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[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 1)]]
* Taliesin spent at least a month learning the layout of the G&S and related offices, got permission to include various staff as [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] [[spoiler:with the understanding that he would be killing them off]], did very good impressions of said staff (his Ivan van Norman impression was especially spot on), and homebrewed a more simplified/barebones version of VampireTheMasquerade for his friends because none of them had any real experience with the system. This is on top of hosting The Wednesday Club, appearances on Talks Machina, taking over Gather Your Party, voice acting, and preparing to officiate Matt and Marisha's wedding. There's a reason a petition was jokingly made requesting he go home and get some sleep.
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[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 2)]]
* Despite the party draining people, using powers recklessly (including against older vampires), and simply being reckless idiots, [[spoiler: There was not, I repeat, ''not'' a TPK. Of the 6 that woke up, Laura and Travis survived to become part of the LA Camarilla.]]
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[[folder:Trinket's Honey Heist]]
* While the one-shot's canonity is...suspect, it shows that [[spoiler:Tova survived and was able to escape the City of Dis]].
* The bears get away with the heist scot-free, and Trinket stays behind with Vex none the wiser of his escapade--even blaming Grog for [[spoiler:the explosion]] at the end.
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[[folder:Episode 100: Unfinished Business]]
* [[spoiler:'''''[[BackFromTheDead Delilah Briarwood is back.]] And with a 9th-level''''' '''Prismatic Wall''' '''''to boot!''''']]
** To drive the point home, the party [[spoiler: recalls how she dies, first killed and then with her body melted into the acid for good measure. With no body left, Revivify and Resurrection don't work, you need either a True Resurrection or a Miracle to recreate the body for a lesser spell, still means that 9th level spells must be used. And the dialogue implies it isn't even that the case, but she took some ''precautions'' and did it all or herself.]]
** The last bit of it, [[spoiler: she could control the orb in the pyramid. She can literally switch an ''Annihilation Sphere'' on and off again. The fact that the amulets possess supernatural powers that work despite an effect canceling effortlessly ''9th level spells'' could count in itself.]]

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[[folder:Episode 100: Unfinished Business]]
[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 1)]]
* [[spoiler:'''''[[BackFromTheDead Delilah Briarwood is back.]] And Taliesin spent at least a month learning the layout of the G&S and related offices, got permission to include various staff as [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] [[spoiler:with the understanding that he would be killing them off]], did very good impressions of said staff (his Ivan van Norman impression was especially spot on), and homebrewed a more simplified/barebones version of VampireTheMasquerade for his friends because none of them had any real experience with a 9th-level''''' '''Prismatic Wall''' '''''to boot!''''']]
** To drive
the point home, the party [[spoiler: recalls how she dies, first killed system. This is on top of hosting The Wednesday Club, appearances on Talks Machina, taking over Gather Your Party, voice acting, and then with her body melted into the acid for good measure. With no body left, Revivify preparing to officiate Matt and Resurrection don't work, you need either Marisha's wedding. There's a True Resurrection or reason a Miracle to recreate the body for a lesser spell, still means that 9th level spells must be used. And the dialogue implies it isn't even that the case, but she took petition was jokingly made requesting he go home and get some ''precautions'' and did it all or herself.]]
** The last bit of it, [[spoiler: she could control the orb in the pyramid. She can literally switch an ''Annihilation Sphere'' on and off again. The fact that the amulets possess supernatural powers that work despite an effect canceling effortlessly ''9th level spells'' could count in itself.]]
sleep.



[[folder:Episode 101: Thar Amphala]]
* Doubling as a Heartwarming moment, Keyleth grabs Vax and urges him to stay alive [[spoiler:while they are in the Shadowfell. And with that, she casts ''Foresight'' on him, a ''9th-level spell that grants advantage on everything''.]]

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[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 2)]]
* Doubling as a Heartwarming moment, Keyleth grabs Vax Despite the party draining people, using powers recklessly (including against older vampires), and urges him to stay alive [[spoiler:while they are in simply being reckless idiots, [[spoiler: There was not, I repeat, ''not'' a TPK. Of the Shadowfell. And with that, she casts ''Foresight'' on him, a ''9th-level spell 6 that grants advantage on everything''.woke up, Laura and Travis survived to become part of the LA Camarilla.]]



[[folder:Episode 102: Race to the Tower]]
* As Vox Machina approaches the tower at the center of the city, they debate whether to fly to its top and confront the cultists and Delilah Briarwood, or fight their way through the inside. Keyleth and Pike[[TakeAThirdOption take a third option]] and [[spoiler: destroy the tower with an earthquake. The apex of the tower remains floating in the air after the whole thing comes crashing down, but they managed to avoid multiple encounters that could have lead to a [[TotalPartyKill TPK.]]]]
* [[spoiler:After spending most of the episode having Vecna mop the floor with them, including Vex dying (before being saved with Pike's Revivify) and Vax being Disintegrated, Keyleth attempts to get the party out with Plane Shift, only to have [[OhCrap Vecna attempt to counter it]]... and Scanlan ready to intercept it with his own Counterspell.]]
* There is one line that sums up the second half of the episode: [[spoiler:"Welcome to the God War."]]
* [[spoiler:Vecna ''is'' a villainous one. It's the first time since the Chroma Conclave's first attack that Vox Machina found themselves utterly powerless against their enemy. And he hasn't even ascended yet.]]
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[[folder:Episode 103: The Fate-Touched]]
* The guard captain in Vasselheim managing to see through all of Grog and [[ConsummateLiar Scanlan's]] deceptions and illusions, forcing them to run from him and the guards to keep their freedom.
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[[folder:Episode 104: Elysium]]
* Pike and Vex [[spoiler:receive the blessings of Sarenrae and Pelor respectively. Of particular note is Vex's trial, as she has to prove her worth by struggling against angels to reach a beacon, while transformed into a red dragon by Scanlan.]]
* The Dungeon Master's Guide describes [[spoiler: the Eye of Vecna as a very powerful magic item that can only be permanently destroyed if the creature wearing it is struck by a very specific sword. Pelor seemingly destroys it with a handwave.]] Time will tell if Matt follows the other part of the item's description or not.
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[[folder:Episode 106: The Endless Atheneeum]]
* While all of Vox Machina show different levels of defiance when [[spoiler:a recently ascended Vecna]] offers them to join [[spoiler:him]], Percy gets one of the greatest burns ever:
-->'''Percy:''' We don't like to associate ourselves with new money.
* [[spoiler:Scanlan succeeding in Ioun's trial by finding one very specific book in the titular, aptly named, ''Endless Atheneeum'', gaining both her assistance and the knowledge of the ritual needed to seal Vecna.]]
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[[folder:Episode 107: Scaldseat]]
* ''Grog'' of all people comes up with a genius solution to the underground caverns filled with poisonous gas and no fresh air: [[spoiler:the party already had a Water Breathing spell cast on them, so Grog suggests filling his Alchemy Jug with fresh water and taking regular gulps of "air" from it like a portable air bubble]].
* Scanlan making great use of his [[spoiler:planetar form against the magma bulettes.]]
* Keyleth's interpretive dance results in the entire cast performing a perfectly-harmonized tribal chant completely out of nowhere. Now ''that's'' improv!
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[[folder:Episode 108: The Core Anvil]]
* The entire encounter against the [[spoiler:forge guardian]] was a tense battle, pushing Vox Machina to their limits with its powerful strikes and extremely high AC and HP. [[spoiler:Despite being mildly spent from the bulettes and the constructs from earlier, they still managed to pull through without losing anyone.]]
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, taking a cue from Scanlan, casts ''Shapechange'' to transform into a planetar herself, and uses her ''Healing Touch'' ability to act as an emergency medic for the party. She even gets the finishing blow against the guardian, using the planetar's Holy Avenger.]]
* [[spoiler:Between the knowledge granted to Percy and Grog from Ioun, Scanlan's inspiration, Keyleth's buff spells, and some very close calls, the party manages to forge the divine trammels needed to seal away Vecna.]]
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[[folder:Episode 109: The Ominous March]]
* Keyleth manage once again to pass a Perception DC of 30, which literally means succeeding in an almost impossible task. This allows her to spot a small flow of water on the Titan's body for Vox Machina to climb.
* Also, the titan. Vecna raised the remains of a ''massive'' primordial Titan (his ''footprints'' are 150 feet long), the same one from whose heart were made the Titanstone Knuckles, and uses it to transport Thar Amphala on its back.
* The plan to stop Vecna: while Vox Machina sneaks their way to him to try and seal him away, a distraction will be provided by J'Mon Sa Ord (in their full, dragon glory) sieging the city with an army of wyvern riders. ''Awesome'' is an understatement.
* When Vecna interrupts the war council arrayed against him to threaten the specific loved ones of those present. Longtime Vox Machina ally Allura Vysoren flips out and dispels his illusion; one archmage who refuses to be taunted, even by a god.
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[[folder:Episode 110: The Climb Within]]
* Despite Ashley's absence, Pike gets both of the [=HDYWTDT=]s this episode (controlled by Liam and Laura).
* Vax deals over 100 damage to the undead dwarf king with one dagger, defeating him in one blow.
** Later, he does the same to a nothic ("Liam knows what this is, but Vax doesn't"): almost 60 damage with his first dagger is enough to defeat it.
* She doesn't get to use it, but Keyleth creating a flaming sword is still awesome.
* One for Matt: Those darn trolls ate up ''four'' of Percy's Grit points by making all of their saves against his shots at a 40% chance.
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[[folder: One-Shot: Bar Room Blitz!]]
* MaryElizabethMcGlynn guest stars in her third episode (not counting the battle royale), [[spoiler: and once again she is the one who kills the episode's boss.]]
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[[folder: Episode 112: Dark Dealings]]
* Keyleth manages to quickly recover from a Natural 1 on Stealth that attracted gloomstalkers nearby by quickly turning into an earth elemental and sinking into the ground before they can find her.
* Despite the clear time limit of the titan approaching Vasselheim, the party figured out how to take a leisurely long rest: [[spoiler: zip over to the Feywild and bribe Artagan to bend the timing of their exit in their favor.]]
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[[folder: Episode 113: The Final Ascent]]
* The fact that Arkhan is played by Hollywood actor Creator/JoeManganiello is a moment of Awesome for everyone involved.
* Arkhan's first action is to tame a Gloomstalker as a mount.
** At the end of the episode, [[YouShallNotPass he charges the Death Knight by himself]] to give Vox Machina time to face Vecna.
* Delilah Briarwood is back -- oh, but she dies before her second turn, and Matt notes that this time she's [[DeaderThanDead gone for good]] as she hasn't had time to make a new clone. Two turns later, Sylas is reduced to mist as well.
* Right before the break, a huge swarm of Gloomstalkers are closing in on the heroes... until J'mon and the wyvern knight army burst through the opening in the threshold barrier and start cleaning house.
* Three enemies are in a room where they don't notice the party on the stairs. Vex and Vax drop one each while Arkhan injures the third. [[spoiler: NegatedMomentOfAwesome afterwards with a heavy dose of MyGodWhatHaveIDone though, as they were revealed to be Cassandra, Kaylie, and Gilmore under Vecna's spell.]]
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[[folder: Episode 114: Vecna, the Ascended]]
* The battle against Vecna showcases the true power of both sides, with Vecna's first spell [[spoiler:''cracking the battleground itself into pieces'']]. After a long fight that exhausts both parties, [[spoiler:Vox Machina successfully banish Vecna with no party member deaths and only one (Scanlan) going unconscious (but with no death saves). Furthermore, they ''avoid'' killing his avatar form (which would have allowed him to retreat to his phylactery), albeit with a mere 10hp remaining. The one who manages to do the deed: ''Keyleth'', after Scanlan's first attempt at using the Rites of Banishment fails due to Vecna burning his last Legendary Resistance. In fact, she's the ''only'' other one able to do it, as none of Vox Machina are proficient in Arcana but she can read and speak all languages while Shapechanged into a Planetar]].
** Vecna heals 50 HP per turn. Combined with his immunity to non-magical damage, he is incredibly hard to destroy [[spoiler:and as aforementioned, actually "destroying" him wouldn't have defeated him anyway]]. It's a powerful ability that makes the fight much harder. [[spoiler: However, it becomes the cause of his downfall when Vox Machina finds a way to exploit it, since the spell he uses to banish Scanlan requires concentration, and healing himself gives a chance to break it they wouldn't have had otherwise. It happens at least twice, but the last one is the most noticeable: Vecna only had few (10) HP, but after he recovers those 50, Grog comes in and strikes, dealing him ''exactly'' 50 points of damage]].
* Vox Machina are aided by a procession of {{Eleventh Hour Ranger}}s: [[spoiler:a rotating cast of first J'mon Sa Ord in Brass Dragon Dev'Ossa form who blasts Vecna with a Fire Breath, then Kash and Zahra, bringing healing, more damage to Vecna, and a huge morale boost; and then Arkhan, having won his fight against the death knight]].
* Scanlan succeeds on ''all five'' Counterspell attempts, nullifying several of Vecna's spells when they would have swung the battle heavily in his favour: most notably a Feeblemind spell on Keyleth ([[spoiler:which would have made it impossible for her to read the Rites of Banishment]]) and later an attempted escape via Teleport. At one point Scanlan seems to waste his turn by only moving and using his Bardic Inspiration on Grog, only to later reveal [[spoiler:that it was ''actually'' done to move back within Counterspell range; a reveal that even has Matt applauding]].
-->'''Scanlan:''' [[spoiler: That's why I moved closer, motherfucker!]]
* Pike's Mass Heal gives everyone a much-needed HeroicSecondWind, putting them all up to full HP.
* [[spoiler:Arkhan suddenly stealing the Hand of Vecna after the battle and making a clean getaway via teleport, which catches ''everyone'' off-guard.]]
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[[folder: Episode 115: The Chapter Closes]]
* Even when the Raven Queen herself comes to collect Vax, Percy tries to put himself between the two of them. The Goddess freezes him in place with a spell, but Percy continues to glare daggers at her for the rest of the scene. If looks could kill, the Raven Queen would be long gone.
* The last rolls of the campaign are natural 20's.
* Percy giving up making weapons to go back to his forgotten dream of being a clockmaker was a beautiful conclusion and send-off for his character. It was also a decision made spontaneously during the episode by Taliesin, drawing on an old aspect of the original script he pulled Percy from.
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[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 1)]]
* Taliesin spent at least a month learning the layout of the G&S and related offices, got permission to include various staff as [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] [[spoiler:with the understanding that he would be killing them off]], did very good impressions of said staff (his Ivan van Norman impression was especially spot on), and homebrewed a more simplified/barebones version of VampireTheMasquerade for his friends because none of them had any real experience with the system. This is on top of hosting The Wednesday Club, appearances on Talks Machina, taking over Gather Your Party, voice acting, and preparing to officiate Matt and Marisha's wedding. There's a reason a petition was jokingly made requesting he go home and get some sleep.
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[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 2)]]
* Despite the party draining people, using powers recklessly (including against older vampires), and simply being reckless idiots, [[spoiler: There was not, I repeat, ''not'' a TPK. Of the 6 that woke up, Laura and Travis survived to become part of the LA Camarilla.]]
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[[folder: Episode 84: Loose Ends]]
* In order for [[spoiler:Scanlan's resurrection to succeed]], Matt needs to roll 7 or higher on a d20. What does he actually roll? [[spoiler:A natural 20.]]
* When the group returns to Vasselheim to clear up unfinished business, Grog asks to detour to the temple of Kord so that he can speak with Earthbreaker Groon. Not only is the monk waiting for them with his back turned, yet still knowing exactly when Vox Machina enters the room, but he also challenges Grog to a rematch, causing the sand in the fighting pit to ripple outwards apparently from ''sheer badassery'' as he gets ready to fight.
-->'''Earthbreaker Groon:''' Show me what you have learned.

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[[folder:Episode 100: Unfinished Business]]
* In order [[spoiler:'''''[[BackFromTheDead Delilah Briarwood is back.]] And with a 9th-level''''' '''Prismatic Wall''' '''''to boot!''''']]
** To drive the point home, the party [[spoiler: recalls how she dies, first killed and then with her body melted into the acid
for [[spoiler:Scanlan's resurrection good measure. With no body left, Revivify and Resurrection don't work, you need either a True Resurrection or a Miracle to succeed]], Matt needs to roll 7 recreate the body for a lesser spell, still means that 9th level spells must be used. And the dialogue implies it isn't even that the case, but she took some ''precautions'' and did it all or higher on a d20. What does he actually roll? [[spoiler:A natural 20.herself.]]
* When ** The last bit of it, [[spoiler: she could control the group returns to Vasselheim to clear up unfinished business, Grog asks to detour to the temple of Kord so that he can speak with Earthbreaker Groon. Not only is the monk waiting for them with his back turned, yet still knowing exactly when Vox Machina enters the room, but he also challenges Grog to a rematch, causing the sand orb in the fighting pit to ripple outwards apparently from ''sheer badassery'' as he gets ready to fight.
-->'''Earthbreaker Groon:''' Show me what you have learned.
pyramid. She can literally switch an ''Annihilation Sphere'' on and off again. The fact that the amulets possess supernatural powers that work despite an effect canceling effortlessly ''9th level spells'' could count in itself.]]



[[folder: Episode 85: A Bard's Lament]]
* Grog faces Earthbreaker Groon in single combat ''and wins.''
* Immediately after the battle, divine lightning strikes the Titanstone Knuckles, changing them into their "Exalted" form and effectively confirming Grog as the favored champion of Kord himself.
* The entire cast gets one for [[spoiler:Scanlan's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and the ensuing argument.]]

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[[folder:Episode 101: Thar Amphala]]
* Grog faces Earthbreaker Groon Doubling as a Heartwarming moment, Keyleth grabs Vax and urges him to stay alive [[spoiler:while they are in single combat ''and wins.''
* Immediately after
the battle, divine lightning strikes the Titanstone Knuckles, changing them into their "Exalted" form and effectively confirming Grog as the favored champion of Kord himself.
* The entire cast gets one for [[spoiler:Scanlan's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and the ensuing argument.
Shadowfell. And with that, she casts ''Foresight'' on him, a ''9th-level spell that grants advantage on everything''.]]



[[folder: Episode 86: Daring Days]]
* The entire confrontation between Vox Machina and Taryon shows just how powerful they've become. Taryon is a 13th level character and is completely powerless. He unleashes his best spell upon them, and they all taking only minor damage, with even the one who ''failed'' the saving throws having ways to half the damage. And they didn't even try: Vex wasn't there, Vax attacked once, healed him and then talked to him, Keyleth cast minor spells just to make it interesting and Percy did actually nothing (not even ''pulling out'' a gun) but waiting for something interesting to happen, and Taryon still could do nothing. In the end, he's reduced to ask if at least they ''felt'' his attack. The whole thing only lasted a couple of turns, and if they tried they would've been able to put him down ''before'' Taryon's first turn.
* Vax sneak attacks Taryon in the surprise round and rolls a critical hit, dealing 88 points of damage. Taryon ''only has 106 hit points''.
* The fact that Taryon took Vax's first blow and ''didn't'' pass out is considered one in-universe. Vax points it out to him in the aftermath to convince him he does have some skills.

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[[folder:Episode 102: Race to the Tower]]
* The entire confrontation between As Vox Machina and Taryon shows just how powerful they've become. Taryon is a 13th level character and is completely powerless. He unleashes his best spell upon them, and approaches the tower at the center of the city, they all taking only minor damage, with even debate whether to fly to its top and confront the one who ''failed'' cultists and Delilah Briarwood, or fight their way through the saving throws having ways to half the damage. And they didn't even try: Vex wasn't there, Vax attacked once, healed him and then talked to him, inside. Keyleth cast minor spells just to make it interesting and Percy did actually nothing (not even ''pulling out'' Pike[[TakeAThirdOption take a gun) but waiting for something interesting to happen, third option]] and Taryon still could do nothing. In [[spoiler: destroy the end, he's reduced to ask if at least they ''felt'' his attack. tower with an earthquake. The apex of the tower remains floating in the air after the whole thing comes crashing down, but they managed to avoid multiple encounters that could have lead to a [[TotalPartyKill TPK.]]]]
* [[spoiler:After spending most of the episode having Vecna mop the floor with them, including Vex dying (before being saved with Pike's Revivify) and Vax being Disintegrated, Keyleth attempts to get the party out with Plane Shift,
only lasted a couple of turns, to have [[OhCrap Vecna attempt to counter it]]... and if they tried they would've been able Scanlan ready to put him down ''before'' Taryon's intercept it with his own Counterspell.]]
* There is one line that sums up the second half of the episode: [[spoiler:"Welcome to the God War."]]
* [[spoiler:Vecna ''is'' a villainous one. It's the
first turn.
* Vax sneak attacks Taryon in
time since the surprise round and rolls a critical hit, dealing 88 points of damage. Taryon ''only has 106 hit points''.
* The fact that Taryon took Vax's
Chroma Conclave's first blow and ''didn't'' pass out is considered one in-universe. Vax points it out to him in the aftermath to convince him attack that Vox Machina found themselves utterly powerless against their enemy. And he does have some skills.hasn't even ascended yet.]]



[[folder:Episode 87: Onward to Vesrah]]
* During the fight against the fish pirates, when Trinket crushes the pirate's head in his jaws. Then proceeds to swing the corpse around like a dog toy, followed by a VERY pleased expression.
* Taryon gets his first kill against a marid with his Ring of the Ram... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which ends up catapulting him off the ship due to the recoil. He doesn't even get to see the end result of his kill]].

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[[folder:Episode 87: Onward to Vesrah]]
103: The Fate-Touched]]
* During the fight against the fish pirates, when Trinket crushes the pirate's head The guard captain in his jaws. Then proceeds to swing the corpse around like a dog toy, followed by a VERY pleased expression.
* Taryon gets his first kill against a marid with his Ring of the Ram... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which ends up catapulting him off the ship due to the recoil. He doesn't even get
Vasselheim managing to see through all of Grog and [[ConsummateLiar Scanlan's]] deceptions and illusions, forcing them to run from him and the end result of his kill]].guards to keep their freedom.



[[folder:Episode 88: Tangled Depths]]
* While it heavily wounds them both for 40+ points of damage, after being swallowed by the Kraken, Keyleth shoots a ''Fireball'' deep within the creature's belly which ends up igniting the oil previously dumped by Grog's alchemy jug. Due to the massive damage, the Kraken fails its Constitution save and they manage to get vomited out.
* Speaking of Grog, he gets swallowed a total of three times by the Kraken, and every single time he gets himself out of there and after being taunted by the Kraken after the third escape he retorts with "Oh ancient one, can you hear this?" and flips him off as he escapes the Water Plane. Grog also proved pivotal to distracting the Kraken, severing tentacles [[spoiler: and making sure Vax's body got out, giving him a hope of resurrection.]]
* Let's give some credit to that shark. That CR ''2'' shark that almost managed to MVP the fight. True, it mostly was because the Kraken didn't really cared and never attacked, but the shark went through the whole fight landing hit after hit, tearing tentacles and in the end only lived because Keyleth planeshifted away, breaking the conjuration. Not bad, for a low-level evocation.
* True, it only happened because Vox Machina most explicitly could ''not'' kill the Kraken, but he effectively manages to be Vox Machina's second defeat. They had no way to keep him at bay, they could only be grappled, swallowed and zapped and then try to escape only to repeat it all again. In the end, after hours of fight, several good hits (including a couple on the eye, several from the inside and tearing away most of his tentacles) they realized they didn't deal him enough damage, and he wasn't really giving the party much consideration until near the end where it truly became angry. The Pet of the Titans really earned his reputation.

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[[folder:Episode 88: Tangled Depths]]
104: Elysium]]
* While it heavily wounds them both for 40+ points of damage, after being swallowed by Pike and Vex [[spoiler:receive the Kraken, Keyleth shoots a ''Fireball'' deep within the creature's belly which ends up igniting the oil previously dumped by Grog's alchemy jug. Due to the massive damage, the Kraken fails its Constitution save blessings of Sarenrae and they manage Pelor respectively. Of particular note is Vex's trial, as she has to get vomited out.
* Speaking of Grog, he gets swallowed a total of three times
prove her worth by the Kraken, and every single time he gets himself out of there and after being taunted struggling against angels to reach a beacon, while transformed into a red dragon by the Kraken after the third escape he retorts with "Oh ancient one, can you hear this?" and flips him off as he escapes the Water Plane. Grog also proved pivotal to distracting the Kraken, severing tentacles [[spoiler: and making sure Vax's body got out, giving him a hope of resurrection.Scanlan.]]
* Let's give some credit to The Dungeon Master's Guide describes [[spoiler: the Eye of Vecna as a very powerful magic item that shark. That CR ''2'' shark that almost managed to MVP the fight. True, it mostly was because the Kraken didn't really cared and never attacked, but the shark went through the whole fight landing hit after hit, tearing tentacles and in the end only lived because Keyleth planeshifted away, breaking the conjuration. Not bad, for a low-level evocation.
* True, it only happened because Vox Machina most explicitly could ''not'' kill the Kraken, but he effectively manages to be Vox Machina's second defeat. They had no way to keep him at bay, they could
can only be grappled, swallowed and zapped and then try to escape only to repeat it all again. In permanently destroyed if the end, after hours of fight, several good hits (including creature wearing it is struck by a couple on very specific sword. Pelor seemingly destroys it with a handwave.]] Time will tell if Matt follows the eye, several from the inside and tearing away most of his tentacles) they realized they didn't deal him enough damage, and he wasn't really giving the party much consideration until near the end where it truly became angry. The Pet other part of the Titans really earned his reputation.item's description or not.



[[folder:Episode 89: Curious Tides]]
* Keyleth's completion of her Aramente and reaching level 17 grants her access to her 9th level spells! She tests out Shapechange by transforming sequentially into a goristro, a beholder, and an adult bronze dragon.

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[[folder:Episode 89: Curious Tides]]
106: The Endless Atheneeum]]
* Keyleth's completion While all of Vox Machina show different levels of defiance when [[spoiler:a recently ascended Vecna]] offers them to join [[spoiler:him]], Percy gets one of the greatest burns ever:
-->'''Percy:''' We don't like to associate ourselves with new money.
* [[spoiler:Scanlan succeeding in Ioun's trial by finding one very specific book in the titular, aptly named, ''Endless Atheneeum'', gaining both
her Aramente assistance and reaching level 17 grants her access the knowledge of the ritual needed to her 9th level spells! She tests out Shapechange by transforming sequentially into a goristro, a beholder, and an adult bronze dragon.seal Vecna.]]



[[folder:Episode 90: Voice of the Tempest]]
* Everyone else in the party (sans Taryon, Pike, and Scanlan) reaches level 17 by this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax and Vex become a 4th-level Paladin and Rogue and gain the Resilient (Constitution) and Sharpshooter feats respectively.]]
** Grog becomes a level 2 fighter capable of Action Surge.
** Percy gains the ability to use Action Surge ''twice''.
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, having completed her Aramente, returns to Zephra with Vox Machina by her side. [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning She is then given the mantle of leadership and is crowned "Voice of the Tempest"]]. As a result of completing her lifelong journey, she also [[RousingSpeech delivers a speech to the tribe and the party, thanking them for making her the person she is today.]] She is also given the Inspiring Leader feat.[[note]]The Inspiring Leader feat is where Keyleth gives a 10 minute speech to the party, to embolden them with courage. They are all given temporary hit points equal to her level plus her Charisma modifier.[[/note]]]]

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[[folder:Episode 90: Voice 107: Scaldseat]]
* ''Grog''
of all people comes up with a genius solution to the Tempest]]
* Everyone else in the
underground caverns filled with poisonous gas and no fresh air: [[spoiler:the party (sans Taryon, Pike, already had a Water Breathing spell cast on them, so Grog suggests filling his Alchemy Jug with fresh water and Scanlan) reaches level 17 by this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax and Vex become
taking regular gulps of "air" from it like a 4th-level Paladin and Rogue and gain portable air bubble]].
* Scanlan making great use of his [[spoiler:planetar form against
the Resilient (Constitution) and Sharpshooter feats respectively.magma bulettes.]]
** Grog becomes a level 2 fighter capable of Action Surge.
** Percy gains
* Keyleth's interpretive dance results in the ability to use Action Surge ''twice''.
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, having completed her Aramente, returns to Zephra with Vox Machina by her side. [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning She is then given the mantle
entire cast performing a perfectly-harmonized tribal chant completely out of leadership and is crowned "Voice of the Tempest"]]. As a result of completing her lifelong journey, she also [[RousingSpeech delivers a speech to the tribe and the party, thanking them for making her the person she is today.]] She is also given the Inspiring Leader feat.[[note]]The Inspiring Leader feat is where Keyleth gives a 10 minute speech to the party, to embolden them with courage. They are all given temporary hit points equal to her level plus her Charisma modifier.[[/note]]]]nowhere. Now ''that's'' improv!



[[folder:Episode 91: Vox Machina go to Hell]]
* Matt's descriptions of [[spoiler:the Iron City of Dis and the Nine Hells in general in addition to its denizens]] are both awesome and a heavy dose of NightmareFuel.
* The cliffhanger ending. [[spoiler:Keyleth leaves the inn without the others to find a means of scouting and locating Hotis's exact whereabouts and tries to stealthily cast ''Shapechange'' only to be noticed by two individuals (a dwarf and a chain devil) who were interested in Vax while he was disguised as an albino tiefling. She ducks into an alley, and then stops and chooses to stand her ground, hood down and hands aflame. The individuals demand that she hand him over. Her past self most likely would have submitted to their request. Instead, she puts her foot down and refuses to acquiesce, the Voice of the Tempest expressing that she has no intention of doing so, setting the stage for a potential alleyway encounter.]]

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[[folder:Episode 91: 108: The Core Anvil]]
* The entire encounter against the [[spoiler:forge guardian]] was a tense battle, pushing
Vox Machina go to Hell]]
* Matt's descriptions of [[spoiler:the Iron City of Dis
their limits with its powerful strikes and extremely high AC and HP. [[spoiler:Despite being mildly spent from the bulettes and the Nine Hells in general in addition constructs from earlier, they still managed to its denizens]] are both awesome and a heavy dose of NightmareFuel.
* The cliffhanger ending. [[spoiler:Keyleth leaves the inn
pull through without the others to find losing anyone.]]
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, taking
a means of scouting and locating Hotis's exact whereabouts and tries to stealthily cast cue from Scanlan, casts ''Shapechange'' only to be noticed by two individuals (a dwarf transform into a planetar herself, and a chain devil) who were interested in Vax while he was disguised uses her ''Healing Touch'' ability to act as an albino tiefling. emergency medic for the party. She ducks into an alley, even gets the finishing blow against the guardian, using the planetar's Holy Avenger.]]
* [[spoiler:Between the knowledge granted to Percy
and then stops Grog from Ioun, Scanlan's inspiration, Keyleth's buff spells, and chooses to stand her ground, hood down and hands aflame. The individuals demand that she hand him over. Her past self most likely would have submitted to their request. Instead, she puts her foot down and refuses to acquiesce, some very close calls, the Voice of party manages to forge the Tempest expressing that she has no intention of doing so, setting the stage for a potential alleyway encounter.divine trammels needed to seal away Vecna.]]



[[folder:Episode 92: Deals in the Dark]]
* How does Keyleth resolve the encounter from last episode's cliffhanger? She ''Shapechanges'' into an '''''erinyes''''' and intimidates the two into fleeing with her stature as a higher-ranked devil. She makes good use of it later to intimidate a shopkeeper into giving Vox Machina whatever information he can on their objective--which, as it turns out, wasn't much, but now they have an insider in the City of Dis.
* Taryon [[RunningGag provides a door]] for Vox Machina so that can sneak into [[spoiler:Utugash's]] abode.
* Noelle Stevenson's guest character Tova, a sassy dwarf with little patience. And what is her class? [[spoiler:A Blood Hunter, specifically Order of the Lycan. And her animal form? A were-bear.]]

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[[folder:Episode 92: Deals in the Dark]]
109: The Ominous March]]
* How does Keyleth resolve manage once again to pass a Perception DC of 30, which literally means succeeding in an almost impossible task. This allows her to spot a small flow of water on the encounter from last episode's cliffhanger? She ''Shapechanges'' into an '''''erinyes''''' and intimidates the two into fleeing with her stature as a higher-ranked devil. She makes good use of it later to intimidate a shopkeeper into giving Vox Machina whatever information he can on their objective--which, as it turns out, wasn't much, but now they have an insider in the City of Dis.
* Taryon [[RunningGag provides a door]]
Titan's body for Vox Machina so that can sneak into [[spoiler:Utugash's]] abode.
to climb.
* Noelle Stevenson's guest character Tova, Also, the titan. Vecna raised the remains of a sassy dwarf ''massive'' primordial Titan (his ''footprints'' are 150 feet long), the same one from whose heart were made the Titanstone Knuckles, and uses it to transport Thar Amphala on its back.
* The plan to stop Vecna: while Vox Machina sneaks their way to him to try and seal him away, a distraction will be provided by J'Mon Sa Ord (in their full, dragon glory) sieging the city
with little patience. And what an army of wyvern riders. ''Awesome'' is her class? [[spoiler:A Blood Hunter, specifically Order of an understatement.
* When Vecna interrupts
the Lycan. And her animal form? A were-bear.]]war council arrayed against him to threaten the specific loved ones of those present. Longtime Vox Machina ally Allura Vysoren flips out and dispels his illusion; one archmage who refuses to be taunted, even by a god.



[[folder:Episode 93: Bats Out of Hell]]
* Utugash proving his worth. Fat and lazy as he might have become, he's still a formidable opponent, and he combines his power with field knowledge and advantage by managing to cage Trinket early on and Grog halfaway through the fight and creating a ''Wall of Fire'' around him (and some of Vox Machina) that both protects him and damage his opponents (him being immune to fire damage). [[spoiler: He actually dies once he leaves it to eliminate the others.]]
* Before being caged, Grog goes full juggernaut on the pit fiend, and combines his two classes to get three frenzy rage attacks ''and'' two attacks with his new ''Action Surge'', bashing Utugash five times with the hammer for over 100 points of damage. And that's without critical hits, or the advantages heavy weapons would grant him.
* After Utugash crushes Keyleth and Tova with his corpulent form and severely wounds the druid with a critical hit, the situation flips on its head as Keyleth ''Shapechanges'' into a fire giant and attacks him for over 50 damage in one strike. Matt [[LampshadeHanging lampshades how]] [[RuleOfCool she shouldn't have the attack as per the rules, but it was just too awesome to deny it.]] Immediately afterward, [[spoiler: Tova attacks and gets the HDYWTDT by slashing Utugash's throat open and exacting revenge for all the torture she underwent.]]
* Vox Machina as a whole making their way to their goal within the prison [[spoiler:despite almost losing Keyleth and ''everyone'' inside converging on their location]], and ''still'' managing to fulfill it and escape thanks to ''Plane Shift''.

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[[folder:Episode 93: Bats Out 110: The Climb Within]]
* Despite Ashley's absence, Pike gets both
of Hell]]
* Utugash proving his worth. Fat
the [=HDYWTDT=]s this episode (controlled by Liam and lazy as he might have become, he's still a formidable opponent, and he combines his power Laura).
* Vax deals over 100 damage to the undead dwarf king
with field knowledge and advantage by managing to cage Trinket early on and Grog halfaway through one dagger, defeating him in one blow.
** Later, he does
the fight and same to a nothic ("Liam knows what this is, but Vax doesn't"): almost 60 damage with his first dagger is enough to defeat it.
* She doesn't get to use it, but Keyleth
creating a ''Wall of Fire'' around him (and some of Vox Machina) that both protects him and damage his opponents (him being immune to fire damage). [[spoiler: He actually dies once he leaves it to eliminate the others.]]
flaming sword is still awesome.
* Before being caged, Grog goes full juggernaut on the pit fiend, and combines his two classes to get three frenzy rage attacks ''and'' two attacks with his new ''Action Surge'', bashing Utugash five times with the hammer One for over 100 Matt: Those darn trolls ate up ''four'' of Percy's Grit points of damage. And that's without critical hits, or the advantages heavy weapons would grant him.
* After Utugash crushes Keyleth and Tova with his corpulent form and severely wounds the druid with a critical hit, the situation flips on its head as Keyleth ''Shapechanges'' into a fire giant and attacks him for over 50 damage in one strike. Matt [[LampshadeHanging lampshades how]] [[RuleOfCool she shouldn't have the attack as per the rules, but it was just too awesome to deny it.]] Immediately afterward, [[spoiler: Tova attacks and gets the HDYWTDT
by slashing Utugash's throat open and exacting revenge for all the torture she underwent.]]
* Vox Machina as a whole
making all of their way to their goal within the prison [[spoiler:despite almost losing Keyleth and ''everyone'' inside converging on their location]], and ''still'' managing to fulfill it and escape thanks to ''Plane Shift''.saves against his shots at a 40% chance.



[[folder:Episode 94: Jugs and Rods]]
* Vex has to earn her title as Mistress of the Grey Hunt. [[spoiler: After spending thirteen hours in meditation, she gets a vision of a Grey Render and after a quick chat with Percy rides off on Trinket to fight it with only Trinket to back her up. Her first attack being a surprise attack deals 56 damage alone and she survives the battle on 10 HP and kills the Grey Render after giving it a chance to live.]]
* Matt revealing there'll be a one year timeskip and that next Thursday on 04/13/17, Liam will continue the first oneshot he did when Matt and Marisha were in Ireland and Matt gets to play!

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[[folder:Episode 94: Jugs and Rods]]
[[folder: One-Shot: Bar Room Blitz!]]
* Vex has to earn MaryElizabethMcGlynn guest stars in her title as Mistress of third episode (not counting the Grey Hunt. battle royale), [[spoiler: After spending thirteen hours in meditation, and once again she gets a vision of a Grey Render and after a quick chat with Percy rides off on Trinket to fight it with only Trinket to back her up. Her first attack being a surprise attack deals 56 damage alone and she survives is the battle on 10 HP and one who kills the Grey Render after giving it a chance to live.]]
* Matt revealing there'll be a one year timeskip and that next Thursday on 04/13/17, Liam will continue the first oneshot he did when Matt and Marisha were in Ireland and Matt gets to play!
episode's boss.]]



[[folder:Special Episode: Liam's Quest: Full Circle]]
* Even in the face of [[spoiler:imminent death at the hands of a demogorgon]], [[DefiantToTheEnd Matt stands his ground.]]
** Not to mention, with the roll of 10 on a D10 he actually [[NoSell shrugged off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon's]] attack. He actually [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipped off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon]]''and lived'' [[spoiler: for about two seconds until he just crashed him with his foot, but still.]]

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[[folder:Special Episode: Liam's Quest: Full Circle]]
[[folder: Episode 112: Dark Dealings]]
* Even in Keyleth manages to quickly recover from a Natural 1 on Stealth that attracted gloomstalkers nearby by quickly turning into an earth elemental and sinking into the face of [[spoiler:imminent death at ground before they can find her.
* Despite
the hands clear time limit of a demogorgon]], [[DefiantToTheEnd Matt stands his ground.]]
** Not to mention, with
the roll of 10 on titan approaching Vasselheim, the party figured out how to take a D10 he actually [[NoSell shrugged off]] leisurely long rest: [[spoiler: Demogorgon's]] attack. He actually [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipped off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon]]''and lived'' [[spoiler: for about two seconds until he just crashed him with his foot, but still.zip over to the Feywild and bribe Artagan to bend the timing of their exit in their favor.]]



[[folder: Episode 95: One Year Later...]]
* Despite being played mostly for laugh, when Vex is going after Vax she sends Trinket at him. We get a reminder that Trinket is a ''huge'', dangerous bear, while he scares the shit out of Vax and sends him running.

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[[folder: Episode 95: One Year Later...]]
113: The Final Ascent]]
* Despite being The fact that Arkhan is played mostly by Hollywood actor Creator/JoeManganiello is a moment of Awesome for laugh, when Vex everyone involved.
* Arkhan's first action
is going after Vax to tame a Gloomstalker as a mount.
** At the end of the episode, [[YouShallNotPass he charges the Death Knight by himself]] to give Vox Machina time to face Vecna.
* Delilah Briarwood is back -- oh, but
she sends Trinket at him. We get a reminder dies before her second turn, and Matt notes that Trinket this time she's [[DeaderThanDead gone for good]] as she hasn't had time to make a new clone. Two turns later, Sylas is reduced to mist as well.
* Right before the break,
a ''huge'', dangerous bear, huge swarm of Gloomstalkers are closing in on the heroes... until J'mon and the wyvern knight army burst through the opening in the threshold barrier and start cleaning house.
* Three enemies are in a room where they don't notice the party on the stairs. Vex and Vax drop one each
while he scares Arkhan injures the shit out third. [[spoiler: NegatedMomentOfAwesome afterwards with a heavy dose of Vax MyGodWhatHaveIDone though, as they were revealed to be Cassandra, Kaylie, and sends him running.Gilmore under Vecna's spell.]]



[[folder: Episode 96: Family Matters]]
* Matt's poker face during the final battle deserves special mention. For context, [[spoiler: the party is fighting an illusory demon conjured as part of an elaborate con. Matt plays the battle perfectly straight, making attack rolls, noting damage amounts, and generally playing it like it's a real fight. All of this while keeping track of what the illusionist can see and having the "monster" react or [[GlamourFailure fail to react]] accordingly. What finally gives it away is that the creature literally cannot hit anything, being nothing but an insubstantial image with sound effects. Sam even notes how he found it suspicious, but Matt kept rolling those dice.]] Also, Matt's acting skills show up [[spoiler: since he simulates the exact same reactions he has when a villain rolls a 1 or a bunch of terrible numbers in a row.]]
** Taliesin/Percy also gets one for [[spoiler: figuring this out almost immediately, muttering to himself "maybe it's an illusion?" and making sure to watch the Trickfoots. Unfortunately, the rest of the party fell for a RedHerring and prolonged the fight.]]

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[[folder: Episode 96: Family Matters]]
* Matt's poker face during
114: Vecna, the final Ascended]]
* The
battle deserves special mention. For context, against Vecna showcases the true power of both sides, with Vecna's first spell [[spoiler:''cracking the battleground itself into pieces'']]. After a long fight that exhausts both parties, [[spoiler:Vox Machina successfully banish Vecna with no party member deaths and only one (Scanlan) going unconscious (but with no death saves). Furthermore, they ''avoid'' killing his avatar form (which would have allowed him to retreat to his phylactery), albeit with a mere 10hp remaining. The one who manages to do the deed: ''Keyleth'', after Scanlan's first attempt at using the Rites of Banishment fails due to Vecna burning his last Legendary Resistance. In fact, she's the ''only'' other one able to do it, as none of Vox Machina are proficient in Arcana but she can read and speak all languages while Shapechanged into a Planetar]].
** Vecna heals 50 HP per turn. Combined with his immunity to non-magical damage, he is incredibly hard to destroy [[spoiler:and as aforementioned, actually "destroying" him wouldn't have defeated him anyway]]. It's a powerful ability that makes the fight much harder.
[[spoiler: However, it becomes the party cause of his downfall when Vox Machina finds a way to exploit it, since the spell he uses to banish Scanlan requires concentration, and healing himself gives a chance to break it they wouldn't have had otherwise. It happens at least twice, but the last one is fighting an illusory demon conjured as part the most noticeable: Vecna only had few (10) HP, but after he recovers those 50, Grog comes in and strikes, dealing him ''exactly'' 50 points of an elaborate con. Matt plays damage]].
* Vox Machina are aided by a procession of {{Eleventh Hour Ranger}}s: [[spoiler:a rotating cast of first J'mon Sa Ord in Brass Dragon Dev'Ossa form who blasts Vecna with a Fire Breath, then Kash and Zahra, bringing healing, more damage to Vecna, and a huge morale boost; and then Arkhan, having won his fight against the death knight]].
* Scanlan succeeds on ''all five'' Counterspell attempts, nullifying several of Vecna's spells when they would have swung
the battle perfectly straight, making attack rolls, noting damage amounts, heavily in his favour: most notably a Feeblemind spell on Keyleth ([[spoiler:which would have made it impossible for her to read the Rites of Banishment]]) and generally playing it like it's a real fight. All of this while keeping track of what the illusionist can see later an attempted escape via Teleport. At one point Scanlan seems to waste his turn by only moving and having the "monster" react or [[GlamourFailure fail using his Bardic Inspiration on Grog, only to react]] accordingly. What finally gives later reveal [[spoiler:that it away is was ''actually'' done to move back within Counterspell range; a reveal that the creature literally cannot hit anything, being nothing but an insubstantial image with sound effects. Sam even notes how he found it suspicious, but has Matt kept rolling those dice.]] Also, Matt's acting skills show up applauding]].
-->'''Scanlan:'''
[[spoiler: since he simulates That's why I moved closer, motherfucker!]]
* Pike's Mass Heal gives everyone a much-needed HeroicSecondWind, putting them all up to full HP.
* [[spoiler:Arkhan suddenly stealing
the exact same reactions he has when a villain rolls a 1 or a bunch Hand of terrible numbers in a row.]]
** Taliesin/Percy also gets one for [[spoiler: figuring this out almost immediately, muttering to himself "maybe it's an illusion?"
Vecna after the battle and making sure to watch the Trickfoots. Unfortunately, the rest of the party fell for a RedHerring and prolonged the fight.clean getaway via teleport, which catches ''everyone'' off-guard.]]



[[folder: Episode 97: Taryon, My Wayward Son]]
* [[spoiler: The manner in which Keyleth dies. Jumping off a cliff down a thousand feet before RealityEnsues her body smashing upon the rocks. Fortunately, Vex revives her in a quick and timely manner.]] Everyone agrees that they're not sure how they're going to top that.
* The Siphon under Whitestone has been a source of anxiety in-universe and out, primarily because of how little is known about it. Vex [[spoiler: takes a one-in-a-million chance and fires her Oracle Arrow into it. She gets more info in one shot than the smartest mages in Tal'Dorei could from months of research!]]

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[[folder: Episode 97: Taryon, My Wayward Son]]
* [[spoiler:
115: The manner Chapter Closes]]
* Even when the Raven Queen herself comes to collect Vax, Percy tries to put himself between the two of them. The Goddess freezes him
in which Keyleth dies. Jumping off place with a cliff down a thousand feet before RealityEnsues spell, but Percy continues to glare daggers at her body smashing upon for the rocks. Fortunately, Vex revives her in a quick and timely manner.]] Everyone agrees that they're not sure how they're going to top that.
rest of the scene. If looks could kill, the Raven Queen would be long gone.
* The Siphon under Whitestone has been a source last rolls of anxiety in-universe the campaign are natural 20's.
* Percy giving up making weapons to go back to his forgotten dream of being a clockmaker was a beautiful conclusion
and out, primarily because of how little is known about it. Vex [[spoiler: takes send-off for his character. It was also a one-in-a-million chance and fires her Oracle Arrow into it. She gets more info in one shot than decision made spontaneously during the smartest mages in Tal'Dorei could from months episode by Taliesin, drawing on an old aspect of research!]]the original script he pulled Percy from.



[[folder: Episode 98: The Mines of the Many]]
* A testament to Matt's god-like improv abilities: After Tary's mother, Maria, tells Tary that she found comfort in the books that Tary had left behind, Sam tries to trip Matt by having Tary ask which one was Maria's favourite. Matt responds almost immediately with a title and plotline involving the creation myth of Wildmount. Somewhat doubles as a [[CrowningMomentofFunny Crowning Moment of Funny]] as the rest of the cast is collapsing in fits of laughter throughout the entire exchange.

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[[folder: Episode 98: The Mines Thursday by Night (Part 1)]]
* Taliesin spent at least a month learning the layout
of the Many]]
* A testament
G&S and related offices, got permission to Matt's god-like improv abilities: After Tary's mother, Maria, tells Tary include various staff as [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] [[spoiler:with the understanding that she found comfort in he would be killing them off]], did very good impressions of said staff (his Ivan van Norman impression was especially spot on), and homebrewed a more simplified/barebones version of VampireTheMasquerade for his friends because none of them had any real experience with the books that Tary had left behind, Sam tries system. This is on top of hosting The Wednesday Club, appearances on Talks Machina, taking over Gather Your Party, voice acting, and preparing to trip officiate Matt by having Tary ask which one and Marisha's wedding. There's a reason a petition was Maria's favourite. Matt responds almost immediately with a title jokingly made requesting he go home and plotline involving the creation myth of Wildmount. Somewhat doubles as a [[CrowningMomentofFunny Crowning Moment of Funny]] as the rest of the cast is collapsing in fits of laughter throughout the entire exchange. get some sleep.



[[folder:Special Episode: Battle Royale III]]
* The winner: [[spoiler:Taryon Darrington, who spent the entire battle making himself unfindable and untouchable, only swooping into the fray at the end.]]
* Keyleth busts out the Shapechange spell as her trump card, turning herself into [[spoiler: an ''adult black dragon''.]]
* Grog, full stop. He's the primary target for ''everyone'' right from the beginning of the fight, and the reason for the focus-fire becomes very clear very quickly.
** [[spoiler: It takes ''one'' turn near Percy and a lucky crit to make the gunslinger run away and leave him at death's door.]]
** [[spoiler: When trapped in Vex's necklace, his response is to ''punch his way out'', breaking the necklace from the inside and resulting in the highest amount of damage dealt by a player in one round - ''280'' damage, or to put it another way, ''17% of the damage dealt in the entire royale''.]]
** [[spoiler: He survives a brutal attack from black dragon Keyleth with ''one HP left''. Standing atop a tower, staring his foe down, what does he do? '''Draw five cards from the Deck of Many Things, miraculously avoiding disaster from all of them.''' True, he loses everything in the Bag of Holding and Wilhand turns against him (Ruin and Rogue), but he regains HP and increases his constitution, obtains a magical greatsword, and summons an ally to fight alongside him (Star, Key, Knight)!]]
** [[spoiler: He then ''stops'' Keyleth's rampage, breaking her concentration and then resisting her attempted Planeshift when she's humanoid again. He proceeds to 'softball' her into the acid pit and ''dissolve'' her, leaving him the last one standing vs. Taryon, who survived by hiding for most of the fight.]]
** In total, Grog dealt a whopping 767 damage over the course of the royale (almost ''half'' of the total damage dealt). [[spoiler: He also ''took'' 375 damage before finally going down. Only Keyleth remotely comes close to matching him in either stat, and she had to turn into a ''dragon'' to do it.]]

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[[folder:Special Episode: Battle Royale III]]
[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 2)]]
* The winner: [[spoiler:Taryon Darrington, who spent Despite the entire battle making himself unfindable party draining people, using powers recklessly (including against older vampires), and untouchable, only swooping into the fray at the end.]]
* Keyleth busts out the Shapechange spell as her trump card, turning herself into
simply being reckless idiots, [[spoiler: an ''adult black dragon''.]]
* Grog, full stop. He's
There was not, I repeat, ''not'' a TPK. Of the primary target for ''everyone'' right from the beginning of the fight, 6 that woke up, Laura and the reason for the focus-fire becomes very clear very quickly.
** [[spoiler: It takes ''one'' turn near Percy and a lucky crit to make the gunslinger run away and leave him at death's door.]]
** [[spoiler: When trapped in Vex's necklace, his response is to ''punch his way out'', breaking the necklace from the inside and resulting in the highest amount of damage dealt by a player in one round - ''280'' damage, or to put it another way, ''17% of the damage dealt in the entire royale''.]]
** [[spoiler: He survives a brutal attack from black dragon Keyleth with ''one HP left''. Standing atop a tower, staring his foe down, what does he do? '''Draw five cards from the Deck of Many Things, miraculously avoiding disaster from all of them.''' True, he loses everything in the Bag of Holding and Wilhand turns against him (Ruin and Rogue), but he regains HP and increases his constitution, obtains a magical greatsword, and summons an ally to fight alongside him (Star, Key, Knight)!]]
** [[spoiler: He then ''stops'' Keyleth's rampage, breaking her concentration and then resisting her attempted Planeshift when she's humanoid again. He proceeds to 'softball' her into the acid pit and ''dissolve'' her, leaving him the last one standing vs. Taryon, who
Travis survived by hiding for most to become part of the fight.]]
** In total, Grog dealt a whopping 767 damage over the course of the royale (almost ''half'' of the total damage dealt). [[spoiler: He also ''took'' 375 damage before finally going down. Only Keyleth remotely comes close to matching him in either stat, and she had to turn into a ''dragon'' to do it.
LA Camarilla.]]



[[folder:Episode 99: Masquerade]]
* After years of living under Howard's tyranny, Tary finally [[IAmWhatIAm stands up to his father]] and presents him with an ultimatum: work with Tary to repair the Darrington name or leave.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 100: Unfinished Business]]
* [[spoiler:'''''[[BackFromTheDead Delilah Briarwood is back.]] And with a 9th-level''''' '''Prismatic Wall''' '''''to boot!''''']]
** To drive the point home, the party [[spoiler: recalls how she dies, first killed and then with her body melted into the acid for good measure. With no body left, Revivify and Resurrection don't work, you need either a True Resurrection or a Miracle to recreate the body for a lesser spell, still means that 9th level spells must be used. And the dialogue implies it isn't even that the case, but she took some ''precautions'' and did it all or herself.]]
** The last bit of it, [[spoiler: she could control the orb in the pyramid. She can literally switch an ''Annihilation Sphere'' on and off again. The fact that the amulets possess supernatural powers that work despite an effect canceling effortlessly ''9th level spells'' could count in itself.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 101: Thar Amphala]]
* Doubling as a Heartwarming moment, Keyleth grabs Vax and urges him to stay alive [[spoiler:while they are in the Shadowfell. And with that, she casts ''Foresight'' on him, a ''9th-level spell that grants advantage on everything''.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 102: Race to the Tower]]
* As Vox Machina approaches the tower at the center of the city, they debate whether to fly to its top and confront the cultists and Delilah Briarwood, or fight their way through the inside. Keyleth and Pike[[TakeAThirdOption take a third option]] and [[spoiler: destroy the tower with an earthquake. The apex of the tower remains floating in the air after the whole thing comes crashing down, but they managed to avoid multiple encounters that could have lead to a [[TotalPartyKill TPK.]]]]
* [[spoiler:After spending most of the episode having Vecna mop the floor with them, including Vex dying (before being saved with Pike's Revivify) and Vax being Disintegrated, Keyleth attempts to get the party out with Plane Shift, only to have [[OhCrap Vecna attempt to counter it]]... and Scanlan ready to intercept it with his own Counterspell.]]
* There is one line that sums up the second half of the episode: [[spoiler:"Welcome to the God War."]]
* [[spoiler:Vecna ''is'' a villainous one. It's the first time since the Chroma Conclave's first attack that Vox Machina found themselves utterly powerless against their enemy. And he hasn't even ascended yet.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 103: The Fate-Touched]]
* The guard captain in Vasselheim managing to see through all of Grog and [[ConsummateLiar Scanlan's]] deceptions and illusions, forcing them to run from him and the guards to keep their freedom.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 104: Elysium]]
* Pike and Vex [[spoiler:receive the blessings of Sarenrae and Pelor respectively. Of particular note is Vex's trial, as she has to prove her worth by struggling against angels to reach a beacon, while transformed into a red dragon by Scanlan.]]
* The Dungeon Master's Guide describes [[spoiler: the Eye of Vecna as a very powerful magic item that can only be permanently destroyed if the creature wearing it is struck by a very specific sword. Pelor seemingly destroys it with a handwave.]] Time will tell if Matt follows the other part of the item's description or not.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 106: The Endless Atheneeum]]
* While all of Vox Machina show different levels of defiance when [[spoiler:a recently ascended Vecna]] offers them to join [[spoiler:him]], Percy gets one of the greatest burns ever:
-->'''Percy:''' We don't like to associate ourselves with new money.
* [[spoiler:Scanlan succeeding in Ioun's trial by finding one very specific book in the titular, aptly named, ''Endless Atheneeum'', gaining both her assistance and the knowledge of the ritual needed to seal Vecna.]]
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[[folder:Episode 107: Scaldseat]]
* ''Grog'' of all people comes up with a genius solution to the underground caverns filled with poisonous gas and no fresh air: [[spoiler:the party already had a Water Breathing spell cast on them, so Grog suggests filling his Alchemy Jug with fresh water and taking regular gulps of "air" from it like a portable air bubble]].
* Scanlan making great use of his [[spoiler:planetar form against the magma bulettes.]]
* Keyleth's interpretive dance results in the entire cast performing a perfectly-harmonized tribal chant completely out of nowhere. Now ''that's'' improv!
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[[folder:Episode 108: The Core Anvil]]
* The entire encounter against the [[spoiler:forge guardian]] was a tense battle, pushing Vox Machina to their limits with its powerful strikes and extremely high AC and HP. [[spoiler:Despite being mildly spent from the bulettes and the constructs from earlier, they still managed to pull through without losing anyone.]]
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, taking a cue from Scanlan, casts ''Shapechange'' to transform into a planetar herself, and uses her ''Healing Touch'' ability to act as an emergency medic for the party. She even gets the finishing blow against the guardian, using the planetar's Holy Avenger.]]
* [[spoiler:Between the knowledge granted to Percy and Grog from Ioun, Scanlan's inspiration, Keyleth's buff spells, and some very close calls, the party manages to forge the divine trammels needed to seal away Vecna.]]
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[[folder:Episode 109: The Ominous March]]
* Keyleth manage once again to pass a Perception DC of 30, which literally means succeeding in an almost impossible task. This allows her to spot a small flow of water on the Titan's body for Vox Machina to climb.
* Also, the titan. Vecna raised the remains of a ''massive'' primordial Titan (his ''footprints'' are 150 feet long), the same one from whose heart were made the Titanstone Knuckles, and uses it to transport Thar Amphala on its back.
* The plan to stop Vecna: while Vox Machina sneaks their way to him to try and seal him away, a distraction will be provided by J'Mon Sa Ord (in their full, dragon glory) sieging the city with an army of wyvern riders. ''Awesome'' is an understatement.
* When Vecna interrupts the war council arrayed against him to threaten the specific loved ones of those present. Longtime Vox Machina ally Allura Vysoren flips out and dispels his illusion; one archmage who refuses to be taunted, even by a god.
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[[folder:Episode 110: The Climb Within]]
* Despite Ashley's absence, Pike gets both of the [=HDYWTDT=]s this episode (controlled by Liam and Laura).
* Vax deals over 100 damage to the undead dwarf king with one dagger, defeating him in one blow.
** Later, he does the same to a nothic ("Liam knows what this is, but Vax doesn't"): almost 60 damage with his first dagger is enough to defeat it.
* She doesn't get to use it, but Keyleth creating a flaming sword is still awesome.
* One for Matt: Those darn trolls ate up ''four'' of Percy's Grit points by making all of their saves against his shots at a 40% chance.
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[[folder: One-Shot: Bar Room Blitz!]]
* MaryElizabethMcGlynn guest stars in her third episode (not counting the battle royale), [[spoiler: and once again she is the one who kills the episode's boss.]]
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[[folder: Episode 112: Dark Dealings]]
* Keyleth manages to quickly recover from a Natural 1 on Stealth that attracted gloomstalkers nearby by quickly turning into an earth elemental and sinking into the ground before they can find her.
* Despite the clear time limit of the titan approaching Vasselheim, the party figured out how to take a leisurely long rest: [[spoiler: zip over to the Feywild and bribe Artagan to bend the timing of their exit in their favor.]]
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[[folder: Episode 113: The Final Ascent]]
* The fact that Arkhan is played by Hollywood actor Creator/JoeManganiello is a moment of Awesome for everyone involved.
* Arkhan's first action is to tame a Gloomstalker as a mount.
** At the end of the episode, [[YouShallNotPass he charges the Death Knight by himself]] to give Vox Machina time to face Vecna.
* Delilah Briarwood is back -- oh, but she dies before her second turn, and Matt notes that this time she's [[DeaderThanDead gone for good]] as she hasn't had time to make a new clone. Two turns later, Sylas is reduced to mist as well.
* Right before the break, a huge swarm of Gloomstalkers are closing in on the heroes... until J'mon and the wyvern knight army burst through the opening in the threshold barrier and start cleaning house.
* Three enemies are in a room where they don't notice the party on the stairs. Vex and Vax drop one each while Arkhan injures the third. [[spoiler: NegatedMomentOfAwesome afterwards with a heavy dose of MyGodWhatHaveIDone though, as they were revealed to be Cassandra, Kaylie, and Gilmore under Vecna's spell.]]
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[[folder: Episode 114: Vecna, the Ascended]]
* The battle against Vecna showcases the true power of both sides, with Vecna's first spell [[spoiler:''cracking the battleground itself into pieces'']]. After a long fight that exhausts both parties, [[spoiler:Vox Machina successfully banish Vecna with no party member deaths and only one (Scanlan) going unconscious (but with no death saves). Furthermore, they ''avoid'' killing his avatar form (which would have allowed him to retreat to his phylactery), albeit with a mere 10hp remaining. The one who manages to do the deed: ''Keyleth'', after Scanlan's first attempt at using the Rites of Banishment fails due to Vecna burning his last Legendary Resistance. In fact, she's the ''only'' other one able to do it, as none of Vox Machina are proficient in Arcana but she can read and speak all languages while Shapechanged into a Planetar]].
** Vecna heals 50 HP per turn. Combined with his immunity to non-magical damage, he is incredibly hard to destroy [[spoiler:and as aforementioned, actually "destroying" him wouldn't have defeated him anyway]]. It's a powerful ability that makes the fight much harder. [[spoiler: However, it becomes the cause of his downfall when Vox Machina finds a way to exploit it, since the spell he uses to banish Scanlan requires concentration, and healing himself gives a chance to break it they wouldn't have had otherwise. It happens at least twice, but the last one is the most noticeable: Vecna only had few (10) HP, but after he recovers those 50, Grog comes in and strikes, dealing him ''exactly'' 50 points of damage]].
* Vox Machina are aided by a procession of {{Eleventh Hour Ranger}}s: [[spoiler:a rotating cast of first J'mon Sa Ord in Brass Dragon Dev'Ossa form who blasts Vecna with a Fire Breath, then Kash and Zahra, bringing healing, more damage to Vecna, and a huge morale boost; and then Arkhan, having won his fight against the death knight]].
* Scanlan succeeds on ''all five'' Counterspell attempts, nullifying several of Vecna's spells when they would have swung the battle heavily in his favour: most notably a Feeblemind spell on Keyleth ([[spoiler:which would have made it impossible for her to read the Rites of Banishment]]) and later an attempted escape via Teleport. At one point Scanlan seems to waste his turn by only moving and using his Bardic Inspiration on Grog, only to later reveal [[spoiler:that it was ''actually'' done to move back within Counterspell range; a reveal that even has Matt applauding]].
-->'''Scanlan:''' [[spoiler: That's why I moved closer, motherfucker!]]
* Pike's Mass Heal gives everyone a much-needed HeroicSecondWind, putting them all up to full HP.
* [[spoiler:Arkhan suddenly stealing the Hand of Vecna after the battle and making a clean getaway via teleport, which catches ''everyone'' off-guard.]]
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[[folder: Episode 115: The Chapter Closes]]
* Even when the Raven Queen herself comes to collect Vax, Percy tries to put himself between the two of them. The Goddess freezes him in place with a spell, but Percy continues to glare daggers at her for the rest of the scene. If looks could kill, the Raven Queen would be long gone.
* The last rolls of the campaign are natural 20's.
* Percy giving up making weapons to go back to his forgotten dream of being a clockmaker was a beautiful conclusion and send-off for his character. It was also a decision made spontaneously during the episode by Taliesin, drawing on an old aspect of the original script he pulled Percy from.
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[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 1)]]
* Taliesin spent at least a month learning the layout of the G&S and related offices, got permission to include various staff as [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] [[spoiler:with the understanding that he would be killing them off]], did very good impressions of said staff (his Ivan van Norman impression was especially spot on), and homebrewed a more simplified/barebones version of VampireTheMasquerade for his friends because none of them had any real experience with the system. This is on top of hosting The Wednesday Club, appearances on Talks Machina, taking over Gather Your Party, voice acting, and preparing to officiate Matt and Marisha's wedding. There's a reason a petition was jokingly made requesting he go home and get some sleep.
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[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 2)]]
* Despite the party draining people, using powers recklessly (including against older vampires), and simply being reckless idiots, [[spoiler: There was not, I repeat, ''not'' a TPK. Of the 6 that woke up, Laura and Travis survived to become part of the LA Camarilla.]]
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[[folder: Episode 39: Omens]]
* Say what you want, the mental image of dragons destroying the city of Emon, and having our heroes fleeing for their lives is an intense and awesome ending for an episode.
* Scanlan and Kaylie pulling off a [[spoiler:father-daughter]] breakout from the stockade. Also, Percy being subtle in getting some sort of payback towards Scanlan due to him [[spoiler:tossing The List into the acid pits beneath Whitestone.]]

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[[folder: Episode 39: Omens]]
84: Loose Ends]]
* Say In order for [[spoiler:Scanlan's resurrection to succeed]], Matt needs to roll 7 or higher on a d20. What does he actually roll? [[spoiler:A natural 20.]]
* When the group returns to Vasselheim to clear up unfinished business, Grog asks to detour to the temple of Kord so that he can speak with Earthbreaker Groon. Not only is the monk waiting for them with his back turned, yet still knowing exactly when Vox Machina enters the room, but he also challenges Grog to a rematch, causing the sand in the fighting pit to ripple outwards apparently from ''sheer badassery'' as he gets ready to fight.
-->'''Earthbreaker Groon:''' Show me
what you want, the mental image of dragons destroying the city of Emon, and having our heroes fleeing for their lives is an intense and awesome ending for an episode.
* Scanlan and Kaylie pulling off a [[spoiler:father-daughter]] breakout from the stockade. Also, Percy being subtle in getting some sort of payback towards Scanlan due to him [[spoiler:tossing The List into the acid pits beneath Whitestone.]]
have learned.



[[folder: Episode 40: Desperate Measures]]
* Vex reveals that she multiclassed into Rogue.
* Scanlan still having a role in the battle against the white dragon, despite Sam not being there.
* Inter-party FIGHT!
* The cunning Grog displays when he manages to trick [[CrazyPrepared Percy]] and Vex'ahlia, of all people, into producing the wish-granting skull of [[spoiler:the Githanki]] from its hiding place, then isolates the Percy and Vex from the rest of the party by cornering them in Percy's heavily secured workshop and sealing off the only door, and finally single-handedly [[CurbstompBattle overpowers both of them]] by using his immense strength to knock Percy prone and take the skull from Vex, while the rest of the party is helpless to do anything but watch. Grog only fails at getting everything he wants (and probably making things even worse) because of a critical fail he rolls at the very last second. The sheer cunning that Grog, a goliath with an intelligence of ''6'', brought to bear is simply jaw-dropping.
* Keyleth [[spoiler:silences everyone arguing over the skull [[WhatTheHellHero and calls them out on not keeping her in the loop and falling apart at the seams]].]]
-->'''Vex'ahlia:''' Keyleth, you don't know what's happening.
-->'''Keyleth:''' I would '''''[[PrecisionFStrike if any of my fucking party would for once tell me something!]]'''''
* Allura's GetAHoldOfYourselfMan speech to Keyleth.
* A villainous example with Thordak, the massive ancient red dragon, showing Vorugal, the ancient white dragon, who was boss. Thordak snatched Vorugal, who had been thrashing Vox Machina, out of the sky and threw him to the ground. Definitely showed just how strong Thordak is.

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85: A Bard's Lament]]
* Vex reveals that she multiclassed Grog faces Earthbreaker Groon in single combat ''and wins.''
* Immediately after the battle, divine lightning strikes the Titanstone Knuckles, changing them
into Rogue.
* Scanlan still having a role in
their "Exalted" form and effectively confirming Grog as the battle against the white dragon, despite Sam not being there.
* Inter-party FIGHT!
favored champion of Kord himself.
* The cunning Grog displays when he manages to trick [[CrazyPrepared Percy]] entire cast gets one for [[spoiler:Scanlan's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and Vex'ahlia, of all people, into producing the wish-granting skull of [[spoiler:the Githanki]] from its hiding place, then isolates the Percy and Vex from the rest of the party by cornering them in Percy's heavily secured workshop and sealing off the only door, and finally single-handedly [[CurbstompBattle overpowers both of them]] by using his immense strength to knock Percy prone and take the skull from Vex, while the rest of the party is helpless to do anything but watch. Grog only fails at getting everything he wants (and probably making things even worse) because of a critical fail he rolls at the very last second. The sheer cunning that Grog, a goliath with an intelligence of ''6'', brought to bear is simply jaw-dropping.
* Keyleth [[spoiler:silences everyone arguing over the skull [[WhatTheHellHero and calls them out on not keeping her in the loop and falling apart at the seams]].]]
-->'''Vex'ahlia:''' Keyleth, you don't know what's happening.
-->'''Keyleth:''' I would '''''[[PrecisionFStrike if any of my fucking party would for once tell me something!]]'''''
* Allura's GetAHoldOfYourselfMan speech to Keyleth.
* A villainous example with Thordak, the massive ancient red dragon, showing Vorugal, the ancient white dragon, who was boss. Thordak snatched Vorugal, who had been thrashing Vox Machina, out of the sky and threw him to the ground. Definitely showed just how strong Thordak is.
ensuing argument.]]



[[folder: Episode 41: In Ruins]]
* New guest party member! Jason Charles Miller as Garthok, the Half-Orc Rogue from the Clasp! Miller manages to play him quite well.
* Vox Machina and Garthok see looters picking over the remains of Gilmore's Glorious Goods and they immediately jump into battle once the looters attack them. Everyone in the party gets a moment of awesome. Namely:
** Vex hammering the looters with Hail of Thorns.
** Trinket ripping one guy's head entirely off his neck.
** Grog going into a Frenzy Rage and getting multiple Natural 20s in one round and killing multiple looters in the same attack.
** Percy running and shooting and killing a guy with his three shots that round then casually walking to the next foe.
** Keyleth getting pissed and grabbing one of the looter's heads and shocking him (and herself, but she considers it WorthIt) with a point-blank Call Lightning. She then follows it up with turning into Minxie once again, and pulling off ANOTHER Call Lightning while in her beast form.
** Pike slamming a guy with 22 damage and then assisting Percy with her War Domain abilities so he can finish him off.
** Garthok's sneak attacking with his Stiletto Spear and nearly instakilling the people he sneak attacked.
** Scanlan dominating an enemy dwarf and then intimidating a guy at the end of combat to surrender with a parody of "The Joker"'s first verse.
** Both Vex and Percy using Hunter's Mark and Hex on the same guy they're targeting just because they could.
* Gilmore. While Vox Machina was running for their lives, this not so humble shop keeper took on Thordak, the ancient red dragon, to save the lives of Uriel's family, Seeker Asum and Guardian Tofor Bratoris and lived thanks to the combined efforts of Pike, Vex, and Keyleth when they find him on death's door.
** Doubles as one for Matt's dice-rolling skills as well. He'd been making secret rolls for the first half of the episode to see if Gilmore would survive, with the chance decreasing steadily (the next roll would have had a 80% chance of Gilmore's death). Pike choosing to use her one 6th-level spell to Heal him as hard as she could is awesome on top of that, as it shows just how well Matt has done at creating Gilmore's character.

