rulebook - Wizkids

rulebook - Wizkids
42 figures: (5 Dark Blue Heroes, 9
Purple Villains & Monsters, and
28 Green Monsters)
64 1 HP tokens
 8 5 HP tokens
225 cards:
28 1-inch circles
• 2 Ally tokens
• 1 Acid Arrow token
• 1 Mage Armor token
• 4 Fire Shield tokens
• 5 Pass Without Trace tokens
• 3 Web tokens
• 1 Na token
• 3 Wand of Wonder tokens
• 4 Mushroom tokens
• 3 Straw Man tokens
• 1 Heroic Hit Point token
Starting Deck
40 one hundred gold pieces tokens
• 5 Sequence of Play cards
16 five hundred gold pieces tokens
• 54 Hero Power cards
6 one thousand gold pieces tokens
• 5 Adventure cards
30 condition markers
• 26 Encounter cards
• 5 Advantage markers
• 30 Treasure cards
• 5 Disadvantage markers
• 30 Monster cards
• 5 Trap cards
• 10 Spell cards
• 12 Stunned markers
Advanced Deck
22 Monster HP tokens
• 16 Encounter cards
41 Trap tokens
• 16 Treasure cards
• 16 Safe Traps
• 16 Monster cards
• 7 Trap cards
• 8 Draw Traps
20 Advancement tokens
• 5 Arrow Traps (2 Damage)
• 4 Regain 2 HP tokens
• 4 Spear Traps (3 Damage)
• 4 Recharge tokens
• 2 Fire Traps (4 Damage)
• 4 +1 Damage tokens
5 Treasure tokens
• 4 Reroll tokens
16 Complex Trap tokens
3 Misty Arch standees
2 Devil Face standees
5 Hero tiles
4 Villain tiles
1 rulebook
1 adventure book
1 die
40 interlocking Dungeon tiles
5 double-sized interlocking
Special tiles
• 8 Monster Advantage/Disadvantage
6 Healing Surge tokens
• 6 Dart Traps (1 Damage)
• 4 +2 Attack tokens
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Campaign Play & the Advanced Deck
Game Setup
To Start Playing
Taking Turns
The Dungeon Tile Stack
Hero Phase
Exploration Phase
Villain Phase
Condition: Advantage
Condition: Disadvantage
Condition: Stunned
Daily Powers
At-Will Powers
Utility Powers
AC and HP
Attack Bonus
Making an Attack
Critical Hits
Defeating Monsters
Defeating Heroes
Regaining Hit Points
Healing Surges
Disabling a Trap
Other Actions
Canceling Encounter Cards
Town Actions
Something evil is trapping the souls of the dead and draining
life from all who have been raised from death by magic. This
worldwide “death curse” not only prevents the raising of the
dead but also causes creatures that were previously raised
from the dead to wither and die. Divination spells have
revealed that the source of this death curse lies in a trapriddled tomb hidden beneath a lost city in the depths of a
vast jungle.
Exception Based Game
The Dungeons & Dragons: Tomb of Annihilation Adventure
System, like the other Adventure System games, is exception
based. That means the cards, powers, monsters, and Special
Adventure Rules may contradict the base rules of the game
(this book). Whenever that happens, you should follow the
instructions on the exception even though it contradicts the
Number of Players
The game can be played with any number of players, from 1 to 5.
Each player controls one Hero—and the game does the rest!
The Tomb of Annihilation
D&D Adventure System
In an effort to end the death curse, the Heroes sail to Chult,
making landfall at Port Nyanzaru, the only major settlement for
hundreds of miles.
You can combine this game with other D&D® Adventure
System board games to create new and unique experiences.
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From there, the main adventure has the Heroes embarking
into the wild, untamed, tropical jungles of Chult, facing fierce
jungle warriors, prehistoric creatures, and undead, only to find
themselves needing to wander further....
As deep within that jungle lies an ancient tomb under a ruined
city. That tomb, the Tomb of the Nine Gods, is under the control
of Acererak, an archlich of incredible power. Will defeating him
end the death curse?
The Dungeons & Dragons®: Tomb of Annihilation™ Adventure
System Game is a cooperative campaign game. You and your
fellow Heroes form an adventuring party, working as a team to
succeed in the adventures that unfold in the land of Chult and
inside the Tomb of the Nine Gods.
Each player selects a Hero who has come to Port Nyanzaru to
discover the cause of a “death curse” that is preventing the
raising of the dead, and causing those that have been raised
to wither and die. Choose from the tabaxi bard Birdsong, the
human druid Qawasha, the saurial paladin Dragonbait, the
aarakocra wizard Asharra, or the human ranger Artus Cimber.
Your Heroes will venture into the wilderness of Chult and delve
into the ancient Tomb of the Nine Gods, avoiding devious
traps, fighting monsters, and uncovering magical treasure.
