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THE BESTIARY  (v. 3.0) 

AS RECOMMENDED by DRAGON+ (issue 14: "The Best of the Dungeon Masters Guild")


AUTHOR'S NOTE: BEFORE BUYING THIS PRODUCT, PLEASE CHECKOUT THE NEW "ILLUSTRATED BESTIARY", WHICH INCLUDES MOST CREATURES FOUND IN THIS BESTIARY, PLUS OTHERS FROM THE BESTIARY VOL. 2, and THE BESTIARY VOL 3. (no longer available as separate products). 


50 wild animals and monstrous beasts with 5E stat blocks

  • Low-level creatures (CR 0-5) and 1 CR 8 (Snow Serpent)
  • Monsters by Challenge Rating table
  • Monsters by Environment table
  • 22 pages
  • With or without the stock/public domain images (both versions available for download when purchasing the product);
  • Parchment or white background (printer-friendly)

Includes many original creatures and rules for rabies (bestial madness).

Antelope, Bakeneko Cat (fiend), Barakiel (celestial), Bison, Black Bear Cub, Bobcat, Brown Bear Cub, Calimshan Sandcat, Cavedog (Cavvekan), Cheetah, Chicken Hen/Rooster, Chultan Gorilla, Deathfang (undead), Dolphin, Eel, Fierce Snake, Ghoul Frog, Giant Ant (Queen), Giant Ant (Soldier), Giant Roadrunner, Giant Skunk, Hippo, Honey Badger, Ibis, Jellyfish, Maztican Spider, Meerkat, Monkey, Mountain Lion, Myrlochar, Night Hunter, Ostrich, Parrot, Peryton (Dire), Poison Dart Frog, Porcupine, Red Kangaroo, Rot Grub, Sembian Hound, Skunk, Snow Leopard, Snow Serpent, Spectral Panther, Spitting Crawler, Stonefish, Swarm of Rot Grubs, Whale, White Rhinoceros, Wolverine.

That's 50 beasts and monsters for 2$ !

Check out also:

The Bestiary - Volume 2 (25 more monsters)

The Bestiary - Volume 3 : The Anauroch Scrolls (25 more monsters)

Please take a moment to rate or review our work! Improvements based on feedback will be made available.

Change Log: v.2.1 : changed fierce snake and snow leopard images; improved white background and printer-friendly versions. 

v.2.2 : changed default stat blocks color based on feedback; different color for beasts, celestials, fiends, and monstrosities. Minor corrections. 

v2.3 : changed monster type for "beast" for the following animals : calimshan sandcat, giant ant, giant roadrunner. Plus minor correction for giant roadrunner (to hit bonus). 

v.2.4 : revised hit points (hit dice according to creature size) ; additional corrections 

v.2.5 (2017-03-13): general revision, improvements on some trait descriptions; added pack tactics to cavedog

v.2.6 (2017-03-26): revisited fierce snake and maztican spider; cavedog now "beast"

v.2.7 (2017-05-09): revisited fierce snake, maztican spider, jellyfish, and poison dart frog 

v.2.8 (2017-09-21): various stats corrections (bison, chicken/hen, ibis, meerkat, monkey, parrot, poison dart frog, porcupine, rot grub, skunk, spitting crawler, stonefish); mostly where it said "1 (1d4-3) (piercing or other) damage" changed to simply "1 (piercing or other) damage".  In other cases, the "to hit" has been adjusted. 

v.2.9 (never published) (2017-09-22): added missing "beast" tag to porcupine 

v.3.0 (2017-09-23): AC corrections. Missing "Natural armor" tag has been added to some beasts.

v.3.1 (not yet released): eel errata, available here for now


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Keywords: monsters, manual, bestiary, stat blocks, beasts, animals, monstrosities, villains, Forgotten Realms, creatures, monster, ranger, druid, companions, pets, tomb, annihilation, jungle

