The BEST Episodes of Critical Role
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 25, 2021
Voice actor Matthew Mercer leads a group of fellow voice actors on epic Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. These familiar voices bring the audience into the full experience of D&D, allowing imaginations to soar as the characters embark on adventures. This is Critical Role!
#1 - Hubris
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 23, 2015
Parting ways with their beloved cleric, Vox Machina is now adrift in a strange and unfamiliar city. With heavy hearts, they wander Vasselheim in the Braving Grounds District, home to the worshipers of Kord, the deity of battle and strength. Fittingly, Grog soon finds himself in a fighting pit, duking it out with as tough an opponent as he could ever wish for. Later, the party spots an attacking beast high on the city walls, and true to form, Vox Machina rushes to help. Following the fleeing creature off into the dense forests outside the city, they find their prey and a whole lot more.
#2 - Trial of the Take: Part 1
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Jul 30, 2015
With the party now split, Scanlan, Percy, Vex, and Grog find themselves teaming up with an unlikely duo assigned by Huntmaster Vanessa Cyndrial of the Slayer’s Take Guild. Lyra, a somewhat overly zealous wizard on her first field mission, and Zahra, an intimidating tiefling warlock, now lead the team on their requisite mission. The task at hand–ridding the wilds around Vasselheim of a troublesome white dragon. Putting differences aside, the forced fellowship heads out into the frost-harried north of the Vesper Timberland…
#3 - Whispers
Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired Oct 22, 2015
Vox Machina begin their campaign to sow the seeds of rebellion among the people of Whitestone. The cruel Sir Kerrion Stonefell is the first target on their list, but will the attack against him unleash a darker power?Vox Machina begin their campaign to sow the seeds of rebellion among the people of Whitestone. The cruel Sir Kerrion Stonefell is the first target on their list, but will the attack against him unleash a darker power?
#4 - Reunions
Season 1 - Episode 33 - Aired Nov 19, 2015
Vox Machina make their way through Whitestone Castle, lead by a new, unlikely ally in hopes of rescuing Cassandra de Rolo. Battles commence, debts are settled, and secrets are revealed as the group descends into the haunted catacombs.
#5 - Lost & Found
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 5, 2018
The Mighty Nein deal with the fallout from the night’s events, working to repair the fraying edges of the Knights of Requital and learning how to trust their own team…
#6 - Where The River Goes
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 19, 2018
Heading down an underground river, the Mighty Nein explore a long abandoned research facility, uncovering dangerous foes and even more dangerous secrets...
#7 - A Favor in Kind
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 26, 2018
The Mighty Nein deal with the ramifications of their actions in the research facility, exploring more of the dark caverns beneath Zadash and experimenting with dangerous unknowns...
#8 - Trial of the Take: Part 4
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 20, 2015
The three members of Vox Machina and their Slayer’s Take companions make their way down into the tunnels beneath the Velvet Cabaret, pursuing their mercurial prey. The path is far from easy, but after a handful of harrowing obstacles are surmounted, the dwarven warrior, Thorbir, leads the hunting party into the the hidden lair of the elusive Rakshasa.
#9 - Heredity and Hats
Season 1 - Episode 60 - Aired Jul 14, 2016
Vox Machina makes their way into the elven City of Syngorn to complete their pact with Garmili the satyr cartoonist.
#10 - Uninviting Waters
Season 1 - Episode 62 - Aired Aug 6, 2016
With the Moonbrush behind them, Vox Machina presses on towards the rushing rivers of the Gilded Run that barricade the Shademirk Bog. Battling the enchanted currents, they stumble into a lurking foe who’s hunger knows no bounds!
#11 - The Frigid Doom
Season 1 - Episode 64 - Aired Aug 18, 2016
Vox Machina go on a secret mission to the decimated city of Draconia, in the hopes of learning more about the Chroma Conclave.
#12 - What Lies Beneath The Surface
Season 1 - Episode 81 - Aired Jan 12, 2017
The chase is on as Vox Machina search for Raishan and the stolen dragon eggs.
#13 - The Final Ascent
Season 1 - Episode 113 - Aired Sep 28, 2017
Vox Machina, having made their final preparations, make their way to the top of the tower of Entropis.
