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Player's Handbook 2: Primal, Arcane, and Divine Heroes is a 224-page sourcebook for Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition released in March 2009.

Official synopsis[]

From the bright towns and darkened wilderness they come: mighty heroes intent on exploring dungeons, slaying monsters, and battling evil.

This companion to the Player's Handbook® core rulebook introduces the primal power source, which draws on the spirits that preserve and sustain the world. Player's Handbook 2 includes four classes tied to the primal power source: the barbarian, the druid, the shaman, and the warden. It also presents four new arcane and divine classes: the avenger, the bard, the invoker, and the sorcerer.

This essential book for D&D® players contains other exciting options, including new races, powers, feats, paragon paths (including racial paragon paths), epic destinies, magic items (including totems), rituals, and a background section designed to help you develop your character's history and personality.

Content[]

Development and release[]

Development[]

The book was written by Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls and James Wyatt. Art was provided by Daniel Scott, Steve Argyle, Eric Belisle, Michael Bierek, Devon Caddy-Lee, Mitch Cotie, Thomas Denmark, Eric Deschamps, Brian Despain, Vincent Dutrait, Steve Ellis, Wayne England, Howard Lyon, Mike May, Raven Mimura, William O’Connor, Hector Ortiz and Wayne.

Release[]

Player's Handbook 2 was released by Wizards of the Coast in March 2009 for $34.95 US, or $39.95 Canadian.[1]

On February 10, 2015, it was re-released in digital format. It is currently available on DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild for $17.99.

Reception and influence[]

Critical reception[]

As of 2023, Player's Handbook 2 reached the rank of Gold seller on DriveThruRPG.

Influence on other works[]

External links[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Product page. Wizards.com, via Web Archive.


Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbooks
Players Handbook (1e)Player's Handbook (2e)Player's Handbook (2e revised)
Player's Handbook (3e)Player's Handbook (3.5)Player's Handbook II (3.5)
Player's Handbook (4e)Player's Handbook 2 (4e)Player's Handbook 3 (4e)
Player's Handbook (5e)Player's Handbook (5e revised)
Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition
Core rules
Player's HandbookPlayer's Handbook 2Player's Handbook 3
Monster ManualMonster Manual 2Monster Manual 3
Dungeon Master's GuideDungeon Master's Guide 2
Starter Set
Supplements
Adventurer's VaultAdventurer's Vault 2Arcane PowerThe Book of Vile DarknessDark Sun Campaign SettingDark Sun Creature CatalogDemonomiconDivine PowerDraconomicon: Chromatic DragonsDraconomicon: Metallic DragonsDragon Magazine AnnualEberron Campaign GuideEberron Player's GuideForgotten Realms Campaign GuideForgotten Realms Player's GuideHammerfastInto the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival HandbookManual of the PlanesMartial PowerMartial Power 2Menzoberranzan: City of IntrigueMordenkainen's Magnificent EmporiumNeverwinter Campaign SettingOpen Grave: Secrets of the UndeadThe Plane Above: Secrets of the Astral SeaThe Plane Below: Secrets of the Elemental ChaosPlayer's Handbook Races: DragonbornPlayer's Handbook Races: TieflingsPlayer's Strategy GuidePrimal PowerPsionic PowerUnderdarkVor Rukoth
Adventures
Keep on the ShadowfellThunderspire LabyrinthPyramid of ShadowsDeath's ReachKingdom of the GhoulsPrince of UndeathKing of the Trollhaunt WarrensDemon Queen's EnclaveAssault on Nightwyrm FortressThe Slaying StoneOrcs of Stonefang PassDungeon DelveDungeon Magazine AnnualHalls of UndermountainMarauders of the Dune SeaRevenge of the GiantsScepter Tower of SpellgardSeekers of the Ashen CrownTomb of Horrors
Essentials
Starter SetRules CompendiumHeroes of the Forgotten KingdomsHeroes of the Fallen LandsMonster VaultDungeon Master's KitMonster Vault: Threats to the Nentir ValePlayer's Option: Heroes of ShadowPlayer's Option: Heroes of the Elemental ChaosPlayer's Option: Heroes of the FeywildThe Shadowfell: Gloomwrought and BeyondMadness at Gardmore Abbey
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