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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 COMING SOON. Follow @drifterworkshop for more information and updates.

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Daniel P June 09, 2019 5:25 am UTC
Fantastic product with one major caveat to it.

I like running and playing games in low fantasy settings. That means while the majority of the fantastical beasts is great and quite useful, in fact granting me campaign ideas based around crafting and harvesting, there is the issue of the mundane or lack there of. I do believe that an expansion (since there are miscellaneous creatures in each of the major Monster expansions or near as I can tell) which details such creatures may be in order for those whom maybe wondering how they might be able to harvest or use the parts of lions, winter wolves, elephants and even giant spiders for example. But that is my only concern with the product as it stands, I would wholly recommend it to any dm who has an inkling of running a survivalist/resource deprived inspired game.
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Mathieu D June 05, 2019 8:28 am UTC
I'm a little sad that the monsters of the "Basic Rules" aren't included like 'Giant spider'. Are there any plans for these monsters?
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Matthew C May 30, 2019 6:09 pm UTC
Any plans to do Volo's and Mordenkainen's in the future?
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Jeffrey Y May 30, 2019 9:31 pm UTC
Most definitely. Working on Volos right now actually.
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Brandon A May 30, 2019 6:06 pm UTC
How do you decide crafter hiring fees? I know you said that it is separate cost but I'm wondering how you personally would manage that?
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Jeffrey Y May 30, 2019 9:33 pm UTC
There's a few section in the DMG that covers the costs of businesses and things, I would use that.

Alternatively, I would go with 1 gp a day for a +2 proficiency crafter, then increase by 1 for each proficiency level above that. Thats just a quick and dirty one.
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Eddie F May 24, 2019 11:14 pm UTC
This is absolutely fantastic and really really well written. My PCs are currently in Chult in ToA and this goes a long way to help :) Can't wait for your Volo's Guide version!
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Sam G May 23, 2019 9:24 pm UTC
What does the Mote of Dual Nature do? Is it simply a way to replace either a Mote of another elemental as an ingredient?
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Jeffrey Y May 23, 2019 9:29 pm UTC
Its just for resale. Since Mephits are too low CR and come in such high numbers, giving them a useful harvesting material wpuld potentially unbalance things.
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David K May 23, 2019 7:50 pm UTC
Hi There! Is it normal, that the publishable version has a thick white line on the bottom of every page, or the error is in my device?
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Jeffrey Y May 23, 2019 8:32 pm UTC
That is there as a rendering issue from Homebrewery, I'm still working out how to get rid of it unfortunately. Sorry about that.
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Rémi D May 24, 2019 7:57 am UTC
I think you need to add this, if you're printing it in a4 :
width : 210mm;
height : 296.8mm;

Is it possible to see one example monster to better appraise the product ? Maybe I'm blind, but I didn't see it in the preview.
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Jeffrey Y May 24, 2019 8:08 am UTC
Thanks I'll try that.

In the description, there's a few screenshots of the product. One of them is the first page of the harvest tables, featuring the Aarakocra and the Aboleth.
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David K May 24, 2019 3:53 pm UTC
Thank you, I'll try it :)
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Antonio C May 21, 2019 10:17 am UTC
Hello, POD asap please!
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Antonio C May 21, 2019 10:22 am UTC
Or is there a printer friendly option without pictures?
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Jeffrey Y May 21, 2019 10:23 am UTC
Yep, there is indeed a printer friendly version available as well.
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Daryn K May 21, 2019 5:18 am UTC
I love the book! On page 116, the Potion of Giant Strength is missing the Harvesting Material. It's a minor thing but if you could create a free errata for this that would be awesome!
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Jeffrey Y May 21, 2019 5:23 am UTC
Thanks for telling me. I'm doing a revision this week to fix typos and mistakes like that. It should come out this weekend.
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Alex B May 21, 2019 12:33 am UTC
Thoroughly enjoyed reading through the book! Will be very useful for my games :) my issue with it was the "Trinket Table" which is described but only one exists, because the rest are referred to as "loot table" making it a pain to search for them at first~ Correcting this would make it a lot easier to find humanoid tables.. Other than that though the sheer volume of content is amazing and i love it and i am sure my players will too! :)

If you are looking to add onto it further, a general (maybe with a few different categories like poor, rich etc) pickpocket table would be great as the description for the product was a bit misleading in that aspect thought i did appreciate all the thought that went into the all the tables that were for your not so run of the mill humanoids! The addition of such a table would be great for stuff like undead which may have trinkets from their lives on them.

A perfect product all together though especially for Monster Hunter inspired,...See more
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Jeffrey Y May 21, 2019 12:50 am UTC
Thanks for the feedback. An update will be coming this weekend fixing a lot of typos and small wording issues like this.
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Emi N May 20, 2019 10:03 pm UTC
Plans for fantasy grounds version?
Ty for your awesome work!
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Jeffrey Y May 20, 2019 11:19 pm UTC
Looking at a few options, but definitely in the works
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Cassiel H May 20, 2019 8:13 pm UTC
Amazing! Are you planning on doing a fantasy grounds version? I would love to be able to use something like this in the program
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Jeffrey Y May 21, 2019 6:17 am UTC
Definitely in the works, just need to find a partner to help me make it.
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Daniel H May 20, 2019 7:00 am UTC
Any plans for a print on demand version?
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Jeffrey Y May 20, 2019 7:13 am UTC
Unfortunately not for now. I'm actually a one man studio and would have no idea how to do the logistics of that. Also most of my art is through the DMs Guild content creator agreement which I believe can't be used in printed works.
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Justin G May 19, 2019 4:09 pm UTC
Purchased, really well done. Pairs well with the tables for ingredients for crafting all magical items. One thing of note, I would have thought Survival vs. Nature would be the more appropriate check due to Survival having to do with hunting which I assume would also include Skinning/Prepping for food...etc. Nature was always more about knowledge and lore than hands on when it came to beasts.
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