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[[folder: Episode 41: In Ruins]]
86: Daring Days]]
* New guest party member! Jason Charles Miller as Garthok, the Half-Orc Rogue from the Clasp! Miller manages to play him quite well.
*
The entire confrontation between Vox Machina and Garthok see looters picking over the remains of Gilmore's Glorious Goods and they immediately jump into battle once the looters attack them. Everyone in the party gets a moment of awesome. Namely:
** Vex hammering the looters with Hail of Thorns.
** Trinket ripping one guy's head entirely off his neck.
** Grog going into a Frenzy Rage and getting multiple Natural 20s in one round and killing multiple looters in the same attack.
** Percy running and shooting and killing a guy with his three shots that round then casually walking to the next foe.
** Keyleth getting pissed and grabbing one of the looter's heads and shocking him (and herself, but she considers it WorthIt) with a point-blank Call Lightning. She then follows it up with turning into Minxie once again, and pulling off ANOTHER Call Lightning while in her beast form.
** Pike slamming a guy with 22 damage and then assisting Percy with her War Domain abilities so he can finish him off.
** Garthok's sneak attacking with his Stiletto Spear and nearly instakilling the people he sneak attacked.
** Scanlan dominating an enemy dwarf and then intimidating a guy at the end of combat to surrender with a parody of "The Joker"'s first verse.
** Both Vex and Percy using Hunter's Mark and Hex on the same guy they're targeting just because they could.
* Gilmore. While Vox Machina was running for their lives, this not so humble shop keeper took on Thordak, the ancient red dragon, to save the lives of Uriel's family, Seeker Asum and Guardian Tofor Bratoris and lived thanks to the combined efforts of Pike, Vex, and Keyleth when they find him on death's door.
** Doubles as one for Matt's dice-rolling skills as well. He'd been making secret rolls for the first half of the episode to see if Gilmore would survive, with the chance decreasing steadily (the next roll would have had a 80% chance of Gilmore's death). Pike choosing to use her one 6th-level spell to Heal him as hard as she could is awesome on top of that, as it
Taryon shows just how well Matt powerful they've become. Taryon is a 13th level character and is completely powerless. He unleashes his best spell upon them, and they all taking only minor damage, with even the one who ''failed'' the saving throws having ways to half the damage. And they didn't even try: Vex wasn't there, Vax attacked once, healed him and then talked to him, Keyleth cast minor spells just to make it interesting and Percy did actually nothing (not even ''pulling out'' a gun) but waiting for something interesting to happen, and Taryon still could do nothing. In the end, he's reduced to ask if at least they ''felt'' his attack. The whole thing only lasted a couple of turns, and if they tried they would've been able to put him down ''before'' Taryon's first turn.
* Vax sneak attacks Taryon in the surprise round and rolls a critical hit, dealing 88 points of damage. Taryon ''only
has done at creating Gilmore's character.106 hit points''.
* The fact that Taryon took Vax's first blow and ''didn't'' pass out is considered one in-universe. Vax points it out to him in the aftermath to convince him he does have some skills.



[[folder: Episode 42: Dangerous Dealings]]
* After recently having terrible luck utilizing her 6th level spells, a newly leveled-up Keyleth gets some redemption by using 7th level Fire Storm against several Wyverns.
** It's doubly awesome from an RP standpoint as Keyleth unleashed her rage against them [[spoiler:in memory of her fallen brothers and sisters in the Fire Ashari.]]
* Vex's limerick to Scanlan was such a good burn Matt granted Laura DM inspiration for it.
* Percy calling Keyleth out for costing VM an alliance with The Clasp due to her ego, saying that compared to himself, she believes that she's better than them and that they lost a valuable spy network. However, Keyleth points out that they don't need the assistance of the Clasp, and that giving them an in in Vasselheim as well as the risks of such an alliance was not worth it. The best part of the argument is that, from certain perspectives, they're both right: Percy's right in that they should have respected the Clasp more and that they missed out on a valuable deal and spy network because of that, and Keyleth's right about the risks potentially not being worth the reward.

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[[folder:Episode 87: Onward to Vesrah]]
* After recently having terrible luck utilizing her 6th level spells, a newly leveled-up Keyleth gets some redemption by using 7th level Fire Storm During the fight against several Wyverns.
** It's doubly awesome from an RP standpoint as Keyleth unleashed her rage
the fish pirates, when Trinket crushes the pirate's head in his jaws. Then proceeds to swing the corpse around like a dog toy, followed by a VERY pleased expression.
* Taryon gets his first kill
against them [[spoiler:in memory of her fallen brothers and sisters in the Fire Ashari.]]
* Vex's limerick to Scanlan was such
a good burn Matt granted Laura DM inspiration for it.
* Percy calling Keyleth out for costing VM an alliance
marid with The Clasp his Ring of the Ram... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which ends up catapulting him off the ship due to her ego, saying that compared to himself, she believes that she's better than them and that they lost a valuable spy network. However, Keyleth points out that they don't need the assistance of recoil. He doesn't even get to see the Clasp, and that giving them an in in Vasselheim as well as the risks end result of such an alliance was not worth it. The best part of the argument is that, from certain perspectives, they're both right: Percy's right in that they should have respected the Clasp more and that they missed out on a valuable deal and spy network because of that, and Keyleth's right about the risks potentially not being worth the reward.his kill]].



[[folder: Episode 43: Return to Vasselheim]]
* Zahra and Kashaw have returned! Squee!!!!!!
* Not just that, but there are returns of a lot of recurring characters. Vanessa and Murten Sindrial, Kern, Vicktor the Black Powder Merchant, Lady Kima of Vord, a mention of Tyriock the Cartographer, amongst others.
* Lady Kima kicking a Platinum Knight, Udain, and taking his place as Vord's sent Champion.
* Matt had an entire creation myth prepared for his universe, and he finally gets to tell it. According to Q&As, he'd thought it up a long time ago, [[YouNeverAsked the party just hadn't asked about it until now.]]
* The fight between Grog, Vax'ildan, and Scanlan vs. Earthbreaker Groon.
** Vax managed to avoid taking ''10d10 necrotic damage'' with a saving throw.
** Doing the splits to dodge the Lightning Bolt from Scanlan.
* Keyleth checking up on Vax'ildan after the fight, by hugging him (twice) and giving him a peck on the lips. It seems like they are moving into OfficialCouple territory.

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* While it heavily wounds them both for 40+ points of damage, after being swallowed by the Kraken, Keyleth shoots a ''Fireball'' deep within the creature's belly which ends up igniting the oil previously dumped by Grog's alchemy jug. Due
to Vasselheim]]
* Zahra
the massive damage, the Kraken fails its Constitution save and Kashaw have returned! Squee!!!!!!
they manage to get vomited out.
* Not just that, but Speaking of Grog, he gets swallowed a total of three times by the Kraken, and every single time he gets himself out of there are returns of a lot of recurring characters. Vanessa and Murten Sindrial, Kern, Vicktor after being taunted by the Black Powder Merchant, Lady Kima of Vord, a mention of Tyriock Kraken after the Cartographer, amongst others.
* Lady Kima kicking a Platinum Knight, Udain,
third escape he retorts with "Oh ancient one, can you hear this?" and taking his place flips him off as Vord's sent Champion.
* Matt had an entire creation myth prepared for his universe,
he escapes the Water Plane. Grog also proved pivotal to distracting the Kraken, severing tentacles [[spoiler: and he finally gets to tell it. According to Q&As, he'd thought it up making sure Vax's body got out, giving him a long time ago, [[YouNeverAsked the party just hadn't asked about it until now.hope of resurrection.]]
* The fight between Grog, Vax'ildan, and Scanlan vs. Earthbreaker Groon.
** Vax
Let's give some credit to that shark. That CR ''2'' shark that almost managed to avoid taking ''10d10 necrotic damage'' with a saving throw.
** Doing
MVP the splits to dodge fight. True, it mostly was because the Lightning Bolt from Scanlan.
*
Kraken didn't really cared and never attacked, but the shark went through the whole fight landing hit after hit, tearing tentacles and in the end only lived because Keyleth checking up on Vax'ildan planeshifted away, breaking the conjuration. Not bad, for a low-level evocation.
* True, it only happened because Vox Machina most explicitly could ''not'' kill the Kraken, but he effectively manages to be Vox Machina's second defeat. They had no way to keep him at bay, they could only be grappled, swallowed and zapped and then try to escape only to repeat it all again. In the end,
after the hours of fight, by hugging several good hits (including a couple on the eye, several from the inside and tearing away most of his tentacles) they realized they didn't deal him (twice) enough damage, and he wasn't really giving him a peck on the lips. It seems like they are moving into OfficialCouple territory.party much consideration until near the end where it truly became angry. The Pet of the Titans really earned his reputation.



[[folder: Special Episode: Battle Royale I]]
* Pre-battle, a tale from real life during the Q&A: Taliesin once nearly missed his flight because he tried to get a model of the Pepperbox, gifted by a fan at a convention, through airport security. Then, when more TSA agents show up, one of them turned out to be a Critter. Taliesin was promptly let onto the plane, model and all.
--> '''TSA Agent:''' Of ''course'' it's Percy.

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[[folder: Special Episode: Battle Royale I]]
[[folder:Episode 89: Curious Tides]]
* Pre-battle, a tale from real life during the Q&A: Taliesin once nearly missed his flight because he tried Keyleth's completion of her Aramente and reaching level 17 grants her access to get a model of the Pepperbox, gifted by a fan at a convention, through airport security. Then, when more TSA agents show up, one of them turned her 9th level spells! She tests out to be Shapechange by transforming sequentially into a Critter. Taliesin was promptly let onto the plane, model goristro, a beholder, and all.
--> '''TSA Agent:''' Of ''course'' it's Percy.
an adult bronze dragon.



[[folder: Episode 44: The Sunken Tomb]]
* Owlbears. 'Nuff said.
* Zahra gets ''another'' HDYWTDT, and against a ''beholder'', causing the entire upper half of the monster to explode!
* Scanlan using Bigby's Hand to throw Grog at the beholder in a fastball special.
* Along with being a Tearjerker, [[spoiler:Vex's revival ritual definitely qualifies. It starts out with Kashaw drawing upon Vesh's power, knowing full well that it could get them all killed, and culminates in Vax staring down the goddess of death and making this offer:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Vax:''' [[TakeMeInstead Take me instead]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch you raven bitch]]]].

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[[folder: Episode 44: The Sunken Tomb]]
* Owlbears. 'Nuff said.
* Zahra gets ''another'' HDYWTDT, and against a ''beholder'', causing the entire upper half
[[folder:Episode 90: Voice of the monster to explode!
Tempest]]
* Scanlan using Bigby's Hand to throw Everyone else in the party (sans Taryon, Pike, and Scanlan) reaches level 17 by this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax and Vex become a 4th-level Paladin and Rogue and gain the Resilient (Constitution) and Sharpshooter feats respectively.]]
**
Grog at becomes a level 2 fighter capable of Action Surge.
** Percy gains
the beholder in a fastball special.
ability to use Action Surge ''twice''.
* Along [[spoiler:Keyleth, having completed her Aramente, returns to Zephra with being Vox Machina by her side. [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning She is then given the mantle of leadership and is crowned "Voice of the Tempest"]]. As a Tearjerker, [[spoiler:Vex's revival ritual definitely qualifies. It starts out with Kashaw drawing upon Vesh's power, knowing full well that it could get result of completing her lifelong journey, she also [[RousingSpeech delivers a speech to the tribe and the party, thanking them all killed, and culminates in Vax staring down the goddess of death and for making this offer:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Vax:''' [[TakeMeInstead Take me instead]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch you raven bitch]]]].
her the person she is today.]] She is also given the Inspiring Leader feat.[[note]]The Inspiring Leader feat is where Keyleth gives a 10 minute speech to the party, to embolden them with courage. They are all given temporary hit points equal to her level plus her Charisma modifier.[[/note]]]]



[[folder: Episode 45: Those Who Walk Away...]]
* Vax'ildan's and Percy's Role-playing is top-notch.
** Vex'ahlia's and Keyleth's Role-playing almost seems to trump it.
** Funny as it was, Scanlan and Grog's was also awesome.
* Percy giving Vex'ahlia a siege arrow, which he calls "An Evening of Unbridled Guilt."

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[[folder: Episode 45: Those Who Walk Away...]]
[[folder:Episode 91: Vox Machina go to Hell]]
* Vax'ildan's Matt's descriptions of [[spoiler:the Iron City of Dis and Percy's Role-playing is top-notch.
** Vex'ahlia's
the Nine Hells in general in addition to its denizens]] are both awesome and Keyleth's Role-playing almost seems a heavy dose of NightmareFuel.
* The cliffhanger ending. [[spoiler:Keyleth leaves the inn without the others
to trump it.
** Funny as it was, Scanlan
find a means of scouting and Grog's locating Hotis's exact whereabouts and tries to stealthily cast ''Shapechange'' only to be noticed by two individuals (a dwarf and a chain devil) who were interested in Vax while he was also awesome.
* Percy giving Vex'ahlia a siege arrow, which he calls "An Evening
disguised as an albino tiefling. She ducks into an alley, and then stops and chooses to stand her ground, hood down and hands aflame. The individuals demand that she hand him over. Her past self most likely would have submitted to their request. Instead, she puts her foot down and refuses to acquiesce, the Voice of Unbridled Guilt."the Tempest expressing that she has no intention of doing so, setting the stage for a potential alleyway encounter.]]



[[folder: Episode 46: Cindergrove Revisited]]
* Keyleth, in her Fire Elemental form, managed to roll a Natural 20 on Intimidation to scare a salamander and some smaller elementals away.
* Vex pulls a slick con to swindle the guest, Gern, out of his flying broom. (However, it does bump her alignment to ChaoticNeutral for stealing from a guy trying to help them.)
* Keyleth uses her Tidal Wave spell to create 60 gallons of water that deals an automatic 60 damage due to elemental weaknesses (in addition to its base damage), and it automatically kills two fire elementals.
** Then a Critter tweeted Taliesin with the calculation that it was actually '''125''' gallons of water. Matt's response that there's no way in hell that they survived it.
* While Gern is laying in the lava and probably near unconsciousness, he hits the Efreet with a Disintegrate and deals 76 damage to it.
* Scanlan gets both How Do You Want To Do This killshots this episode, the first with Thunder Wave (which ends up backfiring because he's too focused on getting Gern's attention to watch it happen) and then the second one to finish off the Efreet with Lightning Bolt after trapping it inside his Otiluke's Resilient Sphere.

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[[folder: Episode 46: Cindergrove Revisited]]
* Keyleth,
[[folder:Episode 92: Deals in her Fire Elemental form, managed to roll a Natural 20 on Intimidation to scare a salamander and some smaller elementals away.
* Vex pulls a slick con to swindle
the guest, Gern, out of his flying broom. (However, it Dark]]
* How
does bump her alignment to ChaoticNeutral for stealing from a guy trying to help them.)
*
Keyleth uses her Tidal Wave spell to create 60 gallons of water that deals resolve the encounter from last episode's cliffhanger? She ''Shapechanges'' into an automatic 60 damage due to elemental weaknesses (in addition to its base damage), '''''erinyes''''' and it automatically kills intimidates the two fire elementals.
** Then a Critter tweeted Taliesin
into fleeing with the calculation that her stature as a higher-ranked devil. She makes good use of it was actually '''125''' gallons of water. Matt's response that there's no way in hell that later to intimidate a shopkeeper into giving Vox Machina whatever information he can on their objective--which, as it turns out, wasn't much, but now they survived it.
* While Gern is laying
have an insider in the lava and probably near unconsciousness, he hits the Efreet City of Dis.
* Taryon [[RunningGag provides a door]] for Vox Machina so that can sneak into [[spoiler:Utugash's]] abode.
* Noelle Stevenson's guest character Tova, a sassy dwarf
with a Disintegrate and deals 76 damage to it.
* Scanlan gets both How Do You Want To Do This killshots this episode,
little patience. And what is her class? [[spoiler:A Blood Hunter, specifically Order of the first with Thunder Wave (which ends up backfiring because he's too focused on getting Gern's attention to watch it happen) and then the second one to finish off the Efreet with Lightning Bolt after trapping it inside his Otiluke's Resilient Sphere.Lycan. And her animal form? A were-bear.]]



[[folder: Episode 47: The Family Business]]
* Magical Mansion, Casa Del Shorthalt.
* A well-timed dinging sound right when Vex'ahila pulls out the flying broom.
--->'''Sam:''' Whoa, how did you do that?

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[[folder: Episode 47: The Family Business]]
[[folder:Episode 93: Bats Out of Hell]]
* Magical Mansion, Casa Del Shorthalt.
* A well-timed dinging sound right when Vex'ahila pulls out
Utugash proving his worth. Fat and lazy as he might have become, he's still a formidable opponent, and he combines his power with field knowledge and advantage by managing to cage Trinket early on and Grog halfaway through the flying broom.
--->'''Sam:''' Whoa, how did you do that?
fight and creating a ''Wall of Fire'' around him (and some of Vox Machina) that both protects him and damage his opponents (him being immune to fire damage). [[spoiler: He actually dies once he leaves it to eliminate the others.]]
* Before being caged, Grog goes full juggernaut on the pit fiend, and combines his two classes to get three frenzy rage attacks ''and'' two attacks with his new ''Action Surge'', bashing Utugash five times with the hammer for over 100 points of damage. And that's without critical hits, or the advantages heavy weapons would grant him.
* After Utugash crushes Keyleth and Tova with his corpulent form and severely wounds the druid with a critical hit, the situation flips on its head as Keyleth ''Shapechanges'' into a fire giant and attacks him for over 50 damage in one strike. Matt [[LampshadeHanging lampshades how]] [[RuleOfCool she shouldn't have the attack as per the rules, but it was just too awesome to deny it.]] Immediately afterward, [[spoiler: Tova attacks and gets the HDYWTDT by slashing Utugash's throat open and exacting revenge for all the torture she underwent.]]
* Vox Machina as a whole making their way to their goal within the prison [[spoiler:despite almost losing Keyleth and ''everyone'' inside converging on their location]], and ''still'' managing to fulfill it and escape thanks to ''Plane Shift''.



[[folder: Episode 48: Into the Frostweald]]
* After learning the hard way that using it in combat is a bad idea back in Episode 39, here we see how Wind Walk is ''supposed'' to be used: as an awesome, fast method of travel.
* "Vax'ildad" telling a boy named Simon, that he named his serpentine belt after the kid.
** Asking Simon if he wanted to see something cool.
* Pike receiving the Gauntlets of Ogre Power from Grog. She's now stronger than him!
* Anytime a party member chooses to ''not'' avert their gaze when attacking the Basilisks, meaning they don't get disadvantage on their attacks but have to make a Constitution save to avoid being turned to stone. [[spoiler: Everyone who does so ends up shrugging it off like nothing!]]
* Pike, once again showing she's the best, by rolling a Natrual 20 Insight check on Vax.

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[[folder: Episode 48: Into [[folder:Episode 94: Jugs and Rods]]
* Vex has to earn her title as Mistress of
the Frostweald]]
* After learning the hard way that using it in combat is a bad idea back in Episode 39, here we see how Wind Walk is ''supposed'' to be used: as an awesome, fast method of travel.
* "Vax'ildad" telling a boy named Simon, that he named his serpentine belt after the kid.
** Asking Simon if he wanted to see something cool.
* Pike receiving the Gauntlets of Ogre Power from Grog. She's now stronger than him!
* Anytime a party member chooses to ''not'' avert their gaze when attacking the Basilisks, meaning they don't get disadvantage on their attacks but have to make a Constitution save to avoid being turned to stone.
Grey Hunt. [[spoiler: Everyone who does so ends up shrugging it After spending thirteen hours in meditation, she gets a vision of a Grey Render and after a quick chat with Percy rides off like nothing!]]
* Pike, once again showing she's
on Trinket to fight it with only Trinket to back her up. Her first attack being a surprise attack deals 56 damage alone and she survives the best, by rolling a Natrual 20 Insight check battle on Vax.10 HP and kills the Grey Render after giving it a chance to live.]]
* Matt revealing there'll be a one year timeskip and that next Thursday on 04/13/17, Liam will continue the first oneshot he did when Matt and Marisha were in Ireland and Matt gets to play!



[[folder: Episode 49: A Name Is Earned]]
* Mixed with Funny, Scanlan rolling into the Orc camp. They needed a diversion, and this got ''everyone's'' attention. Sam's line leading into it is pretty awesome too.
-->'''Matt:''' What was your stealth check, Sam?
-->'''Sam:''' 15, but it doesn't matter: I'm walking forward.
* Keyleth goes Earth Elemental and attempts to throw an Orc into the spike pit "this is Sparta" style. She succeeds!
* Grog's [[FinishHim How Do You Want to Do This]] moment against the Orcchief of stabbing Craven Edge into the ground hilt first and then impaling him onto the blade is cruel yet awesome.
* Percy, Keyleth and Vex are responsible for figuring out basically every riddle in the lead-up to the fight with [[spoiler: the Androsphinx]]. Percy speaks Celestial, so he reads out all of the inscriptions, and Keyleth not only figures out that they have to dive into the pool of water to advance, but also [[spoiler: saves Grog from drowning]]. Percy deduces how to open the columns in the next room, then Keyleth and Vex manage to save everyone from the sand trap it triggers. During the actual fight, Percy uncovers a hint that helps Vex figure out how to find the [[spoiler: clues to the Androsphinx's name]]. Then Percy, Keyleth and (eventually) Grog gather the rest of the clues. To top it all off, Percy manages to keep a clear head while half the party is knocked out, seriously injured, frightened, or paralyzed, and he [[spoiler: figures out the Androsphinx's name]] just in time.
* Described by Travis as "going [[Manga/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]]", [[spoiler: Craven Edge gets "full". CreepyAwesome powerup ensues.]]

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[[folder: Episode 49: A Name Is Earned]]
[[folder:Special Episode: Liam's Quest: Full Circle]]
* Mixed with Funny, Scanlan rolling into the Orc camp. They needed a diversion, and this got ''everyone's'' attention. Sam's line leading into it is pretty awesome too.
-->'''Matt:''' What was your stealth check, Sam?
-->'''Sam:''' 15, but it doesn't matter: I'm walking forward.
* Keyleth goes Earth Elemental and attempts to throw an Orc into the spike pit "this is Sparta" style. She succeeds!
* Grog's [[FinishHim How Do You Want to Do This]] moment against the Orcchief of stabbing Craven Edge into the ground hilt first and then impaling him onto the blade is cruel yet awesome.
* Percy, Keyleth and Vex are responsible for figuring out basically every riddle
Even in the lead-up to face of [[spoiler:imminent death at the fight hands of a demogorgon]], [[DefiantToTheEnd Matt stands his ground.]]
** Not to mention,
with the roll of 10 on a D10 he actually [[NoSell shrugged off]] [[spoiler: the Androsphinx]]. Percy speaks Celestial, so he reads out all of the inscriptions, and Keyleth not only figures out that they have to dive into the pool of water to advance, but also Demogorgon's]] attack. He actually [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipped off]] [[spoiler: saves Grog from drowning]]. Percy deduces how to open the columns in the next room, then Keyleth and Vex manage to save everyone from the sand trap it triggers. During the actual fight, Percy uncovers a hint that helps Vex figure out how to find the Demogorgon]]''and lived'' [[spoiler: clues to the Androsphinx's name]]. Then Percy, Keyleth and (eventually) Grog gather the rest of the clues. To top it all off, Percy manages to keep a clear head while half the party is knocked out, seriously injured, frightened, or paralyzed, and for about two seconds until he [[spoiler: figures out the Androsphinx's name]] just in time.
* Described by Travis as "going [[Manga/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]]", [[spoiler: Craven Edge gets "full". CreepyAwesome powerup ensues.
crashed him with his foot, but still.]]



[[folder: Episode 50: Best Laid Plans...]]
* '''Fifty episodes of Critical Role goodness!'''
* '''New intro!'''
* '''Ashley's back in town!'''
* [[spoiler:Craven Edge is finally gotten rid of for good thanks to Pike breaking the attunement with Greater Restoration and Keyleth sending the sword into a pocket dimension with Plane Shift.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy getting into a shadow vs. shadow 'contest' with Craven Edge, demanding it return Grog's soul.]]

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[[folder: Episode 50: Best Laid Plans...95: One Year Later...]]
* '''Fifty episodes of Critical Role goodness!'''
* '''New intro!'''
* '''Ashley's back in town!'''
* [[spoiler:Craven Edge is finally gotten rid of
Despite being played mostly for good thanks to Pike breaking laugh, when Vex is going after Vax she sends Trinket at him. We get a reminder that Trinket is a ''huge'', dangerous bear, while he scares the attunement with Greater Restoration shit out of Vax and Keyleth sending the sword into a pocket dimension with Plane Shift.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy getting into a shadow vs. shadow 'contest' with Craven Edge, demanding it return Grog's soul.]]
sends him running.



[[folder: Episode 51: Test of Pride]]
* As tense as their relationship is; Scanlan and Kaylie make a formidable team by Scanlan using Minor Illusion and Kaylie throwing her voice by pretending to be Stonejaw Strongjaw and saving the lives of the people in the church together. Scanlan also uses Seeming and high Deception rolls to disguise them as a band of orcs and then get them past Goliaths and into the sewers safely.
* Grog's epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to both the current state of the Herd of Storms and Kevdak himself, followed by challenging Kevdak to single combat. Travis' acting in general is amazing in this episode.
* When Kevdak proves too tough to defeat in single combat, Grog calls upon his friends, and it is ''epic:''
-->"VOX MACHINA! '''FUCK! SHIT!''' '''''UP!'''''"
* Scanlan's first usage of Mythcarver, stabbing straight through the face of a halfling without any resistance or sound: a glimpse of the power the wielded Vestiges might hold.

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[[folder: Episode 51: Test 96: Family Matters]]
* Matt's poker face during the final battle deserves special mention. For context, [[spoiler: the party is fighting an illusory demon conjured as part
of Pride]]
* As tense as their relationship is; Scanlan
an elaborate con. Matt plays the battle perfectly straight, making attack rolls, noting damage amounts, and Kaylie make generally playing it like it's a formidable team by Scanlan using Minor Illusion real fight. All of this while keeping track of what the illusionist can see and Kaylie throwing her voice by pretending having the "monster" react or [[GlamourFailure fail to be Stonejaw Strongjaw react]] accordingly. What finally gives it away is that the creature literally cannot hit anything, being nothing but an insubstantial image with sound effects. Sam even notes how he found it suspicious, but Matt kept rolling those dice.]] Also, Matt's acting skills show up [[spoiler: since he simulates the exact same reactions he has when a villain rolls a 1 or a bunch of terrible numbers in a row.]]
** Taliesin/Percy also gets one for [[spoiler: figuring this out almost immediately, muttering to himself "maybe it's an illusion?"
and saving making sure to watch the lives Trickfoots. Unfortunately, the rest of the people in party fell for a RedHerring and prolonged the church together. Scanlan also uses Seeming and high Deception rolls to disguise them as a band of orcs and then get them past Goliaths and into the sewers safely.
* Grog's epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to both the current state of the Herd of Storms and Kevdak himself, followed by challenging Kevdak to single combat. Travis' acting in general is amazing in this episode.
* When Kevdak proves too tough to defeat in single combat, Grog calls upon his friends, and it is ''epic:''
-->"VOX MACHINA! '''FUCK! SHIT!''' '''''UP!'''''"
* Scanlan's first usage of Mythcarver, stabbing straight through the face of a halfling without any resistance or sound: a glimpse of the power the wielded Vestiges might hold.
fight.]]



[[folder: Episode 52: The Kill Box]]
* The entire fight against Kevdak and Grog's former herd is entirely awesome, but special mentions:
** Grog falling 50ft through the air to [[spoiler: land the HDYWTDT on Kevdak after being rescued via locket by Vex on her broom the previous turn, and slicing Kevdak vertically in two. The falling damage took him down to 0 HP, but nobody cares - Matt, without prompting, mentions that Grog falls unconscious smiling.]]
-->[[spoiler: [[PreMortemOneLiner "FOR STRONGJAW!"]]]]
** Matt later revealed that had Grog not done this, the rest of the Barbarians would've kept on fighting, meaning this action likely saved the party's lives.
** Scanlan's Hold Person spell ''completely neutralizes'' Kevdak. The party follows up by focusing fire on his arms until he can no longer hold a weapon, meaning that he ''never'' makes a single attack during the entire battle.
** Percy puts the Gloves of Missile Snaring to work against an enemy archer, [[ArrowCatch snatching an arrow]] from midair and breaking it in one hand. He stares down the unfortunate guy, who promptly [[OhCrap regrets his life choices]].
** Percy gets another moment right after Kevdak is healed for 70 HP by Greenbeard. While the rest of the party worries that the tide of battle is turning against them, Percy plugs away with Bad News, and wipes out almost 50 of those hit points in a single turn.
** Vex'ahlia tanking four out of five attacks of opportunity to save [[BadassInDistress Grog]], who later states he only had 20 HP left. She swoops down on the Broom of Flying and, in a stroke of brilliance, scoops Grog into the "pokeball" locket from which she'd earlier released Trinket.
* After the fight, they find out that Zanror was to be executed for speaking against Kevdak, since he wanted the herd to take action against the dragon. When Greenbeard prompts Grog to finish Zanror off, Grog announces that he's going to eliminate a weakling in order to return the herd to its lost glory [[spoiler: and then turns to drive the ax into Greenbeard, killing him]]. Grog might not be very smart, but he's got cunning.

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[[folder: Episode 52: The Kill Box]]
97: Taryon, My Wayward Son]]
* The entire fight against Kevdak and Grog's former herd is entirely awesome, but special mentions:
** Grog falling 50ft through the air to
[[spoiler: land the HDYWTDT on Kevdak after being rescued via locket by Vex on her broom the previous turn, and slicing Kevdak vertically in two. The falling damage took him down to 0 HP, but nobody cares - Matt, without prompting, mentions that Grog falls unconscious smiling.]]
-->[[spoiler: [[PreMortemOneLiner "FOR STRONGJAW!"]]]]
** Matt later revealed that had Grog not done this, the rest of the Barbarians would've kept on fighting, meaning this action likely saved the party's lives.
** Scanlan's Hold Person spell ''completely neutralizes'' Kevdak. The party follows up by focusing fire on his arms until he can no longer hold a weapon, meaning that he ''never'' makes a single attack during the entire battle.
** Percy puts the Gloves of Missile Snaring to work against an enemy archer, [[ArrowCatch snatching an arrow]] from midair and breaking it
manner in one hand. He stares down the unfortunate guy, who promptly [[OhCrap regrets his life choices]].
** Percy gets another moment right after Kevdak is healed for 70 HP by Greenbeard. While the rest of the party worries that the tide of battle is turning against them, Percy plugs away with Bad News, and wipes out almost 50 of those hit points in a single turn.
** Vex'ahlia tanking four out of five attacks of opportunity to save [[BadassInDistress Grog]], who later states he only had 20 HP left. She swoops down on the Broom of Flying and, in a stroke of brilliance, scoops Grog into the "pokeball" locket from
which she'd earlier released Trinket.
* After
Keyleth dies. Jumping off a cliff down a thousand feet before RealityEnsues her body smashing upon the fight, they find out rocks. Fortunately, Vex revives her in a quick and timely manner.]] Everyone agrees that Zanror was to be executed for speaking against Kevdak, since he wanted the herd to take action against the dragon. When Greenbeard prompts Grog to finish Zanror off, Grog announces that he's they're not sure how they're going to eliminate top that.
* The Siphon under Whitestone has been
a weakling in order to return the herd to its lost glory source of anxiety in-universe and out, primarily because of how little is known about it. Vex [[spoiler: takes a one-in-a-million chance and then turns to drive the ax fires her Oracle Arrow into Greenbeard, killing him]]. Grog might not be very smart, but he's got cunning.it. She gets more info in one shot than the smartest mages in Tal'Dorei could from months of research!]]



[[folder: Episode 53: At Dawn, We Plan!]]
* Wilhand being a ShipperOnDeck for Scanlan and Pike after learning that Scanlan has a Magic Mansion.

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[[folder: Episode 53: At Dawn, We Plan!]]
98: The Mines of the Many]]
* Wilhand being a ShipperOnDeck for Scanlan and Pike after learning A testament to Matt's god-like improv abilities: After Tary's mother, Maria, tells Tary that Scanlan has she found comfort in the books that Tary had left behind, Sam tries to trip Matt by having Tary ask which one was Maria's favourite. Matt responds almost immediately with a Magic Mansion.title and plotline involving the creation myth of Wildmount. Somewhat doubles as a [[CrowningMomentofFunny Crowning Moment of Funny]] as the rest of the cast is collapsing in fits of laughter throughout the entire exchange.



[[folder: Episode 54: In the Belly of the Beast]]
* Plan A: Percy builds a trap to keep Umbrasyl on the ground. Pretty good plan, right? Plan B: Dimension door into a Dragon's stomach, and place an immovable rod right in its gullet. Awesome. [[CrazyEnoughToWork Suicidally insane]], but awesome.
* Once the trap is sprung, Vex gets the first turn on initiative on Umbrasyl for almost a hundred points worth of damage in one round.
* Evil as it is, the cliffhanger at end of session is pure crazy narrative awesome, as [[spoiler: a heavily-injured Umbrasyl escapes the battlefield, ''tearing the immovable rod from his own gut'' in the process with Vax and Scanlan still trapped and alive inside him. Also, he's dragging an extra-large Grog along by the chain of his waraxe.]]

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[[folder: Episode 54: In [[folder:Special Episode: Battle Royale III]]
* The winner: [[spoiler:Taryon Darrington, who spent
the Belly of the Beast]]
* Plan A: Percy builds a trap to keep Umbrasyl on the ground. Pretty good plan, right? Plan B: Dimension door
entire battle making himself unfindable and untouchable, only swooping into a Dragon's stomach, and place an immovable rod right in its gullet. Awesome. [[CrazyEnoughToWork Suicidally insane]], but awesome.
* Once
the trap is sprung, Vex gets fray at the first turn on initiative on Umbrasyl for almost a hundred points worth of damage in one round.
end.]]
* Evil as it is, Keyleth busts out the cliffhanger at end of session is pure crazy narrative awesome, Shapechange spell as her trump card, turning herself into [[spoiler: a heavily-injured Umbrasyl escapes an ''adult black dragon''.]]
* Grog, full stop. He's
the battlefield, ''tearing the immovable rod primary target for ''everyone'' right from his own gut'' in the process with Vax beginning of the fight, and Scanlan still the reason for the focus-fire becomes very clear very quickly.
** [[spoiler: It takes ''one'' turn near Percy and a lucky crit to make the gunslinger run away and leave him at death's door.]]
** [[spoiler: When
trapped and alive in Vex's necklace, his response is to ''punch his way out'', breaking the necklace from the inside him. Also, he's dragging and resulting in the highest amount of damage dealt by a player in one round - ''280'' damage, or to put it another way, ''17% of the damage dealt in the entire royale''.]]
** [[spoiler: He survives a brutal attack from black dragon Keyleth with ''one HP left''. Standing atop a tower, staring his foe down, what does he do? '''Draw five cards from the Deck of Many Things, miraculously avoiding disaster from all of them.''' True, he loses everything in the Bag of Holding and Wilhand turns against him (Ruin and Rogue), but he regains HP and increases his constitution, obtains a magical greatsword, and summons
an extra-large ally to fight alongside him (Star, Key, Knight)!]]
** [[spoiler: He then ''stops'' Keyleth's rampage, breaking her concentration and then resisting her attempted Planeshift when she's humanoid again. He proceeds to 'softball' her into the acid pit and ''dissolve'' her, leaving him the last one standing vs. Taryon, who survived by hiding for most of the fight.]]
** In total,
Grog along by dealt a whopping 767 damage over the chain course of his waraxe.the royale (almost ''half'' of the total damage dealt). [[spoiler: He also ''took'' 375 damage before finally going down. Only Keyleth remotely comes close to matching him in either stat, and she had to turn into a ''dragon'' to do it.]]




[[folder: Special Episode: Battle Royale II]]
* Vax deserves a solid round of applause for managing to last as long as he did. [[spoiler: *clap*]] Despite his typically low rogue hitpoints, he manages to outlast [[spoiler: Percy]] of all people.
** His constant [[StealthHiBye daggers from the shadows]] coupled with all of the benefits he gets as a rogue, allows him to deal quite a bit of damage, before Keyleth and Pike eliminate him by turning the match into a game of whack-a-mole.
* Pike in her Evil persona. Since Pike no longer has to worry about canon in-game repercussions for using the nastier side of her divine magic, she essentially has a free pass to use every DangerousForbiddenTechnique at her disposal on the rest of the party.
** [[spoiler: Finishing off Keyleth by successfully shoving her into a stream of lava and pushing her face down into it was a chilling and brutal but still epic finish to the battle. Especially since Pike only had a few hit points left and would likely have died on the following round.]]

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\n[[folder: Special Episode: Battle Royale II]]\n[[folder:Episode 99: Masquerade]]
* Vax deserves a solid round After years of applause for managing living under Howard's tyranny, Tary finally [[IAmWhatIAm stands up to last as long as he did. [[spoiler: *clap*]] Despite his typically low rogue hitpoints, he manages to outlast [[spoiler: Percy]] of all people.
** His constant [[StealthHiBye daggers from the shadows]] coupled
father]] and presents him with all of an ultimatum: work with Tary to repair the benefits he gets as a rogue, allows him to deal quite a bit of damage, before Keyleth and Pike eliminate him by turning the match into a game of whack-a-mole.
* Pike in her Evil persona. Since Pike no longer has to worry about canon in-game repercussions for using the nastier side of her divine magic, she essentially has a free pass to use every DangerousForbiddenTechnique at her disposal on the rest of the party.
** [[spoiler: Finishing off Keyleth by successfully shoving her into a stream of lava and pushing her face down into it was a chilling and brutal but still epic finish to the battle. Especially since Pike only had a few hit points left and would likely have died on the following round.]]
Darrington name or leave.



[[folder:Episode 55: Umbrasyl]]
* Vax and Scanlan, using their own skills and ingenuity, manage to escape from inside Umbrasyl. Vax carves his way out with the Dragonslayer Longsword, while Scanlan [[ItMakesSenseInContext uses Bigby's Hand to fist his way through]].
* Vax'ildan, Paladin of the Raven Queen.
-->'''Vax''': When I went into this dragon, I was lost and a wanderer. But as I'm shat out its side, I come forth a Paladin of the Raven Queen. And the last thing I think as I shoot out it's side is "If you have any wings to lend me, now is the time."
* Despite falling through the air after using the Gate Stone to teleport to Vax (who was already rescued by Scanlan and Grog while the latter was polymorphed into an eagle), Keyleth decides to use her Sparkstone power while still being an earth elemental, light herself on fire, and plummet like a meteor into the Bramblewood, leaving a massive crater... and still managing to come out relatively unharmed thanks to the elemental's HP.
* Chris Perkins joins the party for the episode as an elderly goliath fighter named Shale who happens to know Grog from his younger days.
* Thanks to some quick thinking, the party manages to get up Gatshadow quickly so they can continue pursuing Umbrasyl before he could recover all of his strength.
* Percy goes to town against Umbrasyl with six frantic slashes of his longsword, dealing ''172'' damage in one round thanks to his Action Surge.
* [[spoiler:Grog gets the HDYWTDT against the Hope Devourer with his new Retaliation ability, scoring their first victory against the Chroma Conclave! Better yet, everyone survives!]]

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[[folder:Episode 55: Umbrasyl]]
100: Unfinished Business]]
* Vax and Scanlan, using their own skills and ingenuity, manage to escape from inside Umbrasyl. Vax carves his way out [[spoiler:'''''[[BackFromTheDead Delilah Briarwood is back.]] And with a 9th-level''''' '''Prismatic Wall''' '''''to boot!''''']]
** To drive
the Dragonslayer Longsword, while Scanlan [[ItMakesSenseInContext uses Bigby's Hand to fist his way through]].
* Vax'ildan, Paladin of the Raven Queen.
-->'''Vax''': When I went into this dragon, I was lost and a wanderer. But as I'm shat out its side, I come forth a Paladin of the Raven Queen. And the last thing I think as I shoot out it's side is "If you have any wings to lend me, now is the time."
* Despite falling through the air after using the Gate Stone to teleport to Vax (who was already rescued by Scanlan and Grog while the latter was polymorphed into an eagle), Keyleth decides to use her Sparkstone power while still being an earth elemental, light herself on fire, and plummet like a meteor into the Bramblewood, leaving a massive crater... and still managing to come out relatively unharmed thanks to the elemental's HP.
* Chris Perkins joins
point home, the party [[spoiler: recalls how she dies, first killed and then with her body melted into the acid for good measure. With no body left, Revivify and Resurrection don't work, you need either a True Resurrection or a Miracle to recreate the episode as an elderly goliath fighter named Shale who happens to know Grog from his younger days.
* Thanks to
body for a lesser spell, still means that 9th level spells must be used. And the dialogue implies it isn't even that the case, but she took some quick thinking, the party manages to get up Gatshadow quickly so they can continue pursuing Umbrasyl before he ''precautions'' and did it all or herself.]]
** The last bit of it, [[spoiler: she
could recover all of his strength.
* Percy goes to town against Umbrasyl with six frantic slashes of his longsword, dealing ''172'' damage in one round thanks to his Action Surge.
* [[spoiler:Grog gets
control the HDYWTDT against orb in the Hope Devourer with his new Retaliation ability, scoring their first victory against pyramid. She can literally switch an ''Annihilation Sphere'' on and off again. The fact that the Chroma Conclave! Better yet, everyone survives!]]amulets possess supernatural powers that work despite an effect canceling effortlessly ''9th level spells'' could count in itself.]]



[[folder: Episode 56: Hope]]
* Similar to Episode 45, most of the awesome here comes from the top-notch roleplaying from Scanlan, Keyleth, Vax, Percy, and the guest: [[spoiler: author Creator/PatrickRothfuss]].
** In particular, Percy gives an incredible, subdued and heartfelt speech in support of preserving Westruun instead of evacuating/abandoning it.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' If I complete my journey it can be upwards of a thousand years or more.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you think I live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' Less than a hundred?
-->'''Percy:''' No. I am Percival Frederickstein von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III. My ancestry dates back thousands of years and will continue for thousands more, unless Whitestone falls. I live as long as Whitestone lives. This place [Westruun] is the human soul. [[WeAreAsMayflies This is what we have built with our tiny moments.]] To lose a place like this, we don't feel it immediately but... it would ruin everyone. In small ways. [...] This is good we do here. This is great good. And it's not about idolising ourselves, it's about a very long story which we are, even you, a tiny part of.
* Matt shows off his [=DMing=] ability once again by taking just three seconds to answer an obscure trivia question about Westruun.

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[[folder: Episode 56: Hope]]
[[folder:Episode 101: Thar Amphala]]
* Similar Doubling as a Heartwarming moment, Keyleth grabs Vax and urges him to Episode 45, most of stay alive [[spoiler:while they are in the awesome here comes from the top-notch roleplaying from Scanlan, Keyleth, Vax, Percy, and the guest: [[spoiler: author Creator/PatrickRothfuss]].
** In particular, Percy gives an incredible, subdued and heartfelt speech in support of preserving Westruun instead of evacuating/abandoning it.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' If I complete my journey it can be upwards of a thousand years or more.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you think I live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' Less than a hundred?
-->'''Percy:''' No. I am Percival Frederickstein von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III. My ancestry dates back thousands of years and will continue for thousands more, unless Whitestone falls. I live as long as Whitestone lives. This place [Westruun] is the human soul. [[WeAreAsMayflies This is what we have built
Shadowfell. And with our tiny moments.]] To lose that, she casts ''Foresight'' on him, a place like this, we don't feel it immediately but... it would ruin everyone. In small ways. [...] This is good we do here. This is great good. And it's not about idolising ourselves, it's about a very long story which we are, even you, a tiny part of.
* Matt shows off his [=DMing=] ability once again by taking just three seconds to answer an obscure trivia question about Westruun.
''9th-level spell that grants advantage on everything''.]]



[[folder: Episode 57: Duskmeadow]]
* Vax's visit to the Temple of the Raven Queen and [[spoiler: speaking directly to her. Percy later speaks to her as well.]] Matt's roleplaying is some of his best.
* The cliffhanger of the episode is also one of the best, [[spoiler:as Hotis the Rakshasa returns and manages to, under the guise of Gilmore, trick Vax into completely disarming himself and removing his armor as well as isolating him from the others so that he can exact his revenge for what happened when he was killed the first time.]]

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[[folder: Episode 57: Duskmeadow]]
* Vax's visit
[[folder:Episode 102: Race to the Temple Tower]]
* As Vox Machina approaches the tower at the center
of the Raven Queen city, they debate whether to fly to its top and confront the cultists and Delilah Briarwood, or fight their way through the inside. Keyleth and Pike[[TakeAThirdOption take a third option]] and [[spoiler: speaking directly to her. Percy later speaks to her as well.]] Matt's roleplaying is some of his best.
*
destroy the tower with an earthquake. The cliffhanger apex of the tower remains floating in the air after the whole thing comes crashing down, but they managed to avoid multiple encounters that could have lead to a [[TotalPartyKill TPK.]]]]
* [[spoiler:After spending most
of the episode having Vecna mop the floor with them, including Vex dying (before being saved with Pike's Revivify) and Vax being Disintegrated, Keyleth attempts to get the party out with Plane Shift, only to have [[OhCrap Vecna attempt to counter it]]... and Scanlan ready to intercept it with his own Counterspell.]]
* There
is also one line that sums up the second half of the best, [[spoiler:as Hotis episode: [[spoiler:"Welcome to the Rakshasa returns and manages to, under the guise of Gilmore, trick Vax into completely disarming himself and removing his armor as well as isolating him from the others so that he can exact his revenge for what happened when he was killed God War."]]
* [[spoiler:Vecna ''is'' a villainous one. It's
the first time.time since the Chroma Conclave's first attack that Vox Machina found themselves utterly powerless against their enemy. And he hasn't even ascended yet.]]



[[folder: Episode 58: A Cycle of Vengeance]]
* After the previous cliffhanger, many members of the party get a chance to shine during the showdown:
** [[spoiler:Vax throws himself and Hotis from the tower, unwilling to let the Rakshasa slip away to potentially compromise all of Whitestone and everything Vox Machina accomplished.]]
** [[spoiler:Keyleth, ambushed by an assassin in her bed, manages to slip behind him and blast him through the window with a Thunderwave, before carving a path directly to the courtyard where the battle was happening.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy manages to take out ''both'' of the assassins the group was facing in the castle once everyone had gotten up.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan jumps from the tower, hitting Hotis with a plunging attack from Mythcarver and pulling Vax from near death at the same time.]]
** [[spoiler:The HDYWTDT goes to Pike, who barely survives the assassin attack on her before emerging in the courtyard and bringing down a 7th level Flame Strike, the only magical attack to touch Hotis all night, reducing him to ash.]]
* The [=NPCs=] are not to be outdone, either. Lady Kima, Kashaw, and Gilmore [[CurbStompBattle utterly trounce]] the [[spoiler:assassins sent after them]], in increasingly impressive ways. Specifically:
** Lady Kima [[spoiler:arrives dragging the corpse of the assassin sent after herself and Allura, while wearing a long nightgown implied to belong to Allura and toting her maul. The corpse's face is so badly broken that it noticeably affects Pike's attempt to use Speak With Dead afterward.]]
** After much of the fandom had hoped for Matt to avert the dreaded BuryYourGays trope, Gilmore [[spoiler:uses an unknown spell [[https://twitter.com/matthewmercer/status/747643942271877120 of his/Matt's own design]] to utterly crush the assassin sent for him, squeezing the body and causing it to be, as Matt describes it, "wrung out like a wet towel".]]
** At first it appears something terrible has happened to Kashaw, with the walls, floor and even the ''ceiling'' of his room being [[LudicrousGibs absolutely covered in blood]]. [[spoiler:Then Kashaw is revealed to be covered in just as much blood, calmly sitting on the end of his bed seeming quite cheerful about the whole situation. He wisely decides to have a shower before joining the celebrations.]]
*** This is due to a moment of Awesome for Matt Mercer, who originally didn't have anything planned for Kashaw, but then was reminded he was also in the group that fought [[spoiler:Hotis]] originally, and comes up with the new scenario entirely on the fly.
* Vax can now sprout wings and fly! (Once per dawn, but it's still something!)
* After many days of tinkering, Percy finishes his modifications to the broom, renaming it "Death From Above". And to celebrate, Vex manages to score a perfect shot on a chicken thrown by Keyleth while on the broom.

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[[folder: Episode 58: A Cycle of Vengeance]]
[[folder:Episode 103: The Fate-Touched]]
* After the previous cliffhanger, many members of the party get a chance The guard captain in Vasselheim managing to shine during the showdown:
** [[spoiler:Vax throws himself and Hotis from the tower, unwilling to let the Rakshasa slip away to potentially compromise
see through all of Whitestone Grog and everything Vox Machina accomplished.]]
** [[spoiler:Keyleth, ambushed by an assassin in her bed, manages
[[ConsummateLiar Scanlan's]] deceptions and illusions, forcing them to slip behind run from him and blast him through the window with a Thunderwave, before carving a path directly guards to the courtyard where the battle was happening.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy manages to take out ''both'' of the assassins the group was facing in the castle once everyone had gotten up.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan jumps from the tower, hitting Hotis with a plunging attack from Mythcarver and pulling Vax from near death at the same time.]]
** [[spoiler:The HDYWTDT goes to Pike, who barely survives the assassin attack on her before emerging in the courtyard and bringing down a 7th level Flame Strike, the only magical attack to touch Hotis all night, reducing him to ash.]]
* The [=NPCs=] are not to be outdone, either. Lady Kima, Kashaw, and Gilmore [[CurbStompBattle utterly trounce]] the [[spoiler:assassins sent after them]], in increasingly impressive ways. Specifically:
** Lady Kima [[spoiler:arrives dragging the corpse of the assassin sent after herself and Allura, while wearing a long nightgown implied to belong to Allura and toting her maul. The corpse's face is so badly broken that it noticeably affects Pike's attempt to use Speak With Dead afterward.]]
** After much of the fandom had hoped for Matt to avert the dreaded BuryYourGays trope, Gilmore [[spoiler:uses an unknown spell [[https://twitter.com/matthewmercer/status/747643942271877120 of his/Matt's own design]] to utterly crush the assassin sent for him, squeezing the body and causing it to be, as Matt describes it, "wrung out like a wet towel".]]
** At first it appears something terrible has happened to Kashaw, with the walls, floor and even the ''ceiling'' of his room being [[LudicrousGibs absolutely covered in blood]]. [[spoiler:Then Kashaw is revealed to be covered in just as much blood, calmly sitting on the end of his bed seeming quite cheerful about the whole situation. He wisely decides to have a shower before joining the celebrations.]]
*** This is due to a moment of Awesome for Matt Mercer, who originally didn't have anything planned for Kashaw, but then was reminded he was also in the group that fought [[spoiler:Hotis]] originally, and comes up with the new scenario entirely on the fly.
* Vax can now sprout wings and fly! (Once per dawn, but it's still something!)
* After many days of tinkering, Percy finishes his modifications to the broom, renaming it "Death From Above". And to celebrate, Vex manages to score a perfect shot on a chicken thrown by Keyleth while on the broom.
keep their freedom.



[[folder: Special Episode: Liam's Quest]]
* Liam takes on the intimidating task of filling in for [[TheAce Matt]] as DM while Matt is absent for the week, and he ''kills it''. He manages to craft an awesome fourth-wall-shattering [[spoiler: apocalyptic]] one-shot that blends bizarre humour and very imaginative Cthulu-esque horror. Some of his descriptions, particularly the one [[spoiler: of Liam himself getting torn in half]], are vivid enough to rival Mercer's, and the players (and the audience!) clearly have a blast.
* Taliesin slapping [[spoiler: Conan O'Brien]] to death with Chill Touch.
* TheCameo from [[spoiler: Matt and Marisha]], who are a 20th level bard and 20th level monk, respectively. [[spoiler: Marisha]] in particular destroys a tower in one strike.
* Thanks to some really excellent rolls, Sam proves to be a great shot with a bow.
* Liam asked each of the players what class they see themselves as in order to make their character sheets. Sam chooses Ranger, Laura chooses Rogue, Travis is a Fighter, and as for Taliesin? [[CreepyAwesome Warlock]].

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[[folder: Special Episode: Liam's Quest]]
[[folder:Episode 104: Elysium]]
* Liam takes on Pike and Vex [[spoiler:receive the intimidating task blessings of filling in for [[TheAce Matt]] as DM while Matt is absent for the week, Sarenrae and he ''kills it''. He manages to craft an awesome fourth-wall-shattering [[spoiler: apocalyptic]] one-shot that blends bizarre humour and very imaginative Cthulu-esque horror. Some of his descriptions, particularly the one [[spoiler: of Liam himself getting torn in half]], are vivid enough to rival Mercer's, and the players (and the audience!) clearly have a blast.
* Taliesin slapping [[spoiler: Conan O'Brien]] to death with Chill Touch.
* TheCameo from [[spoiler: Matt and Marisha]], who are a 20th level bard and 20th level monk,
Pelor respectively. Of particular note is Vex's trial, as she has to prove her worth by struggling against angels to reach a beacon, while transformed into a red dragon by Scanlan.]]
* The Dungeon Master's Guide describes
[[spoiler: Marisha]] in particular the Eye of Vecna as a very powerful magic item that can only be permanently destroyed if the creature wearing it is struck by a very specific sword. Pelor seemingly destroys a tower in one strike.
* Thanks to some really excellent rolls, Sam proves to be a great shot
it with a bow.
* Liam asked each
handwave.]] Time will tell if Matt follows the other part of the players what class they see themselves as in order to make their character sheets. Sam chooses Ranger, Laura chooses Rogue, Travis is a Fighter, and as for Taliesin? [[CreepyAwesome Warlock]].item's description or not.



[[folder: Episode 59: Into the Feywild]]
* Ashley Johnson got to hang out and play "Ethereal Pike" again!
* If you try to con Percy, make sure he doesn't find out, as we discover when he learns Garmelie the Satyr magically charmed him. (What makes it is Taliesin [[DissonantSerenity maintaining a perfectly serene smile throughout]].)
--> '''Percy:''' Friend, I applaud your cleverness. I am excited by this deal. And I just want you to know - god forbid - if something comes up, where I come from ''[[BadassBoast I am possibly the worst person you've ever met.]]''

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[[folder: Episode 59: Into the Feywild]]
[[folder:Episode 106: The Endless Atheneeum]]
* Ashley Johnson got to hang out and play "Ethereal Pike" again!
* If you try to con Percy, make sure he doesn't find out, as we discover
While all of Vox Machina show different levels of defiance when he learns Garmelie [[spoiler:a recently ascended Vecna]] offers them to join [[spoiler:him]], Percy gets one of the Satyr magically charmed him. (What makes it is Taliesin [[DissonantSerenity maintaining a perfectly serene smile throughout]].)
--> '''Percy:''' Friend, I applaud your cleverness. I am excited
greatest burns ever:
-->'''Percy:''' We don't like to associate ourselves with new money.
* [[spoiler:Scanlan succeeding in Ioun's trial
by this deal. And I just want you to know - god forbid - if something comes up, where I come from ''[[BadassBoast I am possibly finding one very specific book in the worst person you've ever met.]]''titular, aptly named, ''Endless Atheneeum'', gaining both her assistance and the knowledge of the ritual needed to seal Vecna.]]



[[folder: Episode 60: Heredity and Hats (LIVE)]]
* Percy reveals that [[spoiler:he made Vex ''a titled noble of Whitestone''. For Vex, who was mercilessly bullied as a child for being the daughter of a commoner, this fulfills two of her life ambitions: to make it into high society, and to rub it in her blueblood father's face.]]
* After being charmed by Garmelie in the last episode, Percy gets his revenge and out tricks the trickster that the party had gotten into a deal with. To elaborate, the things Garmelie asked for from this deal are one of High Warden Tyrelda's hats and a piece of a Threshold Crest. The Threshold Crest in this case referring to the blue stones on the city wall that allow Syngorn to travel between the Prime Material and the Feywild, and the party worries that tampering with one of the stones may prevent the city from plane-shifting back. In an impressive use of ExactWords, [[spoiler: Percy instead has him clarify that he would be satisfied with any piece of a threshold crest, and with that in mind he has Keyleth stone shape a symbol of a Whitestone crest from the "threshold" of a door, breaks it, and gives it to him.]] And it ''works''.
* Trinket saves Vex from a bear spirit that was going to kill her and forces its submission (as well as giving him a power-up).
-->'''Bear spirit''': She is your charge?
-->'''Trinket''': She is everything to me. You take her, you take ME.

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[[folder: Episode 60: Heredity [[folder:Episode 107: Scaldseat]]
* ''Grog'' of all people comes up with a genius solution to the underground caverns filled with poisonous gas
and Hats (LIVE)]]
* Percy reveals that [[spoiler:he made Vex ''a titled noble
no fresh air: [[spoiler:the party already had a Water Breathing spell cast on them, so Grog suggests filling his Alchemy Jug with fresh water and taking regular gulps of Whitestone''. For Vex, who was mercilessly bullied as "air" from it like a child for being portable air bubble]].
* Scanlan making great use of his [[spoiler:planetar form against
the daughter of a commoner, this fulfills two of her life ambitions: to make it into high society, and to rub it in her blueblood father's face.magma bulettes.]]
* After being charmed by Garmelie Keyleth's interpretive dance results in the last episode, Percy gets his revenge and entire cast performing a perfectly-harmonized tribal chant completely out tricks the trickster that the party had gotten into a deal with. To elaborate, the things Garmelie asked for from this deal are one of High Warden Tyrelda's hats and a piece of a Threshold Crest. The Threshold Crest in this case referring to the blue stones on the city wall that allow Syngorn to travel between the Prime Material and the Feywild, and the party worries that tampering with one of the stones may prevent the city from plane-shifting back. In an impressive use of ExactWords, [[spoiler: Percy instead has him clarify that he would be satisfied with any piece of a threshold crest, and with that in mind he has Keyleth stone shape a symbol of a Whitestone crest from the "threshold" of a door, breaks it, and gives it to him.]] And it ''works''.
* Trinket saves Vex from a bear spirit that was going to kill her and forces its submission (as well as giving him a power-up).
-->'''Bear spirit''': She is your charge?
-->'''Trinket''': She is everything to me. You take her, you take ME.
nowhere. Now ''that's'' improv!



[[folder:Episode 61: Denizens of the Moonbrush]]
* If you thought Taliesin was insane with his streak of Natural 20s, this episode is tied with Episode 55 for having the highest number of Natural 20s among the party (as well as the most Natural 1s).
** Most notably, Scanlan rolling two Natural 20s even with disadvantage.
* The [[spoiler:pixies]] proving to be both a decent challenge and a large annoyance for Vox Machina, as they were able to cast [[NoSell Counterspell]] in addition to Polymorph and petrification spells.
* After Grog was [[spoiler: turned to stone by the pixies]], Travis held the same thumbs-up position for ''over seven minutes in real time'' without flinching, despite the best efforts of Liam, Laura and Sam to make him flinch.

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[[folder:Episode 61: Denizens of 108: The Core Anvil]]
* The entire encounter against
the Moonbrush]]
* If you thought Taliesin
[[spoiler:forge guardian]] was insane a tense battle, pushing Vox Machina to their limits with his streak of Natural 20s, this episode is tied with Episode 55 its powerful strikes and extremely high AC and HP. [[spoiler:Despite being mildly spent from the bulettes and the constructs from earlier, they still managed to pull through without losing anyone.]]
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, taking a cue from Scanlan, casts ''Shapechange'' to transform into a planetar herself, and uses her ''Healing Touch'' ability to act as an emergency medic
for having the highest number of Natural 20s among party. She even gets the finishing blow against the guardian, using the planetar's Holy Avenger.]]
* [[spoiler:Between the knowledge granted to Percy and Grog from Ioun, Scanlan's inspiration, Keyleth's buff spells, and some very close calls,
the party (as well as manages to forge the most Natural 1s).
** Most notably, Scanlan rolling two Natural 20s even with disadvantage.
* The [[spoiler:pixies]] proving
divine trammels needed to be both a decent challenge and a large annoyance for Vox Machina, as they were able to cast [[NoSell Counterspell]] in addition to Polymorph and petrification spells.
* After Grog was [[spoiler: turned to stone by the pixies]], Travis held the same thumbs-up position for ''over seven minutes in real time'' without flinching, despite the best efforts of Liam, Laura and Sam to make him flinch.
seal away Vecna.]]



[[folder:Episode 62: Uninviting Waters (LIVE)]]
* Scanlan cleverly using his Magic Missiles not to attack the creature, but to sever the rope that was keeping the party tied together and severely limiting their movement.
* Grog, swallowed by a Feymire Crocodile, uses the Titanstone Knuckles to double his size and force the beast to vomit him back up.
* Keyleth finally gets to use her Blight spell on a plant-based enemy with devastating effect[[note]]When used on a plant-based enemy, Blight does the maximum damage without requiring a roll, so her Blights did ''64 damage'' each[[/note]], the second time [[spoiler:earning her the HDYWTDT on the creature - her first since the Whitestone arc and only her third on-stream!]] [[PetTheDog Even better was the audience's reaction of chanting her name.]]

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[[folder:Episode 62: Uninviting Waters (LIVE)]]
109: The Ominous March]]
* Scanlan cleverly using his Magic Missiles not Keyleth manage once again to attack pass a Perception DC of 30, which literally means succeeding in an almost impossible task. This allows her to spot a small flow of water on the creature, but Titan's body for Vox Machina to sever climb.
* Also,
the rope that was keeping titan. Vecna raised the party tied together and severely limiting their movement.
* Grog, swallowed by
remains of a Feymire Crocodile, uses ''massive'' primordial Titan (his ''footprints'' are 150 feet long), the same one from whose heart were made the Titanstone Knuckles to double his size Knuckles, and force uses it to transport Thar Amphala on its back.
* The plan to stop Vecna: while Vox Machina sneaks their way to him to try and seal him away, a distraction will be provided by J'Mon Sa Ord (in their full, dragon glory) sieging
the beast to vomit him back up.
* Keyleth finally gets to use her Blight spell on a plant-based enemy
city with devastating effect[[note]]When used on a plant-based enemy, Blight does an army of wyvern riders. ''Awesome'' is an understatement.
* When Vecna interrupts
the maximum damage without requiring a roll, so her Blights did ''64 damage'' each[[/note]], war council arrayed against him to threaten the second time [[spoiler:earning her the HDYWTDT on the creature - her first since the Whitestone arc specific loved ones of those present. Longtime Vox Machina ally Allura Vysoren flips out and only her third on-stream!]] [[PetTheDog Even better was the audience's reaction of chanting her name.]]dispels his illusion; one archmage who refuses to be taunted, even by a god.



[[folder:Episode 63: The Echo Tree]]
* Keyleth goes fire elemental on the two treants supporting [[spoiler:Saundor]] and, with some ingenious use of Tree Stride, ''destroys'' them thanks to their vulnerability to fire.
* After spending most of the previous fights in the Feywild in various states of incapacitation, and desperately trying to get a hit during their fight with [[spoiler:Saundor, Grog lands the HDYWTDT on Saundor by throwing the Javelin of Lightning through his mouth and causing his entire body to explode. The ShutUpHannibal right before it ("Nobody cares!") was also ''particularly'' appropriate.]]
* The description of Saundor and his conversation with Vex. Matt using aspects of Vex's backstory that had just been revealed in a short story makes for one of the most atmospheric villains the party has encountered yet.

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[[folder:Episode 63: 110: The Echo Tree]]
Climb Within]]
* Despite Ashley's absence, Pike gets both of the [=HDYWTDT=]s this episode (controlled by Liam and Laura).
* Vax deals over 100 damage to the undead dwarf king with one dagger, defeating him in one blow.
** Later, he does the same to a nothic ("Liam knows what this is, but Vax doesn't"): almost 60 damage with his first dagger is enough to defeat it.
* She doesn't get to use it, but
Keyleth goes fire elemental on the two treants supporting [[spoiler:Saundor]] and, with some ingenious use creating a flaming sword is still awesome.
* One for Matt: Those darn trolls ate up ''four''
of Tree Stride, ''destroys'' them thanks to Percy's Grit points by making all of their vulnerability to fire.
* After spending most of the previous fights in the Feywild in various states of incapacitation, and desperately trying to get a hit during their fight with [[spoiler:Saundor, Grog lands the HDYWTDT on Saundor by throwing the Javelin of Lightning through
saves against his mouth and causing his entire body to explode. The ShutUpHannibal right before it ("Nobody cares!") was also ''particularly'' appropriate.]]
* The description of Saundor and his conversation with Vex. Matt using aspects of Vex's backstory that had just been revealed in
shots at a short story makes for one of the most atmospheric villains the party has encountered yet.40% chance.



[[folder:Episode 64: The Frigid Doom]]
* Of all people, it's Keyleth who (with a damn good Persuasion roll of 25) manages to persuade [[spoiler:Tooma]] into trusting that her tribe and Vox Machina have similar goals and therefore are people of their word. Even the party is impressed with her words, especially since she wasn't very successful with negotiating in the past.
--> '''Keyleth:''' ''(in response to [[spoiler:Tooma's]] claims)'' I think faith and trust are not mutually exclusive. I cannot trust you and still have faith, and you should not feel a lack of pride for living in the dirt or surviving. There's nothing wrong with that. But I understand your urge to want to rebuild, become the great culture that I know you all are. So... you should at least trust that we have similar interests in the end.

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[[folder:Episode 64: The Frigid Doom]]
[[folder: One-Shot: Bar Room Blitz!]]
* Of all people, it's Keyleth MaryElizabethMcGlynn guest stars in her third episode (not counting the battle royale), [[spoiler: and once again she is the one who (with a damn good Persuasion roll of 25) manages to persuade [[spoiler:Tooma]] into trusting that her tribe and Vox Machina have similar goals and therefore are people of their word. Even kills the party is impressed with her words, especially since she wasn't very successful with negotiating in the past.
--> '''Keyleth:''' ''(in response to [[spoiler:Tooma's]] claims)'' I think faith and trust are not mutually exclusive. I cannot trust you and still have faith, and you should not feel a lack of pride for living in the dirt or surviving. There's nothing wrong with that. But I understand your urge to want to rebuild, become the great culture that I know you all are. So... you should at least trust that we have similar interests in the end.
episode's boss.]]



[[folder:Episode 65: The Streets of Ank'Harel]]
* Liam and Marisha's RP in the opening moments of the episode, especially from Marisha as [[spoiler:[[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Keyleth confesses her love to Vax after keeping him waiting for so long]]. And best of all, not even Liam, who had dropped the mic himself when Vax confessed to Keyleth in Episode 33, saw it coming.]]
* The party finally made it to Marquet!
* Scanlan trying to buy "spice" from two teenaged kids is this and hilarious.
* The soothsayer that Percy, Keyleth, and Vex visit to get information from. It was all off the top of Matt's head as he gave his card readings.
* As funny as it is, the unplanned synchro answers given by Keyleth and Percy about whether or not to drink the alcohol is pretty awesome.

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[[folder:Episode 65: The Streets of Ank'Harel]]
[[folder: Episode 112: Dark Dealings]]
* Liam and Marisha's RP in the opening moments of the episode, especially from Marisha as [[spoiler:[[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Keyleth confesses her love manages to Vax after keeping him waiting for so long]]. And best of all, not even Liam, who had dropped quickly recover from a Natural 1 on Stealth that attracted gloomstalkers nearby by quickly turning into an earth elemental and sinking into the mic himself when Vax confessed to Keyleth in Episode 33, saw it coming.]]
ground before they can find her.
* The Despite the clear time limit of the titan approaching Vasselheim, the party finally made it figured out how to Marquet!
* Scanlan trying
take a leisurely long rest: [[spoiler: zip over to buy "spice" from two teenaged kids is this the Feywild and hilarious.
* The soothsayer that Percy, Keyleth, and Vex visit
bribe Artagan to get information from. It was all off bend the top timing of Matt's head as he gave his card readings.
* As funny as it is, the unplanned synchro answers given by Keyleth and Percy about whether or not to drink the alcohol is pretty awesome.
their exit in their favor.]]



[[folder:Episode 66: A Traveler's Gamble]]
* Grog (with Keyleth's and Scanlan's help) pushing the construct out of the window.
** In the same fight, despite being unable to do any relevant damage (due to the construct immunity to all but his d6 of necrotic damage), Percy manages to be helpful by keeping the enemy at disadvantage on his strongest attribute check (although Taliesin himself didn't seem to realize it).
* J'mon Sa Ord turns out to be a far greater ally than any of them could have hoped. [[spoiler: Possibly the best ally against a conclave of chromatic dragons, a metallic dragon]].
* In terms of cliffhangers, Matt does it once again as the episode ends with Vox Machina sneaking into the place where Mistress Asharru, wearer of Cabal's Ruin, may be hiding in... [[spoiler: only to find her dead, the cloak having already been stolen, and with bullets in the wall, meaning that Dr. Anna Ripley is back, [[Franchise/RipleysBelieveItOrNot believe it or not]]]].

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[[folder:Episode 66: A Traveler's Gamble]]
[[folder: Episode 113: The Final Ascent]]
* Grog (with Keyleth's and Scanlan's help) pushing The fact that Arkhan is played by Hollywood actor Creator/JoeManganiello is a moment of Awesome for everyone involved.
* Arkhan's first action is to tame a Gloomstalker as a mount.
** At
the construct out end of the window.
** In
episode, [[YouShallNotPass he charges the same fight, despite being unable Death Knight by himself]] to do any relevant damage (due to the construct immunity to all but his d6 of necrotic damage), Percy manages to be helpful by keeping the enemy at disadvantage on his strongest attribute check (although Taliesin himself didn't seem to realize it).
* J'mon Sa Ord turns out to be a far greater ally than any of them could have hoped. [[spoiler: Possibly the best ally against a conclave of chromatic dragons, a metallic dragon]].
* In terms of cliffhangers, Matt does it once again as the episode ends with
give Vox Machina sneaking into time to face Vecna.
* Delilah Briarwood is back -- oh, but she dies before her second turn, and Matt notes that this time she's [[DeaderThanDead gone for good]] as she hasn't had time to make a new clone. Two turns later, Sylas is reduced to mist as well.
* Right before
the place break, a huge swarm of Gloomstalkers are closing in on the heroes... until J'mon and the wyvern knight army burst through the opening in the threshold barrier and start cleaning house.
* Three enemies are in a room
where Mistress Asharru, wearer of Cabal's Ruin, may be hiding in... they don't notice the party on the stairs. Vex and Vax drop one each while Arkhan injures the third. [[spoiler: only to find her dead, the cloak having already been stolen, and NegatedMomentOfAwesome afterwards with bullets in the wall, meaning that Dr. Anna Ripley is back, [[Franchise/RipleysBelieveItOrNot believe it or not]]]].a heavy dose of MyGodWhatHaveIDone though, as they were revealed to be Cassandra, Kaylie, and Gilmore under Vecna's spell.]]



[[folder:Episode 67: The Chase to Glintshore]]
* The twins, Grog, and Keyleth all reached level 15, marking some impressive changes for the four:
** Vax is now capable of casting spells and Divine Smite as a level 2 Paladin.
** Vex is now a level 2 Rogue, which grants her Cunning Action.
** Keyleth can now cast 8th-level spells, which means she has amazing options such as Control Weather, Tsunami, and Sunburst.
** Grog is now capable of Persistent Rage, making him a nigh-unstoppable raging killing machine.
* The entire episode was one big CMOA for Keyleth. From discovering [[spoiler:the "bug" on Retort that was placed inside by Dr. Ripley]], to managing to scry on [[spoiler:the doctor as she fled towards the Ozmit Sea to hunt down Whisper]], to casting Control Weather for the first time to part a massive lightning storm, to teaming up with Vax to go [[DeathFromAbove "Keyteor"]] on [[spoiler:Ripley's]] boat so that they could sink it.
* A subtle one should also go to [[spoiler: Dr. Ripley. By enchanting the pistol she made that Percy took from her, she now knows about everything the group has discovered about the Chroma Conclave and the Vestiges. This allowed her to completely one up Vox Machina on finding Cabal's Ruin, as well as make significant progress in locating Whisper before the party could even get to her. She's even fashioned a new gun and hand in the time when she was last seen.]]

