Ranking ALL the Dungeons and Dragons 5e Adventures Worst to Best

  • Published: 20 November 2018
  • What's the Best Dungeons and Dragons 5e Adventure? Now that Dragon Heist and Dungeon of the Mad Mage are out, let's rank all the D&D 5th edition adventures from worst to best.

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  • Taking20
    Taking20   1 years back

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    • Rue Stahl
      Rue Stahl  5 months back

      Could you add a List of the Games somewhere on here?

    • Coffee- Cup
      Coffee- Cup  8 months back

      Benjamin Anderson eyes are great to have, you should have one! :)

    • Linda Dawson
      Linda Dawson  12 months back

      The problem with number 10 is ToEE is Greyhawk and 5 E Forgotten Realms and TOEE does not belong in Forgotten Realms

      I was expecting Mad Mage to be Castle Greyhawk that would have made sense as in 3.5 that castle got sent sorely though space and time.

    • dusk to midnight
      dusk to midnight  1 years back

      I just started out of the Abyss it's really good

    • Niksorus
      Niksorus  1 years back

      @Rogue's Two Form's not an adventure

  • pokemontrickshotmaster 1220

    You got it perfect

    • Maxim De Busschere
      Maxim De Busschere  3 weeks back

      Mines of phandalin was MY firts campaing but the dm i had wasent the best at details it felt hollow but when i saw the pdf of THAT book i was shocked of all the missing details in my first campaing.

      • Erik Magnuson
        Erik Magnuson  3 weeks back

        Thank you for a wonderful overview of the adventures in fifth! Really well done video. :) I am a returning player - now DM'ing for my two kids who have turned into fans of the game as well. (I played 2e many years ago and loved it!)

        My older son is asking me to run him through the "Eberron" world eventually as this seems the closest to a "Steampunk" theme that he loves - he's a big fan of the "Dishonored" game series :). Have you had any chance to explore this source-book? Can you recommend any good pre-written adventures from it? Thank you, and look forward to more post.

        • André Frederico
          André Frederico  3 weeks back

          Great video!!! I just wonder: could curse of strahd be ran with just one player, with adaptations? Thank you!!

          • Cam Durbin
            Cam Durbin  3 weeks back

            Where would dragon of icespire outpost fit in here?

            • Mr. Panda
              Mr. Panda  3 weeks back

              What about Dragon Of Icepire Peak

              • Logan Menzel
                Logan Menzel  3 weeks back

                What about dragon of icespire peak?

                • Judge Death
                  Judge Death  3 weeks back

                  (#6 Phandelva) I found the deadly grind of Klargg caves to be very exciting! We all nearly died & retreated twice. To me it made one of the best D&D memories.

                  • Hank Steel The Real Queer Cowboy

                    Is this updated yet.

                    • Jake Douville
                      Jake Douville  3 weeks back

                      I've run Hoard of the dragon quest at least 6 times.... I've never finished it.

                      • ANiallater 33
                        ANiallater 33  4 weeks back

                        I know that Strahd is supposed to be amazing, but I just can’t understand the module. It’s so complicated with the tarrow cards, and all the different paths and chapters. I can’t read ahead because of how much there is to do, and I don’t know what to prepare for. The story and fights are great, but I just can’t navigate the damn book!

                        • Tim White
                          Tim White  4 weeks back

                          I stopped running 5e after trying to run Hoard of the Dragon Quuen. After the third adventure it got so bad I cancelled my whole group and switched to Dungeon Crawl Classics. So it makes me feel a lot more confident to learn from this video that it is at the bottom of the list.

                          • Livid77
                            Livid77  1 months back

                            Curse of Strahd was ruined for me by a vindictive DM who thought good characters were whiny moody annoyances and fellow players that roleplayed in a very annoying group sabotage way. So to say, not a fun game. I don't role with them anymore, gladly they were my second group I was just trying out. My first group is still awesome and the DM is very open to players different styles of play.

                            • Shane's Book Corner
                              Shane's Book Corner  1 months back

                              My favourite campaign will always be Ravenloft, as it was the very first campaign I ever played, but my group recently began running Curse of Strahd and it feels so familiar and nostalgic in the most oppressive way possible. It’s just my beloved Ravenloft polished to a mirror shine.

