A new video reveals leaked screenshots and all the player races from Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse.
A massive bout of leaks shows big changes and all the reimagined player races in an upcoming book. Nerd Immersion received a batch of screenshots from someone who claims to have an early copy of WotC’s upcoming updated monster manual: Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse. In a new video, Nerd Immersion reveals a whole lot about the upcoming book.
You can watch the video below. Read on for a summary of what the changes are.
First things first, big changes are in store for all the races included in this book. Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse promised more than 30 updated player races we get that. A screenshot from the video reveals the table of contents (partially), including all the new races.
Table of Contents
It’s hard to read but here’s a full list:
- Deep Gnome
- Sea Elf
But these races aren’t just reprinted. They’re updated as well. Monsters of the Multiverse brings all of these PC races in line with recent updates. The Fairy and Harengon out of Wild Beyond the Witchlight are great indicators of what to expect.
We’ve known for a while that ability scores are decoupled from races. Whatever you pick you get to have +2/+1 or +1/+1/+1 to your starting abilities. Also, WotC’s made a number of quality of life updates too. You can see this in the Deep Gnome/Svirfneblin entry.
Much like the Fairy, any race that previously had innate spellcasting has the ability to cast their spells with spell slots, if they’re spellcasters. Which is huge for races that have innate spellcasting. Githzerai, in particular become an attractive choice.
As they get access to Shield at 3rd level, any Githzerai spellcaster can effectively add Shield to their spell list. Clerics, Druids, Paladins– everyone loves Shield. Even if you already get it, that’s one less spell you have to take. But as someone on reddit pointed out:
Also worth noting, Svirfneblin and Duergar are their own separate races now. Duergar no longer get the dwarven traits, which include removing penalties for heavy armor. They’re their own beings.
Going through the list of changes, weapon proficiencies and skills are removed by and large. Races that previously had innate weapon proficiencies have lost them, in favor of other abilities like resistance to Psychic damage in the case of the Githyanki/zerai.
The book also updates a lot of the lore of some of these races. A while back, WotC floated the idea that goblins, bugbears, hoblins, and so on were Fey creatures. That seems to be the case in this book. Now goblins and their comrades have Fey Ancestry.
The Genasi got a significant rework. All Genasi have darkvision and can decide what spellcasting ability they have. This lets Genasi be better spellcasters. They all got expanded spell lists as well. And that’s very exciting for spellcasters.
Just A Little Guy
Another big change is actually a small one. Starting with Harengon you could decide whether you were Small or Medium. This option has been extended to more creatures. Genasi can do this, Changelings (largely the same out of Eberron) can do this, as can Tabaxi and Tortles.
So get ready for your games to be filled with lots of little guys. Perhaps the best little guy of all is the Kobold. Kobolds in D&D have been changed in the new book. Now they’re the updated version floated in an earlier Unearthed Arcana.
Of course some players have spotted that the Tiefling subraces– the ones from Levistus or Dis or one of the other Nine Hells– are missing. Which leaves us wondering if the Tieflings will get a reprint/update/overhaul in the new PHB planned for release in 2024.
Also to that point, the leaked player races also leave out any mention of the “races of the Multiverse” spotted in a recent Unearthed Arcana. The fact that there aren’t any Giff, Hadozi, Plasmoids, or the like can only mean one thing: