So many years into 5th edition, there are now so many different books that it can be harder to keep track of than a Wizard’s spell list. No need to fret, however, you’re at the Cove! We’ve compiled all DnD books released so far for your easy perusal (with the common internet abbreviation for each book in parenthesis), as well as the upcoming ones to look forward to:
|Player’s Handbook (PHB)||August 19, 2014||Core Rule|
|Dungeon Master’s Guide (DMG)||December 9, 2014||Core Rule|
|Monster Manual (MM)||September 30, 2014||Core Rule|
|Volo’s Guide to Monsters (VGtM)||November 15, 2016||Supplement|
|Xanathar’s Guide to Everything (XGtE)||November 21, 2017||Supplement|
|Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes (MToF)||May 29, 2018||Supplement|
|Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything (TCoE)||November 17, 2020||Supplement|
|Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons (FToD)||October 19, 2021||Supplement|
|Monsters of the Multiverse (MotM)||November 16, 2021||Supplement|
|The Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide (SCAG)||November 3, 2015||Campaign Setting|
|Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica (GGtR)||November 20, 2018||Campaign Setting|
|Acquisitions Incorporated (AI)||June 18, 2019||Campaign Setting|
|Eberron: Rising from the Last War (RftLW)||November 19, 2019||Campaign Setting|
|Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount (EGtW)||March 17, 2020||Campaign Setting|
|Mythic Odysseys of Theros (MOoT)||June 2, 2020||Campaign Setting|
|Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft (VRGtR)||May 18, 2021||Campaign Setting|
|Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos (SaCoC)||November 16, 2021||Campaign Setting|
|Spelljammer: Adventures in Space (SAiS)||August 16, 2022||Campaign Setting|
|Lost Mine of Phandelver (LMoP)||July 15, 2014||Adventure|
|Hoard of the Dragon Queen (HotDQ)||August 19, 2014||Adventure|
|Princes of the Apocalypse (PotA)||April 7, 2015||Adventure|
|The Rise of Tiamat (RoT)||October 21, 2014||Adventure|
|Out of the Abyss (OotA)||September 15, 2015||Adventure|
|Curse of Strahd (CoS)||March 15, 2016||Adventure|
|Storm King’s Thunder (SKT)||September 6, 2016||Adventure|
|Tales from the Yawning Portal (TftYP)||April 4, 2017||Adventure|
|Tomb of Annihilation (ToA)||September 19, 2017||Adventure|
|Waterdeep: Dragon Heist (WDH)||September 18, 2018||Adventure|
|Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage (WDotMM)||November 20, 2018||Adventure|
|Stranger Things: The Hunt for Thessalhydra||May 1, 2019||Adventure|
|Ghosts of Saltmarsh (GoS)||May 21, 2019||Adventure|
|Essentials Kit||September 3, 2019||Adventure|
|Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus (BGDiA)||September 17, 2019||Adventure|
|Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty||November 19, 2019||Adventure|
|Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden (IDRotF)||September 15, 2020||Adventure|
|Candlekeep Mysteries (CM)||March 16, 2021||Adventure|
|The Wild Beyond The Witchlight (TWBtW)||September 21, 2021||Adventure|
|Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep (CRCotN)||October 12, 2021||Adventure|
|Journeys through the Radiant Citadel (JttRC)||January 25, 2022||Adventure|
|Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle (DoSI)||June 21, 2022||Adventure|
|Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen (DSotDQ)||December 6, 2022||Adventure|
|Keys from the Golden Vault (KftGV)||February 21, 2023||Adventure|
|The Tortle Package||September 15, 2017||Extra Life Charity|
|One Grung Above||October 11, 2017||Extra Life Charity|
|The Lost Kenku||November 28, 2017||Extra Life Charity|
|Volo’s Waterdeep Enchiridion||October 5, 2018||Extra Life Charity|
|Lost Laboratory of Kwalish||November 10, 2018||Extra Life Charity|
|Locathah Rising||September 19, 2019||Extra Life Charity|
|Adventure with Muk||November 12, 2019||Extra Life Charity|
|Infernal Machine Rebuild||November 12, 2019||Extra Life Charity|
|Mordenkainen’s Fiendish Folio||December 3, 2019||Extra Life Charity|
|Domains of Delight||September 21, 2021||Extra Life Charity|
|Minsc & Boo’s Journal of Villainy||October 5, 2021||Extra Life Charity|
|Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants (BPGotG)||TBA||Supplement|
|The Book of Many Things (BoMT)||TBA||Supplement|
Table of Contents
Core Rule books
These are the heart of the game and all you need to run and play your own games for many years.
Player’s Handbook (PHB)
This is the foundation of the game, laying out the majority of the rules on how the game is played (this is a must-have for DMs for that reason), the different races, classes, backgrounds, and spells to choose from. You’ll also find lists of weapons, armor, equipment, and even a list of inspirational reading materials to get those creative juices flowing.
