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Completely Crushing Complex Traps Vol. I



Add some ⚔ADVENTURE⚔ to your next game session with these complex trap encounters!

Complex traps were introduced in Xanathar’s Guide to Everything as a way to include memorable, threatening non-combat encounters into your game session. This suppliment outlines 10 new complext traps sure to challenge your gaming group.

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Featuring over 30 pages detailing each trap, including:

  • Thin Ice: An underground lake fed by a waterfall freezes over every winter. The ice is safe… until the trap is sprung, releasing massive boulders from the ceiling to break it.

  • The Black Hole: A portal sits in the middle of a vast, empty void, waiting to be opened. But protecting it is a trap which creates three small black holes, crushing explorers to death and pulling the very stars down from the sky.

  • The Pharaoh's Tomb: A relic of an ancient pharaoh is guarded by a trap which buries thieves in crushing sand… and deadly scorpions.

  • The Electric Vault: Thieves get shocked by the electric floor of this vault, and the clever among them who stay off the ground are soon pummeled by swinging weights.

  • Perilous Plants: A deadly carnivorous plant waits in the dense foliage. Trespassers are stuck to the plant while it slowly eats them alive.

  • Terminal Fall: Portals in the ceiling and floor of a hallway create an infinitely falling deathtrap. To make matters worse, archer statues near the portals pepper the victim with magic projectiles.

  • Teeter-Totter: A locked door and a T-shaped intersection hides a deadly balancing trap which threatens to dump adventurers into dark pits… all the while adding heavy rolling weights to the mix!

  • Boobytrap Ambush: A path along a sleepy ridge provides the perfect place to ambush unexpecting travellers with rolling boulders, spiked pits, and stinging bees.

  • The Wizard’s Tower: A wizard protects their library by transforming trespassers into frogs, then sucking them up into a dizzying whirlwind of chaos magic.

  • The Gauntlet: This one’s a classic for a reason! A spiked wall advances on adventurers, pushing them down a dark, 300-ft hall as they dodge devious traps. Multiple options provided to customize this trap to your deadly whims.

Each entry includes a full suite of mechanics to describe the threats the traps pose, how those threats get deadlier over the course of the encounter, and how the players can overcome them.

Full Color Encounter Maps

Included with each trap is a full color encounter map (in both gridded and ungridded) featuring stunning artwork from Tom Cartos and Forgotten Adventures!


Each map was specifically designed for these traps, but they're a perfect fit for other kinds of encounters, as well.

Want to try out a trap? Download The Wizards Tower right now for free!
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Ryan B August 24, 2021 2:17 pm UTC
Is there a Volume 2 coming soon?
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Hi there, do you have a contact email?
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