Van Richten's Guide to

The mists of Ravenloft are rising. Overcome your dread or forever be its prisoner!

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Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft


Unleash the horrors of Ravenloft in this campaign sourcebook for the world's greatest roleplaying game.

Terror stalks the nightmare realms of Ravenloft. No one knows this better than monster scholar Rudolph Van Richten. To arm a new generation against the creatures of the night, Van Richten has compiled his correspondence and case files into this tome of eerie tales and chilling truths.

Discover the mysteries of Ravenloft, mist-shrouded lands where infamous Darklords lurk among ageless vampires, zombie hordes, cosmic terrors, and worse. Then make your choice. Will you create your own Domains of Dread, settings to host endless terrifying adventures? Or will you join the ranks of haunted heroes who embrace macabre lineages, dual-edged Dark Gifts, haunted subclasses, and other forbidden powers?

Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft contains material for both players and Dungeon Masters to craft a horror-themed campaign for Dungeons & Dragons. Unleash a treasure trove of new story hooks, character options, and campaign customization to bring one of the most exciting Dungeons & Dragons settings to life!

  • Travel (perhaps even by choice) to familiar domains and discover new ones—as Ravenloft’s expanded Domains of Dread return for the first time in fifth edition! Includes rules and advice for building custom domains and Darklords using established horror tropes or your own special blend.
  • Discover a host of new backgrounds and trinkets themed specifically for a horror setting, as well as new character lineages, including the dhampir, hexblood, and reborn.
  • Find two new subclasses, the College of Spirits for bards and the Undead pact for warlocks.
  • Explore Dark Gifts for characters that flesh out your place in the Domains of Dread.
  • Encounter a horrific assortment of creatures from the monstrous bestiary.
  • And includes a brand-new adventure!

On the Cover
In the shadow of Castle Ravenloft, Doctor Rudolph van Richten and Ez d’Avenir confront the vampire Strahd von Zarovich, in this painting by Anna Podedworna.

Spirit Board: Download the Spirit Board PDF, available for use in your own Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft campaigns!

Character Sheets: Download Ravenloft-themed character sheets!

Product Information
Release Date

18th May, 2021


Campaign Sourcebook

Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft Alt-Cover

An alternative art cover with a distinctive design and soft-touch finish is available exclusively in game stores on May 18, 2021.

On the Alt-Cover:
Monster hunter Ez d’Avenir stands against the assembled nightmares of the Demiplanes of Dread, a phantasmagoria revealed by Scott M. Fischer.

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Domains of Dread

In a far-flung corner of the Plane of Shadow drifts a hidden expanse of roiling mist and vague semi-reality. At this eerie edge of the multiverse, the Dark Powers collect the most wicked beings from across ages and worlds within inescapable, mist-shrouded domains. These are the Domains of Dread, the nightmare demiplanes that form the D&D setting of Ravenloft. Untold terrors lurk within these lands, yet the collection of the Dark Powers is far from complete...

Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft details several Domains of Dread, as well as provides rules for creating your own! A few such domains follow…

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Introducing Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft

Chris Perkins, Wes Schneider, Amanda Hamon, and Kate Irwin from the Dungeons & Dragons design studio summon the thrills, chills, and horrors that await players and Dungeon Masters in Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft.

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