Dungeon Master’s Guide (DMG)
A DM’s steadfast companion, the DMG is loaded with useful information on how to structure adventures, build encounters, and tell stories. Looking for a guide to how to build an entire multiverse? You got it, starting smaller with how to make NPCs? This book has you covered. Even if you find 5E’s rules not quite to your liking, or want to shake things up a bit, there’s an entire set of variant rules to change up your game (including lasting injuries, different resting times, and an alternative method of initiative). Oh, and if your players ever mess up your pizza order? That’s what the trap section is for.
Monster Manual (MM)
The Monster Manual is every DM’s bread and butter for interesting and downright nasty things to throw at players. The beginning of the book breaks down all you need to know about how different abilities and parts of a monster’s statblock function. The rest of the book is packed full of the art, statistics, and lore you need to run iconic Dungeons & Dragons creatures in your game; the classic bandit, the paranoid Beholder, and, of course, the titular dragons and their varieties all reside in the MM. A DM must-have!
Supplements are how the game grows and develops over time, with a new one of some variety usually released each year, bringing everything from new races and subclasses, to new backgrounds and monsters.
Volo’s Guide to Monsters (VGtM)
Volo’s is a monster ecology book at heart, written by the in-world adventuring author, Volothamp Geddarm, and provides an in-depth look at some iconic monsters of DnD history. It gives DMs variants of these monsters (which include orcs, gnolls, beholders, and mindflayers), along with maps of their camps/lairs, and rafts of other nasties to send against your unwitting players (from redcaps to the mighty flailsnail!). For the players, an extension of races to choose from (seven), and even the option to play traditionally ‘monstrous’ races like Goblins (another six options, for a whopping thirteen total new races).
Xanathar’s Guide to Everything (XGtE)
This humorous supplement is heavily player-focused, giving us 31 subclasses (a few of which were reprinted from the SCAG) including the Samurai Fighter, Drunken Master Monk, and the Ancestral Guardian Barbarian. That’s not all, though, this book is full of creative tools for players (from a Wild Shape options list for Druids by territory and CR, to tables and guidance to help create your backstory and examples of names) and DMs alike (new optional rules expanding on tool use, downtime and more). Colour commentary is provided by the infamous Xanathar themself, the beholder leader of the Xanathar crime guild based in the Forgotten Realms city of Waterdeep.
Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes (MToF)
Another lore and DM-heavy supplement. MToF presents more detailed folklore about the various races of the multiverse, as well as a long list of interesting and very challenging new monsters! Did you know when Dwarves drink, they relive happy memories? Well, you would have if this book was already on your shelf, guess it’s off to View at Amazon for you. When it gets delivered, you’ll also get access to new race options for players, including both varieties of the psionic gith and subraces for elves.
Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything (TCoE)
The most recent supplement brings with it a staggering 22 new subclasses (inc. the Path of the Beast Barbarian, the Circle of Wildfire Druid, and the Psi Warrior Fighter), as well as a reprinting of the Artificer class (RftLW), the Order domain and Circle of Spores (GGtR), the College of Eloquence and Oath of Glory (MOoT). There are variant rules for changing your race (referred to as Origin) stats, optional rules for each class, new feats, and magic items to sink your teeth into (or in the case of magical tattoos, to sink into you!). For Dungeon Masters, there’s a broad new toolbox containing help with puzzles along with examples thereof, guidance on session zero, rules to build sidekicks for your players, and new ways to interact with the environment (supernatural regions, magical phenomena, natural hazards, and, for the brave, parleying with monsters!).
Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons (FToD)
A must-have supplement for any dragon lover, this book provides a large bestiary of new dragons and dragon-themed monsters, new magic items, and new player options, including feats, as well as new versions of the dragonborn. The lore revealed sheds new light on the magical nature of dragons, their hoards, and their ties to other worlds and gods.
Monsters of the Multiverse (MotM)
Part of the Rules Expansion Gift Set, this book compiles PC race options and monsters previously published in books such as Volo’s Guide to Monsters and Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes. This book aims to modernize these things, bringing older content more in line with the current 5E design philosophy, giving this treatment to over 30 updated player races and over 250 redesigned monster stat blocks!
The default world for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition is the Forgotten Realms (Faerun, and specifically, the Sword Coast), but what if you need more information on the world to run your adventure? What if you’d be more interested in another setting, that provides different norms and challenges? That’s where these books come in!
(Note: Whilst it’s common for setting books to contain an adventure, these adventures are usually very short and meant as a suggestion of how to play in that world. Due to the shortness of these adventures, they’re being listed only in this section and not in the Adventures section later on.)
The Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide (SCAG)
This was the very first supplement published for 5E, written largely with the help of 3rd party company, Green Ronin Publishing. This book offers a vast amount of lore on the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, including the various nations, factions, and deities involved. The sections covering races and classes within the Realms offer new player options, including (but not limited to): a variant half-elf (giving benefits depending on what kind of elf your parent was), the telepathic ghostwise halfling, the Arcana Cleric, Battle Rager Barbarian, and a slew of backgrounds!
Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica (GGtR)
The first of two Magic the Gathering (MTG) crossover books, GGtR provides all of the lore you need to run a game in the city world of Ravnica. Players will find backgrounds to represent whatever guild they’re a member of, new races, and subclasses. Ever wanted to play an elephant? No? But the trunk is so handy. Maybe you’ll want to play the new
moldy Spores Druids, or bossy Order Cleric. GGtR also contains a bevy of new and interesting magic items. Additionally, it also includes the adventure Krenko’s Way as an introduction to a more metropolitan way of playing for characters of 1-2 level.
Acquisitions Incorporated (AI)
Are you a fan of the long-running, office humor campaign as seen on Penny Arcade? Would you like to sell your soul (possibly literally) to a fantasy corporation? Then this is the book for you! Offering guidance on running your own franchise, and reflavoring classes to a more urban, ‘office-friendly version of themselves. If you can afford the royalties there are even new spells for all you aspiring Jim Darkmagic fans. It includes the adventure the Orrery of the Wanderer for characters of level 1-6.
Eberron: Rising from the Last War (RftLW)
An iconic world originating from a setting design contest all the way back in 3rd edition, Eberron gives us the concept of ‘wide magic’ instead of high magic. This is the prevalence of cantrip-level magic and low-level magic items, with the scarcity of mid to high-level magic effects. The result is a very modern setting with magical solutions for everyday problems, all within a backdrop of post-war intrigue and, at times, unrest. RftLW brings a wide selection of Eberron mainstay races (changelings, shifters, kalashtar), the Artificer class (later reprinted in TCoE), the adventure Forgotten Relics (for 4-6 characters of 1st level), as well as all necessary information needed to run your own adventure in Khorvaire.
Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount (EGtW)
The official WoTC tie-in to the critically acclaimed Critical Role (the previous Tal’Dorei setting book is 3rd party content) takes you to the continent of Wildemount (location of CR campaign 2) in Exandria, a world created by Matt Mercer. In addition to the lore relating to the deities, factions, and history of the land, EGtW also provides new options for existing races (like your dragonborns with tails? Without? It’s got both!), and races published elsewhere (aasimar, goblinoids, and so on). Magic is a little different in Exandria, bringing time-and-gravity-based magic (or Chronurgy and Graviturgy through Dunamancy if you’re a scholar, or just like fancy words) that give us the Echo Knight Fighter and two new Wizard subclasses (complete with on-theme spells). Now, you might be thinking, but how do I run an adventure in this kind of setting? What monsters do I use? Oh boy, does this book have you covered, with four adventures for levels 1-3.
Mythic Odysseys of Theros (MOoT)
The second DnD/MTG crossover setting on our list, MOoT provides a DM all they need to run a campaign in the high-action world of Theros, heavily inspired by ancient Greece. Want to be a sandal-wearing, spear, and shield-wielding Argonaut in training, but find the reality of 5E breastplate a little underwhelming? Then MOoT certainly delivers in terms of magic items, which range from molten bronze armor to literal weapons of gods to wield in their name. That last part probably sounds a little much, but the Artifact-level weapons and their quests tie directly into the book’s Piety system. This is basically a reputation score with your chosen god, when you get your score past certain milestones, you receive a powerful benefit (detailed in the entry of your god). Certainly not a low magic setting! MOoT also provides new race options (Leonin and Satyrs; as well as republishing Centaurs, Minotaurs, and Tritons) and subclasses (the College of Eloquence Bard and the Oath of Glory Paladin). The included adventure, No Silent Secret, is for levels 1-2 and a good introduction into the glorious world of heroic deeds and godly wrath.
Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft (VRGtR)
Famed monster scholar and hunter, Rudolph Van Richten, shares his wealth of knowledge to help our poor mortal minds begin to comprehend the Ravenloft setting and its many Domains of Dread. Players can enjoy two new subclasses (the College of Spirits Bard and Undead Pact Warlock), new lineage options (including the dhampir, hexblood, and reborn). Additionally, Dark Gifts to show what your time in the domains has earned you, new backgrounds, and trinkets to help you feel at home, in the home of DnD horror (I know, you’d have thought it’d be the Tomb of Horrors right?). DMs can salivate over rules to customize existing Dark Lords and their domains (or create their own), new monsters, over thirty new and familiar Domains of Dread (including Barovia from CoS), and of course, a horrific adventure to get the old blood pumping.
Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos (SaCoC)
The Gathering crossover, this book introduces us to the setting of Strixhaven, a university that uses magic to enhance studies of all disciplines. This book gives us the Owlin race, two new feats, rules for how to handle NPC relationships, how to run the academia of a school, and four adventures. These adventures cover levels 1-4, 4-6, 6-8, and 8-10 and can be used together to guide a party through the full university experience, or individually as best suits your table. If you’re interested in how a magical school may work as a setting in D&D, are looking for interesting monsters to use in your own homebrew campaign, or are just looking for an interesting read there’s something here for you.
Spelljammer: Adventures in Space (SAiS)
The first of its kind in 5E’s history, this slipcase contains three 64-page books, a DM screen, and a double-sided poster map! The books are The Astral Adventurer’s Guide aimed at giving DMs and players all the information they need to play in space, including six new player races (Astral Elves, Autogomes, Hadozee, Giff, Plasmoids, and Thri-Kreen); Boo’s Astral Menagerie will bring us over 60 new creatures suitable for a Spelljammer campaign; and finally, Light of Xaryxis is a campaign broken into twelve ‘episodes’ that cover levels 5-8.
Whether you are nervous to write your own adventure, playing Adventurers League (official, organized DnD 5E games), or just want to see what the seasoned team of writers over at WoTC has in store for your unfortunate characters, the official published adventures are for you. There are usually around two main adventure books published each year (some campaigns unto themselves, others a collection of shorter adventures you can pick and choose from or even chain together) alongside other, smaller, adventures included in setting books (as we have already covered), or released in aid of charity. As with our other sections, these books will be in publication order and include notes about which can be easily linked together.
Lost Mine of Phandelver (LMoP)
The original starter set from 5E’s inception, this adventure will take characters from 1st to 5th level and if bought physically, includes a DM screen, character sheets, and other goodies. This story begins with our heroes as humble caravan escorts to the town of Phandalin (don’t worry, I get confused it isn’t the name in the title, too), and get dragged into a quest to save hostages from bandits and ultimately discover the titular mine itself.
Hoard of the Dragon Queen (HotDQ)
The first part of the Tyranny of Dragons storyline, HotDQ will take characters from 1st level to 7th. The story revolves around the Cult of the Dragon, an organization usually devoted to the creation of undead dragons to fulfill a prophecy, but times have changed. A new leader (with a powerful voice in his ear) has been collecting fabled dragon masks to release the dragon goddess, Tiamat, from her prison in the Nine Hells. Your party starts off straight into the action, coming into the town of Greenest as it is besieged by a small army assembled by the cult and led by a blue dragon. Needless to say, the action just continues from here!
Princes of the Apocalypse (PotA)
Bad omens are spreading in the northern region of the Forgotten Realms; marauders and monsters bring chaos and destruction as shadowy forces stand in the background, gathering power to bring about the apocalypse. PotA is an adventure that takes characters from 3rd level to 15th level, however, additional adventures are provided in the book for players that wish to start at 1st level. Cults that worship the great Elemental Evil are gaining power and influence, hoping to coax their own elemental princes into the world. Will your party stand against them in force? Or turn the rival cults against each other to untangle their malevolent plot?
A free PDF supplement was released with this adventure, the Elemental Evil Player’s Companion, which included new element-themed races such as the Aarakocra and Genasi, as well as new spells including Control Flames and Bonfire. All content published in this PDF has since been published in multiple hardcover books.
The Rise of Tiamat (RoT)
This is the second and final part of the Tyranny of Dragons storyline, picking up where HotDQ leaves off, taking characters from levels 8 to 15. The secret alliance between the Dragon Cult and Red Wizards of Thay has been exposed as an opposing alliance raises in opposition to them on the Sword Coast. The plot of the cult is advancing, however. With all of the dragon masks, they seek enough blood sacrifices to finally complete their ritual and free Tiamat from her infernal prison.
Out of the Abyss (OotA)
A sharp left turn from our previous starts as caravan guards, OotA starts off with your adventurers captured by drow for slaves in the subterranean Underdark. As this adventure begins at 1st level (and goes up to 15th!), this is a daunting start as the PCs have to break free of their restraints and escape with whatever allies they’ve made whilst imprisoned. Evading the drow and their priestesses aren’t the only hazard, as this adventure transitions to take on the mighty Demon Lords themselves. Warning to you, fellow arachnophobes, the drow are a spider-based society with a lot of creepy crawly creatures in tow.
