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Where do I find the "official" rules for D&D 5e?

Core Rulebooks Player's Handbook (PHB) Monster Manual (MM) Dungeon Master's Guide (DMG) These three books form the official rulebooks for D&D5e. They are also sometimes known as the "core ...
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How do I know which edition of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) the books I'm looking at are for?

A quick, visual guide to the editions, by logo: [note: there is no effort made here to explain or compare editions: please see Q/A like https://rpg.stackexchange.com/q/13212/23970 or https://rpg....
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Which creature is depicted in this Xanathar's Guide illustration of a war mage?

It is indeed a Ki-rin Jeremy Crawford has stated in a tweet as a response to someone posing this same question: Casey White @CaseyDaWhite @mikemearls @JeremyECrawford Not sure who to ask, but ...
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Do the D&D 5e source books specify which edition they are?

As far as I can tell, the books don't explicitly state that they are for 5th edition. However, there's a phrase on the back that says: When you're ready for even more, expand your adventures with ...
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What is Orcus doing with Mind Flayers in the art on the last page of Volo's Guide to Monsters?

This depicts Orcus raising Cyrog from Out of the Abyss Warning: this answer is full of spoilers During the Out of the Abyss adventure, the party travels to a location called Gravenhollow, a library ...
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How does one track/incorporate errata in relation to printed rulebooks without having to memorize, or constantly check against, the errata?

When I've felt the need to do this, I've simply written on the book's pages, in pencil if that would show up clearly on the page and not smudge, else in ink. The margin had enough space for noting ...
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Starting with D&D: Starter Set vs Dungeon Master's Guide

It depends on what you're looking for You're comparing two entirely different products. Starter Set: I have no idea what D&D is and want to DM The Starter Set has everything you need to start ...
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Identifying a tabletop book that has a panther with blue swirls on the cover

It is The Wild Beyond the Witchlight alternate cover. Seems to to fit quite well with the “panther with blue swirls” description, and is consistent with the other info you’ve provided; it contains ...
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What is the "Ultimate Book of The Master"

It's the Dungeon Master's Guide In this case the "Ultimate Book of the Master" is just a playful reference to the DMG - since that is, after all, the book meant for the "master" of ...
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What to do when the new "Monsters of the Multiverse" book doesn't match "Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes" and "Volo's Guide to Monsters"?

Older versions of the races revised in Monsters of the Multiverse are obsolete. But ask your DM. Your DM has the final say on which sourcebooks are available for selecting character options, and what ...
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What is "Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron"?

It's a digitally published book by Wizards of the Coast You can read the description of this playtest material on D&D Beyond and via DMsGuild. It is described as: Eberron was born in 2002 when ...
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Where can I find information about the characters named in official D&D 5e books?

Most of these characters go back to the early days of D&D Tasha Iggwilv (aka Tasha) is a fictional wizard from the Greyhawk campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. She ...
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Does the Player's Handbook contain anything that would specifically help dungeon masters?

Yes, the Player’s Handbook contains the majority of the actual game rules, which a DM is required to know to run the game. The DM needs to read all three core books — Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’...
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How can I preserve books, but keep them accessible?

There is a Wikipedia article on the conservation of books that recommends storage methods and materials storage in a cool, dry, clean, and stable location clear polyester (Mylar) film sleeves (comic ...
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Is "The GM's Book of Legendary Dragons" a valid D&D 5e rulebook?

This is not from Wizards of the Coast, nor is it an official rulebook The publisher of this work is Media Lab Books, a MacMillan Publishers subsidiary, also using the name "Topix Media Lab". ...
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What do the core three books provide that is not already in the Basic Rules, SRD, and free supplements?

A key difference is feats, but class options are also limited. While there is considerably less content in the SRD than the PHB for sub classes, spells, backgrounds, and feats, there being only 1 of ...
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How can I preserve books, but keep them accessible?

As Groody suggested, there's a lot you can do to make the room good, but there are two more steps you can do for handling that can aid in preserving them. UV light is the enemy UV light, like from a ...
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Are D&D PDFs sold in multiple versions of different quality?

DriveThruRPG is the same company as DMsGuild (formerly DNDClassics), and the former RPGnow. They have the same inventory and you can login to either with the same account. As far as I know, DM's ...
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How do I know which edition of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) the books I'm looking at are for?

The D&D logo or rear blurb is your best guide Look at the logo at the top of the front cover. In short, a small red "D&D" logo means 5th edition, a large red "Dungeons & Dragons" logo ...
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I have the Player's Handbook; should I get the Dungeon Master's Guide or Monster Manual next?

The DMG is much more important. First, it's worth noting that it's pretty important to have all three books. That being said, the DMG contains lots of useful information for a new DM. While more ...
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In what edition did Volo first appear?

Volothamp Geddarm has been around for more than 20 years, having been generated by Jeff Grubb and used by Ed Greenwood in many 2e sourcebooks. The first Volo's Guide book was Volo's Guide to Waterdeep,...
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As of the November 2018 core book updates, what changes were made in the latest printings of the PHB that aren't noted in the errata document?

There are a few changes - some minor, some more significant - in the latest printing of the PHB that are not noted in the 2018 errata PDF: Action Surge Awakened Mind Climbing, Swimming and Crawling ...
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Where can I find an exhaustive (and constantly updating) list of 5e reference and adventure books?

On the Wizards Product Catalog page. Wizards tends to keep a pretty accurate catalog of their physical products, and this list can be sorted new-old, so check back there periodically and see if ...
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Who is the narrator of the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide book?

Chapter 2 of the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide is narrated by five Faerûnians. The introduction to Chapter 2: The Sword Coast and the North says (SCAG, p. 43; emphasis mine): This chapter details ...
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What is the winged creature on the back of the Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes book?

It appears to be a Berbalang Looking through the pictures in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes it most looks like the Berbalang. Wizards of the coast has been known to put baby pictures of monsters in ...
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Starting with D&D: Starter Set vs Dungeon Master's Guide

The DMG is the least useful of the core books First, welcome to 5th edition D&D, the learning curve isn't too steep for this system and you should be able to pick it up fairly easily. Before I get ...
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How "official" is the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount book?

The Explorer's Guide to Wildemount is official in that it is published by Wizards of the Coast, but none of its content is permitted in AL play. This announcement on the D&D AL website says: As ...
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What were these CYOA-style books?

Most likely answer: Super Endless Quest aka Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Gamebooks The Super Endless Quest series, later renamed Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Gamebooks, ...
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Who's the artist that drew the art on pages 148 and 220 of the PHB?

The art on page 148 is "Shield bash" by John Stanko. The art on page 220 is "Burning Hands", also by John Stanko.
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What was this 80s book about RPGs?

Perhaps it is a book called Dicing with Dragons by Ian Livingstone? “Most likely published 1984 to 1989”: it was first published in 1982, and there were several later editions with the last one being ...
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