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Hundreds of Monsters New and Old

The Critter Compendium delivers over 250 pages of monsters both from older editions and completely new to the game for a DM to unleash upon their players. But players too can find new options in this book, such as new creatures to summon, undead to create, beasts to use as familiars, beast companions or to wildshape into, and even some ideas for class options such as Draconic Bloodlines and Warlock pacts based on the monsters presented here. Features of this book include the following:

  • A fully illustrated bestiary featuring 135 entries and 257 individual statblocks, as well as lore to help understand each creature and provide inspiration on how to include it in an adventure.
  • An appendix of 38 beasts and miscellaneous, low Challenge monsters.
  • A section featuring skeletons and zombies that can represent a wide variety of undead creatures from humanoids of various sizes to monsters and dragons and allows both DMs and players options to create such undead from creatures not covered by the Monster Manual entries. This list also ties directly into the abilities of some monsters featured in the bestiary.
  • An appendix of air, earth, fire, and water elementals ranging from Small to Gargantuan size to use as monsters or to summon with spells like conjure minor elementals or higher slot levels of conjure elemental.
  • A list of easy to apply monster templates that can transform a creature’s nature without requiring significant recalculations of its statblock and can be applied on the fly. This includes a template that allows you to turn any creature into a legendary encounter and thereby a suitable boss monster.

To give you an overview of the creatures available in this book, this is the full index of creatures by Challenge Rating:

Creatures by Challenge Rating

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Matthew C April 07, 2018 11:34 am UTC
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Im a bit new to DMS-Guild and newer to buying a bunch of 3rd party stuff, It says that the Fantasy Grounds version of this has more monsters and more appendix's etc. Now does that version not have a printable copy? OR??? ( dont play fantasy grounds either ) Sorry for stupid question if it it is such!!! I plan on buying, but i'd like to get more creatures if I can ( Plan on printing for the table )
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Tobias B April 07, 2018 1:33 pm UTC
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Hi Matthew sorry for the confusion.

Both versions have the same number of monster stablocks. The perceived difference comes in because I didnt mention the number of statblocks in the Appendices for zombies and skeletons, elementals and monster templates. So the Fantasy Grounds module does not include any monsters that aren't in the PDF.
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Matthew C April 07, 2018 6:55 pm UTC
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1. Good to know thank you, you earned my canadian dollars lol. 2. The speed of your reply is EXTREMELY EXTREMELY prompt, convenient and most of all shows how focused you are on this :) Buying Dinosaurs as well my Moon Druid will make use of it I think in the jungles of Chult!!!!! Keep up the good work! :D
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Merrick J March 25, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
any idea when the kobold fight club will be done?
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Atanas P February 10, 2018 10:07 pm UTC
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Here it is - the first post is kinda foundational for the setting, the second is filled with my own ideas for monster but you will see also several familiar faces! https://weirdershit.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/the-broken-world/
https://weirdershit.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/mutant-manual-abnormal-life-and-unlife-from-the-broken-world/
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Atanas P February 12, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
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Feedback will be greatly appreciated!
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Tobias B February 12, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
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I like how the monsters are represented here. They fit really well into the theme of the fallen world. It was a very good read.
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Atanas P February 12, 2018 8:20 pm UTC
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Thank you very much! It was a challenge to converse such good lore in the case of the cosmic dragons. For the other monsters, that of my design, I haven't made stat blocks. I have never designed crunch before. So, in case of monsters, what advice would you give me?
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Tobias B February 13, 2018 1:41 am UTC
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If you want to make your own monsters, first off think about what makes them unique. Build their abilities around that. When writing abilities look at how they are written in the monster manual as well as check on the rules in the Players Handbook that they interact with, it helps writing rules that are consistent and make sense. I often see people making the mistake of wording their rules in a way that it doesn't make sense in the context of the game's ruleset.

