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Jarl horn #attackwing #giant

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Pacatus the gold dragon #dragon #attackwing

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Balagos the red dragon #dragon #attackwing

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Multiple motivations for your D&D games

dungeonmastering.com - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:32
What if every player character in a one-off adventure came with a backstory featuring their own individual goal? Designing such a module or convention game where different members of the party...

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Black Dragon

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:08
Type: FeaturesAuthor: Jason ThompsonSubtitle: April Fools CartoonBanner: Thumbnail (869x490): Text: 

True dragons are winged reptiles of ancient lineage and fearsome power. They are known and feared for their predatory cunning and greed, with the oldest dragons accounted as some of the most powerful creatures in the world. Dragons are also magical creatures whose innate power fuels their dreaded breath weapons and other preternatural abilities.

While that's the formal description, what about a rather informal look at dragons? Cartoonist Jason Thompson (creator of our D&D walkthrough maps) delivers his next comic panel—this time, looking at the Black Dragon!

We hope you enjoy. (Click for the full view.)


If you missed any of the past dragon cartoons, we've collected them for viewing below!

Black Dragon Blue Dragon Green Dragon Red Dragon White Dragon

About the Author

Jason Thompson (@mockman) is a comic artist, illustrator and D&D player. He is currently designing his first tabletop game, Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics at www.mangakagame.com.

Publication date: 04/01/2015Introduction: On today of all days, we conclude our carton series with the black dragon—the most evil-tempered and vile of the chromatic dragons, black dragons collect the wreckage and forgotten treasures of fallen peoples to remind them of their own invincibility.Tags: FeaturesRelated content: Tyranny of Dragonsexternal_urls:  External url: http://media.wizards.com/2015/images/dnd/articles/Toon_BlackDragon.jpgExternal url description: Black Dragon Cartoon Texture banner: ShowBanner video: 

Couple of homebrew 5e monsters…

Newbie DM - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:43

I went on a bit of a monster kick this weekend, only to see just how easy it was to take old AD&D monsters and turn them into 5e creatures. Here’s what I worked on…

First, the Yuan-Ti Histachii. My version of this creature (a 1/2 Challenge monster) comes from the one found in the 1993 2e Monstrous Compendium, although this creature first appeared in the Kara-Tur campaign setting, and was originally printed in that product’s Monstrous Comendium Appendix. The histachii is a former human, transformed into a reptilian humajoid by a foul yuan-ti mixture. They serve as slaves to the Yuan-Ti, guarding prisoners, hunting, and other tasks. Of course, they can also serve as cannon fodder.

From TSR's 1993 Monstrous Compendium

From TSR’s 1993 Monstrous Compendium

I wanted to make this creature available for 5e because the Yuan-Ti entry in the MM is missing (in my opinion) a suitable low challenge grunt for low level PCs. Sure, the Yuan-Ti Pureblood is there, but in my opinion it serves a different purpose.

My 5e Yuan-Ti Histachii

My 5e Yuan-Ti Histachii

You can find the Yuan-Ti Histachii here. 

The following monsters are a pair of undead, the Skeleton Warrior, and the Huecuva. The skeleton warrior was a nasty monster back in the AD&D days of yore. (It also made for a memorable character in a classic episode of the D&D cartoon). It first appeared in the Fiend Folio for 1e, then reappeared in the Dragonlance Monstrous Compendium appendix, and eventually ended its AD&D appearances in 1993’s 2e Monstrous Compendium. Almost a bit lich-like, the skeleton warrior has an interesting backstory… its soul was trapped long ago in a circlet by powerful demigod or an evil wizard. Their only raison d’etre is to search for and find the circlet containing their souls. The circlet can be used to fully control the skeleton warrior,  but if the circlet gets lost watch out… because the skeleton warrior will stop at nothing to kill its former controller.

From TSR's 1993 Monstrous Compendium

From TSR’s 1993 Monstrous Compendium

Granted, it’s a very situational type monster. But I thought it was a neat backstory. Neat enough that I wanted to see it in 5e. In 2e term, it was a 9+2 to 9+12 HD creature. In 5e I made it a Challenge 13 monster, since the guy is loaded with immunities and can’t even be turned. He’s a nasty critter. Now, one of the things not described in the AD&D version is the magic item which makes up this monster’s story. So I added it to my write up. It’s basically a golden circlet that grants a +1 to AC and saving throws, along with the skeleton controlling abilities.

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Art shamelessly taken off google…

Download the Skeleton Warrior here. 

The final monster is a neat one, and a bit of a D&D trivia oddity. The huecuva, or heucuva, depending what you’re reading. You see, it’s one of the few D&D monsters (maybe the only one) that managed to have an editorial error slip through the cracks and become canon. In the Fiend Folio, it was huecuva, and later it became a heucuva due to a typo. The rest is history ( and you can read more about this on page 6 of Dragon Magazine issue 168).

The huecuva (I went back to the original spelling) is a neat undead with a bit of a creepy backstory. It’s origins come from Chilean folklore, specifically the religion of the Mapuche people of south-central Chile. (Read about it here.)

