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Did you ever wonder, "What happened to that spell I used to use all the time in our 3rd Edition game?"

You look through your 5e Player's Handbook. Not there. You look through your other 5e books. Nope. Not there either.

Look no more!

Coming over the course of 2019—and possibly 2020—is says: "This is an insanely impressive document...a must have"

Fantasy Grounds conversion NOW AVAILABLE! Get it HERE!

What is this, anyway? This is the second installment of a series of books which converts every spell we can find from 1st, 2nd, 3.x, and 4th editions, updates and prepares them for use in your 5th Edition game.

Are the spells ready for play? Painstaking effort has been taken to balance each spell for 5th Edition play. The last thing any table needs is overpowered—or underpowered—magic.

What sources were used? It's easier to tell you what didn't find its way into these books. If a spell isn't in here, it's because it's a spell

  • already released in an official 5e hardback     
  • which duplicates a 5e class/subclass abilities
  • which has no mechanical impact in 5e, such as those which target alignment
  • which deal damage not encompassed by 5e's design, such as those impacting ability scores
  • from Dragon Magazine (because I don't have a complete collection)

This is the second volume. More than 200 spells beginning with "B"!

Periodically over the coming months, look for other entries in the Encyclopaedia. We're shooting for a frequency of 1 volume per month, depending on how many emails we get telling us about a spell we omitted from a previous edition. There's a link at the author's website where you can sign up for an email list to keep informed.

Also comes with a PRINT FRIENDLY copy so you can copy and paste the text into the spell-card generator or fillable PDF of your choice, giving you flexibility at the game table!

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R P Davis is a freelance writer, editor, and adventure designer. He’s been a tabletop gamer the entire time he’s been sentient, and a role-playing addict for more than 30 years. In that time he’s written countless things, from simple spell effects to D&D; campaign worlds to complete role-playing games. He is now a Mithral-best selling Guild creator. 

You can find R P Davis at The DM’s Guild, his website at, on Twitter @WP2XX, and on Facebook.

Bryan Holmes is a programmer by day, writer by night, and Canadian all the time. His guild work includes "The Nobility of Waterdeep", "Backgrounds of Faerûn", and "Feats of the Forgotten Realms". The latter two of which have been featured multiple times in the D&D Character Lab podcast.

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Danielle B January 14, 2020 9:57 pm UTC
There is a syntax error in the Bewilder spell: " If a target is immune to the charmed condition, it is are immune to this spell."
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Tyler T July 13, 2019 12:17 am UTC
My players and I love this series!

One thing I noticed is an issue with Brutish Construct. It's in the spell list, but there's no spell description. Very curious as to what this spell is all about...
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ROBERT D July 13, 2019 6:30 am UTC
Well, dang. That's one we struck from the list because it didn't translate at all well to 5e. I thought we'd removed all references to it. Sorry!
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Blake B March 25, 2019 9:51 pm UTC
Love the books!

I did note some Errata that needs corrections:

Blinding Glory:
I can't find the spell in the book
Plus typo of GLory

Breath of Stars:
Listed as 9th level under Cleric, but is 7th under description

Boreal Wind:
List as 5th level under Cleric, but 4th level under description

Blood Mantle:
Range listed as 120', but description seems to imply only SELF

Blistering Radiance:
Range is 180' but seems to lack area of affect at that range? 20' sphere? Visibility 60'? Not sure

This isn't exhaustive of course. I play a cleric so I paid attention to that progression of spells.
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ROBERT D March 26, 2019 7:50 am UTC
Thanks for that, Blake! I'll make sure your observations are corrected.
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