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DM Options: Monster Talents (5E)

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"This product is bar none, one of my favorite non-adventure supplements. This is a must have 5 star product!" - CritAcademy

"A definite boon for dungeon masters who are tired of players always predicting what monsters are capable of." - AndrewR

"... the final verdict is that Monster Talents is an exemplary product...  and if you are a DM who wants to improve your monsters, I cannot reccomend this book enough. I award it five stars!" Njål R. M.

"This is an astonishing supplement and a fantastic sourcebook to spice up your encounters, totally recommend it for the value it provides in comparisson to its price! 5/5!" -  Libedrator E.

"Excellent work, and well worth the price tag. I'll definitely be looking at this every week while prepping games! This worked great as a stand alone DM creature resource." -   James M.

"The extra firepower and variety in abilities is a welcome addition for those interested in giving their players extra challenges regardless of level."  Lawrence M


DM Options: Monster Talents is the stand-alone follow up to the best selling Character Options: Talents and Character Options: Talents II.

It contains over 150 pages of detailed talents to spice up your monsters and make your encounters more challenging, fresh, and unpredictable!  In addition, it also has a player section for the six new character races presented in Volo's Guide to Monsters! Finally, it includes a new creature template: the Elite Monster!

  • Chapter 1. Talents for the creatures from the Monster Manual.

  • Chapter 2. Talents for the miscellaneous creatures.

  • Chapter 3. Talents for the Character Races from Volo's Guide.


Nerd Immersion's Featurette: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeoMEinJ5W8&feature=youtu.be


About this Book

DM Options: Monster Talents is the third book about the Talents concept. The first two books, Character Options: Talents and Character Options: Talents II, have both been successful and made a huge impact to a lot of players' gaming experience. However, it did have balance issues that a DM had to address. And this book will finally help the DM do that. This time, the talents are not for the players (well. almost... see Chapter 3). This time, it's the DM who gets to have the fun choosing and playing around with feat-like options for monsters. 

This book covers the creatures from the Monster Manual book,  providing several talents to choose from for each critter, depending on their CR. The higher the creature's CR, the more talents they can have and the bigger their selection. As a result, you'll have plenty of options to make the tired and typical encounters your players have gone accustomed to dealing with suddenly fresh and exciting. With talents like the stirge's insidious Anesthetic Bite, the beholder's obnoxious Redirect Central Eye, the balor's destructive  Meteor Strike, the tarrasque's terrifying Disintegration Breath, and the truly horrifying rage-quit inducing Potent Antennae of the rust Monster to arm your monsters with, you'll have a delightful time tormenting and shocking your players. 

If you didn't purchase the Character Options: Talents books, don't fret. DM Options: Monster Talents can still provide you with dozens of ideas on how to create or customize your own monsters. With over 150 pages  of talents, you'll find a lot you can use here! Enjoy!


 
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Jason M March 21, 2021 6:04 am UTC
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I have a question does Numbing Breath become overwritten by Freezing Breath or do the effects stack with one another?
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Dragonix M March 22, 2021 11:08 am UTC
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It gets overwritten by Freezing Breath, which incapacitates the target instead of just slowing it.

Also, there's a missing sentence there before the escape DC sentence. It should read "The creature can make a Constitution
saving throw. The DC is equal to 8 plus the dragon's Constitution modifier plus its proficiency bonus (see MM page 8) at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success."
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John H March 17, 2021 4:15 am UTC
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I really like these but it would be really nice to have an index of sorts similar to the Making a Monster section in the DMG Page 280. It would be easier to sort through them that way I think. Mainly because I will definitely move talents to other creature types.