Once you’ve selected your Heroes, you’re ready to enter the
Tomb of Annihilation!
You win by completing the objective in the adventure you are
playing. For example, you might have to destroy a number of
undead plaguing the area, while in another you might have to
find and harvest some poisonous mushrooms.
Unless stated otherwise in an adventure, you lose if any Hero
is at 0 Hit Points at the start of that Hero’s turn and there are
no Healing Surge tokens left to play. You also lose if you are
defeated by the adventure you are playing. Each adventure lists
its specific victory and defeat requirements.
Campaign Play &
The Advanced Deck
The Tomb of Annihilation board game is intended to be played
as a campaign, although you can always play any adventure as
a one-shot.
To support campaign play, you should separate your cards into
two decks: The Starting Deck (cards with a white set icon #1-165)
and The Advanced Deck (cards with a gold set icon #166-225).
For your first game, use only cards from the Starting Deck. After
each adventure, follow the instructions in the Aftermath section
to make changes to the decks, which introduce more complex
effects and more difficult challenges. As you continue to play,
see “Playing the Campaign” on page 14 for more info on ways
to beef up your Heroes as you get further in the adventures.
To Start Playing:
Game Setup
The Tomb of Annihilation game includes everything you need
to run all 13 adventures in the adventure book. Because each
adventure is different, you don’t always use every component
in the box. The following components are usually used in every
adventure. We recommend that you store them separately so
you can make it easy to set up each adventure!
✦ Hero cards and all figures
✦ Shuffle the Monster cards into their own deck. Do the
same for the Encounter cards, Treasure cards, Trap cards,
and Spell cards. Place these decks in easy reach of all the
players. Randomize all of the Trap tokens and keep them
face down in easy reach of all the players. Complex Trap
tokens are kept in a separate pile and only come into play
when their card is drawn.
✦ Hero Power cards
✦ Give each player a Sequence of Play card as a reminder of
how play proceeds.
✦ 23 Dungeon tiles (representing jungle; tomb comes later)
✦ Place the die and the various figures in easy reach.
✦ Clearing Tile
✦ Pick your next adventure from the adventure book. If
you’re playing your first game, play Adventure 1: Favor for
✦ Basic Encounter cards
✦ Basic Monster cards
✦ Check the “Adventure Setup” section of the adventure
book to see if your chosen adventure calls for any of the
game pieces you set aside.
✦ Basic Treasure cards
✦ Basic Trap cards
✦ Basic Spell cards
✦ Basic Trap tokens (use only 4 of the Draw trap tokens; set
the other Draws aside)
✦ Condition markers (Advantage, Disadvantage, and
✦ Hit Point tokens
✦ Die
✦ Unless the adventure says otherwise, place the Clearing
tile in the center of the table and place two Healing Surge
tokens beside it. These are the group’s surges for this
✦ When you choose a Hero, take that Hero’s Hero card,
Power cards, and the figure that matches the Hero. The
name of each Hero is printed on the base of the figure.
✦ Unless the adventure says otherwise, place each player’s
Hero figure on any square of the Clearing tile. Adventures
and cards refer to the players as “Heroes.”
Advantage condition marker
Stunned condition marker
Trap token
Set aside the remaining game pieces. You use those pieces
only if the adventure you are playing requires them (see the
adventure book for details).
✦ Each Hero card tells you how many and which Power
cards you can choose for that Hero. In your early games,
you can use the Power cards suggested on the back of
the adventure book. (See “Choosing Power Cards” on
page 15 for details on how to choose Power cards in later
games.) Set aside any Power cards that aren’t used in this
✦ Set up the Dungeon tile stack (the deck of tiles) using the
setup instructions in the adventure you have selected.
You are now ready to begin play. The adventure tells you
any other rules you need in the “Special Adventure Rules”
Taking Turns
Play progresses around the table, starting with a player of the
group’s choice and then proceeding clockwise. You can also
each roll the die and let the player who rolled highest go first.
Your turn consists of three phases: one for your Hero, one for
Exploration, and a Villain Phase for the Monsters under your
The Dungeon Tile Stack
You draw from the collected Dungeon tiles (referred to as the
Dungeon tile stack) to build the jungle (outdoor tiles) and tomb
(indoor tiles) areas. Each time you play, the area has a different
layout. The overgrown, primeval forest and the labyrinthine
tomb passages are said to be frustrating to all but deadly to the
The Clearing Tile: The Clearing tile is where the Heroes usually
begin their jungle adventures. It’s twice the size of the other
tiles. The Clearing tile and the other double-length tiles actually
consist of two separate tiles that are already connected; treat
each as its own tile for the purposes of movement and counting
✦ When you start an adventure on the Clearing tile, you can
start on either tile.
Unexplored Edge: A Dungeon tile with an unexplored edge is a
tile where you could place a new tile. This means that an edge
of the tile is open and doesn’t have another tile adjacent to it.
