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"How do you want to do this?", often abbreviated as HDYWTDT, is an iconic line and staple of Critical Role. It is frequently uttered by Matthew Mercer, the Dungeon Master, when a player strikes the killing blow in a difficult or momentous encounter. The player then has the opportunity to describe an epic (or comical) victory for Matt to narrate. Both Aabria Iyengar and Brennan Lee Mulligan borrowed the line during their time as Dungeon Master for Critical Role in Exandria Unlimited.

CritRoleStats kept lists of "How do you want to do this?" moments from across the Vox Machina, Wildemount, and Marquet campaigns, as well as the Exandria Unlimited mini series. With CritRoleStats now being retired as of the end of 2023, their archivist successors, The Omen Archive, will continue to track data (including HDYWTDT) for Campaign Three: Bells Hells from "Rush for the Bloody Bridge" (3x82) and onward.

HDYWTDT Leaderboard[]

Campaign One: Vox Machina[]

Position Name HDYWTDT
1st Grog 18
2nd Percy 13
3rd Scanlan 10
4th Vex'ahlia 9
5th Vax'ildan 8
6th Keyleth 6
7th Pike 5
8th Tiberius 2
8th Trinket 2
8th Zahra 2
11th Kerrek 1
11th Tova 1

Campaign Two: The Mighty Nein[]

Position Name HDYWTDT
1st Fjord 20
1st Veth 20
3rd Yasha 18
4th Jester 17
5th Caleb 16
6th Beau 15
7th Caduceus 8
8th Mollymauk 7
9th Shakäste 1
9th Twiggy 1
9th Jourrael 1

Exandria Unlimited[]

Position Name HDYWTDT
1st Dariax 6
2nd Opal 4
3rd Orym 3
4th Cerrit 2
4th Fy'ra Rai 2
6th Dorian 1
6th Fearne 1
6th Nydas/Sha'korzhan 1
6th Zerxus 1

Campaign Three: Bells Hells[]

Position Name HDYWTDT
1st Orym 15
2nd Fearne 12
3rd Ashton 11
4th Laudna 9
5th Chetney 8
6th Imogen 7
7th FCG 3
8th Dorian 2
8th Bor'Dor 2
10th Deni$e 1
10th F.R.I.D.A. 1
10th Prism 1
10th Little Mister 1
10th Carpaccio Caviar 1
10th Teven Klask 1

Current as of "The Nox Engine" (3x98).



  1. See "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) from 4:21:53 through 4:24:20.
  2. See "Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114) at 5:26:17.
  3. See "The Endless Burrows" (2x50) at 1:26:15.
  4. See "The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 2" (Sx74) at 4:53:10.
  5. See "Perspective" (2x59) at 3:42:45.
  6. See "A Turtle By Any Other Name" (2x60) at 1:30:10.
  7. See "Punishment and Politics" (2x87) at 1:18:10.
  8. See "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 3:38:10.
  9. See "Night at the Ligament Manor" (3x46) at 4:10:47.
  10. See "Crisis of Faith" (3x61) at 2:27:25.
  11. See "True Heroism" (3x91) at 4:26:20.
  12. See "The Nox Engine" (3x98) at 3:30:40.