 
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Ismael A July 23, 2018 1:21 am UTC
For those creatures availableon DND Beyond, do you have a link or a place where they are gathered? I am curious to see some of them.
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Ben M July 23, 2018 8:38 pm UTC
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Search homebrew monsters by author: Benz74M
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Ben M June 05, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
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I have made many of the beasts available on DnD Beyond (homebrew section).
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Ben M October 01, 2017 6:12 pm UTC
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Bestiary volume 3 is out! http://www.dmsguild.com/product/222887/The-Bestiary-Volume-3--The-Anauroch-Scrolls
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Ben M September 24, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
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Eel errata available here: https://imgur.com/Orf14tr
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Cole T September 23, 2017 1:41 am UTC
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in my use of this product i have noticed a few errors

the Barakiel is labeled in it's statblock as challenge rating 0, when it is challenge rating 1/2 everywhere else.

on top of this the bakeneko cat, barakiel, and several other monsters, have armor classes that do not add up, i believe you most likely intended these to have natural armor, but you did not label it as such
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Ben M September 23, 2017 3:28 pm UTC
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Thank for bringing this to my attention. I am mortified. The application I'm using to do these stats blocks sometimes play tricks on me. Still, not an excuse. I have immediately worked on correcting all the Armor Class erratum, or added the mention "natural armor" when appropriate. Documents shall be updated shortly (version 3.0).
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Ben M September 23, 2017 4:11 pm UTC
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Done! Version 3.0 now available with AC corrections!
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Ben M September 21, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
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Version 1.8 is now available, with additional corrections.
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Ben M September 23, 2017 3:23 pm UTC
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version 2.8, not 1.8.
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Cole T August 16, 2017 3:20 am UTC
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On page 15, the porcupine stat block does not say the porcupine's type(we assumed it was a beast). it simply says "Tiny or Small , Unaligned" where it should say "Tiny or Small Beast, Unaligned"
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Ben M August 16, 2017 1:19 pm UTC
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Thanks for the heads up! This omission (and other minor erratas) will be fixed in upcoming version 2.8.
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Ben M September 23, 2017 4:11 pm UTC
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This omission has been fixed in version 3.0
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Trentin B May 04, 2017 4:22 am UTC
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Page 3 appears SUPER blurry to me. The rest is slightly blurry with the occasional line cutoff (see Spectral Panther on pg 18). The book is gorgeous! I think there may be a layer over the rest that causes some anomalies?
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Ben M May 09, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
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Try new version 2.7. Hopefully it's a bit better.
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Trentin B November 23, 2018 8:41 am UTC
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Still has this strange blurriness to the text. Are you using images of these text boxes in the layout? It's only the text IN the monster stat blocks. The text under Rabies or in the index are fine.
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C D September 21, 2016 9:31 am UTC
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Hi there, I'm a current user of Fantasy Grounds, and I've been compiling a huge bank of NPCs into a module for the platform. With your permission would it be okay to include these NPCs within said module and release it to forum? Full credit will be given within the NPCs description text as well as a link to this page for contributions towards your work.

Thank you.
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Ben M September 27, 2016 2:49 am UTC
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Sure thing.
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Chris C August 17, 2016 11:51 pm UTC
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Hey so I confess I just downloaded this so I could had some 5e stats for a Cavvekan. This is probably another one where you should change the type from 'monstrosity' to 'beast' since you used the same logic for others.
The other thing that seems off to me, is that the AC should be 13, not 14 with a Dex of 17, right? Unless a creature has "natural armor", you would just calculat 10+Dex modifier. For languages, you should put "None, but can understand its master's language" to speak to the fact that the drow do, in fact train them. Finally, I would consider adding Pact Tactics to them. Although that MAY affect the CR.
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Ben M September 16, 2016 5:54 pm UTC
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Thanks for the comment!
I used monstrosity for the cavvekan cause according to MM, beast is a type reserved for natural animals (animals found in the *real* world) and their giant versions. The cavvekan seemed monstrous enough to classify as a monstrosity.
The AC does involve natural armor plus dex modifier. Should be corrected in next version.
As for understanding a language, I see the cavvekan as having a similar understanding as would a regular dog. To have the mention "understands a language" would mean actually understanding someone's speech, not just a number of words and commands. Did I miss this ability from the earlier edition of the cave dog?
Pact tactics? Perhaps. Are they usually found hunting as pacts?
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Chris C February 10, 2017 9:07 am UTC
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This link references packs. Its from 3rd edition Races of Faerun http://www.realmshelps.net/monsters/block/Cavvekan
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Ben M March 13, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
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Version 2.5 : added pack tactics to the Cavvekan (cavedog)
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Ben M March 27, 2017 2:32 am UTC
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version 2.6: cavedog now "beast" as suggested.
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Jody J June 09, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
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This product has been added to the DMs Guild Creature Index. http://www.dmsguild.com/product/184543/DMs-Guild-Creature-Index
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Jody J May 27, 2016 2:54 pm UTC
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This deserves another scrub through to make the HD types consistent with the 5th edition creature rules. Many of the creatures have the incorrect HD type for their size. 1d4 for Tiny, 1d6 for Small, 1d8 for Medium, 1d10 for Large, 1d12 for Huge, and 1d20 for Gargantuan. The entries which are listed as potentially two sizes should probably be 2 separate stat blocks since attack damage and hit points change with size. Which may shift the Challenge Ratings.
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Ben M June 02, 2016 5:01 pm UTC
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Thanks for the feedback. I was under the impression the HD type for a particular creature size was a suggestion rather than a hard rule. I will try to revise the stats blocks in a future update (free update when you have already purchased the product).
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Ben M June 14, 2016 5:47 pm UTC
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Version 2.4 (uploaded June 14, 2016) includes revised hit points (HD type appropriate to creature size). Thank you!
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Jody J June 15, 2016 3:14 pm UTC
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I appreciate the effort you made to keep the Challenge Ratings the same by making adjustments to stats or HD while matching the HD size to creature size.

