Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is a 5th-edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure that takes place in the city of Waterdeep. The adventure runs through levels 1–5 and is followed by the adventure Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage.

Welcome to Waterdeep

Famed explorer Volothamp Geddarm needs you to complete a simple quest. Thus begins a mad romp through the wards of Waterdeep as you uncover a villainous plot involving some of the city's most influential figures.

A grand urban caper awaits you. Pit your skill and bravado against villains the likes of which you've never faced before, and let the dragon hunt begin!

A Dungeons & Dragons® adventure for characters of levels 1–5. For use with the fifth edition Player's Handbook®, Monster Manual®, and Dungeon Master's Guide®.


The adventure takes place after the events described in Hoard of the Dragon Queen, The Rise of Tiamat, Princes of the Apocalypse,[1] and Tomb of Annihilation,[2] but does not directly depend on them. It is not set in a particular year, but is assumed to be on or after the Year of the Scarlet Witch, 1491 DR.[note 1]


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AhmaergoAmbrose EverdawnAviAmalia CassalanterAurinaxBarnibus BlastwindBlack ViperBlossom SnobeedleBonnieBroxley FairkettleCorylus ThannDalakharDasher SnobeedleDavil StarsongDurnanEmbricEmmek FrewnEsloon BezantEsvele RosznarFala LefaliirFel'rekt LafeenFloon BlagmaarGaxly RudderburstGod CatcherGriffon Cavalry riderGrinda GarlothGrum'sharGysheer OmfreysHammond KraddocHarko SwornholdHeldarHlamHrabbazHyustus StagetIokaste DalianoIstrid HornJalester SilvermaneJarlaxle BaenreJelenn UrmbruskJenksJeryth PhaulkonJezrynne HornrabenJustyn RasskKrentzKylynne SilmerhelveLaeral SilverhandLifKrebbyg Masq'il'yrManshoonMartem TrecMattrim MeregMaxeeneMelannor FellbranchMeloon WardragonMirtNar'l XibrindasNatNihiloorNimNoska Ur'grayObaya UdayObliterosOrond GralhundOsvaldo CassalanterOtt SteeltoesRemallia HaventreeRenaer NeveremberRishaalRongquan MystereRoscoe UnderboughSaeth CromleySavra BelabrantaSkeemo WeirdbottleSoluun XibrindasSquiddlyTalisolvanar FellbranchThorvin TwinbeardTashlyn YafeeraUlkoria StonemarrowUrstul FloxinUza SolizephVajra SafahrVictoro CassalanterValantajarVincent TrenchVolothamp GeddarmWestra MoltimmurWishesXanatharXoblobYagra StonefistYalah GralhundYaliek IltizmarZardoz ZordZelifarnZemkZiraj
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Algondar DalianoArthagast UlbrinterCorellonDagult NeveremberEldathElminsterFaerrel DunbladeGondHelmKelemvorLolthMielikkiTormTyrWakanga O'tamu


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abolethgas sporequipperrock gnome


Buildings & Sites
Ahghairon's TowerBent NailBlackstaff TowerBook Wyrm's TreasureCastle Ward of WaterdeepCity of the DeadCorellon's CrownDeepwater HarborDock Ward of WaterdeepEndshift TavernFelzoun's FollyField Ward of WaterdeepFrewn's BrewsGralhund VillaHalls of JusticeHouse CassalanterHouse of Inspired HandsUlbrinter VillaKolat TowersLightsinger TheaterMuleskull TavernNorth Ward of WaterdeepOld Xoblob ShopPalace of WaterdeepPhaulkonmerePink FlumphRosznar VillaSea Ward of WaterdeepSeven MasksSkewered DragonSkullportSouth Ward of WaterdeepSnobeedle Orchard and MeaderySpouting FishSteam and SteelTiger's EyeTrades Ward of WaterdeepTrollskull ManorTwelvedog CourtUndercliffVault of DragonsWeirdbottle's ConcoctionsYawning Portal
Brondar's WayCandle LaneCastle LaneCopper StreetDelzorin StreetDock StreetEndshift StreetFillet LaneFishgut AlleyHassantyr's StreetHigh RoadJulthoon StreetNet StreetSalabar StreetSorn StreetShattercrock AlleyShield StreetShip StreetSpices StreetStabbed Sailor AlleyTarnath StreetThunderstaff WayTrader's WayTrollskull AlleyVhezoar StreetZastrow Street
EyecatcherHeartbreakerHellraiserScarlet Marpenoth
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Baldur's GateChultLuskanMirabarMithral HallMount HotenowNeverwinterThe NorthPort NyanzaruSilverymoonSword CoastUndermountain