In D&D terms, it’s described as an undead spirit similar in appearance to a skeleton. Legends tell that they are the restless spirits of monastic priests who were unfaithful to their vows and now face eternal punishment, roaming, killing, and making mockeries of their past lives.

It attacks with its claws, causing disease to the unlucky ones it manages to hit. In the Fiend Folio it actually caused terminal renal disease! They could also polymorph themselves into other types of creatures, and are resistant to mind controlling spells. And yes, I know there was a 4e template for this creature, but it seemed to ignore this whole aspect of the monster, so again, I’m working off the AD&D versions.


From TSR's 1993 Monstrous Compendium

From TSR’s 1993 Monstrous Compendium


In 2e it was a 2 HD creature, I made it a challenge 4 creature for 5e. A shape changing undead that can cause disease and has advantage resisting turning? I’ll take that!

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Grab the Huecuva here. 

These monsters haven’t been playtested yet. I created them using the guidelines in the DMG, and from reading their older stat blocks. Partly art… partly science. Let me know what you think!


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Goblin Chief Ripnugget

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 19:16

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Goblin Chief Ripnugget

He thinks he's big stuff.

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Goblin Mutant

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Goblin Mutant

Meet Koruvus. Let's give him a hand!

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Goblin Rider

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Goblins fear some dogs, ride others, and eat the rest.

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Goblin Alchemist

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Elemental Evil: Trinkets

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 16:36
Type: FeaturesAuthor: Trevor KiddSubtitle: Time to Play With FireBanner: Thumbnail (869x490): Text: 

Recently we asked all of you to give us your best idea for trinkets that would fit into the basic elemental theme of Elemental Evil. You did not disappoint!

We were originally going to pick the top ten and feature them in an article in our new Dragon+ app, but there were so many good entries, we had to find a way to show them off.

With more than 1,300 entries, it took some time to wheedle it down to our top 100, but now they’re here in their random table goodness. Thanks to everyone who submitted their best curios and we look forward to the next community poll!

Elemental Evil Trinket Table




A Compass that always points to Mulmaster.


A paper fan that won't produce a breeze no matter how hard it's waved.


A petrified potato that resembles someone important to you.


A glass cup that can only be filled half way no matter how much liquid is pored into it.


A mirror that only shows the back of your head.


A small glass bird that when set down near water dips its head in as if to get a drink.


A lady's coin purse containing two sharp fangs.


A small sea conch with the words "From the beginning" painted on the lip.


A frost-covered silver locket that's frozen shut.


A seal which imprints a mysterious, unknown coat of arms into hard rock.


A small wooden doll that when held brings back fond memories.


A small handmirror which only reflects inanimate objects.


A glass eyeball that looks about of its own accordance, and can roll around.


A glass orb that replicates yesterday's weather inside itself.


A drinking cup, that randomly fills with fresh or salt water. Refilling once emptied.


A deep blue piece of flint, that when struck with steel produces not a spark but a drop of water.


A conch shell which is always damp and constantly drips saltwater.


A charred, half-melted pewter clasp that glows as if smoldering but releases no heat.


A clockwork finch that flaps its wings in the presence of a breeze.


A unbreakable sealed jar of glowing water that hums when shaken.


A small, finely polished geode whose crystals slowly fade between every color of the spectrum.


A rough stone eye pulled from a petrified creature.


A stone smoking pipe that never needs lighting.


A small whistle, that when blown, whispers a name  of a person or place unknown to you, instead of the whistle sound.


A fist sized rock that "beats" like a heart.


A pair of bronze scissors in the shape of a pair of leaping dolphins.


A bronze oil lamp which is rumored to have once held a genie.


A single gauntlet inscribed with a fire motif and an unfamiliar name in Primordial.


A one-eyed little fish inside a spherical vial, much bigger than the vial's neck. He has a cunning look.


The tiny skull of a rabbit that whispers scathing insults when nobody is looking.


A rag doll in the likeness of an owlbear.


The desiccated body of a small eight-legged black lizard.


A small toy boat made with a walnut shell, toothpick, and piece of cloth.


A small pocket mirror that slowly fogs over while held.


Wind chimes that glow when the wind blows.


A small, clay square with an unknown rune etched into one side.


A tea kettle that heats itself when filled with water.


An old scratched monocle which shows an underwater landscape whenever someone looks through it.


A rose carved from coral.


A set of dice with elemental symbols and primordial runes instead of pips or numbers.


A amulet filled with liquid that churns, freezes, or boils to match its wearer's mood.


A small silver bell that makes a sound like quiet, distant thunder when it's struck.


A small vial of black sand that glows slightly in the moonlight.


A small whale tooth with etched with an image of waves crashing upon a beach.


An hourglass in which the sands pour upward instead of downward.


A glass pendant with a hole in the center that a mild breeze always blows out of.


A soft feather that falls like a stone when dropped.


A large transparent gem that, when gripped tightly, whispers in Terran.


