Questions tagged [curse-of-strahd]

Curse of Strahd is a D&D 5e adventure set in Ravenloft. It was originally published by WotC on 15th March 2016. Please keep your question's title spoiler-free and use spoiler blocks in the body.

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Who or what is The Vampyr?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure, in Amber Temple, area X42, the following is described (p. 196): Reading on, this vestige grants any creature who accepts its gift the option of becoming a vampire if ...
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Is there lore that reveals where the first seed from the Wizard of Wines winery went?

In Curse of Strahd, I can't find any indication of what happened to the first seed beyond this info: Is there any indication from another source of what happened to the seed? Or is it just an open ...
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What counts as a sufficient heat source to survive Amber Temple?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure, the sidebar about Amber Temple's temperature (p. 181) says: It specifically mentions "heat sources", and I was wondering what counts as a heat source for the ...
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What are the changes to a character caused by Wereraven Lycanthropy from the Curse of Strahd adventure?

I just had a player contract wereraven lycanthropy in my Curse of Strahd campaign, but I can't find the changes that they would get for having it. Where are the effects of wereraven lycanthropy ...
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Are the Dark Powers mentioned in Curse of Strahd from the Shadowfell or from the Amber Temple?

I am running the Curse of Strahd and one thing seems inconsistent. In chapter one it says Unwilling to go the way of his father, Strahd studied magic and forged a pact with the Dark Powers of the ...
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Can a creature of any alignment attune to this magic weapon in Curse of Strahd?

In Curse of Strahd, area K74h of Castle Ravenloft (p. 81), there is a certain magic weapon: The last bullet point describes that, if you are attuned to the weapon, you are granted the ability to cast ...
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Are the female elves in this AL adventure actually Dusk Elves?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure, there are a unique subrace of elf called dusk elves, and the adventure has this to say about them: So it seems that, during the time that the adventure takes place, ...
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Does the map of Barovia extend beyond the top and bottom of the map?

I'm currently running Curse of Strahd and plan on extending the adventure beyond the end of the published material. There are a couple of areas that the party have not gone to and I do not expect they ...
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How do I reconcile this contradiction about an NPC's actions in the Curse of Strahd adventure? [duplicate]

In the description for Ezmerelda D'Avenir on page 230 of the Curse of Strahd adventure, it says However, it says in the "Journal of Rudolph van Richten" handout on page 255 (in Appendix F): So which ...
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Should I depower a PC Lycanthrope at level 1 during Curse of Strahd?

One of my players wants to play a humanoid rat character. I'm considering cursing them with wererat lycanthropy; however, looking at these abilities, they just seem way too strong for a level 1 ...
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Why is it so important for the party to acquire the Tome of Strahd?

In Curse of Strahd, as part of the Tarokka card reading, the party are told the locations of three "treasures"; the Sunsword, the Holy Symbol of Ravenkind, and the Tome of Strahd. Looking at the Holy ...
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Can an undead creature like Strahd wield a Helm of Brilliance?

I had a thought that if my players don't raid the treasury before their fight with Strahd, he would use the magic items inside during the final fight against the players. However... The description ...
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Does an NPC stat block get racial bonuses added to it?

Specifically, there is a character in the Curse of Strahd (p. 133): Also, it's worth pointing out that (from p. 119): The only example I know of (in Curse of Strahd, at least) of an NPC statblock ...
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What would be the purpose of a second Tarokka card reading in the Curse of Strahd adventure?

In Appendix D, the stat block of Ezmerelda d'Avenir can be found (p. 231), along with the following text: There is also this in chapter 1 (p. 12): Given that it is likely that the party would have ...
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How is this character useful as an ally in Curse of Strahd?

As part of the Tarokka card reading, this is one of the possible allies (under Strahd's Enemy, p. 17): This card refers to Arabelle (see chapter 2, area L). She gladly joins the party. But if she ...
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Why would Madam Eva help the party in Curse of Strahd?

My confusion with Madam Eva's motives comes from the following passage in the Curse of Strahd adventure, when describing the Vistani of the Tser Pool Encampment, which Madam Eva is one of (p. 36): So,...
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Is this homebrew “Ratman” race for Curse of Strahd balanced?

