Here’s where you can pre-order the new core set of D&D rulebooks

Key art for the revised D&D Monster Manual
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Hardcover and digital editions of the new core rulebooks are available to pre-order

Wizards of the Coast is publishing a revised set of the core trio of 5th-edition Dungeons & Dragons rulebooks. The 2024 versions of the Player’s Handbook (PHB), Monster Manual (MM), and Dungeon Master’s Guide (DMG) are now available to pre-order ahead of their launch starting Sep. 17.

These revised versions of the core 5th edition D&D literature are intended to provide a more streamlined experience for new players. The new rulebooks include additional illustrations, some amended language, and a revised structure from the original 2014 publication. In addition to these quality-of-life updates, the revised rulebooks each contain selected content from the 2022 rules expansions (Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, and Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse) to provide a more consolidated and comprehensive experience.

The bulk of the changes in the revised rulebooks are included in the PHB, which features a lighter rules introduction and relegates its crunchier mechanics to a rules glossary. Character creation has also been made easier, with rules to create a character of any starting level, and the 12 starting classes have been expanded into 48 subclasses (the largest number of subclasses included in a single 5th edition book). Other changes include a massive roster of redesigned spells, feats, and new rules for a potent crafting system. The 2024 PHB is available to pre-order in physical form for $49.99 ahead of its Sep. 17 launch, while the digital option is available for $29.99.

The DMG has also been retooled to assist DMs in quickly accessing relevant information during sessions, in addition to providing more examples of NPCs, how to plan encounters, and other ways to streamline preparations for a new campaign. Also, in case new players aren’t familiar with concepts like “Magic Missile” or “Mordenkainen,” the new DMG provides a lore glossary to deliver helpful explanations. The physical version of the 2024 DMG launches on Nov. 12 and is currently available to pre-order for $49.99, while the digital version is available to pre-order for $29.99.

The revised MM won’t be a comprehensive collection of every D&D beast, but it will be the largest single Monster Manual ever published, with over 500 monsters and 75 completely new additions. The new Monster Manual won’t be available until Feb. 18, but the $29.99 digital version and $49.99 physical versions are available to pre-order now.

Other gameplay-relevant metrics from the 5th edition ruleset are untouched. meaning your existing stack of sourcebooks, campaigns, and other errata will still remain relevant in the current standard. A Pre-order bundle containing physical versions of all three revised rulebooks is available for $149.97, while the digital bundle is available for $89.97.

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