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The Curse of Strahd

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DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure packIcon tooltip.png: Mists of Ravenloft
The Curse of Strahd
Heroic level: None
Epic level: 32
(considered Legendary)
Tier 3 end game raidIcon tooltip.pngTier 3 end game raid:
  • ML:28 raid loot.
  • Drops +8 ability and +1 Racial AP tomes.
Duration: Very Long
Heroic XP: N/A
Epic XP:  ♦23,655Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥24,225Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠24,795Icon tooltip.pngElite
Takes place in: The Crypts of Castle Ravenloft
Bestowed by: Rudolph van Richten
NPC contact: Rudolph van Richten
Quest acquired in: Blood on the Vine Tavern
Patron: Keepers of the Feather
Base favor: 10
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Complete the following chains in order (quests within chains can be completed in any order):

Spoiler Warning: Information below this point can be considered spoiler material!


  • Speak with Van Richten
  • Have Madam Eva read your Cards
  • Obtain the Icon of Ravenloft from Van Richten
  • Obtain the Holy Symbol of Ravenkind from Van Richten
  • Obtain the Sunsword from Van Richten
  • Defeat Rahadin
  • Find Strahd
  • Defeat Strahd

Known Traps

  • Spikes, gust of wind, spell wards on the stairs (17 total)

Tips and Misc

Strahd's Grip
  • You cannot move in this position.
  • On your screen, Strahd calls out to you, "It appears that you are stuck. But then your ploy was always a desperate and futile one, in the end."
  • You will be perished from the grip if not removed.
    • Keeping a sentient weapon equipped and the sentient weapon narraration volume up can help you notice when you're gripped, as the sentient weapon will make a remark about being unable to move.
    • If you find yourself gripped, the best course of action is spamming, 'g' into chat, or saying, "I am gripped."
  • The two players with the Icon of Ravenloft and Holy Symbol are responsible for removing grip from affected party members. The Icon and Symbol will remove the grip affect, which will otherwise kill the affected player within seconds. They have 3 uses each, but will quickly regenerate 1 use each time they are fully depleted, assuming you keep them equipped.
    • The trinkets must be equipped before being used, so it's recommended to keep them equipped throughout any portion of the raid in which grip occurs. Keeping them on a hotbar is necessary for using them on party members.
    • An alternative method of protection from the Grip death effect is to use Divine Intervention on a player.
    • The Icon and Symbol cannot be cast on yourself while gripped.
Main Hall
  • Defeat the steward, hate demons, and some dogs.
  • Clear area of trash, which will consist of more of the Greater Shadows of Hate.
  • Bring curse pots as the shadows can stack curses that will do damage.
  • There is a shrine to the east, behind Strahd in Sergei's tomb; it is only accessible during this point of the raid.
  • Exit south (or d-door), then use d-door next to van Richten in entry to proceed to stairs.
  • Ascend the heavily trapped staircase. Mind the trash.
  • There's at least one oil patch near the bottom of the steps, so Freedom of Movement is a plus
  • Steel spikes, gusts of wind, spell wards can be disabled.
  • Force spikes cannot be disabled, walk around them.
  • Heavy Gravity in this area means no feather fall. If you must go past a non-disabled air jet trap, try to hug the wall.
  • At the top, the person with Sunblade has to interact with the heart to proceed to the next phase.
  • Climbing the stairs is the best place to get gripped, if fallen behind. You can use the Holy Symbol or Icon to remove this paralyzation.
  • Trap locations are dependent on Card DrawingsDDOCast
In the Heart
  • Party must stay relatively close to where you enter. Do not wander into the mists.
  • Party should focus mostly on killing mobs, not Strahd, as you're not really going to hurt him anyway.
  • After fight, picking up the Sunsword will cause the exit to appear - go the rest of the way up the stairs to proceed to the next part.
Return to Main Hall
Typical Diagram for most groups assigning Crypt Locations
Alternate diagram for assigning crypt search patterns
  • Torches under cards will need to be lit, in the same order as the cards were presented at the beginning of the raid or the raid will fail.
  • Someone will need to tank Strahd while party finds cards in tombs.
  • Note: Most cards are referred by using a coordinate plane. The alternate diagram indicates players start in the north, working to the south.
  • Avoid the red mist in the middle of the room, it will hurt you.
  • Trash should be dealt with quickly, or you end up with nasty mobs of flaming skulls that can quickly wipe the party.
  • Proceed west to enter Strahd's tomb for final fight.
  • Strategic Map, as stand-alone map

Strahd's Tomb
  • Tank and prep brides and Strahd, to be killed together.
  • If a bride is killed separately, she will respawn.
  • Red mist will appear and cover 2/3 of the room - safe spot is random and can be north, south, or center.
  • When Strahd and brides are dead, Sunsword plunged into Strahd in his coffin will finish the raid.
  • DDO Forums - end fight bug discussion thread
  • Update 39: Strahd's Chamber is now a no Dimension Door zone.

Bonus XP


  • Chests: Strahd Rune drop rates:  ♦64Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥84Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠125Icon tooltip.pngElite
  • NPC rewards:

Named Chest Drop

The Curse of Strahd loot


Name(picture) CR Type Race
Strahd von Zarovich(view)
 ♦38Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥42Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠68Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Vampire
Anastrasya Karelova(view)
Anastrasya Karelova.png
 ♦35Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥39Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠63Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Vampire
Ludmilla Vilisvic(view)
Ludmilla Vilisevic.png
 ♦35Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal Undead Vampire
 ♥16Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠19Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦35Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥39Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Elf Drow Elf
Volenta Popofsky(view)
Volenta Popofsky.png
 ♦35Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥39Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠63Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Vampire
Greater Shadow of Hate(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♦35Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥39Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Evil Outsider Demon
Shadow of Hate(view)
Shadow of Hate.jpg
 ♥16Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠19Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦35Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥39Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Evil Outsider Demon
Torrid Flameskull(view)
Torrid flameskull.png
 ♦32Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal Undead Skeleton
Living Finger of Death(view)
Living Finger of Death.jpg
CRs missing! Ooze Spell
Strahd's Animated Armor(view)
Strahds Animated Armor.jpg
 ♦31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal Construct Animated Object

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