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[[folder:Episode 67: The Chase to Glintshore]]
[[folder: Episode 114: Vecna, the Ascended]]
* The twins, Grog, battle against Vecna showcases the true power of both sides, with Vecna's first spell [[spoiler:''cracking the battleground itself into pieces'']]. After a long fight that exhausts both parties, [[spoiler:Vox Machina successfully banish Vecna with no party member deaths and Keyleth all reached level 15, marking some impressive changes for the four:
** Vax is now capable of casting spells and Divine Smite as a level 2 Paladin.
** Vex is now a level 2 Rogue, which grants her Cunning Action.
** Keyleth can now cast 8th-level spells, which means she has amazing options such as Control Weather, Tsunami, and Sunburst.
** Grog is now capable of Persistent Rage, making him a nigh-unstoppable raging
only one (Scanlan) going unconscious (but with no death saves). Furthermore, they ''avoid'' killing machine.
* The entire episode was one big CMOA for Keyleth. From discovering [[spoiler:the "bug" on Retort that was placed inside by Dr. Ripley]], to managing to scry on [[spoiler:the doctor as she fled towards the Ozmit Sea to hunt down Whisper]], to casting Control Weather for the first time to part a massive lightning storm, to teaming up with Vax to go [[DeathFromAbove "Keyteor"]] on [[spoiler:Ripley's]] boat so that they could sink it.
* A subtle one should also go to [[spoiler: Dr. Ripley. By enchanting the pistol she made that Percy took from her, she now knows about everything the group has discovered about the Chroma Conclave and the Vestiges. This
his avatar form (which would have allowed her him to completely retreat to his phylactery), albeit with a mere 10hp remaining. The one up who manages to do the deed: ''Keyleth'', after Scanlan's first attempt at using the Rites of Banishment fails due to Vecna burning his last Legendary Resistance. In fact, she's the ''only'' other one able to do it, as none of Vox Machina on finding Cabal's Ruin, are proficient in Arcana but she can read and speak all languages while Shapechanged into a Planetar]].
** Vecna heals 50 HP per turn. Combined with his immunity to non-magical damage, he is incredibly hard to destroy [[spoiler:and
as well as make significant progress in locating Whisper before aforementioned, actually "destroying" him wouldn't have defeated him anyway]]. It's a powerful ability that makes the party could fight much harder. [[spoiler: However, it becomes the cause of his downfall when Vox Machina finds a way to exploit it, since the spell he uses to banish Scanlan requires concentration, and healing himself gives a chance to break it they wouldn't have had otherwise. It happens at least twice, but the last one is the most noticeable: Vecna only had few (10) HP, but after he recovers those 50, Grog comes in and strikes, dealing him ''exactly'' 50 points of damage]].
* Vox Machina are aided by a procession of {{Eleventh Hour Ranger}}s: [[spoiler:a rotating cast of first J'mon Sa Ord in Brass Dragon Dev'Ossa form who blasts Vecna with a Fire Breath, then Kash and Zahra, bringing healing, more damage to Vecna, and a huge morale boost; and then Arkhan, having won his fight against the death knight]].
* Scanlan succeeds on ''all five'' Counterspell attempts, nullifying several of Vecna's spells when they would have swung the battle heavily in his favour: most notably a Feeblemind spell on Keyleth ([[spoiler:which would have made it impossible for her to read the Rites of Banishment]]) and later an attempted escape via Teleport. At one point Scanlan seems to waste his turn by only moving and using his Bardic Inspiration on Grog, only to later reveal [[spoiler:that it was ''actually'' done to move back within Counterspell range; a reveal that
even get has Matt applauding]].
-->'''Scanlan:''' [[spoiler: That's why I moved closer, motherfucker!]]
* Pike's Mass Heal gives everyone a much-needed HeroicSecondWind, putting them all up
to her. She's even fashioned a new gun full HP.
* [[spoiler:Arkhan suddenly stealing the Hand of Vecna after the battle
and hand in the time when she was last seen.making a clean getaway via teleport, which catches ''everyone'' off-guard.]]



[[folder: Episode 68: Cloak and Dagger]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley manages to draw Vox Machina into a clever trap, using illusions of herself and [[TheBusCameBack Kynan Leore]] and then detonating the entire forest in a massive fiery blast, severely wounding the entire party, scattering them away from each other, and leaving them wide open to the attacks of her crew. Oh, and Ripley made a pact with Orthax, as well.]]
** In a bout of FridgeBrilliance, you realize [[spoiler:she did what VM did to Umbrasyl, which makes sense since she's been keeping track of them]].
* [[spoiler:Percy manages to roll a Nat 20 to keep his concentration for Hex after taking a large amount of damage at the very beginning of the fight with Ripley.]]
* Scanlan and Keyleth were both the [=MVPs=] of the encounter:
** [[spoiler:Despite being on death's door several times throughout the fight, having already expended her Wild Shape and her magic slowly being depleted, Keyleth managed to keep on fighting and focus on keeping Percy alive for as long as possible.]]
** [[spoiler:Even when they were knocked out by a mage's ''Chain Lightning'', Keyleth losing concentration on her ''Whirlwind'' spell and Scanlan losing his for ''Reverse Gravity'' caused the trapped mage to plummet into the crevasse and get splattered.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan managed to ''Counterspell'' Ripley's ''Fireball'' spell, which prevented a TPK. Later, as retribution for Percy's death, he manages to encase Ripley inside ''Otiluke's Resilient Sphere'', setting up the coldest kill for an adversary yet.]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley becomes the first villain to kill a member of Vox Machina on stream, dealing the killing shot to Percy.]]
* Late in the fight, after having stabbed Keyleth multiple times, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn Kynan turns his blade on Orthax instead after having realized what he did and Vax managing to persuade him.]]]]
* As tragic as the scene is, [[spoiler: ''all'' of Vox Machina taking vengeance on Ripley for Percy's death]] is probably the best How Do You Want To Do This? moment in the entire show.

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[[folder: Episode 68: Cloak and Dagger]]
115: The Chapter Closes]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley manages to draw Vox Machina into a clever trap, using illusions of Even when the Raven Queen herself and [[TheBusCameBack Kynan Leore]] and then detonating comes to collect Vax, Percy tries to put himself between the entire forest two of them. The Goddess freezes him in a massive fiery blast, severely wounding the entire party, scattering them away from each other, and leaving them wide open to the attacks of her crew. Oh, and Ripley made a pact place with Orthax, as well.]]
** In
a bout of FridgeBrilliance, you realize [[spoiler:she did what VM did spell, but Percy continues to Umbrasyl, which makes sense since she's been keeping track of them]].
* [[spoiler:Percy manages to roll a Nat 20 to keep his concentration
glare daggers at her for Hex after taking a large amount of damage at the very beginning rest of the fight with Ripley.]]
* Scanlan and Keyleth were both
scene. If looks could kill, the [=MVPs=] Raven Queen would be long gone.
* The last rolls
of the encounter:
** [[spoiler:Despite
campaign are natural 20's.
* Percy giving up making weapons to go back to his forgotten dream of
being on death's door several times throughout a clockmaker was a beautiful conclusion and send-off for his character. It was also a decision made spontaneously during the fight, having already expended her Wild Shape and her magic slowly being depleted, Keyleth managed to keep episode by Taliesin, drawing on fighting and focus on keeping an old aspect of the original script he pulled Percy alive for as long as possible.]]
** [[spoiler:Even when they were knocked out by a mage's ''Chain Lightning'', Keyleth losing concentration on her ''Whirlwind'' spell and Scanlan losing his for ''Reverse Gravity'' caused the trapped mage to plummet into the crevasse and get splattered.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan managed to ''Counterspell'' Ripley's ''Fireball'' spell, which prevented a TPK. Later, as retribution for Percy's death, he manages to encase Ripley inside ''Otiluke's Resilient Sphere'', setting up the coldest kill for an adversary yet.]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley becomes the first villain to kill a member of Vox Machina on stream, dealing the killing shot to Percy.]]
* Late in the fight, after having stabbed Keyleth multiple times, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn Kynan turns his blade on Orthax instead after having realized what he did and Vax managing to persuade him.]]]]
* As tragic as the scene is, [[spoiler: ''all'' of Vox Machina taking vengeance on Ripley for Percy's death]] is probably the best How Do You Want To Do This? moment in the entire show.
from.



[[folder: Episode 69: Passed Through Fire]]
* In a bit of meta-awesome, [[spoiler:despite each member of the group succeeding at their various checks in Pike's Resurrection ritual, Matt waited for confirmation from Taliesin as to whether or not the spell worked. To clarify, even though VM got everything right and the spell (according to Matt's house rules) could only have failed if he rolled a Natural 1, he still gave Taliesin the ultimate choice in his character's fate. That, my friends, is how you DM a game of Dungeons and Dragons.]]
** Similarly, Taliesin and Matt revealed that there were "rules" for [[spoiler: the ritual, dictating whether Percy would come back or not based on what the party said and did. This means that, even without knowing what the rules ''were'', the party knew Percy well enough to follow them and convince Percy to return]]. A true testament to this group's closeness and ThePowerOfFriendship (and, in [[spoiler: Vex's case, ThePowerOfLove]] as well).
* When Pike's [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]] is blocked, Keyleth is the one who [[spoiler: casts Greater Restoration and frees Percy's soul from being consumed by Orthax. It's the only thing Percy remembers when he wakes up, and he thanks her sincerely.]]
* Keyleth gets a surprise, handwritten letter from [[spoiler:Kerrek, ''[[VoiceoverLetter narrated by]]'' ''Creator/PatrickRothfuss himself'']]. As the final touch, the envelope also contains a gift: [[spoiler:a ring forged from the metal of a sword, engraved with the words "I have passed through fire"]].
* For the episode's cliffhanger Matt drops another massive hammer onto the group that has Travis and Laura jumping off their seats with excitement: Seeker Asum has a private meeting with Vox Machina and reveals that [[spoiler:he is Raishan, the Chroma Conclave's green dragon, in disguise. She wants their help to kill Thordak, the Conclave's leader]].

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[[folder: Episode 69: Passed Through Fire]]
Thursday by Night (Part 1)]]
* In a bit of meta-awesome, [[spoiler:despite each member of the group succeeding at their various checks in Pike's Resurrection ritual, Matt waited for confirmation from Taliesin as to whether or not spent at least a month learning the spell worked. To clarify, even though VM layout of the G&S and related offices, got everything right and permission to include various staff as [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] [[spoiler:with the spell (according to Matt's house rules) could only have failed if he rolled a Natural 1, he still gave Taliesin the ultimate choice in his character's fate. That, my friends, is how you DM a game of Dungeons and Dragons.]]
** Similarly, Taliesin and Matt revealed
understanding that there were "rules" for [[spoiler: the ritual, dictating whether Percy he would come back or not based on what the party be killing them off]], did very good impressions of said staff (his Ivan van Norman impression was especially spot on), and did. This means that, even without knowing what the rules ''were'', the party knew Percy well enough to follow homebrewed a more simplified/barebones version of VampireTheMasquerade for his friends because none of them and convince Percy to return]]. A true testament to this group's closeness and ThePowerOfFriendship (and, in [[spoiler: Vex's case, ThePowerOfLove]] as well).
* When Pike's [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]] is blocked, Keyleth is the one who [[spoiler: casts Greater Restoration and frees Percy's soul from being consumed by Orthax. It's the only thing Percy remembers when he wakes up, and he thanks her sincerely.]]
* Keyleth gets a surprise, handwritten letter from [[spoiler:Kerrek, ''[[VoiceoverLetter narrated by]]'' ''Creator/PatrickRothfuss himself'']]. As the final touch, the envelope also contains a gift: [[spoiler:a ring forged from the metal of a sword, engraved
had any real experience with the words "I have passed through fire"]].
* For the episode's cliffhanger
system. This is on top of hosting The Wednesday Club, appearances on Talks Machina, taking over Gather Your Party, voice acting, and preparing to officiate Matt drops another massive hammer onto the group that has Travis and Laura jumping off their seats with excitement: Seeker Asum has Marisha's wedding. There's a private meeting with Vox Machina reason a petition was jokingly made requesting he go home and reveals that [[spoiler:he is Raishan, the Chroma Conclave's green dragon, in disguise. She wants their help to kill Thordak, the Conclave's leader]].get some sleep.



[[folder: Episode 70: Trust]]
* Keyleth holds NOTHING back in a scathing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to [[spoiler:Raishan]].
* [[spoiler:Raishan]], MagnificentBastard that [[spoiler:she]] is, is still just as amazing throughout the episode, baiting Keyleth but never rising to her bait, effortlessly controlling conversations even when everyone else is clearly hostile to [[spoiler:her]], and very possibly [[spoiler:sneaking with them to Draconia through the Sun Tree, despite Percy telling her that they would meet her there so as not to clue her in to Kima traveling with them.]]
** Conversely, during the talks with [[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy manages to remain calm enough to prevent Keyleth from attacking (which would probably have destroyed Whitestone). He also takes the lead in convincing [[spoiler: Raishan to help fight Vorugal]], and later manages to twist the deal to allow [[spoiler: Lady Kima to join the fight, despite the fact that Raishan explicitly told them not to tell anyone else]]. By the end of their conversations, even [[spoiler: Raishan]] develops a grudging respect for him - and it's all capped off by the reveal that [[spoiler: Percy has been ''terrified'' the entire time, as he collapses in panic after Raishan leaves]]. It just goes to show that when Vex and Keyleth told him how much they needed him during his [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]], they were not exaggerating in the slightest.
* Vex's insanely awesome plan to [[spoiler: summon the demon holding the Spire of Conflux from the Abyss and let it fight Vorugal]]. Percy's reaction is a literal gasp of awe.
-->'''Percy:''' It's brazen. I like it.
* Lady Kima landing a nat 20 on a retaliatory maul swing at [[spoiler:Scanlan]] is this plus CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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[[folder: Episode 70: Trust]]
Thursday by Night (Part 2)]]
* Keyleth holds NOTHING back in a scathing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to [[spoiler:Raishan]].
* [[spoiler:Raishan]], MagnificentBastard that [[spoiler:she]] is, is still just as amazing throughout
Despite the episode, baiting Keyleth but never rising to her bait, effortlessly controlling conversations even when everyone else is clearly hostile to [[spoiler:her]], party draining people, using powers recklessly (including against older vampires), and very possibly [[spoiler:sneaking with them to Draconia through the Sun Tree, despite Percy telling her that they would meet her there so as not to clue her in to Kima traveling with them.]]
** Conversely, during the talks with
simply being reckless idiots, [[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy manages to remain calm enough to prevent Keyleth from attacking (which would probably have destroyed Whitestone). He also takes There was not, I repeat, ''not'' a TPK. Of the lead in convincing [[spoiler: Raishan to help fight Vorugal]], and later manages to twist the deal to allow [[spoiler: Lady Kima to join the fight, despite the fact 6 that Raishan explicitly told them not woke up, Laura and Travis survived to tell anyone else]]. By become part of the end of their conversations, even [[spoiler: Raishan]] develops a grudging respect for him - and it's all capped off by the reveal that [[spoiler: Percy has been ''terrified'' the entire time, as he collapses in panic after Raishan leaves]]. It just goes to show that when Vex and Keyleth told him how much they needed him during his [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]], they were not exaggerating in the slightest.
* Vex's insanely awesome plan to [[spoiler: summon the demon holding the Spire of Conflux from the Abyss and let it fight Vorugal]]. Percy's reaction is a literal gasp of awe.
-->'''Percy:''' It's brazen. I like it.
* Lady Kima landing a nat 20 on a retaliatory maul swing at [[spoiler:Scanlan]] is this plus CrowningMomentOfFunny.
LA Camarilla.]]



[[folder: Episode 71: Vorugal]]
* Scanlan [[spoiler:summoning Yenk with ''barely'' a passing roll (DC was 19, the roll with every buff and assistance combined was 20) and then ''successfully dominating Yenk's mind''.]]
* The entire first part of the battle is an epic display, though Matt jokingly describes it as everyone "watching him play with his toys."
* Vax entering the fight by flying in and dealing 84 damage with a auto-crit Sneak Attack.
* [[spoiler:Divine Intervention ''finally worked!!'' Saranrae tells Pike she'll do her best and then smites Vorgual to the ground and leaving a giant fist sized crater for 50 points of damage.]]
* Grog and Lady Kima tag teaming [[spoiler:Yenk]], Kima proving that she's still the same badass she was in the Underdark by going to town against [[spoiler:the goristro]] with her Holy Thunder Maul and Divine Smite, and Grog hitting for an obscene amount of damage [[spoiler: using reckless attacks and great master he hits for 129 points of damage in a single attack action]] in one attack and later getting the HDYWTDT by [[spoiler:[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe ripping Yenk in half like a wishbone]]]].
* Vex [[spoiler:getting the HDYWTDT on Vorugal]], followed by an EpicOneLiner from [[spoiler:Raishan]], who rips [[spoiler:Vorugal's]] throat out with [[spoiler:her]] teeth.
-->[[spoiler:'''Raishan''']]: Tell your master on the other side... ''it was worth it!''
* [[spoiler:Keyleth finally gets her prized Vestige. [[https://twitter.com/Marisha_Ray/status/787425805307514880 And it's a Vestige that has been used by her people previously!]]]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Episode 72: The Elephant in the Room]]
* Say what you will, but the casual confidence with which [[spoiler: Percy kisses Vex]] is pretty awesome.
* Kima gets [[spoiler: Holy Avenger!]] When Grog suggests [[spoiler: inheriting her maul]], she casually hefts both onto her shoulders and says, "Nah. I'm good." Grog agrees that that. is. awesome.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Episode 73: The Coming Storm]]
* During a war council meeting between Vox Machina, every major NPC in Whitestone, and [[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy abruptly becomes sick of secrets and lies and [[spoiler: ''attacks Raishan in Seeker Assum's form'']], revealing the truth to everyone in the room and forcing [[spoiler: her]] to come clean to the major power figures in Whitestone.
* Vex is absolutely on a roll with her brilliant battle strategies. Three episodes ago it was [[spoiler: Yenk vs Vorugal]], and this time it's [[spoiler: convincing Raishan to fake her death in order to draw out Thordak]]. Time will tell if that plan succeeds, but even [[spoiler: Raishan]] considers it seriously.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Episode 74: Path of Brass]]
* Not familiar with the culture in the City of Brass, half the party is being herded away from the others by efreet to be forced into slavery. Nothing Pike, Grog, or Keyleth tries is at all effective in getting them out of the situation. Who saves the day and gets them away scot free without a fight? Scanlan, with one well-placed Dominate Monster.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 75: Where The Cards Fall]]
* Despite not being as eloquent as Scanlan or Percy, and due to being one of two members of Vox Machina to not be in chains, Keyleth manages to successfully negotiate with the fire giants of the City of Brass not once, but twice. The first time being when she bartered with a blacksmith for information and the second time with two guards defending the house of the one who owns the Plate of the Dawnmartyr, her efforts granting them access to the owner's abode.
* The owner of the Plate of the Dawnmartyr successfully beating Scanlan in a game of chance.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Episode 76: Brawl in the Arches]]
* Vax's dive towards Keyleth, grabbing her, and kissing her while simultaneously casting ''Heroism''. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Becomes much, MUCH more hilarious once they all realize that the druid looked like Vex at the time.]] But Vax? He didn't care.
** Even more amazing is Vax being able to maintain concentration on ''Heroism'' despite suffering multiple heavy attacks. Not bad for someone with only 10 Constitution.
* Scanlan awakens Mythcarver, which allows him to perform ''four attacks'' in a row against a Pit Fiend. [[spoiler: It's the HDYWTDT]]. And that's not even the coolest part: immediately afterward, Scanlan uses Modify Memory to brainwash a witness so the group doesn't get arrested/murdered/pursued by the ''fifty thousand'' Efreeti guards in the City of Brass. Easily the most clutch Scanlan victory since the triceratops rampage.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 77: Clash at Daxio]]
* Level 16, like level 12, marked even more noteworthy changes that are mentioned in this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax took the Oath of Vengeance as a level 3 paladin]].
** Vex took the assassin archetype as a level 3 rogue.
** Keyleth took the War Caster feat, giving her advantage on concentration checks and the ability to cast spells as opportunity attacks.
** Grog multiclassed into Fighter.
* A villainous one, but the enemy spellcaster managed to both take Allura and Feeblemind her under everyone else's nose ''and'' to mind-control Vex for a good portion of the fight.
* Lady Kima enters the battlefield. How? By throwing away the aforementioned spellcaster and striking him twice. To make it even sweeter, the second hit is a critical and breaks his concentration, freeing Vex.
* Credit must be given to Vox Machina's sheer endurance, since they managed to fight this battle despite coming from a very harsh fight with a ''pit fiend''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Episode 78: The Siege of Emon]]
* A lesser one, but when [[spoiler: Kashaw]] joins the group he is quick to find and fill the holes in Vox Machina's plan.
* A Minor one, also when [[spoiler: Kashaw]] fills the holes in VM's plan. it is revealed just how much Will knows about war tactics and how to win a battle.
* Grog showing his vestige's siege abilities.
* [[spoiler: Zahra and Kashaw]] staying behind to hold back Thordak's fire giants while Vox Machina sneaks through.
* One goes to Matt for the descriptions. Everything, from the sight of Emon's ruins to the arrival of Thordak himself gives you the scale of what they are facing, and what's at stake. And, once again, Matt ends with a cliffhanger, right after Thordak senses the presence of intruders.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Episode 79: Thordak]]
* As if all the already licensed music being used wasn't enough, Blizzard gave Matt permission to use their music, just in time for the epic Thordak fight!
* Vax [[spoiler: awakening Whisper with the killing blow on Thordak.]]
* Vax putting to good use the dragonslayer sword and his paladin's abilities during the fight. The highlight is a turn when he manages to combine the Sneak Attack, Smite and Hunter's Mark damage with a critical hit for a total of 102 damage with ''one'' hit.
* The whole battle is probably a crowning moment for Matt as a DM. [[spoiler: Not only is he controlling Thordak, he's also playing as multiple friendly [=NPCs=] and keeping track of the lair actions. On top of all of that, he keeps adding elements as allies of Vox Machina and Thordak join in the already incredibly chaotic fight. And all the while he's giving a nightmare-inducing performance of Thordak's rage and insanity.]]
* The ending, finding out that [[spoiler: Thordak was experimenting on dragon's eggs, apparently managing to mix different dragon types into one. Oh, and a "Meteor Swarm", a 9-th level spell, was cast.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Episode 80: Raishan]]
* Pike [[spoiler:single-handedly resurrects both Vex and Scanlan during the fight with Raishan, successfully pulling off a one-woman resurrection ritual not once but ''twice'', even doing so while the battle is ''still going on around her'' for Vex.]]
** It's worth noting that the above happened while Ashley wasn't even at the table, turning this into a moment of awesome for [[spoiler:Liam for the first mini-ritual and Laura for the second]] for being able to pull that off with a character that isn't even there.
* [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Scanlan. Counterspelling. A freaking]] ''[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Prismatic Spray]]''.
* [[spoiler:Raishan outmaneuvers the party at nearly every step of the fight, causing no fewer than two deaths while also keeping most of the party unconscious to boot.]] The only thing to really throw her off is another awesome moment all by itself: [[spoiler:after much persuasion from the rest of the party and with the fight rapidly going downhill, Scanlan plays the flute and summons Dev'ossa, the ancient bronze dragon that rules Ank'Harel.]]
** What's even better is that [[spoiler: despite Vox Machina and their allies giving everything they've got in this fight and outnumbering their opponent ''11 to 1'', '''''[[TheBadGuyWins Raishan wins.]]''''' While she does take a nearly fatal beating in the process, the Diseased Deceiver manages to accomplish her objective of escaping with Thordak's body and two intact dragon eggs while giving her enemies one hell of a bloody nose in the process, ''and'' she finds out about their trump card, Dev'ossa. The significance of her triumph cannot be understated; Raishan now has all the tools she needs to have the best possible advantage over Vox Machina and even all of Tal'Dorei, and ''[[FridgeHorror nobody but she]]'' knows where she's going or what she'll do.]] This is also impressive on a meta level: Vox Machina has [[spoiler: [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin never lost a fight before in their entire run]] (not counting Grog's first spat at the Crucible with Kern or the arm wrestling contest at Whitestone). Sure, they've taken losses, but they always got the job done in the end. After about three years of playtime, [[MagnificentBastard Raishan]] is ''the only entity to have objectively defeated them.'']]
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[[folder: Episode 81: What Lies Beneath the Surface]]
* Patrick Rothfuss has returned! Kerrek gets a Dynamic Entry back into the story, striking down a fire giant to save Vox Machina.
* Allura (an arcanist) becomes the second person able to resist the effects of Grog's alcohol, and unlike Pike, she does not make the mistake of trying a second time.
* Scanlan somehow managed to get through the past two episodes and still have an 8th level spell available.
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[[folder: Episode 82: Deadly Echoes]]
* Percy and Scanlan reach level 16, with Percy bumping up his intelligence to a max of 20.
* Taliesin and Marisha's performances as Scanlan while Sam is absent. It's also a CrowningMomentOfFunny because they both sing as Scanlan, Taliesin after using Dispel Magic and Marisha when inspiring Percy.
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[[folder: Episode 83: The Deceiver's Stand]]
* Percy using his reaction [[spoiler:to absorb Raishan's ''Meteor Swarm'' spell, and awakening ''Cabal's Ruin'' to its [[UpToEleven exalted]] level]].
* [[spoiler:After Vox Machina systematically exhausted Raishan's legendary resistances, Keyleth lands a tide-turning spell on her. The spell? ''Feeblemind'', which reduced Raishan's Intelligence and Charisma to 1 and, more importantly, rendered the ancient green spellcasting dragon '''''unable to cast any spells for 30 days (at least).''''' Poetic justice at its finest as Keyleth achieved vengeance in the most fitting way possible.]]
** Even before the battle, [[spoiler:[[https://www.reddit.com/r/criticalrole/comments/5ql7x2/spoilers_e83_just_wanted_to_give_a_shoutout_to/ the confrontation between Keyleth and Raishan.]]]] [[CharacterDevelopment It's a testament to the character growth that Keyleth has experienced over the course of the Conclave arc]].
** And when [[spoiler:Kima and Allura are discovered to be struggling to stay afloat in the vast ocean after a failed teleportation attempt, Keyleth does a desperate scan of the ocean and beyond to try to find them, the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. Her Perception check? '''''Natural 20, with a bonus of +11!''''' It was most likely considered by Matt to be impossible, but Keyleth pulled it off, which eventually led to Vex retrieving them and saving their lives.]]
* [[spoiler:Kerrek, a ''level 7'' Paladin, scores the killing blow on Raishan.]] Matt's reaction after the fact just about sums up this baffling stroke of cosmic fortune:
-->'''Matt:''' I ''can't fucking believe'' that just happened.
* Pike just barely survives [[spoiler:Raishan's Disintegrate spell]], thanks to her magical armor. [[spoiler:In an episode with no less than two PC deaths, she manages to survive being ''partially turned to dust''!]]
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[[folder: Episode 84: Loose Ends]]
* In order for [[spoiler:Scanlan's resurrection to succeed]], Matt needs to roll 7 or higher on a d20. What does he actually roll? [[spoiler:A natural 20.]]
* When the group returns to Vasselheim to clear up unfinished business, Grog asks to detour to the temple of Kord so that he can speak with Earthbreaker Groon. Not only is the monk waiting for them with his back turned, yet still knowing exactly when Vox Machina enters the room, but he also challenges Grog to a rematch, causing the sand in the fighting pit to ripple outwards apparently from ''sheer badassery'' as he gets ready to fight.
-->'''Earthbreaker Groon:''' Show me what you have learned.
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[[folder: Episode 85: A Bard's Lament]]
* Grog faces Earthbreaker Groon in single combat ''and wins.''
* Immediately after the battle, divine lightning strikes the Titanstone Knuckles, changing them into their "Exalted" form and effectively confirming Grog as the favored champion of Kord himself.
* The entire cast gets one for [[spoiler:Scanlan's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and the ensuing argument.]]
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[[folder: Episode 86: Daring Days]]
* The entire confrontation between Vox Machina and Taryon shows just how powerful they've become. Taryon is a 13th level character and is completely powerless. He unleashes his best spell upon them, and they all taking only minor damage, with even the one who ''failed'' the saving throws having ways to half the damage. And they didn't even try: Vex wasn't there, Vax attacked once, healed him and then talked to him, Keyleth cast minor spells just to make it interesting and Percy did actually nothing (not even ''pulling out'' a gun) but waiting for something interesting to happen, and Taryon still could do nothing. In the end, he's reduced to ask if at least they ''felt'' his attack. The whole thing only lasted a couple of turns, and if they tried they would've been able to put him down ''before'' Taryon's first turn.
* Vax sneak attacks Taryon in the surprise round and rolls a critical hit, dealing 88 points of damage. Taryon ''only has 106 hit points''.
* The fact that Taryon took Vax's first blow and ''didn't'' pass out is considered one in-universe. Vax points it out to him in the aftermath to convince him he does have some skills.
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[[folder:Episode 87: Onward to Vesrah]]
* During the fight against the fish pirates, when Trinket crushes the pirate's head in his jaws. Then proceeds to swing the corpse around like a dog toy, followed by a VERY pleased expression.
* Taryon gets his first kill against a marid with his Ring of the Ram... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which ends up catapulting him off the ship due to the recoil. He doesn't even get to see the end result of his kill]].
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[[folder:Episode 88: Tangled Depths]]
* While it heavily wounds them both for 40+ points of damage, after being swallowed by the Kraken, Keyleth shoots a ''Fireball'' deep within the creature's belly which ends up igniting the oil previously dumped by Grog's alchemy jug. Due to the massive damage, the Kraken fails its Constitution save and they manage to get vomited out.
* Speaking of Grog, he gets swallowed a total of three times by the Kraken, and every single time he gets himself out of there and after being taunted by the Kraken after the third escape he retorts with "Oh ancient one, can you hear this?" and flips him off as he escapes the Water Plane. Grog also proved pivotal to distracting the Kraken, severing tentacles [[spoiler: and making sure Vax's body got out, giving him a hope of resurrection.]]
* Let's give some credit to that shark. That CR ''2'' shark that almost managed to MVP the fight. True, it mostly was because the Kraken didn't really cared and never attacked, but the shark went through the whole fight landing hit after hit, tearing tentacles and in the end only lived because Keyleth planeshifted away, breaking the conjuration. Not bad, for a low-level evocation.
* True, it only happened because Vox Machina most explicitly could ''not'' kill the Kraken, but he effectively manages to be Vox Machina's second defeat. They had no way to keep him at bay, they could only be grappled, swallowed and zapped and then try to escape only to repeat it all again. In the end, after hours of fight, several good hits (including a couple on the eye, several from the inside and tearing away most of his tentacles) they realized they didn't deal him enough damage, and he wasn't really giving the party much consideration until near the end where it truly became angry. The Pet of the Titans really earned his reputation.
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[[folder:Episode 89: Curious Tides]]
* Keyleth's completion of her Aramente and reaching level 17 grants her access to her 9th level spells! She tests out Shapechange by transforming sequentially into a goristro, a beholder, and an adult bronze dragon.
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[[folder:Episode 90: Voice of the Tempest]]
* Everyone else in the party (sans Taryon, Pike, and Scanlan) reaches level 17 by this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax and Vex become a 4th-level Paladin and Rogue and gain the Resilient (Constitution) and Sharpshooter feats respectively.]]
** Grog becomes a level 2 fighter capable of Action Surge.
** Percy gains the ability to use Action Surge ''twice''.
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, having completed her Aramente, returns to Zephra with Vox Machina by her side. [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning She is then given the mantle of leadership and is crowned "Voice of the Tempest"]]. As a result of completing her lifelong journey, she also [[RousingSpeech delivers a speech to the tribe and the party, thanking them for making her the person she is today.]] She is also given the Inspiring Leader feat.[[note]]The Inspiring Leader feat is where Keyleth gives a 10 minute speech to the party, to embolden them with courage. They are all given temporary hit points equal to her level plus her Charisma modifier.[[/note]]]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 91: Vox Machina go to Hell]]
* Matt's descriptions of [[spoiler:the Iron City of Dis and the Nine Hells in general in addition to its denizens]] are both awesome and a heavy dose of NightmareFuel.
* The cliffhanger ending. [[spoiler:Keyleth leaves the inn without the others to find a means of scouting and locating Hotis's exact whereabouts and tries to stealthily cast ''Shapechange'' only to be noticed by two individuals (a dwarf and a chain devil) who were interested in Vax while he was disguised as an albino tiefling. She ducks into an alley, and then stops and chooses to stand her ground, hood down and hands aflame. The individuals demand that she hand him over. Her past self most likely would have submitted to their request. Instead, she puts her foot down and refuses to acquiesce, the Voice of the Tempest expressing that she has no intention of doing so, setting the stage for a potential alleyway encounter.]]
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[[folder:Episode 92: Deals in the Dark]]
* How does Keyleth resolve the encounter from last episode's cliffhanger? She ''Shapechanges'' into an '''''erinyes''''' and intimidates the two into fleeing with her stature as a higher-ranked devil. She makes good use of it later to intimidate a shopkeeper into giving Vox Machina whatever information he can on their objective--which, as it turns out, wasn't much, but now they have an insider in the City of Dis.
* Taryon [[RunningGag provides a door]] for Vox Machina so that can sneak into [[spoiler:Utugash's]] abode.
* Noelle Stevenson's guest character Tova, a sassy dwarf with little patience. And what is her class? [[spoiler:A Blood Hunter, specifically Order of the Lycan. And her animal form? A were-bear.]]
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[[folder:Episode 93: Bats Out of Hell]]
* Utugash proving his worth. Fat and lazy as he might have become, he's still a formidable opponent, and he combines his power with field knowledge and advantage by managing to cage Trinket early on and Grog halfaway through the fight and creating a ''Wall of Fire'' around him (and some of Vox Machina) that both protects him and damage his opponents (him being immune to fire damage). [[spoiler: He actually dies once he leaves it to eliminate the others.]]
* Before being caged, Grog goes full juggernaut on the pit fiend, and combines his two classes to get three frenzy rage attacks ''and'' two attacks with his new ''Action Surge'', bashing Utugash five times with the hammer for over 100 points of damage. And that's without critical hits, or the advantages heavy weapons would grant him.
* After Utugash crushes Keyleth and Tova with his corpulent form and severely wounds the druid with a critical hit, the situation flips on its head as Keyleth ''Shapechanges'' into a fire giant and attacks him for over 50 damage in one strike. Matt [[LampshadeHanging lampshades how]] [[RuleOfCool she shouldn't have the attack as per the rules, but it was just too awesome to deny it.]] Immediately afterward, [[spoiler: Tova attacks and gets the HDYWTDT by slashing Utugash's throat open and exacting revenge for all the torture she underwent.]]
* Vox Machina as a whole making their way to their goal within the prison [[spoiler:despite almost losing Keyleth and ''everyone'' inside converging on their location]], and ''still'' managing to fulfill it and escape thanks to ''Plane Shift''.
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[[folder:Episode 94: Jugs and Rods]]
* Vex has to earn her title as Mistress of the Grey Hunt. [[spoiler: After spending thirteen hours in meditation, she gets a vision of a Grey Render and after a quick chat with Percy rides off on Trinket to fight it with only Trinket to back her up. Her first attack being a surprise attack deals 56 damage alone and she survives the battle on 10 HP and kills the Grey Render after giving it a chance to live.]]
* Matt revealing there'll be a one year timeskip and that next Thursday on 04/13/17, Liam will continue the first oneshot he did when Matt and Marisha were in Ireland and Matt gets to play!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Special Episode: Liam's Quest: Full Circle]]
* Even in the face of [[spoiler:imminent death at the hands of a demogorgon]], [[DefiantToTheEnd Matt stands his ground.]]
** Not to mention, with the roll of 10 on a D10 he actually [[NoSell shrugged off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon's]] attack. He actually [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipped off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon]]''and lived'' [[spoiler: for about two seconds until he just crashed him with his foot, but still.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Episode 95: One Year Later...]]
* Despite being played mostly for laugh, when Vex is going after Vax she sends Trinket at him. We get a reminder that Trinket is a ''huge'', dangerous bear, while he scares the shit out of Vax and sends him running.
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[[folder: Episode 96: Family Matters]]
* Matt's poker face during the final battle deserves special mention. For context, [[spoiler: the party is fighting an illusory demon conjured as part of an elaborate con. Matt plays the battle perfectly straight, making attack rolls, noting damage amounts, and generally playing it like it's a real fight. All of this while keeping track of what the illusionist can see and having the "monster" react or [[GlamourFailure fail to react]] accordingly. What finally gives it away is that the creature literally cannot hit anything, being nothing but an insubstantial image with sound effects. Sam even notes how he found it suspicious, but Matt kept rolling those dice.]] Also, Matt's acting skills show up [[spoiler: since he simulates the exact same reactions he has when a villain rolls a 1 or a bunch of terrible numbers in a row.]]
** Taliesin/Percy also gets one for [[spoiler: figuring this out almost immediately, muttering to himself "maybe it's an illusion?" and making sure to watch the Trickfoots. Unfortunately, the rest of the party fell for a RedHerring and prolonged the fight.]]
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[[folder: Episode 97: Taryon, My Wayward Son]]
* [[spoiler: The manner in which Keyleth dies. Jumping off a cliff down a thousand feet before RealityEnsues her body smashing upon the rocks. Fortunately, Vex revives her in a quick and timely manner.]] Everyone agrees that they're not sure how they're going to top that.
* The Siphon under Whitestone has been a source of anxiety in-universe and out, primarily because of how little is known about it. Vex [[spoiler: takes a one-in-a-million chance and fires her Oracle Arrow into it. She gets more info in one shot than the smartest mages in Tal'Dorei could from months of research!]]
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[[folder: Episode 98: The Mines of the Many]]
* A testament to Matt's god-like improv abilities: After Tary's mother, Maria, tells Tary that she found comfort in the books that Tary had left behind, Sam tries to trip Matt by having Tary ask which one was Maria's favourite. Matt responds almost immediately with a title and plotline involving the creation myth of Wildmount. Somewhat doubles as a [[CrowningMomentofFunny Crowning Moment of Funny]] as the rest of the cast is collapsing in fits of laughter throughout the entire exchange.
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[[folder:Special Episode: Battle Royale III]]
* The winner: [[spoiler:Taryon Darrington, who spent the entire battle making himself unfindable and untouchable, only swooping into the fray at the end.]]
* Keyleth busts out the Shapechange spell as her trump card, turning herself into [[spoiler: an ''adult black dragon''.]]
* Grog, full stop. He's the primary target for ''everyone'' right from the beginning of the fight, and the reason for the focus-fire becomes very clear very quickly.
** [[spoiler: It takes ''one'' turn near Percy and a lucky crit to make the gunslinger run away and leave him at death's door.]]
** [[spoiler: When trapped in Vex's necklace, his response is to ''punch his way out'', breaking the necklace from the inside and resulting in the highest amount of damage dealt by a player in one round - ''280'' damage, or to put it another way, ''17% of the damage dealt in the entire royale''.]]
** [[spoiler: He survives a brutal attack from black dragon Keyleth with ''one HP left''. Standing atop a tower, staring his foe down, what does he do? '''Draw five cards from the Deck of Many Things, miraculously avoiding disaster from all of them.''' True, he loses everything in the Bag of Holding and Wilhand turns against him (Ruin and Rogue), but he regains HP and increases his constitution, obtains a magical greatsword, and summons an ally to fight alongside him (Star, Key, Knight)!]]
** [[spoiler: He then ''stops'' Keyleth's rampage, breaking her concentration and then resisting her attempted Planeshift when she's humanoid again. He proceeds to 'softball' her into the acid pit and ''dissolve'' her, leaving him the last one standing vs. Taryon, who survived by hiding for most of the fight.]]
** In total, Grog dealt a whopping 767 damage over the course of the royale (almost ''half'' of the total damage dealt). [[spoiler: He also ''took'' 375 damage before finally going down. Only Keyleth remotely comes close to matching him in either stat, and she had to turn into a ''dragon'' to do it.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 99: Masquerade]]
* After years of living under Howard's tyranny, Tary finally [[IAmWhatIAm stands up to his father]] and presents him with an ultimatum: work with Tary to repair the Darrington name or leave.
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[[folder:Episode 100: Unfinished Business]]
* [[spoiler:'''''[[BackFromTheDead Delilah Briarwood is back.]] And with a 9th-level''''' '''Prismatic Wall''' '''''to boot!''''']]
** To drive the point home, the party [[spoiler: recalls how she dies, first killed and then with her body melted into the acid for good measure. With no body left, Revivify and Resurrection don't work, you need either a True Resurrection or a Miracle to recreate the body for a lesser spell, still means that 9th level spells must be used. And the dialogue implies it isn't even that the case, but she took some ''precautions'' and did it all or herself.]]
** The last bit of it, [[spoiler: she could control the orb in the pyramid. She can literally switch an ''Annihilation Sphere'' on and off again. The fact that the amulets possess supernatural powers that work despite an effect canceling effortlessly ''9th level spells'' could count in itself.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 101: Thar Amphala]]
* Doubling as a Heartwarming moment, Keyleth grabs Vax and urges him to stay alive [[spoiler:while they are in the Shadowfell. And with that, she casts ''Foresight'' on him, a ''9th-level spell that grants advantage on everything''.]]
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[[folder:Episode 102: Race to the Tower]]
* As Vox Machina approaches the tower at the center of the city, they debate whether to fly to its top and confront the cultists and Delilah Briarwood, or fight their way through the inside. Keyleth and Pike[[TakeAThirdOption take a third option]] and [[spoiler: destroy the tower with an earthquake. The apex of the tower remains floating in the air after the whole thing comes crashing down, but they managed to avoid multiple encounters that could have lead to a [[TotalPartyKill TPK.]]]]
* [[spoiler:After spending most of the episode having Vecna mop the floor with them, including Vex dying (before being saved with Pike's Revivify) and Vax being Disintegrated, Keyleth attempts to get the party out with Plane Shift, only to have [[OhCrap Vecna attempt to counter it]]... and Scanlan ready to intercept it with his own Counterspell.]]
* There is one line that sums up the second half of the episode: [[spoiler:"Welcome to the God War."]]
* [[spoiler:Vecna ''is'' a villainous one. It's the first time since the Chroma Conclave's first attack that Vox Machina found themselves utterly powerless against their enemy. And he hasn't even ascended yet.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 103: The Fate-Touched]]
* The guard captain in Vasselheim managing to see through all of Grog and [[ConsummateLiar Scanlan's]] deceptions and illusions, forcing them to run from him and the guards to keep their freedom.
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[[folder:Episode 104: Elysium]]
* Pike and Vex [[spoiler:receive the blessings of Sarenrae and Pelor respectively. Of particular note is Vex's trial, as she has to prove her worth by struggling against angels to reach a beacon, while transformed into a red dragon by Scanlan.]]
* The Dungeon Master's Guide describes [[spoiler: the Eye of Vecna as a very powerful magic item that can only be permanently destroyed if the creature wearing it is struck by a very specific sword. Pelor seemingly destroys it with a handwave.]] Time will tell if Matt follows the other part of the item's description or not.
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[[folder:Episode 106: The Endless Atheneeum]]
* While all of Vox Machina show different levels of defiance when [[spoiler:a recently ascended Vecna]] offers them to join [[spoiler:him]], Percy gets one of the greatest burns ever:
-->'''Percy:''' We don't like to associate ourselves with new money.
* [[spoiler:Scanlan succeeding in Ioun's trial by finding one very specific book in the titular, aptly named, ''Endless Atheneeum'', gaining both her assistance and the knowledge of the ritual needed to seal Vecna.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 107: Scaldseat]]
* ''Grog'' of all people comes up with a genius solution to the underground caverns filled with poisonous gas and no fresh air: [[spoiler:the party already had a Water Breathing spell cast on them, so Grog suggests filling his Alchemy Jug with fresh water and taking regular gulps of "air" from it like a portable air bubble]].
* Scanlan making great use of his [[spoiler:planetar form against the magma bulettes.]]
* Keyleth's interpretive dance results in the entire cast performing a perfectly-harmonized tribal chant completely out of nowhere. Now ''that's'' improv!
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[[folder:Episode 108: The Core Anvil]]
* The entire encounter against the [[spoiler:forge guardian]] was a tense battle, pushing Vox Machina to their limits with its powerful strikes and extremely high AC and HP. [[spoiler:Despite being mildly spent from the bulettes and the constructs from earlier, they still managed to pull through without losing anyone.]]
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, taking a cue from Scanlan, casts ''Shapechange'' to transform into a planetar herself, and uses her ''Healing Touch'' ability to act as an emergency medic for the party. She even gets the finishing blow against the guardian, using the planetar's Holy Avenger.]]
* [[spoiler:Between the knowledge granted to Percy and Grog from Ioun, Scanlan's inspiration, Keyleth's buff spells, and some very close calls, the party manages to forge the divine trammels needed to seal away Vecna.]]
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[[folder:Episode 109: The Ominous March]]
* Keyleth manage once again to pass a Perception DC of 30, which literally means succeeding in an almost impossible task. This allows her to spot a small flow of water on the Titan's body for Vox Machina to climb.
* Also, the titan. Vecna raised the remains of a ''massive'' primordial Titan (his ''footprints'' are 150 feet long), the same one from whose heart were made the Titanstone Knuckles, and uses it to transport Thar Amphala on its back.
* The plan to stop Vecna: while Vox Machina sneaks their way to him to try and seal him away, a distraction will be provided by J'Mon Sa Ord (in their full, dragon glory) sieging the city with an army of wyvern riders. ''Awesome'' is an understatement.
* When Vecna interrupts the war council arrayed against him to threaten the specific loved ones of those present. Longtime Vox Machina ally Allura Vysoren flips out and dispels his illusion; one archmage who refuses to be taunted, even by a god.
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[[folder:Episode 110: The Climb Within]]
* Despite Ashley's absence, Pike gets both of the [=HDYWTDT=]s this episode (controlled by Liam and Laura).
* Vax deals over 100 damage to the undead dwarf king with one dagger, defeating him in one blow.
** Later, he does the same to a nothic ("Liam knows what this is, but Vax doesn't"): almost 60 damage with his first dagger is enough to defeat it.
* She doesn't get to use it, but Keyleth creating a flaming sword is still awesome.
* One for Matt: Those darn trolls ate up ''four'' of Percy's Grit points by making all of their saves against his shots at a 40% chance.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: One-Shot: Bar Room Blitz!]]
* MaryElizabethMcGlynn guest stars in her third episode (not counting the battle royale), [[spoiler: and once again she is the one who kills the episode's boss.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Episode 112: Dark Dealings]]
* Keyleth manages to quickly recover from a Natural 1 on Stealth that attracted gloomstalkers nearby by quickly turning into an earth elemental and sinking into the ground before they can find her.
* Despite the clear time limit of the titan approaching Vasselheim, the party figured out how to take a leisurely long rest: [[spoiler: zip over to the Feywild and bribe Artagan to bend the timing of their exit in their favor.]]
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[[folder: Episode 113: The Final Ascent]]
* The fact that Arkhan is played by Hollywood actor Creator/JoeManganiello is a moment of Awesome for everyone involved.
* Arkhan's first action is to tame a Gloomstalker as a mount.
** At the end of the episode, [[YouShallNotPass he charges the Death Knight by himself]] to give Vox Machina time to face Vecna.
* Delilah Briarwood is back -- oh, but she dies before her second turn, and Matt notes that this time she's [[DeaderThanDead gone for good]] as she hasn't had time to make a new clone. Two turns later, Sylas is reduced to mist as well.
* Right before the break, a huge swarm of Gloomstalkers are closing in on the heroes... until J'mon and the wyvern knight army burst through the opening in the threshold barrier and start cleaning house.
* Three enemies are in a room where they don't notice the party on the stairs. Vex and Vax drop one each while Arkhan injures the third. [[spoiler: NegatedMomentOfAwesome afterwards with a heavy dose of MyGodWhatHaveIDone though, as they were revealed to be Cassandra, Kaylie, and Gilmore under Vecna's spell.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Episode 114: Vecna, the Ascended]]
* The battle against Vecna showcases the true power of both sides, with Vecna's first spell [[spoiler:''cracking the battleground itself into pieces'']]. After a long fight that exhausts both parties, [[spoiler:Vox Machina successfully banish Vecna with no party member deaths and only one (Scanlan) going unconscious (but with no death saves). Furthermore, they ''avoid'' killing his avatar form (which would have allowed him to retreat to his phylactery), albeit with a mere 10hp remaining. The one who manages to do the deed: ''Keyleth'', after Scanlan's first attempt at using the Rites of Banishment fails due to Vecna burning his last Legendary Resistance. In fact, she's the ''only'' other one able to do it, as none of Vox Machina are proficient in Arcana but she can read and speak all languages while Shapechanged into a Planetar]].
** Vecna heals 50 HP per turn. Combined with his immunity to non-magical damage, he is incredibly hard to destroy [[spoiler:and as aforementioned, actually "destroying" him wouldn't have defeated him anyway]]. It's a powerful ability that makes the fight much harder. [[spoiler: However, it becomes the cause of his downfall when Vox Machina finds a way to exploit it, since the spell he uses to banish Scanlan requires concentration, and healing himself gives a chance to break it they wouldn't have had otherwise. It happens at least twice, but the last one is the most noticeable: Vecna only had few (10) HP, but after he recovers those 50, Grog comes in and strikes, dealing him ''exactly'' 50 points of damage]].
* Vox Machina are aided by a procession of {{Eleventh Hour Ranger}}s: [[spoiler:a rotating cast of first J'mon Sa Ord in Brass Dragon Dev'Ossa form who blasts Vecna with a Fire Breath, then Kash and Zahra, bringing healing, more damage to Vecna, and a huge morale boost; and then Arkhan, having won his fight against the death knight]].
* Scanlan succeeds on ''all five'' Counterspell attempts, nullifying several of Vecna's spells when they would have swung the battle heavily in his favour: most notably a Feeblemind spell on Keyleth ([[spoiler:which would have made it impossible for her to read the Rites of Banishment]]) and later an attempted escape via Teleport. At one point Scanlan seems to waste his turn by only moving and using his Bardic Inspiration on Grog, only to later reveal [[spoiler:that it was ''actually'' done to move back within Counterspell range; a reveal that even has Matt applauding]].
-->'''Scanlan:''' [[spoiler: That's why I moved closer, motherfucker!]]
* Pike's Mass Heal gives everyone a much-needed HeroicSecondWind, putting them all up to full HP.
* [[spoiler:Arkhan suddenly stealing the Hand of Vecna after the battle and making a clean getaway via teleport, which catches ''everyone'' off-guard.]]
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[[folder: Episode 115: The Chapter Closes]]
* Even when the Raven Queen herself comes to collect Vax, Percy tries to put himself between the two of them. The Goddess freezes him in place with a spell, but Percy continues to glare daggers at her for the rest of the scene. If looks could kill, the Raven Queen would be long gone.
* The last rolls of the campaign are natural 20's.
* Percy giving up making weapons to go back to his forgotten dream of being a clockmaker was a beautiful conclusion and send-off for his character. It was also a decision made spontaneously during the episode by Taliesin, drawing on an old aspect of the original script he pulled Percy from.
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[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 1)]]
* Taliesin spent at least a month learning the layout of the G&S and related offices, got permission to include various staff as [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] [[spoiler:with the understanding that he would be killing them off]], did very good impressions of said staff (his Ivan van Norman impression was especially spot on), and homebrewed a more simplified/barebones version of VampireTheMasquerade for his friends because none of them had any real experience with the system. This is on top of hosting The Wednesday Club, appearances on Talks Machina, taking over Gather Your Party, voice acting, and preparing to officiate Matt and Marisha's wedding. There's a reason a petition was jokingly made requesting he go home and get some sleep.
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[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 2)]]
* Despite the party draining people, using powers recklessly (including against older vampires), and simply being reckless idiots, [[spoiler: There was not, I repeat, ''not'' a TPK. Of the 6 that woke up, Laura and Travis survived to become part of the LA Camarilla.]]
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[[folder:Episode 24: The Feast]]
* We finally get some backstory about Percy!
** And Taliesin's acting in that scene is just sensational.
* Diplomacy. [[spoiler: It's the name of Percy's shock gauntlet, which he builds in preparation for the Briarwoods' arrival.]]
* Say what you want, that cliffhanger was definitely awesome.
* The entire banquet scene counts, as everyone keeps the tension exceedingly high with the disguised Percy getting off a StealthInsult and no weapons drawn other than regular words (knives would have broken on that tension).

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[[folder:Episode 24: The Feast]]
* We finally get some backstory about Percy!
** And Taliesin's acting in that scene is just sensational.
* Diplomacy. [[spoiler: It's the name of Percy's shock gauntlet, which he builds in preparation for the Briarwoods' arrival.]]
[[folder: Episode 39: Omens]]
* Say what you want, that cliffhanger was definitely awesome.
* The entire banquet scene counts, as everyone keeps
the tension exceedingly high with mental image of dragons destroying the disguised city of Emon, and having our heroes fleeing for their lives is an intense and awesome ending for an episode.
* Scanlan and Kaylie pulling off a [[spoiler:father-daughter]] breakout from the stockade. Also,
Percy being subtle in getting off a StealthInsult and no weapons drawn other than regular words (knives would have broken on that tension).some sort of payback towards Scanlan due to him [[spoiler:tossing The List into the acid pits beneath Whitestone.]]



[[folder:Episode 25: Crimson Diplomacy]]
* Vax'ildan jumping out of the window through the glass with a parkour roll to escape the Briarwoods.
* Tiberius makes a hell of an entrance into the [[spoiler:Briarwoods']] chamber. He sends a fireball at the two guards at the door, killing one outright and successfully intimidating the other into fleeing. Then steps through the hole he just blasted through the doors, emerging from the smoke into the room.
* Vex comes across her brother [[spoiler: unconscious at the hands of the Briarwoods]]. Her first shot is a crit. ''And so is the second.'' You don't fuck with the twins. As Orion puts it, "she would like to rage."
* Percy's gone renegade! To elaborate in full, episode 25 is a tour de force for both Percy's combat skills and Taliesin's roleplaying ability.
** When he's finally able to face the Briarwoods in combat, he screams "SYLAS!" before firing the Bad News at him. The first shot takes a chunk out of his nemesis' arm to the point ''bone'' is visible. The second shot gets him in the face.
** As the Briarwoods attempt to escape via carriage, Percy takes aim and blows out one of its wheels, leading to it toppling.
** Even though they escape, he proceeds to interrogate the driver rather violently. Said interrogation starts by listing off the names of his family, demanding to know what became of them. The young man's already wounded from Vex's explosive arrow, but Percy shoots off some of his fingers just to make a point. And when the driver protests that the Briarwoods will kill him if he informs on them to Vox Machina, Percy's response? "No. Because ''I'' will kill you first."
** Finally fed up with things by the time the Broker and his thugs attack Lillith, Percy goes off on the Broker, demanding to know ''why'' people even bother them since they're just going to get killed anyway. He fires six Pepperbox shots in quick succession, resulting in a baseball-sized smoking hole in the middle of the Broker's chest.
** Percy's one liner after the killing blow: "YOU FOOL! YOUR SOUL IS FORFEIT!"
* People were wondering how Tiberius was going to use his makeshift dagger-wheel thing. [[spoiler: He casts telekinesis on it and sends it spinning through the air like a buzzsaw.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted when it turned out to be the trigger for an alignment shift to Chaotic Neutral, as the person he had attacked -- while part of the group that confronted them -- was still a defenseless old woman at that point in the battle.]]
* [[spoiler: Kit's]] PreAssKickingOneLiner:
-->'''Lillith:''' You tell my sister I hope her face still festers!
* After [[spoiler: the Briarwoods]] escape, the group is attacked by three thugs who are after Lillith...and they rip them apart in a matter of in-game ''seconds'' taking barely any damage in the process. Highlights include Grog hitting all three with a lightning javelin and Percy going AxCrazy for his deathblow:
--->'''Percy:''' Your soul is now FORFEIT! Die, DIE!
* One for the DM: when Keyleth rolls high to identify an herb used by the priest treating Vax, Matt ''immediately'' has its name ready, without even looking.

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[[folder:Episode 25: Crimson Diplomacy]]
[[folder: Episode 40: Desperate Measures]]
* Vax'ildan jumping out of the window through the glass with a parkour roll to escape the Briarwoods.
* Tiberius makes a hell of an entrance
Vex reveals that she multiclassed into Rogue.
* Scanlan still having a role in
the [[spoiler:Briarwoods']] chamber. He sends a fireball at battle against the two guards at the door, killing one outright white dragon, despite Sam not being there.
* Inter-party FIGHT!
* The cunning Grog displays when he manages to trick [[CrazyPrepared Percy]]
and successfully intimidating the other Vex'ahlia, of all people, into fleeing. Then steps through producing the hole he just blasted through wish-granting skull of [[spoiler:the Githanki]] from its hiding place, then isolates the doors, emerging Percy and Vex from the smoke into the room.
* Vex comes across her brother [[spoiler: unconscious at the hands
rest of the Briarwoods]]. Her first shot is a crit. ''And so is the second.'' You don't fuck with the twins. As Orion puts it, "she would like to rage."
*
party by cornering them in Percy's gone renegade! To elaborate in full, episode 25 is a tour de force for both Percy's combat skills heavily secured workshop and Taliesin's roleplaying ability.
** When he's
sealing off the only door, and finally able single-handedly [[CurbstompBattle overpowers both of them]] by using his immense strength to face knock Percy prone and take the Briarwoods in combat, he screams "SYLAS!" before firing skull from Vex, while the Bad News rest of the party is helpless to do anything but watch. Grog only fails at him. getting everything he wants (and probably making things even worse) because of a critical fail he rolls at the very last second. The first shot takes sheer cunning that Grog, a chunk goliath with an intelligence of ''6'', brought to bear is simply jaw-dropping.
* Keyleth [[spoiler:silences everyone arguing over the skull [[WhatTheHellHero and calls them
out of his nemesis' arm to the point ''bone'' is visible. The second shot gets him on not keeping her in the face.
** As
loop and falling apart at the Briarwoods attempt to escape via carriage, Percy takes aim and blows out one of its wheels, leading to it toppling.
** Even though they escape, he proceeds to interrogate the driver rather violently. Said interrogation starts by listing off the names of his family, demanding to know what became of them. The young man's already wounded from Vex's explosive arrow, but Percy shoots off some of his fingers just to make a point. And when the driver protests that the Briarwoods will kill him if he informs on them to Vox Machina, Percy's response? "No. Because ''I'' will kill you first."
** Finally fed up with things by the time the Broker and his thugs attack Lillith, Percy goes off on the Broker, demanding to know ''why'' people even bother them since they're just going to get killed anyway. He fires six Pepperbox shots in quick succession, resulting in a baseball-sized smoking hole in the middle of the Broker's chest.
** Percy's one liner after the killing blow: "YOU FOOL! YOUR SOUL IS FORFEIT!"
* People were wondering how Tiberius was going to use his makeshift dagger-wheel thing. [[spoiler: He casts telekinesis on it and sends it spinning through the air like a buzzsaw.
seams]].]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted when it turned -->'''Vex'ahlia:''' Keyleth, you don't know what's happening.
-->'''Keyleth:''' I would '''''[[PrecisionFStrike if any of my fucking party would for once tell me something!]]'''''
* Allura's GetAHoldOfYourselfMan speech to Keyleth.
* A villainous example with Thordak, the massive ancient red dragon, showing Vorugal, the ancient white dragon, who was boss. Thordak snatched Vorugal, who had been thrashing Vox Machina,
out to be the trigger for an alignment shift to Chaotic Neutral, as the person he had attacked -- while part of the group that confronted them -- was still a defenseless old woman at that point in sky and threw him to the battle.]]
* [[spoiler: Kit's]] PreAssKickingOneLiner:
-->'''Lillith:''' You tell my sister I hope her face still festers!
* After [[spoiler: the Briarwoods]] escape, the group is attacked by three thugs who are after Lillith...and they rip them apart in a matter of in-game ''seconds'' taking barely any damage in the process. Highlights include Grog hitting all three with a lightning javelin and Percy going AxCrazy for his deathblow:
--->'''Percy:''' Your soul is now FORFEIT! Die, DIE!
* One for the DM: when Keyleth rolls high to identify an herb used by the priest treating Vax, Matt ''immediately'' has its name ready, without even looking.
ground. Definitely showed just how strong Thordak is.



[[folder:Episode 26: Consequences and Cows]]
* Despite the fact that he's actively antagonistic towards Vox Machina for this episode, Sovereign Uriel is a ''boss:''
--->'''Uriel:''' You are in ''my'' court now, Stormwind.
* Jarret, one of Greyskull Keep's guards, is set up outside their prisoner's cell is there to protect him in case Percy tries to kill him - and he's a badass.
--->'''Scanlan:''' You think you can take [[BrokenAce Percy?]]
--->'''Jarret:''' I think I can talk some sense into him.
--->'''Grog:''' He's got balls.
* Doubles as CrowningMomentOfFunny but, "Vox Moochina."
* [[TheHeart Keyleth]] has...a pretty rough episode. By the end of it all, she's exhausted, frustrated, and terrified that her friends are [[HeWhoFightsMonsters slowly becoming more and more violent]]. So when the group is confronted with a roc that's been killing livestock, and Keyleth reaches the end of her rope, what does she do? [[spoiler: Puts her foot down, refusing to let anyone in the group kill the creature or trick its protector, and [[TakeAThirdOption manages to find an optimal solution]] with the help of Tiberius, Vex and Scanlan. She even sticks it out when the roc crushes her hand.]]
** In addition to this, Vex/Laura should get ''major'' brownie points for deducing the best place for the roc to live - outside Vasselheim, where the creature can have lots of food and space without infringing on humanity, ''and'' it will be protected by the Slayer's Take, meaning that it will be illegal to hunt the creature without permission.

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[[folder:Episode 26: Consequences and Cows]]
[[folder: Episode 41: In Ruins]]
* Despite New guest party member! Jason Charles Miller as Garthok, the fact that he's actively antagonistic towards Half-Orc Rogue from the Clasp! Miller manages to play him quite well.
*
Vox Machina for this episode, Sovereign Uriel is a ''boss:''
--->'''Uriel:''' You are
and Garthok see looters picking over the remains of Gilmore's Glorious Goods and they immediately jump into battle once the looters attack them. Everyone in ''my'' court now, Stormwind.
* Jarret,
the party gets a moment of awesome. Namely:
** Vex hammering the looters with Hail of Thorns.
** Trinket ripping one guy's head entirely off his neck.
** Grog going into a Frenzy Rage and getting multiple Natural 20s in one round and killing multiple looters in the same attack.
** Percy running and shooting and killing a guy with his three shots that round then casually walking to the next foe.
** Keyleth getting pissed and grabbing
one of Greyskull Keep's guards, is set up outside their prisoner's cell is there to protect the looter's heads and shocking him (and herself, but she considers it WorthIt) with a point-blank Call Lightning. She then follows it up with turning into Minxie once again, and pulling off ANOTHER Call Lightning while in case her beast form.
** Pike slamming a guy with 22 damage and then assisting
Percy tries to kill with her War Domain abilities so he can finish him - off.
** Garthok's sneak attacking with his Stiletto Spear
and he's nearly instakilling the people he sneak attacked.
** Scanlan dominating an enemy dwarf and then intimidating
a badass.
--->'''Scanlan:''' You think you can take [[BrokenAce Percy?]]
--->'''Jarret:''' I think I can talk some sense into him.
--->'''Grog:''' He's got balls.
* Doubles as CrowningMomentOfFunny but, "Vox Moochina."
* [[TheHeart Keyleth]] has...a pretty rough episode. By
guy at the end of it all, she's exhausted, frustrated, and terrified that her friends are [[HeWhoFightsMonsters slowly becoming more and more violent]]. So when the group is confronted combat to surrender with a roc that's been killing livestock, parody of "The Joker"'s first verse.
** Both Vex and Percy using Hunter's Mark and Hex on the same guy they're targeting just because they could.
* Gilmore. While Vox Machina was running for their lives, this not so humble shop keeper took on Thordak, the ancient red dragon, to save the lives of Uriel's family, Seeker Asum and Guardian Tofor Bratoris and lived thanks to the combined efforts of Pike, Vex,
and Keyleth reaches the end of her rope, what does she do? [[spoiler: Puts her foot down, refusing to let anyone in the group kill the creature or trick its protector, and [[TakeAThirdOption manages to when they find an optimal solution]] him on death's door.
** Doubles as one for Matt's dice-rolling skills as well. He'd been making secret rolls for the first half of the episode to see if Gilmore would survive,
with the help of Tiberius, Vex and Scanlan. She even sticks it out when the roc crushes her hand.]]
** In addition to this, Vex/Laura should get ''major'' brownie points for deducing the best place for the roc to live - outside Vasselheim, where the creature can
chance decreasing steadily (the next roll would have lots had a 80% chance of food and space without infringing Gilmore's death). Pike choosing to use her one 6th-level spell to Heal him as hard as she could is awesome on humanity, ''and'' top of that, as it will be protected by the Slayer's Take, meaning that it will be illegal to hunt the creature without permission.shows just how well Matt has done at creating Gilmore's character.



[[folder: Episode 27: The Path to Whitestone]]
* Matt's opening description of [[spoiler: Percy's dream]] is both this and a bit of NightmareFuel.
* Percy and Trinket are surprised by invisible stalkers, and pinned in a corner. The List misfires and breaks, Diplomacy is out of charges, and Percy's too close for Bad News to fire without the kickback hurting him, so what does he do? Clubs the invisible enemy with Bad News as if it were a baseball bat.

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[[folder: Episode 27: 42: Dangerous Dealings]]
* After recently having terrible luck utilizing her 6th level spells, a newly leveled-up Keyleth gets some redemption by using 7th level Fire Storm against several Wyverns.
** It's doubly awesome from an RP standpoint as Keyleth unleashed her rage against them [[spoiler:in memory of her fallen brothers and sisters in the Fire Ashari.]]
* Vex's limerick to Scanlan was such a good burn Matt granted Laura DM inspiration for it.
* Percy calling Keyleth out for costing VM an alliance with
The Path Clasp due to Whitestone]]
* Matt's opening description
her ego, saying that compared to himself, she believes that she's better than them and that they lost a valuable spy network. However, Keyleth points out that they don't need the assistance of [[spoiler: the Clasp, and that giving them an in in Vasselheim as well as the risks of such an alliance was not worth it. The best part of the argument is that, from certain perspectives, they're both right: Percy's dream]] is both this right in that they should have respected the Clasp more and that they missed out on a bit of NightmareFuel.
* Percy
valuable deal and Trinket are surprised by invisible stalkers, spy network because of that, and pinned in a corner. The List misfires and breaks, Diplomacy is out of charges, and Percy's too close for Bad News to fire without Keyleth's right about the kickback hurting him, so what does he do? Clubs risks potentially not being worth the invisible enemy with Bad News as if it were a baseball bat.reward.



[[folder:Critical Rejects, part 2]]
* Matt's excellent improv in the face of the session's gimmick got a well-deserved round of applause when it was all said and done.
* Ulfgar not only gets the only natural 20 of his team in both parts, he also gets the finishing blow against the abomination with his newly learned Chromatic Orb.
* "Money" Sam is facing a Pit Fiend, an enemy far beyond his (and the whole party's) reach, that's following him due to a bad draw from the Deck of Many Things. Without blinking, he decides to give it one last shot and draw another card. His draw grants him a wish, which he promptly uses to make the Pit Fiend harmless, resuscitate one of his comrades and the one they came to save, ''and'' get thousands of gold coins. Admittedly, he was very lucky, but it still was quite a moment.
* Marisha totally blindsides Orion at the end of the episode upon revealing that her character Edna [[spoiler:was the old woman that Tiberius brutally killed during the battle with the Broker.]]

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[[folder:Critical Rejects, part 2]]
[[folder: Episode 43: Return to Vasselheim]]
* Matt's excellent improv in Zahra and Kashaw have returned! Squee!!!!!!
* Not just that, but there are returns of a lot of recurring characters. Vanessa and Murten Sindrial, Kern, Vicktor
the face Black Powder Merchant, Lady Kima of Vord, a mention of Tyriock the session's gimmick got Cartographer, amongst others.
* Lady Kima kicking
a well-deserved round of applause when it was all said Platinum Knight, Udain, and done.
taking his place as Vord's sent Champion.
* Ulfgar not only Matt had an entire creation myth prepared for his universe, and he finally gets to tell it. According to Q&As, he'd thought it up a long time ago, [[YouNeverAsked the only natural 20 of his team in both parts, he also gets the finishing blow against the abomination party just hadn't asked about it until now.]]
* The fight between Grog, Vax'ildan, and Scanlan vs. Earthbreaker Groon.
** Vax managed to avoid taking ''10d10 necrotic damage''
with his newly learned Chromatic Orb.
* "Money" Sam is facing
a Pit Fiend, an enemy far beyond his (and saving throw.
** Doing
the whole party's) reach, that's following him due splits to a bad draw dodge the Lightning Bolt from Scanlan.
* Keyleth checking up on Vax'ildan after
the Deck of Many Things. Without blinking, he decides to give it one last shot fight, by hugging him (twice) and draw another card. His draw grants giving him a wish, which he promptly uses to make peck on the Pit Fiend harmless, resuscitate one of his comrades and the one lips. It seems like they came to save, ''and'' get thousands of gold coins. Admittedly, he was very lucky, but it still was quite a moment.
* Marisha totally blindsides Orion at the end of the episode upon revealing that her character Edna [[spoiler:was the old woman that Tiberius brutally killed during the battle with the Broker.]]
are moving into OfficialCouple territory.



[[folder: Episode 28: The Sun Tree]]
* Grog rolls a Natural 20 on an Intelligence check to identify a building.
-->'''Grog:''' I DID SOMETHING SMART!
* Matt's description of the titular Sun Tree. To say much more would spoil the surprise, but suffice to say, if you thought the dream above was NightmareFuel? ''You ain't seen nothing yet.''
* Speaking of the Sun Tree, Taliesin proves that he's got mad RP skills by ad-libbing the lore behind the tree itself. Even better, Matt rolls with it and blends ''his'' interpretation of the lore with what Taliesin offered!
* Vox Machina's plan to start a revolution. From Percy's quiet statement "we rally the people" to Scanlan's crowner "I'm going to need a beret" - the whole conversation is infectiously awesome, and it continues to play out over the next couple of episodes.

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[[folder: Episode 28: The Sun Tree]]
Special Episode: Battle Royale I]]
* Grog rolls Pre-battle, a Natural 20 on an Intelligence check to identify a building.
-->'''Grog:''' I DID SOMETHING SMART!
* Matt's description of
tale from real life during the titular Sun Tree. To say much more would spoil the surprise, but suffice to say, if you thought the dream above was NightmareFuel? ''You ain't seen nothing yet.''
* Speaking of the Sun Tree,
Q&A: Taliesin proves that he's got mad RP skills by ad-libbing the lore behind the tree itself. Even better, Matt rolls with it and blends ''his'' interpretation once nearly missed his flight because he tried to get a model of the lore with what Pepperbox, gifted by a fan at a convention, through airport security. Then, when more TSA agents show up, one of them turned out to be a Critter. Taliesin offered!
* Vox Machina's plan to start a revolution. From Percy's quiet statement "we rally
was promptly let onto the people" to Scanlan's crowner "I'm going to need a beret" - the whole conversation is infectiously awesome, plane, model and it continues to play out over the next couple of episodes. all.
--> '''TSA Agent:''' Of ''course'' it's Percy.



[[folder: Episode 29: Whispers]]
* Matt shows off just how prepared a DM he is when he brings out a map for the temple that Percy, Vax and Scanlan have entered and Taliesin thought that he'd just expected them to go to that specific temple. Mercer gives an absolutely epic Badass Boast in response:
-->'''Matt:''' I built the whole city, 'cause I don't know where you guys were gonna go!
* The image of Scanlan literally bitchslapping a Banshee into oblivion with Bigby's Hand is both this and hilarious.
* The ambush is ''amazing''. Sir Stonefell is talking to an advisor in a closed room about how he needs to set up traps and troops in preparation for Vox Machina's arrival...and then Vox Machina kicks the door down.
** "How do you want to do this?" on Sir Stonefell goes to Percy - from a Natural 20, no less. [[spoiler: And then [[NightmareFuel Percy starts ''turning into'' the smoky entity from his dreams as he executes Stonefell, with his head brutally exploding.]]]]
* The way Vox Machina completely ''dominate'' Sir Stonefell's advisor. To start, they gag and blind him (first with a blindfold and then with a Blindness spell). Then, they force him to give them intel. Then, as a message, Grog rips out his tongue (rolling a natural 20 to do so), and Percy cauterises the wound and then brands his face with the barrel of the pepperbox. Then, after throwing him out the window, they set the house on fire.
* Vax gets to launch a triple dagger attack which does '''96 damage.'''