Curse of Strahd (CoS)
Like a bat out of… the Underdark? Straight into a gothic horror to send a chill down your spine and compel you to suddenly invest in very thick turtlenecks. CoS takes players of 1st through 10th level to Barovia–a Domain of Dread ruled by the Dark Lord Strahd, a vampire with a lot of time on his hands and a fondness for toying with mortals like puppets on strings, watching as they turn against each other for his amusement. The party will have to rise to the challenge, scouring the land surrounded by mist, finding items they need to destroy Strahd and save the land. The adventure links with the mini-adventure Death House to level players from 1st to 3rd level before entering Barovia. If your players wish to start off at a higher level you can start at 3rd and jump straight into the mists!
Storm King’s Thunder (SKT)
Giants of all kinds are waging war on the Savage Frontier of Faerun, their Ordning shattered, they begin waging their own personal crusades to set their own breed of giant atop the hierarchy. When giants run amok, the little folk are sure to be trampled underfoot and it’s not long until your band of adventurers is drawn in to learn what is happening and put things right. SKT is intended for characters of 1st through 11th level, but provides an appropriate joining point for 5th level characters (if you want to start at a higher level, or are using it as a follow-up to LMoP).
Tales from the Yawning Portal (TftYP)
This book is actually a collection of seven remastered adventures from DnD’s past and covers a variety of levels to fit every table. The adventures (complete with level range and, for fun, original year of publication) are The Sunless Citadel (1-3, 2000), The Forge of Fury (3-5, 2000), The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan (5-8, 1980), White Plume Mountain (8-9, 1979), Dead in Thay (9-11, 2014), Against the Giants (11-14, 1978) and the ever infamous Tomb of Horrors (high level, 1978). All of these adventures are classics that have been enjoyed by players around the world for decades, why not join them?
Tomb of Annihilation (ToA)
A sweltering jungle, wandering undead, scheming yuan-ti, and a Death Curse that reaches across the entire world. Something sinister is afoot in ToA; resurrection magic has ceased to function, and those previously revived are beginning to wither and die. Your band of adventurers must travel to the peninsula of Chult to figure out what is happening and put a stop to it, but the secret that lies at the heart of a trap-filled tomb is coveted by others with less than altruistic ends. An adventure for characters of level 1-11, with an included ‘meat grinder’ mode if your players are feeling brave. Remember your 10ft poles!
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist (WDH)
Have you ever longed to go on a treasure hunt of epic proportions? To claim riches beyond your wildest dream by nothing but the sharpness of your wits? Well, you may want to bring a sword just in case, but look no further! For characters of levels 1-5, this adventure initially has your players working for the previously mentioned Volo (yes, of Volo’s Guide fame!) but soon after being handsomely rewarded, the trail of a bigger payday looms. Someone has hidden a hoard fit for a dragon, and it’s a race against time for the players to get to it before one of the numerous baddies does. Interested yet? Did I mention the treasure was half a million gold pieces?
Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage (WDotMM)
Have a set of characters based in the city of splendors (perhaps that recently came into a windfall)? Looking for a bigger adventure with bigger rewards to win? Then you should jump straight into this adventure, picking up where WDH left, it will take players from 5th level all the way to 20th level as they traverse each descending level of Undermountain, a true mega-dungeon. With various factions living in the dungeon itself, traps aplenty, and a long-gone mad archmage at the heart of it that doesn’t take well to being interrupted.
Stranger Things: The Hunt for Thessalhydra
Dungeons & Dragons has broken into the mainstream in recent years in many ways, bringing new players into the game we all love. One of the more notable examples of this is the Netflix show Stranger Things, which revolves around kids that start to live through unusual and supernatural occurrences in their 1980s town. This product is an alternative starter set (the original being LMoP) to induct fans of the show into the game; it comes complete with a copy of the basic rules, character sheets, and its own introductory adventure: The Hunt for Thessalhydra which is for levels 3-4. Written as if by the character Will from the show, the adventure takes the players on a hunt for the Thessalhydra, an eight-headed monster that has been terrorizing the realm. This is a much shorter and higher-powered game than LMoP, with the potential to start off with various magic items if the players if they roleplay just right.
Ghosts of Saltmarsh (GoS)
This book is similar to TftYP as a collection of seven shorter adventures, designed to be stand-alone or interwoven with each other and others (including guidance to connect these adventures to those from TftYP). Unlike that book, however, GoS revolves around the seaport town of Saltmarsh, with plenty of opportunity for swashbuckling shenanigans on the pirate-infested seas over levels 1-12. The book also includes rules for living in Saltmarsh between adventures, where you can buy magic items, engage in carousing, mercenary work, research, or an everyday job if you want a simpler life.
A reimagined starter set aimed to be more comprehensive than LMoP, the Essentials Kit includes character sheets, the basic rules, a DM Screen, rules for solo players (including the Sidekick rules, republished in TCoE), and 4 adventures. The adventures are set in the same general area as LMoP, and characters journeying through all of them will run through levels 1-12 (or they can be used individually with other adventures found in this list).
Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus (BGDiA)
Time for those Cleric and Paladin character sheets to be dusted off, this adventure starts in their time to shine. The holy city of Elutrel has disappeared and unless your party can unravel what is going on, its neighbor city, Baldur’s Gate, will join it. Starting in the certainly less-than-holy city of Baldur’s Gate; by the time the players finish the adventure, they would have descended into the first layer of hell. Your heroes would have been at the frontline of the ancient Blood War, used souls as currency, and faced off against the fallen angel ruler of Avernus herself. Did I mention there are really cool, Mad Max-style hell cars? No? Well, now you have another reason to pick this one up!
Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty
Similar to the Stranger Things starter set we’ve already covered, this is for fans of the popular Adult Swim cartoon. The book is penned by Rick Sanchez himself, complete with color commentary on the tropes that have passed in the game through the years. The mad scientist turned madder Dungeon Master turned maddest mage has also been kind enough to provide us with an adventure, The Lost Dungeon of Rickedness: Big Rick Energy for brave Morties everywhere, taking them from a timid first level to a plucky third level.
Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden (IDRotF)
The icy, windswept tundra north of the Spine of the World mountains has recently got even colder. Auril, the divine embodiment of winter’s fury, has aimed her vengeance at the region, robbing it of any sunlight and causing blizzards and a churning sea to isolate Icewind Dale in a never-ending winter. Your players will move through levels 1-12 as they quest around Ten Towns, helping the locals, foiling disastrous plots, and ultimately taking on Auril herself, to return the sun to the sky and herald in spring.
Candlekeep Mysteries (CM)
Candlekeep is a fortress library with an unparalleled collection of books and scrolls, many of which contain their own mysteries and the key to a door leading to adventure. Besides detailing Candlekeep itself (complete with poster map), and its inhabitants, this book provides a staggering seventeen self-contained short adventures (or one-shots if you don’t ramble on as I do). This book is fantastic to plug into your existing games as side quests, to take a break from an existing campaign, or just get another bite-size chunk of DnD goodness into your life.
The Wild Beyond The Witchlight (TWBtW)
The Witchlight carnival has come around again, and the attractions are not to be missed. This adventure for characters of levels 1-8 will show you the whimsy and wonder that the traveling fey wonder holds, and only you (yes you!) can uncover the dark mysteries lurking behind the scenes. This adventure is able to be completed without any combat and introduces the new player options of the Fairy and the Harengon races.
Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep (CRCotN)
The first full-length adventure to take place in the world created by the DM of the hit D&D stream Critical Role, Matt Mercer. This adventure will take adventurers from level 3 to 12, traveling through the Wastes of Xhorhas, the Netherdeep, and introducing the continent of Marquet. This book will feature new magic items, monsters, and a lot of lore and story tying into the campaigns you watch play out at home!
Journeys through the Radiant Citadel (JttRC)
An anthology book containing 13 adventures that cover levels 1-14, this landmark book is the first D&D book to be written entirely by people of color. Set in the Radiant Citadel, this book takes adventurers into the Deep Ethereal, with the potential to visit other planes.
Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle (DoSI)
This latest rendition of the starter set concept has been streamlined for ease of play, allowing 2-6 players to jump straight into the fun of D&D. It will come with a set of dice, five character sheets, and an adventure for your new players to go on. Unlike past starter sets, this one will come with ‘digital onboarding tools’ to help bring your friends into the game faster and easier, it’s unknown whether this will be D&D Beyond related, or use the official WotC site.
Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen (DSotDQ)
With armies of dragons waging a war across the world of Krynn at the behest of their queen, the ravaged land is in need of heroes. This book gives you the chance to join the War of the Lance in 5E, providing the kender race, the Lunar Sorcerer, as well as new feats and backgrounds to join the ranks of the mighty Knights of Solamnia and powerful Mages of High Sorcery. This adventure is suited for parties of 4-6 players and takes their characters from 1st level up to 10th, although the structure easily allows players to start higher than 1st level.
Keys from the Golden Vault (KftGV)
This anthology book offers 13 different heists jointly covering levels 1-11 as PCs take on work for the mysterious Golden Vault organization. The book will offer blank maps for players to plan their heists as well as fully detailed maps for the dungeon master to run the adventures, in addition to guidance on how to run nontraditional adventures that offer a high risk-to-reward ratio, such as heists. Players should expect this to be an Ocean’s Eleven take on the anthology format Wizards of the Coast introduced with Candlekeep Mysteries.
Extra Life Charity content
Each year, Wizards of the Coast release a product where all of the proceeds go towards supporting Extra Life. This is a fundraising movement where the money raised goes to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which helps provide critical care to children in the US and Canada. This content gives us as players and DMs new races, spells, items, and adventures to play, whilst supporting an amazing cause.