We are beginning a Curse of Strahd Campaign and one of my players wants to play a Ratman. I'm afraid that giving him lycanthropy at level 1 might be a bit overpowered so I toned it down and added some ...
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Is this homebrew “Skeleton” race for Curse of Strahd balanced?

We are beginning a Curse of Strahd Campaign and one of my players wants to make a Skeleton Necromancer. Since there's no official Skeleton Race, I created this from the Monster Manual entry on ...
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Why are there two King of Diamonds entries for the Curse of Strahd tarokka card readings?

In Curse of Strahd, p. 15, it shows two entries for "Broken One (King of Diamonds)", one after the other: This card refers to the Mad Mage of Mount Baratok (see chapter 2, area M). B. Broken One (...
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What is the connection between the Shadowfell and Strahd/the plane of Barovia?

I'm preparing to run Curse of Strahd, and one of my players wants to play as a Shadar-kai who is loyal to the Raven Queen. In the adventure's set up, it says (p. 9): For obvious reasons, I'd like to ...
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Do the Hags in Curse of Strahd have a Heartstone?

The Night Hags in Chapter 6 of Curse of Strahd need a Heartstone to use their Etherealness action. The module doesn't list this as part of their description. Do the hags each have a Heartstone?
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How to run Death House for 3 new players with no healer?

Me and five friends wanted to try out DnD, none of us have played before but I know the most about DnD (read: I listened to The Adventure Zone and watched some videos on YouTube) so I volunteered as ...
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Is the “Find Greater Steed” Spell affected by Barovian Magic Alterations?

So, in Curse of Strahd there's this thing called "Alterations to magic" which causes spells to take an evil turn. For instance, a wizard casting Mage Hand will find himself with an skeletal hand ...
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Will this creature from Curse of Strahd reappear after being banished?

In Curse of Strahd, my cleric cast Banishment on the (possible spoiler): At the end of Banishment's duration, will the creature return? I don't know what plane it's native to. Our DM seemed unsure, ...
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How to deal with a player who makes bad characters and kills them?

This is kind of a two part question, firstly about the bad character thing and secondly wrangling table drama. For context, I am currently DMing D&D 5e Curse of Strahd, with 5 players. Some of you ...
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Could Strahd do anything with a key to Sigil that would allow him to escape Barovia?

I am DMing the Curse of Strahd adventure. My players' party is a silver dragonborn fighter, a high elf cleric and a tiefling druid. He brought the fighter to Barovia because he's the last living ...
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How to tackle body parasites

Given that: A party character (human/wereraven gloomstalker ranger) got kidnapped and had an experiment done on her, during which she had six red worms implanted in his body (the worms clung to her ...
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Is this statue in Curse of Strahd an easter egg?

I just read this question which made me discover the funny anecdote of The Head of Vecna (Note that apart from the hand and eye artifacts in the DMG, I had never heard of Vecna before). Therefore I ...
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What can Strahd do in this form?

In the published module Curse of Strahd, Strahd (p. 240) can However, when he does this, However, it seems ridiculous to me that he would be unable to attack when doing so, I mean it's still My ...
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Curse of Strahd - too steamrollery to force Death House when the PCs are in Vallaki? [closed]

So I had my first session for my group running Curse of Strahd yesterday, which was awesome and everyone had a great time. Only problem is I started them at level 1 and totally missed the part about ...
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My players want to use called-shots on Strahd

Possible spoilers for the D&D 5E adventure Curse of Strahd: So last week my players encountered Strahd at level 3. My intention with this is to teach the players to think before spending their ...
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Can characters escape from Death House through this method?

I will be DMing the Death House adventure very soon. Because I have players that tend to exploit every little loophole, I am wondering the following: To illustrate what I mean, here is a map with the ...
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Would this house-rule about creating shadows from living creatures unbalance CoS? [closed]

I am running Curse of Strahd for my gaming group and am trying to put general shapes on future encounters and occurrences. I thought it would be cool if, when Strahd uses his Lair Action to create a ...
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How is it possible for this NPC to be alive during the Curse of Strahd adventure?