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[[folder: Episode 29: Whispers]]
44: The Sunken Tomb]]
* Matt shows off just how prepared Owlbears. 'Nuff said.
* Zahra gets ''another'' HDYWTDT, and against
a DM he is when he brings out a map for ''beholder'', causing the temple that Percy, Vax and entire upper half of the monster to explode!
*
Scanlan have entered and Taliesin thought that he'd just expected them to go to that specific temple. Mercer gives an absolutely epic Badass Boast in response:
-->'''Matt:''' I built the whole city, 'cause I don't know where you guys were gonna go!
* The image of Scanlan literally bitchslapping a Banshee into oblivion with
using Bigby's Hand is both this and hilarious.
* The ambush is ''amazing''. Sir Stonefell is talking
to an advisor throw Grog at the beholder in a closed room about how he needs to set up traps and troops in preparation for Vox Machina's arrival...and then Vox Machina kicks the door down.
** "How do you want to do this?" on Sir Stonefell goes to Percy - from
fastball special.
* Along with being
a Natural 20, no less. [[spoiler: And then [[NightmareFuel Percy Tearjerker, [[spoiler:Vex's revival ritual definitely qualifies. It starts ''turning into'' the smoky entity from his dreams as he executes Stonefell, out with his head brutally exploding.]]]]
* The way Vox Machina completely ''dominate'' Sir Stonefell's advisor. To start, they gag and blind him (first with a blindfold and then with a Blindness spell). Then, they force him to give
Kashaw drawing upon Vesh's power, knowing full well that it could get them intel. Then, as a message, Grog rips out his tongue (rolling a natural 20 to do so), all killed, and Percy cauterises culminates in Vax staring down the wound goddess of death and then brands his face with the barrel of the pepperbox. Then, after throwing him out the window, they set the house on fire.
* Vax gets to launch a triple dagger attack which does '''96 damage.'''
making this offer:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Vax:''' [[TakeMeInstead Take me instead]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch you raven bitch]]]].



[[folder: Episode 30: Stoke the Flames]]
* Critical Role... now with costumes!
** In particular, Matt's cosplay of [[VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt Geralt]] is ''awesome.'' The players keep commenting on how intense he looks.
* Scanlan kills a vampire by [[spoiler:''pissing on it'']]. After all, [[spoiler:urine]] is ''technically'' [[spoiler:running water]].
* So far, only Taliesin ever remembered and pronounced Percy's full name correctly (and, in this episode, even he got it wrong once). Then Matthew plays an NPC that knew Percy when he was a child, and says his full name without hesitating or having to read it. Taliesin applauds him.
* Scanlan morphs himself into a triceratops.

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[[folder: Episode 30: Stoke the Flames]]
45: Those Who Walk Away...]]
* Critical Role... now with costumes!
** In particular, Matt's cosplay of [[VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt Geralt]] is ''awesome.'' The players keep commenting on how intense he looks.
* Scanlan kills a vampire by [[spoiler:''pissing on it'']]. After all, [[spoiler:urine]] is ''technically'' [[spoiler:running water]].
* So far, only Taliesin ever remembered
Vax'ildan's and pronounced Percy's full name correctly (and, in this episode, even he got it wrong once). Then Matthew plays an NPC that knew Percy when he was a child, Role-playing is top-notch.
** Vex'ahlia's
and says his full name without hesitating or having Keyleth's Role-playing almost seems to read it. Taliesin applauds him.
*
trump it.
** Funny as it was,
Scanlan morphs himself into and Grog's was also awesome.
* Percy giving Vex'ahlia
a triceratops.siege arrow, which he calls "An Evening of Unbridled Guilt."



[[folder: Episode 31: Gunpowder Plot]]
* As if the soundtrack of the show wasn't awesome enough, it gets even better from here on with the addition of ElderScrolls music, not used since the Pathfinder days!
* As of this episode, everyone in Vox Machina (except Pike and Tiberius) reached level 12 and gained new abilities and feats.
** Grog picks up the Great Weapon Master for more damage at the cost of accuracy.
** Scanlan picks up the Tough feat to dramatically increase his meager HP from 66 to 101.
** Vax'ildan picks up Sharpshooter to further improve his dagger throwing and damage.
** Percy reveals some warlock spells via Magic Initiate (Friends, Minor Illusion, and Hex).
** Vex'ahlia's Wisdom is boosted to 16.
** Keyleth had taken the Skilled feat which grants her proficiency in three additional skills (Intimidation, Persuasion, and proficiency with Alchemist's Supplies).
* Scanlan's battle is possibly his biggest on-stream CMOA so far:
** Fighting as a triceratops!
** Drinking a potion of fire breath to light the house on fire.
** Punching the lord (A goliath) of the house with Bigby's Hand so he flies off the roof and across the street.
** Trust-falling off the roof and letting Bigby's Hand catch him.
** And what makes all of this even better? Scanlan insisted he could do this on his own & didn't need anyone's help, only for his plan to go OffTheRails twice when A) he finds out the Briarwood's men where expecting Vox Machina to attack & had prepared accordingly, and B) he realises he doesn't have any fire magic - it's only when he checked his inventory for ''anything'' he could use to start a fire that he realised he had the potion of fire breath. Everything Scanlan does after he bursts into the house as a Triceratops was purely Sam[=/=]Scanlan ad-libbing in order to escape the house with his life, and he not only does so, but he completes his initial objective to boot!
* Trinket gets a How Do You Want to Do This deathblow and tears Count Tyleari's head off with his teeth.

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[[folder: Episode 31: Gunpowder Plot]]
46: Cindergrove Revisited]]
* As if Keyleth, in her Fire Elemental form, managed to roll a Natural 20 on Intimidation to scare a salamander and some smaller elementals away.
* Vex pulls a slick con to swindle
the soundtrack guest, Gern, out of the show wasn't awesome enough, his flying broom. (However, it gets even better does bump her alignment to ChaoticNeutral for stealing from here on a guy trying to help them.)
* Keyleth uses her Tidal Wave spell to create 60 gallons of water that deals an automatic 60 damage due to elemental weaknesses (in addition to its base damage), and it automatically kills two fire elementals.
** Then a Critter tweeted Taliesin
with the addition calculation that it was actually '''125''' gallons of ElderScrolls music, not used since water. Matt's response that there's no way in hell that they survived it.
* While Gern is laying in
the Pathfinder days!
* As of this episode, everyone in Vox Machina (except Pike
lava and Tiberius) reached level 12 probably near unconsciousness, he hits the Efreet with a Disintegrate and gained new abilities and feats.
** Grog picks up the Great Weapon Master for more
deals 76 damage at the cost of accuracy.
**
to it.
*
Scanlan picks up the Tough feat to dramatically increase his meager HP from 66 to 101.
** Vax'ildan picks up Sharpshooter to further improve his dagger throwing and damage.
** Percy reveals some warlock spells via Magic Initiate (Friends, Minor Illusion, and Hex).
** Vex'ahlia's Wisdom is boosted to 16.
** Keyleth had taken the Skilled feat which grants her proficiency in three additional skills (Intimidation, Persuasion, and proficiency with Alchemist's Supplies).
* Scanlan's battle is possibly his biggest on-stream CMOA so far:
** Fighting as a triceratops!
** Drinking a potion of fire breath to light the house on fire.
** Punching the lord (A goliath) of the house with Bigby's Hand so he flies off the roof and across the street.
** Trust-falling off the roof and letting Bigby's Hand catch him.
** And what makes all of this even better? Scanlan insisted he could do this on his own & didn't need anyone's help, only for his plan to go OffTheRails twice when A) he finds out the Briarwood's men where expecting Vox Machina to attack & had prepared accordingly, and B) he realises he doesn't have any fire magic - it's only when he checked his inventory for ''anything'' he could use to start a fire that he realised he had the potion of fire breath. Everything Scanlan does after he bursts into the house as a Triceratops was purely Sam[=/=]Scanlan ad-libbing in order to escape the house with his life, and he not only does so, but he completes his initial objective to boot!
* Trinket
gets a both How Do You Want to To Do This deathblow and tears Count Tyleari's head off killshots this episode, the first with Thunder Wave (which ends up backfiring because he's too focused on getting Gern's attention to watch it happen) and then the second one to finish off the Efreet with Lightning Bolt after trapping it inside his teeth.Otiluke's Resilient Sphere.



[[folder: Episode 32: Against the Tide of Bone]]
* In addition to her return in general being a huge BigDamnHeroes moment, Pike finally gets an onscreen "How Do You Want to Do This?" finishing blow via her Mace of Distruption on a zombie Stone Giant. She's exactly what Vox Machina, and Whitestone needs.
** Pike was only there in the first place because Ashley told Matt [[https://twitter.com/TheVulcanSalute/status/665212091414921216 a whole ten minutes before stream]] that she was available to play.
* Vex finishes off the other Stone Giant through some great teamwork with her brother ([[AscendedFanon apparently borrowed from a fanfic!]]).

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[[folder: Episode 32: Against 47: The Family Business]]
* Magical Mansion, Casa Del Shorthalt.
* A well-timed dinging sound right when Vex'ahila pulls out
the Tide of Bone]]
* In addition to her return in general being a huge BigDamnHeroes moment, Pike finally gets an onscreen "How Do You Want to Do This?" finishing blow via her Mace of Distruption on a zombie Stone Giant. She's exactly what Vox Machina, and Whitestone needs.
** Pike was only there in the first place because Ashley told Matt [[https://twitter.com/TheVulcanSalute/status/665212091414921216 a whole ten minutes before stream]] that she was available to play.
* Vex finishes off the other Stone Giant through some great teamwork with her brother ([[AscendedFanon apparently borrowed from a fanfic!]]).
flying broom.
--->'''Sam:''' Whoa, how did you do that?



[[folder: Episode 33: Reunions]]
* One of the best roleplay moments by any player so far:
-->'''Percy:''' You are, at the moment, the luckiest person in Whitestone. Do you know why?
-->[[spoiler: '''Ripley''']]: Hm?
-->'''Percy:''' Because you're at the bottom of my List.
** His PreMortemOneLiner towards [[spoiler:Professor Anders]].
-->'''Percy:''' You're the face I saw when murder entered my heart. This is ''your'' doing.
* Percy has always been luckier than most when it comes to dice rolling, but seven Natural 20s in the episode... damn!
* As heartwarming as it was, [[spoiler:Vax's sudden confession and kiss towards Keyleth]] took everyone in the room by surprise, even Matt.
* Scanlan, thank to his scroll, is the one doing most of the damage to the spirits, and to top that he gets to deal the killing blow, and with a Vicious Mockery.

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[[folder: Episode 33: Reunions]]
* One of
48: Into the best roleplay moments by any player so far:
-->'''Percy:''' You are, at
Frostweald]]
* After learning
the moment, the luckiest person hard way that using it in Whitestone. Do you know why?
-->[[spoiler: '''Ripley''']]: Hm?
-->'''Percy:''' Because you're at the bottom
combat is a bad idea back in Episode 39, here we see how Wind Walk is ''supposed'' to be used: as an awesome, fast method of my List.
** His PreMortemOneLiner towards [[spoiler:Professor Anders]].
-->'''Percy:''' You're the face I saw when murder entered my heart. This is ''your'' doing.
travel.
* Percy has always been luckier than most when it comes to dice rolling, but seven Natural 20s in the episode... damn!
* As heartwarming as it was, [[spoiler:Vax's sudden confession and kiss towards Keyleth]] took everyone in the room by surprise, even Matt.
* Scanlan, thank to his scroll, is the one doing most of the damage to the spirits, and to top
"Vax'ildad" telling a boy named Simon, that he gets to deal named his serpentine belt after the killing blow, and with kid.
** Asking Simon if he wanted to see something cool.
* Pike receiving the Gauntlets of Ogre Power from Grog. She's now stronger than him!
* Anytime
a Vicious Mockery.party member chooses to ''not'' avert their gaze when attacking the Basilisks, meaning they don't get disadvantage on their attacks but have to make a Constitution save to avoid being turned to stone. [[spoiler: Everyone who does so ends up shrugging it off like nothing!]]
* Pike, once again showing she's the best, by rolling a Natrual 20 Insight check on Vax.



[[folder: Episode 34: Race to the Ziggurat]]
* Sylas manages to charm Grog, only for Travis to remember ''just'' in time that he's immune to charm because he's raging, to much rejoicing of the rest of the players.
* Sylas' defeat is done via Keyleth and Pike pulling a move that could have been straight out of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
* For the second time, Vex ''barely'' survives Delilah's Finger of Death.
* The HDYWTDT to Delilah is via Percy, who decides on a RestrainedRevenge by blowing off one of her arms.
* Percy finally gets to use Diplomacy in combat, ten episodes after creating it - and he uses it to grab Sylas Briarwood ''by the face.''
* Scanlan's Counterspell. It was due to this spell that Lady Briarwood couldn't run away from battle, and this was the reason why Keyleth even had the chance of killing Lord Briarwood.
* [[spoiler:When attempting to destroy the anti-magic sphere with a shard of residuum and it threatens to suck her in upon failing, Keyleth manages to resist the pull thanks to a clutch Natural 20 Strength save. That lucky roll may have saved her life (literally) in that instance]].

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[[folder: Episode 34: Race to 49: A Name Is Earned]]
* Mixed with Funny, Scanlan rolling into
the Ziggurat]]
* Sylas manages to charm Grog, only for Travis to remember ''just'' in time that he's immune to charm because he's raging, to much rejoicing of the rest of the players.
Orc camp. They needed a diversion, and this got ''everyone's'' attention. Sam's line leading into it is pretty awesome too.
-->'''Matt:''' What was your stealth check, Sam?
-->'''Sam:''' 15, but it doesn't matter: I'm walking forward.
* Sylas' defeat Keyleth goes Earth Elemental and attempts to throw an Orc into the spike pit "this is done via Sparta" style. She succeeds!
* Grog's [[FinishHim How Do You Want to Do This]] moment against the Orcchief of stabbing Craven Edge into the ground hilt first and then impaling him onto the blade is cruel yet awesome.
* Percy,
Keyleth and Pike pulling a move that could have been straight Vex are responsible for figuring out of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
* For
basically every riddle in the second time, Vex ''barely'' survives Delilah's Finger of Death.
* The HDYWTDT
lead-up to Delilah is via Percy, who decides on a RestrainedRevenge by blowing off one of her arms.
*
the fight with [[spoiler: the Androsphinx]]. Percy finally gets to use Diplomacy in combat, ten episodes after creating it - speaks Celestial, so he reads out all of the inscriptions, and he uses it to grab Sylas Briarwood ''by the face.''
* Scanlan's Counterspell. It was due to this spell that Lady Briarwood couldn't run away from battle, and this was the reason why
Keyleth even had not only figures out that they have to dive into the chance pool of killing Lord Briarwood.
* [[spoiler:When attempting
water to destroy advance, but also [[spoiler: saves Grog from drowning]]. Percy deduces how to open the anti-magic sphere with a shard of residuum and it threatens to suck her columns in upon failing, the next room, then Keyleth and Vex manage to save everyone from the sand trap it triggers. During the actual fight, Percy uncovers a hint that helps Vex figure out how to find the [[spoiler: clues to the Androsphinx's name]]. Then Percy, Keyleth and (eventually) Grog gather the rest of the clues. To top it all off, Percy manages to resist keep a clear head while half the pull thanks to a clutch Natural 20 Strength save. That lucky roll may have saved her life (literally) party is knocked out, seriously injured, frightened, or paralyzed, and he [[spoiler: figures out the Androsphinx's name]] just in that instance]].time.
* Described by Travis as "going [[Manga/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]]", [[spoiler: Craven Edge gets "full". CreepyAwesome powerup ensues.]]



[[folder: Episode 35: Denouement]]
* Percy rolls a Natural 20 when he's in danger of being taken over by Orthax, essentially ''exorcising Orthax from himself through sheer force of will'', which allows Vox Machina to finally confront the demonic contractor and give him what for.
** Pike criticals with the spell Guiding Bolt, and deals 42 radiant damage, which is the single biggest hit in the battle.
** Grog and Trinket team up to take down Orthax's physical form.
* Scanlan's simple but effective way to TakeAThirdOption -- [[spoiler:tossing Percy's broken Pepperbox into the acid]]
* Scanlan FINALLY gets his beret. [[EarnYourHappyEnding And never was a piece of headgear more deserved]].

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[[folder: Episode 35: Denouement]]
50: Best Laid Plans...]]
* Percy rolls a Natural 20 when he's '''Fifty episodes of Critical Role goodness!'''
* '''New intro!'''
* '''Ashley's back
in danger of being taken over by Orthax, essentially ''exorcising Orthax from himself through sheer force of will'', which allows Vox Machina to town!'''
* [[spoiler:Craven Edge is
finally confront the demonic contractor and give him what for.
**
gotten rid of for good thanks to Pike criticals breaking the attunement with Greater Restoration and Keyleth sending the spell Guiding Bolt, and deals 42 radiant damage, which is the single biggest hit in the battle.
** Grog and Trinket team up to take down Orthax's physical form.
* Scanlan's simple but effective way to TakeAThirdOption -- [[spoiler:tossing Percy's broken Pepperbox
sword into the acid]]
* Scanlan FINALLY gets his beret. [[EarnYourHappyEnding And never was
a piece of headgear more deserved]].pocket dimension with Plane Shift.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy getting into a shadow vs. shadow 'contest' with Craven Edge, demanding it return Grog's soul.]]



[[folder: Episode 36: Winter's Crest in Whitestone]]
* Out of universe -- Christopher Perkins, who works at Wizards of the Coast and of ''WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated'' fame, was at the studio!
* The arm-wrestling contest. In particular, Grog ends up being bested in the finals by a female town guard named Trisha.
* In human form, Trinket manages to tie for first place in the pie-eating contest!

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[[folder: Episode 36: Winter's Crest in Whitestone]]
* Out
51: Test of universe -- Christopher Perkins, who works at Wizards Pride]]
* As tense as their relationship is; Scanlan and Kaylie make a formidable team by Scanlan using Minor Illusion and Kaylie throwing her voice by pretending to be Stonejaw Strongjaw and saving the lives
of the Coast and of ''WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated'' fame, was at the studio!
* The arm-wrestling contest. In particular, Grog ends up being bested
people in the finals church together. Scanlan also uses Seeming and high Deception rolls to disguise them as a band of orcs and then get them past Goliaths and into the sewers safely.
* Grog's epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to both the current state of the Herd of Storms and Kevdak himself, followed
by a female town guard named Trisha.
* In human form, Trinket manages
challenging Kevdak to tie for single combat. Travis' acting in general is amazing in this episode.
* When Kevdak proves too tough to defeat in single combat, Grog calls upon his friends, and it is ''epic:''
-->"VOX MACHINA! '''FUCK! SHIT!''' '''''UP!'''''"
* Scanlan's
first place in usage of Mythcarver, stabbing straight through the pie-eating contest!face of a halfling without any resistance or sound: a glimpse of the power the wielded Vestiges might hold.



[[folder: Episode 37: A Musician's Nostalgia]]
* Doubling as a Crowning Moment of Funny, Grog tops his Natural 20 Intelligence roll by doing it again. Specifically, an '''ARCANA''' check!
* Scanlan has a chance to show off his musical abilities in an actual performance when he has a surprise reunion with his mentor's traveling troupe.
* Pike heals up Desmond's hand and gives him the ability to use it kind of like a claw with a Natural 20.

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[[folder: Episode 37: A Musician's Nostalgia]]
52: The Kill Box]]
* Doubling as a Crowning Moment of Funny, The entire fight against Kevdak and Grog's former herd is entirely awesome, but special mentions:
**
Grog tops falling 50ft through the air to [[spoiler: land the HDYWTDT on Kevdak after being rescued via locket by Vex on her broom the previous turn, and slicing Kevdak vertically in two. The falling damage took him down to 0 HP, but nobody cares - Matt, without prompting, mentions that Grog falls unconscious smiling.]]
-->[[spoiler: [[PreMortemOneLiner "FOR STRONGJAW!"]]]]
** Matt later revealed that had Grog not done this, the rest of the Barbarians would've kept on fighting, meaning this action likely saved the party's lives.
** Scanlan's Hold Person spell ''completely neutralizes'' Kevdak. The party follows up by focusing fire on
his Natural 20 Intelligence roll by doing arms until he can no longer hold a weapon, meaning that he ''never'' makes a single attack during the entire battle.
** Percy puts the Gloves of Missile Snaring to work against an enemy archer, [[ArrowCatch snatching an arrow]] from midair and breaking
it again. Specifically, an '''ARCANA''' check!
* Scanlan has a chance to show off
in one hand. He stares down the unfortunate guy, who promptly [[OhCrap regrets his musical abilities in an actual performance when he has a surprise reunion life choices]].
** Percy gets another moment right after Kevdak is healed for 70 HP by Greenbeard. While the rest of the party worries that the tide of battle is turning against them, Percy plugs away
with his mentor's traveling troupe.
* Pike heals up Desmond's hand
Bad News, and gives him wipes out almost 50 of those hit points in a single turn.
** Vex'ahlia tanking four out of five attacks of opportunity to save [[BadassInDistress Grog]], who later states he only had 20 HP left. She swoops down on
the ability Broom of Flying and, in a stroke of brilliance, scoops Grog into the "pokeball" locket from which she'd earlier released Trinket.
* After the fight, they find out that Zanror was
to use it kind of like be executed for speaking against Kevdak, since he wanted the herd to take action against the dragon. When Greenbeard prompts Grog to finish Zanror off, Grog announces that he's going to eliminate a claw with a Natural 20.weakling in order to return the herd to its lost glory [[spoiler: and then turns to drive the ax into Greenbeard, killing him]]. Grog might not be very smart, but he's got cunning.



[[folder: Episode 38: Echoes of the Past]]
* Riskel Daxio, a Vecna-worshipper, keeps making MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning taunts to the party in the face of his execution. So Vex comes up with the idea to have Pike ''bless'' him, to stop him coming back as anything undead. Riskel is visible ''horrified'' at the notion thanks to a successful Intimidate check.
* Scanlan narrowly avoids a showdown with Kaylie, before she reveals that [[spoiler:she is his daughter]], and then they (kind of) reconcile!
* Pike manages to pick open a lock despite having no proficiency with Thieves' Tools.

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[[folder: Episode 38: Echoes of the Past]]
53: At Dawn, We Plan!]]
* Riskel Daxio, Wilhand being a Vecna-worshipper, keeps making MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning taunts to the party in the face of his execution. So Vex comes up with the idea to have Pike ''bless'' him, to stop him coming back as anything undead. Riskel is visible ''horrified'' at the notion thanks to a successful Intimidate check.
*
ShipperOnDeck for Scanlan narrowly avoids a showdown with Kaylie, before she reveals and Pike after learning that [[spoiler:she is his daughter]], and then they (kind of) reconcile!
* Pike manages to pick open
Scanlan has a lock despite having no proficiency with Thieves' Tools.Magic Mansion.



[[folder: Episode 39: Omens]]
* Say what you want, the mental image of dragons destroying the city of Emon, and having our heroes fleeing for their lives is an intense and awesome ending for an episode.
* Scanlan and Kaylie pulling off a [[spoiler:father-daughter]] breakout from the stockade. Also, Percy being subtle in getting some sort of payback towards Scanlan due to him [[spoiler:tossing The List into the acid pits beneath Whitestone.]]

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[[folder: Episode 39: Omens]]
* Say what you want,
54: In the mental image Belly of dragons destroying the city of Emon, Beast]]
* Plan A: Percy builds a trap to keep Umbrasyl on the ground. Pretty good plan, right? Plan B: Dimension door into a Dragon's stomach,
and having our heroes fleeing place an immovable rod right in its gullet. Awesome. [[CrazyEnoughToWork Suicidally insane]], but awesome.
* Once the trap is sprung, Vex gets the first turn on initiative on Umbrasyl
for their lives almost a hundred points worth of damage in one round.
* Evil as it is, the cliffhanger at end of session
is an intense pure crazy narrative awesome, as [[spoiler: a heavily-injured Umbrasyl escapes the battlefield, ''tearing the immovable rod from his own gut'' in the process with Vax and awesome ending for an episode.
*
Scanlan still trapped and Kaylie pulling off a [[spoiler:father-daughter]] breakout from the stockade. alive inside him. Also, Percy being subtle in getting some sort of payback towards Scanlan due to him [[spoiler:tossing The List into he's dragging an extra-large Grog along by the acid pits beneath Whitestone.chain of his waraxe.]]



[[folder: Episode 40: Desperate Measures]]
* Vex reveals that she multiclassed into Rogue.
* Scanlan still having a role in the battle against the white dragon, despite Sam not being there.
* Inter-party FIGHT!
* The cunning Grog displays when he manages to trick [[CrazyPrepared Percy]] and Vex'ahlia, of all people, into producing the wish-granting skull of [[spoiler:the Githanki]] from its hiding place, then isolates the Percy and Vex from the rest of the party by cornering them in Percy's heavily secured workshop and sealing off the only door, and finally single-handedly [[CurbstompBattle overpowers both of them]] by using his immense strength to knock Percy prone and take the skull from Vex, while the rest of the party is helpless to do anything but watch. Grog only fails at getting everything he wants (and probably making things even worse) because of a critical fail he rolls at the very last second. The sheer cunning that Grog, a goliath with an intelligence of ''6'', brought to bear is simply jaw-dropping.
* Keyleth [[spoiler:silences everyone arguing over the skull [[WhatTheHellHero and calls them out on not keeping her in the loop and falling apart at the seams]].]]
-->'''Vex'ahlia:''' Keyleth, you don't know what's happening.
-->'''Keyleth:''' I would '''''[[PrecisionFStrike if any of my fucking party would for once tell me something!]]'''''
* Allura's GetAHoldOfYourselfMan speech to Keyleth.
* A villainous example with Thordak, the massive ancient red dragon, showing Vorugal, the ancient white dragon, who was boss. Thordak snatched Vorugal, who had been thrashing Vox Machina, out of the sky and threw him to the ground. Definitely showed just how strong Thordak is.

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[[folder: Episode 40: Desperate Measures]]
Special Episode: Battle Royale II]]
* Vex reveals that she multiclassed into Rogue.
* Scanlan still having
Vax deserves a role in the battle against the white dragon, despite Sam not being there.
* Inter-party FIGHT!
* The cunning Grog displays when
solid round of applause for managing to last as long as he did. [[spoiler: *clap*]] Despite his typically low rogue hitpoints, he manages to trick [[CrazyPrepared outlast [[spoiler: Percy]] and Vex'ahlia, of all people, people.
** His constant [[StealthHiBye daggers from the shadows]] coupled with all of the benefits he gets as a rogue, allows him to deal quite a bit of damage, before Keyleth and Pike eliminate him by turning the match
into producing a game of whack-a-mole.
* Pike in her Evil persona. Since Pike no longer has to worry about canon in-game repercussions for using
the wish-granting skull nastier side of [[spoiler:the Githanki]] from its hiding place, then isolates the Percy and Vex from her divine magic, she essentially has a free pass to use every DangerousForbiddenTechnique at her disposal on the rest of the party by cornering them in Percy's heavily secured workshop and sealing party.
** [[spoiler: Finishing
off the only door, and finally single-handedly [[CurbstompBattle overpowers both of them]] by using his immense strength to knock Percy prone and take the skull from Vex, while the rest of the party is helpless to do anything but watch. Grog only fails at getting everything he wants (and probably making things even worse) because of a critical fail he rolls at the very last second. The sheer cunning that Grog, a goliath with an intelligence of ''6'', brought to bear is simply jaw-dropping.
*
Keyleth [[spoiler:silences everyone arguing over the skull [[WhatTheHellHero by successfully shoving her into a stream of lava and calls them out on not keeping pushing her in the loop face down into it was a chilling and falling apart at the seams]].]]
-->'''Vex'ahlia:''' Keyleth, you don't know what's happening.
-->'''Keyleth:''' I would '''''[[PrecisionFStrike if any of my fucking party would for once tell me something!]]'''''
* Allura's GetAHoldOfYourselfMan speech to Keyleth.
* A villainous example with Thordak, the massive ancient red dragon, showing Vorugal, the ancient white dragon, who was boss. Thordak snatched Vorugal, who had been thrashing Vox Machina, out of the sky and threw him
brutal but still epic finish to the ground. Definitely showed just how strong Thordak is.battle. Especially since Pike only had a few hit points left and would likely have died on the following round.]]



[[folder: Episode 41: In Ruins]]
* New guest party member! Jason Charles Miller as Garthok, the Half-Orc Rogue from the Clasp! Miller manages to play him quite well.
* Vox Machina and Garthok see looters picking over the remains of Gilmore's Glorious Goods and they immediately jump into battle once the looters attack them. Everyone in the party gets a moment of awesome. Namely:
** Vex hammering the looters with Hail of Thorns.
** Trinket ripping one guy's head entirely off his neck.
** Grog going into a Frenzy Rage and getting multiple Natural 20s in one round and killing multiple looters in the same attack.
** Percy running and shooting and killing a guy with his three shots that round then casually walking to the next foe.
** Keyleth getting pissed and grabbing one of the looter's heads and shocking him (and herself, but she considers it WorthIt) with a point-blank Call Lightning. She then follows it up with turning into Minxie once again, and pulling off ANOTHER Call Lightning while in her beast form.
** Pike slamming a guy with 22 damage and then assisting Percy with her War Domain abilities so he can finish him off.
** Garthok's sneak attacking with his Stiletto Spear and nearly instakilling the people he sneak attacked.
** Scanlan dominating an enemy dwarf and then intimidating a guy at the end of combat to surrender with a parody of "The Joker"'s first verse.
** Both Vex and Percy using Hunter's Mark and Hex on the same guy they're targeting just because they could.
* Gilmore. While Vox Machina was running for their lives, this not so humble shop keeper took on Thordak, the ancient red dragon, to save the lives of Uriel's family, Seeker Asum and Guardian Tofor Bratoris and lived thanks to the combined efforts of Pike, Vex, and Keyleth when they find him on death's door.
** Doubles as one for Matt's dice-rolling skills as well. He'd been making secret rolls for the first half of the episode to see if Gilmore would survive, with the chance decreasing steadily (the next roll would have had a 80% chance of Gilmore's death). Pike choosing to use her one 6th-level spell to Heal him as hard as she could is awesome on top of that, as it shows just how well Matt has done at creating Gilmore's character.

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[[folder:Episode 55: Umbrasyl]]
* New guest party member! Jason Charles Miller as Garthok, the Half-Orc Rogue Vax and Scanlan, using their own skills and ingenuity, manage to escape from inside Umbrasyl. Vax carves his way out with the Clasp! Miller manages Dragonslayer Longsword, while Scanlan [[ItMakesSenseInContext uses Bigby's Hand to play him quite well.
fist his way through]].
* Vox Machina and Garthok see looters picking over Vax'ildan, Paladin of the remains of Gilmore's Glorious Goods and they immediately jump Raven Queen.
-->'''Vax''': When I went
into battle once this dragon, I was lost and a wanderer. But as I'm shat out its side, I come forth a Paladin of the looters attack them. Everyone in Raven Queen. And the party gets a moment of awesome. Namely:
** Vex hammering
last thing I think as I shoot out it's side is "If you have any wings to lend me, now is the looters with Hail of Thorns.
** Trinket ripping one guy's head entirely off his neck.
**
time."
* Despite falling through the air after using the Gate Stone to teleport to Vax (who was already rescued by Scanlan and
Grog going while the latter was polymorphed into a Frenzy Rage and getting multiple Natural 20s in one round and killing multiple looters in the same attack.
** Percy running and shooting and killing a guy with his three shots that round then casually walking to the next foe.
**
an eagle), Keyleth getting pissed and grabbing one of the looter's heads and shocking him (and herself, but she considers it WorthIt) with a point-blank Call Lightning. She then follows it up with turning into Minxie once again, and pulling off ANOTHER Call Lightning decides to use her Sparkstone power while in her beast form.
** Pike slamming a guy with 22 damage
still being an earth elemental, light herself on fire, and then assisting Percy with her War Domain abilities so he can finish him off.
** Garthok's sneak attacking with his Stiletto Spear
plummet like a meteor into the Bramblewood, leaving a massive crater... and nearly instakilling the people he sneak attacked.
** Scanlan dominating an enemy dwarf and then intimidating a guy at the end of combat
still managing to surrender with a parody of "The Joker"'s first verse.
** Both Vex and Percy using Hunter's Mark and Hex on the same guy they're targeting just because they could.
* Gilmore. While Vox Machina was running for their lives, this not so humble shop keeper took on Thordak, the ancient red dragon, to save the lives of Uriel's family, Seeker Asum and Guardian Tofor Bratoris and lived
come out relatively unharmed thanks to the combined efforts of Pike, Vex, and Keyleth when they find him on death's door.
** Doubles as one
elemental's HP.
* Chris Perkins joins the party
for Matt's dice-rolling skills as well. He'd been making secret rolls for the first half of the episode as an elderly goliath fighter named Shale who happens to see if Gilmore would survive, with know Grog from his younger days.
* Thanks to some quick thinking,
the chance decreasing steadily (the next roll would have had a 80% chance of Gilmore's death). Pike choosing party manages to use her one 6th-level spell to Heal him as hard as she get up Gatshadow quickly so they can continue pursuing Umbrasyl before he could is awesome on top recover all of that, as it shows just how well Matt has done at creating Gilmore's character.his strength.
* Percy goes to town against Umbrasyl with six frantic slashes of his longsword, dealing ''172'' damage in one round thanks to his Action Surge.
* [[spoiler:Grog gets the HDYWTDT against the Hope Devourer with his new Retaliation ability, scoring their first victory against the Chroma Conclave! Better yet, everyone survives!]]



[[folder: Episode 42: Dangerous Dealings]]
* After recently having terrible luck utilizing her 6th level spells, a newly leveled-up Keyleth gets some redemption by using 7th level Fire Storm against several Wyverns.
** It's doubly awesome from an RP standpoint as Keyleth unleashed her rage against them [[spoiler:in memory of her fallen brothers and sisters in the Fire Ashari.]]
* Vex's limerick to Scanlan was such a good burn Matt granted Laura DM inspiration for it.
* Percy calling Keyleth out for costing VM an alliance with The Clasp due to her ego, saying that compared to himself, she believes that she's better than them and that they lost a valuable spy network. However, Keyleth points out that they don't need the assistance of the Clasp, and that giving them an in in Vasselheim as well as the risks of such an alliance was not worth it. The best part of the argument is that, from certain perspectives, they're both right: Percy's right in that they should have respected the Clasp more and that they missed out on a valuable deal and spy network because of that, and Keyleth's right about the risks potentially not being worth the reward.

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[[folder: Episode 42: Dangerous Dealings]]
56: Hope]]
* After recently having terrible luck utilizing her 6th level spells, a newly leveled-up Keyleth gets some redemption by using 7th level Fire Storm against several Wyverns.
** It's doubly
Similar to Episode 45, most of the awesome here comes from an RP standpoint as Keyleth unleashed her rage against them [[spoiler:in memory of her fallen brothers the top-notch roleplaying from Scanlan, Keyleth, Vax, Percy, and sisters in the Fire Ashari.]]
* Vex's limerick to Scanlan was such a good burn Matt granted Laura DM inspiration for it.
*
guest: [[spoiler: author Creator/PatrickRothfuss]].
** In particular,
Percy calling Keyleth out gives an incredible, subdued and heartfelt speech in support of preserving Westruun instead of evacuating/abandoning it.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' If I complete my journey it can be upwards of a thousand years or more.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you think I live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' Less than a hundred?
-->'''Percy:''' No. I am Percival Frederickstein von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III. My ancestry dates back thousands of years and will continue
for costing VM an alliance thousands more, unless Whitestone falls. I live as long as Whitestone lives. This place [Westruun] is the human soul. [[WeAreAsMayflies This is what we have built with The Clasp due to her ego, saying that compared to himself, she believes that she's better than them and that they lost our tiny moments.]] To lose a valuable spy network. However, Keyleth points out that they place like this, we don't need the assistance of the Clasp, and that giving them an in in Vasselheim as well as the risks of such an alliance was feel it immediately but... it would ruin everyone. In small ways. [...] This is good we do here. This is great good. And it's not worth it. The best part of the argument is that, from certain perspectives, they're both right: Percy's right in that they should have respected the Clasp more and that they missed out on a valuable deal and spy network because of that, and Keyleth's right about the risks potentially not being worth the reward.idolising ourselves, it's about a very long story which we are, even you, a tiny part of.
* Matt shows off his [=DMing=] ability once again by taking just three seconds to answer an obscure trivia question about Westruun.



[[folder: Episode 43: Return to Vasselheim]]
* Zahra and Kashaw have returned! Squee!!!!!!
* Not just that, but there are returns of a lot of recurring characters. Vanessa and Murten Sindrial, Kern, Vicktor the Black Powder Merchant, Lady Kima of Vord, a mention of Tyriock the Cartographer, amongst others.
* Lady Kima kicking a Platinum Knight, Udain, and taking his place as Vord's sent Champion.
* Matt had an entire creation myth prepared for his universe, and he finally gets to tell it. According to Q&As, he'd thought it up a long time ago, [[YouNeverAsked the party just hadn't asked about it until now.]]
* The fight between Grog, Vax'ildan, and Scanlan vs. Earthbreaker Groon.
** Vax managed to avoid taking ''10d10 necrotic damage'' with a saving throw.
** Doing the splits to dodge the Lightning Bolt from Scanlan.
* Keyleth checking up on Vax'ildan after the fight, by hugging him (twice) and giving him a peck on the lips. It seems like they are moving into OfficialCouple territory.

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[[folder: Episode 43: Return 57: Duskmeadow]]
* Vax's visit
to Vasselheim]]
* Zahra
the Temple of the Raven Queen and Kashaw have returned! Squee!!!!!!
[[spoiler: speaking directly to her. Percy later speaks to her as well.]] Matt's roleplaying is some of his best.
* Not just that, but there are The cliffhanger of the episode is also one of the best, [[spoiler:as Hotis the Rakshasa returns of a lot of recurring characters. Vanessa and Murten Sindrial, Kern, Vicktor manages to, under the Black Powder Merchant, Lady Kima guise of Vord, a mention of Tyriock the Cartographer, amongst others.
* Lady Kima kicking a Platinum Knight, Udain,
Gilmore, trick Vax into completely disarming himself and taking removing his place armor as Vord's sent Champion.
* Matt had an entire creation myth prepared for his universe, and he finally gets to tell it. According to Q&As, he'd thought it up a long time ago, [[YouNeverAsked the party just hadn't asked about it until now.]]
* The fight between Grog, Vax'ildan, and Scanlan vs. Earthbreaker Groon.
** Vax managed to avoid taking ''10d10 necrotic damage'' with a saving throw.
** Doing the splits to dodge the Lightning Bolt
well as isolating him from Scanlan.
* Keyleth checking up on Vax'ildan after
the fight, by hugging him (twice) and giving him a peck on others so that he can exact his revenge for what happened when he was killed the lips. It seems like they are moving into OfficialCouple territory.first time.]]



[[folder: Special Episode: Battle Royale I]]
* Pre-battle, a tale from real life during the Q&A: Taliesin once nearly missed his flight because he tried to get a model of the Pepperbox, gifted by a fan at a convention, through airport security. Then, when more TSA agents show up, one of them turned out to be a Critter. Taliesin was promptly let onto the plane, model and all.
--> '''TSA Agent:''' Of ''course'' it's Percy.

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[[folder: Special Episode: Battle Royale I]]
Episode 58: A Cycle of Vengeance]]
* Pre-battle, After the previous cliffhanger, many members of the party get a tale from real life chance to shine during the Q&A: Taliesin once nearly missed his flight because he tried to get a model of showdown:
** [[spoiler:Vax throws himself and Hotis from
the Pepperbox, gifted tower, unwilling to let the Rakshasa slip away to potentially compromise all of Whitestone and everything Vox Machina accomplished.]]
** [[spoiler:Keyleth, ambushed
by a fan at a convention, an assassin in her bed, manages to slip behind him and blast him through airport security. Then, when more TSA agents show up, one of them turned the window with a Thunderwave, before carving a path directly to the courtyard where the battle was happening.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy manages to take
out ''both'' of the assassins the group was facing in the castle once everyone had gotten up.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan jumps from the tower, hitting Hotis with a plunging attack from Mythcarver and pulling Vax from near death at the same time.]]
** [[spoiler:The HDYWTDT goes to Pike, who barely survives the assassin attack on her before emerging in the courtyard and bringing down a 7th level Flame Strike, the only magical attack to touch Hotis all night, reducing him to ash.]]
* The [=NPCs=] are not
to be outdone, either. Lady Kima, Kashaw, and Gilmore [[CurbStompBattle utterly trounce]] the [[spoiler:assassins sent after them]], in increasingly impressive ways. Specifically:
** Lady Kima [[spoiler:arrives dragging the corpse of the assassin sent after herself and Allura, while wearing
a Critter. Taliesin long nightgown implied to belong to Allura and toting her maul. The corpse's face is so badly broken that it noticeably affects Pike's attempt to use Speak With Dead afterward.]]
** After much of the fandom had hoped for Matt to avert the dreaded BuryYourGays trope, Gilmore [[spoiler:uses an unknown spell [[https://twitter.com/matthewmercer/status/747643942271877120 of his/Matt's own design]] to utterly crush the assassin sent for him, squeezing the body and causing it to be, as Matt describes it, "wrung out like a wet towel".]]
** At first it appears something terrible has happened to Kashaw, with the walls, floor and even the ''ceiling'' of his room being [[LudicrousGibs absolutely covered in blood]]. [[spoiler:Then Kashaw is revealed to be covered in just as much blood, calmly sitting on the end of his bed seeming quite cheerful about the whole situation. He wisely decides to have a shower before joining the celebrations.]]
*** This is due to a moment of Awesome for Matt Mercer, who originally didn't have anything planned for Kashaw, but then
was promptly let onto reminded he was also in the plane, model group that fought [[spoiler:Hotis]] originally, and all.
--> '''TSA Agent:''' Of ''course''
comes up with the new scenario entirely on the fly.
* Vax can now sprout wings and fly! (Once per dawn, but
it's Percy.still something!)
* After many days of tinkering, Percy finishes his modifications to the broom, renaming it "Death From Above". And to celebrate, Vex manages to score a perfect shot on a chicken thrown by Keyleth while on the broom.



[[folder: Episode 44: The Sunken Tomb]]
* Owlbears. 'Nuff said.
* Zahra gets ''another'' HDYWTDT, and against a ''beholder'', causing the entire upper half of the monster to explode!
* Scanlan using Bigby's Hand to throw Grog at the beholder in a fastball special.
* Along with being a Tearjerker, [[spoiler:Vex's revival ritual definitely qualifies. It starts out with Kashaw drawing upon Vesh's power, knowing full well that it could get them all killed, and culminates in Vax staring down the goddess of death and making this offer:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Vax:''' [[TakeMeInstead Take me instead]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch you raven bitch]]]].

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[[folder: Episode 44: The Sunken Tomb]]
Special Episode: Liam's Quest]]
* Owlbears. 'Nuff said.
* Zahra gets ''another'' HDYWTDT,
Liam takes on the intimidating task of filling in for [[TheAce Matt]] as DM while Matt is absent for the week, and against a ''beholder'', causing he ''kills it''. He manages to craft an awesome fourth-wall-shattering [[spoiler: apocalyptic]] one-shot that blends bizarre humour and very imaginative Cthulu-esque horror. Some of his descriptions, particularly the entire upper half one [[spoiler: of Liam himself getting torn in half]], are vivid enough to rival Mercer's, and the players (and the audience!) clearly have a blast.
* Taliesin slapping [[spoiler: Conan O'Brien]] to death with Chill Touch.
* TheCameo from [[spoiler: Matt and Marisha]], who are a 20th level bard and 20th level monk, respectively. [[spoiler: Marisha]] in particular destroys a tower in one strike.
* Thanks to some really excellent rolls, Sam proves to be a great shot with a bow.
* Liam asked each
of the monster players what class they see themselves as in order to explode!
* Scanlan using Bigby's Hand to throw Grog at the beholder in
make their character sheets. Sam chooses Ranger, Laura chooses Rogue, Travis is a fastball special.
* Along with being a Tearjerker, [[spoiler:Vex's revival ritual definitely qualifies. It starts out with Kashaw drawing upon Vesh's power, knowing full well that it could get them all killed,
Fighter, and culminates in Vax staring down the goddess of death and making this offer:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Vax:''' [[TakeMeInstead Take me instead]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch you raven bitch]]]].
as for Taliesin? [[CreepyAwesome Warlock]].



[[folder: Episode 45: Those Who Walk Away...]]
* Vax'ildan's and Percy's Role-playing is top-notch.
** Vex'ahlia's and Keyleth's Role-playing almost seems to trump it.
** Funny as it was, Scanlan and Grog's was also awesome.
* Percy giving Vex'ahlia a siege arrow, which he calls "An Evening of Unbridled Guilt."

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[[folder: Episode 45: Those Who Walk Away...]]
59: Into the Feywild]]
* Vax'ildan's Ashley Johnson got to hang out and Percy's Role-playing play "Ethereal Pike" again!
* If you try to con Percy, make sure he doesn't find out, as we discover when he learns Garmelie the Satyr magically charmed him. (What makes it
is top-notch.
** Vex'ahlia's and Keyleth's Role-playing almost seems
Taliesin [[DissonantSerenity maintaining a perfectly serene smile throughout]].)
--> '''Percy:''' Friend, I applaud your cleverness. I am excited by this deal. And I just want you
to trump it.
** Funny as it was, Scanlan and Grog's was also awesome.
* Percy giving Vex'ahlia a siege arrow, which he calls "An Evening of Unbridled Guilt."
know - god forbid - if something comes up, where I come from ''[[BadassBoast I am possibly the worst person you've ever met.]]''



[[folder: Episode 46: Cindergrove Revisited]]
* Keyleth, in her Fire Elemental form, managed to roll a Natural 20 on Intimidation to scare a salamander and some smaller elementals away.
* Vex pulls a slick con to swindle the guest, Gern, out of his flying broom. (However, it does bump her alignment to ChaoticNeutral for stealing from a guy trying to help them.)
* Keyleth uses her Tidal Wave spell to create 60 gallons of water that deals an automatic 60 damage due to elemental weaknesses (in addition to its base damage), and it automatically kills two fire elementals.
** Then a Critter tweeted Taliesin with the calculation that it was actually '''125''' gallons of water. Matt's response that there's no way in hell that they survived it.
* While Gern is laying in the lava and probably near unconsciousness, he hits the Efreet with a Disintegrate and deals 76 damage to it.
* Scanlan gets both How Do You Want To Do This killshots this episode, the first with Thunder Wave (which ends up backfiring because he's too focused on getting Gern's attention to watch it happen) and then the second one to finish off the Efreet with Lightning Bolt after trapping it inside his Otiluke's Resilient Sphere.

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[[folder: Episode 46: Cindergrove Revisited]]
60: Heredity and Hats (LIVE)]]
* Keyleth, Percy reveals that [[spoiler:he made Vex ''a titled noble of Whitestone''. For Vex, who was mercilessly bullied as a child for being the daughter of a commoner, this fulfills two of her life ambitions: to make it into high society, and to rub it in her Fire Elemental form, managed to roll a Natural 20 on Intimidation to scare a salamander and some smaller elementals away.
blueblood father's face.]]
* Vex pulls a slick con to swindle the guest, Gern, out of his flying broom. (However, it does bump her alignment to ChaoticNeutral for stealing from a guy trying to help them.)
* Keyleth uses her Tidal Wave spell to create 60 gallons of water that deals an automatic 60 damage due to elemental weaknesses (in addition to its base damage), and it automatically kills two fire elementals.
** Then a Critter tweeted Taliesin with the calculation that it was actually '''125''' gallons of water. Matt's response that there's no way in hell that they survived it.
* While Gern is laying
After being charmed by Garmelie in the lava and probably near unconsciousness, he hits the Efreet with a Disintegrate and deals 76 damage to it.
* Scanlan gets both How Do You Want To Do This killshots this
last episode, Percy gets his revenge and out tricks the first trickster that the party had gotten into a deal with. To elaborate, the things Garmelie asked for from this deal are one of High Warden Tyrelda's hats and a piece of a Threshold Crest. The Threshold Crest in this case referring to the blue stones on the city wall that allow Syngorn to travel between the Prime Material and the Feywild, and the party worries that tampering with Thunder Wave (which ends up backfiring because he's too focused on getting Gern's attention to watch it happen) and then one of the second one to finish off stones may prevent the Efreet city from plane-shifting back. In an impressive use of ExactWords, [[spoiler: Percy instead has him clarify that he would be satisfied with Lightning Bolt after trapping any piece of a threshold crest, and with that in mind he has Keyleth stone shape a symbol of a Whitestone crest from the "threshold" of a door, breaks it, and gives it inside his Otiluke's Resilient Sphere.to him.]] And it ''works''.
* Trinket saves Vex from a bear spirit that was going to kill her and forces its submission (as well as giving him a power-up).
-->'''Bear spirit''': She is your charge?
-->'''Trinket''': She is everything to me. You take her, you take ME.



[[folder: Episode 47: The Family Business]]
* Magical Mansion, Casa Del Shorthalt.
* A well-timed dinging sound right when Vex'ahila pulls out the flying broom.
--->'''Sam:''' Whoa, how did you do that?

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[[folder: [[folder:Episode 61: Denizens of the Moonbrush]]
* If you thought Taliesin was insane with his streak of Natural 20s, this episode is tied with
Episode 47: 55 for having the highest number of Natural 20s among the party (as well as the most Natural 1s).
** Most notably, Scanlan rolling two Natural 20s even with disadvantage.
*
The Family Business]]
[[spoiler:pixies]] proving to be both a decent challenge and a large annoyance for Vox Machina, as they were able to cast [[NoSell Counterspell]] in addition to Polymorph and petrification spells.
* Magical Mansion, Casa Del Shorthalt.
* A well-timed dinging sound right when Vex'ahila pulls out
After Grog was [[spoiler: turned to stone by the flying broom.
--->'''Sam:''' Whoa, how did you do that?
pixies]], Travis held the same thumbs-up position for ''over seven minutes in real time'' without flinching, despite the best efforts of Liam, Laura and Sam to make him flinch.



[[folder: Episode 48: Into the Frostweald]]
* After learning the hard way that using it in combat is a bad idea back in Episode 39, here we see how Wind Walk is ''supposed'' to be used: as an awesome, fast method of travel.
* "Vax'ildad" telling a boy named Simon, that he named his serpentine belt after the kid.
** Asking Simon if he wanted to see something cool.
* Pike receiving the Gauntlets of Ogre Power from Grog. She's now stronger than him!
* Anytime a party member chooses to ''not'' avert their gaze when attacking the Basilisks, meaning they don't get disadvantage on their attacks but have to make a Constitution save to avoid being turned to stone. [[spoiler: Everyone who does so ends up shrugging it off like nothing!]]
* Pike, once again showing she's the best, by rolling a Natrual 20 Insight check on Vax.

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[[folder: Episode 48: Into the Frostweald]]
[[folder:Episode 62: Uninviting Waters (LIVE)]]
* After learning the hard way that Scanlan cleverly using it in combat is a bad idea back in Episode 39, here we see how Wind Walk is ''supposed'' his Magic Missiles not to be used: as an awesome, fast method of travel.
* "Vax'ildad" telling a boy named Simon,
attack the creature, but to sever the rope that he named his serpentine belt after was keeping the kid.
** Asking Simon if he wanted to see something cool.
* Pike receiving the Gauntlets of Ogre Power from Grog. She's now stronger than him!
* Anytime a
party member chooses to ''not'' avert tied together and severely limiting their gaze when attacking movement.
* Grog, swallowed by a Feymire Crocodile, uses
the Basilisks, meaning they don't get disadvantage Titanstone Knuckles to double his size and force the beast to vomit him back up.
* Keyleth finally gets to use her Blight spell
on their attacks but have to make a Constitution save to avoid being turned to stone. [[spoiler: Everyone who plant-based enemy with devastating effect[[note]]When used on a plant-based enemy, Blight does so ends up shrugging it off like nothing!]]
* Pike, once again showing she's
the best, by rolling maximum damage without requiring a Natrual 20 Insight check roll, so her Blights did ''64 damage'' each[[/note]], the second time [[spoiler:earning her the HDYWTDT on Vax.the creature - her first since the Whitestone arc and only her third on-stream!]] [[PetTheDog Even better was the audience's reaction of chanting her name.]]



[[folder: Episode 49: A Name Is Earned]]
* Mixed with Funny, Scanlan rolling into the Orc camp. They needed a diversion, and this got ''everyone's'' attention. Sam's line leading into it is pretty awesome too.
-->'''Matt:''' What was your stealth check, Sam?
-->'''Sam:''' 15, but it doesn't matter: I'm walking forward.
* Keyleth goes Earth Elemental and attempts to throw an Orc into the spike pit "this is Sparta" style. She succeeds!
* Grog's [[FinishHim How Do You Want to Do This]] moment against the Orcchief of stabbing Craven Edge into the ground hilt first and then impaling him onto the blade is cruel yet awesome.
* Percy, Keyleth and Vex are responsible for figuring out basically every riddle in the lead-up to the fight with [[spoiler: the Androsphinx]]. Percy speaks Celestial, so he reads out all of the inscriptions, and Keyleth not only figures out that they have to dive into the pool of water to advance, but also [[spoiler: saves Grog from drowning]]. Percy deduces how to open the columns in the next room, then Keyleth and Vex manage to save everyone from the sand trap it triggers. During the actual fight, Percy uncovers a hint that helps Vex figure out how to find the [[spoiler: clues to the Androsphinx's name]]. Then Percy, Keyleth and (eventually) Grog gather the rest of the clues. To top it all off, Percy manages to keep a clear head while half the party is knocked out, seriously injured, frightened, or paralyzed, and he [[spoiler: figures out the Androsphinx's name]] just in time.
* Described by Travis as "going [[Manga/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]]", [[spoiler: Craven Edge gets "full". CreepyAwesome powerup ensues.]]

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[[folder: Episode 49: A Name Is Earned]]
* Mixed with Funny, Scanlan rolling into the Orc camp. They needed a diversion, and this got ''everyone's'' attention. Sam's line leading into it is pretty awesome too.
-->'''Matt:''' What was your stealth check, Sam?
-->'''Sam:''' 15, but it doesn't matter: I'm walking forward.
[[folder:Episode 63: The Echo Tree]]
* Keyleth goes Earth Elemental and attempts to throw an Orc into fire elemental on the spike pit "this is Sparta" style. She succeeds!
* Grog's [[FinishHim How Do You Want
two treants supporting [[spoiler:Saundor]] and, with some ingenious use of Tree Stride, ''destroys'' them thanks to Do This]] moment against their vulnerability to fire.
* After spending most of
the Orcchief of stabbing Craven Edge into the ground hilt first and then impaling him onto the blade is cruel yet awesome.
* Percy, Keyleth and Vex are responsible for figuring out basically every riddle
previous fights in the lead-up Feywild in various states of incapacitation, and desperately trying to the get a hit during their fight with [[spoiler: [[spoiler:Saundor, Grog lands the Androsphinx]]. Percy speaks Celestial, so he reads out all HDYWTDT on Saundor by throwing the Javelin of Lightning through his mouth and causing his entire body to explode. The ShutUpHannibal right before it ("Nobody cares!") was also ''particularly'' appropriate.]]
* The description of Saundor and his conversation with Vex. Matt using aspects of Vex's backstory that had just been revealed in a short story makes for one
of the inscriptions, and Keyleth not only figures out that they have to dive into the pool of water to advance, but also [[spoiler: saves Grog from drowning]]. Percy deduces how to open the columns in the next room, then Keyleth and Vex manage to save everyone from the sand trap it triggers. During the actual fight, Percy uncovers a hint that helps Vex figure out how to find the [[spoiler: clues to the Androsphinx's name]]. Then Percy, Keyleth and (eventually) Grog gather the rest of the clues. To top it all off, Percy manages to keep a clear head while half most atmospheric villains the party is knocked out, seriously injured, frightened, or paralyzed, and he [[spoiler: figures out the Androsphinx's name]] just in time.
* Described by Travis as "going [[Manga/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]]", [[spoiler: Craven Edge gets "full". CreepyAwesome powerup ensues.]]
has encountered yet.



[[folder: Episode 50: Best Laid Plans...]]
* '''Fifty episodes of Critical Role goodness!'''
* '''New intro!'''
* '''Ashley's back in town!'''
* [[spoiler:Craven Edge is finally gotten rid of for good thanks to Pike breaking the attunement with Greater Restoration and Keyleth sending the sword into a pocket dimension with Plane Shift.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy getting into a shadow vs. shadow 'contest' with Craven Edge, demanding it return Grog's soul.]]

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[[folder: Episode 50: Best Laid Plans...]]
[[folder:Episode 64: The Frigid Doom]]
* '''Fifty episodes of Critical Role goodness!'''
* '''New intro!'''
* '''Ashley's back in town!'''
* [[spoiler:Craven Edge is finally gotten rid of for good thanks to Pike breaking the attunement with Greater Restoration and
Of all people, it's Keyleth sending the sword who (with a damn good Persuasion roll of 25) manages to persuade [[spoiler:Tooma]] into a pocket dimension trusting that her tribe and Vox Machina have similar goals and therefore are people of their word. Even the party is impressed with Plane Shift.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy getting into a shadow vs. shadow 'contest'
her words, especially since she wasn't very successful with Craven Edge, demanding it return Grog's soul.]]negotiating in the past.
--> '''Keyleth:''' ''(in response to [[spoiler:Tooma's]] claims)'' I think faith and trust are not mutually exclusive. I cannot trust you and still have faith, and you should not feel a lack of pride for living in the dirt or surviving. There's nothing wrong with that. But I understand your urge to want to rebuild, become the great culture that I know you all are. So... you should at least trust that we have similar interests in the end.



[[folder: Episode 51: Test of Pride]]
* As tense as their relationship is; Scanlan and Kaylie make a formidable team by Scanlan using Minor Illusion and Kaylie throwing her voice by pretending to be Stonejaw Strongjaw and saving the lives of the people in the church together. Scanlan also uses Seeming and high Deception rolls to disguise them as a band of orcs and then get them past Goliaths and into the sewers safely.
* Grog's epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to both the current state of the Herd of Storms and Kevdak himself, followed by challenging Kevdak to single combat. Travis' acting in general is amazing in this episode.
* When Kevdak proves too tough to defeat in single combat, Grog calls upon his friends, and it is ''epic:''
-->"VOX MACHINA! '''FUCK! SHIT!''' '''''UP!'''''"
* Scanlan's first usage of Mythcarver, stabbing straight through the face of a halfling without any resistance or sound: a glimpse of the power the wielded Vestiges might hold.

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[[folder: [[folder:Episode 65: The Streets of Ank'Harel]]
* Liam and Marisha's RP in the opening moments of the episode, especially from Marisha as [[spoiler:[[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Keyleth confesses her love to Vax after keeping him waiting for so long]]. And best of all, not even Liam, who had dropped the mic himself when Vax confessed to Keyleth in
Episode 51: Test of Pride]]
33, saw it coming.]]
* As tense as their relationship is; The party finally made it to Marquet!
*
Scanlan and Kaylie make a formidable team by Scanlan using Minor Illusion and Kaylie throwing her voice by pretending trying to be Stonejaw Strongjaw and saving the lives of the people in the church together. Scanlan also uses Seeming and high Deception rolls to disguise them as a band of orcs and then get them past Goliaths and into the sewers safely.
* Grog's epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to both the current state of the Herd of Storms and Kevdak himself, followed by challenging Kevdak to single combat. Travis' acting in general
buy "spice" from two teenaged kids is amazing in this episode.
and hilarious.
* When Kevdak proves too tough The soothsayer that Percy, Keyleth, and Vex visit to defeat in single combat, Grog calls upon get information from. It was all off the top of Matt's head as he gave his friends, card readings.
* As funny as it is, the unplanned synchro answers given by Keyleth
and it is ''epic:''
-->"VOX MACHINA! '''FUCK! SHIT!''' '''''UP!'''''"
* Scanlan's first usage of Mythcarver, stabbing straight through
Percy about whether or not to drink the face of a halfling without any resistance or sound: a glimpse of the power the wielded Vestiges might hold.alcohol is pretty awesome.



[[folder: Episode 52: The Kill Box]]
* The entire fight against Kevdak and Grog's former herd is entirely awesome, but special mentions:
** Grog falling 50ft through the air to [[spoiler: land the HDYWTDT on Kevdak after being rescued via locket by Vex on her broom the previous turn, and slicing Kevdak vertically in two. The falling damage took him down to 0 HP, but nobody cares - Matt, without prompting, mentions that Grog falls unconscious smiling.]]
-->[[spoiler: [[PreMortemOneLiner "FOR STRONGJAW!"]]]]
** Matt later revealed that had Grog not done this, the rest of the Barbarians would've kept on fighting, meaning this action likely saved the party's lives.
** Scanlan's Hold Person spell ''completely neutralizes'' Kevdak. The party follows up by focusing fire on his arms until he can no longer hold a weapon, meaning that he ''never'' makes a single attack during the entire battle.
** Percy puts the Gloves of Missile Snaring to work against an enemy archer, [[ArrowCatch snatching an arrow]] from midair and breaking it in one hand. He stares down the unfortunate guy, who promptly [[OhCrap regrets his life choices]].
** Percy gets another moment right after Kevdak is healed for 70 HP by Greenbeard. While the rest of the party worries that the tide of battle is turning against them, Percy plugs away with Bad News, and wipes out almost 50 of those hit points in a single turn.
** Vex'ahlia tanking four out of five attacks of opportunity to save [[BadassInDistress Grog]], who later states he only had 20 HP left. She swoops down on the Broom of Flying and, in a stroke of brilliance, scoops Grog into the "pokeball" locket from which she'd earlier released Trinket.
* After the fight, they find out that Zanror was to be executed for speaking against Kevdak, since he wanted the herd to take action against the dragon. When Greenbeard prompts Grog to finish Zanror off, Grog announces that he's going to eliminate a weakling in order to return the herd to its lost glory [[spoiler: and then turns to drive the ax into Greenbeard, killing him]]. Grog might not be very smart, but he's got cunning.

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[[folder: Episode 52: The Kill Box]]
[[folder:Episode 66: A Traveler's Gamble]]
* The entire fight against Kevdak and Grog's former herd is entirely awesome, but special mentions:
**
Grog falling 50ft through the air to [[spoiler: land the HDYWTDT on Kevdak after being rescued via locket by Vex on her broom the previous turn, (with Keyleth's and slicing Kevdak vertically in two. The falling damage took him down to 0 HP, but nobody cares - Matt, without prompting, mentions that Grog falls unconscious smiling.]]
-->[[spoiler: [[PreMortemOneLiner "FOR STRONGJAW!"]]]]
** Matt later revealed that had Grog not done this, the rest of the Barbarians would've kept on fighting, meaning this action likely saved the party's lives.
**
Scanlan's Hold Person spell ''completely neutralizes'' Kevdak. The party follows up help) pushing the construct out of the window.
** In the same fight, despite being unable to do any relevant damage (due to the construct immunity to all but his d6 of necrotic damage), Percy manages to be helpful
by focusing fire keeping the enemy at disadvantage on his arms until he can no longer hold strongest attribute check (although Taliesin himself didn't seem to realize it).
* J'mon Sa Ord turns out to be
a weapon, far greater ally than any of them could have hoped. [[spoiler: Possibly the best ally against a conclave of chromatic dragons, a metallic dragon]].
* In terms of cliffhangers, Matt does it once again as the episode ends with Vox Machina sneaking into the place where Mistress Asharru, wearer of Cabal's Ruin, may be hiding in... [[spoiler: only to find her dead, the cloak having already been stolen, and with bullets in the wall,
meaning that he ''never'' makes a single attack during the entire battle.
** Percy puts the Gloves of Missile Snaring to work against an enemy archer, [[ArrowCatch snatching an arrow]] from midair and breaking
Dr. Anna Ripley is back, [[Franchise/RipleysBelieveItOrNot believe it in one hand. He stares down the unfortunate guy, who promptly [[OhCrap regrets his life choices]].
** Percy gets another moment right after Kevdak is healed for 70 HP by Greenbeard. While the rest of the party worries that the tide of battle is turning against them, Percy plugs away with Bad News, and wipes out almost 50 of those hit points in a single turn.
** Vex'ahlia tanking four out of five attacks of opportunity to save [[BadassInDistress Grog]], who later states he only had 20 HP left. She swoops down on the Broom of Flying and, in a stroke of brilliance, scoops Grog into the "pokeball" locket from which she'd earlier released Trinket.
* After the fight, they find out that Zanror was to be executed for speaking against Kevdak, since he wanted the herd to take action against the dragon. When Greenbeard prompts Grog to finish Zanror off, Grog announces that he's going to eliminate a weakling in order to return the herd to its lost glory [[spoiler: and then turns to drive the ax into Greenbeard, killing him]]. Grog might not be very smart, but he's got cunning.
or not]]]].



[[folder: Episode 53: At Dawn, We Plan!]]
* Wilhand being a ShipperOnDeck for Scanlan and Pike after learning that Scanlan has a Magic Mansion.

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[[folder: Episode 53: At Dawn, We Plan!]]
[[folder:Episode 67: The Chase to Glintshore]]
* Wilhand being a ShipperOnDeck The twins, Grog, and Keyleth all reached level 15, marking some impressive changes for Scanlan the four:
** Vax is now capable of casting spells
and Pike after learning Divine Smite as a level 2 Paladin.
** Vex is now a level 2 Rogue, which grants her Cunning Action.
** Keyleth can now cast 8th-level spells, which means she has amazing options such as Control Weather, Tsunami, and Sunburst.
** Grog is now capable of Persistent Rage, making him a nigh-unstoppable raging killing machine.
* The entire episode was one big CMOA for Keyleth. From discovering [[spoiler:the "bug" on Retort
that Scanlan was placed inside by Dr. Ripley]], to managing to scry on [[spoiler:the doctor as she fled towards the Ozmit Sea to hunt down Whisper]], to casting Control Weather for the first time to part a massive lightning storm, to teaming up with Vax to go [[DeathFromAbove "Keyteor"]] on [[spoiler:Ripley's]] boat so that they could sink it.
* A subtle one should also go to [[spoiler: Dr. Ripley. By enchanting the pistol she made that Percy took from her, she now knows about everything the group
has discovered about the Chroma Conclave and the Vestiges. This allowed her to completely one up Vox Machina on finding Cabal's Ruin, as well as make significant progress in locating Whisper before the party could even get to her. She's even fashioned a Magic Mansion.new gun and hand in the time when she was last seen.]]



[[folder: Episode 54: In the Belly of the Beast]]
* Plan A: Percy builds a trap to keep Umbrasyl on the ground. Pretty good plan, right? Plan B: Dimension door into a Dragon's stomach, and place an immovable rod right in its gullet. Awesome. [[CrazyEnoughToWork Suicidally insane]], but awesome.
* Once the trap is sprung, Vex gets the first turn on initiative on Umbrasyl for almost a hundred points worth of damage in one round.
* Evil as it is, the cliffhanger at end of session is pure crazy narrative awesome, as [[spoiler: a heavily-injured Umbrasyl escapes the battlefield, ''tearing the immovable rod from his own gut'' in the process with Vax and Scanlan still trapped and alive inside him. Also, he's dragging an extra-large Grog along by the chain of his waraxe.]]

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[[folder: Episode 54: In 68: Cloak and Dagger]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley manages to draw Vox Machina into a clever trap, using illusions of herself and [[TheBusCameBack Kynan Leore]] and then detonating
the Belly of entire forest in a massive fiery blast, severely wounding the Beast]]
entire party, scattering them away from each other, and leaving them wide open to the attacks of her crew. Oh, and Ripley made a pact with Orthax, as well.]]
** In a bout of FridgeBrilliance, you realize [[spoiler:she did what VM did to Umbrasyl, which makes sense since she's been keeping track of them]].
* Plan A: Percy builds [[spoiler:Percy manages to roll a trap Nat 20 to keep Umbrasyl on the ground. Pretty good plan, right? Plan B: Dimension door into a Dragon's stomach, and place an immovable rod right in its gullet. Awesome. [[CrazyEnoughToWork Suicidally insane]], but awesome.
* Once the trap is sprung, Vex gets the first turn on initiative on Umbrasyl
his concentration for almost Hex after taking a hundred points worth large amount of damage in one round.
* Evil as it is,
at the cliffhanger at end very beginning of session is pure crazy narrative awesome, as [[spoiler: a heavily-injured Umbrasyl escapes the battlefield, ''tearing the immovable rod from his own gut'' in the process fight with Vax Ripley.]]
* Scanlan and Keyleth were both the [=MVPs=] of the encounter:
** [[spoiler:Despite being on death's door several times throughout the fight, having already expended her Wild Shape and her magic slowly being depleted, Keyleth managed to keep on fighting and focus on keeping Percy alive for as long as possible.]]
** [[spoiler:Even when they were knocked out by a mage's ''Chain Lightning'', Keyleth losing concentration on her ''Whirlwind'' spell
and Scanlan still losing his for ''Reverse Gravity'' caused the trapped mage to plummet into the crevasse and alive get splattered.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan managed to ''Counterspell'' Ripley's ''Fireball'' spell, which prevented a TPK. Later, as retribution for Percy's death, he manages to encase Ripley
inside him. Also, he's dragging an extra-large Grog along by ''Otiluke's Resilient Sphere'', setting up the chain coldest kill for an adversary yet.]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley becomes the first villain to kill a member
of Vox Machina on stream, dealing the killing shot to Percy.]]
* Late in the fight, after having stabbed Keyleth multiple times, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn Kynan turns
his waraxe.]]blade on Orthax instead after having realized what he did and Vax managing to persuade him.]]]]
* As tragic as the scene is, [[spoiler: ''all'' of Vox Machina taking vengeance on Ripley for Percy's death]] is probably the best How Do You Want To Do This? moment in the entire show.




[[folder: Special Episode: Battle Royale II]]
* Vax deserves a solid round of applause for managing to last as long as he did. [[spoiler: *clap*]] Despite his typically low rogue hitpoints, he manages to outlast [[spoiler: Percy]] of all people.
** His constant [[StealthHiBye daggers from the shadows]] coupled with all of the benefits he gets as a rogue, allows him to deal quite a bit of damage, before Keyleth and Pike eliminate him by turning the match into a game of whack-a-mole.
* Pike in her Evil persona. Since Pike no longer has to worry about canon in-game repercussions for using the nastier side of her divine magic, she essentially has a free pass to use every DangerousForbiddenTechnique at her disposal on the rest of the party.
** [[spoiler: Finishing off Keyleth by successfully shoving her into a stream of lava and pushing her face down into it was a chilling and brutal but still epic finish to the battle. Especially since Pike only had a few hit points left and would likely have died on the following round.]]

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\n[[folder: Special Episode: Battle Royale II]]
Episode 69: Passed Through Fire]]
* Vax deserves In a solid round bit of applause meta-awesome, [[spoiler:despite each member of the group succeeding at their various checks in Pike's Resurrection ritual, Matt waited for managing confirmation from Taliesin as to last as long as whether or not the spell worked. To clarify, even though VM got everything right and the spell (according to Matt's house rules) could only have failed if he did. rolled a Natural 1, he still gave Taliesin the ultimate choice in his character's fate. That, my friends, is how you DM a game of Dungeons and Dragons.]]
** Similarly, Taliesin and Matt revealed that there were "rules" for
[[spoiler: *clap*]] Despite his typically low rogue hitpoints, he manages the ritual, dictating whether Percy would come back or not based on what the party said and did. This means that, even without knowing what the rules ''were'', the party knew Percy well enough to outlast follow them and convince Percy to return]]. A true testament to this group's closeness and ThePowerOfFriendship (and, in [[spoiler: Percy]] of all people.
** His constant [[StealthHiBye daggers from the shadows]] coupled with all of the benefits he gets
Vex's case, ThePowerOfLove]] as a rogue, allows him to deal quite a bit of damage, before Keyleth and Pike eliminate him by turning the match into a game of whack-a-mole.
well).
* Pike in her Evil persona. Since Pike no longer has to worry about canon in-game repercussions for using the nastier side of her divine magic, she essentially has a free pass to use every DangerousForbiddenTechnique at her disposal on the rest of the party.
**
When Pike's [[spoiler: Finishing off resurrection ritual]] is blocked, Keyleth by successfully shoving her into a stream of lava is the one who [[spoiler: casts Greater Restoration and pushing her face down into it was a chilling and brutal but still epic finish to frees Percy's soul from being consumed by Orthax. It's the battle. Especially since Pike only had a few hit points left thing Percy remembers when he wakes up, and would likely he thanks her sincerely.]]
* Keyleth gets a surprise, handwritten letter from [[spoiler:Kerrek, ''[[VoiceoverLetter narrated by]]'' ''Creator/PatrickRothfuss himself'']]. As the final touch, the envelope also contains a gift: [[spoiler:a ring forged from the metal of a sword, engraved with the words "I
have died on passed through fire"]].
* For
the following round.]]episode's cliffhanger Matt drops another massive hammer onto the group that has Travis and Laura jumping off their seats with excitement: Seeker Asum has a private meeting with Vox Machina and reveals that [[spoiler:he is Raishan, the Chroma Conclave's green dragon, in disguise. She wants their help to kill Thordak, the Conclave's leader]].



