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Also, it’s easy to forget that lightly obscured visibility imposes disadvantage only on Perception checks that rely on sight.

They still have spellcasting, but it’s going to be a bit less overwhelming for DMs to use those monsters.

A creature that previously had Perception +3 and Keen Smell and that now has Perception +5 can potentially gain advantage from some other source and jack that up to an effective +9 or +10. Also, a new boilerplate trait, Unusual Nature, has been added to many creatures’ stat blocks to spell out that they don’t need to eat, sleep or breathe, in case you were unsure. In Monsters of the Multiverse, Crawford said Wizards of the Coast took the opportunity to detail the full and complete history of goblinoids for the first time. With Mordenkainen Presents Monsters of the Multiverse, however, it definitely sounds like the company got caught with its hand in the proverbial cookie jar.

James Grebey, for SyFy Wire, wrote that the updated rules decouple "cultural characteristics from the physical or magical ones" and it "removes setting-specific information about the races, which combined with the more flexible stat alignment should make them easier to slot into any fantasy world [.

We also did protect their non-combat options, so it is possible for a monster to not be as threatening as its CR may suggest, but we made it clearer to the DM when they are taking that path.

On the other hand, having advantage from one source nullifies any advantage you might receive from some other source.

There’s always been this sort of implication that goblinoids had a prehistory, that they were from somewhere else, that they had different gods. But at the last minute I realised that all the monsters lore when out of the window, which was a good third of the previous books. Multiverse gives you almost all the same monsters, recalibrated and streamlined, in one book—but none of the lore, and the streamlining occasionally comes at the cost of distinctiveness. When he isn't playing virtual games, he can most likely be found shouting around a Dungeons and Dragons campaign with a fist full of pizza.

Stories behind Beholders or Mind Flayers are of much more value cause they trigger your imagination in a more effective way. According to principal rules designer Jeremy Crawford, it will also highlight the rich history of some previously overlooked groups. At the same time, it allows traditionalists to just keep doing it the way they’ve been doing it by using the legacy rules for character creation first published in the Player’s Handbook in 2014.

Monsters of the Multiverse won’t fundamentally change previously established Challenge Ratings, but will instead punch up a creature’s stats to make sure they warrant the CR they were previously assigned. Having balanced races is essential for a thriving story; players should be able to choose a race for their mechanics and story-telling capabilities, not because one overpowers the rest. This change ensures that bonus actions and reactions—such as misty step and shield—aren’t hiding out in a list of spells. For the past few years, questions about Dungeons and Dragons' handling of race have circulated, as the portrayal of certain races as inherently evil has raised real-world concerns.

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