AmcathraBakers' GuildBregan D'aertheCarpenters', Roofers', and Plaisterers' GuildCellarers' & Plumbers' GuildCity GuardCity WatchCassalanterCoopers' GuildCouncil of Farmer-GrocersCouncil of Musicians, Instrument-makers, and ChoristersDoom RaidersDungsweepers' GuildEmerald EnclaveFellowship of Bowyers and FletchersFellowship of Carters and CoachmenFellowship of InkeepersFellowship of Bowyers and FletchersFellowship of Salters, Packers, and JoinersFishmongers' FellowshipForce GreyGralhundGray HandsGriffon CavalryGuild of Apothecaries and PhysiciansGuild of ButchersGuild of Chandlers and LamplightersGuild of Fine CarversGuild of Glassblowers, Glaziers, and Spectacle-makersGuild of Stonecutters, Masons, Potters, and Tile-makersGuild of Trusted Pewterers and CastersGuild of WatermenHarpersJesters' GuildJewelers' GuildLaunderers' GuildLeague of Basket-makers and WickerworkersLeague of Skinners and TannersLords' AllianceLords of WaterdeepLoyal Order of Street LaborersHouse MargasterMaster Mariners' GuildMost Careful Order of Skilled Smiths and MetalforgersMost Diligent League of Sail-makers and CordwainersMost Excellent Order of Weavers and DyersOrder of Cobblers and CorvisersOrder of Master ShipwrightsOrder of Master Taylors, Glovers, and MercersOrder of the GauntletPeabodyPhaulkonPhylundRosznarSaddlers' and Harness-makers' GuildScrivners', Scribes', and Clerks' GuildSea Maidens FaireShard ShunnersSnobeedleSolemn Order of Recognized Furriers and WoolmenSplendid Order of Armorers, Locksmiths, and FinesmithsStablemasters' and Farriers' GuildStationers' GuildSurveyors', Map-, and Chart-makers' GuildTarmVintners', Distillers', and Brewers' GuildWagon-makers' and Coach-builders' GuildWatchful Order of Magists and ProtectorsWheelwrights' GuildXanathar GuildZhentarim
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Cult of the Howling HatredRed Wizards of Thay


apparatus of KwalishAzuredgebadge of the watchBlackstaffbracer of flying daggerscharm of heroismcharm of restorationcloak of invisibilitydragonstaff of Ahghaironfeather of diatryma summoninghat of disguiseiron bands of Bilarroknave's eye patchlord's ensemblenecklace of fireballspaper birdportable holepotion of animal friendshippotion of climbingpotion of greater healingpotion of healingpotion of mind readingpotion of poisonpotion of water breathingpotion of resistancering of truth tellingsmokepowderspell scrollspellbookStone of Golorrwand of secretswand of web
Ahghairon's dragonwardanimal messengerarcane eyearcane lockBigby's handburning handsclairvoyancecomprehend languagescone of coldcontinual flamecounterspelldancing lightsdarknessdarkvisiondetect magicdisguise selfdispel magicdominate monsterfabricatefaerie firefalse lifefeather fallfind familiarfireballflyglyph of wardinggreater invisibilityice storminvisibilitylevitatelocate creaturemage armormagic missilemagic weaponmisty stepmodify memorynondetectionpolymorphrope tricksendingshieldsimulacrumsuggestionteleportunseen servantwater breathingwitch bolt
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gentle reposeknockpotion of longevityraise deadspeak with dead


Code Legaldragon (coin)Drow Sign LanguageThe Fall of Tiamatgemharbor moonKiss of the LamiaMeet the GoodberrysnibSapphiria's Bootyshard (coin)sun (coin)taolthieves' tools
Books and Periodicals
A History of Waterdeep: Age One, The Rise of the WarlordA History of Waterdeep: Age Two, The Lords' Rule BeginsVolo's Guide to MonstersVolo's Guide to Spirits and SpectersVolo's Guide to WaterdeepVolo's Waterdeep EnchiridionWaterdeep Wazoo
Food and Drink
aleshadowdark ale
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Three-Dragon Ante



  1. The story directly references the events of The Rise of Tiamat and Princes of the Apocalypse. Since the latter is set in 1491 DR, the adventure must be set on or after 1491.


  1. Christopher Perkins, James Haeck, James Introcaso, Adam Lee, Matthew Sernett (September 2018). Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 38–39. ISBN 978-0-7869-6625-7.
  2. Christopher Perkins, James Haeck, James Introcaso, Adam Lee, Matthew Sernett (September 2018). Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 5. ISBN 978-0-7869-6625-7.