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Hamund's Harvesting Handbook: A Complete Guide to Harvesting and Crafting in D&D 5e
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Hamund's Harvesting Handbook: A Complete Guide to Harvesting and Crafting in D&D 5e


Welcome dear reader to Hamund’s Harvesting Handbook, written by none other than I, Hamund Holderhek! But who am I you ask?

Well, I am an adventurer at heart, a writer by passion, and a harvester at trade. I have travelled the many planes of the multiverse in search of adventure and story (for more of those stories, pick up any copy of “Hamund’s Harrowing Histories I-XXXV”).

Through my life I have fought and defeated just about every kind of creature you can imagine: I have tussled with treants, skirmished with sphinxes, and even engaged in fisticuffs with a fomorian or two. Never being one to let something go to waste, I always took my trusty hunting knife to these creatures and had a look to see what they had to offer. I have spent many years writing down my findings and anecdotes, and I now present them to you less seasoned adventurers so you may soak in my wisdom.

Yes, what you hold in your hands right now is a helpful guide to harvesting the creatures that a typical adventurer may face. You’ll learn not just how valuable a roc’s guts are, but also which way to twist your knife in order to extract them. The natural world is filled with riches just waiting for bold people like us to take them!

Good luck and good harvesting,

-Sir Hamund Holderhek, O.B.H. (First Class), V.A., N.K.P.


This book aims to act as a handy reference for DM’s with loot hungry players that just want to carve up anything they have killed. It provides a monster harvesting loot table for every single unique monster in the 5th Edition Monster Manual. These loot tables are easy to reference and contain every piece of information your players could need when they tear their fresh kills apart. It also possesses over 200 new and unique craftable items to be made from your harvesting adventures, and all the information you would need for them. There are of course rules for both the harvesting and the crafting, and a few extra bonuses strewn in here too.

Everything has been written with balance in mind, but you are of course feel free to rebalance anything in this guide to suit your own table, or feel free to message me at or hit me up on Twitter @drifterworkshop to discuss anything in this guide.


  • A loot table for every single monster in the Monster Manual, with flavourful descriptions of items that DM's can use as plot hooks for small side quests and adventures.
  • Over 200 craftable magic items, made from the materials your players harvest from their kills.
  • A pickpocket/trinket table for humanoids.
  • A new background, feat, and tool kit specifically for harvesting.
  • 6 NPC's you can slot into your campaign to provide crafting and merchant services to your players.
  • Printer friendly version for easy hard-copy referencing

NonZeroSum Games - "Between its approach to appraising and harvesting, the harvest tables, crafting rules, craftable items, and the character options, this Handbook is the definitive resource on harvesting and crafting in 5E"

DM Dango - "The best creation out there for harvesting every creature in the Monster Manual."
All Things Lich - "Quite simply the content here, is 5/5...go out and get this book"

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Volume II of Hamund's Harvesting Handbook is AVAILABLE NOW! This followup covers the monsters in Volo's Guide to Monsters and contains MANY new features.

Volume 2 cover art

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Tyrel K September 02, 2020 2:53 pm UTC
Not a complaint, since there is the whole "feel free to rebalance anything" disclaimer, but why do you feel Dragon Wings need a 25 DC to harvest? Most any other source, that I have found, that talk about harvesting dragons seem to think the wings are so easy that they do not even give it a DC.
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Jeffrey Y September 08, 2020 4:55 am UTC
The basic gist is that taking them without damaging the important ligaments and membranes in the wing does take some skill and knowledge. Also, balance reasons haha.

Feel free to lower the DC if you feel appropriate though, I'm not the DM police (Y)
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Imogen C July 13, 2020 8:47 pm UTC
This looks great and we use it in our games not sure if we just missed it but doesnt appear to have dragonborn harvesting list. Are there dragonborn in the guides. Noticed some humanoids are like drow but some are missing
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Jeffrey Y July 14, 2020 12:58 am UTC
Thanks for the support! Unfortunately player races are mostly missing from this, as I only covered creatures that appeared in the Monster Manual. Since there were no Dragonborn statblocks, they were not included.
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Philip W July 11, 2020 3:09 pm UTC
I feel like the Blinder's Helm doesn't really work as something derived from the Helmed Horror. It's described as being made from a "special helm" necessary to make a Helmed Horror unique among Constructs, but the Blinder's Helm itself doesn't reflect that at all. Instead, it just applies something to you that is one of the defining traits of Constructs as a whole, which doesn't make any sense.

