Xanathar’s Guide to Everything 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons

First off, this isn’t a guide to literally everything.  It’s also not authored by the original Xanathar, but more on that in a bit.


I will get this out of the way right up front, however, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything is a must have if you are looking for more player subclasses that are found in the Player’s Handbook.

XGtE is out November 21st, 2017 and you may very well find some familiar content (spells and subclasses specifically) that have been published in other various D&D books and online, except..

The content in XGtE has been updated based on vast feedback from players to make everything a bit more balanced.  Don’t get me wrong, the book isn’t just a collection of revised spells, there is mucho new content as well.

The entertaining part, is of course, Xanathar, who isn’t the original Xanathar.

I kindav get a Dread Pirate Roberts vibe from this character, so I’ll try to explain.

No, explaining will take too long, I’ll sum up..

Xanathar was a beholder, and head of a powerful thieves guild.  He was killed by another beholder who then took the name Xanathar, and was then killed by another beholder that took the name Xanathar.

THAT beholder was killed and a group of beholders swooped in to fill the void and collectively called themselves Xanathar, whom later all were killed by a singular beholder who took the name Xanathar, and so on and so forth.

Good and confused now?  Nah, the book plays out as being a bit comical, and Xanathar (one of em anyways) puts his 2 cents worth across various pages.

The breakdown:

Chapter 1

31 subclasses.  This is a lot, so let’s jump right into it (and some subclass title may look VERY familiar)..


Barbarian – they get 3 Primal Paths; Ancestral Guardian, Storm Herald, and Zealot.

Bard – they get 3 new Colleges; College of Glamour, College of Swords, and College of Whispers.

Cleric – they get 2 Domains; Forge Domain and Grave Domain.

Druid – they get 2 new Circles; Circle of Dreams and Circle of the Shepard.

Fighter – 3 new types; Arcane Archer, Cavalier, and Samurai.

Monk – 3 Traditions; Way of the Drunken Master, Way of the Kensei, and Way of the Sun Soul.

Paladin – 2 new Sacred Oaths; Oath of Conquest and Oath of Redemption.

Ranger – 3 new types; Gloom Stalker, Horizon Walker, and Monster Slayer.

Rogue – 4 types; Inquisitive, Mastermind, Scout, and Swashbuckler.

Sorcerer – 3 types; Divine Soul, Shadow Magic, and Storm Sorcery.

Warlock – 2 types; Celesial and Hexblade.

Wizard – just 1; War Magic.

There are also a few new Racial Feats based on the races from the Player’s Handbook.


Chapter 2

Dungeon Master Tools is what this chapter is mostly about.  New rules cover quite a bit about the mundane; from falling asleep to tying knots, to spellcasting.  Want to really torture your players with traps?  Yep, there is a section on some nasty ones here.  Need to know how to better give out magic items?  This book has that covered.


Chapter 3

Spells.  Oh yes, LOTS of spells.  LOTS and LOTS of spells.


Final Thoughts

I’ve been brief about the information here for a specific reason.  One, I’m excited to crack this open in practical use against with my players.  Two, I want to get this review up for everyone to check out.

Sure, I could go on and on with loads more detail, but the bottom line is; you’ll like this book, especially if you are looking to round out your players and have more options and details available to you.

There are two covers available for this book.  The one pictured in this review is the Collector’s Edition and has a very neat foil cover.  It can only be obtained from your local game store and not places like Amazon.  Although, you very well could find it for a premium price on possibly, and most certainly there are some over on eBay.

That said, watch you back if you see any beholders in the area!


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3 Responses to “Xanathar’s Guide to Everything 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons”

  1. Patrick M says:

    I’ve been looking for a content summary just about everywhere. I’ve also been on the fence about getting this book, so thanks for this! (Hadn’t you made the post in the Facebook group, I wouldn’t have found this!)

  2. Hey GameMasters.com Just swung through, directed from your post on facebook 5e D&D group but I must say you guys have a lot of content on your site. Glad to stumble across it. If anyone is on Instagram, check us out @war.eagle.keep but I cant wait to read XGtE because I’m anxious to cross reference the Unearthed Arcana to see how stuff was modified based on playtesters input. Good to see the D&D community rally together like this. WE ARE GROWING IN NUMBERS!

  3. Brian H.2 says:

    I’m just now delving into this book from a “I’m using it in my game now” standpoint. It certainly has some nice things in it and of course a few elements that I have to alter / homebrew to our table rules (exactly as I did with Unearthed Arcana). All in all, it’s pretty wicked and I’m glad I got it.

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