The Rise of Tiamat

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The Rise of Tiamat
The Rise of Tiamat (D&D module).jpg
Rules requiredDungeons & Dragons, 5th edition
First published2014
Linked modules
Tyranny of Dragons

The Rise of Tiamat is an adventure module for the 5th edition of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

Plot summary[edit]

The Rise of Tiamat, along with the previous adventure, Hoard of the Dragon Queen, pits players against Tiamat.[1]

Publication history[edit]

The Rise of Tiamat was released on October 21, 2014 as the second adventure (after Hoard of the Dragon Queen) released as part of the fantasy storyline called "Tyranny of Dragons", which launched alongside the new edition and is told through game supplements, video games, and other outlets.[1] The adventure was created by Kobold Press under commission from Wizards of the Coast.[2][3][4]

During San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Wizards of the Coast announced on their Twitch stream that a new edition of Tyranny of Dragons will be released on October 22, 2019. This new edition will repackage Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat together and it will include a full errata, a reworked opening chapter, and new cover art from artist Hydro74. It will only be available from local game and hobby stores.[5][6][7] James Whitbrook, for Io9, reports that "the re-release incorporates player feedback from the first two releases to smooth out the progressive curve of the quests presented in Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat, which will encompass all the tweaks and addendums made to how D&D fifth edition plays in the five years gamers have had their hands on it. As an included bonus, the book will also include extra resources for players and dungeon masters that were only previously available online, as well as a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes concept art made for the adventure that rivals even Tiamat’s most desirable loot".[7]


Scott Wachter of RPGamer wrote that the adventure "on the page is shallow, generic, excessively linear and overall uninspired. The attempt to revive the classic-feel of D&D, complete with multi-part adventures is noble, but maybe they should have tried to emulate one of the good ones."[8]

DieHard GameFan said that "once you get past the obvious layout and editing issues, you're getting an exceptional amount of content and value for a relatively small price tag. The Rise of Tiamat is certainly a fine way to end The Tyranny of Dragons and it will keep you occupied for several months to come."[9]

Rise of Tiamat received the gold ENnie Award for Best Cover Art.[10]


  1. ^ a b Ewalt, David M. "New Dungeons & Dragons Release Dates, Details". Forbes. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  2. ^ Grabianowski, Ed (31 May 2014). "The New D&D Adventures Will Include All the Dragons". Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  3. ^ Helton, Christopher (19 May 2014). "The Summer Blockbuster Of Tabletop RPGs: D&D Is Back". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  4. ^ Helton, Christopher (2 June 2014). "Talking D&D's Tyranny Of Dragons With Wolfgang Baur And Steve Winter". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Tyranny of Dragons | Dungeons & Dragons". Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  6. ^ Ryan, Jon (July 21, 2019). "D&D Announces 'Tyranny of Dragons' Anniversary Collection". IGN. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Whitbrook, James. "Dungeons & Dragons Is Celebrating 5 Years of the 5th Edition With a Gorgeous Return to Its First Adventure". io9. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  8. ^ Wachter, Scott (April 20, 2015). "The Saving Throw: Rise of Tiamat".
  9. ^ "Tabletop Review: Tyranny of Dragons Book II: The Rise of Tiamat (Dungeons & Dragons, Fifth Edition/D&D Next) - Diehard GameFAN 2018". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  10. ^ "2015 ENnie Award Winners". August 12, 2015.