We now have the complete list of playable monster races that will be part of the official D&D book Monsters of the Multiverse.
In fact, we have a pretty chunky leak of the Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse book, thanks to a tipster who provided substantial evidence to Nerd Immersion. Wizards of the Coast should be concerned about the trustworthiness of their staff unless the leak is part of a guerilla marketing campaign, which seems unlikely.
Monsters of the Multiverse playable monster races
- Deep Gnome
- Duergar (Grey Dwarf / Underdark Dwarf)
- Air Genasi
- Earth Genasi
- Fire Genasi
- Water Genasi
- Sea Elf
- Shadar Kai
Fans may have been expecting mentions of Warforged or Loxodon, but they do not appear, nor are there further mentions of Feral Tieflings or the subraces from Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes.
There appear to be no new races. If you have all the D&D books from Wizards of the Coast, then you have other versions or mentions of all these races.
As noted, Sunlight Sensitivity appears to have been removed across the board, and the racial score rules from Tasha are used throughout.
Dropping Sunlight Sensitivity makes all the races far more attractive as potential player characters.
As usual, we should treat all leaks cautiously, but this one looks solid.
Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse official
Monsters of the Multiverse was announced during D&D Celebration last year, so we know some official information about the book.
Wizards’ Principal rules designer for D&D, Jeremy Crawford, talked about “qualify of life” improvements coming in the book.
- NPC/Monster listings now have more and nicer artworks.
- NPC/Monster stat blocks have been reorganised to be more easily readable.
- Many NPC/Monster spellcasters now have a slimmed-down .’Spellcasting Action’ instead of each having their own spell tree.
- DMs will no longer need to track Spell Slots for NPCs/Monsters.
- Monsters have been “rebalanced” across the board to make various monsters more challenging, to match their official challenge rating.
- Monsters are now listed alphabetically rather than alphabetically within sections.
Crawford also clarified;
As we gathered monsters from various sources into Monsters of the Multiverse, and also playable races, all of them have benefited from playtest feedback we’ve gotten over the last seven years”
This aligns with the “no new races” observation from the leak. We weren’t expecting any.
He also said;
We made improvements in clarity; we’ve added new abilities; we’ve rebalanced things; we’ve made some of the material easier to digest at the game table.
I think people are going to be delighted to have over 250 monsters in this book, and over 30 playable races – as far as I know, no D&D book has ever had as many playable races in one book before”
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