Instead, I'd like to suggest replacing it with something like the following item:

Helm of Arcane Familiarity
Wondrous Item, Rare (Requires attunement by an arcane spellcaster)

When first attuning to this item, the wearer of this helm becomes immune to the effects of one spell of level four or lower, which they must know.
The wearer may change the spell they are immune to after a long rest, spending the appropriate spell slot.
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Gleb K June 15, 2020 10:43 am UTC
Hi, is there any way to contact you? I would like to offer translation services for your book. Do you have an email adress or something?
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Jeffrey Y June 16, 2020 5:36 am UTC
You can direct any enquiries to
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Skylar S June 11, 2020 5:06 pm UTC
Quick question if you don't mind, as I bought Monster Loot, which I found to be an amazing book, but unfortunately had some pitfalls. Which leads to the question, do you have harvestable items from humanoids? I understand while some people might not like the idea of harvesting organs and such from people, it is a fantasy world after all. So the more human-like humanoids, in Monster Loot can't be harvested, but I was hoping maybe your book provides such an option for my players who might be inclined to do a dirty deed as such.

I will likely be picking this one up anyways, as you can never have too much inspiration for loot, just thought I'd ask since it will be a paycheck or two before I can justify it after my recent spending spree.
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Jeffrey Y June 11, 2020 10:24 pm UTC
Thanks for the interest in the book!

I don't include "harvesting tables" for humanoids due to the ick factor you mentioned. Instead, I include pickpocket tables for things to steal from them or loot from their bodies afterwards as a replacement.
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Skylar S June 12, 2020 12:25 pm UTC
I understand, the pickpocket table is very nice though. Thanks for the reply, and I can always use inspiration from your book mixed with Monster Loot to just construct my own rules and tables as well, I look forward to checking this one out fairly soon, tank you again for the timely and concise answer.
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Corey W June 07, 2020 3:01 am UTC
love it! any plans to convert for unity?
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scott H April 22, 2020 2:34 pm UTC
No apology needed, just keep doing great work (as I know you will) and thanks for the update.
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scott H April 10, 2020 11:49 pm UTC
Love this one and the 1st one. Any idea when we might see a third volume?
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Jeffrey Y April 19, 2020 10:50 pm UTC
I have actually started it recently so it should hopefully be done within a few months. So sorry for the wait.
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Harley H January 26, 2020 11:32 am UTC
Absolutely love this and the 2nd one. Is there a reason why the Crown of Celestial Might doesn't regain charges like the other similar items or was it just missed?
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Nishant P December 14, 2019 11:11 am UTC
Page 12 Basilisk. Description for Basilisk Bile talks about an oil but the item crafted is not softening oil, instead basilisk gaze poison is listed.

Wonderful work!
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Newblue V December 04, 2019 8:52 am UTC
Loving the book and the variety of items craftable and lootable, just wanted to point out that on page 12 under Basilisk Tooth it says "Stonemasons across the lands value these teeth as tools in theit craft". I'm pretty sure you meant "their craft". Thanks
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Austin G November 11, 2019 5:08 am UTC
It looks like the Dragon Wand description was copy and pasted, and not updated (version 1.031). Nothing big, just wanted to mention it.
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Mathieu D November 05, 2019 8:23 pm UTC
Hey, I'm wondering if I'm missing something. But I cannot find an explanation for "Drow poison".
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Jeffrey Y November 05, 2019 8:32 pm UTC
Drow poison is an item covered in the DMG and thus has not been reincluded here for licensing reasons.
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Micah P October 29, 2019 9:57 pm UTC
Jeffrey Y, this is such a great book and I use it weekly in my campaign so congrats on the good work (players love it). Is there a way to get this printed into a hardcover book? Would love it for the collection as well as usability.
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Alexander S October 16, 2019 10:20 pm UTC
What is the difference between the "normal" pdf and the Fantasy Grounds pdf?
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Jeffrey Y October 17, 2019 3:26 am UTC
The fantasy grounds module is meant to be integrated into virtual tabletop games like on the Fantasy Grounds site.
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Warren G October 07, 2019 7:54 am UTC
Why isn’t this print on demand already?
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Tj S October 27, 2019 6:22 pm UTC
i concur. would love to have a physical copy.
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Micah P October 29, 2019 3:02 am UTC
I agree. I was just about to ask the same thing. Would love to print a hard copy for my collection.
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