[[folder:Episode 55: Umbrasyl]]
* Vax and Scanlan, using their own skills and ingenuity, manage to escape from inside Umbrasyl. Vax carves his way out with the Dragonslayer Longsword, while Scanlan [[ItMakesSenseInContext uses Bigby's Hand to fist his way through]].
* Vax'ildan, Paladin of the Raven Queen.
-->'''Vax''': When I went into this dragon, I was lost and a wanderer. But as I'm shat out its side, I come forth a Paladin of the Raven Queen. And the last thing I think as I shoot out it's side is "If you have any wings to lend me, now is the time."
* Despite falling through the air after using the Gate Stone to teleport to Vax (who was already rescued by Scanlan and Grog while the latter was polymorphed into an eagle), Keyleth decides to use her Sparkstone power while still being an earth elemental, light herself on fire, and plummet like a meteor into the Bramblewood, leaving a massive crater... and still managing to come out relatively unharmed thanks to the elemental's HP.
* Chris Perkins joins the party for the episode as an elderly goliath fighter named Shale who happens to know Grog from his younger days.
* Thanks to some quick thinking, the party manages to get up Gatshadow quickly so they can continue pursuing Umbrasyl before he could recover all of his strength.
* Percy goes to town against Umbrasyl with six frantic slashes of his longsword, dealing ''172'' damage in one round thanks to his Action Surge.
* [[spoiler:Grog gets the HDYWTDT against the Hope Devourer with his new Retaliation ability, scoring their first victory against the Chroma Conclave! Better yet, everyone survives!]]

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[[folder:Episode 55: Umbrasyl]]
[[folder: Episode 70: Trust]]
* Vax Keyleth holds NOTHING back in a scathing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to [[spoiler:Raishan]].
* [[spoiler:Raishan]], MagnificentBastard that [[spoiler:she]] is, is still just as amazing throughout the episode, baiting Keyleth but never rising to her bait, effortlessly controlling conversations even when everyone else is clearly hostile to [[spoiler:her]],
and Scanlan, using their own skills and ingenuity, manage to escape from inside Umbrasyl. Vax carves his way out very possibly [[spoiler:sneaking with the Dragonslayer Longsword, while Scanlan [[ItMakesSenseInContext uses Bigby's Hand them to fist his way through]].
* Vax'ildan, Paladin of the Raven Queen.
-->'''Vax''': When I went into this dragon, I was lost and a wanderer. But as I'm shat out its side, I come forth a Paladin of the Raven Queen. And the last thing I think as I shoot out it's side is "If you have any wings to lend me, now is the time."
* Despite falling
Draconia through the air after using Sun Tree, despite Percy telling her that they would meet her there so as not to clue her in to Kima traveling with them.]]
** Conversely, during
the Gate Stone to teleport to Vax (who was already rescued by Scanlan and Grog while the latter was polymorphed into an eagle), Keyleth decides to use her Sparkstone power while still being an earth elemental, light herself on fire, and plummet like a meteor into the Bramblewood, leaving a massive crater... and still managing to come out relatively unharmed thanks to the elemental's HP.
* Chris Perkins joins the party for the episode as an elderly goliath fighter named Shale who happens to know Grog from his younger days.
* Thanks to some quick thinking, the party
talks with [[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy manages to get up Gatshadow quickly so they can continue pursuing Umbrasyl before he could recover remain calm enough to prevent Keyleth from attacking (which would probably have destroyed Whitestone). He also takes the lead in convincing [[spoiler: Raishan to help fight Vorugal]], and later manages to twist the deal to allow [[spoiler: Lady Kima to join the fight, despite the fact that Raishan explicitly told them not to tell anyone else]]. By the end of their conversations, even [[spoiler: Raishan]] develops a grudging respect for him - and it's all of his strength.
*
capped off by the reveal that [[spoiler: Percy has been ''terrified'' the entire time, as he collapses in panic after Raishan leaves]]. It just goes to town against Umbrasyl with six frantic slashes of show that when Vex and Keyleth told him how much they needed him during his longsword, dealing ''172'' damage [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]], they were not exaggerating in one round thanks to his Action Surge.
* [[spoiler:Grog gets
the HDYWTDT against slightest.
* Vex's insanely awesome plan to [[spoiler: summon
the Hope Devourer with his new Retaliation ability, scoring their first victory against demon holding the Chroma Conclave! Better yet, everyone survives!]]Spire of Conflux from the Abyss and let it fight Vorugal]]. Percy's reaction is a literal gasp of awe.
-->'''Percy:''' It's brazen. I like it.
* Lady Kima landing a nat 20 on a retaliatory maul swing at [[spoiler:Scanlan]] is this plus CrowningMomentOfFunny.



[[folder: Episode 56: Hope]]
* Similar to Episode 45, most of the awesome here comes from the top-notch roleplaying from Scanlan, Keyleth, Vax, Percy, and the guest: [[spoiler: author Creator/PatrickRothfuss]].
** In particular, Percy gives an incredible, subdued and heartfelt speech in support of preserving Westruun instead of evacuating/abandoning it.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' If I complete my journey it can be upwards of a thousand years or more.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you think I live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' Less than a hundred?
-->'''Percy:''' No. I am Percival Frederickstein von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III. My ancestry dates back thousands of years and will continue for thousands more, unless Whitestone falls. I live as long as Whitestone lives. This place [Westruun] is the human soul. [[WeAreAsMayflies This is what we have built with our tiny moments.]] To lose a place like this, we don't feel it immediately but... it would ruin everyone. In small ways. [...] This is good we do here. This is great good. And it's not about idolising ourselves, it's about a very long story which we are, even you, a tiny part of.
* Matt shows off his [=DMing=] ability once again by taking just three seconds to answer an obscure trivia question about Westruun.

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[[folder: Episode 56: Hope]]
71: Vorugal]]
* Similar to Episode 45, most Scanlan [[spoiler:summoning Yenk with ''barely'' a passing roll (DC was 19, the roll with every buff and assistance combined was 20) and then ''successfully dominating Yenk's mind''.]]
* The entire first part
of the awesome here comes from battle is an epic display, though Matt jokingly describes it as everyone "watching him play with his toys."
* Vax entering
the top-notch roleplaying from Scanlan, Keyleth, Vax, Percy, fight by flying in and dealing 84 damage with a auto-crit Sneak Attack.
* [[spoiler:Divine Intervention ''finally worked!!'' Saranrae tells Pike she'll do her best and then smites Vorgual to
the guest: ground and leaving a giant fist sized crater for 50 points of damage.]]
* Grog and Lady Kima tag teaming [[spoiler:Yenk]], Kima proving that she's still the same badass she was in the Underdark by going to town against [[spoiler:the goristro]] with her Holy Thunder Maul and Divine Smite, and Grog hitting for an obscene amount of damage
[[spoiler: author Creator/PatrickRothfuss]].
** In particular, Percy gives an incredible, subdued
using reckless attacks and heartfelt speech in support of preserving Westruun instead of evacuating/abandoning it.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' If I complete my journey it can be upwards of a thousand years or more.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you think I live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' Less than a hundred?
-->'''Percy:''' No. I am Percival Frederickstein von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III. My ancestry dates back thousands of years and will continue for thousands more, unless Whitestone falls. I live as long as Whitestone lives. This place [Westruun] is the human soul. [[WeAreAsMayflies This is what we have built with our tiny moments.]] To lose a place like this, we don't feel it immediately but... it would ruin everyone. In small ways. [...] This is good we do here. This is
great good. master he hits for 129 points of damage in a single attack action]] in one attack and later getting the HDYWTDT by [[spoiler:[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe ripping Yenk in half like a wishbone]]]].
* Vex [[spoiler:getting the HDYWTDT on Vorugal]], followed by an EpicOneLiner from [[spoiler:Raishan]], who rips [[spoiler:Vorugal's]] throat out with [[spoiler:her]] teeth.
-->[[spoiler:'''Raishan''']]: Tell your master on the other side... ''it was worth it!''
* [[spoiler:Keyleth finally gets her prized Vestige. [[https://twitter.com/Marisha_Ray/status/787425805307514880
And it's not about idolising ourselves, it's about a very long story which we are, even you, a tiny part of.
* Matt shows off his [=DMing=] ability once again
Vestige that has been used by taking just three seconds to answer an obscure trivia question about Westruun.her people previously!]]]]



[[folder: Episode 57: Duskmeadow]]
* Vax's visit to the Temple of the Raven Queen and [[spoiler: speaking directly to her. Percy later speaks to her as well.]] Matt's roleplaying is some of his best.
* The cliffhanger of the episode is also one of the best, [[spoiler:as Hotis the Rakshasa returns and manages to, under the guise of Gilmore, trick Vax into completely disarming himself and removing his armor as well as isolating him from the others so that he can exact his revenge for what happened when he was killed the first time.]]

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[[folder: Episode 57: Duskmeadow]]
* Vax's visit to
72: The Elephant in the Temple of Room]]
* Say what you will, but
the Raven Queen and casual confidence with which [[spoiler: speaking directly to her. Percy later speaks to kisses Vex]] is pretty awesome.
* Kima gets [[spoiler: Holy Avenger!]] When Grog suggests [[spoiler: inheriting
her as well.]] Matt's roleplaying is some of his best.
* The cliffhanger of the episode is also one of the best, [[spoiler:as Hotis the Rakshasa returns
maul]], she casually hefts both onto her shoulders and manages to, under the guise of Gilmore, trick Vax into completely disarming himself and removing his armor as well as isolating him from the others so says, "Nah. I'm good." Grog agrees that he can exact his revenge for what happened when he was killed the first time.]]that. is. awesome.



[[folder: Episode 58: A Cycle of Vengeance]]
* After the previous cliffhanger, many members of the party get a chance to shine during the showdown:
** [[spoiler:Vax throws himself and Hotis from the tower, unwilling to let the Rakshasa slip away to potentially compromise all of Whitestone and everything Vox Machina accomplished.]]
** [[spoiler:Keyleth, ambushed by an assassin in her bed, manages to slip behind him and blast him through the window with a Thunderwave, before carving a path directly to the courtyard where the battle was happening.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy manages to take out ''both'' of the assassins the group was facing in the castle once everyone had gotten up.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan jumps from the tower, hitting Hotis with a plunging attack from Mythcarver and pulling Vax from near death at the same time.]]
** [[spoiler:The HDYWTDT goes to Pike, who barely survives the assassin attack on her before emerging in the courtyard and bringing down a 7th level Flame Strike, the only magical attack to touch Hotis all night, reducing him to ash.]]
* The [=NPCs=] are not to be outdone, either. Lady Kima, Kashaw, and Gilmore [[CurbStompBattle utterly trounce]] the [[spoiler:assassins sent after them]], in increasingly impressive ways. Specifically:
** Lady Kima [[spoiler:arrives dragging the corpse of the assassin sent after herself and Allura, while wearing a long nightgown implied to belong to Allura and toting her maul. The corpse's face is so badly broken that it noticeably affects Pike's attempt to use Speak With Dead afterward.]]
** After much of the fandom had hoped for Matt to avert the dreaded BuryYourGays trope, Gilmore [[spoiler:uses an unknown spell [[https://twitter.com/matthewmercer/status/747643942271877120 of his/Matt's own design]] to utterly crush the assassin sent for him, squeezing the body and causing it to be, as Matt describes it, "wrung out like a wet towel".]]
** At first it appears something terrible has happened to Kashaw, with the walls, floor and even the ''ceiling'' of his room being [[LudicrousGibs absolutely covered in blood]]. [[spoiler:Then Kashaw is revealed to be covered in just as much blood, calmly sitting on the end of his bed seeming quite cheerful about the whole situation. He wisely decides to have a shower before joining the celebrations.]]
*** This is due to a moment of Awesome for Matt Mercer, who originally didn't have anything planned for Kashaw, but then was reminded he was also in the group that fought [[spoiler:Hotis]] originally, and comes up with the new scenario entirely on the fly.
* Vax can now sprout wings and fly! (Once per dawn, but it's still something!)
* After many days of tinkering, Percy finishes his modifications to the broom, renaming it "Death From Above". And to celebrate, Vex manages to score a perfect shot on a chicken thrown by Keyleth while on the broom.

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[[folder: Episode 58: A Cycle 73: The Coming Storm]]
* During a war council meeting between Vox Machina, every major NPC in Whitestone, and [[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy abruptly becomes sick
of Vengeance]]
* After
secrets and lies and [[spoiler: ''attacks Raishan in Seeker Assum's form'']], revealing the previous cliffhanger, many members of the party get a chance truth to shine during the showdown:
** [[spoiler:Vax throws himself and Hotis from the tower, unwilling to let the Rakshasa slip away to potentially compromise all of Whitestone and everything Vox Machina accomplished.]]
** [[spoiler:Keyleth, ambushed by an assassin in her bed, manages to slip behind him and blast him through the window with a Thunderwave, before carving a path directly to the courtyard where the battle was happening.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy manages to take out ''both'' of the assassins the group was facing in the castle once
everyone had gotten up.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan jumps from the tower, hitting Hotis with a plunging attack from Mythcarver and pulling Vax from near death at the same time.]]
** [[spoiler:The HDYWTDT goes to Pike, who barely survives the assassin attack on her before emerging
in the courtyard and bringing down a 7th level Flame Strike, the only magical attack to touch Hotis all night, reducing him to ash.]]
* The [=NPCs=] are not to be outdone, either. Lady Kima, Kashaw, and Gilmore [[CurbStompBattle utterly trounce]] the [[spoiler:assassins sent after them]], in increasingly impressive ways. Specifically:
** Lady Kima [[spoiler:arrives dragging the corpse of the assassin sent after herself and Allura, while wearing a long nightgown implied to belong to Allura and toting her maul. The corpse's face is so badly broken that it noticeably affects Pike's attempt to use Speak With Dead afterward.]]
** After much of the fandom had hoped for Matt to avert the dreaded BuryYourGays trope, Gilmore [[spoiler:uses an unknown spell [[https://twitter.com/matthewmercer/status/747643942271877120 of his/Matt's own design]] to utterly crush the assassin sent for him, squeezing the body and causing it to be, as Matt describes it, "wrung out like a wet towel".]]
** At first it appears something terrible has happened to Kashaw, with the walls, floor and even the ''ceiling'' of his
room being [[LudicrousGibs and forcing [[spoiler: her]] to come clean to the major power figures in Whitestone.
* Vex is
absolutely covered in blood]]. [[spoiler:Then Kashaw is revealed to be covered in just as much blood, calmly sitting on the end of his bed seeming quite cheerful about the whole situation. He wisely decides to have a shower before joining the celebrations.]]
*** This is due to a moment of Awesome for Matt Mercer, who originally didn't have anything planned for Kashaw, but then was reminded he was also in the group that fought [[spoiler:Hotis]] originally, and comes up
roll with the new scenario entirely on the fly.
* Vax can now sprout wings
her brilliant battle strategies. Three episodes ago it was [[spoiler: Yenk vs Vorugal]], and fly! (Once per dawn, but this time it's still something!)
* After many days of tinkering, Percy finishes his modifications
[[spoiler: convincing Raishan to the broom, renaming fake her death in order to draw out Thordak]]. Time will tell if that plan succeeds, but even [[spoiler: Raishan]] considers it "Death From Above". And to celebrate, Vex manages to score a perfect shot on a chicken thrown by Keyleth while on the broom.seriously.



[[folder: Special Episode: Liam's Quest]]
* Liam takes on the intimidating task of filling in for [[TheAce Matt]] as DM while Matt is absent for the week, and he ''kills it''. He manages to craft an awesome fourth-wall-shattering [[spoiler: apocalyptic]] one-shot that blends bizarre humour and very imaginative Cthulu-esque horror. Some of his descriptions, particularly the one [[spoiler: of Liam himself getting torn in half]], are vivid enough to rival Mercer's, and the players (and the audience!) clearly have a blast.
* Taliesin slapping [[spoiler: Conan O'Brien]] to death with Chill Touch.
* TheCameo from [[spoiler: Matt and Marisha]], who are a 20th level bard and 20th level monk, respectively. [[spoiler: Marisha]] in particular destroys a tower in one strike.
* Thanks to some really excellent rolls, Sam proves to be a great shot with a bow.
* Liam asked each of the players what class they see themselves as in order to make their character sheets. Sam chooses Ranger, Laura chooses Rogue, Travis is a Fighter, and as for Taliesin? [[CreepyAwesome Warlock]].

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[[folder: Special Episode: Liam's Quest]]
Episode 74: Path of Brass]]
* Liam takes on Not familiar with the intimidating task of filling culture in for [[TheAce Matt]] as DM while Matt is absent for the week, and he ''kills it''. He manages to craft an awesome fourth-wall-shattering [[spoiler: apocalyptic]] one-shot that blends bizarre humour and very imaginative Cthulu-esque horror. Some City of his descriptions, particularly Brass, half the one [[spoiler: of Liam himself party is being herded away from the others by efreet to be forced into slavery. Nothing Pike, Grog, or Keyleth tries is at all effective in getting torn in half]], are vivid enough to rival Mercer's, and the players (and the audience!) clearly have a blast.
* Taliesin slapping [[spoiler: Conan O'Brien]] to death with Chill Touch.
* TheCameo from [[spoiler: Matt and Marisha]], who are a 20th level bard and 20th level monk, respectively. [[spoiler: Marisha]] in particular destroys a tower in one strike.
* Thanks to some really excellent rolls, Sam proves to be a great shot with a bow.
* Liam asked each
them out of the players what class they see themselves as in order to make their character sheets. Sam chooses Ranger, Laura chooses Rogue, Travis is a Fighter, situation. Who saves the day and as for Taliesin? [[CreepyAwesome Warlock]].gets them away scot free without a fight? Scanlan, with one well-placed Dominate Monster.



[[folder: Episode 59: Into the Feywild]]
* Ashley Johnson got to hang out and play "Ethereal Pike" again!
* If you try to con Percy, make sure he doesn't find out, as we discover when he learns Garmelie the Satyr magically charmed him. (What makes it is Taliesin [[DissonantSerenity maintaining a perfectly serene smile throughout]].)
--> '''Percy:''' Friend, I applaud your cleverness. I am excited by this deal. And I just want you to know - god forbid - if something comes up, where I come from ''[[BadassBoast I am possibly the worst person you've ever met.]]''

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[[folder: Episode 59: Into the Feywild]]
[[folder:Episode 75: Where The Cards Fall]]
* Ashley Johnson got to hang out and play "Ethereal Pike" again!
* If you try to con
Despite not being as eloquent as Scanlan or Percy, make sure he doesn't find out, as we discover and due to being one of two members of Vox Machina to not be in chains, Keyleth manages to successfully negotiate with the fire giants of the City of Brass not once, but twice. The first time being when he learns Garmelie she bartered with a blacksmith for information and the Satyr magically charmed him. (What makes it is Taliesin [[DissonantSerenity maintaining a perfectly serene smile throughout]].)
--> '''Percy:''' Friend, I applaud your cleverness. I am excited by this deal. And I just want you to know - god forbid - if something comes up, where I come from ''[[BadassBoast I am possibly
second time with two guards defending the worst person you've ever met.]]''house of the one who owns the Plate of the Dawnmartyr, her efforts granting them access to the owner's abode.
* The owner of the Plate of the Dawnmartyr successfully beating Scanlan in a game of chance.



[[folder: Episode 60: Heredity and Hats (LIVE)]]
* Percy reveals that [[spoiler:he made Vex ''a titled noble of Whitestone''. For Vex, who was mercilessly bullied as a child for being the daughter of a commoner, this fulfills two of her life ambitions: to make it into high society, and to rub it in her blueblood father's face.]]
* After being charmed by Garmelie in the last episode, Percy gets his revenge and out tricks the trickster that the party had gotten into a deal with. To elaborate, the things Garmelie asked for from this deal are one of High Warden Tyrelda's hats and a piece of a Threshold Crest. The Threshold Crest in this case referring to the blue stones on the city wall that allow Syngorn to travel between the Prime Material and the Feywild, and the party worries that tampering with one of the stones may prevent the city from plane-shifting back. In an impressive use of ExactWords, [[spoiler: Percy instead has him clarify that he would be satisfied with any piece of a threshold crest, and with that in mind he has Keyleth stone shape a symbol of a Whitestone crest from the "threshold" of a door, breaks it, and gives it to him.]] And it ''works''.
* Trinket saves Vex from a bear spirit that was going to kill her and forces its submission (as well as giving him a power-up).
-->'''Bear spirit''': She is your charge?
-->'''Trinket''': She is everything to me. You take her, you take ME.

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[[folder: Episode 60: Heredity and Hats (LIVE)]]
* Percy reveals that [[spoiler:he made Vex ''a titled noble of Whitestone''. For Vex, who was mercilessly bullied as a child for being the daughter of a commoner, this fulfills two of her life ambitions: to make it into high society, and to rub it in her blueblood father's face.]]
* After being charmed by Garmelie
76: Brawl in the last episode, Percy gets his revenge Arches]]
* Vax's dive towards Keyleth, grabbing her,
and out tricks the trickster kissing her while simultaneously casting ''Heroism''. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Becomes much, MUCH more hilarious once they all realize that the party had gotten into a deal with. To elaborate, druid looked like Vex at the things Garmelie asked time.]] But Vax? He didn't care.
** Even more amazing is Vax being able to maintain concentration on ''Heroism'' despite suffering multiple heavy attacks. Not bad
for from this deal are one of High Warden Tyrelda's hats and a piece of a Threshold Crest. The Threshold Crest in this case referring to the blue stones on the city wall that allow Syngorn to travel between the Prime Material and the Feywild, and the party worries that tampering someone with one of the stones may prevent the city from plane-shifting back. In an impressive use of ExactWords, only 10 Constitution.
* Scanlan awakens Mythcarver, which allows him to perform ''four attacks'' in a row against a Pit Fiend.
[[spoiler: Percy instead has him clarify that he would be satisfied with any piece of a threshold crest, and with that in mind he has Keyleth stone shape a symbol of a Whitestone crest from It's the "threshold" of a door, breaks it, and gives it to him.]] HDYWTDT]]. And it ''works''.
* Trinket saves Vex from a bear spirit that was going
that's not even the coolest part: immediately afterward, Scanlan uses Modify Memory to kill her and forces its submission (as well as giving him brainwash a power-up).
-->'''Bear spirit''': She is your charge?
-->'''Trinket''': She is everything to me. You take her, you take ME.
witness so the group doesn't get arrested/murdered/pursued by the ''fifty thousand'' Efreeti guards in the City of Brass. Easily the most clutch Scanlan victory since the triceratops rampage.



[[folder:Episode 61: Denizens of the Moonbrush]]
* If you thought Taliesin was insane with his streak of Natural 20s, this episode is tied with Episode 55 for having the highest number of Natural 20s among the party (as well as the most Natural 1s).
** Most notably, Scanlan rolling two Natural 20s even with disadvantage.
* The [[spoiler:pixies]] proving to be both a decent challenge and a large annoyance for Vox Machina, as they were able to cast [[NoSell Counterspell]] in addition to Polymorph and petrification spells.
* After Grog was [[spoiler: turned to stone by the pixies]], Travis held the same thumbs-up position for ''over seven minutes in real time'' without flinching, despite the best efforts of Liam, Laura and Sam to make him flinch.

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[[folder:Episode 61: Denizens of the Moonbrush]]
77: Clash at Daxio]]
* If you thought Taliesin was insane with his streak of Natural 20s, Level 16, like level 12, marked even more noteworthy changes that are mentioned in this episode is tied with Episode 55 for having episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax took
the highest number Oath of Natural 20s among Vengeance as a level 3 paladin]].
** Vex took
the party (as well assassin archetype as a level 3 rogue.
** Keyleth took
the most Natural 1s).
** Most notably, Scanlan rolling two Natural 20s even with disadvantage.
* The [[spoiler:pixies]] proving to be both a decent challenge
War Caster feat, giving her advantage on concentration checks and a large annoyance for Vox Machina, as they were able the ability to cast [[NoSell Counterspell]] in addition to Polymorph and petrification spells.
* After
spells as opportunity attacks.
**
Grog was [[spoiler: turned to stone by multiclassed into Fighter.
* A villainous one, but
the pixies]], Travis held enemy spellcaster managed to both take Allura and Feeblemind her under everyone else's nose ''and'' to mind-control Vex for a good portion of the same thumbs-up position for ''over seven minutes in real time'' without flinching, fight.
* Lady Kima enters the battlefield. How? By throwing away the aforementioned spellcaster and striking him twice. To make it even sweeter, the second hit is a critical and breaks his concentration, freeing Vex.
* Credit must be given to Vox Machina's sheer endurance, since they managed to fight this battle
despite the best efforts of Liam, Laura and Sam to make him flinch.coming from a very harsh fight with a ''pit fiend''.



[[folder:Episode 62: Uninviting Waters (LIVE)]]
* Scanlan cleverly using his Magic Missiles not to attack the creature, but to sever the rope that was keeping the party tied together and severely limiting their movement.
* Grog, swallowed by a Feymire Crocodile, uses the Titanstone Knuckles to double his size and force the beast to vomit him back up.
* Keyleth finally gets to use her Blight spell on a plant-based enemy with devastating effect[[note]]When used on a plant-based enemy, Blight does the maximum damage without requiring a roll, so her Blights did ''64 damage'' each[[/note]], the second time [[spoiler:earning her the HDYWTDT on the creature - her first since the Whitestone arc and only her third on-stream!]] [[PetTheDog Even better was the audience's reaction of chanting her name.]]

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[[folder:Episode 62: Uninviting Waters (LIVE)]]
[[folder: Episode 78: The Siege of Emon]]
* Scanlan cleverly using A lesser one, but when [[spoiler: Kashaw]] joins the group he is quick to find and fill the holes in Vox Machina's plan.
* A Minor one, also when [[spoiler: Kashaw]] fills the holes in VM's plan. it is revealed just how much Will knows about war tactics and how to win a battle.
* Grog showing
his Magic Missiles not to attack the creature, but to sever the rope that was keeping the party tied together vestige's siege abilities.
* [[spoiler: Zahra
and severely limiting their movement.
* Grog, swallowed by a Feymire Crocodile, uses the Titanstone Knuckles
Kashaw]] staying behind to double his size and force the beast to vomit him hold back up.
Thordak's fire giants while Vox Machina sneaks through.
* Keyleth finally gets One goes to use her Blight spell on a plant-based enemy Matt for the descriptions. Everything, from the sight of Emon's ruins to the arrival of Thordak himself gives you the scale of what they are facing, and what's at stake. And, once again, Matt ends with devastating effect[[note]]When used on a plant-based enemy, Blight does cliffhanger, right after Thordak senses the maximum damage without requiring a roll, so her Blights did ''64 damage'' each[[/note]], the second time [[spoiler:earning her the HDYWTDT on the creature - her first since the Whitestone arc and only her third on-stream!]] [[PetTheDog Even better was the audience's reaction presence of chanting her name.]]intruders.



[[folder:Episode 63: The Echo Tree]]
* Keyleth goes fire elemental on the two treants supporting [[spoiler:Saundor]] and, with some ingenious use of Tree Stride, ''destroys'' them thanks to their vulnerability to fire.
* After spending most of the previous fights in the Feywild in various states of incapacitation, and desperately trying to get a hit during their fight with [[spoiler:Saundor, Grog lands the HDYWTDT on Saundor by throwing the Javelin of Lightning through his mouth and causing his entire body to explode. The ShutUpHannibal right before it ("Nobody cares!") was also ''particularly'' appropriate.]]
* The description of Saundor and his conversation with Vex. Matt using aspects of Vex's backstory that had just been revealed in a short story makes for one of the most atmospheric villains the party has encountered yet.

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[[folder:Episode 63: The Echo Tree]]
[[folder: Episode 79: Thordak]]
* Keyleth goes fire elemental on As if all the two treants supporting [[spoiler:Saundor]] and, with some ingenious already licensed music being used wasn't enough, Blizzard gave Matt permission to use of Tree Stride, ''destroys'' them thanks to their vulnerability to fire.
* After spending most of
music, just in time for the previous fights in the Feywild in various states of incapacitation, and desperately trying to get a hit during their fight epic Thordak fight!
* Vax [[spoiler: awakening Whisper
with [[spoiler:Saundor, Grog lands the HDYWTDT killing blow on Saundor by throwing the Javelin of Lightning through his mouth and causing his entire body to explode. The ShutUpHannibal right before it ("Nobody cares!") was also ''particularly'' appropriate.Thordak.]]
* The description of Saundor Vax putting to good use the dragonslayer sword and his conversation paladin's abilities during the fight. The highlight is a turn when he manages to combine the Sneak Attack, Smite and Hunter's Mark damage with Vex. a critical hit for a total of 102 damage with ''one'' hit.
* The whole battle is probably a crowning moment for
Matt using aspects of Vex's backstory that had just been revealed in as a short story makes for one DM. [[spoiler: Not only is he controlling Thordak, he's also playing as multiple friendly [=NPCs=] and keeping track of the most atmospheric villains lair actions. On top of all of that, he keeps adding elements as allies of Vox Machina and Thordak join in the party has encountered yet.already incredibly chaotic fight. And all the while he's giving a nightmare-inducing performance of Thordak's rage and insanity.]]
* The ending, finding out that [[spoiler: Thordak was experimenting on dragon's eggs, apparently managing to mix different dragon types into one. Oh, and a "Meteor Swarm", a 9-th level spell, was cast.]]



[[folder:Episode 64: The Frigid Doom]]
* Of all people, it's Keyleth who (with a damn good Persuasion roll of 25) manages to persuade [[spoiler:Tooma]] into trusting that her tribe and Vox Machina have similar goals and therefore are people of their word. Even the party is impressed with her words, especially since she wasn't very successful with negotiating in the past.
--> '''Keyleth:''' ''(in response to [[spoiler:Tooma's]] claims)'' I think faith and trust are not mutually exclusive. I cannot trust you and still have faith, and you should not feel a lack of pride for living in the dirt or surviving. There's nothing wrong with that. But I understand your urge to want to rebuild, become the great culture that I know you all are. So... you should at least trust that we have similar interests in the end.

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[[folder:Episode 64: The Frigid Doom]]
[[folder: Episode 80: Raishan]]
* Of all people, it's Keyleth who (with Pike [[spoiler:single-handedly resurrects both Vex and Scanlan during the fight with Raishan, successfully pulling off a damn good Persuasion roll of 25) manages to persuade [[spoiler:Tooma]] one-woman resurrection ritual not once but ''twice'', even doing so while the battle is ''still going on around her'' for Vex.]]
** It's worth noting that the above happened while Ashley wasn't even at the table, turning this
into trusting a moment of awesome for [[spoiler:Liam for the first mini-ritual and Laura for the second]] for being able to pull that off with a character that isn't even there.
* [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Scanlan. Counterspelling. A freaking]] ''[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Prismatic Spray]]''.
* [[spoiler:Raishan outmaneuvers the party at nearly every step of the fight, causing no fewer than two deaths while also keeping most of the party unconscious to boot.]] The only thing to really throw
her tribe off is another awesome moment all by itself: [[spoiler:after much persuasion from the rest of the party and with the fight rapidly going downhill, Scanlan plays the flute and summons Dev'ossa, the ancient bronze dragon that rules Ank'Harel.]]
** What's even better is that [[spoiler: despite
Vox Machina have similar goals and therefore are people of their word. Even the party is impressed with her words, especially since allies giving everything they've got in this fight and outnumbering their opponent ''11 to 1'', '''''[[TheBadGuyWins Raishan wins.]]''''' While she wasn't very successful with negotiating does take a nearly fatal beating in the past.
--> '''Keyleth:''' ''(in response
process, the Diseased Deceiver manages to [[spoiler:Tooma's]] claims)'' I think faith accomplish her objective of escaping with Thordak's body and trust are not mutually exclusive. I two intact dragon eggs while giving her enemies one hell of a bloody nose in the process, ''and'' she finds out about their trump card, Dev'ossa. The significance of her triumph cannot trust you and still be understated; Raishan now has all the tools she needs to have faith, the best possible advantage over Vox Machina and you should not feel a lack even all of pride for living Tal'Dorei, and ''[[FridgeHorror nobody but she]]'' knows where she's going or what she'll do.]] This is also impressive on a meta level: Vox Machina has [[spoiler: [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin never lost a fight before in their entire run]] (not counting Grog's first spat at the Crucible with Kern or the arm wrestling contest at Whitestone). Sure, they've taken losses, but they always got the job done in the dirt or surviving. There's nothing wrong with that. But I understand your urge end. After about three years of playtime, [[MagnificentBastard Raishan]] is ''the only entity to want to rebuild, become the great culture that I know you all are. So... you should at least trust that we have similar interests in the end.objectively defeated them.'']]



[[folder:Episode 65: The Streets of Ank'Harel]]
* Liam and Marisha's RP in the opening moments of the episode, especially from Marisha as [[spoiler:[[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Keyleth confesses her love to Vax after keeping him waiting for so long]]. And best of all, not even Liam, who had dropped the mic himself when Vax confessed to Keyleth in Episode 33, saw it coming.]]
* The party finally made it to Marquet!
* Scanlan trying to buy "spice" from two teenaged kids is this and hilarious.
* The soothsayer that Percy, Keyleth, and Vex visit to get information from. It was all off the top of Matt's head as he gave his card readings.
* As funny as it is, the unplanned synchro answers given by Keyleth and Percy about whether or not to drink the alcohol is pretty awesome.

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[[folder:Episode 65: The Streets of Ank'Harel]]
* Liam and Marisha's RP in the opening moments of the episode, especially from Marisha as [[spoiler:[[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Keyleth confesses her love to Vax after keeping him waiting for so long]]. And best of all, not even Liam, who had dropped the mic himself when Vax confessed to Keyleth in
[[folder: Episode 33, saw it coming.]]
81: What Lies Beneath the Surface]]
* The party finally made it Patrick Rothfuss has returned! Kerrek gets a Dynamic Entry back into the story, striking down a fire giant to Marquet!
save Vox Machina.
* Allura (an arcanist) becomes the second person able to resist the effects of Grog's alcohol, and unlike Pike, she does not make the mistake of trying a second time.
* Scanlan trying to buy "spice" from two teenaged kids is this and hilarious.
* The soothsayer that Percy, Keyleth, and Vex visit
somehow managed to get information from. It was all off through the top of Matt's head as he gave his card readings.
* As funny as it is, the unplanned synchro answers given by Keyleth
past two episodes and Percy about whether or not to drink the alcohol is pretty awesome.still have an 8th level spell available.



[[folder:Episode 66: A Traveler's Gamble]]
* Grog (with Keyleth's and Scanlan's help) pushing the construct out of the window.
** In the same fight, despite being unable to do any relevant damage (due to the construct immunity to all but his d6 of necrotic damage), Percy manages to be helpful by keeping the enemy at disadvantage on his strongest attribute check (although Taliesin himself didn't seem to realize it).
* J'mon Sa Ord turns out to be a far greater ally than any of them could have hoped. [[spoiler: Possibly the best ally against a conclave of chromatic dragons, a metallic dragon]].
* In terms of cliffhangers, Matt does it once again as the episode ends with Vox Machina sneaking into the place where Mistress Asharru, wearer of Cabal's Ruin, may be hiding in... [[spoiler: only to find her dead, the cloak having already been stolen, and with bullets in the wall, meaning that Dr. Anna Ripley is back, [[Franchise/RipleysBelieveItOrNot believe it or not]]]].

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[[folder:Episode 66: A Traveler's Gamble]]
[[folder: Episode 82: Deadly Echoes]]
* Grog (with Keyleth's and Scanlan's help) pushing the construct out of the window.
** In the same fight, despite being unable to do any relevant damage (due to the construct immunity to all but his d6 of necrotic damage),
Percy manages to be helpful by keeping the enemy at disadvantage on and Scanlan reach level 16, with Percy bumping up his strongest attribute check (although intelligence to a max of 20.
*
Taliesin himself didn't seem to realize it).
* J'mon Sa Ord turns out to be a far greater ally than any of them could have hoped. [[spoiler: Possibly the best ally against a conclave of chromatic dragons, a metallic dragon]].
* In terms of cliffhangers, Matt does it once again as the episode ends with Vox Machina sneaking into the place where Mistress Asharru, wearer of Cabal's Ruin, may be hiding in... [[spoiler: only to find her dead, the cloak having already been stolen,
and with bullets in the wall, meaning that Dr. Anna Ripley Marisha's performances as Scanlan while Sam is back, [[Franchise/RipleysBelieveItOrNot believe it or not]]]].absent. It's also a CrowningMomentOfFunny because they both sing as Scanlan, Taliesin after using Dispel Magic and Marisha when inspiring Percy.



[[folder:Episode 67: The Chase to Glintshore]]
* The twins, Grog, and Keyleth all reached level 15, marking some impressive changes for the four:
** Vax is now capable of casting spells and Divine Smite as a level 2 Paladin.
** Vex is now a level 2 Rogue, which grants her Cunning Action.
** Keyleth can now cast 8th-level spells, which means she has amazing options such as Control Weather, Tsunami, and Sunburst.
** Grog is now capable of Persistent Rage, making him a nigh-unstoppable raging killing machine.
* The entire episode was one big CMOA for Keyleth. From discovering [[spoiler:the "bug" on Retort that was placed inside by Dr. Ripley]], to managing to scry on [[spoiler:the doctor as she fled towards the Ozmit Sea to hunt down Whisper]], to casting Control Weather for the first time to part a massive lightning storm, to teaming up with Vax to go [[DeathFromAbove "Keyteor"]] on [[spoiler:Ripley's]] boat so that they could sink it.
* A subtle one should also go to [[spoiler: Dr. Ripley. By enchanting the pistol she made that Percy took from her, she now knows about everything the group has discovered about the Chroma Conclave and the Vestiges. This allowed her to completely one up Vox Machina on finding Cabal's Ruin, as well as make significant progress in locating Whisper before the party could even get to her. She's even fashioned a new gun and hand in the time when she was last seen.]]

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[[folder:Episode 67: [[folder: Episode 83: The Chase to Glintshore]]
Deceiver's Stand]]
* The twins, Grog, and Keyleth all reached level 15, marking some impressive changes for the four:
** Vax is now capable of casting spells and Divine Smite as a level 2 Paladin.
** Vex is now a level 2 Rogue, which grants her Cunning Action.
** Keyleth can now cast 8th-level spells, which means she has amazing options such as Control Weather, Tsunami, and Sunburst.
** Grog is now capable of Persistent Rage, making him a nigh-unstoppable raging killing machine.
* The entire episode was one big CMOA for Keyleth. From discovering [[spoiler:the "bug" on Retort that was placed inside by Dr. Ripley]], to managing to scry on [[spoiler:the doctor as she fled towards the Ozmit Sea to hunt down Whisper]], to casting Control Weather for the first time to part a massive lightning storm, to teaming up with Vax to go [[DeathFromAbove "Keyteor"]] on [[spoiler:Ripley's]] boat so that they could sink it.
* A subtle one should also go to [[spoiler: Dr. Ripley. By enchanting the pistol she made that
Percy took from her, she now knows about everything the group has discovered about the Chroma Conclave using his reaction [[spoiler:to absorb Raishan's ''Meteor Swarm'' spell, and the Vestiges. This allowed her awakening ''Cabal's Ruin'' to completely one up its [[UpToEleven exalted]] level]].
* [[spoiler:After
Vox Machina systematically exhausted Raishan's legendary resistances, Keyleth lands a tide-turning spell on finding Cabal's Ruin, her. The spell? ''Feeblemind'', which reduced Raishan's Intelligence and Charisma to 1 and, more importantly, rendered the ancient green spellcasting dragon '''''unable to cast any spells for 30 days (at least).''''' Poetic justice at its finest as well as make significant progress Keyleth achieved vengeance in locating Whisper the most fitting way possible.]]
** Even
before the party could even get to her. She's even fashioned a new gun battle, [[spoiler:[[https://www.reddit.com/r/criticalrole/comments/5ql7x2/spoilers_e83_just_wanted_to_give_a_shoutout_to/ the confrontation between Keyleth and hand Raishan.]]]] [[CharacterDevelopment It's a testament to the character growth that Keyleth has experienced over the course of the Conclave arc]].
** And when [[spoiler:Kima and Allura are discovered to be struggling to stay afloat
in the time when vast ocean after a failed teleportation attempt, Keyleth does a desperate scan of the ocean and beyond to try to find them, the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. Her Perception check? '''''Natural 20, with a bonus of +11!''''' It was most likely considered by Matt to be impossible, but Keyleth pulled it off, which eventually led to Vex retrieving them and saving their lives.]]
* [[spoiler:Kerrek, a ''level 7'' Paladin, scores the killing blow on Raishan.]] Matt's reaction after the fact just about sums up this baffling stroke of cosmic fortune:
-->'''Matt:''' I ''can't fucking believe'' that just happened.
* Pike just barely survives [[spoiler:Raishan's Disintegrate spell]], thanks to her magical armor. [[spoiler:In an episode with no less than two PC deaths,
she was last seen.]]manages to survive being ''partially turned to dust''!]]



[[folder: Episode 68: Cloak and Dagger]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley manages to draw Vox Machina into a clever trap, using illusions of herself and [[TheBusCameBack Kynan Leore]] and then detonating the entire forest in a massive fiery blast, severely wounding the entire party, scattering them away from each other, and leaving them wide open to the attacks of her crew. Oh, and Ripley made a pact with Orthax, as well.]]
** In a bout of FridgeBrilliance, you realize [[spoiler:she did what VM did to Umbrasyl, which makes sense since she's been keeping track of them]].
* [[spoiler:Percy manages to roll a Nat 20 to keep his concentration for Hex after taking a large amount of damage at the very beginning of the fight with Ripley.]]
* Scanlan and Keyleth were both the [=MVPs=] of the encounter:
** [[spoiler:Despite being on death's door several times throughout the fight, having already expended her Wild Shape and her magic slowly being depleted, Keyleth managed to keep on fighting and focus on keeping Percy alive for as long as possible.]]
** [[spoiler:Even when they were knocked out by a mage's ''Chain Lightning'', Keyleth losing concentration on her ''Whirlwind'' spell and Scanlan losing his for ''Reverse Gravity'' caused the trapped mage to plummet into the crevasse and get splattered.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan managed to ''Counterspell'' Ripley's ''Fireball'' spell, which prevented a TPK. Later, as retribution for Percy's death, he manages to encase Ripley inside ''Otiluke's Resilient Sphere'', setting up the coldest kill for an adversary yet.]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley becomes the first villain to kill a member of Vox Machina on stream, dealing the killing shot to Percy.]]
* Late in the fight, after having stabbed Keyleth multiple times, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn Kynan turns his blade on Orthax instead after having realized what he did and Vax managing to persuade him.]]]]
* As tragic as the scene is, [[spoiler: ''all'' of Vox Machina taking vengeance on Ripley for Percy's death]] is probably the best How Do You Want To Do This? moment in the entire show.

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84: Loose Ends]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley manages In order for [[spoiler:Scanlan's resurrection to draw Vox Machina into a clever trap, using illusions of herself and [[TheBusCameBack Kynan Leore]] and then detonating the entire forest in a massive fiery blast, severely wounding the entire party, scattering them away from each other, and leaving them wide open succeed]], Matt needs to the attacks of her crew. Oh, and Ripley made roll 7 or higher on a pact with Orthax, as well.d20. What does he actually roll? [[spoiler:A natural 20.]]
** In a bout of FridgeBrilliance, you realize [[spoiler:she did what VM did to Umbrasyl, which makes sense since she's been keeping track of them]].
* [[spoiler:Percy manages to roll a Nat 20 to keep his concentration for Hex after taking a large amount of damage at When the very beginning of group returns to Vasselheim to clear up unfinished business, Grog asks to detour to the fight temple of Kord so that he can speak with Ripley.]]
* Scanlan and Keyleth were both
Earthbreaker Groon. Not only is the [=MVPs=] of the encounter:
** [[spoiler:Despite being on death's door several times throughout the fight, having already expended her Wild Shape and her magic slowly being depleted, Keyleth managed to keep on fighting and focus on keeping Percy alive
monk waiting for as long as possible.]]
** [[spoiler:Even
them with his back turned, yet still knowing exactly when they were knocked out by a mage's ''Chain Lightning'', Keyleth losing concentration on her ''Whirlwind'' spell and Scanlan losing his for ''Reverse Gravity'' caused the trapped mage to plummet into the crevasse and get splattered.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan managed to ''Counterspell'' Ripley's ''Fireball'' spell, which prevented a TPK. Later, as retribution for Percy's death, he manages to encase Ripley inside ''Otiluke's Resilient Sphere'', setting up the coldest kill for an adversary yet.]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley becomes the first villain to kill a member of
Vox Machina on stream, dealing enters the killing shot room, but he also challenges Grog to Percy.]]
* Late
a rematch, causing the sand in the fight, after having stabbed Keyleth multiple times, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn Kynan turns his blade on Orthax instead after having realized fighting pit to ripple outwards apparently from ''sheer badassery'' as he gets ready to fight.
-->'''Earthbreaker Groon:''' Show me
what he did and Vax managing to persuade him.]]]]
* As tragic as the scene is, [[spoiler: ''all'' of Vox Machina taking vengeance on Ripley for Percy's death]] is probably the best How Do You Want To Do This? moment in the entire show.
you have learned.



[[folder: Episode 69: Passed Through Fire]]
* In a bit of meta-awesome, [[spoiler:despite each member of the group succeeding at their various checks in Pike's Resurrection ritual, Matt waited for confirmation from Taliesin as to whether or not the spell worked. To clarify, even though VM got everything right and the spell (according to Matt's house rules) could only have failed if he rolled a Natural 1, he still gave Taliesin the ultimate choice in his character's fate. That, my friends, is how you DM a game of Dungeons and Dragons.]]
** Similarly, Taliesin and Matt revealed that there were "rules" for [[spoiler: the ritual, dictating whether Percy would come back or not based on what the party said and did. This means that, even without knowing what the rules ''were'', the party knew Percy well enough to follow them and convince Percy to return]]. A true testament to this group's closeness and ThePowerOfFriendship (and, in [[spoiler: Vex's case, ThePowerOfLove]] as well).
* When Pike's [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]] is blocked, Keyleth is the one who [[spoiler: casts Greater Restoration and frees Percy's soul from being consumed by Orthax. It's the only thing Percy remembers when he wakes up, and he thanks her sincerely.]]
* Keyleth gets a surprise, handwritten letter from [[spoiler:Kerrek, ''[[VoiceoverLetter narrated by]]'' ''Creator/PatrickRothfuss himself'']]. As the final touch, the envelope also contains a gift: [[spoiler:a ring forged from the metal of a sword, engraved with the words "I have passed through fire"]].
* For the episode's cliffhanger Matt drops another massive hammer onto the group that has Travis and Laura jumping off their seats with excitement: Seeker Asum has a private meeting with Vox Machina and reveals that [[spoiler:he is Raishan, the Chroma Conclave's green dragon, in disguise. She wants their help to kill Thordak, the Conclave's leader]].

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85: A Bard's Lament]]
* In a bit of meta-awesome, [[spoiler:despite each member of Grog faces Earthbreaker Groon in single combat ''and wins.''
* Immediately after
the group succeeding at battle, divine lightning strikes the Titanstone Knuckles, changing them into their various checks in Pike's Resurrection ritual, Matt waited "Exalted" form and effectively confirming Grog as the favored champion of Kord himself.
* The entire cast gets one
for confirmation from Taliesin as to whether or not the spell worked. To clarify, even though VM got everything right [[spoiler:Scanlan's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and the spell (according to Matt's house rules) could only have failed if he rolled a Natural 1, he still gave Taliesin the ultimate choice in his character's fate. That, my friends, is how you DM a game of Dungeons and Dragons.]]
** Similarly, Taliesin and Matt revealed that there were "rules" for [[spoiler: the ritual, dictating whether Percy would come back or not based on what the party said and did. This means that, even without knowing what the rules ''were'', the party knew Percy well enough to follow them and convince Percy to return]]. A true testament to this group's closeness and ThePowerOfFriendship (and, in [[spoiler: Vex's case, ThePowerOfLove]] as well).
* When Pike's [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]] is blocked, Keyleth is the one who [[spoiler: casts Greater Restoration and frees Percy's soul from being consumed by Orthax. It's the only thing Percy remembers when he wakes up, and he thanks her sincerely.]]
* Keyleth gets a surprise, handwritten letter from [[spoiler:Kerrek, ''[[VoiceoverLetter narrated by]]'' ''Creator/PatrickRothfuss himself'']]. As the final touch, the envelope also contains a gift: [[spoiler:a ring forged from the metal of a sword, engraved with the words "I have passed through fire"]].
* For the episode's cliffhanger Matt drops another massive hammer onto the group that has Travis and Laura jumping off their seats with excitement: Seeker Asum has a private meeting with Vox Machina and reveals that [[spoiler:he is Raishan, the Chroma Conclave's green dragon, in disguise. She wants their help to kill Thordak, the Conclave's leader]].
ensuing argument.]]



[[folder: Episode 70: Trust]]
* Keyleth holds NOTHING back in a scathing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to [[spoiler:Raishan]].
* [[spoiler:Raishan]], MagnificentBastard that [[spoiler:she]] is, is still just as amazing throughout the episode, baiting Keyleth but never rising to her bait, effortlessly controlling conversations even when everyone else is clearly hostile to [[spoiler:her]], and very possibly [[spoiler:sneaking with them to Draconia through the Sun Tree, despite Percy telling her that they would meet her there so as not to clue her in to Kima traveling with them.]]
** Conversely, during the talks with [[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy manages to remain calm enough to prevent Keyleth from attacking (which would probably have destroyed Whitestone). He also takes the lead in convincing [[spoiler: Raishan to help fight Vorugal]], and later manages to twist the deal to allow [[spoiler: Lady Kima to join the fight, despite the fact that Raishan explicitly told them not to tell anyone else]]. By the end of their conversations, even [[spoiler: Raishan]] develops a grudging respect for him - and it's all capped off by the reveal that [[spoiler: Percy has been ''terrified'' the entire time, as he collapses in panic after Raishan leaves]]. It just goes to show that when Vex and Keyleth told him how much they needed him during his [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]], they were not exaggerating in the slightest.
* Vex's insanely awesome plan to [[spoiler: summon the demon holding the Spire of Conflux from the Abyss and let it fight Vorugal]]. Percy's reaction is a literal gasp of awe.
-->'''Percy:''' It's brazen. I like it.
* Lady Kima landing a nat 20 on a retaliatory maul swing at [[spoiler:Scanlan]] is this plus CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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[[folder: Episode 70: Trust]]
86: Daring Days]]
* The entire confrontation between Vox Machina and Taryon shows just how powerful they've become. Taryon is a 13th level character and is completely powerless. He unleashes his best spell upon them, and they all taking only minor damage, with even the one who ''failed'' the saving throws having ways to half the damage. And they didn't even try: Vex wasn't there, Vax attacked once, healed him and then talked to him, Keyleth holds NOTHING back in a scathing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech cast minor spells just to [[spoiler:Raishan]].
* [[spoiler:Raishan]], MagnificentBastard that [[spoiler:she]] is, is
make it interesting and Percy did actually nothing (not even ''pulling out'' a gun) but waiting for something interesting to happen, and Taryon still just as amazing throughout could do nothing. In the episode, baiting Keyleth but never rising end, he's reduced to her bait, effortlessly controlling conversations even when everyone else is clearly hostile to [[spoiler:her]], and very possibly [[spoiler:sneaking with them to Draconia through the Sun Tree, despite Percy telling her that ask if at least they would meet her there so as not ''felt'' his attack. The whole thing only lasted a couple of turns, and if they tried they would've been able to clue her put him down ''before'' Taryon's first turn.
* Vax sneak attacks Taryon
in to Kima traveling with them.]]
** Conversely, during
the talks with [[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy manages to remain calm enough to prevent Keyleth from attacking (which would probably have destroyed Whitestone). He also takes the lead in convincing [[spoiler: Raishan to help fight Vorugal]], surprise round and later manages to twist the deal to allow [[spoiler: Lady Kima to join the fight, despite the rolls a critical hit, dealing 88 points of damage. Taryon ''only has 106 hit points''.
* The
fact that Raishan explicitly told them not Taryon took Vax's first blow and ''didn't'' pass out is considered one in-universe. Vax points it out to tell anyone else]]. By the end of their conversations, even [[spoiler: Raishan]] develops a grudging respect for him - and it's all capped off by the reveal that [[spoiler: Percy has been ''terrified'' the entire time, as he collapses in panic after Raishan leaves]]. It just goes to show that when Vex and Keyleth told him how much they needed him during his [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]], they were not exaggerating in the slightest.
* Vex's insanely awesome plan
aftermath to [[spoiler: summon the demon holding the Spire of Conflux from the Abyss and let it fight Vorugal]]. Percy's reaction is a literal gasp of awe.
-->'''Percy:''' It's brazen. I like it.
* Lady Kima landing a nat 20 on a retaliatory maul swing at [[spoiler:Scanlan]] is this plus CrowningMomentOfFunny.
convince him he does have some skills.



[[folder: Episode 71: Vorugal]]
* Scanlan [[spoiler:summoning Yenk with ''barely'' a passing roll (DC was 19, the roll with every buff and assistance combined was 20) and then ''successfully dominating Yenk's mind''.]]
* The entire first part of the battle is an epic display, though Matt jokingly describes it as everyone "watching him play with his toys."
* Vax entering the fight by flying in and dealing 84 damage with a auto-crit Sneak Attack.
* [[spoiler:Divine Intervention ''finally worked!!'' Saranrae tells Pike she'll do her best and then smites Vorgual to the ground and leaving a giant fist sized crater for 50 points of damage.]]
* Grog and Lady Kima tag teaming [[spoiler:Yenk]], Kima proving that she's still the same badass she was in the Underdark by going to town against [[spoiler:the goristro]] with her Holy Thunder Maul and Divine Smite, and Grog hitting for an obscene amount of damage [[spoiler: using reckless attacks and great master he hits for 129 points of damage in a single attack action]] in one attack and later getting the HDYWTDT by [[spoiler:[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe ripping Yenk in half like a wishbone]]]].
* Vex [[spoiler:getting the HDYWTDT on Vorugal]], followed by an EpicOneLiner from [[spoiler:Raishan]], who rips [[spoiler:Vorugal's]] throat out with [[spoiler:her]] teeth.
-->[[spoiler:'''Raishan''']]: Tell your master on the other side... ''it was worth it!''
* [[spoiler:Keyleth finally gets her prized Vestige. [[https://twitter.com/Marisha_Ray/status/787425805307514880 And it's a Vestige that has been used by her people previously!]]]]

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[[folder: Episode 71: Vorugal]]
[[folder:Episode 87: Onward to Vesrah]]
* Scanlan [[spoiler:summoning Yenk with ''barely'' a passing roll (DC was 19, the roll with every buff and assistance combined was 20) and then ''successfully dominating Yenk's mind''.]]
* The entire first part of the battle is an epic display, though Matt jokingly describes it as everyone "watching him play with his toys."
* Vax entering
During the fight by flying in and dealing 84 damage with a auto-crit Sneak Attack.
* [[spoiler:Divine Intervention ''finally worked!!'' Saranrae tells Pike she'll do her best and then smites Vorgual to the ground and leaving a giant fist sized crater for 50 points of damage.]]
* Grog and Lady Kima tag teaming [[spoiler:Yenk]], Kima proving that she's still the same badass she was in the Underdark by going to town
against [[spoiler:the goristro]] with her Holy Thunder Maul and Divine Smite, and Grog hitting for an obscene amount of damage [[spoiler: using reckless attacks and great master he hits for 129 points of damage in a single attack action]] in one attack and later getting the HDYWTDT by [[spoiler:[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe ripping Yenk fish pirates, when Trinket crushes the pirate's head in half his jaws. Then proceeds to swing the corpse around like a wishbone]]]].
* Vex [[spoiler:getting the HDYWTDT on Vorugal]],
dog toy, followed by an EpicOneLiner from [[spoiler:Raishan]], who rips [[spoiler:Vorugal's]] throat out a VERY pleased expression.
* Taryon gets his first kill against a marid
with [[spoiler:her]] teeth.
-->[[spoiler:'''Raishan''']]: Tell your master on
his Ring of the other side... ''it was worth it!''
* [[spoiler:Keyleth finally gets her prized Vestige. [[https://twitter.com/Marisha_Ray/status/787425805307514880 And it's a Vestige that has been used by her people previously!]]]]
Ram... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which ends up catapulting him off the ship due to the recoil. He doesn't even get to see the end result of his kill]].



[[folder: Episode 72: The Elephant in the Room]]
* Say what you will, but the casual confidence with which [[spoiler: Percy kisses Vex]] is pretty awesome.
* Kima gets [[spoiler: Holy Avenger!]] When Grog suggests [[spoiler: inheriting her maul]], she casually hefts both onto her shoulders and says, "Nah. I'm good." Grog agrees that that. is. awesome.

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* While it heavily wounds them both for 40+ points of damage, after being swallowed by
the Room]]
* Say what you will, but
Kraken, Keyleth shoots a ''Fireball'' deep within the casual confidence with creature's belly which ends up igniting the oil previously dumped by Grog's alchemy jug. Due to the massive damage, the Kraken fails its Constitution save and they manage to get vomited out.
* Speaking of Grog, he gets swallowed a total of three times by the Kraken, and every single time he gets himself out of there and after being taunted by the Kraken after the third escape he retorts with "Oh ancient one, can you hear this?" and flips him off as he escapes the Water Plane. Grog also proved pivotal to distracting the Kraken, severing tentacles
[[spoiler: Percy kisses Vex]] is pretty awesome.
* Kima gets [[spoiler: Holy Avenger!]] When Grog suggests [[spoiler: inheriting her maul]], she casually hefts both onto her shoulders
and says, "Nah. I'm good." Grog agrees making sure Vax's body got out, giving him a hope of resurrection.]]
* Let's give some credit to
that that. is. awesome.shark. That CR ''2'' shark that almost managed to MVP the fight. True, it mostly was because the Kraken didn't really cared and never attacked, but the shark went through the whole fight landing hit after hit, tearing tentacles and in the end only lived because Keyleth planeshifted away, breaking the conjuration. Not bad, for a low-level evocation.
* True, it only happened because Vox Machina most explicitly could ''not'' kill the Kraken, but he effectively manages to be Vox Machina's second defeat. They had no way to keep him at bay, they could only be grappled, swallowed and zapped and then try to escape only to repeat it all again. In the end, after hours of fight, several good hits (including a couple on the eye, several from the inside and tearing away most of his tentacles) they realized they didn't deal him enough damage, and he wasn't really giving the party much consideration until near the end where it truly became angry. The Pet of the Titans really earned his reputation.



[[folder: Episode 73: The Coming Storm]]
* During a war council meeting between Vox Machina, every major NPC in Whitestone, and [[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy abruptly becomes sick of secrets and lies and [[spoiler: ''attacks Raishan in Seeker Assum's form'']], revealing the truth to everyone in the room and forcing [[spoiler: her]] to come clean to the major power figures in Whitestone.
* Vex is absolutely on a roll with her brilliant battle strategies. Three episodes ago it was [[spoiler: Yenk vs Vorugal]], and this time it's [[spoiler: convincing Raishan to fake her death in order to draw out Thordak]]. Time will tell if that plan succeeds, but even [[spoiler: Raishan]] considers it seriously.

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[[folder:Episode 89: Curious Tides]]
* During a war council meeting between Vox Machina, every major NPC in Whitestone, Keyleth's completion of her Aramente and [[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy abruptly becomes sick of secrets reaching level 17 grants her access to her 9th level spells! She tests out Shapechange by transforming sequentially into a goristro, a beholder, and lies and [[spoiler: ''attacks Raishan in Seeker Assum's form'']], revealing the truth to everyone in the room and forcing [[spoiler: her]] to come clean to the major power figures in Whitestone.
* Vex is absolutely on a roll with her brilliant battle strategies. Three episodes ago it was [[spoiler: Yenk vs Vorugal]], and this time it's [[spoiler: convincing Raishan to fake her death in order to draw out Thordak]]. Time will tell if that plan succeeds, but even [[spoiler: Raishan]] considers it seriously.
an adult bronze dragon.



[[folder: Episode 74: Path of Brass]]
* Not familiar with the culture in the City of Brass, half the party is being herded away from the others by efreet to be forced into slavery. Nothing Pike, Grog, or Keyleth tries is at all effective in getting them out of the situation. Who saves the day and gets them away scot free without a fight? Scanlan, with one well-placed Dominate Monster.

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[[folder: Episode 74: Path [[folder:Episode 90: Voice of Brass]]
* Not familiar with
the culture Tempest]]
* Everyone else
in the City of Brass, half the party is being herded away from the others by efreet to be forced into slavery. Nothing (sans Taryon, Pike, Grog, or and Scanlan) reaches level 17 by this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax and Vex become a 4th-level Paladin and Rogue and gain the Resilient (Constitution) and Sharpshooter feats respectively.]]
** Grog becomes a level 2 fighter capable of Action Surge.
** Percy gains the ability to use Action Surge ''twice''.
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, having completed her Aramente, returns to Zephra with Vox Machina by her side. [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning She is then given the mantle of leadership and is crowned "Voice of the Tempest"]]. As a result of completing her lifelong journey, she also [[RousingSpeech delivers a speech to the tribe and the party, thanking them for making her the person she is today.]] She is also given the Inspiring Leader feat.[[note]]The Inspiring Leader feat is where
Keyleth tries is at all effective in getting gives a 10 minute speech to the party, to embolden them out of the situation. Who saves the day and gets them away scot free without a fight? Scanlan, with one well-placed Dominate Monster.courage. They are all given temporary hit points equal to her level plus her Charisma modifier.[[/note]]]]



[[folder:Episode 75: Where The Cards Fall]]
* Despite not being as eloquent as Scanlan or Percy, and due to being one of two members of Vox Machina to not be in chains, Keyleth manages to successfully negotiate with the fire giants of the City of Brass not once, but twice. The first time being when she bartered with a blacksmith for information and the second time with two guards defending the house of the one who owns the Plate of the Dawnmartyr, her efforts granting them access to the owner's abode.
* The owner of the Plate of the Dawnmartyr successfully beating Scanlan in a game of chance.

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[[folder:Episode 75: Where The Cards Fall]]
* Despite not being as eloquent as Scanlan or Percy, and due to being one of two members of
91: Vox Machina go to not be in chains, Keyleth manages to successfully negotiate with the fire giants Hell]]
* Matt's descriptions
of the [[spoiler:the Iron City of Brass not once, but twice. The first time being when she bartered with a blacksmith for information Dis and the second time with Nine Hells in general in addition to its denizens]] are both awesome and a heavy dose of NightmareFuel.
* The cliffhanger ending. [[spoiler:Keyleth leaves the inn without the others to find a means of scouting and locating Hotis's exact whereabouts and tries to stealthily cast ''Shapechange'' only to be noticed by
two guards defending individuals (a dwarf and a chain devil) who were interested in Vax while he was disguised as an albino tiefling. She ducks into an alley, and then stops and chooses to stand her ground, hood down and hands aflame. The individuals demand that she hand him over. Her past self most likely would have submitted to their request. Instead, she puts her foot down and refuses to acquiesce, the house Voice of the one who owns Tempest expressing that she has no intention of doing so, setting the Plate of the Dawnmartyr, her efforts granting them access to the owner's abode.
* The owner of the Plate of the Dawnmartyr successfully beating Scanlan in
stage for a game of chance.potential alleyway encounter.]]



[[folder: Episode 76: Brawl in the Arches]]
* Vax's dive towards Keyleth, grabbing her, and kissing her while simultaneously casting ''Heroism''. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Becomes much, MUCH more hilarious once they all realize that the druid looked like Vex at the time.]] But Vax? He didn't care.
** Even more amazing is Vax being able to maintain concentration on ''Heroism'' despite suffering multiple heavy attacks. Not bad for someone with only 10 Constitution.
* Scanlan awakens Mythcarver, which allows him to perform ''four attacks'' in a row against a Pit Fiend. [[spoiler: It's the HDYWTDT]]. And that's not even the coolest part: immediately afterward, Scanlan uses Modify Memory to brainwash a witness so the group doesn't get arrested/murdered/pursued by the ''fifty thousand'' Efreeti guards in the City of Brass. Easily the most clutch Scanlan victory since the triceratops rampage.

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[[folder: Episode 76: Brawl [[folder:Episode 92: Deals in the Arches]]
Dark]]
* Vax's dive towards Keyleth, grabbing her, How does Keyleth resolve the encounter from last episode's cliffhanger? She ''Shapechanges'' into an '''''erinyes''''' and kissing intimidates the two into fleeing with her while simultaneously casting ''Heroism''. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Becomes stature as a higher-ranked devil. She makes good use of it later to intimidate a shopkeeper into giving Vox Machina whatever information he can on their objective--which, as it turns out, wasn't much, MUCH more hilarious once but now they all realize that the druid looked like Vex at the time.]] But Vax? He didn't care.
** Even more amazing is Vax being able to maintain concentration on ''Heroism'' despite suffering multiple heavy attacks. Not bad for someone with only 10 Constitution.
* Scanlan awakens Mythcarver, which allows him to perform ''four attacks'' in a row against a Pit Fiend. [[spoiler: It's the HDYWTDT]]. And that's not even the coolest part: immediately afterward, Scanlan uses Modify Memory to brainwash a witness so the group doesn't get arrested/murdered/pursued by the ''fifty thousand'' Efreeti guards
have an insider in the City of Brass. Easily Dis.
* Taryon [[RunningGag provides a door]] for Vox Machina so that can sneak into [[spoiler:Utugash's]] abode.
* Noelle Stevenson's guest character Tova, a sassy dwarf with little patience. And what is her class? [[spoiler:A Blood Hunter, specifically Order of
the most clutch Scanlan victory since the triceratops rampage.Lycan. And her animal form? A were-bear.]]



[[folder:Episode 77: Clash at Daxio]]
* Level 16, like level 12, marked even more noteworthy changes that are mentioned in this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax took the Oath of Vengeance as a level 3 paladin]].
** Vex took the assassin archetype as a level 3 rogue.
** Keyleth took the War Caster feat, giving her advantage on concentration checks and the ability to cast spells as opportunity attacks.
** Grog multiclassed into Fighter.
* A villainous one, but the enemy spellcaster managed to both take Allura and Feeblemind her under everyone else's nose ''and'' to mind-control Vex for a good portion of the fight.
* Lady Kima enters the battlefield. How? By throwing away the aforementioned spellcaster and striking him twice. To make it even sweeter, the second hit is a critical and breaks his concentration, freeing Vex.
* Credit must be given to Vox Machina's sheer endurance, since they managed to fight this battle despite coming from a very harsh fight with a ''pit fiend''.

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* Level 16, like level 12, marked even more noteworthy changes that are mentioned in this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax took the Oath
93: Bats Out of Vengeance Hell]]
* Utugash proving his worth. Fat and lazy
as he might have become, he's still a level 3 paladin]].
** Vex took the assassin archetype as a level 3 rogue.
** Keyleth took the War Caster feat, giving her
formidable opponent, and he combines his power with field knowledge and advantage by managing to cage Trinket early on concentration checks and the ability to cast spells as opportunity attacks.
**
Grog multiclassed into Fighter.
* A villainous one, but
halfaway through the enemy spellcaster managed to fight and creating a ''Wall of Fire'' around him (and some of Vox Machina) that both take Allura protects him and Feeblemind her under everyone else's nose damage his opponents (him being immune to fire damage). [[spoiler: He actually dies once he leaves it to eliminate the others.]]
* Before being caged, Grog goes full juggernaut on the pit fiend, and combines his two classes to get three frenzy rage attacks
''and'' to mind-control Vex two attacks with his new ''Action Surge'', bashing Utugash five times with the hammer for a good portion over 100 points of damage. And that's without critical hits, or the fight.
advantages heavy weapons would grant him.
* Lady Kima enters After Utugash crushes Keyleth and Tova with his corpulent form and severely wounds the battlefield. How? By throwing away the aforementioned spellcaster and striking him twice. To make it even sweeter, the second hit is druid with a critical hit, the situation flips on its head as Keyleth ''Shapechanges'' into a fire giant and breaks his concentration, freeing Vex.
* Credit must be given
attacks him for over 50 damage in one strike. Matt [[LampshadeHanging lampshades how]] [[RuleOfCool she shouldn't have the attack as per the rules, but it was just too awesome to deny it.]] Immediately afterward, [[spoiler: Tova attacks and gets the HDYWTDT by slashing Utugash's throat open and exacting revenge for all the torture she underwent.]]
*
Vox Machina's sheer endurance, since they managed Machina as a whole making their way to fight this battle despite coming from a very harsh fight with a ''pit fiend''.their goal within the prison [[spoiler:despite almost losing Keyleth and ''everyone'' inside converging on their location]], and ''still'' managing to fulfill it and escape thanks to ''Plane Shift''.



[[folder: Episode 78: The Siege of Emon]]
* A lesser one, but when [[spoiler: Kashaw]] joins the group he is quick to find and fill the holes in Vox Machina's plan.
* A Minor one, also when [[spoiler: Kashaw]] fills the holes in VM's plan. it is revealed just how much Will knows about war tactics and how to win a battle.
* Grog showing his vestige's siege abilities.
* [[spoiler: Zahra and Kashaw]] staying behind to hold back Thordak's fire giants while Vox Machina sneaks through.
* One goes to Matt for the descriptions. Everything, from the sight of Emon's ruins to the arrival of Thordak himself gives you the scale of what they are facing, and what's at stake. And, once again, Matt ends with a cliffhanger, right after Thordak senses the presence of intruders.

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* Vex has to earn her title as Mistress
of Emon]]
* A lesser one, but when
the Grey Hunt. [[spoiler: Kashaw]] joins the group he is After spending thirteen hours in meditation, she gets a vision of a Grey Render and after a quick chat with Percy rides off on Trinket to find and fill the holes in Vox Machina's plan.
* A Minor one, also when [[spoiler: Kashaw]] fills the holes in VM's plan.
fight it is revealed just how much Will knows about war tactics and how with only Trinket to win a battle.
* Grog showing his vestige's siege abilities.
* [[spoiler: Zahra and Kashaw]] staying behind to hold
back Thordak's fire giants while Vox Machina sneaks through.
* One goes to Matt for
her up. Her first attack being a surprise attack deals 56 damage alone and she survives the descriptions. Everything, from battle on 10 HP and kills the sight of Emon's ruins to the arrival of Thordak himself gives you the scale of what they are facing, and what's at stake. And, once again, Matt ends with a cliffhanger, right Grey Render after Thordak senses giving it a chance to live.]]
* Matt revealing there'll be a one year timeskip and that next Thursday on 04/13/17, Liam will continue
the presence of intruders.first oneshot he did when Matt and Marisha were in Ireland and Matt gets to play!



[[folder: Episode 79: Thordak]]
* As if all the already licensed music being used wasn't enough, Blizzard gave Matt permission to use their music, just in time for the epic Thordak fight!
* Vax [[spoiler: awakening Whisper with the killing blow on Thordak.]]
* Vax putting to good use the dragonslayer sword and his paladin's abilities during the fight. The highlight is a turn when he manages to combine the Sneak Attack, Smite and Hunter's Mark damage with a critical hit for a total of 102 damage with ''one'' hit.
* The whole battle is probably a crowning moment for Matt as a DM. [[spoiler: Not only is he controlling Thordak, he's also playing as multiple friendly [=NPCs=] and keeping track of the lair actions. On top of all of that, he keeps adding elements as allies of Vox Machina and Thordak join in the already incredibly chaotic fight. And all the while he's giving a nightmare-inducing performance of Thordak's rage and insanity.]]
* The ending, finding out that [[spoiler: Thordak was experimenting on dragon's eggs, apparently managing to mix different dragon types into one. Oh, and a "Meteor Swarm", a 9-th level spell, was cast.]]