Tiles and Squares
Game cards refer to both tiles and squares.
A tile is the basic building block of the jungle or tomb, drawn
from the Dungeon tile stack.
Tile Features:
✦ Triangles: Each tile features a white or black triangle that is
used to specify less dangerous and more dangerous tiles.
When you place a new tile, the triangle points toward the
unexplored edge of the tile it is attached to. If the tile has
a black triangle, you draw an Encounter card during the
Villain Phase of your turn.
✦ Monster Symbols: Each tile may feature one or more
Monster spaces with a to indicate where to place
✦ Trap Symbols: Each tile may feature one or more Trap
squares with a X to indicate where to place Traps.
✦ Ambush Symbol: Each tile may feature a square with a
to indicate where special effects happen from card effects.
✦ Treasure Symbol: Each tile may feature a square with a
to indicate where to place a Chest token. When a Hero
ends their turn on a square containing a Chest token, he
or she draws two Treasure cards and gets to keep one,
discarding the other card. Then discard the Chest token.
✦ Other Features: Dungeon tiles have darkened areas representing walls in the tomb and impassable areas in the
jungle - which cannot be moved through. Some tiles have
names to distinguish them for use in certain adventures.
A square is one of the spaces on a Dungeon tile.
An unexplored edge is an edge of a tile without a wall that is not
adjacent to another tile. There are 7 unexplored edges in this
diagram, highlighted in blue.
A tile is a component of the game board, highlighted in yellow.
A square is a part of a tile, highlighted in red. The Clearing tile is
a special tile: it is treated as two tiles.
When counting tiles, you do not count diagonally and you count
around walls. For example, the Batiri Goblin is 3 tiles away from
Diagonal Movement: Your Hero can move diagonally when
moving by squares, unless the path is blocked. Your Hero
cannot move diagonally when moving by tiles. If you are
counting squares, your Hero can move diagonally, even
between tiles. If you are counting tiles, you never count
diagonally; your Hero has to move in straight lines, not
diagonal lines, when you count tiles.
Hero card
Place your Hero card (1st level) and your selected Power cards
face up in front of you.
As you acquire Treasure cards, they also go face up in front of
As you acquire Monster cards, place them to one side of your
Hero card, in the order in which you received them.
Here’s what a Hero card looks like. The parts of a Hero card are
briefly described here and explained in detail on the listed page
of this book.
Hero’s Name, Race, Class, and Level: The top lines
show your Hero’s race and character class. The Hero’s
level is shown in the bottom right corner.
AC (Armor Class): The Hero’s defense score. An attack
hits the Hero if it equals or exceeds this number
(see page 10).
HP (Hit Points): The Hero’s health. Damage reduces
the Hero’s Hit Points (see page 10). A Hero can never
regain more Hit Points than his or her Hit Point total.
Speed: The number of squares the Hero can move by
using a single move (see page 7).
Surge Value: When a Hero is at 0 Hit Points, he or she
must use a Healing Surge token at the start of his or
her next Hero Phase. After using the Healing Surge
token, the Hero recovers this number of Hit Points
(see page 10).
Special Ability: Each Hero has a Special Ability, as
described here.
Powers: This tells you how many of each type of Power
card you can select for use in an adventure, as well as
any Power cards the Hero automatically gets to use
(see page 9).
Hero Phase
This is the phase in which your Hero moves through the area
and makes attacks against the Monsters encountered along the
1. If your Hero has 0 Hit Points, use a Healing Surge token if
one is available (see page 10).
2. Your Hero may move and perform one of the following
actions. Your Hero may move before or after performing
the action, but you must perform an action completely before
doing another action:
✦ Move.
✦ Attack.
✦ Disable a Trap.
✦ Other.
When you have finished all the steps in your Hero Phase, your
Exploration Phase begins.
Exploration Phase
This is the phase in which you add new Dungeon tiles, draw
Monster cards, and place Traps.
Each player’s turn consists of three phases. On your turn,
complete these phases in this order:
1. If your Hero occupies a square along an unexplored edge
(see page 5), go on to Step 2. If your Hero doesn’t occupy a
square along an unexplored edge, you don’t draw and place a
new Dungeon tile. In this case, go on to the Villain Phase.
✦ Hero Phase
✦ Exploration Phase
✦ Villain Phase
2. Draw a Dungeon tile and place it with its triangle pointing to
the unexplored edge of the tile your Hero is exploring from.
3. Place Monsters, Traps and Chests (if any) on the new tile.
✦ To place a Monster, draw a Monster card from the
Monster deck and place it in front of you to show that you
control that Monster. Place the corresponding Monster
figure on the Monster symbol. (The name of each Monster
is printed on each figure’s base.) During the Exploration
Phase, you place the Monster figure on the newly placed
tile. If that tile has more than one Monster symbol icon
on it, draw a Monster card and place a Monster for each
Monster symbol. If you draw a Monster card that matches
a Monster you already control, discard that Monster card
and draw again. If another player has a matching Monster
card, however, that’s okay.
