Call of the Netherdeep (2024)

Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep

Cover art by Minttu Hynninen.

Creative team
  • Makenzie De Armas
  • LaTia Jacquise
  • Cassandra Khaw
  • Sadie Lowry
IllustratorsSee 35 illustrators below
Cover artistMinttu Hynninen
  • Stacey Allan
  • Will Doyle
  • Deven Rue
Publication information
PublisherWizards of the Coast
PublicationdateMarch 15, 2022
Media type
  • Hardcover
  • Digital
SeriesExandria adventure module
In-universedate836 PD[2]

Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep is a campaign and adventure module published by Wizards of the Coast. First teased at D&D Celebration on September 26, 2021 by Chris Perkins,[3] the book was released in hardcover and digital formats on March 15, 2022. However, due to shipping delays, the hardcover was later released in Europe on April 5, 2022.[4]

Contents[edit | edit source]

The adventure, intended to run through levels 3 through 12, begins in Xhorhas, progresses to Ank'Harel, then moves into a new location: the Netherdeep, described as "a terrifying cross between the Far Realm and the deep ocean". Under the watchful gaze of Ruidus, twisting the fate of those who can change history, adventurers seek to release a forgotten champion of the gods, thought destroyed but instead awakened in his prison in the depths of Exandria.[5]

The book also includes statblocks for new magical items, including those allowing characters to survive in underwater environments, and new mechanics on running a party of rival NPC characters.[5][6]

Credits[edit | edit source]

Development on Call of the Netherdeep was led by Matthew Mercer and Chris Perkins with contributions from James Haeck. Hannah Rose also worked on the adventure.[1][7] Further credits include:[8]

  • Writers: Makenzie De Armas, LaTia Jacquise, Cassandra Khaw, Sadie Lowry
  • Cover art: Minttu Hynninen
  • Cartography: Stacey Allan, Will Doyle, and Deven Rue
  • Concept art: Claudio Pozas (artist's category), Richard Whitters, Shawn Wood (artist's category)
  • Interior illustration:
    • Eric Belisle
    • Hunter Severn Bonyun
    • Zoltan Boros
    • David René Christensen
    • CoupleOfKooks
    • Kent Davis
    • Nikki Dawes
    • Axel Defois
    • Max Dunbar (artist's category)
    • Isabel Gibney (artist's category)
    • Minttu Hynninen
    • Julian Kok
    • Linda Lithén
    • Jessica Mahon
    • Andrew Mar (artist's category)
    • Marcela Medeiros (artist's category)
    • Robson Michel (artist's category)
    • Goñi Montes
    • Jim Nelson
    • Nguyen Hieu (artist's category)
    • Jessica Nguyen (artist's category)
    • Irina Nordsol (artist's category)
    • Caio Santos
    • David Sladek
    • Crystal Sully
    • Brian Valeza (artist's category)
    • Anna Veltkamp (artist's category)
    • Johannes Voss
    • Tyler Walpole (artist's category)
    • Lauren Walsh (artist's category)
    • Shawn Wood (artist's category)
    • Zuzanna Wuzyk (artist's category)
    • Kieran Yanner (artist's category)
    • Anna Zee (artist's category)
    • Maria Zolotukhina

Gallery[edit | edit source]

  • Full cover wrap, byMinttu Hynninen.[art 1]

  • Official art of Exandria's moons, Ruidus and Catha, viewed from Xhorhas, byKent Davis.[art 2]

  • Concept art of the rival party, byShawn Wood.[art 3]

D&D Adventurers League[edit | edit source]

Upon the release of Call of the Netherdeep, both it and the previously published Explorer's Guide to Wildemount were adapted for the D&D Adventurers League, Wizards of the Coast's official organized play program.[9]

In March 2022, Wizards of the Coast licensee Baldman Games began running an online ticketed Alternate Campaign featuring two Critical Role starting adventures: "Frozen Sick" (from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount) and "Cold Rush" (DDALCA-03). Baldman Games will also initially run the Call of the Netherdeep Alternate Campaign where the book will be broken up into four hour segments for digital play.[10][11]

