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Archvillain Archive

A dark mage, defiant to the gods.

A marauding warrior bent on conquest.

A true knight, twisted by grief into something cruel.

This book contains them all—and many more! This collection of characters, designed by some of the most prolific designers of D&D 5e content, houses the perfect archvillain for your next campaign. Each villain comes complete with backstory, motivations, and a full stat block. With Challenge Ratings from 15 to 30, you can always find something to suit your game!

But be warned … these villains don’t hold back!

sample page from Archvillain Archive, showing a knight on the left with her helmet visor upsample page from Archvillain Archive, showing a knight on the right with a closed face visor

Archvillain Archive contains:

  • 29 original archvillains, each ready to become your next Big Bad! 
  • Characters across every CR from 15 to 30, each with legendary and/or mythic actions!
  • 36 new items and 3 new spells to be given as rewards against these fearsome foes!
  • Writing and editing by some of the top DMs Guild creators: Hiten Dave, Noah Grand, Brittney Hay, Bryan Holmes, E.R.F. Jordan, Alexis Lewis, Cassandra MacDonald, Steven Pankotai, and Vall Syrene!
  • Layout and art direction by bestselling DMs Guild creator and Rime of the Frostmaiden co-author Anne Gregersen!
a sample page showing the Azul Magus, a blue-robed wizard with swirling blue magical powerthe Azul Magus's stat block
sample page showing the lore for the villain Ethil-Vaansample page showing art for Ethil-Vaan: a glowing figure stands silhouetted in a wood, surrounded by dark shadowy tentacles

Please note: a few small fixes were applied to the PDF that are not included in the print version. These are cosmetic changes only that do not affect the material:
  • Azul Magus, Pg 19: Ranged Spell Attack, Melee Spell Attack, and Hit should be italicized in both the Hurl Flame and Crushing Hug actions
  • Caerie Firemane, Page 21: Ranged Spell Attack & Melee Weapon Attack should be italicized in her Longsword and Eldritch Blast abilities
  • Nemesis, Pg 61: Melee Weapon Attack should be capitalized and italicized in the Nemesis Blade ability; and Erase Birth, Erase Aptitude, and Erase Experience should be bullet points, as they are sub-functions of Erase Story
  • Shadow, Pg 74: Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack should be italic under Dagger
  • Winter's Bane, Pg 90: Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack should be italic under Cold Strike
  • Spirit Shroud, Pg 101: "Tasha's Guide to Everything" should be "Tasha's Cauldron of Everything"
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Jeffrey C January 07, 2022 3:50 pm UTC
The Azul Magus’ story says he received Wizard training and uses magic but he has no spellcasting trait. Was this an oversight?
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Steven P January 07, 2022 4:02 pm UTC
It was decided that since he's spent several years becoming something... else, it wasn't necessary for the statblock. He's designed to focus on the inhuman abilities more than the magical, and adding high-level spells makes him significantly more deadly. But a few spells could be added by any DM that feels otherwise, it does fit the lore!
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Galen S December 25, 2021 4:52 am UTC
This has worked for me with no problems (sorry for those it hasn't downloaded properly yet). This is such an awesome resource. The villains within are well thought out with enough of a story to get my juices flowing. I immediately want everything you produce it is that good. Thank you!
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Jimmy F December 24, 2021 3:30 pm UTC
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Misha M December 24, 2021 12:17 am UTC
Heya just bought the pdf version as it looked interedting but when seeing it in my library there is not pdf to download. Just the title with nothing under it.
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Steven P December 24, 2021 1:29 am UTC
Hey! I'm not sure what the problem is; I can see it on my end! I suspect it may be a website issue. I would contact the support team for the site. If they're unable to help you, I'll get you a copy!
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Thomas D December 24, 2021 3:03 am UTC
Hey! I actually ran into the same problem, if that helps. I put in a support ticket, so hopefully it gets worked out.

I like what I've seen from the previews, though!
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Alex J December 24, 2021 1:13 pm UTC
I also have the exact same problem. It shows in my library but no pdf to download
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Misha M December 24, 2021 2:20 pm UTC
Thanks for a quick reply. I submitted a ticket earlier today and just downloaded it a few min ago :) Hopefully it’s fixed for everyone
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Alex J December 24, 2021 2:22 pm UTC
It's fixed for me now thanks!
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Steven P December 24, 2021 2:26 pm UTC
I worked with support this morning and it should be fixed for everyone! My apologies for the problems. Enjoy the book!
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