When your Hero moves, use the following rules for movement.
When Does Your Hero Move?
Your Hero usually moves during the Hero Phase of your turn.
The effect of a Power card, Treasure card, or Encounter card can
make your Hero move at other times, as well.
How Does Your Hero Move?
Your Hero moves according to his or her Speed, which is the
number of squares you can move your Hero.
✦ To place a Trap, choose a face-down Trap token from the
pile and place it face-down where indicated. During the
Exploration Phase, you place the Trap tokens on the newly
placed tile on the squares with the Trap symbol.
Think of your Hero’s Speed as your movement budget. Each
time your Hero moves a square, you spend 1 point from that
budget. When you have no more Speed left, your Hero can’t
move any more.
✦ To place a Chest, take any Chest token and place it over the
Treasure symbol.
Whenever your Hero moves, you can spend up to your Speed
budget to move your Hero.
When you have finished all the steps in your Exploration Phase,
your Villain Phase begins.
Villain Phase
This is the phase in which you draw and play Encounter cards,
as well as when you activate the Villain (if the Villain is in play)
and any Monster cards you have in front of you.
1. If you didn’t place a Dungeon tile in your Exploration Phase,
or if you placed a Dungeon tile with a black triangle, draw
and play an Encounter card.
✦ Your Hero can move in any direction, including diagonally,
as long as you have the necessary Speed to spend.
✦ You can’t move your Hero into a square filled with a
darkened area.
✦ You can’t move your Hero into a square occupied by a
✦ You can move your Hero through a square occupied by
another Hero, but you can’t end your Hero’s movement
2. If the Villain is in play, activate the Villain. (There could be
more than one Villain in play, depending on the adventure. In
this case, activate each Villain, one at a time.)
3. Activate each Monster card, in turn, in the order you drew
them. Follow the tactics on the Monster card to determine
what each Monster does on its turn. If there are multiple
Monsters with the exact same name in play, activate each
of those Monsters on your turn. So, if you have a Firenewt
Monster card and another player has a Firenewt Monster
card, you activate both Firenewts during your Villain Phase. If
both Monsters survive until the other player’s Villain Phase,
that player will activate both Firenewts again!
When you are done with your Villain Phase, the player to your
left begins his or her turn.
You can move your Hero to any square, even diagonal ones,
with a few minor exceptions. You cannot enter a square with
a Monster (A). You can move around walls but cannot enter a
wall square (B). You cannot move between two adjacent walls
(C). You cannot end your move in another Hero’s square (D).
Condition: Advantage
An inspired song drives your attack through an opening. A
friendly forest spirit gives you courage to fight your enemies.
These effects and others like them cause a Hero to gain
✦ If an attack or other effect causes your Hero to gain
Advantage, put an Advantage marker on your Hero card.
You can have only one Advantage marker on your Hero
card at a time.
✦ While your Hero has Advantage, the next time he or she
makes an Attack, roll the die twice and use the higher
result. Then, discard the Advantage marker.
✦ If your Hero gains Disadvantage while having Advantage,
discard both markers.
Condition: Disadvantage
Mushrooms release spores that debilitate the senses. A
Velociraptor pounces on you, holding you down. These effects
and others like them cause a Hero to gain Disadvantage.
If a creature with a base larger than one square is on more
than one tile, it counts as being on all tiles that base is on. For
example, Girallon counts as being on all the blue tiles. All the
green tiles are one tile away from Girallon.
Triggering Trap Tokens:
A Trap is a snare or other mechanical device placed in the
area to thwart the Heroes. When a Hero moves into a square
containing a Trap token, or when they unsuccessfully attempt to
disable the trap (see page 10), trigger the Trap and flip the token
face up to reveal its effect. Monsters do not trigger Traps.
✦ If an attack or other effect causes your Hero to gain
Disadvantage, put a Disadvantage marker on your Hero
card. You can have only one Disadvantage marker on your
Hero card at a time.
✦ While your Hero has Disadvantage, the next time he or
she makes an Attack, roll the die twice and use the lower
result. Then discard the Disadvantage marker.
✦ If your Hero gains Advantage while having Disadvantage,
discard both markers.
Monsters can also gain Advantage and Disadvantage. This
works exactly the same for them as it does for a Hero.
✦ If the token doesn’t have a damage number, the
Hero suffers no effect (exception: Draw, see page 13).
Otherwise, the Hero takes the damage indicated. Then
remove the token from the board. If your hero was in the
middle of his or her move, you may continue moving them
Trap back token
Trap token
Monster condition markers
Condition: Stunned
A dive from a Pterafolk knocks the wind out of you. Birdsong
weaves a hypnotic pattern, mesmerising the enemies around
her. These effects and others like them cause a Hero or Monster
to gain the Stunned condition.