The Lost Kenku
A Kenku companion has gotten lost in the dense and dangerous jungles of Chult, can your 4th level party find him and bring him back to safety?
One Grung Above
This supplement gives you rules to play a grung as a PC race, this is entirely meant for fun; it’s worth noting this race isn’t supported in Adventurer’s League.
The Tortle Package
The Snout of Ogmar is a location brieflymentioned in ToA, and this product fleshes that location out with maps, Tortle NPC guides for your players to interact with and hire, and also rules for playing a Tortle in your own game (the Tortle was later republished in EGtW). We’ve all wanted to be a hero in a half shell, tortle power has never been so accessible.
Volo’s Waterdeep Enchiridion
The city of splendors should already be familiar to you this far down the list, this product is essentially the lore of Waterdeep from W: DH for running your own homebrew campaigns in the city.
Lost Laboratory of Kwalish
Inspired by the AD&D adventure, Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (1980), for characters of 5th to 10th level returns to the science fantasy-infused mountains of Greyhawk. Eons ago, the famed inventor, Kwalish, disappeared whilst researching and experimenting with a crashed alien spaceship. Now his research is needed and the creatures waiting need to be defeated! Packed with interesting spells, magic items, and fun reference trinkets (two, no, three silvers if you recognize them all), this adventure is sure to be hours of fun whilst helping a good cause.
Adventure with Muk
A fun bundle of content, Adventure with Muk features stylised character sheets, adventure hooks, puzzles, maps, and more. The best part though? If you print it, the entire thing is designed to be a colouring book, every page. There’s no shame in having to go out to buy your crayons or pencils first, not everyone is as prepared as they should be.
Infernal Machine Rebuild
You may remember when I mentioned Mad Max hell cars earlier, well now you can quest to find sweet artifact-level parts to create an even cooler one! This adventure for characters 5-10 takes you to two different dungeon locations (including the iconic Tomb of Horrors) with plenty of new monsters, magic items, and artifact powers to experience along the way. And who said adventuring was hell? Oh, adventuring in hell–that’ll teach me not to read the brochure more thoroughly.
Mordenkainen’s Fiendish Folio
Running out of new and increasingly more horrific things to throw at your players? Mordenkainen’s Fiendish Folio is a 5E conversion of the Fiend Folio, originally published for ADnD.
Just when you thought you were done dealing with Elemental Evil a couple of dozen entries ago, it rises back up to terrorize the landscape. Or should I say, seascape? Perfect for Locathah adventurers of 9th level, to stop a newly-emerged node of Elemental Evil and restore peace to their normally quiet lives. Don’t worry, the rules to play a Locathah are included, along with adorable art.
Domains of Delight
This supplement is your guide to the Feywild and the intricacies of the Domains of Delight, the whimsical Feywild equivalent of the Shadowfell’s Domains of Dread. This PDF provides you with guidance on creating your very own domains, as well as the Archfey who rules them. This supplement also collects appendices D and E from The Wild Beyond the Witchlight into easy-to-use reference cards. Why not unleash a fey curse upon your players whilst helping a charity?
Minsc & Boo’s Journal of Villainy
The iconic Ranger and his miniature giant space hamster of Baldur’s Gate videogame fame are back, this time sharing their knowledge to help charity. Journal of Villainy includes a dozen new monsters, new information on NPCs based around four different cities in the realms, including Baldur’s Gate, and ten new group patron options similar to those presented in TCoE. This print-on-demand PDF is a wonderful resource for campaigns, even if you aren’t basing yours in the Forgotten Realms.
Wizards of the Coast bring us more great books to flesh out our games and bring us hours of adventure in diverse and wondrous–sometimes terrifying–worlds. Here are books slated for release in the near future.
Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants (BPGotG)
Release Date: Spring 2023
Little is known about this book, which carries the name of the Wizard famous for his hand spell. However, we can make an educated guess that this book will be similar in execution to Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons, bringing us a selection of giant-themed player options, lore, and new giant monster stats.
The Book of Many Things (BoMT)
Release Date: Summer 2023
This book is themed on the infamous Deck of Many Things magic item. All we know for sure about this book is that it will be a collection of player-facing options.
Release Date: Summer 2023
Details are scarce about this adventure right now, but we do know that it will build on the original starter set, Lost Mines of Phandelver, to create a full campaign based on the popular module.
Type: Campaign Setting
Release Date: Fall 2023
This iconic DnD setting will be making it’s 5E debut, having first been published in 1994. This will likely contain information on the lay out of the planes, various individual planes, and Sigil the city of doors and its ruler, the Lady of Pain.
