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Dungeons & Dragons Essentials is a line of 4th edition rulebooks and other products first published in Q3 2010. The main goal of Essentials is to serve as a starting point for new players,[1] but it offers new variations, power options and character builds not found in the previous books.

Although many long-time players were worried that Essentials would be a "D&D 4.5" that would render everyone's rulebook collections obsolete, it has turned out to be inter-compatible with existing 4th edition materials.[2]



  1. WotC: Save My Game: Essentials Survival Guide
  2. D&D Essentials and the 4.5 Edition issue

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Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition products edit
Core rulebooks Player's Handbook, Player's Handbook 2, Player's Handbook 3, Dungeon Master's Guide, Dungeon Master's Guide 2, Monster Manual, Monster Manual 2, Monster Manual 3
Rules supplements Adventurer's Vault, Adventurer's Vault 2, Arcane Power, Book of Vile Darkness, Demonomicon, Divine Power, Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons, Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons, Dragon Magazine Annual, Dungeon Delve, Dungeon Survival Handbook, Hammerfast, Heroes of the Elemental Chaos, Heroes of the Feywild, Heroes of Shadow, Manual of the Planes, Martial Power, MP2, Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium, Open Grave: Secrets of the Undead, The Plane Above: Secrets of the Astral Sea, The Plane Below: Secrets of the Elemental Chaos, Player's Handbook Races: Dragonborn, Player's Handbook Races: Tieflings, Primal Power, Psionic Power, The Shadowfell: Gloomwrought and Beyond, Starter Set, Underdark, Vor Rukoth: An Ancient Ruins Adventure Site
Essentials Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, Monster Vault, Monster Vault: Threats to the Nentir Vale, Rules Compendium, Red Box
Campaign settings Dark Sun Campaign Setting, Dark Sun Creature Catalog, Eberron Campaign Guide, Eberron Player's Guide, Forgotten Realms Player's Guide, Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, Neverwinter Campaign Setting
Adventures Assault on Nightwyrm Fortress, Bloodsand Arena, Death's Reach, Demon Queen's Enclave, Halls of Undermountain, Keep on the Shadowfell, King of the Trollhaunt Warrens, Kingdom of the Ghouls, Madness at Gardmore Abbey, Marauders of the Dune Sea, Orcs of Stonefang Pass, Prince of Undeath, Pyramid of Shadows, Revenge of the Giants, Seekers of the Ashen Crown, The Slaying Stone, Thunderspire Labyrinth, Tomb of Horrors
Other publications Dragon, Dungeon, Player's Handbook Heroes, Player's Strategy Guide, Updates
Board and miniatures games Castle Ravenloft, Dungeon!, Dungeon Command, The Legend of Drizzt, Wrath of Ashardalon
Computer games Daggerdale, Heroes of Neverwinter, Neverwinter
Related games Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Game, Gamma World

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