Monday, October 3, 2022

Dungeons & Dragons Announces “Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons”

Wizards of the Coast announced the latest sourcebook to join the 5th edition of “Dungeons & Dragons,” titled “Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons.” As the name suggests, this book brings in new draconic options for players and DMs alike.

“Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons” boasts “new dragon-themed options for players eager to harness the power of dragon magic and create unique and memorable draconic characters” as well as “a rich hoard of new tools and information for designing dragon-themed encounters, adventures, and campaigns” for Dungeon Masters, including:

  • “Introduces gem dragons to fifth edition!
  • Reveals the story of the First World and the role Bahamut and Tiamat played in its creation and destruction.
  • Adds new player character options, including unique draconic ancestries for dragonborn, dragon-themed subclasses for monks and rangers, and new feat and spell options.
  • Offers everything a Dungeon Master needs to craft adventures inspired by dragons across the worlds of D&D, with new dragon lair maps and details on 20 different kinds of dragons.
  • Presents a complete dragon bestiary and introduces a variety of new dragons and dragon-related creatures, including aspects of the dragon gods, dragon minions, and more.”

Prior to the book’s announcement, “Dungeons & Dragons” revealed several draconic player options for playtesting in Unearthed Arcana, including racial variants for chromatic, metallic, and gem Dragonborn, new Kobolds, dragon-themed feats, and new spells named after famous dragons. (Among them is “Fizban’s Platinum Shield,” named for the same dragon as the book.) An older Unearthed Arcana also included dragon-themed subclasses: the Way of the Ascendant Dragon Monk and the Drakewarden Ranger. We can expect to see finalized versions of all of these in “Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons.”

Of particular note to D&D fans is the choice to name the book after Fizban. Dragonlance fans will recognize the name as of a powerful wizard from the books, who also happens to be an avatar of the platinum dragon god Paladine. Whether or not this relates to a long-rumored return of the Dragonlance setting in D&D 5th edition is unknown, but it’s clear that Dragonlance will have an impact on the book.

Additionally, the dragon on the cover of the book appears to have crystalline spines and a coloration unlike that of metallic or chromatic dragons. This is because “Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons” reintroduces gem dragons to fifth edition, following the release of a huge Sapphire Dragon miniature. The book promises “information about 20 different kinds of dragons,” as well as a bestiary of all things draconic and dragon-adjacent.

Whether or not “Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons” will be allowed in D&D Adventurers League, the organized play system for Dungeons & Dragons, has not yet been announced. Typically, content set in the Forgotten Realms or that is setting agnostic is made AL-legal after its release, whereas books specific to settings outside of Faerun (such as Eberron and Wildemount) are not. So this book’s future legality may well depend on how Dragonlance-centric its content is.

“Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons” will be released October 19, 2021, and will retail for $49.95, including an alternate cover variant. Stop by your friendly local game store to reserve your copy!

Robbie is a lifelong nerd and a familiar face in the Northern California convention-going community. In addition to writing convention reports, interviews, and nerdy news updates for G33k-HQ, he’s an ENnie Award-winning adventure writer, and a comic/TV show reviewer at Multiversity Comics.

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