Thanks!
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Dragonix M March 22, 2021 11:17 am UTC
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That was the original plan, but later on, I realized that most talents couldn't be applied to other creatures because they were very specific. Another reason was that because the talents are not tied to any specific statblock, the DC calculations, damage, etc. can't be precalculated, and thus would put too much work on the DM. I didn't want to do that because that would nullifies the point of the book (make the life of the DM easier when modifying existing creatures). But yeah, you're right. I hope the existing format doesn't discourage you from applying talents to other creature types.
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Ryan S November 28, 2020 11:47 pm UTC
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Any plans for a POD version? I'd love to have a book to use at the table.
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Dragonix M November 29, 2020 6:57 pm UTC
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I would love to, but DM's Guild is the only one that can decide whether a book can be available in PoD format. You can always try to email DM's Guild and request for PoD versions of the Talents books.
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Dragonix M October 02, 2020 12:09 am UTC
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v.108 has been released
- various minor fixes, wording corrections, and layout improvements
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Caleb B October 01, 2020 8:13 pm UTC
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I love this supplement! However, I was looking to level up a Night Hag in my campaign and noticed that their talent "Inate Spellcaster" gives them the option to cast Magic Missile 3 times a day. The Night Hag can cast Magic Missile at will, so that part of the talent is redundant.
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Dragonix M October 01, 2020 9:38 pm UTC
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Thanks Caleb! I'll check this and update it soon! Thanks for letting me know!
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David S July 23, 2020 8:10 pm UTC
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Hm... I just bought this product and downloaded the PDF (version: DM_Options_Monster_Talents_v1.07.pdf). But this one doesn't have a Chapter 4: Elite Creatures as the description tells me. Is there a way to download an old aka wrong version? I see only one...

EDIT 1: BTW Check back on the minotaur. The first line after the correct title says "mind flayer"...

EDIT 2: BTW Check back on the troglodyte. The first talent mentions slaad instead of trog...
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Dragonix M July 23, 2020 11:55 pm UTC
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Hi David. Thanks, I'll be fixing these in the next update. I've since removed the Elite Creatures as they have become obsolete. Please see the Monster Manual Expanded products.
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David S July 24, 2020 7:29 am UTC
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Hi Dragonix. This is very sad to read. The Elite Creatures were one reason I bought this product. In which regard have they become obsolete?
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Dragonix M July 24, 2020 7:32 am UTC
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Obsolete in a way that the template I used to create them with does not look as good as the ones I've done in the latest MME books. If you can wait a few days, I will include the old elite section as a separate pdf and upload it here. That way you still get the old version section with the elite creatures.
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David S July 24, 2020 7:41 am UTC
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This would be nice! But why don't you publish one ruleset for Elite Creatures in all of your products?
I totally understand you want to sell them MME books though.
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Chris K July 07, 2020 6:23 pm UTC
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Im a buyer of a few of Dragonix products - all are well worth the money and I will soon be adding the rest to my collection Highly recommended!
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Dragonix M June 02, 2020 5:07 pm UTC
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v1.07 uploaded
- Fixed balance issue with Extra Legendary Action (now counts as 2 talents)
- Minor aesthetic improvements
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Dragonix M June 02, 2020 5:41 pm UTC
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- fixed balanced issue with Legendary Actions (now counts as 4 talents)
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Robert H May 15, 2020 10:50 pm UTC
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I wrote a review, but I also wanted to post more here after watching a video by Matt Colville about designing villain actions which is basically what this book is for monsters. I'm definitely going to be using these to make the finale to my 20 year long campaign more epic when the demons the party will be encountering will have powers, actions, and reactions that the player's characters haven't run into before. This on top of my recent purchase of the book "The Monsters Know What They're Doing" by Keith Ammann (a book that breaks down the round by round tactics of each monster in the Monster Manual) should give my finale encounters some real depth for the players to dig deep and work together to tactically survive the final fight with the big bad evil demon and its minions. Until I purchased this product I wasn't very excited about running these final encounters, now I feel that my campaign will have the big ending I've been looking for.
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Dragonix M June 02, 2020 4:58 pm UTC
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The sounds awesome Robert! I'm glad you found this book useful! Good luck on your end game!
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Dragonix M October 03, 2020 8:33 pm UTC
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Monster Talents II is now out! You can grab it here: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/330630?affiliate_id=1138250
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Just D May 05, 2020 6:54 pm UTC
I had a question regarding your monster manual expanded series in combination with this one. How would you go about giving creatures in those series talents, would you use the same method but just give them talents of their general category?
So, you would give the Ankheg brood Queen talents from the Ankheg section?
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Dragonix M May 05, 2020 7:08 pm UTC
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Hi Just D. Yes, that's how you would do it but be mindful of the creature's new CR so you know how many talents you're supposed to give it. Monster Talents was designed before the Expanded series, and was originally for just the Monster Manual. That's why you'll notice that some of the talents are already incorporated into the creatures. So for the Ankheg Brood Queen, it has a CR of 8 which means you can give it 3 talents. You'll notice that it already has Rising Burst so you'll have to use the remaining three available (hardened carapace, a spiked carapace, and vitriolic acid spray).

