Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes

June 4, 2018

After much anticipation, the next supplement for Dungeons and Dragons is finally in our hands!

Following in the vein of Volo’s Guide to Monsters and Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes expands and enhances our view of the D&D Universe and its inhabitants.

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Written by the titular wizard from the World of Greyhawk (one of the first creations of D&D Creator, Gary Gygax), the Tome of Foes contains notes and asides written in the first-person by one of D&D’s oldest Dramatis Personae, providing an objective, neutral perspective on planar conflicts like the Blood War between Devils and Demons, and the ancient, violent rivalry between Elves and their subterranean brethren, the Drow. These first chapters contain history, motives, and a fair few number of player options, but the real bulk of Mordy’s Magnum Opus focuses on its expansive collection of new statblocks for all manner of monsters, with a special focus on new options for high-level encounters like the Astral Dreadnought, Drow Matron, and Nightwalker.

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

Because of its emphasis on Lore and Monsters, the Tome is definitely a must-buy for the DMs looking to throw their players some curveballs, but all players can find value in expanded race options, as well as the personal histories of the Elves and Dwarves to create colorful, engaging characters shaped by the stories of their people. The book itself also has huge potential, much like Volo’s, as an in-game object that can be used by the characters to learn more about themselves, their foes, and the world at large. At the DM’s discretion, of course!

Written by Drake