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Monster Manual Expanded is a 330-page source of content that supplements the Monster Manual.  It aims to provide Dungeon Masters more options and flexibility in designing adventures and dressing up their dungeons with a wider variety of creatures and characters that are based on the Monster Manual.  Finally, it also adds variants that provide a nostalgic and classic feel that DMs experienced with the older editions are probably familiar with.

In total, there are over 470 creature stat blocks in this book at the Dungeon Master's disposal!  

Nerd Immersion's Print-on-Demand Review: https://youtu.be/0XAzj2zh_QM

Richdalich Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQJGw0GSIX8

RogueWatson Review: https://youtu.be/3zE_LQ2dkos

The FANTASY GROUNDS version available here.

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Ajhar E July 03, 2020 10:08 pm UTC
Hi! Looks like a great book! I am wondering how you made the stat blocks look soo professional.
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fredrik H June 24, 2020 9:03 pm UTC
Hi! I wonder what the shipping cost to sweden would be if i buy both the expanded monster manuals?
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Dragonix M June 26, 2020 7:16 am UTC
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Hi Fredrik. I am not sure how it would cost because I don't have access to shipping costs but I am sure it will be coming from the UK. You can find out for yourself by doing the order the process without progressing to the final stage.
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fredrik H June 27, 2020 5:14 pm UTC
Yes if the products ships from the UK there will be no problem at all :)
Thanks for reply!
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Terrelle S June 24, 2020 6:30 pm UTC
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Great books, have both in PDF. I did find one typo i believe. On page 290, on the Dread Wraith Lord. The challenge rating XP should be 10000XP not, 8,400XP
Also, on the PDF i downloaded, the Bookmark for the Dread Wraith, reads Dread "Wrait" along the sidebar.

Thanks!
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Dragonix M June 26, 2020 7:17 am UTC
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Thanks Terrelle! I will apply the fixes to the pdf in the next update.
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Kenneth H June 24, 2020 5:09 am UTC
I had both of these in my cart and was set to finalize, but $75 shipping is just too much. :(
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Dragonix M June 24, 2020 7:17 am UTC
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I am truly sorry to hear that. If I may ask, did you have shipping options? Or was that standard?
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Kenneth H June 24, 2020 8:18 pm UTC
I live in Puerto Rico, so ground shipping was not an option (it was $55). The $75 option was the cheapest one available to me, even though PR is domestic like any of the 50 states.
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Xander S June 23, 2020 4:09 pm UTC
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What is the expected delivery date for these products? Still waiting on the order to arrive at my house.
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Matthew A June 23, 2020 7:26 pm UTC
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Also awaiting any sort of update/delivery date for an order made from the U.S. on 6/03/20. Can we get a timetable for typical printing and shipping practices?
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Dragonix M June 23, 2020 7:33 pm UTC
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According to DM's Guild/OBS announcement regarding delays, the average turn-around time for hardcovers is 24 business days. More info from their front page link: https://medium.com/oneblogshelf/covid-19-update-from-onebookshelf-64f426297dd8

I am unfortunately to give you specific answers regarding shipping questions as I have no direct contact with DM's Guild's/OBS's shipping department or have any access to customer accounts. However, you can reach out to them here: https://support.dmsguild.com/hc/en-us/requests/new.

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Busty D June 20, 2020 9:06 pm UTC
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Congrats on reaching adamantine! Will you add anything to the book with that award? :=)
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Dragonix M June 21, 2020 2:39 am UTC
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hahaha :) thanks!
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Busty D June 21, 2020 8:12 am UTC
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Will you add more monsters? or is it a secret? ;)
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Dragonix M June 21, 2020 8:15 am UTC
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Oh, you were serious. I only promised to add creatures until Mithral, and only in MME2. And even if I did, I can't anymore sorry. The books have already been released. You'll have to wait for the third book. ;)
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Busty D June 21, 2020 4:41 pm UTC
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there will be a third book? Oh wow that's awesome. thank you for putting your love and passion in those books. I mostly play DnD Solo with some books from this side.
So far it has been a BLAST fighting against your monsters! thank you so much again! :]
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Shaun M June 19, 2020 2:27 am UTC
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Just now received my hard copies (of both MME 1 and 2) and had a quick flick through. The books are fantastic - absolutely stellar work Dragonix!!! Looking forward to bringing the variants to the table :)

