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The Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set is a boxed set for the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Intended to serve as a basic introduction to tabletop D&D, it contains a set of basic rules, an adventure, several pre-made character sheets, and a set of dice. The adventure is Lost Mine of Phandelver, an introductory adventure module for 4–5 player-characters taking them from 1st level to 5th as they battle goblins and bandits whilst trying to explore the eponymous mines.

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  • Starter Set Rulebook, a 32-page booklet containing a basic set of rules for adventurers levels 1–5.
  • Lost Mine of Phandelver, a 64-page adventure booklet
  • 5 pregenerated character sheets
  • 6 game dice


NeverwinterThundertreeConyberryPhandalinLeilonAgatha's LairCragmaw CastleOld Owl WellCragmaw HideoutWyvern TorWave Echo CaveMount HotenowStarmetal HillsIcespire PeakSword MountainsNeverwinter WoodKryptgarden ForestThe High RoadTriboar TrailMapLostMine
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Lost Mine of Phandelver[]

A trio of dwarf explorers—Gundren, Nundro, and Tharden Rockseeker—recently located the ancient Wave Echo Cave, the location of the mysterious Forge of Spells. Gundren, with map in hand, heads north to recruit aid. A new group of adventurers are contracted in Neverwinter to escort Gundren Rockseeker's mining equipment down the High Road to Phandalin. Gundren and a knight, Sildar Hallwinter, go on ahead. However, word of the cave's discovery reaches a drow known as the Black Spider, who captures one of the Rockseeker brothers and starts to excavate the mine. However, the mine is crawling with undead and other hazards. In order to keep the cave's location hidden, and his activity quiet, the Black Spider hires Iarno Albrek, an ex-member of the Lords' Alliance. Albrek leads the Redbrands, a notorious group of bandits, and they continuously harass the nearby townsfolk of Phandalin, keeping it under tight control.

On their way back down south, both Gundren and Sildar are ambushed by goblins of the Cragmaw tribe. Gundren is taken by the goblins to Cragmaw Castle, whilst Sildar is taken to the Cragmaw Hideout. The adventurers follow the same route, and are also ambushed by the goblins. After fending them off, they either find their way to the hideout or arrive at Phandalin. The townsfolk of Phandalin are having a hard time whilst the Redbrand bandits are about, and the adventurers may investigate their hideout. In doing so, they may face off against Iarno Albrek. Following this, and acquiring important information, the adventurers can head to the Cragmaw Castle or Wave Echo Cave, if they somehow acquired knowledge of its whereabouts. If they arrive at the castle, they take down the Cragmaw tribe and find Gundren's map (and Gundren too, if he is still alive).

The adventurers finally locate Wave Echo Cave and begin to explore the dark caverns. One of the Rockseeker brothers has been slain near the entrance. After taking down several enemies, including doppelgangers and maybe even the Black Spider himself, they have the opportunity to rescue Nundro Rockseeker. The adventure concludes when the victorious party locates the Forge of Spells, and find out its mystical powers.



Adventuring Gear
backpackbedrollbellblanketbookcandlecarpenter's toolscasechalkclothingcomponent pouchcrowbargrappling hookhammer (sledge) • healer's kitholy symbolhourglassinkink penlantern (bullseye, hooded) • mason's toolsmess kitmirroroilpaperperfumepickpitonplaying cardsroberopesealing waxshovelsignal whistleringtentthieves' toolstinderboxtorchwaterskinwhetstone
breastplatechain mailchain shirthideleatherring mailscale mailshieldsplint mailstudded leather
Food & Drink
bit and bridlesaddle
battleaxebow (and arrows) • clubcrossbow (and bolts, hand, heavy, light) • daggergreataxegreatclubgreatswordhandaxejavelinlight hammerlongbowlongswordmacemaulmorningstarquarterstaffrapierscimitarshortbowshortswordspeartridentwarhammer
potion of healing
aidaugurybeacon of hopeblessblurburning handscharm personcommandcomprehend languagescure woundsdancing lightsdarknessdetect magicdispel magicfireballflaming sphereflyguidanceguiding bolthealing wordhold personidentifyinflict woundsinvisibilitylesser restorationlightlightning boltmage armormage handmagic missilemass healing wordmisty stepprayer of healingprestidigitationprotection from energyray of frostresistancerevivifysacred flamesanctuaryshieldshield of faithshocking graspsilencesleepspider climbspiritual weaponsuggestionthaumaturgythunderwavewarding bondweb

Lost Mine of Phandelver[]


The Black Spider wields the spider staff.

