Questions tagged [curse-of-strahd]

For questions about "Curse of Strahd" (2016), a D&D 5e adventure published by Wizards of the Coast. The adventure is set in Ravenloft, and ultimately pits the party against the vampire Count Strahd von Zarovich. It was written in consultation with Tracy and Laura Hickman, creators of the original "Ravenloft" adventure. Please keep your question's title spoiler-free and use spoiler blocks in the body.

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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 ...
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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 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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How does one pronounce Strahd von Zarovich?

I'm running the AD&D module "Ravenloft," and I was wondering how I should pronounce the name of the main character, Count Strahd von Zarovich. Is his first name pronounced "strahd," or "strad?" ...
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How is the contradiction in this NPC's backstory in Curse of Strahd resolved?

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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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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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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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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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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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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Is Baba Lysaga meant to have resistance to magic?

In the Curse of Strahd campaign, the description of Baba Lysaga (pages 228-229) includes the following text for one of her features/abilities (emphasis mine): However, within Baba Lysaga's stat block ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do PCs discover a Guardian Portrait?

The Guardian Portrait from the Curse of Strahd adventure (p. 227) has the trait: Assuming the Portrait casts a spell with somatic and/or verbal components - is the detection of the Guardian Portrait ...
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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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Will adding 2 Winter Wolves to the party make the Amber Temple more survivable for a group of five Level 5 PCs?

I'm DMing a Curse of Strahd game for a party of 5 players, who are all currently level 5. The party consists of the following: Wild Magic Sorcereress human TWF Battlemaster human (has the only magic ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How does this potential ally in Curse of Strahd become the party's ally?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure, you learn from the tarokka card reading of an ally who is destined to help you against Strahd. These possible allies are enumerated on pages 15-17 under the Strahd's ...
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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 ...