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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]


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]


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]


D&D Adventurers League

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 Critical Role Logo.png Hype: Call of the Netherdeep, Our Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Module Is Available for Pre-order Right Now! on
  2. See Critical Role: 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. Twitter logo.png Hannah Rose (@wildrosemage) on Twitter: "I'm beyond honored and, moreover, SO EXCITED to have worked on this INCREDIBLE adventure." (2021-10-12).
  8. Call of the Netherdeep at the US shop.
  9. Twitter logo.png 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!" (2021-10-12).
  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, by Minttu Hynninen (source). Used with permission.
  2. Official art of Exandria's moons, Ruidus and Catha, viewed from Xhorhas, by Kent Davis (source). Used with permission.
  3. Concept art of the rival party, by Shawn 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.