I have to say that the packaging was less fantastic. Simple cardboard wraparound packaging, no plastic wrap or corner protection - long distance travel to Australia. The top outside corners of the books were slightly pushed in - the parcel did appear to have been dropped on that corner. I'm very grateful they weren't exposed to any water damage.
I do understand that they're going for cheap as possible shipping - and DMs Guild has almost certainly done analysis of the cost of damaged returns (mine are not close to being damaged to that extent) - but it was still quite surprising to me.
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Dragonix M June 20, 2020 3:28 am UTC
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Thanks Shaun, I'm glad you liked the books.

As for the packaging, I'm truly sorry. I had the same experience and reaction when I got my first set of copies (shipped from the UK). My suggestion, email DM's Guild/One Book Shelf your complaint about the packaging. With enough complaints, they might change how they pack the books.
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jeremiah H June 13, 2020 7:35 pm UTC
Can I get a coupon if I order them rdy to print? The books plus shipping is over 150 bucks.
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Skylar S June 13, 2020 1:00 pm UTC
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So, I finally picked this and the second one up, love it so far, and will be reviewing it shortly as soon as I have had more time with it. Just a quick question, I see you have made various undead versions of monsters, which is a godsend. But, have you ever considered doing templates in the books, perhaps in a 3rd book, if such a thing would ever happen. I have always wanted an undead template similar to 3.5's. Would love to see something done in a professional manner that you can obviously bring to the table.
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Joseph B June 12, 2020 12:12 pm UTC
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Hi! Just a question: what's the approximate lead time on the hardcover editions of MME & MMEII? Just trying to get an idea if I should go bundle or PDF. Thank you! :D
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Dragonix M June 12, 2020 12:22 pm UTC
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I'm sorry. Lead time? Do you mean how long it takes to print and ship?
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Joseph B June 12, 2020 12:52 pm UTC
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Yep! Sorry, I'm used to the phrase from work when things are made after the order being placed.
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Dragonix M June 12, 2020 1:04 pm UTC
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No problem! To answer your question, it depends on where you live. if you live near the UK, it should take 2 to 3 weeks. If u live near the US, then it gets complicated. The official word is that it takes 24-28 business days due to the health crisis. its the printing that takes time, but shipping only takes 2-3 days.
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Joseph B June 12, 2020 1:29 pm UTC
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Awesome! Thank you for the feedback! I'll definitely be picking up the PDF's, and I'll strongly consider getting the physical copies later! These look fantastic and I'm excited to dig deeper into them!
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Garner A June 10, 2020 3:20 am UTC
Dragonix M, Do you think you might be able to create a FG/Hardcover bundle of MME & MMEII?
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Dragonix M June 12, 2020 12:24 pm UTC
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Hi Garner. I can only create bundles for pdfs. The FG bundle is also not in my power as this is under the control of Rob Twohy. You can reach out to him though.
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Thomas R June 09, 2020 6:47 pm UTC
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Just received my hardcover versions for this and its sequel, and they are as beautiful and useful as the PDF version. Well worth the purchase for the hard copies!
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Dragonix M June 09, 2020 8:27 pm UTC
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Thank you, Thomas! :D
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Jason H June 09, 2020 3:11 pm UTC
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I'm just disappointed these can't be added to Roll20, as they're easily the best thing I've bought 3rd party (Tome of Beasts is close though).

