Dungeons and Dragons has announced a new regulation called Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse. This new rulebook was announced at the “The Future of D&D” panel today at the D&D celebration, a streaming event held to celebrate the launch of the new adventure book. The wild beyond the witches’ light. The new book is a collection of content from previously published D&D rulebooks, including 30 playable races found outside of the Player’s Handbook. Also included in the book are 250 monster stat blocks, many of which were revised and optimized in response to player feedback. The book will be released as part of an upcoming rules expansion gift set that will be released in January 2022 and then as a separate book later in the year.
The book will contain various revisions made in response to player feedback. One of the biggest changes is how the NPCs and spell-casting monsters are presented. Instead of having traditional spell slots and access to spells that can only be found in another book, spellcasters will have spellcasting actions and actions that mimic spellcasting. An example given was a “Holy Fire” action that would deal damage instead of a DM needing to prepare to cast one of several potential damage spells. This change was made to better reflect a creature’s CR rather than limiting its use due to brewing restrictions.
The book will also have its monsters arranged alphabetically rather than divided by subsets.
The announcement of the new book was one of the two main announcements on the panel. Wizards of the Coast also announced that they were working on a new “evolution” of Dungeons and Dragons for its 50th anniversary in 2024. This evolution will feature new core rulebooks, but will be compatible with the existing content of the Fifth Edition, making comparisons to the release of the revised 3.5 rules in 2003 that modified the Third Edition’s rule set. D&D edition.
Other major announcements included confirmation that more adventure anthologies were in the works and that the design team was working on three “classic” campaign scenarios. Two of these “classic” campaign setups will launch in 2022 and a third will launch in 2023.