The Complete Priest's Handbook

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The Complete Priest's Handbook
PHBR3 TSR2113 The Complete Priest's Handbook.jpg
Author Aaron Allston
Genre Role-playing game
Publisher TSR
Publication date
Pages 128

The Complete Priest's Handbook is a supplemental rulebook published in 1990 for the 2nd edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.


The Complete Priest's Handbook is a rules supplement for the 2nd edition Player's Handbook which details priestly characters and religion in campaigns.[1] This includes guidelines for creating mythlogical history, designing faiths, detailing where special powers come from, duties of priests, rights and restrictions, how to role-play priest characters, and also the relationship a priest has with followers and believers.[1] The book includes rules for "priest kits" (subclasses), including fighting-monks, pacifists, scholars, and prophets, and there are 60 sample priesthoods based on generic principles.[1]

This AD&D game supplement provides noble priests, outlaw priests, fighting monks, amazon priestesses, and other “priest kits”; priest personality archetypes like the crusader, philosopher, hypocrite, and earnest novice; 60 sample priesthoods of deities for agriculture, birth, disease, elemental forces, hunting, literature, oceans, oracles, trade, wind, wisdom, and more; and rules for designing new faiths.[2] There are new weapons and equipment, martial-arts rules, and adventure hooks for priest characters.[2]

Publication history[edit]

PHBR3 The Complete Priest's Handbook was written by Aaron Allston, with illustrations by Thomas Baxa, and was published by TSR in 1990 as a 128-page book.[1]


Allen Varney reviewed The Complete Priest's Handbook for Dragon magazine #165 (January 1991).[2] He comments on the book by asking, "Is there anything so unlikely as a "generic priest"?"[2] Varney's concluding comments in the review are: "Never thought of an all-priest campaign? Then you never saw The Complete Priest's Handbook. Bravo! (Or do I mean "Hallelujah"?)"[2]


  • Review: White Wolf #23 (1990)


  1. ^ a b c d Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. pp. 109–110. ISBN 0-87975-653-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Varney, Allen (January 1991). "Role-playing Reviews". Dragon. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR (#165): 68–69.