Volo's Guide to All Things Magical was a vellum[1] pamphlet written by Volothamp Geddarm in late 1359 DR[2] and published by Tym Waterdeep Limited[3]


The guide was full of long-forgotten spells[4] and a grab bag full of odds and ends about magic.[1]



Several powerful mages, including Elminster[1] would have preferred the spells and secrets in the guide remained unknown to the general public.[4] All copies were hunted down and destroyed.[1]


In 1367 DR, a second pamphlet of the same name was released.[1] This version, now named Volo's Guide to all Things Magical, the Revised, Authorized & Expanded Edition[3] was extensively rewritten and edited by Elminster.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 4. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  2. Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 44. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Brian Thomsen and J. Robert King ed. (1995). Realms of Magic. (TSR, Inc), p. 1. ISBN 0-7869-0303-1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ed Greenwood, Tim Beach (1995). Pages from the Mages. (TSR, Inc), p. 4. ISBN 0-7869-0183-7.

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