It today's preview, we continue our look at one of the best parts of being the Dungeon Master—the distribution of treasure!


It’s good to be the dungeon master! Not only do you get to tell fantastic stories about heroes, villains, monsters, and magic, but you also get to create the world in which these stories live. Whether you’re running a D&D game already or you think it’s something you want to try, the Dungeon Master’s Guide is the book for you.

In our last excerpt, we looked at one of the sample treasure hoard tables. Today, we look at art from the treasure section itself. Here are the potion descriptions we provided the artist (Cyril Van Der Haegen) -- who then added quite a few more! Can you find them all in the illustration? Click to enlarge (and look for further notes on

  • Oil of Etherealness: The exterior of any container of this cloudy gray oil is always damp with droplets of the oil that evaporate away before pooling.
  • Potion of Climbing: This potion is separated into brown, silver, and gray layers resembling bands of stone.
  • Potion of Diminution: This potion cycles between clear and dark red. One moment the whole liquid seems red, and then the redness is drawn to the center, replaced by clear liquid. When the last drop of red vanishes, all the liquid becomes red and the process begins again. Shaking the bottle doesn’t mix the liquids.
  • Potion of Flying: This clear liquid has cloudy white impurities drifting in it and floats at the top of the bottle in defiance of gravity.
  • Potion of Healing: This liquid is a bright red that glimmers with light as it is swirled.
  • Potion of Heroism: This bright blue potion bubbles and steams as if boiling even when stoppered.
  • Potion of Invisibility: A bottle with this potion in it looks empty but still feels as though it carries liquid.
  • Potion of Longevity: This bottle of amber liquid also contains a scorpion’s tail, an adder’s fang, a dead spider, and the heart of some tiny creature that against all reason is still beating.
  • Potion of Mind Reading: This opaque purple liquid has an ovoid cloud of pink that floats about at random within it.
  • Potion of Speed: This yellow fluid is streaked with black. The liquid races around the interior of any vessel with enough room for it to run.
  • Potion of Water Breathing: This cloudy green fluid has a tiny glowing jellyfish swimming through it and smells of the sea.

The Dungeon Master's Guide

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!

Magic Items Table