Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft

Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft

February 23, 2021 0 By Gary

“All signs point to yes…”

As in it’s true, as many speculated yesterday, today’s Dungeons & Dragons book announcement was Ravenloft! It’s official:Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft is scheduled to release on May 18, 2021.

The book includes more than just Barovia (though Strahd does make an appearance,) with Ravenloft including more than 30 new domains of dread. Each new domain comes with its own unique Darklord, and more. The book also includes tools for creating your own horror stories and custom domains, as well.

Much like all 5th edition sourcebooks, the team has tried to include something for everyone, and Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft is no different!

It includes new character options like the College of Spirits for bards and the Undead patron for warlocks.

We also confirmed that the Dhampir, Reborn, and Hexblood lineages, released in Unearthed Arcana, are included as lineages in the new book.

One mechanic that was introduced in Curse of Strahd that sees inclusion here is that of the Dark Gift. Dark gifts come with immense power but comes with a great personal cost.

Obviously Ravenloft was one of the three new settings teased at D&D celebration. We await two more.

Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft is available in two versions, standard cover and FLGS exclusive cover of Ezmerelda and many of the evil beasties that inhabit the domains of dread.

Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft hits stores, and D&D Beyond, on May 21, 2021.

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