Minecraft and Dungeons & Dragons fans have a new reason to be excited as Minecraft’s iconic monsters are making their DLC into the tabletop role-playing game. Monstrous Compendium Volume 3, the latest digital content for Dungeons & Dragons, will feature Minecraft’s Creeper, Enderman, and Ender Dragon. The compendium will be available through Wizards of the Coast’s official portal for digital D&D content, D&D Beyond. The announcement was made during a D&D Direct streaming presentation on Tuesday.
Dungeons & Dragons To Receive Minecraft Monsters DLC
While fans could create their own versions of the monsters before, this new compendium has been created in partnership with Minecraft maker Mojang. The studio has also collaborated with Wizards to create 10 hours of D&D-themed DLC for Minecraft. The design work for the tabletop creatures has been handled by veteran game designer Dan Dillon, who has experience in both Pathfinder and D&D.
According to Dillon, the monsters in the compendium “work in a way that makes them more reminiscent of how they operate in Minecraft. So that will be a funny sort of twist on how a monster works.” The Monstrous Compendium series has previously featured Spelljammer Creatures and Dragonlance Monsters, which were released as a PDF file and made available through D&D Beyond, respectively.
This announcement is not the first time D&D has partnered with outside IP. Previous collaborations have included Nerds candy, Penny Arcade’s Acquisitions Incorporated, and Critical Rolye’s various campaigns. The Minecraft DLC for D&D will be free for anyone with a valid login for D&D Beyond, which Hasbro purchased nearly a year ago in April 2022. D&D Beyond is expected to be the linchpin of One D&D, the next iteration of D&D, which will include character creation tools, item databases, and Dungeon Masters’ tools, as well as a digital tabletop component with 3D scenery and miniatures. This further cements the future of tabletop role-playing games online.