✦ If an attack or other effect causes a Hero or Monster to
become Stunned, put a Stunned marker on that Hero’s
card or that Monster’s figure.
✦ While a Hero is Stunned, he or she loses their free Move
action. Discard the Stunned marker at the end of his or her
Hero phase.
✦ While a Monster is Stunned, it skips its next activation
and does nothing. After the Monster skips its activation,
discard the Stunned marker.
A Hero makes attacks using either his or her Hero’s Power
cards or the powers of Treasure cards. A Hero’s Power cards
represent weapons, physical training, arcane spells, or divine
prayers, depending on a Hero’s class.
At the start of every adventure, you select Power cards that
you have available for that adventure. Set the remaining Power
cards aside. For your first few adventures, you can use the
Power cards listed on the back of the adventure book. Once you
become familiar with the game, you can choose which Power
cards you want to use.
Whenever your Hero attacks, you pick a power you have in front
of you (either from a Power card or a Treasure card) and use it
as described in Combat.
Daily Powers
Daily powers represent a significant attack or spectacular effect.
When you use a Daily power, you flip it over and cannot use it
again until some other effect (usually a Treasure card) allows you
to flip it back up. Daily powers are the strongest attacks you have
access to in the game.
As your Heroes explore the jungle or tomb, they will encounter
animals, undead, and other Monsters. You need to battle your
way past these creatures to complete the adventure using your
Hero’s attacks and magic items!
At-Will Powers
At-Will powers are relatively simple attacks, spells, or prayers.
Using an At-Will power requires no special effort. It is weaker
than a Daily power, so when you use it you do not flip it over. You
can use it again on your next turn.
Utility Powers
Utility powers are special maneuvers that don’t actively
attack Monsters but instead provide other advantages. These
advantages may include a specialized move or the ability to
counter a Monster’s attack. Many of these powers don’t require
an attack action to use, instead specifying when to use the
ability. Unless the card states otherwise, when you use a Utility
power, you flip it over and cannot use it again until some other
effect (usually a Treasure card) allows you to flip it back up.
When you decide to attack, first determine which Monsters
your Hero can target. A power specifies what Monsters you can
target, ranging from only Monsters in an adjacent square to a
Monster as far as 2 or more tiles away.
Remember the difference between squares and tiles when
making attacks (see page 5).
Most important, keep in mind that you can never trace a
diagonal path between tiles. If a power lets you attack a
Monster within 1 tile of your Hero, that does not include
Monsters on a Dungeon tile that is diagonal to your Hero’s tile.
You also cannot attack a Monster within 1 tile of your Hero if a
wall completely blocks the path between the Hero’s tile and the
Monster’s tile.
AC and HP
Heroes are at 0 Hit Points during a player’s Villain Phase, the
Monsters do nothing and the phase ends immediately.
The AC (Armor Class) of a Hero or a Monster determines how
difficult it is to hit. It represents a combination of physical armor,
agility, and natural toughness. HP (Hit Points) show how much
damage a Hero or Monster can take before being defeated.
A Hero that starts his or her turn at 0 Hit Points must spend
a Healing Surge token. If there are no Healing Surge tokens
remaining, the Heroes lose the adventure.
Attack Bonus
Most attack powers and Monster attacks have an attack bonus.
A power with a higher attack bonus is more likely to hit than
one with a lower bonus.
Making an Attack
For each enemy a Hero’s power or a Monster’s attack targets,
roll the die and add the attack bonus.
If the result of the die roll plus the bonus is equal to or greater
than the target’s Armor Class, the attack hits.
If an attack hits, it deals the listed damage to the Monster or
Hero. Damage that reduces a Monster or Hero’s Hit Points to
0 defeats them (see below). Damage that does not reduce a
Monster or Hero to 0 Hit Points stays on that Monster or Hero
(use the Hit Point tokens to track damage).
Critical Hits
When a Hero attacks and rolls a natural 20, that attack deals +1
Regaining Hit Points
Heroes and Monsters can regain lost Hit Points through
various means. A Hero or Monster can never regain more Hit
Points than his or her Hit Point total. Whenever a Hero that has
been reduced to 0 Hit Points regains any Hit Points, stand it
back up—the Hero is back in the fight and can use Powers and
Items normally.
Healing Surges
A Healing Surge represents a Hero’s ability to fight on against
overwhelming odds. Despite pain and injuries, a Hero can push
forward to continue the battle. The Heroes begin the game with
two Healing Surge tokens. These tokens are a resource that the
entire group shares. You use Healing Surge tokens to revive a
Hero that has been reduced to 0 Hit Points.
✦ If your Hero is at 0 Hit Points at the start of your turn,
you must use a Healing Surge token. Discard one Healing
Surge token and your Hero regains Hit Points equal to his
or her Surge Value. You then take your turn as normal.