                              • Siggi Fannar
                                Siggi Fannar  1 months back

                                Curse of Strahd is a nightmare to run

                                • Joe Veneklase
                                  Joe Veneklase  1 months back

                                  Do you work for Under Armour?

                                  • Astraios
                                    Astraios  1 months back

                                    Tiamat as in mop not TiamAt as in map. Strahd definitely deserves the top spot. To say that there are no two D&D games exactly alike would be redundant, but with Strahd, and with the addition of the Tarokka cards, no two games with the same party will ever be the same.

                                    • RevProfit
                                      RevProfit  1 months back

                                      I am of the belief that Hoard of the Dragon Queen was written before they wrote 5th encounter rules.

                                      • Matthew Knupp
                                        Matthew Knupp  1 months back

                                        Oh man, talking about Klarg. Yeah my party made a right turn at Albuquerque. I tried to be nice but the dice were unkind. Had to have an escape party get them out of the hideout.

                                        • Jakob Debattista
                                          Jakob Debattista  1 months back

                                          My group (3 people including myslef) played out of the abyss as one of our first campaigns. Personally for us it was not harrowing or exhausting simply because we had such a small group so we had plenty of rashions and gear. And since i was the only martial class (palidan) and ther other 2 players were a wizard and monk all the gear went to myslef and maybe the monk. So we were dealing damage well over what we should have been. We also made it of the prison at the start with nearly every other inmate and traveled with the ones we needed. Pretty cool campaign but we couldn't finish because our wizard dies and the player made another martial class meaning all other encounters were just not fun

                                          • James Aikens Jr
                                            James Aikens Jr  1 months back

                                            Im not gonna lie, I kind of like that idea of Starting with Mines and moving into Storm King

                                            • Drew Santagate
                                              Drew Santagate  2 months back

                                              Hoard of the Dragon Queen may have been a bust for sure however I did have one of the most memorable things ever happen. When we started the campaign, there were only two players and the DM. I was playing a Dwarf War Cleric and the other PC was a Goblin Bard. When Cyanwrath first challenged us to a 1 on 1 duel, I had the brilliant idea of putting the goblin on my back and tying me shield around him to keep him hidden. When the fight began the Bard was giving me inspiration and other other buffs they give and with a few lucky roles and sheer luck I actually beat him in the fight. Of course as the book says "DO NOT LET CYANWRATH DIE" he was quickly dragged away by the numerous Kobolds observing the fight. And my DM told me later that I was supposed to lose the fight and it was crazy we beat him. Especially as a cleric.

                                              • Lennart L0ARD
                                                Lennart L0ARD  2 months back

                                                Damn i am hell of glad that hoard of the dragon queen does not set the standard for 5e adventures. I am a new GM that started DMing with HotDQ after our former DM didn't want to DM anymore after he introduced me and some friends to DnD via Lost Mines of Phandelver. And damn, Hoard of the Dragon Queen is tough and tenacious af. Maybe its because we all are inexperienced in DnD, me as DM as well, but we all feel like we do nothing but caravan'ing for AGES.
                                                (Literally... we are doing this caravan stuff for almost one year now. At least we reached the second caravan by now...)

                                                I was so frustrated by this shit that i thought about designing a whole new campaign all by myself despite my inexperience. I will definitely take a look into the other source books before i do that, now that i know that there is hope.

                                                • Aardvark892
                                                  Aardvark892  2 months back

                                                  Your best so far. Subbed and belled.

                                                  • Mick G.
                                                    Mick G.  2 months back

                                                    When a video game can do what the human brain and its imagination can.... I'll perhaps accept the notion that they are comparable.
                                                    See you in 50 years detractors.

                                                  • Michael Scarn
                                                    Michael Scarn  2 months back

                                                    Make a newer version including ebberon ect.

                                                    • Genji Main
                                                      Genji Main  2 months back

                                                      My curse of strahd one shot still remains among the best sessions we've ever had. Running Ravenloft every year around halloween became an instant tradition.