A small crystal snowglobe that, when shaken, seems to form silhouettes of dancing forms.


Half of a palm-sized geode that pulses dimly with purple light.


A book filled with writing that only appears when the book is held underwater.


A sealed envelope made of red leather that you haven’t been able to open. It smells of campfire.


A locket of hair that is rumored to have come from a famed fire genasi.


Flint and steel that, when used to start a faire, creates a random colored flame.


A blank piece of wet parchment that never seems to dry.


A small puzzle box made of brass, that is slightly warm to the touch.


A cloudy chunk of glass that is said to hold a spark of breath from a blue dragon.


A crude chalice made of coal.


A miniature brass horn, silent when played, but fills the air with the scent of warm and exotic spices.


An eye-sized blue pearl that floats in salt water.


A tuning fork made from a dark metal which glows with a pale, white light during thunderstorms.


A small vial that is always filled with the smell of autumn wind.


A clear marble that slowly rolls toward the nearest source of running water.


A small collapsible silver cup that perspires constantly when opened.


An hourglass that tells time with falling mist instead of sand.


An ornate razor, which only cuts in freezing cold temperature.


A shark tooth covered in tiny etched words from a lost language.


A large brass coin with no markings or images on it.


A small wooden box filled with a strange red clay.


A necklace with a small, rusted iron anchor.


A small brass flute adorned with silver wire that is always faintly sounding.


A red and black Aarakocra feather.


A palm-sized stone with a hole in it, through which can be heard a constantly whispering wind.


A small conch shell covered in black crystal.


A small music box made of brass. It features a pair of tiny automatons that resemble Azer working at a forge.


A glass jar containing the preserved corpse of an unfamiliar aquatic creature.


A piece of petrified wood carved into the shape of a seashell.


A wooden puzzle cube covered in elemental symbols.


A small stone cube that acts as a magnet when placed against another stone.


A ring made of a white metal. On the  inside is a name etched in Auran.


A bracelet made of silvered fish hooks.


A journal filled with poetry hand-written in Primordial.


A yellow gemstone that glows dimly when a storm is nearby.


A charred chisel with an unfamiliar symbol stamped into its base.


A canteen filled with a foul smelling orange mud.


A faceless doll made of driftwood.


A heavy iron key bearing the name of a ship long lost to the sea.


A small jewelry box made from the shell of a turtle.


A chess piece fashioned to look like fire myrmidon.


A spinning top with an image of one of the four elements on each side.


A single hoop earring made of a porous red stone.


An arrowhead carved from seasalt


A small comb made of blue coral.


Seven small beads of sandstone on a string, all different colors.


A romance chapbook written in undercommon titled "Just one Layer of Grey".


A tiny, broken clockwork Harpy.


An ivory whale statuette.


A fist-sized cog, covered in barnacles.


An eyepatch made of obsidian and a black leather cord.


A glass bottle with a tiny ship of unfamiliar design inside.

About the Author

Trevor’s “real job” is talking to other fans about D&D and working with partners on their vidja games, but he’s secretly part of a yuan-ti organization bent on world domination. 

Publication date: 04/30/2015Introduction: The Dungeons & Dragons universe is chock full of treasures. Some in the form of gold and silver and some in the form of a glass orb containing a clockwork goldfish or mysterious unbendable needles. Time to make room in your rucksack for a smattering of new trinkets meant to help your quest to unearth the deception.Tags: FeaturesRelated content: Elemental Evilexternal_urls: Texture banner: ShowBanner video: 

Storm Titan

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 19:16

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Storm Titan

Lightning and thunder are his playthings, and he is as implacable as a hurricane.

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Brodert Quink

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Brodert Quink

Man, those books are almost as big as he is!

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Luck O’ the Elements

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:22
Type: EventsSubtitle: D&D Encounters CertificatesBanner: Thumbnail (869x490): Text: 

Take this exclusive certificate to any D&D Encounters participating store and gain an elemental advantage. May the Luck O’ the Elements be with you this season. You’re going to need it.

Publication date: 03/17/2015Introduction: As we were preparing to unearth the deception for the upcoming D&D Encounters Elemental Evil season, we unearthed this lucky charm.Tags: EventsRelated content: Elemental Evilexternal_urls:  External url: http://media.wizards.com/2015/downloads/dnd/2015_StPatricksDay_Cert.pdfExternal url description: D&D Encounters Certificates Texture banner: ShowBanner video: 

13 things unlucky players might hear

dungeonmastering.com - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:55
At the very end of the adventure, as the players head into that final room to confront the main enemy, what will the big monster say to them?  Well this article gives you 13 catchy bits.  We’ve...

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Silly Fight!

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 19:22

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Silly Fight!

Man, that Ultra Kaiju is always goofy. Love it!

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Pathfinder & D&D Icons

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Pathfinder & D&D Icons

Same scale, but the Shemhazian is cheaper.

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Mordle Commander!

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Mordle Commander!

Well, that is imposing in the background!

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Out of Scale

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Out of Scale

Yeah, this scale doesn't work.

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