I added a succubus dark whisperer to my Forge of Fury campaign, just kind of a pain to edit the stat block but doable. Regardless, thanks for such a great product. I'm tempted to get the print books too but it looks like I'm stuck with online for the foreseeable future.
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Dragonix M June 09, 2020 8:26 pm UTC
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You're welcome, Jason! Thank you for your support! :)
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Skylar S June 09, 2020 10:57 am UTC
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Quick question, it looks very interesting, and I'm looking to get both this and the second on payday, but I wanted to ask first how you handle lore about monsters. Is it accurate in the sense that you found older edition explanations of things like Elder Orbs who were in older editions, or did you also add to that lore? I like to keep things rather close to D&D to keep a game from getting too off track, just curious, not saying the you guys can't create great lore, or that I would be against it even, I'm just curious as to how you approached it, but I'm looking forward to cracking these open Thursday nonetheless. Big thanks to Nerd Immersion's videos for pointing these out to me, with these and Kobold's Press expansion to official material I'll most certainly have a monster for every occasion.
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Dragonix M June 09, 2020 11:16 am UTC
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Great question! Here's my process when I bring back a creature that's missing from 5E:
1. Research all existing past lore (from 1e-4e - bestiary books, ecology lore from dragon magazine, etc.). I've played D&D since 1e and collected a lot of books, especially the bestiaries, dungeon magazines, and dragon magazines... so I can still recall stuff I read from 20-30 years ago. I know where to look for them but thankfully a lot of stuff online makes it easier.
2. Compare past lore with current 5e lore.
3. If there are no contradictions, then build lore from there.
4. If there are contradictions (and there were a few), fix the contradictions by applying the new 5e lore whenever possible to the old lore, but still try to stick to the facts based on old lore.
5. Once the base lore is set, I then add a few rational bits of info (that is aligned with similar ideas in the MM and in the Forgotten Realms setting) that can help the DM figure out the creature's motives, deities, usual haunts,...See more
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Dragonix M June 09, 2020 11:40 am UTC
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You mentioned the Elder Orb. I pretty much just recycled old lore (right down to that tidbit that the current Xanathar is an Elder Orb) and just made sure it is still aligned with 5e beholder lore. I didn't have to write too much because the current beholder lore still applies to it.

But a good example of how I applied the process is the Nuckalavee. This creature originally showed up in the Master Rule Set of D&D (not AD&D). Only after did it join 2nd ed with the Monstrous Manual Mystara Expansion. I built the base lore from those sources (centaur-like, transparent skin, dark-blood coursing in veins, death touch and presence, breath attack, aquatic/swamp dweller) and then added a bit of historical lore (accursed bringer of woe, pestilence, and death, etc.). Despite its appearance and abilities, it isn't undead. It's like a combination of undead, fey, and fiend. The closest 5e creature it was similar to was the bodak. So I then applied the lore that it was created by Orcus (because...See more
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Skylar S June 09, 2020 11:56 am UTC
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Thank you so much for your timely, and concise answer. That really gets me pumped to look at the books, I joined in 5E but found older editions to be great sources of lore and inspiration, it will be great to see something like that done, in a 5E setting. I'm a sucker for a good background, and I'm really happy you spent your time on not just simply porting old lore, but fixing it for the new foundation Wizard's seems to be going with. A lot of people I have seen commend this book for its stat blocks, but that right there is worth all the commendation in itself, I'd honestly have just bought a book without stat blocks just for some retouched lore on creatures like that, what an amazing project this is, and I haven't even read it yet, can't wait till payday!

Thanks again!
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Dragonix M June 09, 2020 12:05 pm UTC
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No problem. Just to set expectations, though, not every creature has a complete set of flavor text and lore. You have to understand that 90% of the creatures here are all based on the existing creatures in the MM. If you don't see a lot of lore text, it's because the MM's lore still applies to it, and I just simply add brief descriptions unique to the creature (humanoids, giants, etc.). Also, it wasn't just lore that I researched. I also focused on actual features/abilities. A good example I can easily remember is the otyugh variant, the neo-otyugh. This is another classic, but its cool abilities were lost from 3rd ed onwards. It had the ability to use a grappled victim as a shield. I added this back in as a reaction ability, which makes it a very nasty creature you can surprise your players with. :)
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Skylar S June 09, 2020 2:19 pm UTC
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Oh, I'm aware of the fact not everything has lore attached to it, as per my viewing of Nerd Immersion's video on the title I saw the various variants of which I'm also a fan, I just meant that for the amount you did attach lore to, I am grateful for the time you put into it. But I also am a fan of the variants, as one thing I love is copious amounts of options, which is why I liked 3.5. 5E is a great system, and it feels more robust and adaptable, but the only thing I have been missing from official content is the sheer amount of options you got in editions like 3.5.

P.S. I appreciate you putting that foreword in there though, a lot of people wouldn't risk a sale for transparency, can't wait to mix up a few combats with these monsters, as I have a few players who like to look up stat blocks, even for Tome of Beasts and Creature Codex, but as this isn't on Roll20, it should stump them, at least until they discover these amazing books too.
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Chinh T June 09, 2020 6:56 am UTC
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I just bought the hardcover version of this book. Thanks for creating it.

I think I found an irregularity:
Green Dragon Poison Breath & White Dragon Cold Breath both use CON saving throws in the Monster Manual, but your versions of these dragon types use DEX for the breath weapon saving throw.
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Dragonix M June 09, 2020 7:01 am UTC
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Hi Chinh. You are correct. I'll have this fixed in the pdf in the next update.
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Chinh T June 09, 2020 7:22 am UTC
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Thanks! Would you mind checking if the Juvenile versions of those dragons have the same issue in the Monster Manual Expanded II? And if they do, could you tell me how long it would take for the correction to make it into the print version (I was hoping to pick up a copy of that one too :o)
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Dragonix M June 09, 2020 7:25 am UTC
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The juvenile versions in MME II are correct. As for having them corrected for print, I can't answer that yet as that would be DM's Guild decision, and that won't happen anytime soon since we just released the hardcovers. The best I can do is just correct the pdf version.
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Chinh T June 09, 2020 8:20 am UTC
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Thanks for the quick response. I have ordered MME II as well.
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Dragonix M June 09, 2020 8:21 am UTC
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You're welcome! Thank you!
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Riccarso C June 02, 2020 10:24 am UTC
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Great product, but some of the Monsters are so overpowered that seems made by a blind...i haven't read through all the book yet, but there Is really some tweaking to be done...and thus kinda ruins the fun because as a DM i Need to check every time It the Monster Is fine for the CR so ti not cause a TPK o similar (since i only play 'hard' Exp level fights). From the top of my head, there Is a Bullywig Variant that Is listed as a 1/2 CR but it's really a 2.5 CR creature when you do the match. Imagine a Low level party that fights a bunch of this mob and gets annihilated....
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Dragonix M June 02, 2020 1:13 pm UTC
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Hi Riccarso. I'm very sorry to hear that. Please let us know which creatures you feel are overpowered based on their CR so we can address it. I and my editors have gone through each stat block at least twice using the DMG's guidelines, but we are obviously not infallible. You mentioned the CR 1/2 bullywug variant that should be a CR 2.5. I assume this is the Swamp Stalker. Let's break it down: Defensive CR is 1/2. How did I get here? Hit points = 16 (CR 1/8). Adjusted AC = 18 (adjusted to 18 due to half use of Stealth [similar skill Shadow Stealth], why half use? Because it won't be able to use its Stealth in the first round when it uses its bonus action to cast Hunter's Mark, also when it changes targets). With an adjusted AC of 18, it has a difference of 2 from its original AC of 16, and thus increases its Defensive CR by one level, or 1/2. Final Defensive CR = 1/2. Offensive CR = 1. How did I get here? Base damage output of the Swampstalker = 9 (4 + 5). Extra damage from hunter's mark per...See more
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