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Critter Compendium

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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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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 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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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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Russell L May 13, 2017 4:59 am UTC
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I'm a bit confused as to why you nerfed the Jovoc (demon), currently the write up for it exists in such a sparse state and lacking the 3.5 MM II punch that I cannot fathom why I would use such a demon when Manes, Lemures, Imps, etc exist and have a more interesting and unique set of powers. I don't think variety for varieties sake makes a monster interesting unless it also has a unique 'ability' or write up.
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Tobias B May 13, 2017 5:09 am UTC
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Thank you for pointing that out, Russell!
It should have an Aura ability, that must have gotten lost in the layout building. I will add that back in, in the first update.
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Russell L May 13, 2017 5:12 am UTC
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Cheers Tobias! I purchased your critter compendium because I saw a lot of the monsters i've been updating from 3.5 -> 5e for my current campaign were showing up in your book. But then I noticed that Jovocs were missing a few details.

Great work otherwise, very much enjoying reading the book - excellent quality otherwise!
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Micah T May 12, 2017 1:22 pm UTC
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Hey, worth the buy! It's great and super helpful to all you DMs out there. However, this is still a work in progress. There are some typos and grammatical errors throughout the book. Keep that in mind as you choose how to spend.
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Tobias B May 12, 2017 1:24 pm UTC
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Hi Micah,
When you make a book this large all on your own, typos and grammar errors are bound to happen. But if you can point out a few to me, I can go in and correct them.
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Joseph D May 12, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
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I think the book is great. Very well done. The community may be able to help you edit by pointing out typos. How can we can report any errors?
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Tobias B May 13, 2017 4:37 am UTC
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You can message me through my twitter or facebook. The urls are at the end of the book under Additional Credits.
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Simon G May 11, 2017 1:06 am UTC
Any chance we'll see a price decline on this sometime in the near future?
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Robert L May 10, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
I want to buy this, but I want it in hardcover print-- is a print version ever coming?
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Tobias B May 10, 2017 7:46 pm UTC
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Hey Robert,
I wanted to make it print from day one, but had to find that it's not normally an option on DMs Guild. And you're not the first to express this wish either, I've had several people ask me. I'm currently trying to get in contact with Onebookshelf to see if we can make it a reality.
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Robert L May 15, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
I thought they offered a print on demand option for creators to sell hard/soft covers.
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Tobias B May 15, 2017 6:52 pm UTC
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So did I. Turns out that's not the case. At least not normally. Maybe I can get through to them.
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Vi F June 29, 2017 1:00 am UTC
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Any update on this?
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Austen S May 10, 2017 4:36 am UTC
Is there a way you can have a preview of this? This sounds like something I would be interested in buying this, cause I love getting new monsters for my world, but I don't want to pay 15 for something I have no idea what it looks like. Does each type of monster have a picture like in the D&D monster manual? That's awesome if so, but I would still be interested in seeing the art. Is there going to be a hardcopy version like Kobold's press's Tome Of Beasts? Also last question, what kind of monsters are in it? Is it like the Tome Of Beasts where for the most part are all new monsters? Or are these just new types of monsters that are already been used? Like new types of orcs for example. Thanks and I'm quite interested in your work
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Adam P May 10, 2017 5:27 am UTC
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There is literally a link under the cover art at the top of the page that says "full size preview" which shows the first 6 pages of it. Also Dawnforgecast does an awesome review of it which shows this book has everything you are asking about. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYzWq58kQnk
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Devin C May 19, 2017 6:45 am UTC
The full sized link is broken.
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Tobias B May 19, 2017 7:39 pm UTC
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Thank you for bringing it up Devin, I will update the book soon, hopefully that fixes the large preview.
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