✦ If there are no Healing Surge tokens remaining when your
Hero starts your turn at 0 Hit Points, the Heroes lose the
adventure and the game ends.
Defeating Monsters
Disabling a Trap
If a Monster’s Hit Points are reduced to 0, the Monster is
defeated. Remove its figure from the tile. The player controlling
that Monster discards the Monster card into the Experience
pile (see page 12). If more than one Hero controls that type of
Monster, the player who made the attack discards the card if
he or she controls one of those Monsters. If not, go clockwise
around the table. The first player you reach who controls one of
those Monsters discards that Monster card.
Traps can be disabled. While a Hero is on a tile with a Trap, as
an action, he or she can attempt to disable that Trap. Roll the
✦ If you roll a 1-10, you failed and triggered the Trap! (See
“Triggering Trap Tokens” on page 8).
✦ If you roll an 11-20, you succeeded! Remove the Trap from
the board and keep it face up next to the other Trap tokens.
When your Hero defeats a Monster, draw a Treasure card (see
page 13). You can only draw one Treasure card per turn, no
matter how many Monsters you defeat during that turn.
Healing Surge token
Defeating Heroes
When a Hero is reduced to 0 Hit Points, keep the Hero’s figure
on the tile. Knock the figure on its side to show that the Hero
is at 0 Hit Points, and the Hero cannot take any additional
damage or use any powers or items. Conditions, such as
Advantage or Disadvantage, still apply to the Hero and the
Hero can use any Advancements (see page 14).
Monsters ignore the downed Hero, following its tactics as
though any Hero at 0 Hit Points were not there. If all of the
Hit Point token
Monster Hit Point
Other Actions
Moving, attacking, and disabling Traps are the most common
types of actions that a Hero takes, but some adventures
and cards allow for Heroes to take special actions. These
actions might range from gathering poisonous mushrooms
to escorting someone to safety. When your Hero takes one of
these actions, follow the instructions for the action as described
in the Special Adventure Rules section, or on the card.
card face
The Monster deck randomly determines the Monsters that cross
the Heroes’ paths as they explore.
Each Monster card shows a Monster’s defenses and attacks.
Monster Name and Type: This shows the name of the
creature and what kind of creature it is.
AC: This is the Monster’s Armor Class, its defense score
(see page 10).
HP: This is the Monster’s Hit Points, its health score (see
page 10).
Special Ability: If the Monster has a special ability, it is
shown here.
Experience: This is how many Experience Points the
Monster is worth when you defeat it (see page 12).
Tactics: Each Monster card provides a Monster’s tactics.
The tactics are a script that shows you what the Monster
does when you activate it during your Villain Phase.
✦ The Monster’s tactics are presented as a list. Each possible
tactic for the Monster starts with a statement. If that
statement is true, the Monster uses the resulting tactic.
✦ If the statement is not true, go on to the next statement.
The final entry in the tactics list is a default action that the
Monster follows if no other statements are true.
✦ If the tactic requires the Monster to move to a new tile,
place the Monster on the new tile’s Monster symbol if the
square is empty. Whenever possible, Monsters move from
tile to tile by following the Monster symbols. If the Monster
symbol square is occupied or the tile doesn’t have one,
place the Monster anywhere on the tile.
✦ Once a Monster has selected and followed one set of
tactics, the Monster’s turn ends. Do not continue to check
its remaining tactics that turn.
✦ Sometimes a Monster requires you to place a new Monster.
Add that Monster card to the end of any Monster cards you
control. The new Monster acts during your Villain Phase.
Villains: Villains are not drawn from the Monster deck. Instead,
their appearance is triggered by an event in the adventure itself
(typically when a certain tile is drawn from the stack). Villain
cards represent especially tough “boss” Monsters and are
considered Monsters for all purposes, EXCEPT that Villains
activate during each Hero’s Villain Phase (see page 7), rather
than just on the turn of the player who drew the card.
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Monster card back
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The Encounter deck represents the Events, Attacks, and other
threats that inhabit the Jungle of Chult and the Tomb of the
Nine Gods. Whenever you draw an Encounter card, apply its
effects immediately.
You can cancel an Encounter card before applying its effects by
spending Experience Points (below).
“Active Hero” and “Your Hero”: Some Encounter cards use the
phrase “your Hero” or “active Hero.” The card affects the Hero
played by the player who drew the card.
Other game effects that refer to “the active Hero” affect
whichever Hero is taking a turn when they take place.
Events: An Event card is a strange occurrence, a dreadful sight
or sound, or some other incident that befalls your Hero. An
Event takes place when you draw the card unless you cancel
it with Experience Points. Once you have resolved the Event,
discard it.
Most Events are yellow cards. A few Events include an attack
roll against one or more Heroes. These events appear on red
cards and are called Event-Attacks to distinguish them from the
Events that don’t include an attack roll.
