Mordenkainen (pronounced: /ˈmɔːrdɛnknɛnMOR-den-kay-nen[9] Loudspeaker listen) was a prolific archmage from the world of Oerth who was responsible for many powerful and useful spells.[3]


Mordenkainen - Epic Level Handbook

Mordenkainen with his staff.

His hair and beard were both long, black and peppered with grey streaks. When mad, his eyes crackled with eldritch power.[5]


Typically stubborn and one who did not suffer fools gladly, Mordenkainen could be difficult even with his friends.[5]

While suffering from his madness, he was convinced that enemies were everywhere and he was being constantly watched by evil agents.[5]


Mordenkainen was an acquaintance of Elminster Aumar; the two met on numerous occasions at Ed Greenwood's house on Earth to exchange spells and lore.[10]


Although Mordenkainen resided primarily on Oerth, by at least 1367 DR, his spells were not uncommon among spellbooks in Faerûn.[3]

Mordenkainen later traveled to Barovia in an attempt to free the local population from its vampire darklord Strahd. However, he underestimated Strahd's power and, after barely surviving a confrontation with him, he lost his spellbook and his staff, eventually losing his memory and being driven to the brink of madness. He became known by the locals as the Mad Mage of Mount Baratok.[5]

In 1491 DR, Mordenkainen, still suffering from bouts of madness, was in Waterdeep, where Storm Silverhand and Elminster were helping him to recover from them.[1]

Rumors and LegendsEdit

His toenails appeared to be a venerated item in some places.[11]


Mordenkainen's spells known in the Realms included:




External linksEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed Greenwood (2016-06-07). Death Masks. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-6593-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Andy Collins, Bruce R. Cordell (July 2002). Epic Level Handbook. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 308. ISBN 0-7869-2658-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 109. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  4. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (May 29, 2018). Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 4. ISBN 978-0786966240.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Christopher Perkins, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman (March 2016). Curse of Strahd. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 39–40. ISBN 978-0-7869-6598-4.
  6. Robert J. Kuntz, Gary Gygax (1984). Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure. Edited by Frank Mentzer, Michael Dobson. (TSR, Inc.), p. 30. ISBN 0-88038-168-X.
  7. Jason Bulmahn, James Jacobs, Erik Mona (August 2007). Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk. Edited by Penny Williams, Beth Griese. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 92. ISBN 978-0-7869-4358-6.
  8. Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 342. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  9. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 28.
  10. In the "Wizards Three" series in Dragon Magazine.
  11. Jeff Grubb and Kate Novak (August 1997). Finder's Bane. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-0658-8.
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 Mark Middleton et al (March 1998). Wizard's Spell Compendium Volume Three. (TSR, Inc), pp. 592–599. ISBN 978-0786907915.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Dale Donovan (January 1998). Cult of the Dragon. (TSR, Inc), p. 64. ISBN 0-7869-0709-6.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 261–263. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  15. Dale Donovan (January 1998). Cult of the Dragon. (TSR, Inc), p. 125. ISBN 0-7869-0709-6.
  16. Dale Donovan (January 1998). Cult of the Dragon. (TSR, Inc), p. 74. ISBN 0-7869-0709-6.
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