                                                      • Péter Ring
                                                        Péter Ring  2 months back

                                                        Where would you put Ghosts of Saltmarsh and BG: Descent into Avernus?

                                                        • Péter Ring
                                                          Péter Ring  2 months back

                                                          The cover of the #9 with the englishlordmoustache totally says me "DON'T BUY THIS ONE!", tho idk if it's good, or bad actually.

                                                          • HalfMoon Books
                                                            HalfMoon Books  2 months back

                                                            Wow, I think you're the only youtube DM I've seen actually praise the Death House. Strahd tops pretty much every list but all the other DMs I've seen review it say to skip Death House.

                                                            • Quokka cal
                                                              Quokka cal  2 months back

                                                              I prefer home brew

                                                              • Quokka cal
                                                                Quokka cal  2 months back

                                                                Hoard of the dragon is ok i guess?

                                                                • Marco Garcia
                                                                  Marco Garcia  2 months back

                                                                  Where would you put decent into avernus and the new tyranny of dragons books?!?

                                                                  • Muz!c Vex
                                                                    Muz!c Vex  2 months back

                                                                    How does one merge Lost Mine of Phandelver and Storm King's thunder?

                                                                    • Alaaran Aranoya
                                                                      Alaaran Aranoya  2 months back

                                                                      I've never heard such an inaccurate and unfair description of Hoard of the Dragon Queen before. Shameful.

                                                                      • Jeremiah Pohl
                                                                        Jeremiah Pohl  2 months back

                                                                        Gonna be honest. I'm not sure I liked Strahd. Maybe it wasn't run well, but it was pretty bland for me.

                                                                        • Cheap Tactics
                                                                          Cheap Tactics  2 months back

                                                                          No shave november to raise cancer awareness? How the fuck does that make any sense?

                                                                          • mr_ WHATEVER
                                                                            mr_ WHATEVER  2 months back

                                                                            Ours is a campaign of 4 called 4 the rights of dnd

                                                                            • Marc Elliott
                                                                              Marc Elliott  2 months back

                                                                              Had to wait...but, yes, Curse of Strahd, with a bit more rping among the populace is great.

                                                                              • KKSEWOS
                                                                                KKSEWOS  2 months back

                                                                                Question is dungeons and dragons going Woke? If so they will not have my money.

                                                                                • Solly Bussell
                                                                                  Solly Bussell  2 months back

                                                                                  I'm a new DM running hoard of the dragon queen. Oh boy

                                                                                  • Private
                                                                                    Private  2 months back

                                                                                    I am in a group playing hoard of the dragon queen

                                                                                • Previously Delicious
                                                                                  Previously Delicious  2 months back

                                                                                  I haven't finished it yet but I started running Dragon Heist for a group of first time Adventurers and it's been a blast!

                                                                                  I did notice that the start to the adventure didn't have much of a player introduction, so I wrote my own. I actually just uploaded a version of it to my channel for other DM's and players to use if they are interested.

                                                                                  • fiilthy
                                                                                    fiilthy  2 months back

                                                                                    Strahd wiped my players. It was close, but they all died. on the epic rooftop battle.The paladin was turned into a frog and blasted off the top of the tower. The rogue slipped and fell to her doom, shattering her little halfling body on the cobblestones below. The ranger got crushed with superhuman vampire hands, and the cleric tried to Wish himself away from Barovia. yeah... the Dark Forces killed his mortal body and sent his soul to the dungeons underneath Castle Avernus in Darkon. He made a cameo in the next campaign I did heh. good times

                                                                                    • David
                                                                                      David  2 months back

                                                                                      Thespian...you seem to have combined it with 'lesbian'.

                                                                                      • Francisco Coito
                                                                                        Francisco Coito  2 months back

                                                                                        Where do you place the ghost of salt marsh?

                                                                                        • cj sisk
                                                                                          cj sisk  2 months back

                                                                                          shit my group plays 3 nights a week for a total of 38 hour a week then on random time through out the week

                                                                                          • Duchess Van Hoof
                                                                                            Duchess Van Hoof  2 months back

                                                                                            Yeaaah no. I will definitely be buying Tales of the Yawning Portal. More classical adventures please!