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


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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 and III of Hamund's Harvesting Handbook are AVAILABLE NOW! This followups cover the monsters in Volo's Guide to Monsters and Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes respectively, and each feature a TON of new features:

Volume 2 cover artHamund 3 cover

If you like my work, also check out my MITHRAL best-selling guide to ship combat, Captains and Cannons:

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Marcel G April 11, 2022 2:21 am UTC
I just purchased this and I am impressed with the quality and quantity.

I have a question on the DC. Do you suggest that you tell your players they could get 1 of 5 things and try for that - roll for pass/fail, OR do they roll and get what they rolled?
Nevermind - I just saw the appraising section - skipped that bit and went straight to the juicy stuff. hahaha - thanks again for a great product. I add my vote to suggesting a combined tomb of the 3 books + Tomb of Beats from Kobold press. :)
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Ikarus A February 25, 2022 5:00 pm UTC
Good morning ms' Jasmine Yang I was just wondering if you ever thought of partnering or reaching out with/to kobold press and there tome of beast series of books. I'd love a series of Hamond's harvesting handbooks based around the monsters found in those supplements.
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Sean M April 04, 2022 1:59 pm UTC
I second this. I can probably sift through the 3 guides and make due, but it would be really neat to have KP stuff.
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jason K February 18, 2022 5:04 pm UTC
Greetings! Would it be possible to combine all volumes into one large tome? Maybe availability for Print on Demand? Thanks Kindly:)
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Ashlyn L January 02, 2022 2:26 pm UTC
Hi! Maybe make a bundle with all 3 of them? Thanks! :) Also, really hoping you make bookmarked versions, and of course add fizbans.
- Vextrea L.
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Benjamin B December 13, 2021 9:22 pm UTC
Really enjoying the book so far, am very low level but can't seem to find basic animals like wolf, deer etc... I imagine this is on purpose, do we make it up ourselves ? Any advice ? Would have loved to get a wolf pelt from the wolf or the antlers from the deer etc... thx
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Michael M November 13, 2021 11:00 pm UTC
A couple weeks after I purchased this a friend of mine started reading from tables in this book. Problem was, he'd never even heard of Hamund's Harvesting Handbook. He sent me this link:

EDIT: Any chance we could get bookmarks in the PDF?
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Brian R December 26, 2021 11:06 pm UTC
Sweet, thanks for the link!
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Tom C October 14, 2021 4:52 pm UTC
Is it possible to have a text/excel version of the table ? I would like to implement all the items into VTT ( Foundry ). Unfortunatly parsing PDF is near impossible.
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jacob P October 14, 2021 5:41 pm UTC
*nearly* impossible, but I did it a while ago.
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Tom C November 06, 2021 7:03 am UTC
Hello jacob P can you contact me at for some insight ;) ?
I'm working on a module to automatise the process of Appraise/Harvest loot for foundry.
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Bradford Y October 01, 2021 11:42 pm UTC
All three of these volumes are great with one exception: no bookmarks in the PDF to make it easier to navigate. I am in the process of making my own bookmarks for all of the creatures in all three volumes because it is otherwise impossible to find individual monsters quickly.

Or at least the copy I am working of off came with no bookmarks, not even for individual chapters. I don't know if this has been updated.
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Tobias D September 05, 2021 6:22 am UTC
Hi, I really like the content!
However I just found what I believe to be a small mistake and just wanted to let you know about it.
On page 134 the last item described is "Mimic Gel". I think this should be "Mimic Oil" (with Mimic Gel being the component used to craft it) since that's what it says can be crafted from Mimic Gel on page 76.
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Dale S August 28, 2021 2:58 pm UTC
I'd much prefer being able to buy these as POD, either in 1 large volume including all 3 handbooks, or as individual handbooks. Since I have to end up printing them and binding them before I use them, anyway.
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Martin H August 22, 2021 1:31 am UTC
Hi, Jasmine. Big fan of all three volumes. It struck me during our last game that none of them have the creatures from the Basic Rules. Are there any plans to incorporate those? Thanks for any assistance you can provide.
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Jasmine Y August 22, 2021 10:23 pm UTC
Thanks for the support! I left out the basic creatures because the majority are just real animals and it should be fairly straightforward to harvest them. Exceptions of course being the Winter Wolf and the Blink Dog. I may make a master compendium of all three volumes in the future to include them
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Bob O February 21, 2022 4:57 am UTC
My current DM and I were just wondering why Winter Wolves weren't included. Now we know, and knowing is half the battle according to G.I. Joe
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5E Solo G August 02, 2021 8:27 pm UTC
Hi Jasmine. Absolutely love your book. My name is Paul Bimler, I write the 5e Solo Gamebooks series of adventures. You can check out my products if you type in 5e Solo Gamebooks in the search bar on DM's Guild. Anyway, I was unsure how to contact you so thought I would just enter a comment here. Would you mind if I included mechanics from Hamund's Harvesting Handbook in my upcoming adventure, Caught In A Wizard's Web? Obviously stating the sourcebook and author, directing people to your marvellous book. All good if not.
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Jasmine Y August 02, 2021 10:09 pm UTC
Go right ahead!
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Scott G June 09, 2021 1:16 am UTC
Love the product. My players love the extra detail of harvesting parts to make items so they don't have to deal with the long process I have created for them to buy such items. I have eliminated the "magic item shop" from my worlds for anything more rare than common. I figure why would a businessman buy your +1 Longsword that will cost hundreds of gold and keep it secure until some guy comes in with the ready cash to buy the darn thing? I think the magic shop is just a place my rogue characters would want to rob first.

Anyhow, enough with the butt kissing. There is a problem I see and want clarification on. The mob of murder hobos I DM for just killed a Mind Flayer. They successfully harvested the brain. In the description of the Helm of the Illithid you say it grants Telepathy out to 120 feet. Now that sounds like the monster ability the manual says allows conversation. The spell ability, which is the far more common use in magic items, doesn't allow two way communication but the range...See more
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Jasmine Y June 09, 2021 7:42 pm UTC
Hey Scott thanks so much! Never get tired of butt kissing haha.

And its definitely the Monster Manual version, essentially identical to the Mind Flayer's one
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SHAWN B June 03, 2021 6:10 pm UTC
A good read but it is kind of off having the harvesting skill for dragon be nature and the skill for fey be arcana...
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David T May 22, 2021 10:20 pm UTC
hi, really enjoying the PDF's however i didnt see the phase spider in this. as such is there a suitable alternative monster from any of these pdf's that i could use?
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Brandon V May 12, 2021 4:28 am UTC
I am currently unable to find, download, or print out the content I bought yesterday. anyone able to help me out solving this?
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