- The upcoming book, Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk, embraces cosmic horror themes and has a style reminiscent of classic pulp horror comics.
- The new monsters showcased so far are wonderfully weird and include a dairy cow with tentacles and snake-like flesh monsters that have melded together.
- The book is set to be released on September 19, 2023, with digital early access starting on September 5, 2023, featuring a remastered version of “The Lost Mines of Phandelver” and brand-new content.
The new Dungeons & Dragons monsters coming to 5e via the upcoming book, Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk, lean into its cosmic horror themes. With its Lovecraftian inspirations, The Shattered Obelisk has a style and tone reminiscent of classic pulp horror comics. In a presentation with game designers last week, Screen Rant got a glimpse of these weird and strangely horrifying new monsters.
From a dairy cow with tentacles growing out its sides to a terrifying enemy made from melded flesh, the new D&D creatures shown so far for Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk all have one thing in common – they’re really weird. This seems to be a theme for the new book, as D&D‘s own Amanda Hammon and Bree Heiss used the term quite often when describing the monsters, the tone, and what kind of story adventurers can expect when the book drops on September 19, 2023.
New Monsters For D&D 5e In Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk
During the presentation, many new D&D 5e monsters and NPCs were shown off. And while this isn’t a complete list of the bestiary in Phandelver and Below, the new monsters showcased for The Shattered Obelisk so far include:
- Cloaker Mutate (pictured above)
- Oculorb (a blob with many eyes)
- Encephalon (a group of alien egg sacs that resemble a brain)
- Daisy the Odd Cow (a dairy cow with tentacles growing out her back and sides)
- Gemmules (pyramid-shaped aliens with tentacles, pictured below)
- Psionic goblins (featured in cover artwork, shown using magic)
- Flesh Meld (a group of snake-like flesh monsters that have melded together)
The common theme here, of course, is a combination of cosmic weirdness and otherworldly magic that fans of H.P. Lovecraft stories like “The Colour Out of Space” would surely enjoy. Even now, the game designers are teasing Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk as containing some of the strangest D&D 5e content to date with some of the weirdest D&D monsters ever.
When D&D’s Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk Early Access Starts
The official release date for the new book is September 19, 2023. However, digital early access for Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk will start on September 5, 2023, on D&D Beyond. Around the first third of the campaign is a remaster of “The Lost Mines of Phandelver,” the popular adventure found within the Starter Set. This “remastered” content includes more fleshed-out encounters and choices, while the last two-thirds of the book will be brand-new content. From everything shown so far, Phandelver and Below looks like an exciting – and weird – addition to Dungeons & Dragons 5e.