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The Monster Manual has no undead between CR 5 and 13, so let’s fix that! In the Monster Mausoleum, we’ve got 17 undead horrors, including old-school favorites like the bodak and penanggalan, plus new monsters such as the macabre gaslight. Designed by David Noonan and Stacey Janssen (Princes of the Apocalypse), this collection of cadaverous combatants is sure to make your players scream in terror!

Also available: Tome of Templates, with 10 great templates for 5th edition D&D monsters, and Player's Guide to Gith, a way to make both githyanki and githzerai into playable characters for your campaign.

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Jody J June 09, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
This product has been added to the DMs Guild Creature Index.
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David E February 07, 2016 12:11 am UTC
Nothing has saving throw proficiencies as far as I can tell. Is that deliberate?
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David N February 07, 2016 2:56 am UTC
It is deliberate—for a few reasons.

1) One thing we've noticed around our 5e tables is that it's easy for a good DM to miss the saving throw bonuses in the heat of battle. Not every time and not every DM, of course, but often enough to give me pause as a designer.

2) 5e's more flexible approach to monster ability scores frees a monster designer to just hand out a high ability score when warranted. We don't *need* to do it just to make the monster combat viable, so we'd save saving throw bonuses for cases where there's a significant gap between "the monster's overall ability score" and "the defensive, saving throw aspect of the ability score." If that's key to the concept of the monster, then sure, go with the saving throw bonus. But as the MM notes, most creatures don't have that kind of gap.

3) Undead in particular have so many resistances and immunities that it's often piling on to grant a saving throw bonus, too.

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Georg K January 26, 2016 4:30 pm UTC
I am glad I bought this product. It has a wide variety of classic undead from various books from prior editions, updated to Fifth edition with a good execution of their essential powers that made their original versions terrifying in play. To me, the stats look well put together at least upon reading. Though I have to put a caveat I have not yet used them in my game and until I do so, I won't really know if there are any problems with any of the monster abilities or if the Challenge ratings are accurate. But one thing I can say already is that just reading each entry made me really want to run each of these undead in my campaign. Also, I love the layout, with each combat stat blocks on its own page and easily identified. That is very important to me when running a complex encounter. This is exactly the kind of monster PDF I'd like to see more of in the DMs Guild, and I hope I get to use every creature in this one to scare and delight my players.
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Danilo K January 16, 2016 11:35 pm UTC
Forgot to add in the review: I believe that some of the abilities (for example the gaslight's Confusing Fog) should have saves. Those abilities would be, in my opinion, unfair to the players without the saves.
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Danilo K January 14, 2016 7:03 am UTC
I recommend posting a full list of monsters, so other authors know what not to include in their own bestiaries.
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David N January 14, 2016 9:56 am UTC
Sure thing! Here's the list:

CR 3
CR 6
greater gaslight, mohrg
CR 7
allip, huecuva
CR 8
CR 9
crypt thing, draugr skald
CR 10
bodak, draugr chieftain
CR 11
skull lord
CR 12
boneclaw, devourer, penanggalan
CR 14
caller in darkness, nightwalker
CR 16
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Danilo K January 16, 2016 11:33 pm UTC
Thank you!
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