You should definitely make an attempt at reading and understanding whatz the DMG says about creating monsters, especially how CR is calculated it can get a bit convoluted with resistances immunities, and special abilties that allow the monster to deal or avoid damage.
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Atanas P February 07, 2018 10:38 pm UTC
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This overdelivers in a big way! Awesome ideas. And many of my favourites from 4E return! I have a question - I'm developing a homebrew setting and publish lore on my blog. May I use some monsters (cosmic dragons and primal lycnathropes) as fixtures. I make sure it is mentioned where they originate from?
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Tobias B February 08, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
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Hi Atanas,

You're welcome to incorporate any of these monsters in your setting's lore. I don't (and I don't think I could if I wanted to) claim ownership of any of the creatures I created for this book. Only the statblocks I would have to ask you not to post publically.

I'd be happy to see your blog post though!
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Atanas P February 08, 2018 9:43 pm UTC
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I intended to include only tweaked lore, anyway. Thank you very much!
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KYLE B January 08, 2018 1:25 am UTC
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Was the Graft section removed from the book? I checked the demon section and appendix but can't find it.
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Tobias B January 08, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
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Hi Kyle,
It's still in, but it's not in the Demons section (never has been), but in the Obyrith section, right after the entry for the Sibiriex (which is the monster that can actually use it)
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Imogen C October 08, 2017 2:02 pm UTC
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great book just a few minor issues and its mainly creatures by enviroment so far only came accross 2 errors here but giant seal and sea leopard are categorised as cr 1/2 but everywere else there down as cr 1 also are zombie beastfolk small and medium supposed to both be cr 1/4?
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Tobias B October 08, 2017 7:20 pm UTC
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Hi Imgoen,

Thanks for thze heads-up. Both seals are meant to be CR 1, the mistake snuck in in the by-environment tables somehow.
And yes both zombies are meant to be CR 1/4 even though the small version is a bit weaker. Mathematically they would be more of a high-end CR 1/8 but Undead Fortitude can make them tough to crack so I went with the next higher tier.
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Imogen C October 12, 2017 10:13 pm UTC
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ah ok there are other errors with the cr ratings in the enviroment tables but i forgot to note them down just to let you know
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eddy B October 04, 2017 11:01 pm UTC
I really wish I could get this in print :( Seems like a solid product from what I've seen.
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robert O August 29, 2017 5:07 am UTC
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This monster compendium has been AWESOME since I got it. I gave it a short review as well after my initial read through and light uses, but now I've used it for a while and needed to say that I've continued to really enjoy it. The only thing currently that would make this better would be adding it to Kobold Fight Club's index so I could easily search up monsters for encounter building, but otherwise well done. A very enjoyable useful book to have for sure.
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Lee R July 12, 2017 10:46 am UTC
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Do you think you could add your monsters to kobold fight club?

heres the current 3rd party spreadsheet, could you add your stuff to it and email it to one of the kobold press guys?
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YR8NBDp8BP4Lz-CWChh6-8dOPN7aYV_dRD6g9ZBvNqM/edit

It would really help out with building encounters with your monsters.
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Jesse R August 17, 2017 10:45 pm UTC
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That would be amaziiiing
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Matheus F August 18, 2017 4:21 am UTC
I second this request! Was thinking about it... I can search your content easily on Fantasy Grounds, but with Kobold Fight Club integration would be more even more easier to apply filters!
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Tobias B September 03, 2017 3:12 pm UTC
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Alright everyone, I'm giving in. Working on the kobold fight club spreadsheet now.
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Vi F October 14, 2017 6:54 am UTC
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Thank you!!
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Vi F June 29, 2017 6:05 pm UTC
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Hello! Really love the book. Planning on printing and binding it. I was wondering if there was plans to have it added to kobold fight club. It'd make it easier to integrate in encounter building and increase exposure
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Tobias B July 01, 2017 3:50 pm UTC
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Hi, Vi,
Unfortunately, I am not at all familiar with Kobold Fight Club.
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Tobias B July 02, 2017 11:12 pm UTC
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Hey Vi,
In case you are still planning to having the book printed and bound, if you hold out a little more, there will be a major update with a lot of corrections and cleanups so you may want to hold out.
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Vi F July 03, 2017 7:58 pm UTC
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Thanks for the heads up! I'll hold off on getting it printed till the update then. And again, really love your product!
And kobold fight club is an online encounter builder.
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Vi F July 11, 2017 5:57 am UTC
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Hey Tobias,

