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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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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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Rachel Young Y February 23, 2021 5:58 pm UTC
I wish this was available as Print on Demand.
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Bob H March 10, 2021 2:48 pm UTC
Me too
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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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Mathias E August 15, 2020 12:21 am UTC
A POD would be amazing!

Btw. if I buy this now and a print is released later on, do we get a discount or anything? Since there often is a bundle with print and pdf?
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Anthony J August 16, 2020 4:39 pm UTC
DMSGUILD has no plans to offer this as Print on Demand. Sorry :(
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Aarón David C August 06, 2020 9:52 am UTC
Some typos: adventure in the book, pages 44 and 45, keeps naming "Traxigorican" an NPC that is named Traxigor (also named like that at the end of adventure). Also, page 45 names Thavius Kreeg as "Thavius Klegg", both NPCs from Descent into Avernus.
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Aarón David C August 02, 2020 11:49 pm UTC
What would be needed to get POD? Why DMsGuild doesn't offer the option fot this product?
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Kenneth M July 19, 2020 1:29 am UTC
I'd buy this in a heartbeat if it was POD. I don't want a PDF.
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Anthony J July 19, 2020 1:45 am UTC
At this time, DMSGUILD is not offering POD for this product. That decision is out of our hands. Sorry :(
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Feodor R June 21, 2020 11:05 pm UTC
I'm hoping that DM's Guild will be taking new POD items soon. I would LOVE to get my hands on a physical copy of this!
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Ian H June 07, 2020 8:55 pm UTC
For the purposes of the Avernus book in Chapter 4, is it safe to assume that Sylvia Savikas is behind the Emerald Door and inside Exaltation? Does just the fact that the Party need to meet her allow them past the Emerald Door?
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Anthony J June 07, 2020 9:56 pm UTC
Hi Ian! Yes, you are correct to assume Sylvia is behind the Emerald Door. We did not denote her exact tower, so yes, she can be inside Exaltation if that is where you wish her to be. Since characters are heroes and the story is always “about them,” they can certainly meet her behind the Emerald Door. Hope you enjoy!
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Nick L June 05, 2020 8:12 pm UTC
I heard there was a POD version but I don't see it. Was it pulled? Is it coming? If I buy the PDF now will it count vs the POD later?
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Anthony J June 05, 2020 8:52 pm UTC
Unfortunately DMSGUILD will not support POD for this product. The only option will remain the PDF. Sorry :(
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