#14 - Vecna, the Ascended
Season 1 - Episode 114 - Aired Oct 5, 2017
Vox Machina battles Vecna.
#15 - The Chapter Closes
Season 1 - Episode 115 - Aired Oct 12, 2017
On the final episode of our campaign, victory is celebrated, and all debts are paid…
#16 - Refjorged
Season 2 - Episode 76 - Aired Aug 22, 2019
Having returned to Uthodurn, the Mighty Nein attempt to tie up loose ends before heading back to the Cinderrest Sanctum...
#17 - Arrival at Kraghammer
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 13, 2015
Our story begins as Vox Machina, the heroes of Emon, arrive at the cavernous underground city of Kraghammer. After wiping out a grave threat to Emon’s emperor, Sovereign Uriel Tal’Dorei III, the band of adventurers has been sent on a journey by Arcanist, Allura Vysoren to find Lady Kima of Vord, a Halfling Paladin of Bahamut, who was drawn to Kraghammer upon learning of a great evil resting beneath it. The party get their bearings in the sprawling, dwarven city, meet a few of its more colorful denizens, and learn that the dwarves have been dealing with unnatural creatures spilling out of the mines in recent months. The mine’s overseer, Nostoc Greyspine, barely finishes explaining their troubles, when a pack of goblins and ogres come spilling out of the mine’s entrance, pursued by something far worse.
#18 - Into The Greyspine Mines
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 20, 2015
After Scanlon Shorthalt brought the abomination of a Naga to it’s tortured end, the Vox Machina vowed to Nostoc Greyspine to put an end to the darkness now bubbling up out of the bowls of the earth. The team quickly gears up and makes their way into the mine, and begins a miles long trek down into the veins of Khaloor. After many hours wandering the dark, they reach a subterranean river within a massive, inky cavern where they are are attacked by a pair of umberhulks. The beasts are dispatched without too much difficulty, but in a fit of rage and shortsightedness, Grog charges toward a flickering light further off in the cavern. He stumbles across several Duergar, dark cousins of the dwarves above, as well as a skittering, four legged brain. The wretched thing is killed quickly, but not before lashing out at Grog’s psyche. The goliath’s mind is broken, and he falls to the ground in a heap.
#19 - Strange Bedfellows
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 27, 2015
With Grog’s mind now silenced, the twins fall upon the last surviving Duergar. Vex’ahlia presses their dwarven captive for information. The Duergar only laughs at the barbarian’s plight, and spits out warnings of the “master” that awaits them below, before Vax’ildan finally puts her out of her misery. After an uneasy night’s rest for the party and hours of meditation for Keylith, the druid is thankfully able to restore Grog’s mind, and the Vox Machina continue down through the great cavern. They pass through a gutted goblin village strewn with corpses, and eventually spy another group of Duergar, dragging along 3 dwarven captives. Scanlan and the twins whip out their flying carpet and tail the Duergar from afar, over a thin, creeking rope bridge. Scanlon disappears from sight, and now invisible, carefully makes his way into a war camp teeming with dark dwarves, ogres, and trolls. There he bears witness to an Illithid controlling all those around him, devouring the mind of one of the three dwarven miners. After catching his companions up, the group hatches a plan to lure their enemies into an illusion and drop them to their doom, into the cavern below the bridge. It is partially successful, but then, while acting as living bait, Vax’s mind is stunned by the Illithid and he is almost dropped to his death before Tiberius swoops in to save him. With the plan now in disarray, Vex and Keylith decide to delve into the chasm below the bridge, in spite of their companions’ protests. Their instincts serve them well though, and hidden behind a subterranean waterfall they find a cave. Within it awaits a powerful and unlikely ally.