Excellent work!
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Nod H March 15, 2016 4:28 am UTC
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The creatures are interesting.
The format is hard to see with my old eyes. That gray on off-white is a real squint-inducer.
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Ben M March 16, 2016 12:15 am UTC
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I updated the product with several new creatures today. Four formats are available, including one with a white background. Thank you for purchasing the booklet. Hope you'll find it useful!
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Nod H March 17, 2016 5:50 pm UTC
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The updates are a welcome improvement. I'm still having some squinting trouble with the grey on off-white main version, I'd selfishly urge you to pick a different color contrast format, maybe something closer to the MM. The improved white background alternate version 2.1 is definitely better than before. The creatures themselves seem well thought out and I've already used the Cheetah in my home campaign.
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Ben M March 17, 2016 7:21 pm UTC
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Thanks for the suggestions, Michael. Personally, do you prefer the version with the stock images / cliparts, or without? I'd appreciate if you could rate my product :) Thanks!
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Ben M March 17, 2016 8:17 pm UTC
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Version 2.2 has new stat block colors, closer to the MM as suggested :D
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Nod H March 17, 2016 8:39 pm UTC
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I was waiting for the "final version" to rate and/or review.
To answer your question, some art (even if it's stock/clip) is always better than no art. It's a game of imagination, sure, but even the imagination can use a visual nudge once in a while. If I don't like the art you're using, I can always ignore it, but if there's no art at all, it's bland and boring.
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Ben M March 17, 2016 10:02 pm UTC
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Ok, thanks again for the advice. I think v.2.2 is pretty much the final version, in terms of layout, colors, and images.
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Ben M March 18, 2016 1:10 pm UTC
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Thanks for the review, I really appreciate it! You found odd that I typed the Giant Roadrunner as a monstrosity rather than a beast, and I understand that because I hesitated between the two types. I went for monstrosity because there's no "magical beast" type in 5E, and I envisionned this hommage to the famous cartoon as a wizard experimenting with the normal roadrunner, enlarging it, and giving it speed and immunity to fatigue/exhaustion. Of course, A DM could decide to treat it as a beast found in the ordinary ecology of the world. At any rate, I understand where the questionning comes from and I might add a "Designer's Note" to some creatures in a future update. :)
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Ben M March 18, 2016 8:02 pm UTC
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Scratch that. Having read carefully the type descriptions in the MM, I realize I shouldn't have labelled certain creatures as monstrosities since "beasts" cover both beasts with magical powers and the giant versions of animals. In the next update, the calimshan sandcat, the giant ants, and the giant roadrunner will have the appropriate "beast" type.
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Nod H March 18, 2016 8:15 pm UTC
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No such thing as a "final version" with something like this, heh.
Don't forget to change the appropriate colors of their entries.
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Ben M March 21, 2016 1:36 pm UTC
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Version 2.3 is now available with modifications based on your feedback and review.
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