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Elminster Aumar, Chosen of Mystra, invites you to explore the grandest repository of knowledge in the Forgotten Realms: Candlekeep, the Library Fortress! The Sage of Shadowdale has assembled this companion to help seekers of wisdom navigate the Castle of Tomes. Be warned! Elminster requests that you bring a suitable entrance gift, lest you be turned away at the front gates.

This book is the definitive guide to Candlekeep and includes the first-ever comprehensive map of Candlekeep. Dungeon Masters can find a history and overview of Candlekeep developed in consultation with Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms, new variant rules, 26 new magic items, and 11 new creatures found in the library fortress. Players can create characters from four new subclass options and 34 new spells, and embark on stories involving the Castle of Tomes and the lore held within. Elminster’s Candlekeep Companion also includes an adventure for use in Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus, written by M.T. Black.

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(Map by Marco Bernardini, each purchase includes this map at 300 DPI!)

Chapter 1 provides four new subclass options for creating Candlekeep-inspired characters.

Bard - College of Destiny: By virtue of prescience, they navigate the twisting roads of luck and fate.

Cleric - Prophecy Domain: These oracles are blessed and burdened with overwhelming visions of the future.

Monk - Way of the Avowed Preserver: They swear to protect their chosen library or archive, no matter the cost.

Wizard - Academic Lore: In the classrooms and dining halls of magical schools, these students and professors strive to master their Art.

Chapter 2 presents a general overview of Candlekeep, such as requirements for entry, major locations, and the monastic order known as the Avowed.

Chapter 3 includes an in-depth look at the Great Library of Candlekeep, its rules, and the books contained therein.

Chapter 4 details ideas for creating Candlekeep adventures, and includes an adventure by M.T. Black, for use in Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus.

Chapter 5 contains 26 new magic items and 34 new spells found in Candlekeep and its vaults, including magical books, tomes, and grimoires.

Chapter 6 provides 11 new monsters and NPCs, such as bookworms, tome guardians, and Miirym, the legendary Sentinel Wyrm.



Lead Designers: Justice Arman, Anthony Joyce

Designers: Trevor Armstrong, M.T. Black, Jeremy Forbing, Laura Hirsbrunner, and Ed Greenwood

Editor: Laura Hirsbrunner

Graphic Designer: Gordon McAlpin

Cover and Interior Art: Bob Greyvenstein

Cartography: Marco Bernardini

Creative Consultants: Teos Abadía, Enrique Bertran, M.T. Black, and Ed Greenwood


This book is gorgeously arranged, with formatting that rivals official hardcovers, and Bernardini's map of Candlekeep is utterly jaw-dropping. The content is thoroughly researched and expertly written, and the cut-in excerpts from Candlekeep's many tomes is an inspired touch. It's some of the best the Guild has to offer; it even has a disclaimer like the official hardcovers!

– James Haeck, Lead Writer, D&D Beyond. Coauthor, Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, Descent into Avernus & Explorer's Guide to Wildemount.


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Ben C June 13, 2024 6:08 pm UTC
POD please :)
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Andrea M February 26, 2024 11:09 am UTC
Do have already or have any plan to submit POD request? It seems an opt-in process
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Charlie G January 23, 2024 11:45 pm UTC
I think I found a typo / error for Barbed Construct. It says it has a casting time of 1 minute and a duration of up to 1 minute. I think that would make it practically unusable in combat. So, either It's casting time should be listed as 1 action, or it's duration should be significantly longer.
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Clinton W November 24, 2023 7:15 pm UTC
POD POD POD POD POD Bump POD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jose B September 16, 2023 7:09 pm UTC
please for the love of all the gods POD this!!!
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Ken H July 31, 2023 4:28 pm UTC
This could use a PoD option. :)
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robert C June 09, 2023 4:42 pm UTC
Adding my request for POD
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Daniel F October 31, 2022 8:14 pm UTC
I really want this. Waiting for POD. If there is a way you can message me when it becomes available on POD that'd be great.
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Adam R April 10, 2022 2:44 pm UTC
Are there encounter maps available somewhere for the grove/hell gate in the Descent into Avernus section?
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Anthony J April 10, 2022 2:46 pm UTC
This product does not include any maps for that encounter. Apologies if that caused any issues.
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Ryan R February 23, 2022 4:57 pm UTC
Are there descriptions (or at least names) of each of the buildings that compose the Great Library as part of this product?

EDIT: Downloaded the sample full preview. It appears not. ;-(
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Ben R October 06, 2021 11:44 pm UTC
Yeah, I already bought the PDF, but I would buy this again in a heartbeat as a hardcover POD.
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John S September 28, 2021 10:19 am UTC
Just adding my voice to the chorus for a POD version, DMsguild you're missing out on our money!
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Logan G July 13, 2021 4:08 pm UTC
Does the PDF file include the 300dpi map for personal printing and use? Found at
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Anthony J July 13, 2021 4:59 pm UTC
Yes! This also includes a separate file for a 300 DPI Candlekeep map.
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Ed S July 04, 2021 5:37 pm UTC
I love it so much I had a hardcover printed up.... Would preferred getting it done through this site but.....
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Kit O December 28, 2020 3:05 pm UTC
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Alexander O August 20, 2020 7:32 am UTC
I think I caught a spell design typo. Larloch's Lunar Lunacy has a range of 30 feet. It says a moon swims into view and each creature within range has to make a save. Within range of what? Yourself? The moon? The moon doesn't dictate where its placed. It just comes into view? Is the range supposed to be sight? Is the moon supposed to be placed at a point you see? If what is affected is determined where the moon is placed, should the moon have a radii of effect?
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