In some cases, the new creature has too high a CR that you won't have enough talents. You'll have to improvise and create your own, or just borrow from a similar creature. Hope that helps.
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DANIEL I February 26, 2020 11:38 pm UTC
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Are there any plans to create a Monster Talents 2 which would include creatures from Volo's and Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes? I've found this invaluable and it's a shame it doesn't cover all the monster currently available.
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Dragonix M March 13, 2020 11:18 am UTC
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Hi Daniel. Sorry for the late response. No plans yet for Monster Talents 2 but it's not off the table. Just not in the immediate future.
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Avery O June 01, 2020 5:29 am UTC
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I really hope that you make a Volume 2 with Volo's/Mordekainen's monsters
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Dragonix M June 02, 2020 5:08 pm UTC
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Wish granted. :)
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Dragonix M October 03, 2020 8:29 pm UTC
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Monster Talents II is now out! You can grab it here: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/330630?affiliate_id=1138250
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Michael F February 03, 2020 7:54 am UTC
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I love the work you did here -& i love the fact that it looks so great in its lay out on screen! Unfortunately, i could never afford to color print this book, and i would love it so much more if you offered a printer friendly version of the PDF that i could just print in black text! :)
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Paul K August 18, 2019 12:11 am UTC
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Any chance of posting a Printer Friendly version, with no colored background? The background looks nice but makes it really hard to print at home for those of us that prefer to game with hard copies.
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Dragonix M August 20, 2019 6:20 am UTC
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Hi Paul. I'll put this on my to-do list. Please give me until end of next month as I am currently busy with work.
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Shaun S March 27, 2019 8:00 pm UTC
Hi,

I've done a lot of conversions for Fantasy Grounds, and I would definitely be interested in doing that for this product. If you're interested, please message me back. Looks like a great product!

Shaun
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Dragonix M April 01, 2019 5:06 pm UTC
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Hi Shaun.

Thanks for your interest and liking the product! I would have accepted your offer, but, unfortunately, Rob Twohy and I have already made a deal with my products last month. Good luck on your future projects though.
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Paul K March 14, 2019 4:39 pm UTC
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Love the book! But I'd love even more a POD option or a print-friendly version with no background. It doesn't print well on my b&w laser printer, and it's way too expensive (~$90) to have it printed somewhere in color.
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Cassiel H January 18, 2019 4:04 pm UTC
Holy potatoes!, just found your books and damnn this concept is amazing! I love it! Do you have any plans for making a fantasy grounds port? Me and my friends play there and as a dm a fantasy ground port would be crazy useful
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Dragonix M January 18, 2019 10:03 pm UTC
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Thanks Cassiel! Not at the moment I'm afraid. I have no experience with fantasy grounds but I'm not totally discounting it. I'm currently working on my next book so that's something I can explore when I'm finished.
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Dragonix M April 29, 2019 12:55 am UTC
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Hi Cassie! You can get the FG here: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/274297?affiliate_id=1138250
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