Heroes earn Experience Points by defeating Monsters. When
you defeat a Monster, the Hero who controls it puts that
Monster card in the party’s collective Experience pile. Each
Monster card lists the Experience Points it provides. The
tougher the Monster, the more Experience Points it is worth.
Villains are worth Experience Points equal to their level.
Heroes can spend Experience Points to cancel an Encounter
card. They should decide together when to spend Experience
Points, but the active Hero can always choose to spend or not
to spend Experience Points.
Canceling Encounter Cards
Canceling an Encounter card represents using the hard-fought
experience your Hero has gained to avoid danger. For example,
your Hero spots an ambush and avoids it before it can be
sprung, or avoids an Event before it inflicts any injuries.
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Whenever you draw an Encounter card, you can spend a certain
number of Experience Points, as shown on page 2 of the
adventure book, to cancel it. The Monster cards you choose
from the Heroes’ Experience pile must add up to at least that
number of Experience Points. Discard the cards after you spend
them. You can’t use any excess points from one cancellation in
a later turn.
When you cancel an Encounter card, discard it and ignore its
effects. You can cancel an Encounter card only when you draw
it. Once the card comes into play, you cannot cancel it on a
later turn.
Example: There are three Monsters worth 3 Experience
each and one Monster worth 2 Experience in the Heroes’
Experience pile. If you want to cancel an Encounter card for 5
Experience Points (which is the cost during Adventures 1-3),
you could spend one 3-point Monster card and the 2-point
Monster card. That would leave you with two 3-point Monster
cards in the pile. If you then wanted to cancel another
Encounter card, you would have to spend the two 3-point
Monsters. Even though you have 6 total Experience Points and
need to spend only 5, you don’t have the right mix of cards
to make exactly 5. The extra point is wasted and the card is
discarded, though you still cancel the Encounter card.
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The Treasure deck represents the magic items and other
valuables you can find in the clutches of your defeated enemies.
Once per turn, you can draw a Treasure card when you defeat a
Monster or Villain.
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You can benefit from multiple Treasure cards in play that apply
to your Hero.
The only exception to this rule applies to Items that provide an
attack or defense bonus. A Hero can gain only one attack bonus
and one defense bonus from Items at a time.
When you use a Treasure card, follow the rules stated on it. The
Treasure card also explains when you can use it.
This game includes two types of Treasure cards.
✦ Fortunes are played immediately and provide an
immediate benefit. If the benefit has no effect, nothing
happens. Discard a Fortune Treasure card immediately.
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✦ Items provide a lasting benefit. When you draw an Item
Treasure card, decide if you want to keep it for your Hero
or if you want to give it to another Hero. Place the Item
Treasure card in front of that Hero’s player.
The Trap deck represents special, often deadly traps, devised
by the Chultan jungle inhabitants or by Acererak himself!
Whenever you trigger a Trap token with “DRAW” printed on it,
you draw a Trap card, and place it with your Monsters. It will
activate in turn order during step 3 of the Villain Phase.
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These Complex Traps usually have a token associated with them
and the Trap card will tell you on which tile it should be placed.
A Hero may attempt to disable the Trap using the Disable Trap
action (see page 10) but many have an effect if you fail the
Disable roll.
The Spell deck represents the various spells cast by Treasures,
Monsters and Traps.
Spells can be cast by Heroes and Monsters and the Spell cards
indicate how a Spell works depending on the caster. If a Hero is
not casting the Spell then by default it is a Monster casting the
Once a Spell is cast, place the Spell card back in the Spell deck.
The Spell deck will be shuffled before another Spell card is
required to be drawn.
We recommend playing through Adventures 1-13 in order
with the same Heroes. This experience will be rewarding even
beyond that of playing a single, stand-alone adventure—
especially if you can round up the same group of players each
time. When you play the Campaign, the following simple rules
If you successfully complete the adventure, follow the Aftermath
instructions which normally explain how to adjust the various
decks. You may then take Town actions (see below).
✦ Missed Campaign Adventures: If a Hero did not participate
in a successful adventure, that Hero gains 200 gold pieces.
Collected gold pieces can be tracked on page 15.
✦ If you fail an adventure, you may keep the Treasure cards
you gained, take Town actions, and then try again.
✦ Treasure cards and gold pieces your Hero has at the end
of an adventure carry over to the next adventure, even if
you failed the adventure and are trying again. If you pause
between adventures, make sure to keep track of what your
Hero has collected on page 15!
✦ Experience Points gained by defeated Monsters do not
carry over.
✦ All Heroes heal completely in between adventures .
Town Actions
Before and after each adventure, each player can take any
number of Town actions to prepare for the next adventure.
The actions available are listed in the adventure book, and
differ based on the location of your Heroes. Some typical Town
actions are below.