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[[folder:Special Episode: Liam's Quest: Full Circle]]
* As if all Even in the already licensed music being used wasn't enough, Blizzard gave face of [[spoiler:imminent death at the hands of a demogorgon]], [[DefiantToTheEnd Matt permission to use their music, just in time for the epic Thordak fight!
* Vax [[spoiler: awakening Whisper with the killing blow on Thordak.
stands his ground.]]
* Vax putting ** Not to good use the dragonslayer sword and his paladin's abilities during the fight. The highlight is a turn when he manages to combine the Sneak Attack, Smite and Hunter's Mark damage mention, with a critical hit for a total the roll of 102 damage with ''one'' hit.
* The whole battle is probably
10 on a crowning moment for Matt as a DM. D10 he actually [[NoSell shrugged off]] [[spoiler: Not only is he controlling Thordak, he's also playing as multiple friendly [=NPCs=] and keeping track of the lair actions. On top of all of that, he keeps adding elements as allies of Vox Machina and Thordak join in the already incredibly chaotic fight. And all the while he's giving a nightmare-inducing performance of Thordak's rage and insanity.]]
* The ending, finding out that
Demogorgon's]] attack. He actually [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipped off]] [[spoiler: Thordak was experimenting on dragon's eggs, apparently managing to mix different dragon types into one. Oh, and a "Meteor Swarm", a 9-th level spell, was cast.Demogorgon]]''and lived'' [[spoiler: for about two seconds until he just crashed him with his foot, but still.]]



[[folder: Episode 80: Raishan]]
* Pike [[spoiler:single-handedly resurrects both Vex and Scanlan during the fight with Raishan, successfully pulling off a one-woman resurrection ritual not once but ''twice'', even doing so while the battle is ''still going on around her'' for Vex.]]
** It's worth noting that the above happened while Ashley wasn't even at the table, turning this into a moment of awesome for [[spoiler:Liam for the first mini-ritual and Laura for the second]] for being able to pull that off with a character that isn't even there.
* [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Scanlan. Counterspelling. A freaking]] ''[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Prismatic Spray]]''.
* [[spoiler:Raishan outmaneuvers the party at nearly every step of the fight, causing no fewer than two deaths while also keeping most of the party unconscious to boot.]] The only thing to really throw her off is another awesome moment all by itself: [[spoiler:after much persuasion from the rest of the party and with the fight rapidly going downhill, Scanlan plays the flute and summons Dev'ossa, the ancient bronze dragon that rules Ank'Harel.]]
** What's even better is that [[spoiler: despite Vox Machina and their allies giving everything they've got in this fight and outnumbering their opponent ''11 to 1'', '''''[[TheBadGuyWins Raishan wins.]]''''' While she does take a nearly fatal beating in the process, the Diseased Deceiver manages to accomplish her objective of escaping with Thordak's body and two intact dragon eggs while giving her enemies one hell of a bloody nose in the process, ''and'' she finds out about their trump card, Dev'ossa. The significance of her triumph cannot be understated; Raishan now has all the tools she needs to have the best possible advantage over Vox Machina and even all of Tal'Dorei, and ''[[FridgeHorror nobody but she]]'' knows where she's going or what she'll do.]] This is also impressive on a meta level: Vox Machina has [[spoiler: [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin never lost a fight before in their entire run]] (not counting Grog's first spat at the Crucible with Kern or the arm wrestling contest at Whitestone). Sure, they've taken losses, but they always got the job done in the end. After about three years of playtime, [[MagnificentBastard Raishan]] is ''the only entity to have objectively defeated them.'']]

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[[folder: Episode 80: Raishan]]
* Pike [[spoiler:single-handedly resurrects both Vex and Scanlan during the fight with Raishan, successfully pulling off a one-woman resurrection ritual not once but ''twice'', even doing so while the battle is ''still going on around her'' for Vex.
95: One Year Later...]]
** It's worth noting * Despite being played mostly for laugh, when Vex is going after Vax she sends Trinket at him. We get a reminder that the above happened Trinket is a ''huge'', dangerous bear, while Ashley wasn't even at he scares the table, turning this into a moment shit out of awesome for [[spoiler:Liam for the first mini-ritual Vax and Laura for the second]] for being able to pull that off with a character that isn't even there.
* [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Scanlan. Counterspelling. A freaking]] ''[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Prismatic Spray]]''.
* [[spoiler:Raishan outmaneuvers the party at nearly every step of the fight, causing no fewer than two deaths while also keeping most of the party unconscious to boot.]] The only thing to really throw her off is another awesome moment all by itself: [[spoiler:after much persuasion from the rest of the party and with the fight rapidly going downhill, Scanlan plays the flute and summons Dev'ossa, the ancient bronze dragon that rules Ank'Harel.]]
** What's even better is that [[spoiler: despite Vox Machina and their allies giving everything they've got in this fight and outnumbering their opponent ''11 to 1'', '''''[[TheBadGuyWins Raishan wins.]]''''' While she does take a nearly fatal beating in the process, the Diseased Deceiver manages to accomplish her objective of escaping with Thordak's body and two intact dragon eggs while giving her enemies one hell of a bloody nose in the process, ''and'' she finds out about their trump card, Dev'ossa. The significance of her triumph cannot be understated; Raishan now has all the tools she needs to have the best possible advantage over Vox Machina and even all of Tal'Dorei, and ''[[FridgeHorror nobody but she]]'' knows where she's going or what she'll do.]] This is also impressive on a meta level: Vox Machina has [[spoiler: [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin never lost a fight before in their entire run]] (not counting Grog's first spat at the Crucible with Kern or the arm wrestling contest at Whitestone). Sure, they've taken losses, but they always got the job done in the end. After about three years of playtime, [[MagnificentBastard Raishan]] is ''the only entity to have objectively defeated them.'']]
sends him running.



[[folder: Episode 81: What Lies Beneath the Surface]]
* Patrick Rothfuss has returned! Kerrek gets a Dynamic Entry back into the story, striking down a fire giant to save Vox Machina.
* Allura (an arcanist) becomes the second person able to resist the effects of Grog's alcohol, and unlike Pike, she does not make the mistake of trying a second time.
* Scanlan somehow managed to get through the past two episodes and still have an 8th level spell available.

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[[folder: Episode 81: 96: Family Matters]]
* Matt's poker face during the final battle deserves special mention. For context, [[spoiler: the party is fighting an illusory demon conjured as part of an elaborate con. Matt plays the battle perfectly straight, making attack rolls, noting damage amounts, and generally playing it like it's a real fight. All of this while keeping track of what the illusionist can see and having the "monster" react or [[GlamourFailure fail to react]] accordingly.
What Lies Beneath finally gives it away is that the Surface]]
* Patrick Rothfuss
creature literally cannot hit anything, being nothing but an insubstantial image with sound effects. Sam even notes how he found it suspicious, but Matt kept rolling those dice.]] Also, Matt's acting skills show up [[spoiler: since he simulates the exact same reactions he has returned! Kerrek when a villain rolls a 1 or a bunch of terrible numbers in a row.]]
** Taliesin/Percy also
gets a Dynamic Entry back into one for [[spoiler: figuring this out almost immediately, muttering to himself "maybe it's an illusion?" and making sure to watch the story, striking down a fire giant to save Vox Machina.
* Allura (an arcanist) becomes
Trickfoots. Unfortunately, the second person able to resist rest of the effects of Grog's alcohol, party fell for a RedHerring and unlike Pike, she does not make prolonged the mistake of trying a second time.
* Scanlan somehow managed to get through the past two episodes and still have an 8th level spell available.
fight.]]



[[folder: Episode 82: Deadly Echoes]]
* Percy and Scanlan reach level 16, with Percy bumping up his intelligence to a max of 20.
* Taliesin and Marisha's performances as Scanlan while Sam is absent. It's also a CrowningMomentOfFunny because they both sing as Scanlan, Taliesin after using Dispel Magic and Marisha when inspiring Percy.

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[[folder: Episode 82: Deadly Echoes]]
97: Taryon, My Wayward Son]]
* Percy [[spoiler: The manner in which Keyleth dies. Jumping off a cliff down a thousand feet before RealityEnsues her body smashing upon the rocks. Fortunately, Vex revives her in a quick and Scanlan reach level 16, with Percy bumping up his intelligence timely manner.]] Everyone agrees that they're not sure how they're going to top that.
* The Siphon under Whitestone has been
a max source of 20.
* Taliesin
anxiety in-universe and Marisha's performances as Scanlan while Sam is absent. It's also a CrowningMomentOfFunny out, primarily because they both sing as Scanlan, Taliesin after using Dispel Magic of how little is known about it. Vex [[spoiler: takes a one-in-a-million chance and Marisha when inspiring Percy.fires her Oracle Arrow into it. She gets more info in one shot than the smartest mages in Tal'Dorei could from months of research!]]



[[folder: Episode 83: The Deceiver's Stand]]
* Percy using his reaction [[spoiler:to absorb Raishan's ''Meteor Swarm'' spell, and awakening ''Cabal's Ruin'' to its [[UpToEleven exalted]] level]].
* [[spoiler:After Vox Machina systematically exhausted Raishan's legendary resistances, Keyleth lands a tide-turning spell on her. The spell? ''Feeblemind'', which reduced Raishan's Intelligence and Charisma to 1 and, more importantly, rendered the ancient green spellcasting dragon '''''unable to cast any spells for 30 days (at least).''''' Poetic justice at its finest as Keyleth achieved vengeance in the most fitting way possible.]]
** Even before the battle, [[spoiler:[[https://www.reddit.com/r/criticalrole/comments/5ql7x2/spoilers_e83_just_wanted_to_give_a_shoutout_to/ the confrontation between Keyleth and Raishan.]]]] [[CharacterDevelopment It's a testament to the character growth that Keyleth has experienced over the course of the Conclave arc]].
** And when [[spoiler:Kima and Allura are discovered to be struggling to stay afloat in the vast ocean after a failed teleportation attempt, Keyleth does a desperate scan of the ocean and beyond to try to find them, the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. Her Perception check? '''''Natural 20, with a bonus of +11!''''' It was most likely considered by Matt to be impossible, but Keyleth pulled it off, which eventually led to Vex retrieving them and saving their lives.]]
* [[spoiler:Kerrek, a ''level 7'' Paladin, scores the killing blow on Raishan.]] Matt's reaction after the fact just about sums up this baffling stroke of cosmic fortune:
-->'''Matt:''' I ''can't fucking believe'' that just happened.
* Pike just barely survives [[spoiler:Raishan's Disintegrate spell]], thanks to her magical armor. [[spoiler:In an episode with no less than two PC deaths, she manages to survive being ''partially turned to dust''!]]

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[[folder: Episode 83: 98: The Deceiver's Stand]]
* Percy using his reaction [[spoiler:to absorb Raishan's ''Meteor Swarm'' spell, and awakening ''Cabal's Ruin'' to its [[UpToEleven exalted]] level]].
* [[spoiler:After Vox Machina systematically exhausted Raishan's legendary resistances, Keyleth lands a tide-turning spell on her. The spell? ''Feeblemind'', which reduced Raishan's Intelligence and Charisma to 1 and, more importantly, rendered
Mines of the ancient green spellcasting dragon '''''unable to cast any spells for 30 days (at least).''''' Poetic justice at its finest as Keyleth achieved vengeance in the most fitting way possible.]]
** Even before the battle, [[spoiler:[[https://www.reddit.com/r/criticalrole/comments/5ql7x2/spoilers_e83_just_wanted_to_give_a_shoutout_to/ the confrontation between Keyleth and Raishan.]]]] [[CharacterDevelopment It's a
Many]]
* A
testament to the character growth that Keyleth has experienced over the course of the Conclave arc]].
** And when [[spoiler:Kima and Allura are discovered to be struggling to stay afloat in the vast ocean after a failed teleportation attempt, Keyleth does a desperate scan of the ocean and beyond to try to find them, the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. Her Perception check? '''''Natural 20, with a bonus of +11!''''' It was most likely considered by Matt to be impossible, but Keyleth pulled it off, which eventually led to Vex retrieving them and saving their lives.]]
* [[spoiler:Kerrek, a ''level 7'' Paladin, scores the killing blow on Raishan.]]
Matt's reaction after the fact just about sums up this baffling stroke of cosmic fortune:
-->'''Matt:''' I ''can't fucking believe''
god-like improv abilities: After Tary's mother, Maria, tells Tary that just happened.
* Pike just barely survives [[spoiler:Raishan's Disintegrate spell]], thanks
she found comfort in the books that Tary had left behind, Sam tries to her magical armor. [[spoiler:In an episode trip Matt by having Tary ask which one was Maria's favourite. Matt responds almost immediately with no less than two PC deaths, she manages to survive being ''partially turned to dust''!]]a title and plotline involving the creation myth of Wildmount. Somewhat doubles as a [[CrowningMomentofFunny Crowning Moment of Funny]] as the rest of the cast is collapsing in fits of laughter throughout the entire exchange.



[[folder: Episode 84: Loose Ends]]
* In order for [[spoiler:Scanlan's resurrection to succeed]], Matt needs to roll 7 or higher on a d20. What does he actually roll? [[spoiler:A natural 20.]]
* When the group returns to Vasselheim to clear up unfinished business, Grog asks to detour to the temple of Kord so that he can speak with Earthbreaker Groon. Not only is the monk waiting for them with his back turned, yet still knowing exactly when Vox Machina enters the room, but he also challenges Grog to a rematch, causing the sand in the fighting pit to ripple outwards apparently from ''sheer badassery'' as he gets ready to fight.
-->'''Earthbreaker Groon:''' Show me what you have learned.

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[[folder:Special Episode: Battle Royale III]]
* In order for [[spoiler:Scanlan's resurrection to succeed]], Matt needs to roll 7 or higher on a d20. What does he actually roll? [[spoiler:A natural 20.The winner: [[spoiler:Taryon Darrington, who spent the entire battle making himself unfindable and untouchable, only swooping into the fray at the end.]]
* When Keyleth busts out the group returns to Vasselheim to Shapechange spell as her trump card, turning herself into [[spoiler: an ''adult black dragon''.]]
* Grog, full stop. He's the primary target for ''everyone'' right from the beginning of the fight, and the reason for the focus-fire becomes very
clear up unfinished business, Grog asks very quickly.
** [[spoiler: It takes ''one'' turn near Percy and a lucky crit
to detour to make the temple gunslinger run away and leave him at death's door.]]
** [[spoiler: When trapped in Vex's necklace, his response is to ''punch his way out'', breaking the necklace from the inside and resulting in the highest amount
of Kord so that he can speak damage dealt by a player in one round - ''280'' damage, or to put it another way, ''17% of the damage dealt in the entire royale''.]]
** [[spoiler: He survives a brutal attack from black dragon Keyleth
with Earthbreaker Groon. Not only is ''one HP left''. Standing atop a tower, staring his foe down, what does he do? '''Draw five cards from the monk waiting for them with his back turned, yet still knowing exactly when Vox Machina enters Deck of Many Things, miraculously avoiding disaster from all of them.''' True, he loses everything in the room, Bag of Holding and Wilhand turns against him (Ruin and Rogue), but he regains HP and increases his constitution, obtains a magical greatsword, and summons an ally to fight alongside him (Star, Key, Knight)!]]
** [[spoiler: He then ''stops'' Keyleth's rampage, breaking her concentration and then resisting her attempted Planeshift when she's humanoid again. He proceeds to 'softball' her into the acid pit and ''dissolve'' her, leaving him the last one standing vs. Taryon, who survived by hiding for most of the fight.]]
** In total, Grog dealt a whopping 767 damage over the course of the royale (almost ''half'' of the total damage dealt). [[spoiler: He
also challenges Grog ''took'' 375 damage before finally going down. Only Keyleth remotely comes close to a rematch, causing the sand matching him in the fighting pit either stat, and she had to ripple outwards apparently from ''sheer badassery'' as he gets ready turn into a ''dragon'' to fight.
-->'''Earthbreaker Groon:''' Show me what you have learned.
do it.]]



[[folder: Episode 85: A Bard's Lament]]
* Grog faces Earthbreaker Groon in single combat ''and wins.''
* Immediately after the battle, divine lightning strikes the Titanstone Knuckles, changing them into their "Exalted" form and effectively confirming Grog as the favored champion of Kord himself.
* The entire cast gets one for [[spoiler:Scanlan's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and the ensuing argument.]]

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[[folder:Episode 99: Masquerade]]
* Grog faces Earthbreaker Groon in single combat ''and wins.''
* Immediately after
After years of living under Howard's tyranny, Tary finally [[IAmWhatIAm stands up to his father]] and presents him with an ultimatum: work with Tary to repair the battle, divine lightning strikes the Titanstone Knuckles, changing them into their "Exalted" form and effectively confirming Grog as the favored champion of Kord himself.
* The entire cast gets one for [[spoiler:Scanlan's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and the ensuing argument.]]
Darrington name or leave.



[[folder: Episode 86: Daring Days]]
* The entire confrontation between Vox Machina and Taryon shows just how powerful they've become. Taryon is a 13th level character and is completely powerless. He unleashes his best spell upon them, and they all taking only minor damage, with even the one who ''failed'' the saving throws having ways to half the damage. And they didn't even try: Vex wasn't there, Vax attacked once, healed him and then talked to him, Keyleth cast minor spells just to make it interesting and Percy did actually nothing (not even ''pulling out'' a gun) but waiting for something interesting to happen, and Taryon still could do nothing. In the end, he's reduced to ask if at least they ''felt'' his attack. The whole thing only lasted a couple of turns, and if they tried they would've been able to put him down ''before'' Taryon's first turn.
* Vax sneak attacks Taryon in the surprise round and rolls a critical hit, dealing 88 points of damage. Taryon ''only has 106 hit points''.
* The fact that Taryon took Vax's first blow and ''didn't'' pass out is considered one in-universe. Vax points it out to him in the aftermath to convince him he does have some skills.

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[[folder:Episode 100: Unfinished Business]]
* The entire confrontation between Vox Machina and Taryon shows just how powerful they've become. Taryon [[spoiler:'''''[[BackFromTheDead Delilah Briarwood is a 13th level character and is completely powerless. He unleashes his best spell upon them, and they all taking only minor damage, back.]] And with even a 9th-level''''' '''Prismatic Wall''' '''''to boot!''''']]
** To drive
the one who ''failed'' point home, the saving throws having ways to half the damage. And they didn't even try: Vex wasn't there, Vax attacked once, healed him party [[spoiler: recalls how she dies, first killed and then talked with her body melted into the acid for good measure. With no body left, Revivify and Resurrection don't work, you need either a True Resurrection or a Miracle to him, Keyleth cast minor recreate the body for a lesser spell, still means that 9th level spells just to make must be used. And the dialogue implies it interesting and Percy did actually nothing (not isn't even ''pulling out'' a gun) that the case, but waiting for something interesting to happen, she took some ''precautions'' and Taryon still did it all or herself.]]
** The last bit of it, [[spoiler: she
could do nothing. In control the end, he's reduced to ask if at least they ''felt'' his attack. The whole thing only lasted a couple of turns, and if they tried they would've been able to put him down ''before'' Taryon's first turn.
* Vax sneak attacks Taryon
orb in the surprise round pyramid. She can literally switch an ''Annihilation Sphere'' on and rolls a critical hit, dealing 88 points of damage. Taryon ''only has 106 hit points''.
*
off again. The fact that Taryon took Vax's first blow and ''didn't'' pass out is considered one in-universe. Vax points it out to him in the aftermath to convince him he does have some skills.amulets possess supernatural powers that work despite an effect canceling effortlessly ''9th level spells'' could count in itself.]]



[[folder:Episode 87: Onward to Vesrah]]
* During the fight against the fish pirates, when Trinket crushes the pirate's head in his jaws. Then proceeds to swing the corpse around like a dog toy, followed by a VERY pleased expression.
* Taryon gets his first kill against a marid with his Ring of the Ram... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which ends up catapulting him off the ship due to the recoil. He doesn't even get to see the end result of his kill]].

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* Doubling as a Heartwarming moment, Keyleth grabs Vax and urges him
to Vesrah]]
* During
stay alive [[spoiler:while they are in the fight against the fish pirates, when Trinket crushes the pirate's head in his jaws. Then proceeds to swing the corpse around like a dog toy, followed by a VERY pleased expression.
* Taryon gets his first kill against a marid
Shadowfell. And with his Ring of the Ram... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which ends up catapulting him off the ship due to the recoil. He doesn't even get to see the end result of his kill]].that, she casts ''Foresight'' on him, a ''9th-level spell that grants advantage on everything''.]]



[[folder:Episode 88: Tangled Depths]]
* While it heavily wounds them both for 40+ points of damage, after being swallowed by the Kraken, Keyleth shoots a ''Fireball'' deep within the creature's belly which ends up igniting the oil previously dumped by Grog's alchemy jug. Due to the massive damage, the Kraken fails its Constitution save and they manage to get vomited out.
* Speaking of Grog, he gets swallowed a total of three times by the Kraken, and every single time he gets himself out of there and after being taunted by the Kraken after the third escape he retorts with "Oh ancient one, can you hear this?" and flips him off as he escapes the Water Plane. Grog also proved pivotal to distracting the Kraken, severing tentacles [[spoiler: and making sure Vax's body got out, giving him a hope of resurrection.]]
* Let's give some credit to that shark. That CR ''2'' shark that almost managed to MVP the fight. True, it mostly was because the Kraken didn't really cared and never attacked, but the shark went through the whole fight landing hit after hit, tearing tentacles and in the end only lived because Keyleth planeshifted away, breaking the conjuration. Not bad, for a low-level evocation.
* True, it only happened because Vox Machina most explicitly could ''not'' kill the Kraken, but he effectively manages to be Vox Machina's second defeat. They had no way to keep him at bay, they could only be grappled, swallowed and zapped and then try to escape only to repeat it all again. In the end, after hours of fight, several good hits (including a couple on the eye, several from the inside and tearing away most of his tentacles) they realized they didn't deal him enough damage, and he wasn't really giving the party much consideration until near the end where it truly became angry. The Pet of the Titans really earned his reputation.

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* While it heavily wounds them both for 40+ points of damage, after being swallowed by
102: Race to the Kraken, Tower]]
* As Vox Machina approaches the tower at the center of the city, they debate whether to fly to its top and confront the cultists and Delilah Briarwood, or fight their way through the inside.
Keyleth shoots a ''Fireball'' deep within the creature's belly which ends up igniting the oil previously dumped by Grog's alchemy jug. Due to the massive damage, the Kraken fails its Constitution save and they manage to get vomited out.
* Speaking of Grog, he gets swallowed
Pike[[TakeAThirdOption take a total of three times by the Kraken, and every single time he gets himself out of there and after being taunted by the Kraken after the third escape he retorts with "Oh ancient one, can you hear this?" option]] and flips him off as he escapes the Water Plane. Grog also proved pivotal to distracting the Kraken, severing tentacles [[spoiler: destroy the tower with an earthquake. The apex of the tower remains floating in the air after the whole thing comes crashing down, but they managed to avoid multiple encounters that could have lead to a [[TotalPartyKill TPK.]]]]
* [[spoiler:After spending most of the episode having Vecna mop the floor with them, including Vex dying (before being saved with Pike's Revivify)
and making sure Vax's body got out, giving him a hope of resurrection.Vax being Disintegrated, Keyleth attempts to get the party out with Plane Shift, only to have [[OhCrap Vecna attempt to counter it]]... and Scanlan ready to intercept it with his own Counterspell.]]
* Let's give some credit to There is one line that shark. That CR ''2'' shark sums up the second half of the episode: [[spoiler:"Welcome to the God War."]]
* [[spoiler:Vecna ''is'' a villainous one. It's the first time since the Chroma Conclave's first attack
that almost managed to MVP the fight. True, it mostly was because the Kraken didn't really cared and never attacked, but the shark went through the whole fight landing hit after hit, tearing tentacles and in the end only lived because Keyleth planeshifted away, breaking the conjuration. Not bad, for a low-level evocation.
* True, it only happened because
Vox Machina most explicitly could ''not'' kill the Kraken, but found themselves utterly powerless against their enemy. And he effectively manages to be Vox Machina's second defeat. They had no way to keep him at bay, they could only be grappled, swallowed and zapped and then try to escape only to repeat it all again. In the end, after hours of fight, several good hits (including a couple on the eye, several from the inside and tearing away most of his tentacles) they realized they didn't deal him enough damage, and he wasn't really giving the party much consideration until near the end where it truly became angry. The Pet of the Titans really earned his reputation.hasn't even ascended yet.]]



[[folder:Episode 89: Curious Tides]]
* Keyleth's completion of her Aramente and reaching level 17 grants her access to her 9th level spells! She tests out Shapechange by transforming sequentially into a goristro, a beholder, and an adult bronze dragon.

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[[folder:Episode 89: Curious Tides]]
103: The Fate-Touched]]
* Keyleth's completion The guard captain in Vasselheim managing to see through all of her Aramente Grog and reaching level 17 grants her access to her 9th level spells! She tests out Shapechange by transforming sequentially into a goristro, a beholder, [[ConsummateLiar Scanlan's]] deceptions and an adult bronze dragon.illusions, forcing them to run from him and the guards to keep their freedom.



[[folder:Episode 90: Voice of the Tempest]]
* Everyone else in the party (sans Taryon, Pike, and Scanlan) reaches level 17 by this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax and Vex become a 4th-level Paladin and Rogue and gain the Resilient (Constitution) and Sharpshooter feats respectively.]]
** Grog becomes a level 2 fighter capable of Action Surge.
** Percy gains the ability to use Action Surge ''twice''.
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, having completed her Aramente, returns to Zephra with Vox Machina by her side. [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning She is then given the mantle of leadership and is crowned "Voice of the Tempest"]]. As a result of completing her lifelong journey, she also [[RousingSpeech delivers a speech to the tribe and the party, thanking them for making her the person she is today.]] She is also given the Inspiring Leader feat.[[note]]The Inspiring Leader feat is where Keyleth gives a 10 minute speech to the party, to embolden them with courage. They are all given temporary hit points equal to her level plus her Charisma modifier.[[/note]]]]

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[[folder:Episode 90: Voice of the Tempest]]
104: Elysium]]
* Everyone else in the party (sans Taryon, Pike, and Scanlan) reaches level 17 by this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax
Pike and Vex become a 4th-level Paladin [[spoiler:receive the blessings of Sarenrae and Rogue and gain the Resilient (Constitution) and Sharpshooter feats respectively.Pelor respectively. Of particular note is Vex's trial, as she has to prove her worth by struggling against angels to reach a beacon, while transformed into a red dragon by Scanlan.]]
** Grog becomes a level 2 fighter capable of Action Surge.
** Percy gains
* The Dungeon Master's Guide describes [[spoiler: the ability to use Action Surge ''twice''.
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, having completed her Aramente, returns to Zephra
Eye of Vecna as a very powerful magic item that can only be permanently destroyed if the creature wearing it is struck by a very specific sword. Pelor seemingly destroys it with Vox Machina by her side. [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning She is then given a handwave.]] Time will tell if Matt follows the mantle of leadership and is crowned "Voice other part of the Tempest"]]. As a result of completing her lifelong journey, she also [[RousingSpeech delivers a speech to the tribe and the party, thanking them for making her the person she is today.]] She is also given the Inspiring Leader feat.[[note]]The Inspiring Leader feat is where Keyleth gives a 10 minute speech to the party, to embolden them with courage. They are all given temporary hit points equal to her level plus her Charisma modifier.[[/note]]]]item's description or not.



[[folder:Episode 91: Vox Machina go to Hell]]
* Matt's descriptions of [[spoiler:the Iron City of Dis and the Nine Hells in general in addition to its denizens]] are both awesome and a heavy dose of NightmareFuel.
* The cliffhanger ending. [[spoiler:Keyleth leaves the inn without the others to find a means of scouting and locating Hotis's exact whereabouts and tries to stealthily cast ''Shapechange'' only to be noticed by two individuals (a dwarf and a chain devil) who were interested in Vax while he was disguised as an albino tiefling. She ducks into an alley, and then stops and chooses to stand her ground, hood down and hands aflame. The individuals demand that she hand him over. Her past self most likely would have submitted to their request. Instead, she puts her foot down and refuses to acquiesce, the Voice of the Tempest expressing that she has no intention of doing so, setting the stage for a potential alleyway encounter.]]

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[[folder:Episode 91: 106: The Endless Atheneeum]]
* While all of
Vox Machina go show different levels of defiance when [[spoiler:a recently ascended Vecna]] offers them to Hell]]
* Matt's descriptions
join [[spoiler:him]], Percy gets one of [[spoiler:the Iron City of Dis the greatest burns ever:
-->'''Percy:''' We don't like to associate ourselves with new money.
* [[spoiler:Scanlan succeeding in Ioun's trial by finding one very specific book in the titular, aptly named, ''Endless Atheneeum'', gaining both her assistance
and the Nine Hells in general in addition to its denizens]] are both awesome and a heavy dose of NightmareFuel.
* The cliffhanger ending. [[spoiler:Keyleth leaves the inn without the others to find a means of scouting and locating Hotis's exact whereabouts and tries to stealthily cast ''Shapechange'' only to be noticed by two individuals (a dwarf and a chain devil) who were interested in Vax while he was disguised as an albino tiefling. She ducks into an alley, and then stops and chooses to stand her ground, hood down and hands aflame. The individuals demand that she hand him over. Her past self most likely would have submitted to their request. Instead, she puts her foot down and refuses to acquiesce, the Voice
knowledge of the Tempest expressing that she has no intention of doing so, setting the stage for a potential alleyway encounter.ritual needed to seal Vecna.]]



[[folder:Episode 92: Deals in the Dark]]
* How does Keyleth resolve the encounter from last episode's cliffhanger? She ''Shapechanges'' into an '''''erinyes''''' and intimidates the two into fleeing with her stature as a higher-ranked devil. She makes good use of it later to intimidate a shopkeeper into giving Vox Machina whatever information he can on their objective--which, as it turns out, wasn't much, but now they have an insider in the City of Dis.
* Taryon [[RunningGag provides a door]] for Vox Machina so that can sneak into [[spoiler:Utugash's]] abode.
* Noelle Stevenson's guest character Tova, a sassy dwarf with little patience. And what is her class? [[spoiler:A Blood Hunter, specifically Order of the Lycan. And her animal form? A were-bear.]]

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[[folder:Episode 92: Deals 107: Scaldseat]]
* ''Grog'' of all people comes up with a genius solution to the underground caverns filled with poisonous gas and no fresh air: [[spoiler:the party already had a Water Breathing spell cast on them, so Grog suggests filling his Alchemy Jug with fresh water and taking regular gulps of "air" from it like a portable air bubble]].
* Scanlan making great use of his [[spoiler:planetar form against the magma bulettes.]]
* Keyleth's interpretive dance results
in the Dark]]
* How does Keyleth resolve the encounter from last episode's cliffhanger? She ''Shapechanges'' into an '''''erinyes''''' and intimidates the two into fleeing with her stature as
entire cast performing a higher-ranked devil. She makes good use perfectly-harmonized tribal chant completely out of it later to intimidate a shopkeeper into giving Vox Machina whatever information he can on their objective--which, as it turns out, wasn't much, but now they have an insider in the City of Dis.
* Taryon [[RunningGag provides a door]] for Vox Machina so that can sneak into [[spoiler:Utugash's]] abode.
* Noelle Stevenson's guest character Tova, a sassy dwarf with little patience. And what is her class? [[spoiler:A Blood Hunter, specifically Order of the Lycan. And her animal form? A were-bear.]]
nowhere. Now ''that's'' improv!



[[folder:Episode 93: Bats Out of Hell]]
* Utugash proving his worth. Fat and lazy as he might have become, he's still a formidable opponent, and he combines his power with field knowledge and advantage by managing to cage Trinket early on and Grog halfaway through the fight and creating a ''Wall of Fire'' around him (and some of Vox Machina) that both protects him and damage his opponents (him being immune to fire damage). [[spoiler: He actually dies once he leaves it to eliminate the others.]]
* Before being caged, Grog goes full juggernaut on the pit fiend, and combines his two classes to get three frenzy rage attacks ''and'' two attacks with his new ''Action Surge'', bashing Utugash five times with the hammer for over 100 points of damage. And that's without critical hits, or the advantages heavy weapons would grant him.
* After Utugash crushes Keyleth and Tova with his corpulent form and severely wounds the druid with a critical hit, the situation flips on its head as Keyleth ''Shapechanges'' into a fire giant and attacks him for over 50 damage in one strike. Matt [[LampshadeHanging lampshades how]] [[RuleOfCool she shouldn't have the attack as per the rules, but it was just too awesome to deny it.]] Immediately afterward, [[spoiler: Tova attacks and gets the HDYWTDT by slashing Utugash's throat open and exacting revenge for all the torture she underwent.]]
* Vox Machina as a whole making their way to their goal within the prison [[spoiler:despite almost losing Keyleth and ''everyone'' inside converging on their location]], and ''still'' managing to fulfill it and escape thanks to ''Plane Shift''.

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[[folder:Episode 93: Bats Out of Hell]]
108: The Core Anvil]]
* Utugash proving his worth. Fat The entire encounter against the [[spoiler:forge guardian]] was a tense battle, pushing Vox Machina to their limits with its powerful strikes and lazy as he might have become, he's extremely high AC and HP. [[spoiler:Despite being mildly spent from the bulettes and the constructs from earlier, they still a formidable opponent, and he combines his power with field knowledge and advantage by managing managed to cage Trinket early on and Grog halfaway pull through the fight and creating a ''Wall of Fire'' around him (and some of Vox Machina) that both protects him and damage his opponents (him being immune to fire damage). [[spoiler: He actually dies once he leaves it to eliminate the others.without losing anyone.]]
* Before being caged, Grog goes full juggernaut on the pit fiend, and combines his two classes [[spoiler:Keyleth, taking a cue from Scanlan, casts ''Shapechange'' to get three frenzy rage attacks ''and'' two attacks with his new ''Action Surge'', bashing Utugash five times with the hammer for over 100 points of damage. And that's without critical hits, or the advantages heavy weapons would grant him.
* After Utugash crushes Keyleth and Tova with his corpulent form and severely wounds the druid with a critical hit, the situation flips on its head as Keyleth ''Shapechanges''
transform into a fire giant planetar herself, and attacks him uses her ''Healing Touch'' ability to act as an emergency medic for over 50 damage in one strike. Matt [[LampshadeHanging lampshades how]] [[RuleOfCool she shouldn't have the attack as per the rules, but it was just too awesome to deny it.]] Immediately afterward, [[spoiler: Tova attacks and party. She even gets the HDYWTDT by slashing Utugash's throat open and exacting revenge for all finishing blow against the torture she underwent.guardian, using the planetar's Holy Avenger.]]
* Vox Machina as a whole making their way to their goal within [[spoiler:Between the prison [[spoiler:despite almost losing Keyleth knowledge granted to Percy and ''everyone'' inside converging on their location]], Grog from Ioun, Scanlan's inspiration, Keyleth's buff spells, and ''still'' managing some very close calls, the party manages to fulfill it and escape thanks forge the divine trammels needed to ''Plane Shift''.seal away Vecna.]]



[[folder:Episode 94: Jugs and Rods]]
* Vex has to earn her title as Mistress of the Grey Hunt. [[spoiler: After spending thirteen hours in meditation, she gets a vision of a Grey Render and after a quick chat with Percy rides off on Trinket to fight it with only Trinket to back her up. Her first attack being a surprise attack deals 56 damage alone and she survives the battle on 10 HP and kills the Grey Render after giving it a chance to live.]]
* Matt revealing there'll be a one year timeskip and that next Thursday on 04/13/17, Liam will continue the first oneshot he did when Matt and Marisha were in Ireland and Matt gets to play!

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[[folder:Episode 94: Jugs and Rods]]
109: The Ominous March]]
* Vex has Keyleth manage once again to earn pass a Perception DC of 30, which literally means succeeding in an almost impossible task. This allows her title as Mistress to spot a small flow of water on the Grey Hunt. [[spoiler: After spending thirteen hours in meditation, she gets a vision Titan's body for Vox Machina to climb.
* Also, the titan. Vecna raised the remains
of a Grey Render ''massive'' primordial Titan (his ''footprints'' are 150 feet long), the same one from whose heart were made the Titanstone Knuckles, and after uses it to transport Thar Amphala on its back.
* The plan to stop Vecna: while Vox Machina sneaks their way to him to try and seal him away,
a quick chat distraction will be provided by J'Mon Sa Ord (in their full, dragon glory) sieging the city with Percy rides off on Trinket an army of wyvern riders. ''Awesome'' is an understatement.
* When Vecna interrupts the war council arrayed against him
to fight it with only Trinket to back her up. Her first attack being a surprise attack deals 56 damage alone threaten the specific loved ones of those present. Longtime Vox Machina ally Allura Vysoren flips out and she survives the battle on 10 HP and kills the Grey Render after giving it a chance to live.]]
* Matt revealing there'll be a
dispels his illusion; one year timeskip and that next Thursday on 04/13/17, Liam will continue the first oneshot he did when Matt and Marisha were in Ireland and Matt gets archmage who refuses to play!be taunted, even by a god.



[[folder:Special Episode: Liam's Quest: Full Circle]]
* Even in the face of [[spoiler:imminent death at the hands of a demogorgon]], [[DefiantToTheEnd Matt stands his ground.]]
** Not to mention, with the roll of 10 on a D10 he actually [[NoSell shrugged off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon's]] attack. He actually [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipped off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon]]''and lived'' [[spoiler: for about two seconds until he just crashed him with his foot, but still.]]

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[[folder:Special Episode: Liam's Quest: Full Circle]]
[[folder:Episode 110: The Climb Within]]
* Even in Despite Ashley's absence, Pike gets both of the face of [[spoiler:imminent death at [=HDYWTDT=]s this episode (controlled by Liam and Laura).
* Vax deals over 100 damage to
the hands of a demogorgon]], [[DefiantToTheEnd Matt stands his ground.]]
** Not to mention,
undead dwarf king with one dagger, defeating him in one blow.
** Later, he does
the roll of 10 on same to a D10 he actually [[NoSell shrugged off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon's]] attack. He actually [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipped off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon]]''and lived'' [[spoiler: for about two seconds until he just crashed him nothic ("Liam knows what this is, but Vax doesn't"): almost 60 damage with his foot, first dagger is enough to defeat it.
* She doesn't get to use it,
but still.]]Keyleth creating a flaming sword is still awesome.
* One for Matt: Those darn trolls ate up ''four'' of Percy's Grit points by making all of their saves against his shots at a 40% chance.



[[folder: Episode 95: One Year Later...]]
* Despite being played mostly for laugh, when Vex is going after Vax she sends Trinket at him. We get a reminder that Trinket is a ''huge'', dangerous bear, while he scares the shit out of Vax and sends him running.

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[[folder: Episode 95: One Year Later...]]
One-Shot: Bar Room Blitz!]]
* Despite being played mostly for laugh, when Vex is going after Vax MaryElizabethMcGlynn guest stars in her third episode (not counting the battle royale), [[spoiler: and once again she sends Trinket at him. We get a reminder that Trinket is a ''huge'', dangerous bear, while he scares the shit out of Vax and sends him running.one who kills the episode's boss.]]



[[folder: Episode 96: Family Matters]]
* Matt's poker face during the final battle deserves special mention. For context, [[spoiler: the party is fighting an illusory demon conjured as part of an elaborate con. Matt plays the battle perfectly straight, making attack rolls, noting damage amounts, and generally playing it like it's a real fight. All of this while keeping track of what the illusionist can see and having the "monster" react or [[GlamourFailure fail to react]] accordingly. What finally gives it away is that the creature literally cannot hit anything, being nothing but an insubstantial image with sound effects. Sam even notes how he found it suspicious, but Matt kept rolling those dice.]] Also, Matt's acting skills show up [[spoiler: since he simulates the exact same reactions he has when a villain rolls a 1 or a bunch of terrible numbers in a row.]]
** Taliesin/Percy also gets one for [[spoiler: figuring this out almost immediately, muttering to himself "maybe it's an illusion?" and making sure to watch the Trickfoots. Unfortunately, the rest of the party fell for a RedHerring and prolonged the fight.]]

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[[folder: Episode 96: Family Matters]]
112: Dark Dealings]]
* Matt's poker face during Keyleth manages to quickly recover from a Natural 1 on Stealth that attracted gloomstalkers nearby by quickly turning into an earth elemental and sinking into the final battle deserves special mention. For context, ground before they can find her.
* Despite the clear time limit of the titan approaching Vasselheim, the party figured out how to take a leisurely long rest:
[[spoiler: zip over to the party is fighting an illusory demon conjured as part of an elaborate con. Matt plays Feywild and bribe Artagan to bend the battle perfectly straight, making attack rolls, noting damage amounts, and generally playing it like it's a real fight. All timing of this while keeping track of what the illusionist can see and having the "monster" react or [[GlamourFailure fail to react]] accordingly. What finally gives it away is that the creature literally cannot hit anything, being nothing but an insubstantial image with sound effects. Sam even notes how he found it suspicious, but Matt kept rolling those dice.]] Also, Matt's acting skills show up [[spoiler: since he simulates the exact same reactions he has when a villain rolls a 1 or a bunch of terrible numbers their exit in a row.]]
** Taliesin/Percy also gets one for [[spoiler: figuring this out almost immediately, muttering to himself "maybe it's an illusion?" and making sure to watch the Trickfoots. Unfortunately, the rest of the party fell for a RedHerring and prolonged the fight.
their favor.]]



[[folder: Episode 97: Taryon, My Wayward Son]]
* [[spoiler: The manner in which Keyleth dies. Jumping off a cliff down a thousand feet before RealityEnsues her body smashing upon the rocks. Fortunately, Vex revives her in a quick and timely manner.]] Everyone agrees that they're not sure how they're going to top that.
* The Siphon under Whitestone has been a source of anxiety in-universe and out, primarily because of how little is known about it. Vex [[spoiler: takes a one-in-a-million chance and fires her Oracle Arrow into it. She gets more info in one shot than the smartest mages in Tal'Dorei could from months of research!]]

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[[folder: Episode 97: Taryon, My Wayward Son]]
113: The Final Ascent]]
* The fact that Arkhan is played by Hollywood actor Creator/JoeManganiello is a moment of Awesome for everyone involved.
* Arkhan's first action is to tame a Gloomstalker as a mount.
** At the end of the episode, [[YouShallNotPass he charges the Death Knight by himself]] to give Vox Machina time to face Vecna.
* Delilah Briarwood is back -- oh, but she dies before her second turn, and Matt notes that this time she's [[DeaderThanDead gone for good]] as she hasn't had time to make a new clone. Two turns later, Sylas is reduced to mist as well.
* Right before the break, a huge swarm of Gloomstalkers are closing in on the heroes... until J'mon and the wyvern knight army burst through the opening in the threshold barrier and start cleaning house.
* Three enemies are in a room where they don't notice the party on the stairs. Vex and Vax drop one each while Arkhan injures the third.
[[spoiler: The manner in which Keyleth dies. Jumping off NegatedMomentOfAwesome afterwards with a cliff down a thousand feet before RealityEnsues her body smashing upon the rocks. Fortunately, Vex revives her in a quick heavy dose of MyGodWhatHaveIDone though, as they were revealed to be Cassandra, Kaylie, and timely manner.]] Everyone agrees that they're not sure how they're going to top that.
* The Siphon
Gilmore under Whitestone has been a source of anxiety in-universe and out, primarily because of how little is known about it. Vex [[spoiler: takes a one-in-a-million chance and fires her Oracle Arrow into it. She gets more info in one shot than the smartest mages in Tal'Dorei could from months of research!]]Vecna's spell.]]



[[folder: Episode 98: The Mines of the Many]]
* A testament to Matt's god-like improv abilities: After Tary's mother, Maria, tells Tary that she found comfort in the books that Tary had left behind, Sam tries to trip Matt by having Tary ask which one was Maria's favourite. Matt responds almost immediately with a title and plotline involving the creation myth of Wildmount. Somewhat doubles as a [[CrowningMomentofFunny Crowning Moment of Funny]] as the rest of the cast is collapsing in fits of laughter throughout the entire exchange.

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[[folder: Episode 98: 114: Vecna, the Ascended]]
*
The Mines of battle against Vecna showcases the Many]]
* A testament to Matt's god-like improv abilities:
true power of both sides, with Vecna's first spell [[spoiler:''cracking the battleground itself into pieces'']]. After Tary's mother, Maria, tells Tary a long fight that exhausts both parties, [[spoiler:Vox Machina successfully banish Vecna with no party member deaths and only one (Scanlan) going unconscious (but with no death saves). Furthermore, they ''avoid'' killing his avatar form (which would have allowed him to retreat to his phylactery), albeit with a mere 10hp remaining. The one who manages to do the deed: ''Keyleth'', after Scanlan's first attempt at using the Rites of Banishment fails due to Vecna burning his last Legendary Resistance. In fact, she's the ''only'' other one able to do it, as none of Vox Machina are proficient in Arcana but she found comfort in the books can read and speak all languages while Shapechanged into a Planetar]].
** Vecna heals 50 HP per turn. Combined with his immunity to non-magical damage, he is incredibly hard to destroy [[spoiler:and as aforementioned, actually "destroying" him wouldn't have defeated him anyway]]. It's a powerful ability
that Tary makes the fight much harder. [[spoiler: However, it becomes the cause of his downfall when Vox Machina finds a way to exploit it, since the spell he uses to banish Scanlan requires concentration, and healing himself gives a chance to break it they wouldn't have had left behind, Sam tries otherwise. It happens at least twice, but the last one is the most noticeable: Vecna only had few (10) HP, but after he recovers those 50, Grog comes in and strikes, dealing him ''exactly'' 50 points of damage]].
* Vox Machina are aided by a procession of {{Eleventh Hour Ranger}}s: [[spoiler:a rotating cast of first J'mon Sa Ord in Brass Dragon Dev'Ossa form who blasts Vecna with a Fire Breath, then Kash and Zahra, bringing healing, more damage
to trip Matt by Vecna, and a huge morale boost; and then Arkhan, having Tary ask won his fight against the death knight]].
* Scanlan succeeds on ''all five'' Counterspell attempts, nullifying several of Vecna's spells when they would have swung the battle heavily in his favour: most notably a Feeblemind spell on Keyleth ([[spoiler:which would have made it impossible for her to read the Rites of Banishment]]) and later an attempted escape via Teleport. At one point Scanlan seems to waste his turn by only moving and using his Bardic Inspiration on Grog, only to later reveal [[spoiler:that it was ''actually'' done to move back within Counterspell range; a reveal that even has Matt applauding]].
-->'''Scanlan:''' [[spoiler: That's why I moved closer, motherfucker!]]
* Pike's Mass Heal gives everyone a much-needed HeroicSecondWind, putting them all up to full HP.
* [[spoiler:Arkhan suddenly stealing the Hand of Vecna after the battle and making a clean getaway via teleport,
which one was Maria's favourite. Matt responds almost immediately with a title and plotline involving the creation myth of Wildmount. Somewhat doubles as a [[CrowningMomentofFunny Crowning Moment of Funny]] as the rest of the cast is collapsing in fits of laughter throughout the entire exchange. catches ''everyone'' off-guard.]]



[[folder:Special Episode: Battle Royale III]]
* The winner: [[spoiler:Taryon Darrington, who spent the entire battle making himself unfindable and untouchable, only swooping into the fray at the end.]]
* Keyleth busts out the Shapechange spell as her trump card, turning herself into [[spoiler: an ''adult black dragon''.]]
* Grog, full stop. He's the primary target for ''everyone'' right from the beginning of the fight, and the reason for the focus-fire becomes very clear very quickly.
** [[spoiler: It takes ''one'' turn near Percy and a lucky crit to make the gunslinger run away and leave him at death's door.]]
** [[spoiler: When trapped in Vex's necklace, his response is to ''punch his way out'', breaking the necklace from the inside and resulting in the highest amount of damage dealt by a player in one round - ''280'' damage, or to put it another way, ''17% of the damage dealt in the entire royale''.]]
** [[spoiler: He survives a brutal attack from black dragon Keyleth with ''one HP left''. Standing atop a tower, staring his foe down, what does he do? '''Draw five cards from the Deck of Many Things, miraculously avoiding disaster from all of them.''' True, he loses everything in the Bag of Holding and Wilhand turns against him (Ruin and Rogue), but he regains HP and increases his constitution, obtains a magical greatsword, and summons an ally to fight alongside him (Star, Key, Knight)!]]
** [[spoiler: He then ''stops'' Keyleth's rampage, breaking her concentration and then resisting her attempted Planeshift when she's humanoid again. He proceeds to 'softball' her into the acid pit and ''dissolve'' her, leaving him the last one standing vs. Taryon, who survived by hiding for most of the fight.]]
** In total, Grog dealt a whopping 767 damage over the course of the royale (almost ''half'' of the total damage dealt). [[spoiler: He also ''took'' 375 damage before finally going down. Only Keyleth remotely comes close to matching him in either stat, and she had to turn into a ''dragon'' to do it.]]

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[[folder:Special Episode: Battle Royale III]]
*
[[folder: Episode 115: The winner: [[spoiler:Taryon Darrington, who spent Chapter Closes]]
* Even when
the entire battle making Raven Queen herself comes to collect Vax, Percy tries to put himself unfindable and untouchable, only swooping into between the fray two of them. The Goddess freezes him in place with a spell, but Percy continues to glare daggers at the end.]]
* Keyleth busts out the Shapechange spell as
her trump card, turning herself into [[spoiler: an ''adult black dragon''.]]
* Grog, full stop. He's the primary target for ''everyone'' right from the beginning of the fight, and the reason
for the focus-fire becomes very clear very quickly.
** [[spoiler: It takes ''one'' turn near Percy and a lucky crit to make the gunslinger run away and leave him at death's door.]]
** [[spoiler: When trapped in Vex's necklace, his response is to ''punch his way out'', breaking the necklace from the inside and resulting in the highest amount of damage dealt by a player in one round - ''280'' damage, or to put it another way, ''17%
rest of the damage dealt in scene. If looks could kill, the entire royale''.]]
** [[spoiler: He survives a brutal attack from black dragon Keyleth with ''one HP left''. Standing atop a tower, staring his foe down, what does he do? '''Draw five cards from the Deck of Many Things, miraculously avoiding disaster from all of them.''' True, he loses everything in the Bag of Holding and Wilhand turns against him (Ruin and Rogue), but he regains HP and increases his constitution, obtains a magical greatsword, and summons an ally to fight alongside him (Star, Key, Knight)!]]
** [[spoiler: He then ''stops'' Keyleth's rampage, breaking her concentration and then resisting her attempted Planeshift when she's humanoid again. He proceeds to 'softball' her into the acid pit and ''dissolve'' her, leaving him the
Raven Queen would be long gone.
* The
last one standing vs. Taryon, who survived by hiding for most rolls of the fight.]]
** In total, Grog dealt
campaign are natural 20's.
* Percy giving up making weapons to go back to his forgotten dream of being
a whopping 767 damage over clockmaker was a beautiful conclusion and send-off for his character. It was also a decision made spontaneously during the course episode by Taliesin, drawing on an old aspect of the royale (almost ''half'' of the total damage dealt). [[spoiler: He also ''took'' 375 damage before finally going down. Only Keyleth remotely comes close to matching him in either stat, and she had to turn into a ''dragon'' to do it.]]original script he pulled Percy from.



[[folder:Episode 99: Masquerade]]
* After years of living under Howard's tyranny, Tary finally [[IAmWhatIAm stands up to his father]] and presents him with an ultimatum: work with Tary to repair the Darrington name or leave.

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[[folder:Episode 99: Masquerade]]
[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 1)]]
* After years Taliesin spent at least a month learning the layout of living under Howard's tyranny, Tary finally [[IAmWhatIAm stands up the G&S and related offices, got permission to include various staff as [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] [[spoiler:with the understanding that he would be killing them off]], did very good impressions of said staff (his Ivan van Norman impression was especially spot on), and homebrewed a more simplified/barebones version of VampireTheMasquerade for his father]] and presents him friends because none of them had any real experience with an ultimatum: work with Tary to repair the Darrington name or leave. system. This is on top of hosting The Wednesday Club, appearances on Talks Machina, taking over Gather Your Party, voice acting, and preparing to officiate Matt and Marisha's wedding. There's a reason a petition was jokingly made requesting he go home and get some sleep.



[[folder:Episode 100: Unfinished Business]]
* [[spoiler:'''''[[BackFromTheDead Delilah Briarwood is back.]] And with a 9th-level''''' '''Prismatic Wall''' '''''to boot!''''']]
** To drive the point home, the party [[spoiler: recalls how she dies, first killed and then with her body melted into the acid for good measure. With no body left, Revivify and Resurrection don't work, you need either a True Resurrection or a Miracle to recreate the body for a lesser spell, still means that 9th level spells must be used. And the dialogue implies it isn't even that the case, but she took some ''precautions'' and did it all or herself.]]
** The last bit of it, [[spoiler: she could control the orb in the pyramid. She can literally switch an ''Annihilation Sphere'' on and off again. The fact that the amulets possess supernatural powers that work despite an effect canceling effortlessly ''9th level spells'' could count in itself.]]

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[[folder:Episode 100: Unfinished Business]]
[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 2)]]
* [[spoiler:'''''[[BackFromTheDead Delilah Briarwood is back.]] And with a 9th-level''''' '''Prismatic Wall''' '''''to boot!''''']]
** To drive the point home,
Despite the party draining people, using powers recklessly (including against older vampires), and simply being reckless idiots, [[spoiler: recalls how she dies, first killed and then with her body melted into There was not, I repeat, ''not'' a TPK. Of the acid for good measure. With no body left, Revivify and Resurrection don't work, you need either a True Resurrection or a Miracle to recreate the body for a lesser spell, still means 6 that 9th level spells must be used. And woke up, Laura and Travis survived to become part of the dialogue implies it isn't even that the case, but she took some ''precautions'' and did it all or herself.]]
** The last bit of it, [[spoiler: she could control the orb in the pyramid. She can literally switch an ''Annihilation Sphere'' on and off again. The fact that the amulets possess supernatural powers that work despite an effect canceling effortlessly ''9th level spells'' could count in itself.
LA Camarilla.]]



[[folder:Episode 101: Thar Amphala]]
* Doubling as a Heartwarming moment, Keyleth grabs Vax and urges him to stay alive [[spoiler:while they are in the Shadowfell. And with that, she casts ''Foresight'' on him, a ''9th-level spell that grants advantage on everything''.]]
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[[folder:Episode 102: Race to the Tower]]
* As Vox Machina approaches the tower at the center of the city, they debate whether to fly to its top and confront the cultists and Delilah Briarwood, or fight their way through the inside. Keyleth and Pike[[TakeAThirdOption take a third option]] and [[spoiler: destroy the tower with an earthquake. The apex of the tower remains floating in the air after the whole thing comes crashing down, but they managed to avoid multiple encounters that could have lead to a [[TotalPartyKill TPK.]]]]
* [[spoiler:After spending most of the episode having Vecna mop the floor with them, including Vex dying (before being saved with Pike's Revivify) and Vax being Disintegrated, Keyleth attempts to get the party out with Plane Shift, only to have [[OhCrap Vecna attempt to counter it]]... and Scanlan ready to intercept it with his own Counterspell.]]
* There is one line that sums up the second half of the episode: [[spoiler:"Welcome to the God War."]]
* [[spoiler:Vecna ''is'' a villainous one. It's the first time since the Chroma Conclave's first attack that Vox Machina found themselves utterly powerless against their enemy. And he hasn't even ascended yet.]]
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[[folder:Episode 103: The Fate-Touched]]
* The guard captain in Vasselheim managing to see through all of Grog and [[ConsummateLiar Scanlan's]] deceptions and illusions, forcing them to run from him and the guards to keep their freedom.
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[[folder:Episode 104: Elysium]]
* Pike and Vex [[spoiler:receive the blessings of Sarenrae and Pelor respectively. Of particular note is Vex's trial, as she has to prove her worth by struggling against angels to reach a beacon, while transformed into a red dragon by Scanlan.]]
* The Dungeon Master's Guide describes [[spoiler: the Eye of Vecna as a very powerful magic item that can only be permanently destroyed if the creature wearing it is struck by a very specific sword. Pelor seemingly destroys it with a handwave.]] Time will tell if Matt follows the other part of the item's description or not.
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[[folder:Episode 106: The Endless Atheneeum]]
* While all of Vox Machina show different levels of defiance when [[spoiler:a recently ascended Vecna]] offers them to join [[spoiler:him]], Percy gets one of the greatest burns ever:
-->'''Percy:''' We don't like to associate ourselves with new money.
* [[spoiler:Scanlan succeeding in Ioun's trial by finding one very specific book in the titular, aptly named, ''Endless Atheneeum'', gaining both her assistance and the knowledge of the ritual needed to seal Vecna.]]
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[[folder:Episode 107: Scaldseat]]
* ''Grog'' of all people comes up with a genius solution to the underground caverns filled with poisonous gas and no fresh air: [[spoiler:the party already had a Water Breathing spell cast on them, so Grog suggests filling his Alchemy Jug with fresh water and taking regular gulps of "air" from it like a portable air bubble]].
* Scanlan making great use of his [[spoiler:planetar form against the magma bulettes.]]
* Keyleth's interpretive dance results in the entire cast performing a perfectly-harmonized tribal chant completely out of nowhere. Now ''that's'' improv!
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[[folder:Episode 108: The Core Anvil]]
* The entire encounter against the [[spoiler:forge guardian]] was a tense battle, pushing Vox Machina to their limits with its powerful strikes and extremely high AC and HP. [[spoiler:Despite being mildly spent from the bulettes and the constructs from earlier, they still managed to pull through without losing anyone.]]
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, taking a cue from Scanlan, casts ''Shapechange'' to transform into a planetar herself, and uses her ''Healing Touch'' ability to act as an emergency medic for the party. She even gets the finishing blow against the guardian, using the planetar's Holy Avenger.]]
* [[spoiler:Between the knowledge granted to Percy and Grog from Ioun, Scanlan's inspiration, Keyleth's buff spells, and some very close calls, the party manages to forge the divine trammels needed to seal away Vecna.]]
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[[folder:Episode 109: The Ominous March]]
* Keyleth manage once again to pass a Perception DC of 30, which literally means succeeding in an almost impossible task. This allows her to spot a small flow of water on the Titan's body for Vox Machina to climb.
* Also, the titan. Vecna raised the remains of a ''massive'' primordial Titan (his ''footprints'' are 150 feet long), the same one from whose heart were made the Titanstone Knuckles, and uses it to transport Thar Amphala on its back.
* The plan to stop Vecna: while Vox Machina sneaks their way to him to try and seal him away, a distraction will be provided by J'Mon Sa Ord (in their full, dragon glory) sieging the city with an army of wyvern riders. ''Awesome'' is an understatement.
* When Vecna interrupts the war council arrayed against him to threaten the specific loved ones of those present. Longtime Vox Machina ally Allura Vysoren flips out and dispels his illusion; one archmage who refuses to be taunted, even by a god.
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[[folder:Episode 110: The Climb Within]]
* Despite Ashley's absence, Pike gets both of the [=HDYWTDT=]s this episode (controlled by Liam and Laura).
* Vax deals over 100 damage to the undead dwarf king with one dagger, defeating him in one blow.
** Later, he does the same to a nothic ("Liam knows what this is, but Vax doesn't"): almost 60 damage with his first dagger is enough to defeat it.
* She doesn't get to use it, but Keyleth creating a flaming sword is still awesome.
* One for Matt: Those darn trolls ate up ''four'' of Percy's Grit points by making all of their saves against his shots at a 40% chance.
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[[folder: One-Shot: Bar Room Blitz!]]
* MaryElizabethMcGlynn guest stars in her third episode (not counting the battle royale), [[spoiler: and once again she is the one who kills the episode's boss.]]
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[[folder: Episode 112: Dark Dealings]]
* Keyleth manages to quickly recover from a Natural 1 on Stealth that attracted gloomstalkers nearby by quickly turning into an earth elemental and sinking into the ground before they can find her.
* Despite the clear time limit of the titan approaching Vasselheim, the party figured out how to take a leisurely long rest: [[spoiler: zip over to the Feywild and bribe Artagan to bend the timing of their exit in their favor.]]
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[[folder: Episode 113: The Final Ascent]]
* The fact that Arkhan is played by Hollywood actor Creator/JoeManganiello is a moment of Awesome for everyone involved.
* Arkhan's first action is to tame a Gloomstalker as a mount.
** At the end of the episode, [[YouShallNotPass he charges the Death Knight by himself]] to give Vox Machina time to face Vecna.
* Delilah Briarwood is back -- oh, but she dies before her second turn, and Matt notes that this time she's [[DeaderThanDead gone for good]] as she hasn't had time to make a new clone. Two turns later, Sylas is reduced to mist as well.
* Right before the break, a huge swarm of Gloomstalkers are closing in on the heroes... until J'mon and the wyvern knight army burst through the opening in the threshold barrier and start cleaning house.
* Three enemies are in a room where they don't notice the party on the stairs. Vex and Vax drop one each while Arkhan injures the third. [[spoiler: NegatedMomentOfAwesome afterwards with a heavy dose of MyGodWhatHaveIDone though, as they were revealed to be Cassandra, Kaylie, and Gilmore under Vecna's spell.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Episode 114: Vecna, the Ascended]]
* The battle against Vecna showcases the true power of both sides, with Vecna's first spell [[spoiler:''cracking the battleground itself into pieces'']]. After a long fight that exhausts both parties, [[spoiler:Vox Machina successfully banish Vecna with no party member deaths and only one (Scanlan) going unconscious (but with no death saves). Furthermore, they ''avoid'' killing his avatar form (which would have allowed him to retreat to his phylactery), albeit with a mere 10hp remaining. The one who manages to do the deed: ''Keyleth'', after Scanlan's first attempt at using the Rites of Banishment fails due to Vecna burning his last Legendary Resistance. In fact, she's the ''only'' other one able to do it, as none of Vox Machina are proficient in Arcana but she can read and speak all languages while Shapechanged into a Planetar]].
** Vecna heals 50 HP per turn. Combined with his immunity to non-magical damage, he is incredibly hard to destroy [[spoiler:and as aforementioned, actually "destroying" him wouldn't have defeated him anyway]]. It's a powerful ability that makes the fight much harder. [[spoiler: However, it becomes the cause of his downfall when Vox Machina finds a way to exploit it, since the spell he uses to banish Scanlan requires concentration, and healing himself gives a chance to break it they wouldn't have had otherwise. It happens at least twice, but the last one is the most noticeable: Vecna only had few (10) HP, but after he recovers those 50, Grog comes in and strikes, dealing him ''exactly'' 50 points of damage]].
* Vox Machina are aided by a procession of {{Eleventh Hour Ranger}}s: [[spoiler:a rotating cast of first J'mon Sa Ord in Brass Dragon Dev'Ossa form who blasts Vecna with a Fire Breath, then Kash and Zahra, bringing healing, more damage to Vecna, and a huge morale boost; and then Arkhan, having won his fight against the death knight]].
* Scanlan succeeds on ''all five'' Counterspell attempts, nullifying several of Vecna's spells when they would have swung the battle heavily in his favour: most notably a Feeblemind spell on Keyleth ([[spoiler:which would have made it impossible for her to read the Rites of Banishment]]) and later an attempted escape via Teleport. At one point Scanlan seems to waste his turn by only moving and using his Bardic Inspiration on Grog, only to later reveal [[spoiler:that it was ''actually'' done to move back within Counterspell range; a reveal that even has Matt applauding]].
-->'''Scanlan:''' [[spoiler: That's why I moved closer, motherfucker!]]
* Pike's Mass Heal gives everyone a much-needed HeroicSecondWind, putting them all up to full HP.
* [[spoiler:Arkhan suddenly stealing the Hand of Vecna after the battle and making a clean getaway via teleport, which catches ''everyone'' off-guard.]]
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[[folder: Episode 115: The Chapter Closes]]
* Even when the Raven Queen herself comes to collect Vax, Percy tries to put himself between the two of them. The Goddess freezes him in place with a spell, but Percy continues to glare daggers at her for the rest of the scene. If looks could kill, the Raven Queen would be long gone.
* The last rolls of the campaign are natural 20's.
* Percy giving up making weapons to go back to his forgotten dream of being a clockmaker was a beautiful conclusion and send-off for his character. It was also a decision made spontaneously during the episode by Taliesin, drawing on an old aspect of the original script he pulled Percy from.
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[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 1)]]
* Taliesin spent at least a month learning the layout of the G&S and related offices, got permission to include various staff as [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] [[spoiler:with the understanding that he would be killing them off]], did very good impressions of said staff (his Ivan van Norman impression was especially spot on), and homebrewed a more simplified/barebones version of VampireTheMasquerade for his friends because none of them had any real experience with the system. This is on top of hosting The Wednesday Club, appearances on Talks Machina, taking over Gather Your Party, voice acting, and preparing to officiate Matt and Marisha's wedding. There's a reason a petition was jokingly made requesting he go home and get some sleep.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Thursday by Night (Part 2)]]
* Despite the party draining people, using powers recklessly (including against older vampires), and simply being reckless idiots, [[spoiler: There was not, I repeat, ''not'' a TPK. Of the 6 that woke up, Laura and Travis survived to become part of the LA Camarilla.]]
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[[folder:Episode 17: Hubris]]
* The ''entire match'' between Kurn the Hammer and "Phillip" is awesome for just how each hit was described on both ends.

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[[folder:Episode 17: Hubris]]
24: The Feast]]
* We finally get some backstory about Percy!
** And Taliesin's acting in that scene is just sensational.
* Diplomacy. [[spoiler: It's the name of Percy's shock gauntlet, which he builds in preparation for the Briarwoods' arrival.]]
* Say what you want, that cliffhanger was definitely awesome.
* The ''entire match'' between Kurn entire banquet scene counts, as everyone keeps the Hammer tension exceedingly high with the disguised Percy getting off a StealthInsult and "Phillip" is awesome for just how each hit was described no weapons drawn other than regular words (knives would have broken on both ends.that tension).



[[folder:Episode 18: Trial of the Take, Part 1]]
* Taliesin rolling ''three'' natural 20s during combat. Rolling a 20 during combat is difficult enough, but to do it three times... that's epic. This results in Percy going on a shooting rampage [[CrowningMomentOfFunny in his jim-jammies]].
* After past attempts at either failing to attack or nearly getting killed after a successful strike, Trinket finally gets his first kill on the stream.
* Lyra and Zahra show off their magical abilities ''quite'' well during the battle, to say the least.
* You almost wouldn't realize this was the first time Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn's played D&D from how well she carried Zahra's character.

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[[folder:Episode 18: Trial 25: Crimson Diplomacy]]
* Vax'ildan jumping out
of the Take, Part 1]]
window through the glass with a parkour roll to escape the Briarwoods.
* Taliesin rolling ''three'' natural 20s during combat. Rolling Tiberius makes a 20 during hell of an entrance into the [[spoiler:Briarwoods']] chamber. He sends a fireball at the two guards at the door, killing one outright and successfully intimidating the other into fleeing. Then steps through the hole he just blasted through the doors, emerging from the smoke into the room.
* Vex comes across her brother [[spoiler: unconscious at the hands of the Briarwoods]]. Her first shot is a crit. ''And so is the second.'' You don't fuck with the twins. As Orion puts it, "she would like to rage."
* Percy's gone renegade! To elaborate in full, episode 25 is a tour de force for both Percy's
combat skills and Taliesin's roleplaying ability.
** When he's finally able to face the Briarwoods in combat, he screams "SYLAS!" before firing the Bad News at him. The first shot takes a chunk out of his nemesis' arm to the point ''bone''
is difficult enough, visible. The second shot gets him in the face.
** As the Briarwoods attempt to escape via carriage, Percy takes aim and blows out one of its wheels, leading to it toppling.
** Even though they escape, he proceeds to interrogate the driver rather violently. Said interrogation starts by listing off the names of his family, demanding to know what became of them. The young man's already wounded from Vex's explosive arrow,
but Percy shoots off some of his fingers just to do make a point. And when the driver protests that the Briarwoods will kill him if he informs on them to Vox Machina, Percy's response? "No. Because ''I'' will kill you first."
** Finally fed up with things by the time the Broker and his thugs attack Lillith, Percy goes off on the Broker, demanding to know ''why'' people even bother them since they're just going to get killed anyway. He fires six Pepperbox shots in quick succession, resulting in a baseball-sized smoking hole in the middle of the Broker's chest.
** Percy's one liner after the killing blow: "YOU FOOL! YOUR SOUL IS FORFEIT!"
* People were wondering how Tiberius was going to use his makeshift dagger-wheel thing. [[spoiler: He casts telekinesis on
it and sends it spinning through the air like a buzzsaw.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted when it turned out to be the trigger for an alignment shift to Chaotic Neutral, as the person he had attacked -- while part of the group that confronted them -- was still a defenseless old woman at that point in the battle.]]
* [[spoiler: Kit's]] PreAssKickingOneLiner:
-->'''Lillith:''' You tell my sister I hope her face still festers!
* After [[spoiler: the Briarwoods]] escape, the group is attacked by
three times... that's epic. This results thugs who are after Lillith...and they rip them apart in a matter of in-game ''seconds'' taking barely any damage in the process. Highlights include Grog hitting all three with a lightning javelin and Percy going on a shooting rampage [[CrowningMomentOfFunny in AxCrazy for his jim-jammies]].
deathblow:
--->'''Percy:''' Your soul is now FORFEIT! Die, DIE!
* After past attempts at either failing to attack or nearly getting killed after a successful strike, Trinket finally gets his first kill on One for the stream.
* Lyra and Zahra show off their magical abilities ''quite'' well during
DM: when Keyleth rolls high to identify an herb used by the battle, to say the least.
* You almost wouldn't realize this was the first time Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn's played D&D from how well she carried Zahra's character.
priest treating Vax, Matt ''immediately'' has its name ready, without even looking.



[[folder:Episode 19: Trial of the Take, Part 2]]
* Zahra Jedi Mind Tricks the Giants.
* Trinket's vocabulary is astounding. And apparently sexy.
* During the battle with Rimefang, the wyrm tries to fly away to get a better vantage point... only for Scanlan to use Bigby's Hand to grab and force him back down to the ground thanks to Scanlan revealing his newest feat: War Caster. Sure, it results in Scanlan nearly dying when the dragon retaliates against him, but still, [[IAmNotLeftHanded never underestimate the bard]].
-->'''Scanlan:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny You will leave when Burt Reynolds]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny tells]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny you to leave!]]
* Not only does everyone live against Rimefang, Zahra gets the killing blow!
-->'''Rimefang:''' ''(while being ripped apart by Hellish Rebuke)'' You ''can't''-
-->'''Zahra:''' Yes, I ''fucking can.''
** The best bit is that if she hadn't, the party might have died there as Percy is one death saving throw away from dying, Scanlan almost died, Lyra was unconscious and Vex was almost unconscious. Grog was the only one who was doing well hit point wise in the fight.
* The soundtrack for the show is expanded to include music from PillarsOfEternity, which Matt Mercer did voices in (and Marisha reviewed with HotPepperGaming).

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[[folder:Episode 19: Trial of 26: Consequences and Cows]]
* Despite
the Take, Part 2]]
* Zahra Jedi Mind Tricks the Giants.
* Trinket's vocabulary
fact that he's actively antagonistic towards Vox Machina for this episode, Sovereign Uriel is astounding. And apparently sexy.
a ''boss:''
--->'''Uriel:''' You are in ''my'' court now, Stormwind.
* During the battle with Rimefang, the wyrm Jarret, one of Greyskull Keep's guards, is set up outside their prisoner's cell is there to protect him in case Percy tries to fly away to get a better vantage point... only for Scanlan to use Bigby's Hand to grab kill him - and force him back down to he's a badass.
--->'''Scanlan:''' You think you can take [[BrokenAce Percy?]]
--->'''Jarret:''' I think I can talk some sense into him.
--->'''Grog:''' He's got balls.
* Doubles as CrowningMomentOfFunny but, "Vox Moochina."
* [[TheHeart Keyleth]] has...a pretty rough episode. By
the ground thanks to Scanlan revealing his newest feat: War Caster. Sure, end of it results in Scanlan nearly dying all, she's exhausted, frustrated, and terrified that her friends are [[HeWhoFightsMonsters slowly becoming more and more violent]]. So when the dragon retaliates against him, but still, [[IAmNotLeftHanded never underestimate the bard]].
-->'''Scanlan:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny You will leave when Burt Reynolds]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny tells]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny you to leave!]]
* Not only does everyone live against Rimefang, Zahra gets the
group is confronted with a roc that's been killing blow!
-->'''Rimefang:''' ''(while being ripped apart by Hellish Rebuke)'' You ''can't''-
-->'''Zahra:''' Yes, I ''fucking can.''
** The best bit is that if
livestock, and Keyleth reaches the end of her rope, what does she hadn't, the party might have died there as Percy is one death saving throw away from dying, Scanlan almost died, Lyra was unconscious and Vex was almost unconscious. Grog was the only one who was doing well hit point wise do? [[spoiler: Puts her foot down, refusing to let anyone in the fight.
* The soundtrack
group kill the creature or trick its protector, and [[TakeAThirdOption manages to find an optimal solution]] with the help of Tiberius, Vex and Scanlan. She even sticks it out when the roc crushes her hand.]]
** In addition to this, Vex/Laura should get ''major'' brownie points for deducing the best place
for the show is expanded roc to include music from PillarsOfEternity, which Matt Mercer did voices in (and Marisha reviewed with HotPepperGaming).live - outside Vasselheim, where the creature can have lots of food and space without infringing on humanity, ''and'' it will be protected by the Slayer's Take, meaning that it will be illegal to hunt the creature without permission.