#20 - Attack on the Duergar Warcamp
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 2, 2015
The Vox Machina form a tentative alliance with an Illithid outcast named Clarota, deep inside the caverns under Kraghammer. They learn of the creature’s people and their subjugation to a mysterious being known only as Kvarn, as well as the haggard mind flayer’s expulsion from the hive. Now cut off from the Elder Brain, Clarota burns with hatred for this Kvarn, and wishes to free the Illithid race from the usurping entity. In order to do so, the Vox Machina must proceed further into the deep, and reach the center of Clarota’s hive. But in order for the heroes of Emon to reach the Illithid city in the belly of Khaloor, they must get past the first flayer they encountered, as well as its small army of Duergar. The heroes devise a plan, and fly themselves down to the center of the enemey’s war camp, to chance a risky assassination attempt on a creature that could easily break their will with a glance.
#21 - The Trick About Falling
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 9, 2015
Having successfully slain a dangerous Illithid and its dwarven general, the Vox Machina find themselves surrounded by a small army of Duergar. They once again take to the air, hoping to clear the war camp and travel deeper into the territory of the Mind Flayers. Not quite fast enough, they are attacked mid flight and brought crashing to the ground, within a stone’s throw of the tunnel that will hopefully lead them to Lady Kima. With some quick spell work from Tiberius and Keylith, the group is able to flee further into the bowels of Khaloor and find shelter long enough to heal their wounds. Pressing forward, they quickly realize their path is growing more dangerous with every step into the darkness. Running into a pair of ogres hauling some rather exotic cargo, the Vox Machina quickly find things moving from bad to worse.
#22 - Breaching the Emberhold
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 16, 2015
The party continues to wind its way ever downward, far below Kraghammer. Covering more ground in the endless night of the Underdark, Vox Machina eventually reaches a massive cavern, spires of jagged obsidian stretching out for miles before them. The group quietly passes through the fields of stone, making their way toward the Duergar Fortress, Emberhold, looming in the dim light of the caverns many magma flows. With a little dash of gnomic daring do, the group is able to sneak in through a secret entrance, and at long last find the one they have traveled so far to find: Lady Kima of Vord.
#23 - The Throne Room
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 23, 2015
With an uneasy agreement struck between Kima and Clarota, Vox Machina quietly begin a search of Emberhold. Lady Kima means to strike a blow against their unseen enemy by cutting off the head of K’Varn’s military forces. The party battles their way through the fortress, and with the help of some quick thinking from Tiberius, they manage to gain the upper hand against the Duergar King, Murghol, and Ulara, his queen. The dwarven King is defeated, but victory comes at a price…
#24 - Glass and Bone
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 30, 2015
Vox Machina struggles to survive after their battle with the Duergar King and Queen, our heroes broken and battered. Tiberius and Lady Kima turned to stone, and Vax’ildan and Scanlon badly wounded, the party flees the Duergar keep, not knowing where the Sorceress Queen Ulara has stolen off to with their Goliath companion. Realizing how far they’ve pushed themselves, they seek respite in the shadows and thankfully cure their stony friends with the blessings of the goddess, Sarenrae (tenuous though they may be). Relying on Vex’ahlia’s knowledge of the underdark and her knack for tracking her prey, the weary travelers press on into the deep. They come across yet another abomination in the dark, and battle the queer creature in a sea of bone and glass, Percy felling it with a thunderous crash from Bad News. Finally leaving the wretch behind them, they spy a fire twinkling in the distance…
#25 - Yug'voril Uncovered
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 7, 2015
The team overtakes the Duergar Queen, before Ulara is able to make a thrall of Grog. After slaying her underlings, and momentarily banishing her to another dimension, Vox Machina presses her for information about K’Varn. It is in that instant that K’varn speaks to them, through the lips of the Duergar queen . His evil palpably radiating from the queen, K’varn urges Vox Machina to find him, in the city of Yug’voril. His message delivered, the Duergar falls still, her life departed. To the surprise of the weary group, Keylith again voices her growing doubts about the path they all walk, but after some assuaging words from Vax’ildan, the group makes camp in order to rest their tired bones. Later, they proceed on, finding a vast island in yet another massive underground cavern. Clarota informs them that this is where the city of Yug’voril stands. The party finds a ruined boat beneath the surface of the subterranean lake, and after Tiberius raises it and Percy patches it up, they take to the water. Pausing at a craggy beach as they make their way on to K’Varn, the party perhaps goes looking for trouble and does indeed find it.