You may buy any Item Treasure cards drawn for the buy price
listed on the card. Any unbought Item cards and any
non-Item cards drawn go back into the Treasure deck.
3. Sell Items. You may sell any Item Treasure cards your Hero
has gained as long as you are at a Marketplace or a Trading
Post. The sold Treasure card(s) goes back into the Treasure
deck and the Hero gains the value listed on the card in gold
4. Trade Treasure Cards and/or GP. You can barter with other
players, exchanging Item Treasure cards for other Treasure
cards or GP (gold pieces). Alternatively, you may give another
player an Item Treasure card or gold pieces without receiving
anything in return. You can only trade items and GP with
Heroes that are participating in the adventure. For example,
if no one has played the Bard for 2 adventures, you can’t
“borrow” the Bard’s 400 GP. Even if you’re playing a Druid.
5. Level Up. Page 2 of the adventure book will tell you which
adventures allow leveling up and the cost. Flip your 1st-level
Hero card over to the 2nd-level side. Leveling up to 2nd level
increases your Hero’s Hit Points, Armor Class, and Surge
Value. It also allows you to choose a new Daily power. For the
remainder of the campaign, your Hero is at 2nd level.
6. Buy Advancement Tokens. Your Hero can spend gold pieces
to buy Advancement tokens: each token has its price listed
on it. An Advancement token allows your Hero access
to a specific benefit. A Hero can never trade or give an
Advancement token to another Hero. The available tokens
✦ Reroll: This token can be used to reroll any die rolled
during your Hero Phase.
✦ +1 Damage: This token can be used after you hit with an
attack to deal +1 damage.
✦ +2 Attack: This token can be used after you roll a die in an
Attack to modify the roll upward by 2.
✦ Regain 2 HP: This token can be used to regain 2 Hit
✦ Recharge: This token can be used to flip up any face down
Power or Treasure card, enabling another use of that card.
Once you have purchased an Advancement token, you may use
it as noted during an adventure. It does not take an action. After
you use it, flip it over and it becomes inaccessible until the next
1. Swap Powers. In between adventures you may change your
Hero’s selected powers. You are still bound by the selection
requirements on the Hero card.
2. Buy Items. Some locations will have a Marketplace where
you can buy and sell Items. To sell Items, use the information
below. To buy Items, fill the Marketplace with four cards
drawn from the Treasure deck.
Advancement tokens
Choosing Power Cards
Advancement Token Tracking
Once you have a better understanding of the game, you don’t
have to stick to the suggested Power cards for your Hero listed
on the back of the adventure book. Each 1st-level Hero card tells
you how many powers of each type you get—you can choose
which At–Will, Utility, and Daily Power cards you want for any
particular adventure.
There are sometimes multiple copies of each Advancement
token, each with a different gold piece value. Whenever a player
purchases an Advancement token, the cost of the next token of
that same type is increased.
As you finish each adventure in the campaign, you may want
to note the number of gold pieces, Items, and Advancement
tokens that each adventurer has earned. Remember to give 200
gold pieces to Heroes that don’t participate in a successfully
completed adventure! You can find a printable copy of this
tracking sheet at
Gold Pieces:
Items & Advancement Tokens:
Gold Pieces:
Gold Pieces:
Items & Advancement Tokens:
Items & Advancement Tokens:
Gold Pieces:
Items & Advancement Tokens:
Gold Pieces:
Items & Advancement Tokens:
D&D Adventure System FAQ
We’ve scoured the many board game forums to put together this list of frequently asked questions and the appropriate
answers. Many of these have already been worked into the newest version of the rulebook, but some questions still need
answers. So here they are. Check out for the most up-to-date rules and FAQ for the D&D Adventure System
board games.
What do we do when we draw all the cards from a deck?
If you play through an entire deck of cards, shuffle that deck’s
discard pile and keep playing.
Sometimes a Monster’s card says to move it adjacent to the
closest Hero. What do I do if that Monster is already adjacent
to a Hero?
You can simply leave the Monster where it is, or you can move
it to any other unoccupied square adjacent to that Hero.
What happens when my Ally defeats a Monster?
The Monster goes to the Experience Point pile but you do
NOT draw a Treasure card for the defeated Monster.
When a card specifies that an effect happens with a certain
rolled number, does that include any modifiers?
No. That roll has to be natural - unmodified.
Where do I put a Monster that I move with one of my Powers
or Treasure cards?
You can place the Monster in any unoccupied square that
meets the effect’s requirements.
What does “within 1 tile” mean?
An object (such as another figure, a token or marker, or an
unexplored edge) is within 1 tile of a figure when that object
is on the figure’s current tile or on a tile connected to the
figure’s current tile and not separated by a wall. (Diagonally
touching tiles are not connected.)
What if I have to make a choice and there’s more than one
Whenever there is more than one option for a choice, the
active Hero chooses.
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