AgathaAnderBrughor Axe-BiterCarp AlderleafDaran EdermathDroopElmar BarthenElsaFavricFredaGaraeleGogGristaGrolGundren RockseekerHalia ThorntonHamun KostHarbin WesterIarno "Glasstaff" AlbrekKlargLanarLhupoLinene GraywindMirna DendrarMormeskMoskNars DendrarNarthNezznar (The Black Spider)Nilsa DendrarNundro RockseekerPip StonehillQelline AlderleafReidothRipperSildar HallwinterSnarlTargor BloodswordTharden RockseekerThel DendrarThistleToblen StonehillTrilena StonehillUrmonVenomfangVhalakVyerithYeemikYegg
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Aldith TresendarArthindolBowgentlePalienTergonTsernoth
bansheebugbeardopplegangerdragondrowdwarfelfflameskullghoulgiant spidergnomegoblingreen dragongrickhalf-elfhalflinghobgoblinhorsehumannothicochre jellyogreorcowlbearoxratskeletonspectatorstirgetwig blightundeadwolfwraithzombie
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beaverdogfrogsun elfwyvern

Phandalin, which becomes the base for the adventuring party.

Agatha's GroveAlderleaf FarmBarthen's ProvisionsBrown HorseConyberryCragmaw CastleCragmaw HideoutCragsEdermath OrchardForge of SpellsHigh RoadIcespire PeakKryptgarden ForestLeilonLionshield Coster (Phandalin)Mere of Dead MenMount HotenowNeverwinterNeverwinter WoodOld Owl WellPhandalinPhandalin Miner's ExchangeShrine of LuckSleeping GiantStarmetal HillsStonehill InnSword CoastSword Coast NorthSword MountainsThundertreeTownmaster's HallTresendar ManorTriboar TrailWave Echo CaveWyvern Tor
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boots of striding and springingDragonguardgauntlets of ogre power

An enchanted pair of boots of striding and springing that can be found by the party.

Bowgentle's Book
potion of flyingpotion of healingpotion of invisibilitypotion of vitality
scroll of auguryscroll of charm personscroll of darknessscroll of fireballscroll of lightning boltscroll of misty stepscroll of revivifyscroll of silence
ring of protection
HewLightbringerTalonspider staffstaff of defense
wand of magic missiles
alefunginightshadePhandelver's Pact
Cragmaw tribeCult of the DragonEmerald EnclaveHarpersLionshieldsLords' AllianceMany-ArrowsOrder of the GauntletRedbrandsRed Wizards of ThayZhentarim



  1. Pages 30‒31 of Lost Mine of Phandelver describe the eruption of Mount Hotenow (1451 DR) as occurring "30 years ago", which would place the adventure in 1481 DR. When the adventure was later remade into Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk, this 30 year time frame was kept (pages 50 & 53). However, pages 103 and 179 of Acquisitions Incorporated, a source published after the former, state that the events described in the adventure happen five years after both Lost Mine of Phandelver and Princes of the Apocalypse. Since the latter is explicitly set in 1491 DR, and considering this answer by Ed Greenwood about dating the adventure, this wiki will use 1491 DR for events related to both versions of the adventure.



5th Edition Sourcebooks
Core Rulebooks Dungeon Master's GuideMonster ManualPlayer's Handbook
Sourcebooks Acquisitions IncorporatedBigby Presents: Glory of the GiantsThe Book of Many ThingsFizban's Treasury of DragonsMordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the MultiverseMordenkainen's Tome of FoesSword Coast Adventurer's GuideTasha's Cauldron of EverythingVan Richten's Guide to RavenloftVolo's Guide to MonstersXanathar's Guide to Everything
Adventures Baldur's Gate: Descent into AvernusCurse of StrahdHoard of the Dragon QueenIcewind Dale: Rime of the FrostmaidenOut of the AbyssPhandelver and Below: The Shattered ObeliskPlanescape: Adventures in the MultiversePrinces of the ApocalypseSpelljammer: Adventures in SpaceStorm King's ThunderThe Rise of TiamatTomb of AnnihilationVecna: Eve of RuinWaterdeep: Dragon HeistWaterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad MageThe Wild Beyond the Witchlight
Starter Sets Dungeons & Dragons Starter SetDungeons & Dragons Essentials KitDungeons & Dragons Starter Set (2022)
Anthologies Tales from the Yawning PortalGhosts of SaltmarshCandlekeep MysteriesJourneys Through the Radiant CitadelKeys from the Golden Vault
Supplements Elemental Evil Player's Companion
Playtest Confrontation at CandlekeepDead in ThayGhosts of Dragonspear CastleLegacy of the Crystal ShardMurder in Baldur's GateReclaiming BlingdenstoneScourge of the Sword CoastStorm over NeverwinterVault of the Dracolich