Elementalist Drake Thunderbrand is a dwarven wizard and friend of Lady Allura, as well as a member of the Arcana Pansophical.  As an NPC, he is played by Matthew Mercer.



Fan art of Drake Thunderbrand, by T. Allen Sievers.[art 2]

Drake has short, black hair with a beard "trimmed fairly fine." When he first encountered Vox Machina in "Desperate Measures" (1x40), he was wearing red leathers and was apparently unarmed, though carrying a gnarled, curved wand. The wand almost spiraled, in a messed-up sort of way, with a well-treated surface.[2]


Somewhat exuberant in personality,[3] Drake can also be quite soft—both concerned and supportive—toward Lady Allura.[4][5]



Drake Thunderbrand may be related to House Thunderbrand in Kraghammer.[presumed]

Years before the attack of the Chroma Conclave, Drake was part of an adventuring party with Lady Allura, Lady Kima, Sirus, Dohla, and Ghenn. They sealed the ancient red dragon Thordak in the Elemental Plane of Fire, at the cost of Sirus, Dohla, and Ghenn's lives.

"Desperate Measures" (1x40)

Drake accompanied Allura to Greyskull Keep after the Chroma Conclave's assault on Emon.

"In Ruins" (1x41)

Drake used an elemental transportation spell to transport himself and Allura to Westruun.

"The Coming Storm" (1x73)

"The Siege of Emon" (1x78)


Character Information


In "Desperate Measures" (1x40), Allura introduced Drake as an elementalist, which is not a standard class in 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons.

In "In Ruins" (1x41), Drake employed an unusual means of transportation using elemental electricity, much to the surprise and awe of Vox Machina. It is a custom spell of his own design.[6]

Notable Items




  1. 1.0 1.1 Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 30.
  2. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:25:59.
  3. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:26:30.
  4. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:28:56.
  5. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:43:39.
  6. Matthew Mercer tweeted that the elemental teleportation spell is a custom spell of Drake's own design.


  1. Fan art of Drake Thunderbrand (photo manipulation), by Jet (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Drake Thunderbrand, by T. Allen Sievers (source).  Used with permission.
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