There you have it, every official book and piece of content currently released or announced for DnD 5E. Hopefully, more than the odd book has caught your eye and stirred your imagination, so whilst you continue to read and perhaps hit the check out button, I’m going to go put some blister cream on my fingertips. Remember, to stay up to date on all things DnD, visit Dice Cove regularly or if you’re new to the game, visit our how to play section.
You seem to be missing Ghosts of Saltmarsh and Princes of the Apocalypse from your list!
Hey Joe, thanks for the heads up. This has been fixed!
this list is so much better than other, similar attempts
Thanks Paul, much appreciated.
I have been collecting the books and with this I know how to organize them. Thank you!
Glad it helped you out Nicolas!
Will you update this as new stuff gets announced?
Yes, we continuously update the list as new ones are released.
RoT description is incorrect. Great list though!
Hey Craig, it’s fixed now. Thanks for pointing out.
Hey, great list! I do have to point out though, that the description for Lost Laboratory of Kwalish seems to be a direct copy of the description for The Lost Kenku.
Hey Jordan, we’ve gone ahead and fixed this. Thanks.
great list. isn’t there a rick and morty sequel now?
Thanks Paul! There’s only one Rick and Morty adventure, which is a starter set similar to the original Starter Set that contains Lost Mines of Phandelver and the Essentials Kit, which contains Dragon of Icespire Peak. There is, however, a Rick and Morty vs D&D comic series that is collected into two books, that may be what you’re thinking of?
You seemed to have missed the Elemental Evil Player’s Companion, and a couple of others, might I suggest using WotC.com for a complete list of what’s available?
Amazing but would be nice if the upcoming was list as an adventure or guide. Thank you so much for the amazing list!
Thank you for your kind words, Connor! We’ve taken your suggestion and have labeled upcoming books to the best of our ability. Please note sometimes these labels may not be entirely accurate as they are based on what information we have available for the titles at the time of writing.
I did want to ask if the Elemental Evil series Player’s Companion is not official or if y’all missed it. Just in case.
Also some other Extra Life content (Krenko’s Way, Winter’s Splendor, and A Zib For Your Thoughts).
Thanks for your comment Bill! The Elemental Evil Player’s Companion is a PDF supplement that was provided for free along with the adventure Princes of the Apocalypse. Its contents have since been republished multiple times in other books, which is why we did not feel it was necessary to include it as a listing. We will, however, update the entry for that adventure to include the PDF.
The other adventures you mention aren’t Extra Life content: Krenko’s Way is the adventure included within the Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica and is mentioned in that book’s entry. Winter’s Splendor is a seasonal Adventurer’s League adventure featured in our list of free adventures, and A Zib for your Thoughts was posted on the DM’s Guild to support the launch of Guldmasters’ Guide to Ravnica but isn’t Extra Life content or a major publication.
Love this, Thank you now I know what to get to finish the collection or at least keep it up to date.
Thanks Randall, glad we could help!
Wrong link on M. of the Multiverse.
Fixed! Thanks Paul.
I think i’ve got em all!
Congrats on your collection, looks like you’ll have a lot more to add to your DM’s hoard this year!
Thans for sharing this list, great job!
Just an observation: Monsters of the Multiverse should be in the “Upcoming books” section (Release Date: May 17, 2022), shouldn’t it?
Keys from the Golden Vault
Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants
Book of Many Things
Also an expanded Phandelver campaign, and a Planescape book.
Seems you missed Elemental Evil. Was a big one with new races and spells.
Hi Chris, we included a paragraph covering the Elemental Evil PDF under the Prince of the Apocalypse section. We handled it this way as it was a free companion PDF for this book, not a standalone product, and its contents have since been republished in other supplements.
Hi this is such a fantastic resource for some old fart like me. I used to own and played the 1st edition till early 90s and then I stopped playing since. Now that I am finally coming around to it again and learned there is so much more than what I am used to. This article is so helpful for me to navigate all the essentials. As such, I have recently purchased all the core rule books, supplement and campaign setting books.
If I may request, please continue to update and refresh this page so that I can check in once a while to see if there are new books that I need to add to my collection. Keep up the great work!!
Hi Armm, we’re very happy to hear that our list has been a help to you in building out your 5E bookshelf! Don’t worry, this article is regularly updated as new product information is released, you can rest assured that Dice Cove has you covered
Not sure if this is an option, but if you could put images of the alternate book covers next to the ones you currently have, that would make this an even better list.
I use this list to help keep track of collecting, knowing if books have alternate covers would be very helpful.
Great list and thank you.
Hey DJ, thank you for your kind words and valuable suggestion! We’re always looking for ways to improve our content and provide the most helpful resources to our readers. Including images of alternate book covers alongside the standard ones is a fantastic idea. It would definitely make it easier for collectors like yourself to keep track of available options. We will look into implementing this feature in the future and ensure that our list remains informative and comprehensive.