters Guide
  • \$\begingroup\$ This is awesome! Thank you! I assumed it was a longshot that I would find the exact Word document that I saw twelve plus years ago, but this response is amazing! I was not fond of the 5e material because it was unbalanced and would be too difficult to convert to 3.5. But, this is more than enough content that I think I could work with. Thank you very much! I will leave this open a little while longer in case anyone does happen to find the specific document, but in a day or two, I'll mark this as the answer if no one does. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 2, 2020 at 21:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ @InterstellarProbe You are most welcome! \$\endgroup\$
    – nijineko
    Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 13:21

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