Kevdak was Grog's uncle, a goliath, and the leader of the Herd of Storms, the roving barbarian herd from which Grog originated. As an NPC, he was played by Matthew Mercer.



Kevdak was a towering figure, standing a head and a half taller than Grog. He wore furs and bone.[7] His eyes were a gleaming red. His head was smooth and bald, without any tattoos. The rest of his body was nearly black with tattoos, one for every life he had taken...[8]




Kevdak beat Grog nearly to death and exiled him from the Herd of Storms after Grog refused to kill a helpless gnome, Wilhand Trickfoot. Wilhand's great-great-granddaughter, Pike Trickfoot, was able to save Grog from the brink of death with healing magic from a divine connection to Sarenrae.

"The Family Business" (1x47)

After the Chroma Conclave's attack on Westruun, Kevdak took advantage of the situation to grab power for his herd, which then occupied the city. While dominating the Tal'Dorei citizenry in the region, the barbarians themselves were subservient to Umbrasyl, the ancient black dragon reigning over Westruun and surrounding areas.[9][10]

"Test of Pride" (1x51)

In "Test of Pride" (1x51), Grog challenged Kevdak to single combat for the honor of the herd[11]. The duel went poorly for Grog, who took far more damage than he could give out and was at one point impaled on a wooden stake. Grog admitted defeat—then immediately yelled for the rest of Vox Machina, hiding in the area, to "fuck shit up!"[12].

Fan art of Grog Strongjaw landing the killing blow on Kevdak, by David Rodrigues.[art 2]

"The Kill Box" (1x52)

The ensuing battle was difficult, but Vox Machina managed to turn the tables by paralyzing and disarming Kevdak. Grog eventually dealt the killing blow, cleaving his uncle in two with his own Blood Axe. [13] After Kevdak was slain, Grog flayed the bear-tattooed skin off of Kevdak's chest and put it in Vex'ahlia's preserving Bag of Colding,[14] which she obtained from the Slayer's Take.[15]


Character Information


Kevdak's barbarian primal path was Path of the Totem Warrior, and his totem animal was a bear.[16][17][18]

Kevdak's abilities also included:

  • Action Surge (fighter)[19]
  • Disarming Attack (fighter combat maneuver)[20]
  • Pushing Attack (fighter combat maneuver)[21]
  • Riposte (fighter combat maneuver)[22]
  • Second Wind (fighter)[23]

Notable Items

Fan art of Kevdak wearing the Titanstone Knuckles, by David Rodrigues.[art 3]

Kevdak possessed the Titanstone Knuckles, one of several Vestiges of the Divergence that were thought to have been lost centuries ago. He also wielded a blood axe, which Grog wrested from his grasp while he was incapacitated by Scanlan's Hold Person spell.[24] Although he didn't have an opportunity to use them due to the paralysis (and then his missing hands), Kevdak also possessed four +1 enchanted javelins.[25]




  1. Kevdak's surname is unlikely to be "Strongjaw", which many people presumed it to be, as indicated by the way Kevdak called Grog by the name "Strongjaw" in a disdainful manner, as though the name itself were an insult.  See "Test of Pride" (1x51) at 2:30:22.
  2. See "Test of Pride" (1x51) at 2:14:49.
  3. See "Test of Pride" (1x51) at 2:52:40.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Matthew Mercer posted Kevdak's character sheet on Twitter.
  5. See "The Kill Box" (1x52) from 2:32:52 through 2:34:09.
  6. See "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) at 2:28:07.
  7. See "The Family Business" (1x47) at 0:58:25.
  8. See "Test of Pride" (1x51) at 2:16:07.
  9. See "The Family Business" (1x47) from 1:44:02 through 1:45:40.  NSFW.
  10. See "The Family Business" (1x47) from 2:00:11 through 2:01:19.
  11. See "Test of Pride" (1x51) at 2:21:30.
  12. See "Test of Pride" (1x51) at 2:50:41.
  13. See "The Kill Box" (1x52) from 2:32:52 through 2:34:09.
  14. See "The Kill Box" (1x52) from 3:07:07 through 3:07:50.
  15. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) from 0:34:34 through 0:36:45.
  16. See "Test of Pride" (1x51) at 2:33:39.
  17. See "Test of Pride" (1x51) at 2:52:40.
  18. Matthew Mercer confirmed that Kevdak followed the Totem of the Bear. (source)
  19. See "The Kill Box" (1x52) at 3:13:01.
  20. See "Test of Pride" (1x51) at 2:46:18.
  21. See "Test of Pride" (1x51) at 2:47:54.
  22. See "The Kill Box" (1x52) at 3:13:27.
  23. See "The Kill Box" (1x52) at 1:50:03.
  24. See "The Kill Box" (1x52) at 36:05.
  25. See "The Kill Box" (1x52) at 3:07:16.
  26. See "The Kill Box" (1x52) at 2:53:01.
  27. See "The Kill Box" (1x52) at 3:07:16.
  28. See "The Kill Box" (1x52) at 2:53:01.


  1. Fan art of Kevdak, by Yeng Thao (source).  Permission needed.
  2. Fan art of Grog Strongjaw landing the killing blow on Kevdak, by David Rodrigues (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Kevdak wearing the Titanstone Knuckles, by David Rodrigues (source).  Used with permission.

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