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The Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition is the Dungeon Master's Guide for the 5th edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game.

Everything a Dungeon Master needs to weave legendary stories for the world’s greatest roleplaying game

The Dungeon Master’s Guide provides the inspiration and the guidance you need to spark your imagination and create worlds of adventure for your players to explore and enjoy.

Inside you’ll find world-building tools, tips and tricks for creating memorable dungeons and adventures, optional game rules, hundreds of classic D&D magic items, and much more!


  • Chapter 1: A World Of Your Own
  • Chapter 2: Creating A Multiverse
  • Chapter 3: Creating Adventures
  • Chapter 4: Creating Nonplayer Characters
  • Chapter 5: Adventure Environments
  • Chapter 6: Between Adventures
  • Chapter 7: Treasure
  • Chapter 8: Running The Game
  • Chapter 9: Dungeon Master's Workshop
  • Appendix A: Random Dungeons
  • Appendix B: Monster Lists
  • Appendix C: Maps
  • Appendix D: Dungeon Master Inspiration


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Core Sourcebooks
5th edition
Player's HandbookDungeon Master's GuideMonster Manual
4th edition
Player's HandbookDungeon Master's GuideMonster Manual
Player's HandbookDungeon Master's GuideMonster Manual
3rd edition
Player's HandbookDungeon Master's GuideMonster Manual
2nd edition
Player's HandbookPlayer's Handbook (revised)Dungeon Master's GuideDungeon Master Guide (revised)Monstrous Manual
1st edition
Player's HandbookDungeon Masters GuideMonster Manual