[[folder:Episode 20: Trial of the Take, Part 3]]
* Talking to [[TheGhost Grog]] about the flying carpet.
* "Scanlan" and Keyleth being married.
* Orion's voice acting, and just generally good role-play.
* Tiberius manages to avert a fight with the Velvet Caberet's bouncers by turning into the establishment's boss ''and'' managing to remember his accent well enough to do a pretty good impersonation. (Which is one for Orion and the other players as well)
* As with Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn in the previous two episodes, this was Creator/WillFriedle's first time playing! More impressively, given the range of characters he's know to perform (usually nice guys or at the least good-hearted characters, usually with some comedy), the fact that he's playing a jerkass and straight man ''entirely convincingly'' says a lot about his acting capacity.
* One for Matt Mercer and his awesome worldbuilding and ability to connect story threads, in this episode we hear in passing of the Raven Queen's temple, and Keyleth buys a raven mask.

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[[folder:Episode 20: Trial [[folder: Episode 27: The Path to Whitestone]]
* Matt's opening description
of [[spoiler: Percy's dream]] is both this and a bit of NightmareFuel.
* Percy and Trinket are surprised by invisible stalkers, and pinned in a corner. The List misfires and breaks, Diplomacy is out of charges, and Percy's too close for Bad News to fire without
the Take, Part 3]]
* Talking to [[TheGhost Grog]] about
kickback hurting him, so what does he do? Clubs the flying carpet.
* "Scanlan" and Keyleth being married.
* Orion's voice acting, and just generally good role-play.
* Tiberius manages to avert a fight
invisible enemy with the Velvet Caberet's bouncers by turning into the establishment's boss ''and'' managing to remember his accent well enough to do a pretty good impersonation. (Which is one for Orion and the other players Bad News as well)
* As with Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn in the previous two episodes, this was Creator/WillFriedle's first time playing! More impressively, given the range of characters he's know to perform (usually nice guys or at the least good-hearted characters, usually with some comedy), the fact that he's playing
if it were a jerkass and straight man ''entirely convincingly'' says a lot about his acting capacity.
* One for Matt Mercer and his awesome worldbuilding and ability to connect story threads, in this episode we hear in passing of the Raven Queen's temple, and Keyleth buys a raven mask.
baseball bat.



[[folder:Episode 21: Trial of the Take, Part 4]]
* A D&D miracle -- Creator/WilWheaton finally rolls a Natural 20!
* Keyleth proved to be an integral asset throughout the episode, dealing the killing blow to the Otyugh and using her Minxie form to excellent effect against the Rakshasa (the reason Matt asked for her alignment -- magical piercing damage from a Good-aligned character did super-effective damage!). There's also her Heroes' Feast as well, which gave the party the needed strength to push on ahead.
* Despite the party being so unbalanced in terms of mindsets during their contract, everyone was able to pull together when it truly counted against the Rakshasa:
** Vax and Keyleth dealing the most damage thanks to their Good alignments and weapons that dealt magical piercing damage.
** Thorbir distracting the Shield Guardian.
** Kashaw providing the needed healing.
** Tiberius acting on support duty with Slow, Silence, and Counterspell.
* The duo of events that led to the Rakshasa's KarmicDeath -- Tiberius succeeds in preventing it from [[VillainExitStageRight escaping the battle]] with a level '''6''' Counterspell (against the level 7 Plane Shift), and Vax gives it a mighty Sneak Attack for threatening their loved ones earlier as it's escaping.
** Tiberius' efforts throughout the episode were awesome alone. From utterly laying a smackdown on the Otyugh with multiple empowered spells to successfully expelling the undead spirit from Keyleth's body (despite her ending up being near-death) to using what limited spells he had left to great effect against the Rakshasa.
*** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny There's also his back-and-forth debates with Matt reminding him of what limitations he has. Poor Orion was so confused.]]
* Kashaw's exit -- [[spoiler:he gives Keyleth a BigDamnKiss]]. Scanlan could learn a thing or two.

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[[folder:Episode 21: Trial of the Take, Part 4]]
[[folder:Critical Rejects, part 2]]
* A D&D miracle -- Creator/WilWheaton finally rolls a Natural 20!
* Keyleth proved to be an integral asset throughout the episode, dealing the killing blow to the Otyugh and using her Minxie form to
Matt's excellent effect improv in the face of the session's gimmick got a well-deserved round of applause when it was all said and done.
* Ulfgar not only gets the only natural 20 of his team in both parts, he also gets the finishing blow
against the Rakshasa (the reason Matt asked for her alignment -- magical piercing damage abomination with his newly learned Chromatic Orb.
* "Money" Sam is facing a Pit Fiend, an enemy far beyond his (and the whole party's) reach, that's following him due to a bad draw
from the Deck of Many Things. Without blinking, he decides to give it one last shot and draw another card. His draw grants him a Good-aligned character did super-effective damage!). There's also her Heroes' Feast as well, wish, which gave he promptly uses to make the party Pit Fiend harmless, resuscitate one of his comrades and the needed strength one they came to push on ahead.
save, ''and'' get thousands of gold coins. Admittedly, he was very lucky, but it still was quite a moment.
* Despite Marisha totally blindsides Orion at the party being so unbalanced in terms end of mindsets during their contract, everyone was able to pull together when it truly counted against the Rakshasa:
** Vax and Keyleth dealing the most damage thanks to their Good alignments and weapons that dealt magical piercing damage.
** Thorbir distracting the Shield Guardian.
** Kashaw providing the needed healing.
** Tiberius acting on support duty with Slow, Silence, and Counterspell.
* The duo of events that led to the Rakshasa's KarmicDeath -- Tiberius succeeds in preventing it from [[VillainExitStageRight escaping the battle]] with a level '''6''' Counterspell (against the level 7 Plane Shift), and Vax gives it a mighty Sneak Attack for threatening their loved ones earlier as it's escaping.
** Tiberius' efforts throughout
the episode were awesome alone. From utterly laying a smackdown on upon revealing that her character Edna [[spoiler:was the Otyugh old woman that Tiberius brutally killed during the battle with multiple empowered spells to successfully expelling the undead spirit from Keyleth's body (despite her ending up being near-death) to using what limited spells he had left to great effect against the Rakshasa.
*** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny There's also his back-and-forth debates with Matt reminding him of what limitations he has. Poor Orion was so confused.]]
* Kashaw's exit -- [[spoiler:he gives Keyleth a BigDamnKiss]]. Scanlan could learn a thing or two.
Broker.]]



[[folder:Episode 22: Aramente to Pyrah]]
* [[spoiler:[[CommutingOnABus Pike suddenly returning for the episode was a total surprise to the party and Critters alike.]]]]
* Percy has one with his [[spoiler: acrobatic arm shot.]] Laura/Vex even punctuates it with, "That was awesome."
* Even though he'd been wary of lava since episode 7, Vax swallows his fear to make the jump after Keyleth.
* Marisha's acting in itself was fantastic from the start of the Fire Ashari half of the episode, particularly when Keyleth described her vision during her Earth Ashari training, all the way to the episode's conclusion.

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[[folder:Episode 22: Aramente [[folder: Episode 28: The Sun Tree]]
* Grog rolls a Natural 20 on an Intelligence check
to Pyrah]]
identify a building.
-->'''Grog:''' I DID SOMETHING SMART!
* [[spoiler:[[CommutingOnABus Pike suddenly returning for the episode was a total surprise to the party and Critters alike.]]]]
* Percy has one with his [[spoiler: acrobatic arm shot.]] Laura/Vex even punctuates it with, "That was awesome."
* Even though he'd been wary of lava since episode 7, Vax swallows his fear to make the jump after Keyleth.
* Marisha's acting in itself was fantastic from the start
Matt's description of the Fire Ashari half titular Sun Tree. To say much more would spoil the surprise, but suffice to say, if you thought the dream above was NightmareFuel? ''You ain't seen nothing yet.''
* Speaking
of the episode, particularly when Keyleth described her vision during her Earth Ashari training, all Sun Tree, Taliesin proves that he's got mad RP skills by ad-libbing the way to lore behind the episode's conclusion.tree itself. Even better, Matt rolls with it and blends ''his'' interpretation of the lore with what Taliesin offered!
* Vox Machina's plan to start a revolution. From Percy's quiet statement "we rally the people" to Scanlan's crowner "I'm going to need a beret" - the whole conversation is infectiously awesome, and it continues to play out over the next couple of episodes.



[[folder:Episode 23: The Rematch]]
* Grog gets his rematch, and a very clutch revenge.
* Doubles as CrowningMomentOfFunny but Victor the black powder prospector. Just that entire scene with the contrasts between the collected and proper Percy, and the wild and wily Victor.
** A massive [=CMOA=] for Matthew Mercer since he came up with Victor and everything about him on the spot and didn't corpse even once.
* Dark as it may be, Vax knocking out [[spoiler: Vox Machina Fanboy Kainan]] deserves a mention. Thanks to some great rolling, he ends up doing over 50 points of damage.

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[[folder:Episode 23: The Rematch]]
[[folder: Episode 29: Whispers]]
* Grog gets his rematch, and Matt shows off just how prepared a very clutch revenge.
* Doubles as CrowningMomentOfFunny but Victor
DM he is when he brings out a map for the black powder prospector. Just temple that entire scene with the contrasts between the collected and proper Percy, Vax and the wild Scanlan have entered and wily Victor.
** A massive [=CMOA=] for Matthew
Taliesin thought that he'd just expected them to go to that specific temple. Mercer since he came up gives an absolutely epic Badass Boast in response:
-->'''Matt:''' I built the whole city, 'cause I don't know where you guys were gonna go!
* The image of Scanlan literally bitchslapping a Banshee into oblivion
with Victor Bigby's Hand is both this and everything hilarious.
* The ambush is ''amazing''. Sir Stonefell is talking to an advisor in a closed room
about him on the spot how he needs to set up traps and didn't corpse even once.
* Dark as it may be, Vax knocking out [[spoiler:
troops in preparation for Vox Machina's arrival...and then Vox Machina Fanboy Kainan]] deserves a mention. Thanks kicks the door down.
** "How do you want
to some great rolling, do this?" on Sir Stonefell goes to Percy - from a Natural 20, no less. [[spoiler: And then [[NightmareFuel Percy starts ''turning into'' the smoky entity from his dreams as he ends up doing over 50 points executes Stonefell, with his head brutally exploding.]]]]
* The way Vox Machina completely ''dominate'' Sir Stonefell's advisor. To start, they gag and blind him (first with a blindfold and then with a Blindness spell). Then, they force him to give them intel. Then, as a message, Grog rips out his tongue (rolling a natural 20 to do so), and Percy cauterises the wound and then brands his face with the barrel
of damage. the pepperbox. Then, after throwing him out the window, they set the house on fire.
* Vax gets to launch a triple dagger attack which does '''96 damage.'''



[[folder:Episode 24: The Feast]]
* We finally get some backstory about Percy!
** And Taliesin's acting in that scene is just sensational.
* Diplomacy. [[spoiler: It's the name of Percy's shock gauntlet, which he builds in preparation for the Briarwoods' arrival.]]
* Say what you want, that cliffhanger was definitely awesome.
* The entire banquet scene counts, as everyone keeps the tension exceedingly high with the disguised Percy getting off a StealthInsult and no weapons drawn other than regular words (knives would have broken on that tension).

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[[folder:Episode 24: [[folder: Episode 30: Stoke the Flames]]
* Critical Role... now with costumes!
** In particular, Matt's cosplay of [[VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt Geralt]] is ''awesome.''
The Feast]]
players keep commenting on how intense he looks.
* We finally get some backstory about Percy!
** And Taliesin's acting in that scene
Scanlan kills a vampire by [[spoiler:''pissing on it'']]. After all, [[spoiler:urine]] is just sensational.
''technically'' [[spoiler:running water]].
* Diplomacy. [[spoiler: It's the name of So far, only Taliesin ever remembered and pronounced Percy's shock gauntlet, which full name correctly (and, in this episode, even he builds in preparation for the Briarwoods' arrival.]]
* Say what you want,
got it wrong once). Then Matthew plays an NPC that cliffhanger was definitely awesome.
* The entire banquet scene counts, as everyone keeps the tension exceedingly high with the disguised
knew Percy getting off when he was a StealthInsult child, and no weapons drawn other than regular words (knives would have broken on that tension).says his full name without hesitating or having to read it. Taliesin applauds him.
* Scanlan morphs himself into a triceratops.



[[folder:Episode 25: Crimson Diplomacy]]
* Vax'ildan jumping out of the window through the glass with a parkour roll to escape the Briarwoods.
* Tiberius makes a hell of an entrance into the [[spoiler:Briarwoods']] chamber. He sends a fireball at the two guards at the door, killing one outright and successfully intimidating the other into fleeing. Then steps through the hole he just blasted through the doors, emerging from the smoke into the room.
* Vex comes across her brother [[spoiler: unconscious at the hands of the Briarwoods]]. Her first shot is a crit. ''And so is the second.'' You don't fuck with the twins. As Orion puts it, "she would like to rage."
* Percy's gone renegade! To elaborate in full, episode 25 is a tour de force for both Percy's combat skills and Taliesin's roleplaying ability.
** When he's finally able to face the Briarwoods in combat, he screams "SYLAS!" before firing the Bad News at him. The first shot takes a chunk out of his nemesis' arm to the point ''bone'' is visible. The second shot gets him in the face.
** As the Briarwoods attempt to escape via carriage, Percy takes aim and blows out one of its wheels, leading to it toppling.
** Even though they escape, he proceeds to interrogate the driver rather violently. Said interrogation starts by listing off the names of his family, demanding to know what became of them. The young man's already wounded from Vex's explosive arrow, but Percy shoots off some of his fingers just to make a point. And when the driver protests that the Briarwoods will kill him if he informs on them to Vox Machina, Percy's response? "No. Because ''I'' will kill you first."
** Finally fed up with things by the time the Broker and his thugs attack Lillith, Percy goes off on the Broker, demanding to know ''why'' people even bother them since they're just going to get killed anyway. He fires six Pepperbox shots in quick succession, resulting in a baseball-sized smoking hole in the middle of the Broker's chest.
** Percy's one liner after the killing blow: "YOU FOOL! YOUR SOUL IS FORFEIT!"
* People were wondering how Tiberius was going to use his makeshift dagger-wheel thing. [[spoiler: He casts telekinesis on it and sends it spinning through the air like a buzzsaw.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted when it turned out to be the trigger for an alignment shift to Chaotic Neutral, as the person he had attacked -- while part of the group that confronted them -- was still a defenseless old woman at that point in the battle.]]
* [[spoiler: Kit's]] PreAssKickingOneLiner:
-->'''Lillith:''' You tell my sister I hope her face still festers!
* After [[spoiler: the Briarwoods]] escape, the group is attacked by three thugs who are after Lillith...and they rip them apart in a matter of in-game ''seconds'' taking barely any damage in the process. Highlights include Grog hitting all three with a lightning javelin and Percy going AxCrazy for his deathblow:
--->'''Percy:''' Your soul is now FORFEIT! Die, DIE!
* One for the DM: when Keyleth rolls high to identify an herb used by the priest treating Vax, Matt ''immediately'' has its name ready, without even looking.

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[[folder:Episode 25: Crimson Diplomacy]]
[[folder: Episode 31: Gunpowder Plot]]
* As if the soundtrack of the show wasn't awesome enough, it gets even better from here on with the addition of ElderScrolls music, not used since the Pathfinder days!
* As of this episode, everyone in Vox Machina (except Pike and Tiberius) reached level 12 and gained new abilities and feats.
** Grog picks up the Great Weapon Master for more damage at the cost of accuracy.
** Scanlan picks up the Tough feat to dramatically increase his meager HP from 66 to 101.
**
Vax'ildan jumping out picks up Sharpshooter to further improve his dagger throwing and damage.
** Percy reveals some warlock spells via Magic Initiate (Friends, Minor Illusion, and Hex).
** Vex'ahlia's Wisdom is boosted to 16.
** Keyleth had taken the Skilled feat which grants her proficiency in three additional skills (Intimidation, Persuasion, and proficiency with Alchemist's Supplies).
* Scanlan's battle is possibly his biggest on-stream CMOA so far:
** Fighting as a triceratops!
** Drinking a potion of fire breath to light the house on fire.
** Punching the lord (A goliath)
of the window through the glass house with Bigby's Hand so he flies off the roof and across the street.
** Trust-falling off the roof and letting Bigby's Hand catch him.
** And what makes all of this even better? Scanlan insisted he could do this on his own & didn't need anyone's help, only for his plan to go OffTheRails twice when A) he finds out the Briarwood's men where expecting Vox Machina to attack & had prepared accordingly, and B) he realises he doesn't have any fire magic - it's only when he checked his inventory for ''anything'' he could use to start
a parkour roll fire that he realised he had the potion of fire breath. Everything Scanlan does after he bursts into the house as a Triceratops was purely Sam[=/=]Scanlan ad-libbing in order to escape the Briarwoods.
* Tiberius makes a hell of an entrance into the [[spoiler:Briarwoods']] chamber. He sends a fireball at the two guards at the door, killing one outright and successfully intimidating the other into fleeing. Then steps through the hole he just blasted through the doors, emerging from the smoke into the room.
* Vex comes across her brother [[spoiler: unconscious at the hands of the Briarwoods]]. Her first shot is a crit. ''And so is the second.'' You don't fuck
house with the twins. As Orion puts it, "she would like to rage."
* Percy's gone renegade! To elaborate in full, episode 25 is a tour de force for both Percy's combat skills
his life, and Taliesin's roleplaying ability.
** When he's finally able to face the Briarwoods in combat,
he screams "SYLAS!" before firing the Bad News at him. The first shot takes a chunk out of not only does so, but he completes his nemesis' arm initial objective to the point ''bone'' is visible. The second shot boot!
* Trinket
gets him in the face.
** As the Briarwoods attempt
a How Do You Want to escape via carriage, Percy takes aim Do This deathblow and blows out one of its wheels, leading to it toppling.
** Even though they escape, he proceeds to interrogate the driver rather violently. Said interrogation starts by listing
tears Count Tyleari's head off the names of his family, demanding to know what became of them. The young man's already wounded from Vex's explosive arrow, but Percy shoots off some of his fingers just to make a point. And when the driver protests that the Briarwoods will kill him if he informs on them to Vox Machina, Percy's response? "No. Because ''I'' will kill you first."
** Finally fed up
with things by the time the Broker and his thugs attack Lillith, Percy goes off on the Broker, demanding to know ''why'' people even bother them since they're just going to get killed anyway. He fires six Pepperbox shots in quick succession, resulting in a baseball-sized smoking hole in the middle of the Broker's chest.
** Percy's one liner after the killing blow: "YOU FOOL! YOUR SOUL IS FORFEIT!"
* People were wondering how Tiberius was going to use his makeshift dagger-wheel thing. [[spoiler: He casts telekinesis on it and sends it spinning through the air like a buzzsaw.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted when it turned out to be the trigger for an alignment shift to Chaotic Neutral, as the person he had attacked -- while part of the group that confronted them -- was still a defenseless old woman at that point in the battle.]]
* [[spoiler: Kit's]] PreAssKickingOneLiner:
-->'''Lillith:''' You tell my sister I hope her face still festers!
* After [[spoiler: the Briarwoods]] escape, the group is attacked by three thugs who are after Lillith...and they rip them apart in a matter of in-game ''seconds'' taking barely any damage in the process. Highlights include Grog hitting all three with a lightning javelin and Percy going AxCrazy for his deathblow:
--->'''Percy:''' Your soul is now FORFEIT! Die, DIE!
* One for the DM: when Keyleth rolls high to identify an herb used by the priest treating Vax, Matt ''immediately'' has its name ready, without even looking.
teeth.



[[folder:Episode 26: Consequences and Cows]]
* Despite the fact that he's actively antagonistic towards Vox Machina for this episode, Sovereign Uriel is a ''boss:''
--->'''Uriel:''' You are in ''my'' court now, Stormwind.
* Jarret, one of Greyskull Keep's guards, is set up outside their prisoner's cell is there to protect him in case Percy tries to kill him - and he's a badass.
--->'''Scanlan:''' You think you can take [[BrokenAce Percy?]]
--->'''Jarret:''' I think I can talk some sense into him.
--->'''Grog:''' He's got balls.
* Doubles as CrowningMomentOfFunny but, "Vox Moochina."
* [[TheHeart Keyleth]] has...a pretty rough episode. By the end of it all, she's exhausted, frustrated, and terrified that her friends are [[HeWhoFightsMonsters slowly becoming more and more violent]]. So when the group is confronted with a roc that's been killing livestock, and Keyleth reaches the end of her rope, what does she do? [[spoiler: Puts her foot down, refusing to let anyone in the group kill the creature or trick its protector, and [[TakeAThirdOption manages to find an optimal solution]] with the help of Tiberius, Vex and Scanlan. She even sticks it out when the roc crushes her hand.]]
** In addition to this, Vex/Laura should get ''major'' brownie points for deducing the best place for the roc to live - outside Vasselheim, where the creature can have lots of food and space without infringing on humanity, ''and'' it will be protected by the Slayer's Take, meaning that it will be illegal to hunt the creature without permission.

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[[folder:Episode 26: Consequences and Cows]]
* Despite
[[folder: Episode 32: Against the fact that he's actively antagonistic towards Vox Machina for this episode, Sovereign Uriel is a ''boss:''
--->'''Uriel:''' You are in ''my'' court now, Stormwind.
* Jarret, one
Tide of Greyskull Keep's guards, is set up outside their prisoner's cell is there to protect him in case Percy tries to kill him - and he's a badass.
--->'''Scanlan:''' You think you can take [[BrokenAce Percy?]]
--->'''Jarret:''' I think I can talk some sense into him.
--->'''Grog:''' He's got balls.
Bone]]
* Doubles as CrowningMomentOfFunny but, "Vox Moochina."
* [[TheHeart Keyleth]] has...a pretty rough episode. By the end of it all, she's exhausted, frustrated, and terrified that her friends are [[HeWhoFightsMonsters slowly becoming more and more violent]]. So when the group is confronted with a roc that's been killing livestock, and Keyleth reaches the end of her rope, what does she do? [[spoiler: Puts her foot down, refusing to let anyone in the group kill the creature or trick its protector, and [[TakeAThirdOption manages to find an optimal solution]] with the help of Tiberius, Vex and Scanlan. She even sticks it out when the roc crushes her hand.]]
**
In addition to this, Vex/Laura should get ''major'' brownie points for deducing her return in general being a huge BigDamnHeroes moment, Pike finally gets an onscreen "How Do You Want to Do This?" finishing blow via her Mace of Distruption on a zombie Stone Giant. She's exactly what Vox Machina, and Whitestone needs.
** Pike was only there in
the best first place for the roc to live - outside Vasselheim, where the creature can have lots of food and space without infringing on humanity, ''and'' it will be protected by the Slayer's Take, meaning because Ashley told Matt [[https://twitter.com/TheVulcanSalute/status/665212091414921216 a whole ten minutes before stream]] that it will be illegal she was available to hunt play.
* Vex finishes off
the creature without permission.other Stone Giant through some great teamwork with her brother ([[AscendedFanon apparently borrowed from a fanfic!]]).



[[folder: Episode 27: The Path to Whitestone]]
* Matt's opening description of [[spoiler: Percy's dream]] is both this and a bit of NightmareFuel.
* Percy and Trinket are surprised by invisible stalkers, and pinned in a corner. The List misfires and breaks, Diplomacy is out of charges, and Percy's too close for Bad News to fire without the kickback hurting him, so what does he do? Clubs the invisible enemy with Bad News as if it were a baseball bat.

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[[folder: Episode 27: The Path to Whitestone]]
33: Reunions]]
* Matt's opening description One of [[spoiler: Percy's dream]] the best roleplay moments by any player so far:
-->'''Percy:''' You are, at the moment, the luckiest person in Whitestone. Do you know why?
-->[[spoiler: '''Ripley''']]: Hm?
-->'''Percy:''' Because you're at the bottom of my List.
** His PreMortemOneLiner towards [[spoiler:Professor Anders]].
-->'''Percy:''' You're the face I saw when murder entered my heart. This
is both this and a bit of NightmareFuel.
''your'' doing.
* Percy has always been luckier than most when it comes to dice rolling, but seven Natural 20s in the episode... damn!
* As heartwarming as it was, [[spoiler:Vax's sudden confession
and Trinket are surprised kiss towards Keyleth]] took everyone in the room by invisible stalkers, surprise, even Matt.
* Scanlan, thank to his scroll, is the one doing most of the damage to the spirits,
and pinned in a corner. The List misfires to top that he gets to deal the killing blow, and breaks, Diplomacy is out of charges, and Percy's too close for Bad News to fire without the kickback hurting him, so what does he do? Clubs the invisible enemy with Bad News as if it were a baseball bat.Vicious Mockery.



[[folder:Critical Rejects, part 2]]
* Matt's excellent improv in the face of the session's gimmick got a well-deserved round of applause when it was all said and done.
* Ulfgar not only gets the only natural 20 of his team in both parts, he also gets the finishing blow against the abomination with his newly learned Chromatic Orb.
* "Money" Sam is facing a Pit Fiend, an enemy far beyond his (and the whole party's) reach, that's following him due to a bad draw from the Deck of Many Things. Without blinking, he decides to give it one last shot and draw another card. His draw grants him a wish, which he promptly uses to make the Pit Fiend harmless, resuscitate one of his comrades and the one they came to save, ''and'' get thousands of gold coins. Admittedly, he was very lucky, but it still was quite a moment.
* Marisha totally blindsides Orion at the end of the episode upon revealing that her character Edna [[spoiler:was the old woman that Tiberius brutally killed during the battle with the Broker.]]

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[[folder:Critical Rejects, part 2]]
* Matt's excellent improv in
[[folder: Episode 34: Race to the face Ziggurat]]
* Sylas manages to charm Grog, only for Travis to remember ''just'' in time that he's immune to charm because he's raging, to much rejoicing
of the session's gimmick got a well-deserved round rest of applause when it was all said the players.
* Sylas' defeat is done via Keyleth
and done.
Pike pulling a move that could have been straight out of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
* Ulfgar not only gets For the only natural 20 second time, Vex ''barely'' survives Delilah's Finger of his team in both parts, he also gets the finishing blow against the abomination with his newly learned Chromatic Orb.
Death.
* "Money" Sam The HDYWTDT to Delilah is facing a Pit Fiend, an enemy far beyond his (and the whole party's) reach, that's following him due to a bad draw from the Deck of Many Things. Without blinking, he via Percy, who decides to give it one last shot and draw another card. His draw grants him on a wish, which he promptly uses to make the Pit Fiend harmless, resuscitate RestrainedRevenge by blowing off one of his comrades her arms.
* Percy finally gets to use Diplomacy in combat, ten episodes after creating it -
and he uses it to grab Sylas Briarwood ''by the one they came to save, ''and'' get thousands of gold coins. Admittedly, he face.''
* Scanlan's Counterspell. It
was very lucky, but it still due to this spell that Lady Briarwood couldn't run away from battle, and this was quite a moment.
* Marisha totally blindsides Orion at
the end of reason why Keyleth even had the episode chance of killing Lord Briarwood.
* [[spoiler:When attempting to destroy the anti-magic sphere with a shard of residuum and it threatens to suck her in
upon revealing failing, Keyleth manages to resist the pull thanks to a clutch Natural 20 Strength save. That lucky roll may have saved her life (literally) in that her character Edna [[spoiler:was the old woman that Tiberius brutally killed during the battle with the Broker.]]instance]].



[[folder: Episode 28: The Sun Tree]]
* Grog rolls a Natural 20 on an Intelligence check to identify a building.
-->'''Grog:''' I DID SOMETHING SMART!
* Matt's description of the titular Sun Tree. To say much more would spoil the surprise, but suffice to say, if you thought the dream above was NightmareFuel? ''You ain't seen nothing yet.''
* Speaking of the Sun Tree, Taliesin proves that he's got mad RP skills by ad-libbing the lore behind the tree itself. Even better, Matt rolls with it and blends ''his'' interpretation of the lore with what Taliesin offered!
* Vox Machina's plan to start a revolution. From Percy's quiet statement "we rally the people" to Scanlan's crowner "I'm going to need a beret" - the whole conversation is infectiously awesome, and it continues to play out over the next couple of episodes.

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[[folder: Episode 28: The Sun Tree]]
35: Denouement]]
* Grog Percy rolls a Natural 20 on an Intelligence check to identify a building.
-->'''Grog:''' I DID SOMETHING SMART!
* Matt's description of the titular Sun Tree. To say much more would spoil the surprise, but suffice to say, if you thought the dream above was NightmareFuel? ''You ain't seen nothing yet.''
* Speaking of the Sun Tree, Taliesin proves that
when he's got mad RP skills in danger of being taken over by ad-libbing Orthax, essentially ''exorcising Orthax from himself through sheer force of will'', which allows Vox Machina to finally confront the lore behind the tree itself. Even better, Matt rolls demonic contractor and give him what for.
** Pike criticals
with it the spell Guiding Bolt, and blends ''his'' interpretation of deals 42 radiant damage, which is the lore with what Taliesin offered!
* Vox Machina's plan to start a revolution. From Percy's quiet statement "we rally
single biggest hit in the people" battle.
** Grog and Trinket team up
to take down Orthax's physical form.
*
Scanlan's crowner "I'm going simple but effective way to need a beret" - TakeAThirdOption -- [[spoiler:tossing Percy's broken Pepperbox into the whole conversation is infectiously awesome, and it continues to play out over the next couple acid]]
* Scanlan FINALLY gets his beret. [[EarnYourHappyEnding And never was a piece
of episodes. headgear more deserved]].



[[folder: Episode 29: Whispers]]
* Matt shows off just how prepared a DM he is when he brings out a map for the temple that Percy, Vax and Scanlan have entered and Taliesin thought that he'd just expected them to go to that specific temple. Mercer gives an absolutely epic Badass Boast in response:
-->'''Matt:''' I built the whole city, 'cause I don't know where you guys were gonna go!
* The image of Scanlan literally bitchslapping a Banshee into oblivion with Bigby's Hand is both this and hilarious.
* The ambush is ''amazing''. Sir Stonefell is talking to an advisor in a closed room about how he needs to set up traps and troops in preparation for Vox Machina's arrival...and then Vox Machina kicks the door down.
** "How do you want to do this?" on Sir Stonefell goes to Percy - from a Natural 20, no less. [[spoiler: And then [[NightmareFuel Percy starts ''turning into'' the smoky entity from his dreams as he executes Stonefell, with his head brutally exploding.]]]]
* The way Vox Machina completely ''dominate'' Sir Stonefell's advisor. To start, they gag and blind him (first with a blindfold and then with a Blindness spell). Then, they force him to give them intel. Then, as a message, Grog rips out his tongue (rolling a natural 20 to do so), and Percy cauterises the wound and then brands his face with the barrel of the pepperbox. Then, after throwing him out the window, they set the house on fire.
* Vax gets to launch a triple dagger attack which does '''96 damage.'''

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[[folder: Episode 29: Whispers]]
* Matt shows off just how prepared a DM he is when he brings out a map for the temple that Percy, Vax and Scanlan have entered and Taliesin thought that he'd just expected them to go to that specific temple. Mercer gives an absolutely epic Badass Boast
36: Winter's Crest in response:
-->'''Matt:''' I built the whole city, 'cause I don't know where you guys were gonna go!
Whitestone]]
* The image Out of Scanlan literally bitchslapping a Banshee into oblivion with Bigby's Hand is both this and hilarious.
* The ambush is ''amazing''. Sir Stonefell is talking to an advisor in a closed room about how he needs to set up traps and troops in preparation for Vox Machina's arrival...and then Vox Machina kicks the door down.
** "How do you want to do this?" on Sir Stonefell goes to Percy - from a Natural 20, no less. [[spoiler: And then [[NightmareFuel Percy starts ''turning into'' the smoky entity from his dreams as he executes Stonefell, with his head brutally exploding.]]]]
* The way Vox Machina completely ''dominate'' Sir Stonefell's advisor. To start, they gag and blind him (first with a blindfold and then with a Blindness spell). Then, they force him to give them intel. Then, as a message, Grog rips out his tongue (rolling a natural 20 to do so), and Percy cauterises the wound and then brands his face with the barrel
universe -- Christopher Perkins, who works at Wizards of the pepperbox. Then, after throwing him out Coast and of ''WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated'' fame, was at the window, they set studio!
* The arm-wrestling contest. In particular, Grog ends up being bested in
the house on fire.
finals by a female town guard named Trisha.
* Vax gets In human form, Trinket manages to launch a triple dagger attack which does '''96 damage.'''tie for first place in the pie-eating contest!



[[folder: Episode 30: Stoke the Flames]]
* Critical Role... now with costumes!
** In particular, Matt's cosplay of [[VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt Geralt]] is ''awesome.'' The players keep commenting on how intense he looks.
* Scanlan kills a vampire by [[spoiler:''pissing on it'']]. After all, [[spoiler:urine]] is ''technically'' [[spoiler:running water]].
* So far, only Taliesin ever remembered and pronounced Percy's full name correctly (and, in this episode, even he got it wrong once). Then Matthew plays an NPC that knew Percy when he was a child, and says his full name without hesitating or having to read it. Taliesin applauds him.
* Scanlan morphs himself into a triceratops.

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[[folder: Episode 30: Stoke the Flames]]
37: A Musician's Nostalgia]]
* Critical Role... now with costumes!
** In particular, Matt's cosplay
Doubling as a Crowning Moment of [[VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt Geralt]] is ''awesome.'' The players keep commenting on how intense he looks.
Funny, Grog tops his Natural 20 Intelligence roll by doing it again. Specifically, an '''ARCANA''' check!
* Scanlan kills has a vampire by [[spoiler:''pissing on it'']]. After all, [[spoiler:urine]] is ''technically'' [[spoiler:running water]].
* So far, only Taliesin ever remembered and pronounced Percy's full name correctly (and,
chance to show off his musical abilities in this episode, even he got it wrong once). Then Matthew plays an NPC that knew Percy actual performance when he was has a child, surprise reunion with his mentor's traveling troupe.
* Pike heals up Desmond's hand
and says his full name without hesitating or having gives him the ability to read it. Taliesin applauds him.
* Scanlan morphs himself into
use it kind of like a triceratops.claw with a Natural 20.



[[folder: Episode 31: Gunpowder Plot]]
* As if the soundtrack of the show wasn't awesome enough, it gets even better from here on with the addition of ElderScrolls music, not used since the Pathfinder days!
* As of this episode, everyone in Vox Machina (except Pike and Tiberius) reached level 12 and gained new abilities and feats.
** Grog picks up the Great Weapon Master for more damage at the cost of accuracy.
** Scanlan picks up the Tough feat to dramatically increase his meager HP from 66 to 101.
** Vax'ildan picks up Sharpshooter to further improve his dagger throwing and damage.
** Percy reveals some warlock spells via Magic Initiate (Friends, Minor Illusion, and Hex).
** Vex'ahlia's Wisdom is boosted to 16.
** Keyleth had taken the Skilled feat which grants her proficiency in three additional skills (Intimidation, Persuasion, and proficiency with Alchemist's Supplies).
* Scanlan's battle is possibly his biggest on-stream CMOA so far:
** Fighting as a triceratops!
** Drinking a potion of fire breath to light the house on fire.
** Punching the lord (A goliath) of the house with Bigby's Hand so he flies off the roof and across the street.
** Trust-falling off the roof and letting Bigby's Hand catch him.
** And what makes all of this even better? Scanlan insisted he could do this on his own & didn't need anyone's help, only for his plan to go OffTheRails twice when A) he finds out the Briarwood's men where expecting Vox Machina to attack & had prepared accordingly, and B) he realises he doesn't have any fire magic - it's only when he checked his inventory for ''anything'' he could use to start a fire that he realised he had the potion of fire breath. Everything Scanlan does after he bursts into the house as a Triceratops was purely Sam[=/=]Scanlan ad-libbing in order to escape the house with his life, and he not only does so, but he completes his initial objective to boot!
* Trinket gets a How Do You Want to Do This deathblow and tears Count Tyleari's head off with his teeth.

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* As if the soundtrack
38: Echoes of the show wasn't awesome enough, it gets even better from here on Past]]
* Riskel Daxio, a Vecna-worshipper, keeps making MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning taunts to the party in the face of his execution. So Vex comes up
with the addition of ElderScrolls music, not used since the Pathfinder days!
* As of this episode, everyone in Vox Machina (except
idea to have Pike and Tiberius) reached level 12 and gained new abilities and feats.
** Grog picks up the Great Weapon Master for more damage
''bless'' him, to stop him coming back as anything undead. Riskel is visible ''horrified'' at the cost of accuracy.
**
notion thanks to a successful Intimidate check.
*
Scanlan picks up the Tough feat to dramatically increase his meager HP from 66 to 101.
** Vax'ildan picks up Sharpshooter to further improve his dagger throwing and damage.
** Percy
narrowly avoids a showdown with Kaylie, before she reveals some warlock spells via Magic Initiate (Friends, Minor Illusion, that [[spoiler:she is his daughter]], and Hex).
** Vex'ahlia's Wisdom is boosted
then they (kind of) reconcile!
* Pike manages
to 16.
** Keyleth had taken the Skilled feat which grants her proficiency in three additional skills (Intimidation, Persuasion, and
pick open a lock despite having no proficiency with Alchemist's Supplies).
* Scanlan's battle is possibly his biggest on-stream CMOA so far:
** Fighting as a triceratops!
** Drinking a potion of fire breath to light the house on fire.
** Punching the lord (A goliath) of the house with Bigby's Hand so he flies off the roof and across the street.
** Trust-falling off the roof and letting Bigby's Hand catch him.
** And what makes all of this even better? Scanlan insisted he could do this on his own & didn't need anyone's help, only for his plan to go OffTheRails twice when A) he finds out the Briarwood's men where expecting Vox Machina to attack & had prepared accordingly, and B) he realises he doesn't have any fire magic - it's only when he checked his inventory for ''anything'' he could use to start a fire that he realised he had the potion of fire breath. Everything Scanlan does after he bursts into the house as a Triceratops was purely Sam[=/=]Scanlan ad-libbing in order to escape the house with his life, and he not only does so, but he completes his initial objective to boot!
* Trinket gets a How Do You Want to Do This deathblow and tears Count Tyleari's head off with his teeth.
Thieves' Tools.



[[folder: Episode 32: Against the Tide of Bone]]
* In addition to her return in general being a huge BigDamnHeroes moment, Pike finally gets an onscreen "How Do You Want to Do This?" finishing blow via her Mace of Distruption on a zombie Stone Giant. She's exactly what Vox Machina, and Whitestone needs.
** Pike was only there in the first place because Ashley told Matt [[https://twitter.com/TheVulcanSalute/status/665212091414921216 a whole ten minutes before stream]] that she was available to play.
* Vex finishes off the other Stone Giant through some great teamwork with her brother ([[AscendedFanon apparently borrowed from a fanfic!]]).

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[[folder: Episode 32: Against 39: Omens]]
* Say what you want,
the Tide mental image of Bone]]
dragons destroying the city of Emon, and having our heroes fleeing for their lives is an intense and awesome ending for an episode.
* In addition to her return in general Scanlan and Kaylie pulling off a [[spoiler:father-daughter]] breakout from the stockade. Also, Percy being a huge BigDamnHeroes moment, Pike finally gets an onscreen "How Do You Want to Do This?" finishing blow via her Mace of Distruption on a zombie Stone Giant. She's exactly what Vox Machina, and Whitestone needs.
** Pike was only there
subtle in the first place because Ashley told Matt [[https://twitter.com/TheVulcanSalute/status/665212091414921216 a whole ten minutes before stream]] that she was available to play.
* Vex finishes off the other Stone Giant through
getting some great teamwork with her brother ([[AscendedFanon apparently borrowed from a fanfic!]]).sort of payback towards Scanlan due to him [[spoiler:tossing The List into the acid pits beneath Whitestone.]]



[[folder: Episode 33: Reunions]]
* One of the best roleplay moments by any player so far:
-->'''Percy:''' You are, at the moment, the luckiest person in Whitestone. Do you know why?
-->[[spoiler: '''Ripley''']]: Hm?
-->'''Percy:''' Because you're at the bottom of my List.
** His PreMortemOneLiner towards [[spoiler:Professor Anders]].
-->'''Percy:''' You're the face I saw when murder entered my heart. This is ''your'' doing.
* Percy has always been luckier than most when it comes to dice rolling, but seven Natural 20s in the episode... damn!
* As heartwarming as it was, [[spoiler:Vax's sudden confession and kiss towards Keyleth]] took everyone in the room by surprise, even Matt.
* Scanlan, thank to his scroll, is the one doing most of the damage to the spirits, and to top that he gets to deal the killing blow, and with a Vicious Mockery.

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[[folder: Episode 33: Reunions]]
40: Desperate Measures]]
* One Vex reveals that she multiclassed into Rogue.
* Scanlan still having a role in the battle against the white dragon, despite Sam not being there.
* Inter-party FIGHT!
* The cunning Grog displays when he manages to trick [[CrazyPrepared Percy]] and Vex'ahlia, of all people, into producing the wish-granting skull of [[spoiler:the Githanki]] from its hiding place, then isolates the Percy and Vex from the rest
of the best roleplay moments party by any player so far:
-->'''Percy:''' You are,
cornering them in Percy's heavily secured workshop and sealing off the only door, and finally single-handedly [[CurbstompBattle overpowers both of them]] by using his immense strength to knock Percy prone and take the skull from Vex, while the rest of the party is helpless to do anything but watch. Grog only fails at getting everything he wants (and probably making things even worse) because of a critical fail he rolls at the moment, the luckiest person in Whitestone. Do you know why?
-->[[spoiler: '''Ripley''']]: Hm?
-->'''Percy:''' Because you're at the bottom
very last second. The sheer cunning that Grog, a goliath with an intelligence of my List.
** His PreMortemOneLiner towards [[spoiler:Professor Anders]].
-->'''Percy:''' You're the face I saw when murder entered my heart. This
''6'', brought to bear is ''your'' doing.
simply jaw-dropping.
* Percy has always been luckier than most when it comes to dice rolling, but seven Natural 20s in the episode... damn!
* As heartwarming as it was, [[spoiler:Vax's sudden confession and kiss towards Keyleth]] took
Keyleth [[spoiler:silences everyone arguing over the skull [[WhatTheHellHero and calls them out on not keeping her in the room by surprise, even Matt.
* Scanlan, thank to his scroll, is
loop and falling apart at the one doing most seams]].]]
-->'''Vex'ahlia:''' Keyleth, you don't know what's happening.
-->'''Keyleth:''' I would '''''[[PrecisionFStrike if any of my fucking party would for once tell me something!]]'''''
* Allura's GetAHoldOfYourselfMan speech to Keyleth.
* A villainous example with Thordak, the massive ancient red dragon, showing Vorugal, the ancient white dragon, who was boss. Thordak snatched Vorugal, who had been thrashing Vox Machina, out
of the damage sky and threw him to the spirits, and to top that he gets to deal the killing blow, and with a Vicious Mockery.ground. Definitely showed just how strong Thordak is.



[[folder: Episode 34: Race to the Ziggurat]]
* Sylas manages to charm Grog, only for Travis to remember ''just'' in time that he's immune to charm because he's raging, to much rejoicing of the rest of the players.
* Sylas' defeat is done via Keyleth and Pike pulling a move that could have been straight out of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
* For the second time, Vex ''barely'' survives Delilah's Finger of Death.
* The HDYWTDT to Delilah is via Percy, who decides on a RestrainedRevenge by blowing off one of her arms.
* Percy finally gets to use Diplomacy in combat, ten episodes after creating it - and he uses it to grab Sylas Briarwood ''by the face.''
* Scanlan's Counterspell. It was due to this spell that Lady Briarwood couldn't run away from battle, and this was the reason why Keyleth even had the chance of killing Lord Briarwood.
* [[spoiler:When attempting to destroy the anti-magic sphere with a shard of residuum and it threatens to suck her in upon failing, Keyleth manages to resist the pull thanks to a clutch Natural 20 Strength save. That lucky roll may have saved her life (literally) in that instance]].

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[[folder: Episode 34: Race to 41: In Ruins]]
* New guest party member! Jason Charles Miller as Garthok,
the Ziggurat]]
* Sylas
Half-Orc Rogue from the Clasp! Miller manages to charm Grog, only for Travis to remember ''just'' play him quite well.
* Vox Machina and Garthok see looters picking over the remains of Gilmore's Glorious Goods and they immediately jump into battle once the looters attack them. Everyone
in time the party gets a moment of awesome. Namely:
** Vex hammering the looters with Hail of Thorns.
** Trinket ripping one guy's head entirely off his neck.
** Grog going into a Frenzy Rage and getting multiple Natural 20s in one round and killing multiple looters in the same attack.
** Percy running and shooting and killing a guy with his three shots
that he's immune round then casually walking to charm the next foe.
** Keyleth getting pissed and grabbing one of the looter's heads and shocking him (and herself, but she considers it WorthIt) with a point-blank Call Lightning. She then follows it up with turning into Minxie once again, and pulling off ANOTHER Call Lightning while in her beast form.
** Pike slamming a guy with 22 damage and then assisting Percy with her War Domain abilities so he can finish him off.
** Garthok's sneak attacking with his Stiletto Spear and nearly instakilling the people he sneak attacked.
** Scanlan dominating an enemy dwarf and then intimidating a guy at the end of combat to surrender with a parody of "The Joker"'s first verse.
** Both Vex and Percy using Hunter's Mark and Hex on the same guy they're targeting just
because he's raging, to much rejoicing of they could.
* Gilmore. While Vox Machina was running for their lives, this not so humble shop keeper took on Thordak,
the rest of ancient red dragon, to save the players.
* Sylas' defeat is done via
lives of Uriel's family, Seeker Asum and Guardian Tofor Bratoris and lived thanks to the combined efforts of Pike, Vex, and Keyleth and Pike pulling a move that could have when they find him on death's door.
** Doubles as one for Matt's dice-rolling skills as well. He'd
been straight out of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
* For
making secret rolls for the second time, Vex ''barely'' survives Delilah's Finger first half of Death.
* The HDYWTDT to Delilah is via Percy, who decides on a RestrainedRevenge by blowing off one of her arms.
* Percy finally gets to use Diplomacy in combat, ten episodes after creating it - and he uses it to grab Sylas Briarwood ''by
the face.''
* Scanlan's Counterspell. It was due
episode to this spell that Lady Briarwood couldn't run away from battle, and this was the reason why Keyleth even had see if Gilmore would survive, with the chance of killing Lord Briarwood.
* [[spoiler:When attempting to destroy the anti-magic sphere with a shard of residuum and it threatens to suck her in upon failing, Keyleth manages to resist the pull thanks to a clutch Natural 20 Strength save. That lucky
decreasing steadily (the next roll may would have saved had a 80% chance of Gilmore's death). Pike choosing to use her life (literally) in that instance]].one 6th-level spell to Heal him as hard as she could is awesome on top of that, as it shows just how well Matt has done at creating Gilmore's character.



[[folder: Episode 35: Denouement]]
* Percy rolls a Natural 20 when he's in danger of being taken over by Orthax, essentially ''exorcising Orthax from himself through sheer force of will'', which allows Vox Machina to finally confront the demonic contractor and give him what for.
** Pike criticals with the spell Guiding Bolt, and deals 42 radiant damage, which is the single biggest hit in the battle.
** Grog and Trinket team up to take down Orthax's physical form.
* Scanlan's simple but effective way to TakeAThirdOption -- [[spoiler:tossing Percy's broken Pepperbox into the acid]]
* Scanlan FINALLY gets his beret. [[EarnYourHappyEnding And never was a piece of headgear more deserved]].

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[[folder: Episode 35: Denouement]]
42: Dangerous Dealings]]
* After recently having terrible luck utilizing her 6th level spells, a newly leveled-up Keyleth gets some redemption by using 7th level Fire Storm against several Wyverns.
** It's doubly awesome from an RP standpoint as Keyleth unleashed her rage against them [[spoiler:in memory of her fallen brothers and sisters in the Fire Ashari.]]
* Vex's limerick to Scanlan was such a good burn Matt granted Laura DM inspiration for it.
* Percy rolls calling Keyleth out for costing VM an alliance with The Clasp due to her ego, saying that compared to himself, she believes that she's better than them and that they lost a Natural 20 when he's valuable spy network. However, Keyleth points out that they don't need the assistance of the Clasp, and that giving them an in danger in Vasselheim as well as the risks of being taken over by Orthax, essentially ''exorcising Orthax such an alliance was not worth it. The best part of the argument is that, from himself through sheer force of will'', which allows Vox Machina to finally confront the demonic contractor and give him what for.
** Pike criticals with the spell Guiding Bolt, and deals 42 radiant damage, which is the single biggest hit in the battle.
** Grog and Trinket team up to take down Orthax's physical form.
* Scanlan's simple but effective way to TakeAThirdOption -- [[spoiler:tossing
certain perspectives, they're both right: Percy's broken Pepperbox into right in that they should have respected the acid]]
* Scanlan FINALLY gets his beret. [[EarnYourHappyEnding And never was a piece of headgear
Clasp more deserved]].and that they missed out on a valuable deal and spy network because of that, and Keyleth's right about the risks potentially not being worth the reward.



[[folder: Episode 36: Winter's Crest in Whitestone]]
* Out of universe -- Christopher Perkins, who works at Wizards of the Coast and of ''WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated'' fame, was at the studio!
* The arm-wrestling contest. In particular, Grog ends up being bested in the finals by a female town guard named Trisha.
* In human form, Trinket manages to tie for first place in the pie-eating contest!

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[[folder: Episode 36: Winter's Crest in Whitestone]]
43: Return to Vasselheim]]
* Out Zahra and Kashaw have returned! Squee!!!!!!
* Not just that, but there are returns
of universe -- Christopher Perkins, who works at Wizards a lot of recurring characters. Vanessa and Murten Sindrial, Kern, Vicktor the Coast Black Powder Merchant, Lady Kima of Vord, a mention of Tyriock the Cartographer, amongst others.
* Lady Kima kicking a Platinum Knight, Udain,
and of ''WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated'' fame, was at taking his place as Vord's sent Champion.
* Matt had an entire creation myth prepared for his universe, and he finally gets to tell it. According to Q&As, he'd thought it up a long time ago, [[YouNeverAsked
the studio!
party just hadn't asked about it until now.]]
* The arm-wrestling contest. In particular, Grog ends up being bested in fight between Grog, Vax'ildan, and Scanlan vs. Earthbreaker Groon.
** Vax managed to avoid taking ''10d10 necrotic damage'' with a saving throw.
** Doing
the finals by a female town guard named Trisha.
* In human form, Trinket manages
splits to tie for first place in dodge the pie-eating contest!Lightning Bolt from Scanlan.
* Keyleth checking up on Vax'ildan after the fight, by hugging him (twice) and giving him a peck on the lips. It seems like they are moving into OfficialCouple territory.



[[folder: Episode 37: A Musician's Nostalgia]]
* Doubling as a Crowning Moment of Funny, Grog tops his Natural 20 Intelligence roll by doing it again. Specifically, an '''ARCANA''' check!
* Scanlan has a chance to show off his musical abilities in an actual performance when he has a surprise reunion with his mentor's traveling troupe.
* Pike heals up Desmond's hand and gives him the ability to use it kind of like a claw with a Natural 20.

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[[folder: Episode 37: A Musician's Nostalgia]]
Special Episode: Battle Royale I]]
* Doubling as Pre-battle, a Crowning Moment of Funny, Grog tops tale from real life during the Q&A: Taliesin once nearly missed his Natural 20 Intelligence roll flight because he tried to get a model of the Pepperbox, gifted by doing it again. Specifically, an '''ARCANA''' check!
* Scanlan has
a chance to fan at a convention, through airport security. Then, when more TSA agents show off his musical abilities in an actual performance when he has up, one of them turned out to be a surprise reunion with his mentor's traveling troupe.
* Pike heals up Desmond's hand
Critter. Taliesin was promptly let onto the plane, model and gives him the ability to use it kind of like a claw with a Natural 20.all.
--> '''TSA Agent:''' Of ''course'' it's Percy.



[[folder: Episode 38: Echoes of the Past]]
* Riskel Daxio, a Vecna-worshipper, keeps making MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning taunts to the party in the face of his execution. So Vex comes up with the idea to have Pike ''bless'' him, to stop him coming back as anything undead. Riskel is visible ''horrified'' at the notion thanks to a successful Intimidate check.
* Scanlan narrowly avoids a showdown with Kaylie, before she reveals that [[spoiler:she is his daughter]], and then they (kind of) reconcile!
* Pike manages to pick open a lock despite having no proficiency with Thieves' Tools.

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[[folder: Episode 38: Echoes 44: The Sunken Tomb]]
* Owlbears. 'Nuff said.
* Zahra gets ''another'' HDYWTDT, and against a ''beholder'', causing the entire upper half
of the Past]]
* Riskel Daxio, a Vecna-worshipper, keeps making MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning taunts
monster to the party in the face of his execution. So Vex comes up with the idea to have Pike ''bless'' him, to stop him coming back as anything undead. Riskel is visible ''horrified'' at the notion thanks to a successful Intimidate check.
explode!
* Scanlan narrowly avoids using Bigby's Hand to throw Grog at the beholder in a showdown fastball special.
* Along
with Kaylie, before she reveals being a Tearjerker, [[spoiler:Vex's revival ritual definitely qualifies. It starts out with Kashaw drawing upon Vesh's power, knowing full well that [[spoiler:she is his daughter]], it could get them all killed, and then they (kind of) reconcile!
* Pike manages to pick open a lock despite having no proficiency with Thieves' Tools.
culminates in Vax staring down the goddess of death and making this offer:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Vax:''' [[TakeMeInstead Take me instead]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch you raven bitch]]]].



[[folder: Episode 39: Omens]]
* Say what you want, the mental image of dragons destroying the city of Emon, and having our heroes fleeing for their lives is an intense and awesome ending for an episode.
* Scanlan and Kaylie pulling off a [[spoiler:father-daughter]] breakout from the stockade. Also, Percy being subtle in getting some sort of payback towards Scanlan due to him [[spoiler:tossing The List into the acid pits beneath Whitestone.]]

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[[folder: Episode 39: Omens]]
45: Those Who Walk Away...]]
* Say what you want, the mental image of dragons destroying the city of Emon, Vax'ildan's and having our heroes fleeing for their lives Percy's Role-playing is an intense top-notch.
** Vex'ahlia's
and awesome ending for an episode.
*
Keyleth's Role-playing almost seems to trump it.
** Funny as it was,
Scanlan and Kaylie pulling off a [[spoiler:father-daughter]] breakout from the stockade. Also, Grog's was also awesome.
*
Percy being subtle in getting some sort giving Vex'ahlia a siege arrow, which he calls "An Evening of payback towards Scanlan due to him [[spoiler:tossing The List into the acid pits beneath Whitestone.]]Unbridled Guilt."



[[folder: Episode 40: Desperate Measures]]
* Vex reveals that she multiclassed into Rogue.
* Scanlan still having a role in the battle against the white dragon, despite Sam not being there.
* Inter-party FIGHT!
* The cunning Grog displays when he manages to trick [[CrazyPrepared Percy]] and Vex'ahlia, of all people, into producing the wish-granting skull of [[spoiler:the Githanki]] from its hiding place, then isolates the Percy and Vex from the rest of the party by cornering them in Percy's heavily secured workshop and sealing off the only door, and finally single-handedly [[CurbstompBattle overpowers both of them]] by using his immense strength to knock Percy prone and take the skull from Vex, while the rest of the party is helpless to do anything but watch. Grog only fails at getting everything he wants (and probably making things even worse) because of a critical fail he rolls at the very last second. The sheer cunning that Grog, a goliath with an intelligence of ''6'', brought to bear is simply jaw-dropping.
* Keyleth [[spoiler:silences everyone arguing over the skull [[WhatTheHellHero and calls them out on not keeping her in the loop and falling apart at the seams]].]]
-->'''Vex'ahlia:''' Keyleth, you don't know what's happening.
-->'''Keyleth:''' I would '''''[[PrecisionFStrike if any of my fucking party would for once tell me something!]]'''''
* Allura's GetAHoldOfYourselfMan speech to Keyleth.
* A villainous example with Thordak, the massive ancient red dragon, showing Vorugal, the ancient white dragon, who was boss. Thordak snatched Vorugal, who had been thrashing Vox Machina, out of the sky and threw him to the ground. Definitely showed just how strong Thordak is.

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[[folder: Episode 40: Desperate Measures]]
46: Cindergrove Revisited]]
* Keyleth, in her Fire Elemental form, managed to roll a Natural 20 on Intimidation to scare a salamander and some smaller elementals away.
* Vex reveals pulls a slick con to swindle the guest, Gern, out of his flying broom. (However, it does bump her alignment to ChaoticNeutral for stealing from a guy trying to help them.)
* Keyleth uses her Tidal Wave spell to create 60 gallons of water
that she multiclassed into Rogue.
deals an automatic 60 damage due to elemental weaknesses (in addition to its base damage), and it automatically kills two fire elementals.
** Then a Critter tweeted Taliesin with the calculation that it was actually '''125''' gallons of water. Matt's response that there's no way in hell that they survived it.
* While Gern is laying in the lava and probably near unconsciousness, he hits the Efreet with a Disintegrate and deals 76 damage to it.
* Scanlan still having a role in gets both How Do You Want To Do This killshots this episode, the battle against the white dragon, despite Sam not being there.
* Inter-party FIGHT!
* The cunning Grog displays when he manages
first with Thunder Wave (which ends up backfiring because he's too focused on getting Gern's attention to trick [[CrazyPrepared Percy]] watch it happen) and Vex'ahlia, of all people, into producing the wish-granting skull of [[spoiler:the Githanki]] from its hiding place, then isolates the Percy and Vex from the rest of the party by cornering them in Percy's heavily secured workshop and sealing second one to finish off the only door, and finally single-handedly [[CurbstompBattle overpowers both of them]] by using his immense strength to knock Percy prone and take the skull from Vex, while the rest of the party is helpless to do anything but watch. Grog only fails at getting everything he wants (and probably making things even worse) because of a critical fail he rolls at the very last second. The sheer cunning that Grog, a goliath Efreet with an intelligence of ''6'', brought to bear is simply jaw-dropping.
* Keyleth [[spoiler:silences everyone arguing over the skull [[WhatTheHellHero and calls them out on not keeping her in the loop and falling apart at the seams]].]]
-->'''Vex'ahlia:''' Keyleth, you don't know what's happening.
-->'''Keyleth:''' I would '''''[[PrecisionFStrike if any of my fucking party would for once tell me something!]]'''''
* Allura's GetAHoldOfYourselfMan speech to Keyleth.
* A villainous example with Thordak, the massive ancient red dragon, showing Vorugal, the ancient white dragon, who was boss. Thordak snatched Vorugal, who had been thrashing Vox Machina, out of the sky and threw him to the ground. Definitely showed just how strong Thordak is.
Lightning Bolt after trapping it inside his Otiluke's Resilient Sphere.



[[folder: Episode 41: In Ruins]]
* New guest party member! Jason Charles Miller as Garthok, the Half-Orc Rogue from the Clasp! Miller manages to play him quite well.
* Vox Machina and Garthok see looters picking over the remains of Gilmore's Glorious Goods and they immediately jump into battle once the looters attack them. Everyone in the party gets a moment of awesome. Namely:
** Vex hammering the looters with Hail of Thorns.
** Trinket ripping one guy's head entirely off his neck.
** Grog going into a Frenzy Rage and getting multiple Natural 20s in one round and killing multiple looters in the same attack.
** Percy running and shooting and killing a guy with his three shots that round then casually walking to the next foe.
** Keyleth getting pissed and grabbing one of the looter's heads and shocking him (and herself, but she considers it WorthIt) with a point-blank Call Lightning. She then follows it up with turning into Minxie once again, and pulling off ANOTHER Call Lightning while in her beast form.
** Pike slamming a guy with 22 damage and then assisting Percy with her War Domain abilities so he can finish him off.
** Garthok's sneak attacking with his Stiletto Spear and nearly instakilling the people he sneak attacked.
** Scanlan dominating an enemy dwarf and then intimidating a guy at the end of combat to surrender with a parody of "The Joker"'s first verse.
** Both Vex and Percy using Hunter's Mark and Hex on the same guy they're targeting just because they could.
* Gilmore. While Vox Machina was running for their lives, this not so humble shop keeper took on Thordak, the ancient red dragon, to save the lives of Uriel's family, Seeker Asum and Guardian Tofor Bratoris and lived thanks to the combined efforts of Pike, Vex, and Keyleth when they find him on death's door.
** Doubles as one for Matt's dice-rolling skills as well. He'd been making secret rolls for the first half of the episode to see if Gilmore would survive, with the chance decreasing steadily (the next roll would have had a 80% chance of Gilmore's death). Pike choosing to use her one 6th-level spell to Heal him as hard as she could is awesome on top of that, as it shows just how well Matt has done at creating Gilmore's character.

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[[folder: Episode 41: In Ruins]]
47: The Family Business]]
* New guest party member! Jason Charles Miller as Garthok, the Half-Orc Rogue from the Clasp! Miller manages to play him quite well.
Magical Mansion, Casa Del Shorthalt.
* Vox Machina and Garthok see looters picking over the remains of Gilmore's Glorious Goods and they immediately jump into battle once the looters attack them. Everyone in the party gets a moment of awesome. Namely:
** Vex hammering the looters with Hail of Thorns.
** Trinket ripping one guy's head entirely off his neck.
** Grog going into a Frenzy Rage and getting multiple Natural 20s in one round and killing multiple looters in the same attack.
** Percy running and shooting and killing a guy with his three shots that round then casually walking to the next foe.
** Keyleth getting pissed and grabbing one of the looter's heads and shocking him (and herself, but she considers it WorthIt) with a point-blank Call Lightning. She then follows it up with turning into Minxie once again, and pulling off ANOTHER Call Lightning while in her beast form.
** Pike slamming a guy with 22 damage and then assisting Percy with her War Domain abilities so he can finish him off.
** Garthok's sneak attacking with his Stiletto Spear and nearly instakilling the people he sneak attacked.
** Scanlan dominating an enemy dwarf and then intimidating a guy at the end of combat to surrender with a parody of "The Joker"'s first verse.
** Both Vex and Percy using Hunter's Mark and Hex on the same guy they're targeting just because they could.
* Gilmore. While Vox Machina was running for their lives, this not so humble shop keeper took on Thordak, the ancient red dragon, to save the lives of Uriel's family, Seeker Asum and Guardian Tofor Bratoris and lived thanks to the combined efforts of Pike, Vex, and Keyleth
A well-timed dinging sound right when they find him on death's door.
** Doubles as one for Matt's dice-rolling skills as well. He'd been making secret rolls for
Vex'ahila pulls out the first half of the episode to see if Gilmore would survive, with the chance decreasing steadily (the next roll would have had a 80% chance of Gilmore's death). Pike choosing to use her one 6th-level spell to Heal him as hard as she could is awesome on top of that, as it shows just flying broom.
--->'''Sam:''' Whoa,
how well Matt has done at creating Gilmore's character.did you do that?



[[folder: Episode 42: Dangerous Dealings]]
* After recently having terrible luck utilizing her 6th level spells, a newly leveled-up Keyleth gets some redemption by using 7th level Fire Storm against several Wyverns.
** It's doubly awesome from an RP standpoint as Keyleth unleashed her rage against them [[spoiler:in memory of her fallen brothers and sisters in the Fire Ashari.]]
* Vex's limerick to Scanlan was such a good burn Matt granted Laura DM inspiration for it.
* Percy calling Keyleth out for costing VM an alliance with The Clasp due to her ego, saying that compared to himself, she believes that she's better than them and that they lost a valuable spy network. However, Keyleth points out that they don't need the assistance of the Clasp, and that giving them an in in Vasselheim as well as the risks of such an alliance was not worth it. The best part of the argument is that, from certain perspectives, they're both right: Percy's right in that they should have respected the Clasp more and that they missed out on a valuable deal and spy network because of that, and Keyleth's right about the risks potentially not being worth the reward.

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[[folder: Episode 42: Dangerous Dealings]]
48: Into the Frostweald]]
* After recently having terrible luck utilizing her 6th level spells, a newly leveled-up Keyleth gets some redemption by learning the hard way that using 7th level Fire Storm against several Wyverns.
it in combat is a bad idea back in Episode 39, here we see how Wind Walk is ''supposed'' to be used: as an awesome, fast method of travel.
* "Vax'ildad" telling a boy named Simon, that he named his serpentine belt after the kid.
** It's doubly awesome Asking Simon if he wanted to see something cool.
* Pike receiving the Gauntlets of Ogre Power
from an RP standpoint as Keyleth unleashed her rage against them [[spoiler:in memory of her fallen brothers and sisters in the Fire Ashari.]]
* Vex's limerick to Scanlan was such a good burn Matt granted Laura DM inspiration for it.
* Percy calling Keyleth out for costing VM an alliance with The Clasp due to her ego, saying that compared to himself, she believes that she's better
Grog. She's now stronger than them and that they lost him!
* Anytime
a valuable spy network. However, Keyleth points out that party member chooses to ''not'' avert their gaze when attacking the Basilisks, meaning they don't need the assistance of the Clasp, and that giving them an in in Vasselheim as well as the risks of such an alliance was not worth it. The best part of the argument is that, from certain perspectives, they're both right: Percy's right in that they should get disadvantage on their attacks but have respected the Clasp more and that they missed out on to make a valuable deal and spy network because of that, and Keyleth's right about the risks potentially not Constitution save to avoid being worth turned to stone. [[spoiler: Everyone who does so ends up shrugging it off like nothing!]]
* Pike, once again showing she's
the reward.best, by rolling a Natrual 20 Insight check on Vax.



[[folder: Episode 43: Return to Vasselheim]]
* Zahra and Kashaw have returned! Squee!!!!!!
* Not just that, but there are returns of a lot of recurring characters. Vanessa and Murten Sindrial, Kern, Vicktor the Black Powder Merchant, Lady Kima of Vord, a mention of Tyriock the Cartographer, amongst others.
* Lady Kima kicking a Platinum Knight, Udain, and taking his place as Vord's sent Champion.
* Matt had an entire creation myth prepared for his universe, and he finally gets to tell it. According to Q&As, he'd thought it up a long time ago, [[YouNeverAsked the party just hadn't asked about it until now.]]
* The fight between Grog, Vax'ildan, and Scanlan vs. Earthbreaker Groon.
** Vax managed to avoid taking ''10d10 necrotic damage'' with a saving throw.
** Doing the splits to dodge the Lightning Bolt from Scanlan.
* Keyleth checking up on Vax'ildan after the fight, by hugging him (twice) and giving him a peck on the lips. It seems like they are moving into OfficialCouple territory.

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[[folder: Episode 43: Return to Vasselheim]]
49: A Name Is Earned]]
* Zahra and Kashaw have returned! Squee!!!!!!
* Not just that, but there are returns of a lot of recurring characters. Vanessa and Murten Sindrial, Kern, Vicktor the Black Powder Merchant, Lady Kima of Vord, a mention of Tyriock the Cartographer, amongst others.
* Lady Kima kicking a Platinum Knight, Udain, and taking his place as Vord's sent Champion.
* Matt had an entire creation myth prepared for his universe, and he finally gets to tell it. According to Q&As, he'd thought it up a long time ago, [[YouNeverAsked the party just hadn't asked about it until now.]]
* The fight between Grog, Vax'ildan, and
Mixed with Funny, Scanlan vs. Earthbreaker Groon.
** Vax managed to avoid taking ''10d10 necrotic damage'' with
rolling into the Orc camp. They needed a saving throw.diversion, and this got ''everyone's'' attention. Sam's line leading into it is pretty awesome too.
** Doing the splits to dodge the Lightning Bolt from Scanlan.
-->'''Matt:''' What was your stealth check, Sam?
-->'''Sam:''' 15, but it doesn't matter: I'm walking forward.
* Keyleth checking up on Vax'ildan after goes Earth Elemental and attempts to throw an Orc into the spike pit "this is Sparta" style. She succeeds!
* Grog's [[FinishHim How Do You Want to Do This]] moment against the Orcchief of stabbing Craven Edge into the ground hilt first and then impaling him onto the blade is cruel yet awesome.
* Percy, Keyleth and Vex are responsible for figuring out basically every riddle in the lead-up to the fight with [[spoiler: the Androsphinx]]. Percy speaks Celestial, so he reads out all of the inscriptions, and Keyleth not only figures out that they have to dive into the pool of water to advance, but also [[spoiler: saves Grog from drowning]]. Percy deduces how to open the columns in the next room, then Keyleth and Vex manage to save everyone from the sand trap it triggers. During the actual
fight, by hugging him (twice) Percy uncovers a hint that helps Vex figure out how to find the [[spoiler: clues to the Androsphinx's name]]. Then Percy, Keyleth and giving him a peck on (eventually) Grog gather the lips. It seems like they are moving into OfficialCouple territory.rest of the clues. To top it all off, Percy manages to keep a clear head while half the party is knocked out, seriously injured, frightened, or paralyzed, and he [[spoiler: figures out the Androsphinx's name]] just in time.
* Described by Travis as "going [[Manga/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]]", [[spoiler: Craven Edge gets "full". CreepyAwesome powerup ensues.]]



[[folder: Special Episode: Battle Royale I]]
* Pre-battle, a tale from real life during the Q&A: Taliesin once nearly missed his flight because he tried to get a model of the Pepperbox, gifted by a fan at a convention, through airport security. Then, when more TSA agents show up, one of them turned out to be a Critter. Taliesin was promptly let onto the plane, model and all.
--> '''TSA Agent:''' Of ''course'' it's Percy.

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[[folder: Special Episode: Battle Royale I]]
Episode 50: Best Laid Plans...]]
* Pre-battle, a tale from real life during '''Fifty episodes of Critical Role goodness!'''
* '''New intro!'''
* '''Ashley's back in town!'''
* [[spoiler:Craven Edge is finally gotten rid of for good thanks to Pike breaking
the Q&A: Taliesin once nearly missed his flight because he tried to get a model of attunement with Greater Restoration and Keyleth sending the Pepperbox, gifted by sword into a fan at pocket dimension with Plane Shift.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy getting into
a convention, through airport security. Then, when more TSA agents show up, one of them turned out to be a Critter. Taliesin was promptly let onto the plane, model and all.
--> '''TSA Agent:''' Of ''course'' it's Percy.
shadow vs. shadow 'contest' with Craven Edge, demanding it return Grog's soul.]]



[[folder: Episode 44: The Sunken Tomb]]
* Owlbears. 'Nuff said.
* Zahra gets ''another'' HDYWTDT, and against a ''beholder'', causing the entire upper half of the monster to explode!
* Scanlan using Bigby's Hand to throw Grog at the beholder in a fastball special.
* Along with being a Tearjerker, [[spoiler:Vex's revival ritual definitely qualifies. It starts out with Kashaw drawing upon Vesh's power, knowing full well that it could get them all killed, and culminates in Vax staring down the goddess of death and making this offer:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Vax:''' [[TakeMeInstead Take me instead]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch you raven bitch]]]].