Related interviews[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hype: Call of the Netherdeep, Our Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Module Is Available for Pre-order Right Now! on
  2. Call of the Netherdeep. Appendix F: Poster Map. Current map of Ank'Harel and Cael Morrow is dated as 836 PD.
  3. Hoffer, Christian. "Dungeons & Dragons Gives Tease About First 2022 Book" (September 27, 2021).
  4. Hoffer, Christian (February 16, 2022). "Dungeons & Dragons Announces Delay for European Release of New Critical Role Book". Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep" on the official Wizards of the Coast Dungeons & Dragons website.
  6. Spangler, Todd. "Critical Role Official D&D Book 'Call of the Netherdeep' Due Out in Early 2022 " (October 12, 2022).
  7. Hannah Rose (@wildrosemage) on Twitter: "I'm beyond honored and, moreover, SO EXCITED to have worked on this INCREDIBLE adventure." (October 12, 2021).
  8. Call of the Netherdeep at the US shop.
  9. D&D Adventurer's League (@DnD_AdvLeague) on Twitter: "Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep as well as the previously released Explorer's Guide to Wildemount will be adapted for play in D&D Adventurers League when the new book releases!" (October 12, 2021).
  10. "Virtual D&D Weekends - March 2022". Yawning Portal. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Hall, Charlie (2022-03-16). "Here's how to play D&D's new Critical Role adventure online". Polygon.


  1. Full cover wrap, byMinttu Hynninen (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official art of Exandria's moons, Ruidus and Catha, viewed from Xhorhas, byKent Davis (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  3. Concept art of the rival party, byShawn Wood (source). This file is unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.



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The Verdict: whether you're a huge fan or a neophyte, Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep is a well-crafted, narrative-rich adventure that builds upon the best parts of previous 5e campaigns.

What is the call of the Netherdeep about? ›

Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep is the first full D&D adventure set in the world of Exandria. It brings elements of what a Critical Role campaign can feel like as well as some a few challenges compared to the typical D&D release.

Is Call of the Netherdeep underwater? ›

Flora. The Netherdeep is "an underwater realm of gloom, corruption, and sorrow" in Exandria and described as "a terrifying cross between the Far Realm and the deep ocean". It was first mentioned in the announcement of the upcoming Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep and is one of the adventure's significant settings.

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Call of the Netherdeep is a great adventure. It does what Tomb of Annihilation set out to do only better and with far more interesting roleplay. You don't need to know anything about Critical Role or Exandria to enjoy this adventure and everything you need is right in the book.

What level is Call of the Netherdeep for? ›

Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep contains seven chapters of thrilling adventure, new creatures and magic items, and a poster map of Ank'Harel. First major adventure module within Critical Role's world of Exandria, taking players from levels 3-12.

What D&D campaign is Vecna in? ›

Venca: Eve of Ruin is an campaign for DnD 5e designed for Level 10 to 20 characters. The story focuses on the legendary arch-lich Vecna who is attempting to complete a dark ritual that will obliterate the gods and subjugate all worlds to his will.

Is Wildemount canon? ›

Explorer's Guide to Wildemount includes series canon up to Campaign Two Episode 50. Haeck said "right at the beginning of the book, we make it very clear that this book is set in a very specific point of time and that your canon will diverge wildly from that of Critical Role."

Is Exandria D&D canon? ›

Exandria Unlimited (EXU) is a continuing series of minicampaigns set in the world of Exandria as part of the canonical continuity but featuring different Dungeon Masters and players alongside some of the original cast of Critical Role.

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He also noted that there isn't an "alternate cover for Call of the Netherdeep. The art direction throughout the book is fantastic, with a ruidium-styled motif, detailed maps, and abundant character art, so it's almost a shame that we didn't get a premium cover to match—but this is a small quibble".

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The most common races within the Empire are humans, dwarves, halflings, and elves/half-elves. Close to the border between the two nations, there are settlements of gnomes in Hupperdook, orcs in Bladegarden, and dragonborn in Talonstadt.

Is Vox Machina set in Dungeons and Dragons? ›

The Legend of Vox Machina is an American adult animated fantasy action television series produced by Metapigeon, Titmouse, Inc., and Amazon Studios, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video on January 28, 2022. The series is based on the first campaign of the Dungeons & Dragons web series Critical Role.

Is vecna in honor among thieves? ›

Despite hopes or expectations, Stranger Things' Vecna and The Mind Flayer do not appear in Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. The Mind Flayer was introduced in Stranger Things season 2 as a massive and horrifying monster made up of black particles that resembled a giant spider in the sky.

What is the hardest D&D campaign? ›

One of the most popular D&D campaigns is also one of the hardest: Curse of Strahd. This gothic horror adventure traps adventurers in the mists of Barovia, a desolate and depressing land suffering under the iron fist of its vampiric overlord.

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