According to most wiki pages surrounding the character, With this information in mind, if most adventures in the Forgotten Realms take place during 1491 DR, then how old would this NPC technically ...
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Quest flaw of “I refuse to hide from my foes” [closed]

I was playing The Artifact as a rogue, and in game I was given the Gift of Prophecy which comes with an ability you can use twice before it vanishes, but has the caveat of altering appearance and ...
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Can a druid Wild Shape into Sangzor from the Curse of Strahd adventure?

During the module Curse of Strahd, I can encounter the evil Giant Goat Sangzor (p. 160). The goat has special properties: higher CR, resistance to nonmagical weapons & more hit points. Can I Wild ...
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How can I prep for the Curse of Strahd adventure effectively?

Before I move into the question there are no spoilers here. I am about to embark on a lengthy D&D adventure with some new players that will start with the Lost Mine of Phandelver (LMoP) and then ...
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Where can I educate myself on D&D universe lore, specifically on vampires and supernatural monsters?

It turns out my first campaign will be Curse of Strahd (5e). I'd like to play a vampire hunter who is knowledgeable about supernatural monsters as a matter of profession. Furthermore, I have a vampire ...
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Would adding daily rolls for insanity to Curse of Strahd be excessive for a party of 6?

I'm planning to run Curse of Strahd for my D&D group after we finish our current campaign. It's a group of 6 players plus the DM. According to the book, six players is the recommended upper limit ...
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Is Curse of Strahd very similar to Expedition to Castle Ravenloft?

I would like to run Expedition to Castle Ravenloft for some players. This is a 3.5 module but I would convert the encounters to 5e. Some of my players have played Curse of Strahd. Will they feel ...
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How many different miniatures and how many copies of those miniatures will I need at the same time in Curse of Strahd?

Coming up with a proper title is a bit tricky, so if people have suggestions, I'm open for them. I'm currently running Tomb of Annihilation, and having a blast. I lack a lot of the miniatures for ...
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Can I defeat Strahd von Zarovich by stuffing him in a bag of holding and tearing it?

My Adventurers League group is playing though Curse of Strahd and we will be fighting Strahd next session. I'm playing as a diviner with the Lucky feat, the spell Tasha's Hideous Laughter (which will ...
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Are there any overpowered race/class combinations for the 5e campaign Curse of Strahd?

Curse of Strahd was released in 2016; since then, there have been many supplement books with extra races and subclasses. Are there any combinations of races/classes I should advise players to take in ...
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How does character death/resurrection work in Curse of Strahd?

While I was asking some questions in general chat about death in the Curse of Strahd adventure, @Derpy brought up an interesting point (that might contain loose spoilers). Correct me if I am wrong, ...
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Can Strahd use his Unarmed Strike (that grapples) as an opportunity attack?

New player here and I'm confused about how this works. Any help would be appreciated. Playing a campaign and we encounter Strahd from Curse of Strahd. The party tries to retreat to sunlight. One ...
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How do I correctly run this trap from Curse of Strahd [Minor Spoilers]

Here is the description for the trap: Medium-sized creatures occupy a 5 foot square; they cannot occupy the same space per PHB p.191/SRD p.92): You can move through a nonhostile creature’s space......
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Does this Poltergeist's Telekinetic Thrust give away its location?

The Monster Manual's entry for the Specter (p. 279) includes the Poltergeist variant, which has the Telekinetic Thrust action. The part I'm considering is (emphasis mine): If the target is an ...
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Should I tell this player her character cannot be resurrected? [closed]

I'm in a bit of a quandary as to what to do with a player. We're going through Curse of Strahd and I am DMing. Her Cleric got killed towards the beginning of the game and cannot be resurrected as ...
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What happens to persistent effects generated by a magical item when it is not being worn/carried?

If you have a magic item that is capable of generating some sort of persistent, non-concentration effect, what happens when you remove/drop/give the item to someone who is not attuned to it? ...
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Is rain considered Running Water for a Vampire's weakness? [duplicate]

I'm currently playing Curse of Strahd. Personally knowing some actual Vampiric Lore and having also read through the Monster Manual, I know that running water is a weakness to Vampires. Is rain ...