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It also featured monsters that were widely ridiculed, such as the flumph, one of the few non-evil creatures presented in the volume. Many of the monsters were drawn from scenario modules. Like the Fiend Folio before it, the monsters in Monster Manual II listed the experience point value for each monster within the entry. The first two volumes contained the core monsters of the game. These were followed by many appendices that contained extra monsters for particular campaign settings.
The format was intended to help Dungeon Masters DM keep handy only the monster statistics needed for a particular game session, as well as to greatly expand the information about each monster, as each was given at least one full page. It would also mean they would only need to purchase core volumes and appendix volumes for the campaigns they wanted, rather than getting a mix of monsters in books.
However, the binder format ultimately proved impractical for two main reasons. First, looseleaf pages were not as durable as the hardcover format. As it was a frequently used game aid this was a serious concern. Second, TSR routinely printed different monsters on each side of a sheet, making it impossible to keep monsters in strict alphabetical order. In , the Monstrous Manual was released,  compiling all monsters from the first two volumes of the Monstrous Compendium plus many monsters from other sources into a page hardcover book edited by Doug Stewart.
More Monstrous Compendium appendices were released as a supplements to the Monstrous Manual in the form of paperback books. They included updated reprints of loose leaf Monstrous Compendium Appendices and new volumes. The updates were not intended to make major changes, only to update older monsters to third edition rules. The design team decided to focus on creatures that fit well into classic dungeon style adventures, with extra emphasis on creatures we felt the game needed. They contain mostly updated monsters from the sourcebooks of earlier editions, though some monsters have almost no overlap with those of their first edition namesakes.
The revision was done by Rich Baker and Skip Williams. The 3. There are hundreds of monster entries, and each monster has a couple dozen data points to examine and check.
Many monsters also included instructions on how to use them as player characters. The Monster Manual v 3. Finch , Gwendolyn F. Nathan Toomey. This Monster Manual is notable for its descriptions of where the monsters might be found in the Eberron and Forgotten Realms campaign settings.
This book was also published in the v3. Monster Manual IV contained fewer actual monsters than Monster Manual II and III, but had sample lairs and encounters for them, gave stats for classes and templates applied to old creatures, and full page maps.
The book also ties into the "Year of the Dragons" theme that Wizards of the Coast planned out for with the Spawn of Tiamat , yet contains no new monsters that are considered true dragons. Like the others, this book was leather-bound with silver-gilt edges and a cloth bookmark.
The book was expanded with some new information, 31 new illustrations, and a new index. All collected errata up to its release date were included in this revision.
Schwalb , Rodney Thompson , and Wil Upchurch. It featured the demon prince Orcus on the cover. Monster Manual 2 was released on May 20, with Demogorgon on the cover; Monster Manual 3 was released on June 15, featuring Lolth on its cover. Monster Vault was released November 16, and featured monsters introduced in the Monster Manual revised to the new format that was introduced in Monster Manual 3.
Monster Vault: Threats to the Nentir Vale was released June 28, and re-introduced a few new monsters as well as several related to the setting of Nentir Vale.
The cover depicts the beholder Xanathar attacking adventurers in the Underdark.
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