Just checking in. Is v1.1 the update you were speaking about that I should print?
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Tobias B July 11, 2017 10:23 am UTC
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Hi Vi,

Yes that was the big one. I don't expect to need to make any other ones as maor as this.
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Vi F July 11, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
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thanks!
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Zachary G July 18, 2017 12:03 pm UTC
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Any big monster book, I'm down with. My only problem is I like physical items as oppsosed to digital; Is there a printer friendly version planned? I've read all the way to skull lord and I think he'll make for a great mid level boss.
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Tobias B July 21, 2017 11:50 am UTC
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Hey Zach, you know what, that's a good idea. I figured the light grey background shouldn't be too bad for a printer but i guess it's still over 250 pages. I will make a less graphically intense version of it soon.
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Vi F October 20, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
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Heya! Just wondering if there's a changelog available for v1.2 vs v1.1 - I already printed v1.1 and so am wondering what I need to go back and pencil in regarding stats?

Thanks!
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Peter B June 27, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
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Any plans of releasing this for Roll20? It would be great to have all the stats imported to the compendium,
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Tobias B June 27, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
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Hi, Peter
I don't think I can legally make and release roll20 content out of the Critter Compendium, but there will be a Fantasy Grounds Module that is in the works right now.
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Benjamin P June 18, 2017 5:06 am UTC
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I'm potentially planning on putting together an adventure and putting it up on here for a either a v. small fee or "pay what you want". I fell in love with your gremlin conversion and would love to use it for said adventure. Can I use it and include it in the adventure proper? I don't want to do so without your express permission, and without crediting you.
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Tobias B June 18, 2017 1:09 pm UTC
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That sounds awesome, Benjamin. You have my permission. Just include a reference to the entry from the Critter Compendium in your adventure and it will be fine.
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Tim B June 20, 2017 5:54 pm UTC
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Along similar lines, I'm looking to publish my first adventure and would love to include a couple of the lizardfolk and the ophidian since it's set near the Serpent Hills. Let me know if that's cool to do with proper attribution!
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Tobias B June 21, 2017 3:44 pm UTC
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That's cool Tim, as long as the Critter Compendium is referenced, that's fine.
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Tim B June 22, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
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Will do! Thank you!
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Matheus F June 16, 2017 3:31 am UTC
Any chance for a Fantasy Grounds module? I would buy it in the module format.
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Tobias B June 16, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
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Hey Matheus,

Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Yes, the book will be updated very soon (probably by the end of the week) and after that I will get to work on the Fantasy Grounds version. But I don't know how long it will take, as I'm not familiar with making FG-Mods.
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Tobias B July 10, 2017 3:08 pm UTC
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The Fantasy Grounds module is complete! You can get it here http://www.dmsguild.com/product/216072/Critter-Compendium-Fantasy-Grounds-Module
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A S June 16, 2017 12:46 am UTC
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Sorrowsworn can cast touch of idiocy, there is no such spell in 5e (yet).
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Tobias B June 16, 2017 2:39 am UTC
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Thank you for spotting that, A S, it will be adressed in the next update.
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Bryan H May 30, 2017 5:20 am UTC
This is great, but for the record there is quite a bit of copyright infringement going on here. Each monster has artwork from earlier editions of the game and those are owned by Wizards of the Cost/Hasbro/the artist who drew it. You should consider, particularly since you're charging a premium fee, finding or creating artwork that you own.
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Tobias B May 30, 2017 12:20 pm UTC
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Hey Brian!
I assure you, it's all legit. The Artwork you recognize from previous editions is from the DMs Guild resources provided by Wizards of the Coast for DMs Guild titles such as this one. So it is perfectly legal.
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Gary K May 15, 2017 11:48 pm UTC
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Is there a CR index of the creatures it contains I can see? I'm running quite a high-level campaign and I'm primarily interested in CR 18-30 creatures.
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Tobias B May 16, 2017 11:20 am UTC
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I added a screenshot of the creature index by CR from the book to the description.
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Gary K May 17, 2017 11:13 am UTC
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Cheers for that man, picked it up there, looking forward to making use of it.
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