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There are cracks in the world. They’re slender, dark, and often cold, but they are the only things that keep you hidden. Keep you alive. They are the shadows of the world, and they are where you live.
You are a shadowrunner, thriving in the margins, doing the jobs no one else can. You have no office, no permanent home, no background to check. You are whatever you make yourself. Will you seek justice? Sow seeds of chaos? Sell out to the highest bidder? It’s up to you, but this much is certain: If you do nothing, the streets will eat you alive.
You can survive, even flourish, as long as you do what it takes. Sacrifice part of your soul for bleeding-edge gear. Push the limits of your will learning new and dangerous magic. Wire yourself into the Matrix, making your mind one with screaming streams of data. It’ll cost you something—everything does—but you can make it worth the price.
Shadowrun, Fifth Edition is the newest version of one of the most popular and successful role-playing worlds of all time, a fusion of man, magic, and machine in a dystopian near-future. With rules for character creation, magic, combat, Matrix hacking, rigging, and more, you have everything you need to face the challenges of the Sixth World.
Building on the award-winning Shadowrun, Fourth Edition rule set, the new edition brings the game forward while preserving the fun that has made it so enduring.
Here are some highlights of the new edition:
  • Grittier & Deadlier: The down-and-dirty Sixth World setting is a place where shadowrunners need to count their bullets carefully and be cautious about whom they trust. Fifth Edition rules reflect that, making players aware of their choices and the price they have to pay to be the best. It also supports deadlier combat, while still making sure the player characters can stay alive long enough to take care of business.
  • Streamlined Matrix: Matrix rules have been improved and streamlined, bringing them more in line with the rest of the game and making them more intuitive. Running the Matrix has never been easier.
  • Increased Gear Options: Changes in Fifth Edition mean there are more functions for gear, which leads to an increased variety of the toys shadowrunners love!
  • Faster Character Creation and More Player Aids: New to Shadowrun and eager to hit the streets as quickly as possible? Fifth Edition’s character creation rules make it faster and easier to create a full-fledged character and dive into the shadows. Additionally, from an expanded gamemaster advice section to pre-generated gear kits, Shadowrun, Fifth Edition has tools and resources to help players quickly get into the game and onto the streets.
Now, the Shadowrun, Fifth Edition Core Rulebook includes a Master Index that covers all the Fifth Edition core books!

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May 17, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Will this ever be pod?
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Jason C February 07, 2018 3:03 am UTC
Is there a Master Index somewhere separate? Already have the 5th ed. book, but would like the Master Index.
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Jacob J September 16, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
Why can't I buy the Master Index Edition as hardcover?
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Joshua C August 17, 2017 8:21 am UTC
Catalyst, isn't it dishonest to list all your pdf's as on sale when the normal price is for the print product?
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Karry K July 22, 2017 3:45 pm UTC
The issue with the display is probably related to the final 4 pages of this file, they are formatted to be 4 pages wide and are completely disrupting how the document displays even on desktops. I wish they had not locked the file so I could extract or delete them so the formatting issues could be resolved
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Joshua S June 30, 2017 8:01 am UTC
Just downloaded Shadowrun 5th Edition (Master Index Edition [Fourth Printing, Corrected]), and using Foxit Reader, it opens up just fine.

My only issue, and a very minor one, is that if you click the link in the Table of Contents for the SR5 Master Index, the hyperlink doesn't work.
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Carlos G June 30, 2017 7:13 am UTC
Just really mad with this webstore, they just sell products that does not even work! Theres any way to ask for cash back?
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Scott K March 22, 2018 9:05 pm UTC
That's the fault of the company that uploaded it. They should make sure it is working fine.
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Adam L June 11, 2017 3:25 am UTC
Any word yet when the file is going to be repaired? Every time I download it, it will not open, and I've seen tons of other people complaining about the same thing.
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Logan G June 24, 2017 11:57 pm UTC
having the same problem, kinda makin me mad
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Jabrien U February 16, 2017 11:02 pm UTC
Does the master index includes all rulebooks in one book?
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Simon S May 19, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Not sure what you mean by this. Essentially it's the 5th edition rule set and it has the last errata applied.
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Carey D February 06, 2017 5:07 am UTC
Is there a possibility to get this book in printed format? If so, where and how can I get a copy?
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Ralph T February 09, 2017 3:20 am UTC
You can order a copy from and from Catalyst Game Store, but to be honest I have always had a hard time order from their old website and every time I have visited their new site it's nothing but crap. Hopefully they will get it fixed, but it's been pretty bad ever since they launched it.
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Andrew F February 02, 2017 3:19 am UTC
Im having trouble viewing the PDF and ive checked the threads on support page what do i do now?
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Joshua S October 06, 2016 6:51 am UTC
Well, the new download, dated Oct 5th is listed as Fourth Printing, Corrected. And it has the Master Index.
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Kai Z November 25, 2016 5:25 pm UTC
So the up to date errata is incorporated?

Cheers, K
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Joe M October 04, 2016 7:23 pm UTC
Even the release with the filename of Shadowrun_Fifth_Edition_Core_Rulebook_(Master_Index_Edition).pdf still has the old index that does not include the material from the old core rulebooks.
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Aric W October 05, 2016 3:04 am UTC
No Master Index and mine still states its the First Printing
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Joshua S October 03, 2016 9:00 pm UTC
Oct. 3rd release .pdf is still the same as my old download.
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Anthony K October 03, 2016 9:10 pm UTC
It is a different file name, but still the same original index. Maybe 3d time will be the charm. :)
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Joe M October 04, 2016 7:24 pm UTC
Perhaps we need to wait for a 5th edition of the file?
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October 01, 2016 8:19 pm UTC
Concur, no change from previous version of file. Seen pictures of the Master Index on Catalyst website, so it exists.
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Joe M October 01, 2016 11:36 pm UTC
I have seen the physical edition with the new index at my FLGS. I am both confused as to why there are 2 files, and disappointed that neither one is the updated version.
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Egi T October 01, 2016 11:06 am UTC
Is there no update log? Got 2 download links yet they're similar and not different than the previous version.
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