After reviewing the heroes for each of the first four Dungeons and Dragons board games, Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon, The Legend of Drizzt, and The Temple of Elemental Evil, we choose our favorite hero of each class.
Arjhan from Castle Ravenloft
Vista from Wrath of Ashardalon
Bruenor from The Legend of Drizzt
Alaeros from The Temple of Elemental Evil
Favorite: Alaeros, the fourth board game was more generous with heroes than the first. What clinches Alaeros over others is his critical hit bonus when rolling an 18+.
Avoid: Vistra is an uninspiring hero who doesn’t do much other having a specific niche against poisonous monsters.
Thorgrim from Castle Ravenloft
Quinn from Wrath of Arshadalon
Barrowin from The Temple of Elemental Evil
Favorite: Barrowin, the generous ability to heal with each utility and daily power makes him an easy choice. Likely, you’ll be using utility and daily powers when you’re in trouble and those are the moments you need healing.
Kat from Castle Ravenloft
Tarak from Wrath of Ashardalon
Ratshadow from The Temple of Elemental Evil
Favorite: Tarak is easiest to strategize. His Lucky Strike power is a must in tough dungeons.
Avoid: Kat, a walking liability with overall skills comes in a distant third compared to her associates.
Immeril from Castle Ravenloft
Heskin from Wrath of Ashardalon
Nymmestra from The Temple of Elemental Evil
Favorite: Nymmestra, is given effective offensive powers. She’s themed as a wizard but is closer to a warrior mage.
Avoid: Heskin, who wasn’t given much to work with in the early edition of the board game.
Allisa from Castle Ravenloft
Drizzt Do’Urden from The Legend of Drizzt
Talon from The Temple of Elemental Evil
Favorite: Drizzt Do’Urden, enough said.
2nd favorite not him: Allisa, has the ability to explore edges two spaces away. This give your session the chance to position battles while keeping exploration and potentially avoiding encounters.
Catti-Brie, archer, from The Legend of Drizzt
Arthogate, battlerager, from The Legend of Drizzt
Wulfgar, barbarian, from The Legend of Drizzt
Jarlaxle, mercenary, from The Legend of Drizzt
Artemis Enteri, assassin, from The Legend of Drizzt
Keyleth, paladin, from Wrath of Ashardalon
Best at contributing to your adventure: My favorite is Catti-Brie. The stances make her more resilient and she can attack 2 tiles away.
Best surprise: Jarlaxle. An odd sort of character, he has unexpected and underappreciated talents that put life into your adventure.
Sounds cool but not really: Artemis Enteri is a fun, thematically, but not an effective team player in a quest. He’ll get more credit than he deserves.
Avoid: Keyleth is a disappointment with one of the most powerful classes in the classic Dungeons and Dragons game.