Count Strahd von Zarovich

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Strahd von Zarovich, by Talon Dunning
Strahd von Zarovich, by Talon Dunning
Count Strahd von Zarovich is the Vampire darklord of Barovia.[1][2] He rules the land publicly from Castle Ravenloft as Strahd XI, supposedly a descendant of Strahd I, but actually the same man.[3] Strahd murdered his younger brother Sergei von Zarovich on his wedding day in an attempt to claim Sergi's bride, Tatyana Federovna. This is the final act that caused him to become the first known darklord. Tatyana rejected his love and jumped to her death from the walls of Castle Ravenloft.[4][5][6] Strahd is now cursed to hunt and lose the reincarnations of Tatyana.[7][8]

Strahd was nobly born to Barov von Zarovich and Ravenia van Roeyen[9] in Prime Material Barovia in 299 BC.[10][11][12] He was the older brother of Sergei and Sturm.

Strahd spent the first few decades of his adult life in his war with the Tergs that had invaded and occupied Barovia. In perhaps the most critical moment in his war against the foreign invaders, Strahd called the fiend Inajira in the hope of securing victory at the cost of his soul.[13] Strahd largely managed to escape the arcanaloth's foul contract with the contract he made with Death that gave him eternal life, or unlife as the case may be. However, Strahd merely traded one form of damnation for another, as this horrible pact ultimately led to Strahd becoming an all but immortal darklord.[4][10][5][6]

Throughout his long history as darklord of Barovia, Strahd has come into conflict with many who would challenge his dominance. For example, his great niece, Lyssa von Zarovich, transformed herself into a vampire to challenge his rule. She also conspired with the High Master Illithid to generate a race of illithid vampires to depose Strahd, but the plan failed.[14][15] With the help of Emil Bollenbach, Strahd poisoned Lyssa as punishment for her plotting against him, causing her to fall into a debilitating slumber.[16]


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Stygian Inquirer: Strahd's ranged and melee attacks are wrong. He has a higher ranged than melee attack, but his Strength is greater than his Dexterity and he wields a weapon magic weapon too. I have done the math the the attacks should look like this:
Atk +20 melee (1d6+8 and energy drain, slam) or +25/+20/+15 melee (1d10+14, +4 bastard sword) or +19/+14/+9 ranged (1d8+6, +2 mighty composite longbow); I got these number via the following. The BAB for a Ftr 4/Nec 16 is 12/7/2. For the melee attack, you add +8 for STR mod, +4 for the bastard sword and +1 for weapon focus (bastard sword). For the ranged attack, you add +5 for DEX mod and +2 for the bow.
Also the 3.5 DR would be 25/silver and magic as per the RL:PHB entry per an Ancient Vampire .

Strahd's Allies

Strahd's Creations

During his time in the Mists, Strahd has developed a number of distinct creations, particularly in the areas of spells and undead unique to him.

Strahd's Enemies


Figther 4 / Necromancer 16, Chaotic Evil[2]


TSR Collector Cards

Strahd's TSR 1991 Collector Card numbers are 489 and 611. His TSR 1992 Collector Card numbers are 285 and 608.


  1. Domains of Dread p.61
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gazetteer I p.150
  3. Gazetteer I p.28
  4. 4.0 4.1 Domains of Dread p.14-15
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ravenloft Third Edition p.4, 12
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ravenloft Player's Handbook p.4, 14
  7. Domains of Dread p.62
  8. Gazetteer I p.151
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Gaz 1, p 17.
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 Domains of Dread p.16
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Ravenloft Third Edition p.12
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Ravenloft Player's Handbook p.14
  13. Gazetteer I p.142
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume I p.34
  15. Thoughts of Darkness
  16. 16.0 16.1 Children of the Night: Vampires p.21-26
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume I p.19
  18. 18.0 18.1 Roots of Evil
  19. Ravenloft Third Edition p.130>
  20. Ravenloft Player's Handbook p.132
  21. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume I p.24
  22. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume I p.142
  23. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume I p.38
  24. 24.0 24.1 Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume I p.13
  25. Knight of the Black Rose
  26. Children of the Night: Vampires p.20-26
  27. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume I p.34
  28. Van Richten's Guide to Fiends
  29. Realm of Terror p.127
  30. Gazetteer I p.142
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 31.5 I, Strahd p.73-85
  32. Gaz 1, pp 10, 16.
  33. I, Strahd: The War Against Azalin
  34. Vampire of the Mists p. 266-267
  35. Van Richten's Guide to Vampires p.6-9
  36. Van Richten's Monster Hunter's Compendium I p.10-13
  37. 37.0 37.1 VotM
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Gazetteer I p.18
  39. House of Strahd
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Gazetteer II p.135
  41. King of the Dead
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 King of the Dead
  43. I, Strahd, The War Against Azalin - p71, pp109-117, pp167-171
  44. Gazetteer I p.63
  45. Gazetteer I p.73-74
  46. I10: Ravenloft II: The House on Gryphon Hill
  47. Gazetteer II p.9
  48. Domains of Dread p.16, 64
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 Gazetteer I p.144
  50. Domains of Dread p.17
  51. Thoughts of Darkness
  52. Ravenloft Gazetteer I, p35.

Data from the Ravenloft Catalogue

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Secrets of the Dread Realms
Domains of Dread
I, Strahd
House of Strahd
Ravenloft I6
Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume I
I, Strahd, The War Against Azalin

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Secrets of the Dread Realms - p11
Domains of Dread - p61
House of Strahd - cover, pp1,5,25,60,63
The Ravenloft Campaign Setting - box cover
The Ravenloft Campaign Setting:Domains and Denizens - p9,p98
Roots of Evil - front cover, p7,69,72,93,95 Download Now!
Forbidden Lore: Nova Arcanum - p3, front cover
Vampire of the Mists - front cover
Realm of Terror - p117, front cover, reference cards
TSR JAM 1999 - front cover
Ravenloft I6 - cover, pp3,15
Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume I - p151
I, Strahd, The War Against Azalin - cover

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Secrets of the Dread Realms - pp10-12
Domains of Dread - pp61-62
House of Strahd - pp4-5
The Ravenloft Campaign Setting:Domains and Denizens - pp97-101
Roots of Evil - p6 Download Now!
Realm of Terror - pp116-119
Ravenloft I6 - p3
Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume I - pp150-152

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Secrets of the Dread Realms - pp7,10-12,18-19,27,31,114
Ravenloft Third Edition - p4,12-13,17,114,124
Domains of Dread - pp61-62
Van Richten's Monster Hunter's Compendium I - pp10-13,17,43,82
I, Strahd -throughout
House of Strahd - throughout
The Ravenloft Campaign Setting:Domains and Denizens - pp7-10, pp97-101
Van Richten's Guide to Vampires - pp6-9,13,46,77
Roots of Evil - p6,15,39,55-57,90-95 Download Now!
From the Shadows - pp14-15 Download Now!
Tales of Ravenloft:Caretaker - pp303-316
The Evil Eye - pp57, 58
Vampire of the Mists - throughout
Realm of Terror - p5,pp116-119,p127
Ravenloft I6 - throughout
Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume I - pp150-152
I, Strahd, The War Against Azalin - pp15-303

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The Devil Strahd
Lord Vasili von Holz
Strahd XI