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Sandstorm: Mastering the Perils of Fire and Sand is a 224-page sourcebook for Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition released in March 2005.

Official synopsis[]

Take the Heat

Sweltering temperatures, bone-scouring windstorms, and other dangers threaten explorers in waste environments. From arid deserts and volcanic regions to ash-choked dungeons and the lava-filled layers of Gehenna, unwary travelers may fall victim to the unrelenting hazards that await.

This supplement for the D&D game explores the impact of desert conditions and extreme hot-weather environments on every aspect of game play. Along with rules for adapting to, navigating through, and surviving hazardous hot-weather conditions and terrain, Sandstorm also includes new races, spells, feats, magic items, prestige classes, and monsters associated with deserts and other wastelands.


Development and release[]


The book was written by Bruce R. Cordell, Jennifer Clarke-Wilkes and JD Wiker. Art was provided by Ben Thompson, Steven Belledin, Matt Cavotta, Mitch Cotie, Ed Cox, Wayne England, David Hudnut, Dana Knutson, Doug Kovacs, Todd Lockwood, Chuck Lukacs, Jim Nelson, William O'Connor, Michael Phillippi, Steve Prescott, Wayne Reynolds, Ron Spencer and Stephen Ta.


Sandstorm was released by Wizards of the Coast in March 2005 for $34.95 US, or $49.95 Canadian.[1]

On May 6, 2014, 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[]

A 2005 review of Sandstorm on rpg.net gave it a 5 ("Excellent!") on style and a 4 ("Meaty") on substance. The reviewer commented that they expected the book to be nearly useless, but was pleasantly surprised by the usefulness of the content. The reviewer's primary disappointment was with the book's prestige classes.[2]

In October 2020, Sandstorm was a silver best-seller on the Dungeon Masters Guild.[3] As of 2023, Sandstorm reached the rank of Electrum seller on DriveThruRPG.

Influence on other works[]

External links[]


  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.
  2. Review of Sandstorm (rpg.net). 2005-04-29. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  3. Sandstorm (3e) (Dungeon Masters Guild). Retrieved 2020-10-24.
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