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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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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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Creating a Domain of Dread for d&d. Any advice? [closed]

Me and my friends just finished playing through Curse of Strahd for D&D 5e and my character unfortunately wound up dying and being resurrected by one of the Ancient Ones, resulting in my DM ...
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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 ...
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How do PCs discover a Guardian Portrait?

The Guardian Portrait from the Curse of Strahd is described as: Assuming the Portrait casts a spell with somatic and/or verbal components - is the detection of the Guardian Portrait automatic by PCs ...
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Curse of Strahd - NPC Backstory Contradiction?

This question includes NPC lore spoilers for Curse of Strahd, proceed at your own risk. While running Curse of Strahd and prepping ahead, I have happened upon a rather glaring contradiction in the ...
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Using Blight on a tree construct?

In Curse of Strahd players will encounter which is tagged as a gargantuan construct. The druid in the campaign has Blight and the question is can blight effect this specific construct, or no? ...
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What minions would balance the final Curse of Strahd encounter with this party?

I'm a fairly new DM and have trouble properly balancing combat encounters sometimes. For the final battle in Curse of Strahd, the players have managed to The party consists of a sorcerer, monk, ...
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How long would it take this Curse of Strahd NPC to take over a town?

I am running the Curse of Strahd campaign, for 5e Dungeons & Dragons. The question is, how long would it logically take for him to be able to do this? I guess a logical subquestion would be, ...
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What happens to Sergei and Ireena after Curse of Strahd?

At the end of Curse of Strahd, As DM I can decide what's what, but is there an answer to this officially?
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Using the “Haunted One” background outside of the Curse of Strahd

It is my first time creating a character. Can the "Haunted One" background from Curse of Strahd be used outside of the Curse of Strahd storyline?
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Curse of Strahd Setting Resources [closed]

As a player, I'm going to be playing the Curse of Strahd with my play group. Because the DM is busy, and I enjoy doing this sort of thing, I offered to provide the other players with a primer on the ...
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Are there shops and places to train in Curse of Strahd?

Are there shops and places to train (as in PHB p187) in Curse of Strahd? The town we're currently in at the very start (Barovia) of playing the module is completely deserted. I just want to know if ...
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What creature types can be found in Curse of Strahd?

I'm making a Ranger (revised) in Curse of Strahd and thinking of what Favored Enemy to pick. Undead seems like the obvious one since the adventure is about a Vampire, but maybe there aren't that many ...
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Is there a separate index for Curse of Strahd?

I have Curse of Strahd, but it doesn't contain an index like the PHB or DMG do. I understand it's a campaign, but an index would be so handy for finding areas, NPCs, and terms. I've found enhanced ...
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When were the dusk elf females slain?

A friend of mine is going to start a 5E campaign soon, using the Curse of Strahd published adventure. I'm working on my character in anticipation of this. I'm planning on being a dusk elf, based on ...
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Is it OK to skip most of the events in Vallaki, in Curse of Strahd?

I'm running Curse of Strahd, but using Savage Worlds, and am a somewhat inexperienced GM. When I got to Vallaki, they For my part, I'm involved in small-town politics in real life, and was happy to ...
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What are the results of a detect magic spell in regards to some of Barovia's magic features in Curse of Strahd?

It was our first session of Curse of Strahd, and I used the Creeping Fog adventure hook to get the party to Barovia. Immediately, they grew suspicious of the mist and cast detect magic. Does anyone ...
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Should I run Death House or Phandelver in preparation for Curse of Strahd?

I've recently been trying to give D&D another go after terrible experiences with 4e. I've been really enthralled with Curse of Strahd, and recently set up a group with which we plan on running an ...
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Is Strahd able to know PC backstories without having to investigate them?

I have a group that just started Curse of Strahd. They're one session in. I have a character that couldn't make it first session, and I'm in the process of “writing him in” so he's with ...
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Where in the book can I find the origin of this Curse of Strahd character's deformity?

I have been running a Curse of Strahd game for a few months now. In the Curse of Strahd, there is a character in the Town of Vallaki. I am certain that I read the more detailed origin of this ...
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How long should it take to travel across Barovia?

I'm running Curse of Strahd for about 5 players. The party is currently level 4 and has managed to travel all the way to Krezk from Barovia after finishing death house, at the behest of Ismark and ...
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How to award Downtime and Renown in Curse of Strahd?

I'm trying to locate details on awarding downtime and renown in the Curse of Strahd. The Curse of Strahd DM's Guide from Adventurers League says this about awarding renown (page 6): Many ...
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In Curse of Strahd, who's feeding everyone?

I've read through the CoS module, and aside from the Wizard of Wines, no one seems to be farming. There are mentions of two hunters in Vallaki, and a single fisherman there as well, but nothing else ...
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Rulebook Requirements for Curse of Strahd

Do I need to own both the Dungeon Master's Guide & the Monster Manual in order to run Curse of Strahd? I currently only have the Player's Handbook and the starter pack.
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Curse of Strahd and wizard spell costs

So in Curse of Strahd, Does this mean a wizard needs to purchase to copy a spell into their spellbook? Or am I misreading something here?
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Are there deliberate bridges between Princes of the Apocalypse, Out of the Abyss, and Curse of Strahd?

I have a party of 4 level 3 adventurers from a currently running D&D 5e campaign (Forgotten Realms but very sandboxy homebrew pirate adventures - they are all pirates or related professions e.g. ...
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How do I make the Tarokka Deck reading in Curse of Strahd suitably dramatic?

I'm going to be running Curse of Strahd for my regular group. I'm usually a player and have only DM'd once to give our usual DM a break. This is my first time with a published adventure. I finished ...
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Is Curse of Strahd really hard, or am I DMing it wrong?

I'm currently DMing a Curse of Strahd campaign (slightly modified to fit into an existing world I am slowly building (following core rule books for the most part). I am however following the setup/...
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How family-friendly is the Ravenloft setting and the Curse of Strahd storyline?

The newest storyline in D&D Adventurers League looks like it is returning to the Ravenloft setting. I've just started introducing my 10 year old to D&D by playing in Adventurers League events ...