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[[folder: Episode 44: The Sunken Tomb]]
51: Test of Pride]]
* Owlbears. 'Nuff said.
* Zahra gets ''another'' HDYWTDT,
As tense as their relationship is; Scanlan and against Kaylie make a ''beholder'', causing the entire upper half of the monster to explode!
*
formidable team by Scanlan using Bigby's Hand Minor Illusion and Kaylie throwing her voice by pretending to throw Grog at be Stonejaw Strongjaw and saving the beholder lives of the people in the church together. Scanlan also uses Seeming and high Deception rolls to disguise them as a fastball special.
* Along with being a Tearjerker, [[spoiler:Vex's revival ritual definitely qualifies. It starts out with Kashaw drawing upon Vesh's power, knowing full well that it could
band of orcs and then get them all killed, past Goliaths and culminates in Vax staring down into the goddess sewers safely.
* Grog's epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to both the current state
of death the Herd of Storms and making Kevdak himself, followed by challenging Kevdak to single combat. Travis' acting in general is amazing in this offer:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Vax:''' [[TakeMeInstead Take me instead]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch you raven bitch]]]].
episode.
* When Kevdak proves too tough to defeat in single combat, Grog calls upon his friends, and it is ''epic:''
-->"VOX MACHINA! '''FUCK! SHIT!''' '''''UP!'''''"
* Scanlan's first usage of Mythcarver, stabbing straight through the face of a halfling without any resistance or sound: a glimpse of the power the wielded Vestiges might hold.



[[folder: Episode 45: Those Who Walk Away...]]
* Vax'ildan's and Percy's Role-playing is top-notch.
** Vex'ahlia's and Keyleth's Role-playing almost seems to trump it.
** Funny as it was, Scanlan and Grog's was also awesome.
* Percy giving Vex'ahlia a siege arrow, which he calls "An Evening of Unbridled Guilt."

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[[folder: Episode 45: Those Who Walk Away...52: The Kill Box]]
* The entire fight against Kevdak and Grog's former herd is entirely awesome, but special mentions:
** Grog falling 50ft through the air to [[spoiler: land the HDYWTDT on Kevdak after being rescued via locket by Vex on her broom the previous turn, and slicing Kevdak vertically in two. The falling damage took him down to 0 HP, but nobody cares - Matt, without prompting, mentions that Grog falls unconscious smiling.
]]
* Vax'ildan's and Percy's Role-playing is top-notch.
-->[[spoiler: [[PreMortemOneLiner "FOR STRONGJAW!"]]]]
** Vex'ahlia's and Keyleth's Role-playing almost seems to trump it.Matt later revealed that had Grog not done this, the rest of the Barbarians would've kept on fighting, meaning this action likely saved the party's lives.
** Funny as it was, Scanlan and Grog's was also awesome.
*
Scanlan's Hold Person spell ''completely neutralizes'' Kevdak. The party follows up by focusing fire on his arms until he can no longer hold a weapon, meaning that he ''never'' makes a single attack during the entire battle.
**
Percy giving puts the Gloves of Missile Snaring to work against an enemy archer, [[ArrowCatch snatching an arrow]] from midair and breaking it in one hand. He stares down the unfortunate guy, who promptly [[OhCrap regrets his life choices]].
** Percy gets another moment right after Kevdak is healed for 70 HP by Greenbeard. While the rest of the party worries that the tide of battle is turning against them, Percy plugs away with Bad News, and wipes out almost 50 of those hit points in a single turn.
**
Vex'ahlia tanking four out of five attacks of opportunity to save [[BadassInDistress Grog]], who later states he only had 20 HP left. She swoops down on the Broom of Flying and, in a siege arrow, stroke of brilliance, scoops Grog into the "pokeball" locket from which she'd earlier released Trinket.
* After the fight, they find out that Zanror was to be executed for speaking against Kevdak, since
he calls "An Evening of Unbridled Guilt."wanted the herd to take action against the dragon. When Greenbeard prompts Grog to finish Zanror off, Grog announces that he's going to eliminate a weakling in order to return the herd to its lost glory [[spoiler: and then turns to drive the ax into Greenbeard, killing him]]. Grog might not be very smart, but he's got cunning.



[[folder: Episode 46: Cindergrove Revisited]]
* Keyleth, in her Fire Elemental form, managed to roll a Natural 20 on Intimidation to scare a salamander and some smaller elementals away.
* Vex pulls a slick con to swindle the guest, Gern, out of his flying broom. (However, it does bump her alignment to ChaoticNeutral for stealing from a guy trying to help them.)
* Keyleth uses her Tidal Wave spell to create 60 gallons of water that deals an automatic 60 damage due to elemental weaknesses (in addition to its base damage), and it automatically kills two fire elementals.
** Then a Critter tweeted Taliesin with the calculation that it was actually '''125''' gallons of water. Matt's response that there's no way in hell that they survived it.
* While Gern is laying in the lava and probably near unconsciousness, he hits the Efreet with a Disintegrate and deals 76 damage to it.
* Scanlan gets both How Do You Want To Do This killshots this episode, the first with Thunder Wave (which ends up backfiring because he's too focused on getting Gern's attention to watch it happen) and then the second one to finish off the Efreet with Lightning Bolt after trapping it inside his Otiluke's Resilient Sphere.

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[[folder: Episode 46: Cindergrove Revisited]]
53: At Dawn, We Plan!]]
* Keyleth, in her Fire Elemental form, managed to roll Wilhand being a Natural 20 on Intimidation to scare a salamander and some smaller elementals away.
* Vex pulls a slick con to swindle the guest, Gern, out of his flying broom. (However, it does bump her alignment to ChaoticNeutral
ShipperOnDeck for stealing from a guy trying to help them.)
* Keyleth uses her Tidal Wave spell to create 60 gallons of water that deals an automatic 60 damage due to elemental weaknesses (in addition to its base damage), and it automatically kills two fire elementals.
** Then a Critter tweeted Taliesin with the calculation that it was actually '''125''' gallons of water. Matt's response that there's no way in hell that they survived it.
* While Gern is laying in the lava and probably near unconsciousness, he hits the Efreet with a Disintegrate and deals 76 damage to it.
*
Scanlan gets both How Do You Want To Do This killshots this episode, the first with Thunder Wave (which ends up backfiring because he's too focused on getting Gern's attention to watch it happen) and then the second one to finish off the Efreet with Lightning Bolt Pike after trapping it inside his Otiluke's Resilient Sphere.learning that Scanlan has a Magic Mansion.



[[folder: Episode 47: The Family Business]]
* Magical Mansion, Casa Del Shorthalt.
* A well-timed dinging sound right when Vex'ahila pulls out the flying broom.
--->'''Sam:''' Whoa, how did you do that?

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[[folder: Episode 47: The Family Business]]
54: In the Belly of the Beast]]
* Magical Mansion, Casa Del Shorthalt.
* A well-timed dinging sound
Plan A: Percy builds a trap to keep Umbrasyl on the ground. Pretty good plan, right? Plan B: Dimension door into a Dragon's stomach, and place an immovable rod right when Vex'ahila pulls out in its gullet. Awesome. [[CrazyEnoughToWork Suicidally insane]], but awesome.
* Once
the flying broom.
--->'''Sam:''' Whoa, how did you do that?
trap is sprung, Vex gets the first turn on initiative on Umbrasyl for almost a hundred points worth of damage in one round.
* Evil as it is, the cliffhanger at end of session is pure crazy narrative awesome, as [[spoiler: a heavily-injured Umbrasyl escapes the battlefield, ''tearing the immovable rod from his own gut'' in the process with Vax and Scanlan still trapped and alive inside him. Also, he's dragging an extra-large Grog along by the chain of his waraxe.]]



[[folder: Episode 48: Into the Frostweald]]
* After learning the hard way that using it in combat is a bad idea back in Episode 39, here we see how Wind Walk is ''supposed'' to be used: as an awesome, fast method of travel.
* "Vax'ildad" telling a boy named Simon, that he named his serpentine belt after the kid.
** Asking Simon if he wanted to see something cool.
* Pike receiving the Gauntlets of Ogre Power from Grog. She's now stronger than him!
* Anytime a party member chooses to ''not'' avert their gaze when attacking the Basilisks, meaning they don't get disadvantage on their attacks but have to make a Constitution save to avoid being turned to stone. [[spoiler: Everyone who does so ends up shrugging it off like nothing!]]
* Pike, once again showing she's the best, by rolling a Natrual 20 Insight check on Vax.

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[[folder: Episode 48: Into the Frostweald]]
Special Episode: Battle Royale II]]
* After learning the hard way that using it in combat is Vax deserves a bad idea back in Episode 39, here we see how Wind Walk is ''supposed'' solid round of applause for managing to be used: last as an awesome, fast method long as he did. [[spoiler: *clap*]] Despite his typically low rogue hitpoints, he manages to outlast [[spoiler: Percy]] of travel.all people.
* "Vax'ildad" telling a boy named Simon, that he named his serpentine belt after ** His constant [[StealthHiBye daggers from the kid.
** Asking Simon if
shadows]] coupled with all of the benefits he wanted gets as a rogue, allows him to see something cool.
deal quite a bit of damage, before Keyleth and Pike eliminate him by turning the match into a game of whack-a-mole.
* Pike receiving in her Evil persona. Since Pike no longer has to worry about canon in-game repercussions for using the Gauntlets nastier side of Ogre Power from Grog. She's now stronger than him!
* Anytime
her divine magic, she essentially has a party member chooses free pass to ''not'' avert their gaze when attacking use every DangerousForbiddenTechnique at her disposal on the Basilisks, meaning they don't get disadvantage on their attacks but have to make a Constitution save to avoid being turned to stone. rest of the party.
**
[[spoiler: Everyone who does so ends up shrugging it Finishing off like nothing!]]
* Pike, once again showing she's
Keyleth by successfully shoving her into a stream of lava and pushing her face down into it was a chilling and brutal but still epic finish to the best, by rolling battle. Especially since Pike only had a Natrual 20 Insight check few hit points left and would likely have died on Vax.the following round.]]



[[folder: Episode 49: A Name Is Earned]]
* Mixed with Funny, Scanlan rolling into the Orc camp. They needed a diversion, and this got ''everyone's'' attention. Sam's line leading into it is pretty awesome too.
-->'''Matt:''' What was your stealth check, Sam?
-->'''Sam:''' 15, but it doesn't matter: I'm walking forward.
* Keyleth goes Earth Elemental and attempts to throw an Orc into the spike pit "this is Sparta" style. She succeeds!
* Grog's [[FinishHim How Do You Want to Do This]] moment against the Orcchief of stabbing Craven Edge into the ground hilt first and then impaling him onto the blade is cruel yet awesome.
* Percy, Keyleth and Vex are responsible for figuring out basically every riddle in the lead-up to the fight with [[spoiler: the Androsphinx]]. Percy speaks Celestial, so he reads out all of the inscriptions, and Keyleth not only figures out that they have to dive into the pool of water to advance, but also [[spoiler: saves Grog from drowning]]. Percy deduces how to open the columns in the next room, then Keyleth and Vex manage to save everyone from the sand trap it triggers. During the actual fight, Percy uncovers a hint that helps Vex figure out how to find the [[spoiler: clues to the Androsphinx's name]]. Then Percy, Keyleth and (eventually) Grog gather the rest of the clues. To top it all off, Percy manages to keep a clear head while half the party is knocked out, seriously injured, frightened, or paralyzed, and he [[spoiler: figures out the Androsphinx's name]] just in time.
* Described by Travis as "going [[Manga/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]]", [[spoiler: Craven Edge gets "full". CreepyAwesome powerup ensues.]]

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[[folder: Episode 49: A Name Is Earned]]
[[folder:Episode 55: Umbrasyl]]
* Mixed Vax and Scanlan, using their own skills and ingenuity, manage to escape from inside Umbrasyl. Vax carves his way out with Funny, the Dragonslayer Longsword, while Scanlan rolling [[ItMakesSenseInContext uses Bigby's Hand to fist his way through]].
* Vax'ildan, Paladin of the Raven Queen.
-->'''Vax''': When I went into this dragon, I was lost and a wanderer. But as I'm shat out its side, I come forth a Paladin of the Raven Queen. And the last thing I think as I shoot out it's side is "If you have any wings to lend me, now is the time."
* Despite falling through the air after using the Gate Stone to teleport to Vax (who was already rescued by Scanlan and Grog while the latter was polymorphed into an eagle), Keyleth decides to use her Sparkstone power while still being an earth elemental, light herself on fire, and plummet like a meteor
into the Orc camp. They needed Bramblewood, leaving a diversion, massive crater... and this got ''everyone's'' attention. Sam's line leading into it is pretty awesome too.
-->'''Matt:''' What was your stealth check, Sam?
-->'''Sam:''' 15, but it doesn't matter: I'm walking forward.
still managing to come out relatively unharmed thanks to the elemental's HP.
* Keyleth Chris Perkins joins the party for the episode as an elderly goliath fighter named Shale who happens to know Grog from his younger days.
* Thanks to some quick thinking, the party manages to get up Gatshadow quickly so they can continue pursuing Umbrasyl before he could recover all of his strength.
* Percy
goes Earth Elemental and attempts to throw an Orc into town against Umbrasyl with six frantic slashes of his longsword, dealing ''172'' damage in one round thanks to his Action Surge.
* [[spoiler:Grog gets
the spike pit "this is Sparta" style. She succeeds!
* Grog's [[FinishHim How Do You Want to Do This]] moment
HDYWTDT against the Orcchief of stabbing Craven Edge into the ground hilt Hope Devourer with his new Retaliation ability, scoring their first and then impaling him onto victory against the blade is cruel yet awesome.
* Percy, Keyleth and Vex are responsible for figuring out basically every riddle in the lead-up to the fight with [[spoiler: the Androsphinx]]. Percy speaks Celestial, so he reads out all of the inscriptions, and Keyleth not only figures out that they have to dive into the pool of water to advance, but also [[spoiler: saves Grog from drowning]]. Percy deduces how to open the columns in the next room, then Keyleth and Vex manage to save
Chroma Conclave! Better yet, everyone from the sand trap it triggers. During the actual fight, Percy uncovers a hint that helps Vex figure out how to find the [[spoiler: clues to the Androsphinx's name]]. Then Percy, Keyleth and (eventually) Grog gather the rest of the clues. To top it all off, Percy manages to keep a clear head while half the party is knocked out, seriously injured, frightened, or paralyzed, and he [[spoiler: figures out the Androsphinx's name]] just in time.
* Described by Travis as "going [[Manga/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]]", [[spoiler: Craven Edge gets "full". CreepyAwesome powerup ensues.]]
survives!]]



[[folder: Episode 50: Best Laid Plans...]]
* '''Fifty episodes of Critical Role goodness!'''
* '''New intro!'''
* '''Ashley's back in town!'''
* [[spoiler:Craven Edge is finally gotten rid of for good thanks to Pike breaking the attunement with Greater Restoration and Keyleth sending the sword into a pocket dimension with Plane Shift.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy getting into a shadow vs. shadow 'contest' with Craven Edge, demanding it return Grog's soul.]]

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[[folder: Episode 50: Best Laid Plans...]]
56: Hope]]
* '''Fifty episodes Similar to Episode 45, most of Critical Role goodness!'''
* '''New intro!'''
* '''Ashley's
the awesome here comes from the top-notch roleplaying from Scanlan, Keyleth, Vax, Percy, and the guest: [[spoiler: author Creator/PatrickRothfuss]].
** In particular, Percy gives an incredible, subdued and heartfelt speech in support of preserving Westruun instead of evacuating/abandoning it.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' If I complete my journey it can be upwards of a thousand years or more.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you think I live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' Less than a hundred?
-->'''Percy:''' No. I am Percival Frederickstein von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III. My ancestry dates
back in town!'''
* [[spoiler:Craven Edge is finally gotten rid
thousands of years and will continue for thousands more, unless Whitestone falls. I live as long as Whitestone lives. This place [Westruun] is the human soul. [[WeAreAsMayflies This is what we have built with our tiny moments.]] To lose a place like this, we don't feel it immediately but... it would ruin everyone. In small ways. [...] This is good thanks we do here. This is great good. And it's not about idolising ourselves, it's about a very long story which we are, even you, a tiny part of.
* Matt shows off his [=DMing=] ability once again by taking just three seconds
to Pike breaking the attunement with Greater Restoration and Keyleth sending the sword into a pocket dimension with Plane Shift.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy getting into a shadow vs. shadow 'contest' with Craven Edge, demanding it return Grog's soul.]]
answer an obscure trivia question about Westruun.



[[folder: Episode 51: Test of Pride]]
* As tense as their relationship is; Scanlan and Kaylie make a formidable team by Scanlan using Minor Illusion and Kaylie throwing her voice by pretending to be Stonejaw Strongjaw and saving the lives of the people in the church together. Scanlan also uses Seeming and high Deception rolls to disguise them as a band of orcs and then get them past Goliaths and into the sewers safely.
* Grog's epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to both the current state of the Herd of Storms and Kevdak himself, followed by challenging Kevdak to single combat. Travis' acting in general is amazing in this episode.
* When Kevdak proves too tough to defeat in single combat, Grog calls upon his friends, and it is ''epic:''
-->"VOX MACHINA! '''FUCK! SHIT!''' '''''UP!'''''"
* Scanlan's first usage of Mythcarver, stabbing straight through the face of a halfling without any resistance or sound: a glimpse of the power the wielded Vestiges might hold.

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[[folder: Episode 51: Test of Pride]]
57: Duskmeadow]]
* As tense as their relationship is; Scanlan and Kaylie make a formidable team by Scanlan using Minor Illusion and Kaylie throwing her voice by pretending Vax's visit to be Stonejaw Strongjaw and saving the lives Temple of the people in the church together. Scanlan also uses Seeming Raven Queen and high Deception rolls [[spoiler: speaking directly to disguise them her. Percy later speaks to her as a band well.]] Matt's roleplaying is some of orcs and then get them past Goliaths and into the sewers safely.
his best.
* Grog's epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to both the current state The cliffhanger of the Herd of Storms and Kevdak himself, followed by challenging Kevdak to single combat. Travis' acting in general episode is amazing in this episode.
* When Kevdak proves too tough to defeat in single combat, Grog calls upon his friends, and it is ''epic:''
-->"VOX MACHINA! '''FUCK! SHIT!''' '''''UP!'''''"
* Scanlan's first usage of Mythcarver, stabbing straight through the face of a halfling without any resistance or sound: a glimpse
also one of the power best, [[spoiler:as Hotis the wielded Vestiges might hold.Rakshasa returns and manages to, under the guise of Gilmore, trick Vax into completely disarming himself and removing his armor as well as isolating him from the others so that he can exact his revenge for what happened when he was killed the first time.]]



[[folder: Episode 52: The Kill Box]]
* The entire fight against Kevdak and Grog's former herd is entirely awesome, but special mentions:
** Grog falling 50ft through the air to [[spoiler: land the HDYWTDT on Kevdak after being rescued via locket by Vex on her broom the previous turn, and slicing Kevdak vertically in two. The falling damage took him down to 0 HP, but nobody cares - Matt, without prompting, mentions that Grog falls unconscious smiling.]]
-->[[spoiler: [[PreMortemOneLiner "FOR STRONGJAW!"]]]]
** Matt later revealed that had Grog not done this, the rest of the Barbarians would've kept on fighting, meaning this action likely saved the party's lives.
** Scanlan's Hold Person spell ''completely neutralizes'' Kevdak. The party follows up by focusing fire on his arms until he can no longer hold a weapon, meaning that he ''never'' makes a single attack during the entire battle.
** Percy puts the Gloves of Missile Snaring to work against an enemy archer, [[ArrowCatch snatching an arrow]] from midair and breaking it in one hand. He stares down the unfortunate guy, who promptly [[OhCrap regrets his life choices]].
** Percy gets another moment right after Kevdak is healed for 70 HP by Greenbeard. While the rest of the party worries that the tide of battle is turning against them, Percy plugs away with Bad News, and wipes out almost 50 of those hit points in a single turn.
** Vex'ahlia tanking four out of five attacks of opportunity to save [[BadassInDistress Grog]], who later states he only had 20 HP left. She swoops down on the Broom of Flying and, in a stroke of brilliance, scoops Grog into the "pokeball" locket from which she'd earlier released Trinket.
* After the fight, they find out that Zanror was to be executed for speaking against Kevdak, since he wanted the herd to take action against the dragon. When Greenbeard prompts Grog to finish Zanror off, Grog announces that he's going to eliminate a weakling in order to return the herd to its lost glory [[spoiler: and then turns to drive the ax into Greenbeard, killing him]]. Grog might not be very smart, but he's got cunning.

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[[folder: Episode 52: The Kill Box]]
58: A Cycle of Vengeance]]
* The entire fight against Kevdak and Grog's former herd is entirely awesome, but special mentions:
** Grog falling 50ft through the air to [[spoiler: land the HDYWTDT on Kevdak after being rescued via locket by Vex on her broom
After the previous turn, cliffhanger, many members of the party get a chance to shine during the showdown:
** [[spoiler:Vax throws himself
and slicing Kevdak vertically in two. The falling damage took him down Hotis from the tower, unwilling to 0 HP, but nobody cares - Matt, without prompting, mentions that Grog falls unconscious smiling.let the Rakshasa slip away to potentially compromise all of Whitestone and everything Vox Machina accomplished.]]
-->[[spoiler: [[PreMortemOneLiner "FOR STRONGJAW!"]]]]
** [[spoiler:Keyleth, ambushed by an assassin in her bed, manages to slip behind him and blast him through the window with a Thunderwave, before carving a path directly to the courtyard where the battle was happening.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy manages to take out ''both'' of the assassins the group was facing in the castle once everyone had gotten up.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan jumps from the tower, hitting Hotis with a plunging attack from Mythcarver and pulling Vax from near death at the same time.]]
** [[spoiler:The HDYWTDT goes to Pike, who barely survives the assassin attack on her before emerging in the courtyard and bringing down a 7th level Flame Strike, the only magical attack to touch Hotis all night, reducing him to ash.]]
* The [=NPCs=] are not to be outdone, either. Lady Kima, Kashaw, and Gilmore [[CurbStompBattle utterly trounce]] the [[spoiler:assassins sent after them]], in increasingly impressive ways. Specifically:
** Lady Kima [[spoiler:arrives dragging the corpse of the assassin sent after herself and Allura, while wearing a long nightgown implied to belong to Allura and toting her maul. The corpse's face is so badly broken that it noticeably affects Pike's attempt to use Speak With Dead afterward.]]
** After much of the fandom had hoped for
Matt later to avert the dreaded BuryYourGays trope, Gilmore [[spoiler:uses an unknown spell [[https://twitter.com/matthewmercer/status/747643942271877120 of his/Matt's own design]] to utterly crush the assassin sent for him, squeezing the body and causing it to be, as Matt describes it, "wrung out like a wet towel".]]
** At first it appears something terrible has happened to Kashaw, with the walls, floor and even the ''ceiling'' of his room being [[LudicrousGibs absolutely covered in blood]]. [[spoiler:Then Kashaw is
revealed that had Grog not done this, to be covered in just as much blood, calmly sitting on the rest end of his bed seeming quite cheerful about the Barbarians would've kept on fighting, meaning this action likely saved whole situation. He wisely decides to have a shower before joining the party's lives.
** Scanlan's Hold Person spell ''completely neutralizes'' Kevdak. The party follows up by focusing fire on his arms until he can no longer hold a weapon, meaning that he ''never'' makes a single attack during the entire battle.
** Percy puts the Gloves of Missile Snaring
celebrations.]]
*** This is due
to work against an enemy archer, [[ArrowCatch snatching an arrow]] from midair and breaking it in one hand. He stares down the unfortunate guy, who promptly [[OhCrap regrets his life choices]].
** Percy gets another
a moment right after Kevdak is healed of Awesome for 70 HP by Greenbeard. While Matt Mercer, who originally didn't have anything planned for Kashaw, but then was reminded he was also in the rest of the party worries group that the tide of battle is turning against them, Percy plugs away fought [[spoiler:Hotis]] originally, and comes up with Bad News, and wipes out almost 50 of those hit points in a single turn.
** Vex'ahlia tanking four out of five attacks of opportunity to save [[BadassInDistress Grog]], who later states he only had 20 HP left. She swoops down
the new scenario entirely on the Broom of Flying and, in a stroke of brilliance, scoops Grog into the "pokeball" locket from which she'd earlier released Trinket.
fly.
* Vax can now sprout wings and fly! (Once per dawn, but it's still something!)
* After many days of tinkering, Percy finishes his modifications to the fight, they find out that Zanror was broom, renaming it "Death From Above". And to be executed for speaking against Kevdak, since he wanted celebrate, Vex manages to score a perfect shot on a chicken thrown by Keyleth while on the herd to take action against the dragon. When Greenbeard prompts Grog to finish Zanror off, Grog announces that he's going to eliminate a weakling in order to return the herd to its lost glory [[spoiler: and then turns to drive the ax into Greenbeard, killing him]]. Grog might not be very smart, but he's got cunning.broom.



[[folder: Episode 53: At Dawn, We Plan!]]
* Wilhand being a ShipperOnDeck for Scanlan and Pike after learning that Scanlan has a Magic Mansion.

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[[folder: Episode 53: At Dawn, We Plan!]]
Special Episode: Liam's Quest]]
* Wilhand being a ShipperOnDeck Liam takes on the intimidating task of filling in for Scanlan [[TheAce Matt]] as DM while Matt is absent for the week, and Pike after learning he ''kills it''. He manages to craft an awesome fourth-wall-shattering [[spoiler: apocalyptic]] one-shot that Scanlan has blends bizarre humour and very imaginative Cthulu-esque horror. Some of his descriptions, particularly the one [[spoiler: of Liam himself getting torn in half]], are vivid enough to rival Mercer's, and the players (and the audience!) clearly have a Magic Mansion.blast.
* Taliesin slapping [[spoiler: Conan O'Brien]] to death with Chill Touch.
* TheCameo from [[spoiler: Matt and Marisha]], who are a 20th level bard and 20th level monk, respectively. [[spoiler: Marisha]] in particular destroys a tower in one strike.
* Thanks to some really excellent rolls, Sam proves to be a great shot with a bow.
* Liam asked each of the players what class they see themselves as in order to make their character sheets. Sam chooses Ranger, Laura chooses Rogue, Travis is a Fighter, and as for Taliesin? [[CreepyAwesome Warlock]].



[[folder: Episode 54: In the Belly of the Beast]]
* Plan A: Percy builds a trap to keep Umbrasyl on the ground. Pretty good plan, right? Plan B: Dimension door into a Dragon's stomach, and place an immovable rod right in its gullet. Awesome. [[CrazyEnoughToWork Suicidally insane]], but awesome.
* Once the trap is sprung, Vex gets the first turn on initiative on Umbrasyl for almost a hundred points worth of damage in one round.
* Evil as it is, the cliffhanger at end of session is pure crazy narrative awesome, as [[spoiler: a heavily-injured Umbrasyl escapes the battlefield, ''tearing the immovable rod from his own gut'' in the process with Vax and Scanlan still trapped and alive inside him. Also, he's dragging an extra-large Grog along by the chain of his waraxe.]]

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[[folder: Episode 54: In 59: Into the Belly of Feywild]]
* Ashley Johnson got to hang out and play "Ethereal Pike" again!
* If you try to con Percy, make sure he doesn't find out, as we discover when he learns Garmelie
the Beast]]
* Plan A: Percy builds
Satyr magically charmed him. (What makes it is Taliesin [[DissonantSerenity maintaining a trap perfectly serene smile throughout]].)
--> '''Percy:''' Friend, I applaud your cleverness. I am excited by this deal. And I just want you
to keep Umbrasyl on the ground. Pretty good plan, right? Plan B: Dimension door into a Dragon's stomach, and place an immovable rod right in its gullet. Awesome. [[CrazyEnoughToWork Suicidally insane]], but awesome.
* Once the trap is sprung, Vex gets the first turn on initiative on Umbrasyl for almost a hundred points worth of damage in one round.
* Evil as it is, the cliffhanger at end of session is pure crazy narrative awesome, as [[spoiler: a heavily-injured Umbrasyl escapes the battlefield, ''tearing the immovable rod
know - god forbid - if something comes up, where I come from his own gut'' in ''[[BadassBoast I am possibly the process with Vax and Scanlan still trapped and alive inside him. Also, he's dragging an extra-large Grog along by the chain of his waraxe.]]worst person you've ever met.]]''




[[folder: Special Episode: Battle Royale II]]
* Vax deserves a solid round of applause for managing to last as long as he did. [[spoiler: *clap*]] Despite his typically low rogue hitpoints, he manages to outlast [[spoiler: Percy]] of all people.
** His constant [[StealthHiBye daggers from the shadows]] coupled with all of the benefits he gets as a rogue, allows him to deal quite a bit of damage, before Keyleth and Pike eliminate him by turning the match into a game of whack-a-mole.
* Pike in her Evil persona. Since Pike no longer has to worry about canon in-game repercussions for using the nastier side of her divine magic, she essentially has a free pass to use every DangerousForbiddenTechnique at her disposal on the rest of the party.
** [[spoiler: Finishing off Keyleth by successfully shoving her into a stream of lava and pushing her face down into it was a chilling and brutal but still epic finish to the battle. Especially since Pike only had a few hit points left and would likely have died on the following round.]]

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\n[[folder: Special Episode: Battle Royale II]]
Episode 60: Heredity and Hats (LIVE)]]
* Vax deserves a solid round Percy reveals that [[spoiler:he made Vex ''a titled noble of applause Whitestone''. For Vex, who was mercilessly bullied as a child for managing being the daughter of a commoner, this fulfills two of her life ambitions: to make it into high society, and to rub it in her blueblood father's face.]]
* After being charmed by Garmelie in the
last as long as he did. episode, Percy gets his revenge and out tricks the trickster that the party had gotten into a deal with. To elaborate, the things Garmelie asked for from this deal are one of High Warden Tyrelda's hats and a piece of a Threshold Crest. The Threshold Crest in this case referring to the blue stones on the city wall that allow Syngorn to travel between the Prime Material and the Feywild, and the party worries that tampering with one of the stones may prevent the city from plane-shifting back. In an impressive use of ExactWords, [[spoiler: *clap*]] Despite his typically low rogue hitpoints, Percy instead has him clarify that he manages to outlast [[spoiler: Percy]] would be satisfied with any piece of all people.
** His constant [[StealthHiBye daggers
a threshold crest, and with that in mind he has Keyleth stone shape a symbol of a Whitestone crest from the shadows]] coupled with all "threshold" of the benefits he gets a door, breaks it, and gives it to him.]] And it ''works''.
* Trinket saves Vex from a bear spirit that was going to kill her and forces its submission (as well
as a rogue, allows giving him a power-up).
-->'''Bear spirit''': She is your charge?
-->'''Trinket''': She is everything
to deal quite a bit of damage, before Keyleth and Pike eliminate him by turning the match into a game of whack-a-mole.
* Pike in her Evil persona. Since Pike no longer has to worry about canon in-game repercussions for using the nastier side of her divine magic, she essentially has a free pass to use every DangerousForbiddenTechnique at her disposal on the rest of the party.
** [[spoiler: Finishing off Keyleth by successfully shoving her into a stream of lava and pushing her face down into it was a chilling and brutal but still epic finish to the battle. Especially since Pike only had a few hit points left and would likely have died on the following round.]]
me. You take her, you take ME.



[[folder:Episode 55: Umbrasyl]]
* Vax and Scanlan, using their own skills and ingenuity, manage to escape from inside Umbrasyl. Vax carves his way out with the Dragonslayer Longsword, while Scanlan [[ItMakesSenseInContext uses Bigby's Hand to fist his way through]].
* Vax'ildan, Paladin of the Raven Queen.
-->'''Vax''': When I went into this dragon, I was lost and a wanderer. But as I'm shat out its side, I come forth a Paladin of the Raven Queen. And the last thing I think as I shoot out it's side is "If you have any wings to lend me, now is the time."
* Despite falling through the air after using the Gate Stone to teleport to Vax (who was already rescued by Scanlan and Grog while the latter was polymorphed into an eagle), Keyleth decides to use her Sparkstone power while still being an earth elemental, light herself on fire, and plummet like a meteor into the Bramblewood, leaving a massive crater... and still managing to come out relatively unharmed thanks to the elemental's HP.
* Chris Perkins joins the party for the episode as an elderly goliath fighter named Shale who happens to know Grog from his younger days.
* Thanks to some quick thinking, the party manages to get up Gatshadow quickly so they can continue pursuing Umbrasyl before he could recover all of his strength.
* Percy goes to town against Umbrasyl with six frantic slashes of his longsword, dealing ''172'' damage in one round thanks to his Action Surge.
* [[spoiler:Grog gets the HDYWTDT against the Hope Devourer with his new Retaliation ability, scoring their first victory against the Chroma Conclave! Better yet, everyone survives!]]

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[[folder:Episode 55: Umbrasyl]]
* Vax and Scanlan, using their own skills and ingenuity, manage to escape from inside Umbrasyl. Vax carves his way out with the Dragonslayer Longsword, while Scanlan [[ItMakesSenseInContext uses Bigby's Hand to fist his way through]].
* Vax'ildan, Paladin
61: Denizens of the Raven Queen.
-->'''Vax''': When I went into
Moonbrush]]
* If you thought Taliesin was insane with his streak of Natural 20s,
this dragon, I was lost and a wanderer. But as I'm shat out its side, I come forth a Paladin of episode is tied with Episode 55 for having the Raven Queen. And the last thing I think as I shoot out it's side is "If you have any wings to lend me, now is the time."
* Despite falling through the air after using the Gate Stone to teleport to Vax (who was already rescued by Scanlan and Grog while the latter was polymorphed into an eagle), Keyleth decides to use her Sparkstone power while still being an earth elemental, light herself on fire, and plummet like a meteor into the Bramblewood, leaving a massive crater... and still managing to come out relatively unharmed thanks to the elemental's HP.
* Chris Perkins joins
highest number of Natural 20s among the party (as well as the most Natural 1s).
** Most notably, Scanlan rolling two Natural 20s even with disadvantage.
* The [[spoiler:pixies]] proving to be both a decent challenge and a large annoyance
for the episode Vox Machina, as an elderly goliath fighter named Shale who happens they were able to know cast [[NoSell Counterspell]] in addition to Polymorph and petrification spells.
* After
Grog from his younger days.
* Thanks
was [[spoiler: turned to some quick thinking, stone by the party manages to get up Gatshadow quickly so they can continue pursuing Umbrasyl before he could recover all of his strength.
* Percy goes to town against Umbrasyl with six frantic slashes of his longsword, dealing ''172'' damage in one round thanks to his Action Surge.
* [[spoiler:Grog gets
pixies]], Travis held the HDYWTDT against same thumbs-up position for ''over seven minutes in real time'' without flinching, despite the Hope Devourer with his new Retaliation ability, scoring their first victory against the Chroma Conclave! Better yet, everyone survives!]]best efforts of Liam, Laura and Sam to make him flinch.



[[folder: Episode 56: Hope]]
* Similar to Episode 45, most of the awesome here comes from the top-notch roleplaying from Scanlan, Keyleth, Vax, Percy, and the guest: [[spoiler: author Creator/PatrickRothfuss]].
** In particular, Percy gives an incredible, subdued and heartfelt speech in support of preserving Westruun instead of evacuating/abandoning it.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' If I complete my journey it can be upwards of a thousand years or more.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you think I live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' Less than a hundred?
-->'''Percy:''' No. I am Percival Frederickstein von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III. My ancestry dates back thousands of years and will continue for thousands more, unless Whitestone falls. I live as long as Whitestone lives. This place [Westruun] is the human soul. [[WeAreAsMayflies This is what we have built with our tiny moments.]] To lose a place like this, we don't feel it immediately but... it would ruin everyone. In small ways. [...] This is good we do here. This is great good. And it's not about idolising ourselves, it's about a very long story which we are, even you, a tiny part of.
* Matt shows off his [=DMing=] ability once again by taking just three seconds to answer an obscure trivia question about Westruun.

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[[folder: Episode 56: Hope]]
[[folder:Episode 62: Uninviting Waters (LIVE)]]
* Similar Scanlan cleverly using his Magic Missiles not to Episode 45, most of attack the awesome here comes from creature, but to sever the top-notch roleplaying from Scanlan, Keyleth, Vax, Percy, rope that was keeping the party tied together and severely limiting their movement.
* Grog, swallowed by a Feymire Crocodile, uses
the guest: [[spoiler: author Creator/PatrickRothfuss]].
** In particular, Percy gives an incredible, subdued
Titanstone Knuckles to double his size and heartfelt speech in support of preserving Westruun instead of evacuating/abandoning it.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' If I complete my journey it can be upwards of a thousand years or more.
-->'''Percy:''' How long do you think I live?
-->'''Keyleth:''' Less than a hundred?
-->'''Percy:''' No. I am Percival Frederickstein von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III. My ancestry dates
force the beast to vomit him back thousands of years and will continue for thousands more, unless up.
* Keyleth finally gets to use her Blight spell on a plant-based enemy with devastating effect[[note]]When used on a plant-based enemy, Blight does the maximum damage without requiring a roll, so her Blights did ''64 damage'' each[[/note]], the second time [[spoiler:earning her the HDYWTDT on the creature - her first since the
Whitestone falls. I live as long as Whitestone lives. This place [Westruun] is arc and only her third on-stream!]] [[PetTheDog Even better was the human soul. [[WeAreAsMayflies This is what we have built with our tiny moments.]] To lose a place like this, we don't feel it immediately but... it would ruin everyone. In small ways. [...] This is good we do here. This is great good. And it's not about idolising ourselves, it's about a very long story which we are, even you, a tiny part of.
* Matt shows off his [=DMing=] ability once again by taking just three seconds to answer an obscure trivia question about Westruun.
audience's reaction of chanting her name.]]



[[folder: Episode 57: Duskmeadow]]
* Vax's visit to the Temple of the Raven Queen and [[spoiler: speaking directly to her. Percy later speaks to her as well.]] Matt's roleplaying is some of his best.
* The cliffhanger of the episode is also one of the best, [[spoiler:as Hotis the Rakshasa returns and manages to, under the guise of Gilmore, trick Vax into completely disarming himself and removing his armor as well as isolating him from the others so that he can exact his revenge for what happened when he was killed the first time.]]

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[[folder: Episode 57: Duskmeadow]]
[[folder:Episode 63: The Echo Tree]]
* Vax's visit to Keyleth goes fire elemental on the Temple two treants supporting [[spoiler:Saundor]] and, with some ingenious use of Tree Stride, ''destroys'' them thanks to their vulnerability to fire.
* After spending most
of the Raven Queen previous fights in the Feywild in various states of incapacitation, and [[spoiler: speaking directly desperately trying to her. Percy later speaks to her as well.]] Matt's roleplaying is some get a hit during their fight with [[spoiler:Saundor, Grog lands the HDYWTDT on Saundor by throwing the Javelin of Lightning through his best.
mouth and causing his entire body to explode. The ShutUpHannibal right before it ("Nobody cares!") was also ''particularly'' appropriate.]]
* The cliffhanger description of the episode is also Saundor and his conversation with Vex. Matt using aspects of Vex's backstory that had just been revealed in a short story makes for one of the best, [[spoiler:as Hotis most atmospheric villains the Rakshasa returns and manages to, under the guise of Gilmore, trick Vax into completely disarming himself and removing his armor as well as isolating him from the others so that he can exact his revenge for what happened when he was killed the first time.]]party has encountered yet.



[[folder: Episode 58: A Cycle of Vengeance]]
* After the previous cliffhanger, many members of the party get a chance to shine during the showdown:
** [[spoiler:Vax throws himself and Hotis from the tower, unwilling to let the Rakshasa slip away to potentially compromise all of Whitestone and everything Vox Machina accomplished.]]
** [[spoiler:Keyleth, ambushed by an assassin in her bed, manages to slip behind him and blast him through the window with a Thunderwave, before carving a path directly to the courtyard where the battle was happening.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy manages to take out ''both'' of the assassins the group was facing in the castle once everyone had gotten up.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan jumps from the tower, hitting Hotis with a plunging attack from Mythcarver and pulling Vax from near death at the same time.]]
** [[spoiler:The HDYWTDT goes to Pike, who barely survives the assassin attack on her before emerging in the courtyard and bringing down a 7th level Flame Strike, the only magical attack to touch Hotis all night, reducing him to ash.]]
* The [=NPCs=] are not to be outdone, either. Lady Kima, Kashaw, and Gilmore [[CurbStompBattle utterly trounce]] the [[spoiler:assassins sent after them]], in increasingly impressive ways. Specifically:
** Lady Kima [[spoiler:arrives dragging the corpse of the assassin sent after herself and Allura, while wearing a long nightgown implied to belong to Allura and toting her maul. The corpse's face is so badly broken that it noticeably affects Pike's attempt to use Speak With Dead afterward.]]
** After much of the fandom had hoped for Matt to avert the dreaded BuryYourGays trope, Gilmore [[spoiler:uses an unknown spell [[https://twitter.com/matthewmercer/status/747643942271877120 of his/Matt's own design]] to utterly crush the assassin sent for him, squeezing the body and causing it to be, as Matt describes it, "wrung out like a wet towel".]]
** At first it appears something terrible has happened to Kashaw, with the walls, floor and even the ''ceiling'' of his room being [[LudicrousGibs absolutely covered in blood]]. [[spoiler:Then Kashaw is revealed to be covered in just as much blood, calmly sitting on the end of his bed seeming quite cheerful about the whole situation. He wisely decides to have a shower before joining the celebrations.]]
*** This is due to a moment of Awesome for Matt Mercer, who originally didn't have anything planned for Kashaw, but then was reminded he was also in the group that fought [[spoiler:Hotis]] originally, and comes up with the new scenario entirely on the fly.
* Vax can now sprout wings and fly! (Once per dawn, but it's still something!)
* After many days of tinkering, Percy finishes his modifications to the broom, renaming it "Death From Above". And to celebrate, Vex manages to score a perfect shot on a chicken thrown by Keyleth while on the broom.

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[[folder: Episode 58: A Cycle [[folder:Episode 64: The Frigid Doom]]
* Of all people, it's Keyleth who (with a damn good Persuasion roll
of Vengeance]]
* After the previous cliffhanger, many members of the party get a chance
25) manages to shine during the showdown:
** [[spoiler:Vax throws himself
persuade [[spoiler:Tooma]] into trusting that her tribe and Hotis from the tower, unwilling to let the Rakshasa slip away to potentially compromise all of Whitestone and everything Vox Machina accomplished.]]
** [[spoiler:Keyleth, ambushed by an assassin in her bed, manages to slip behind him
have similar goals and blast him through therefore are people of their word. Even the window party is impressed with a Thunderwave, before carving a path directly to the courtyard where the battle was happening.]]
** [[spoiler:Percy manages to take out ''both'' of the assassins the group was facing
her words, especially since she wasn't very successful with negotiating in the castle once everyone had gotten up.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan jumps from the tower, hitting Hotis with a plunging attack from Mythcarver
past.
--> '''Keyleth:''' ''(in response to [[spoiler:Tooma's]] claims)'' I think faith
and pulling Vax from near death at the same time.]]
** [[spoiler:The HDYWTDT goes to Pike, who barely survives the assassin attack on her before emerging in the courtyard and bringing down a 7th level Flame Strike, the only magical attack to touch Hotis all night, reducing him to ash.]]
* The [=NPCs=]
trust are not to be outdone, either. Lady Kima, Kashaw, mutually exclusive. I cannot trust you and Gilmore [[CurbStompBattle utterly trounce]] the [[spoiler:assassins sent after them]], in increasingly impressive ways. Specifically:
** Lady Kima [[spoiler:arrives dragging the corpse of the assassin sent after herself and Allura, while wearing a long nightgown implied to belong to Allura and toting her maul. The corpse's face is so badly broken that it noticeably affects Pike's attempt to use Speak With Dead afterward.]]
** After much of the fandom had hoped for Matt to avert the dreaded BuryYourGays trope, Gilmore [[spoiler:uses an unknown spell [[https://twitter.com/matthewmercer/status/747643942271877120 of his/Matt's own design]] to utterly crush the assassin sent for him, squeezing the body and causing it to be, as Matt describes it, "wrung out like a wet towel".]]
** At first it appears something terrible has happened to Kashaw, with the walls, floor and even the ''ceiling'' of his room being [[LudicrousGibs absolutely covered in blood]]. [[spoiler:Then Kashaw is revealed to be covered in just as much blood, calmly sitting on the end of his bed seeming quite cheerful about the whole situation. He wisely decides to
still have faith, and you should not feel a shower before joining the celebrations.]]
*** This is due to a moment
lack of Awesome pride for Matt Mercer, who originally didn't have anything planned for Kashaw, but then was reminded he was also living in the group dirt or surviving. There's nothing wrong with that. But I understand your urge to want to rebuild, become the great culture that fought [[spoiler:Hotis]] originally, and comes up with I know you all are. So... you should at least trust that we have similar interests in the new scenario entirely on the fly.
* Vax can now sprout wings and fly! (Once per dawn, but it's still something!)
* After many days of tinkering, Percy finishes his modifications to the broom, renaming it "Death From Above". And to celebrate, Vex manages to score a perfect shot on a chicken thrown by Keyleth while on the broom.
end.



[[folder: Special Episode: Liam's Quest]]
* Liam takes on the intimidating task of filling in for [[TheAce Matt]] as DM while Matt is absent for the week, and he ''kills it''. He manages to craft an awesome fourth-wall-shattering [[spoiler: apocalyptic]] one-shot that blends bizarre humour and very imaginative Cthulu-esque horror. Some of his descriptions, particularly the one [[spoiler: of Liam himself getting torn in half]], are vivid enough to rival Mercer's, and the players (and the audience!) clearly have a blast.
* Taliesin slapping [[spoiler: Conan O'Brien]] to death with Chill Touch.
* TheCameo from [[spoiler: Matt and Marisha]], who are a 20th level bard and 20th level monk, respectively. [[spoiler: Marisha]] in particular destroys a tower in one strike.
* Thanks to some really excellent rolls, Sam proves to be a great shot with a bow.
* Liam asked each of the players what class they see themselves as in order to make their character sheets. Sam chooses Ranger, Laura chooses Rogue, Travis is a Fighter, and as for Taliesin? [[CreepyAwesome Warlock]].

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* Liam takes on and Marisha's RP in the intimidating task opening moments of filling in the episode, especially from Marisha as [[spoiler:[[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Keyleth confesses her love to Vax after keeping him waiting for [[TheAce Matt]] as DM while Matt is absent for so long]]. And best of all, not even Liam, who had dropped the week, and he ''kills it''. He manages to craft an awesome fourth-wall-shattering [[spoiler: apocalyptic]] one-shot that blends bizarre humour and very imaginative Cthulu-esque horror. Some of his descriptions, particularly the one [[spoiler: of Liam mic himself getting torn when Vax confessed to Keyleth in half]], are vivid enough Episode 33, saw it coming.]]
* The party finally made it
to rival Mercer's, and the players (and the audience!) clearly have a blast.
Marquet!
* Taliesin slapping [[spoiler: Conan O'Brien]] Scanlan trying to death with Chill Touch.
* TheCameo
buy "spice" from [[spoiler: Matt two teenaged kids is this and Marisha]], who are a 20th level bard hilarious.
* The soothsayer that Percy, Keyleth,
and 20th level monk, respectively. [[spoiler: Marisha]] in particular destroys a tower in one strike.
* Thanks
Vex visit to some really excellent rolls, Sam proves to be a great shot with a bow.
* Liam asked each of
get information from. It was all off the players what class they see themselves top of Matt's head as in order to make their character sheets. Sam chooses Ranger, Laura chooses Rogue, Travis is a Fighter, he gave his card readings.
* As funny as it is, the unplanned synchro answers given by Keyleth
and as for Taliesin? [[CreepyAwesome Warlock]].Percy about whether or not to drink the alcohol is pretty awesome.



[[folder: Episode 59: Into the Feywild]]
* Ashley Johnson got to hang out and play "Ethereal Pike" again!
* If you try to con Percy, make sure he doesn't find out, as we discover when he learns Garmelie the Satyr magically charmed him. (What makes it is Taliesin [[DissonantSerenity maintaining a perfectly serene smile throughout]].)
--> '''Percy:''' Friend, I applaud your cleverness. I am excited by this deal. And I just want you to know - god forbid - if something comes up, where I come from ''[[BadassBoast I am possibly the worst person you've ever met.]]''

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* Grog (with Keyleth's and Scanlan's help) pushing
the Feywild]]
* Ashley Johnson got to hang
construct out and play "Ethereal Pike" again!
* If you try to con Percy, make sure he doesn't find out, as we discover when he learns Garmelie
of the Satyr magically charmed him. (What makes it is window.
** In the same fight, despite being unable to do any relevant damage (due to the construct immunity to all but his d6 of necrotic damage), Percy manages to be helpful by keeping the enemy at disadvantage on his strongest attribute check (although
Taliesin [[DissonantSerenity maintaining a perfectly serene smile throughout]].)
--> '''Percy:''' Friend, I applaud your cleverness. I am excited by this deal. And I just want you
himself didn't seem to know - god forbid - if something comes up, realize it).
* J'mon Sa Ord turns out to be a far greater ally than any of them could have hoped. [[spoiler: Possibly the best ally against a conclave of chromatic dragons, a metallic dragon]].
* In terms of cliffhangers, Matt does it once again as the episode ends with Vox Machina sneaking into the place
where I come from ''[[BadassBoast I am possibly Mistress Asharru, wearer of Cabal's Ruin, may be hiding in... [[spoiler: only to find her dead, the worst person you've ever met.]]''cloak having already been stolen, and with bullets in the wall, meaning that Dr. Anna Ripley is back, [[Franchise/RipleysBelieveItOrNot believe it or not]]]].



[[folder: Episode 60: Heredity and Hats (LIVE)]]
* Percy reveals that [[spoiler:he made Vex ''a titled noble of Whitestone''. For Vex, who was mercilessly bullied as a child for being the daughter of a commoner, this fulfills two of her life ambitions: to make it into high society, and to rub it in her blueblood father's face.]]
* After being charmed by Garmelie in the last episode, Percy gets his revenge and out tricks the trickster that the party had gotten into a deal with. To elaborate, the things Garmelie asked for from this deal are one of High Warden Tyrelda's hats and a piece of a Threshold Crest. The Threshold Crest in this case referring to the blue stones on the city wall that allow Syngorn to travel between the Prime Material and the Feywild, and the party worries that tampering with one of the stones may prevent the city from plane-shifting back. In an impressive use of ExactWords, [[spoiler: Percy instead has him clarify that he would be satisfied with any piece of a threshold crest, and with that in mind he has Keyleth stone shape a symbol of a Whitestone crest from the "threshold" of a door, breaks it, and gives it to him.]] And it ''works''.
* Trinket saves Vex from a bear spirit that was going to kill her and forces its submission (as well as giving him a power-up).
-->'''Bear spirit''': She is your charge?
-->'''Trinket''': She is everything to me. You take her, you take ME.

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* The twins, Grog,
and Hats (LIVE)]]
* Percy reveals that [[spoiler:he made Vex ''a titled noble of Whitestone''. For Vex, who was mercilessly bullied as a child for being the daughter of a commoner, this fulfills two of her life ambitions: to make it into high society, and to rub it in her blueblood father's face.]]
* After being charmed by Garmelie in the last episode, Percy gets his revenge and out tricks the trickster that the party had gotten into a deal with. To elaborate, the things Garmelie asked for from this deal are one of High Warden Tyrelda's hats and a piece of a Threshold Crest. The Threshold Crest in this case referring to the blue stones on the city wall that allow Syngorn to travel between the Prime Material and the Feywild, and the party worries that tampering with one of the stones may prevent the city from plane-shifting back. In an
Keyleth all reached level 15, marking some impressive use changes for the four:
** Vax is now capable
of ExactWords, casting spells and Divine Smite as a level 2 Paladin.
** Vex is now a level 2 Rogue, which grants her Cunning Action.
** Keyleth can now cast 8th-level spells, which means she has amazing options such as Control Weather, Tsunami, and Sunburst.
** Grog is now capable of Persistent Rage, making him a nigh-unstoppable raging killing machine.
* The entire episode was one big CMOA for Keyleth. From discovering [[spoiler:the "bug" on Retort that was placed inside by Dr. Ripley]], to managing to scry on [[spoiler:the doctor as she fled towards the Ozmit Sea to hunt down Whisper]], to casting Control Weather for the first time to part a massive lightning storm, to teaming up with Vax to go [[DeathFromAbove "Keyteor"]] on [[spoiler:Ripley's]] boat so that they could sink it.
* A subtle one should also go to
[[spoiler: Dr. Ripley. By enchanting the pistol she made that Percy instead has him clarify that he would be satisfied with any piece of a threshold crest, and with that in mind he has Keyleth stone shape a symbol of a Whitestone crest took from the "threshold" of a door, breaks it, and gives it to him.]] And it ''works''.
* Trinket saves Vex from a bear spirit that was going to kill her and forces its submission (as well as giving him a power-up).
-->'''Bear spirit''': She is your charge?
-->'''Trinket''': She is
her, she now knows about everything the group has discovered about the Chroma Conclave and the Vestiges. This allowed her to me. You take her, you take ME.completely one up Vox Machina on finding Cabal's Ruin, as well as make significant progress in locating Whisper before the party could even get to her. She's even fashioned a new gun and hand in the time when she was last seen.]]



[[folder:Episode 61: Denizens of the Moonbrush]]
* If you thought Taliesin was insane with his streak of Natural 20s, this episode is tied with Episode 55 for having the highest number of Natural 20s among the party (as well as the most Natural 1s).
** Most notably, Scanlan rolling two Natural 20s even with disadvantage.
* The [[spoiler:pixies]] proving to be both a decent challenge and a large annoyance for Vox Machina, as they were able to cast [[NoSell Counterspell]] in addition to Polymorph and petrification spells.
* After Grog was [[spoiler: turned to stone by the pixies]], Travis held the same thumbs-up position for ''over seven minutes in real time'' without flinching, despite the best efforts of Liam, Laura and Sam to make him flinch.

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* If you thought Taliesin was insane with his streak of Natural 20s, this episode is tied with
[[folder: Episode 55 68: Cloak and Dagger]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley manages to draw Vox Machina into a clever trap, using illusions of herself and [[TheBusCameBack Kynan Leore]] and then detonating the entire forest in a massive fiery blast, severely wounding the entire party, scattering them away from each other, and leaving them wide open to the attacks of her crew. Oh, and Ripley made a pact with Orthax, as well.]]
** In a bout of FridgeBrilliance, you realize [[spoiler:she did what VM did to Umbrasyl, which makes sense since she's been keeping track of them]].
* [[spoiler:Percy manages to roll a Nat 20 to keep his concentration
for having Hex after taking a large amount of damage at the highest number very beginning of Natural 20s among the party (as well as the most Natural 1s).
** Most notably,
fight with Ripley.]]
*
Scanlan rolling two Natural 20s even with disadvantage.
* The [[spoiler:pixies]] proving to be
and Keyleth were both a decent challenge the [=MVPs=] of the encounter:
** [[spoiler:Despite being on death's door several times throughout the fight, having already expended her Wild Shape
and a large annoyance her magic slowly being depleted, Keyleth managed to keep on fighting and focus on keeping Percy alive for Vox Machina, as long as possible.]]
** [[spoiler:Even when
they were able to cast [[NoSell Counterspell]] in addition to Polymorph knocked out by a mage's ''Chain Lightning'', Keyleth losing concentration on her ''Whirlwind'' spell and petrification spells.
Scanlan losing his for ''Reverse Gravity'' caused the trapped mage to plummet into the crevasse and get splattered.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan managed to ''Counterspell'' Ripley's ''Fireball'' spell, which prevented a TPK. Later, as retribution for Percy's death, he manages to encase Ripley inside ''Otiluke's Resilient Sphere'', setting up the coldest kill for an adversary yet.]]
* After Grog was [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley becomes the first villain to kill a member of Vox Machina on stream, dealing the killing shot to Percy.]]
* Late in the fight, after having stabbed Keyleth multiple times, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn Kynan turns his blade on Orthax instead after having realized what he did and Vax managing to persuade him.]]]]
* As tragic as the scene is,
[[spoiler: turned to stone by the pixies]], Travis held the same thumbs-up position ''all'' of Vox Machina taking vengeance on Ripley for ''over seven minutes in real time'' without flinching, despite Percy's death]] is probably the best efforts of Liam, Laura and Sam to make him flinch.How Do You Want To Do This? moment in the entire show.



[[folder:Episode 62: Uninviting Waters (LIVE)]]
* Scanlan cleverly using his Magic Missiles not to attack the creature, but to sever the rope that was keeping the party tied together and severely limiting their movement.
* Grog, swallowed by a Feymire Crocodile, uses the Titanstone Knuckles to double his size and force the beast to vomit him back up.
* Keyleth finally gets to use her Blight spell on a plant-based enemy with devastating effect[[note]]When used on a plant-based enemy, Blight does the maximum damage without requiring a roll, so her Blights did ''64 damage'' each[[/note]], the second time [[spoiler:earning her the HDYWTDT on the creature - her first since the Whitestone arc and only her third on-stream!]] [[PetTheDog Even better was the audience's reaction of chanting her name.]]

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[[folder: Episode 69: Passed Through Fire]]
* Scanlan cleverly using In a bit of meta-awesome, [[spoiler:despite each member of the group succeeding at their various checks in Pike's Resurrection ritual, Matt waited for confirmation from Taliesin as to whether or not the spell worked. To clarify, even though VM got everything right and the spell (according to Matt's house rules) could only have failed if he rolled a Natural 1, he still gave Taliesin the ultimate choice in his Magic Missiles not to attack the creature, but to sever the rope character's fate. That, my friends, is how you DM a game of Dungeons and Dragons.]]
** Similarly, Taliesin and Matt revealed
that was keeping there were "rules" for [[spoiler: the ritual, dictating whether Percy would come back or not based on what the party tied together said and severely limiting their movement.
* Grog, swallowed by a Feymire Crocodile, uses
did. This means that, even without knowing what the Titanstone Knuckles rules ''were'', the party knew Percy well enough to double his size follow them and force convince Percy to return]]. A true testament to this group's closeness and ThePowerOfFriendship (and, in [[spoiler: Vex's case, ThePowerOfLove]] as well).
* When Pike's [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]] is blocked, Keyleth is
the beast to vomit him back up.
one who [[spoiler: casts Greater Restoration and frees Percy's soul from being consumed by Orthax. It's the only thing Percy remembers when he wakes up, and he thanks her sincerely.]]
* Keyleth finally gets to use her Blight spell on a plant-based enemy surprise, handwritten letter from [[spoiler:Kerrek, ''[[VoiceoverLetter narrated by]]'' ''Creator/PatrickRothfuss himself'']]. As the final touch, the envelope also contains a gift: [[spoiler:a ring forged from the metal of a sword, engraved with devastating effect[[note]]When used on a plant-based enemy, Blight does the maximum damage without requiring a roll, so her Blights did ''64 damage'' each[[/note]], words "I have passed through fire"]].
* For
the second time [[spoiler:earning her episode's cliffhanger Matt drops another massive hammer onto the HDYWTDT on group that has Travis and Laura jumping off their seats with excitement: Seeker Asum has a private meeting with Vox Machina and reveals that [[spoiler:he is Raishan, the creature - her first since Chroma Conclave's green dragon, in disguise. She wants their help to kill Thordak, the Whitestone arc and only her third on-stream!]] [[PetTheDog Even better was the audience's reaction of chanting her name.]]Conclave's leader]].



[[folder:Episode 63: The Echo Tree]]
* Keyleth goes fire elemental on the two treants supporting [[spoiler:Saundor]] and, with some ingenious use of Tree Stride, ''destroys'' them thanks to their vulnerability to fire.
* After spending most of the previous fights in the Feywild in various states of incapacitation, and desperately trying to get a hit during their fight with [[spoiler:Saundor, Grog lands the HDYWTDT on Saundor by throwing the Javelin of Lightning through his mouth and causing his entire body to explode. The ShutUpHannibal right before it ("Nobody cares!") was also ''particularly'' appropriate.]]
* The description of Saundor and his conversation with Vex. Matt using aspects of Vex's backstory that had just been revealed in a short story makes for one of the most atmospheric villains the party has encountered yet.

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* Keyleth goes fire elemental on holds NOTHING back in a scathing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to [[spoiler:Raishan]].
* [[spoiler:Raishan]], MagnificentBastard that [[spoiler:she]] is, is still just as amazing throughout
the two treants supporting [[spoiler:Saundor]] and, episode, baiting Keyleth but never rising to her bait, effortlessly controlling conversations even when everyone else is clearly hostile to [[spoiler:her]], and very possibly [[spoiler:sneaking with some ingenious use of Tree Stride, ''destroys'' them thanks to their vulnerability to fire.
* After spending most of the previous fights in the Feywild in various states of incapacitation, and desperately trying to get a hit during their fight with [[spoiler:Saundor, Grog lands the HDYWTDT on Saundor by throwing the Javelin of Lightning
Draconia through his mouth and causing his entire body the Sun Tree, despite Percy telling her that they would meet her there so as not to explode. The ShutUpHannibal right before it ("Nobody cares!") was also ''particularly'' appropriate.clue her in to Kima traveling with them.]]
* The description of Saundor and his conversation ** Conversely, during the talks with Vex. Matt using aspects [[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy manages to remain calm enough to prevent Keyleth from attacking (which would probably have destroyed Whitestone). He also takes the lead in convincing [[spoiler: Raishan to help fight Vorugal]], and later manages to twist the deal to allow [[spoiler: Lady Kima to join the fight, despite the fact that Raishan explicitly told them not to tell anyone else]]. By the end of their conversations, even [[spoiler: Raishan]] develops a grudging respect for him - and it's all capped off by the reveal that [[spoiler: Percy has been ''terrified'' the entire time, as he collapses in panic after Raishan leaves]]. It just goes to show that when Vex and Keyleth told him how much they needed him during his [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]], they were not exaggerating in the slightest.
*
Vex's backstory that had just been revealed in a short story makes for one of insanely awesome plan to [[spoiler: summon the most atmospheric villains demon holding the party has encountered yet.Spire of Conflux from the Abyss and let it fight Vorugal]]. Percy's reaction is a literal gasp of awe.
-->'''Percy:''' It's brazen. I like it.
* Lady Kima landing a nat 20 on a retaliatory maul swing at [[spoiler:Scanlan]] is this plus CrowningMomentOfFunny.



[[folder:Episode 64: The Frigid Doom]]
* Of all people, it's Keyleth who (with a damn good Persuasion roll of 25) manages to persuade [[spoiler:Tooma]] into trusting that her tribe and Vox Machina have similar goals and therefore are people of their word. Even the party is impressed with her words, especially since she wasn't very successful with negotiating in the past.
--> '''Keyleth:''' ''(in response to [[spoiler:Tooma's]] claims)'' I think faith and trust are not mutually exclusive. I cannot trust you and still have faith, and you should not feel a lack of pride for living in the dirt or surviving. There's nothing wrong with that. But I understand your urge to want to rebuild, become the great culture that I know you all are. So... you should at least trust that we have similar interests in the end.

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* Scanlan [[spoiler:summoning Yenk with ''barely'' a passing roll (DC was 19, the roll with every buff and assistance combined was 20) and then ''successfully dominating Yenk's mind''.]]
*
The Frigid Doom]]
entire first part of the battle is an epic display, though Matt jokingly describes it as everyone "watching him play with his toys."
* Of all people, Vax entering the fight by flying in and dealing 84 damage with a auto-crit Sneak Attack.
* [[spoiler:Divine Intervention ''finally worked!!'' Saranrae tells Pike she'll do her best and then smites Vorgual to the ground and leaving a giant fist sized crater for 50 points of damage.]]
* Grog and Lady Kima tag teaming [[spoiler:Yenk]], Kima proving that she's still the same badass she was in the Underdark by going to town against [[spoiler:the goristro]] with her Holy Thunder Maul and Divine Smite, and Grog hitting for an obscene amount of damage [[spoiler: using reckless attacks and great master he hits for 129 points of damage in a single attack action]] in one attack and later getting the HDYWTDT by [[spoiler:[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe ripping Yenk in half like a wishbone]]]].
* Vex [[spoiler:getting the HDYWTDT on Vorugal]], followed by an EpicOneLiner from [[spoiler:Raishan]], who rips [[spoiler:Vorugal's]] throat out with [[spoiler:her]] teeth.
-->[[spoiler:'''Raishan''']]: Tell your master on the other side... ''it was worth it!''
* [[spoiler:Keyleth finally gets her prized Vestige. [[https://twitter.com/Marisha_Ray/status/787425805307514880 And
it's Keyleth who (with a damn good Persuasion roll of 25) manages to persuade [[spoiler:Tooma]] into trusting Vestige that has been used by her tribe and Vox Machina have similar goals and therefore are people of their word. Even the party is impressed with her words, especially since she wasn't very successful with negotiating in the past.
--> '''Keyleth:''' ''(in response to [[spoiler:Tooma's]] claims)'' I think faith and trust are not mutually exclusive. I cannot trust you and still have faith, and you should not feel a lack of pride for living in the dirt or surviving. There's nothing wrong with that. But I understand your urge to want to rebuild, become the great culture that I know you all are. So... you should at least trust that we have similar interests in the end.
previously!]]]]



[[folder:Episode 65: The Streets of Ank'Harel]]
* Liam and Marisha's RP in the opening moments of the episode, especially from Marisha as [[spoiler:[[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Keyleth confesses her love to Vax after keeping him waiting for so long]]. And best of all, not even Liam, who had dropped the mic himself when Vax confessed to Keyleth in Episode 33, saw it coming.]]
* The party finally made it to Marquet!
* Scanlan trying to buy "spice" from two teenaged kids is this and hilarious.
* The soothsayer that Percy, Keyleth, and Vex visit to get information from. It was all off the top of Matt's head as he gave his card readings.
* As funny as it is, the unplanned synchro answers given by Keyleth and Percy about whether or not to drink the alcohol is pretty awesome.

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* Liam and Marisha's RP in the opening moments of the episode, especially from Marisha as [[spoiler:[[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Keyleth confesses her love to Vax after keeping him waiting for so long]]. And best of all, not even Liam, who had dropped the mic himself when Vax confessed to Keyleth in
[[folder: Episode 33, saw it coming.]]
*
72: The party finally made it to Marquet!
* Scanlan trying to buy "spice" from two teenaged kids is this and hilarious.
* The soothsayer that Percy, Keyleth, and Vex visit to get information from. It was all off
Elephant in the top of Matt's head as he gave his card readings.
Room]]
* As funny as it is, Say what you will, but the unplanned synchro answers given by Keyleth and casual confidence with which [[spoiler: Percy about whether or not to drink the alcohol kisses Vex]] is pretty awesome.
* Kima gets [[spoiler: Holy Avenger!]] When Grog suggests [[spoiler: inheriting her maul]], she casually hefts both onto her shoulders and says, "Nah. I'm good." Grog agrees that that. is.
awesome.



[[folder:Episode 66: A Traveler's Gamble]]
* Grog (with Keyleth's and Scanlan's help) pushing the construct out of the window.
** In the same fight, despite being unable to do any relevant damage (due to the construct immunity to all but his d6 of necrotic damage), Percy manages to be helpful by keeping the enemy at disadvantage on his strongest attribute check (although Taliesin himself didn't seem to realize it).
* J'mon Sa Ord turns out to be a far greater ally than any of them could have hoped. [[spoiler: Possibly the best ally against a conclave of chromatic dragons, a metallic dragon]].
* In terms of cliffhangers, Matt does it once again as the episode ends with Vox Machina sneaking into the place where Mistress Asharru, wearer of Cabal's Ruin, may be hiding in... [[spoiler: only to find her dead, the cloak having already been stolen, and with bullets in the wall, meaning that Dr. Anna Ripley is back, [[Franchise/RipleysBelieveItOrNot believe it or not]]]].

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[[folder: Episode 73: The Coming Storm]]
* Grog (with Keyleth's During a war council meeting between Vox Machina, every major NPC in Whitestone, and Scanlan's help) pushing the construct out of the window.
** In the same fight, despite being unable to do any relevant damage (due to the construct immunity to all but his d6 of necrotic damage), Percy manages to be helpful by keeping the enemy at disadvantage on his strongest attribute check (although Taliesin himself didn't seem to realize it).
* J'mon Sa Ord turns out to be a far greater ally than any of them could have hoped.
[[spoiler: Possibly the best ally against a conclave Raishan]], Percy abruptly becomes sick of chromatic dragons, a metallic dragon]].
* In terms of cliffhangers, Matt does it once again as the episode ends with Vox Machina sneaking into the place where Mistress Asharru, wearer of Cabal's Ruin, may be hiding in...
secrets and lies and [[spoiler: only to find her dead, ''attacks Raishan in Seeker Assum's form'']], revealing the cloak having already been stolen, and with bullets truth to everyone in the wall, meaning room and forcing [[spoiler: her]] to come clean to the major power figures in Whitestone.
* Vex is absolutely on a roll with her brilliant battle strategies. Three episodes ago it was [[spoiler: Yenk vs Vorugal]], and this time it's [[spoiler: convincing Raishan to fake her death in order to draw out Thordak]]. Time will tell if
that Dr. Anna Ripley is back, [[Franchise/RipleysBelieveItOrNot believe plan succeeds, but even [[spoiler: Raishan]] considers it or not]]]].seriously.



[[folder:Episode 67: The Chase to Glintshore]]
* The twins, Grog, and Keyleth all reached level 15, marking some impressive changes for the four:
** Vax is now capable of casting spells and Divine Smite as a level 2 Paladin.
** Vex is now a level 2 Rogue, which grants her Cunning Action.
** Keyleth can now cast 8th-level spells, which means she has amazing options such as Control Weather, Tsunami, and Sunburst.
** Grog is now capable of Persistent Rage, making him a nigh-unstoppable raging killing machine.
* The entire episode was one big CMOA for Keyleth. From discovering [[spoiler:the "bug" on Retort that was placed inside by Dr. Ripley]], to managing to scry on [[spoiler:the doctor as she fled towards the Ozmit Sea to hunt down Whisper]], to casting Control Weather for the first time to part a massive lightning storm, to teaming up with Vax to go [[DeathFromAbove "Keyteor"]] on [[spoiler:Ripley's]] boat so that they could sink it.
* A subtle one should also go to [[spoiler: Dr. Ripley. By enchanting the pistol she made that Percy took from her, she now knows about everything the group has discovered about the Chroma Conclave and the Vestiges. This allowed her to completely one up Vox Machina on finding Cabal's Ruin, as well as make significant progress in locating Whisper before the party could even get to her. She's even fashioned a new gun and hand in the time when she was last seen.]]

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* The twins, Grog, and Keyleth all reached level 15, marking some impressive changes for the four:
** Vax is now capable
[[folder: Episode 74: Path of casting spells and Divine Smite as a level 2 Paladin.
** Vex is now a level 2 Rogue, which grants her Cunning Action.
** Keyleth can now cast 8th-level spells, which means she has amazing options such as Control Weather, Tsunami, and Sunburst.
** Grog is now capable of Persistent Rage, making him a nigh-unstoppable raging killing machine.
Brass]]
* The entire episode was one big CMOA for Keyleth. From discovering [[spoiler:the "bug" on Retort that was placed inside by Dr. Ripley]], to managing to scry on [[spoiler:the doctor as she fled towards the Ozmit Sea to hunt down Whisper]], to casting Control Weather for the first time to part a massive lightning storm, to teaming up Not familiar with Vax to go [[DeathFromAbove "Keyteor"]] on [[spoiler:Ripley's]] boat so that they could sink it.
* A subtle one should also go to [[spoiler: Dr. Ripley. By enchanting
the pistol she made that Percy took from her, she now knows about everything culture in the group has discovered about the Chroma Conclave and the Vestiges. This allowed her to completely one up Vox Machina on finding Cabal's Ruin, as well as make significant progress in locating Whisper before City of Brass, half the party could even get is being herded away from the others by efreet to her. She's even fashioned a new gun be forced into slavery. Nothing Pike, Grog, or Keyleth tries is at all effective in getting them out of the situation. Who saves the day and hand in the time when she was last seen.]]gets them away scot free without a fight? Scanlan, with one well-placed Dominate Monster.



[[folder: Episode 68: Cloak and Dagger]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley manages to draw Vox Machina into a clever trap, using illusions of herself and [[TheBusCameBack Kynan Leore]] and then detonating the entire forest in a massive fiery blast, severely wounding the entire party, scattering them away from each other, and leaving them wide open to the attacks of her crew. Oh, and Ripley made a pact with Orthax, as well.]]
** In a bout of FridgeBrilliance, you realize [[spoiler:she did what VM did to Umbrasyl, which makes sense since she's been keeping track of them]].
* [[spoiler:Percy manages to roll a Nat 20 to keep his concentration for Hex after taking a large amount of damage at the very beginning of the fight with Ripley.]]
* Scanlan and Keyleth were both the [=MVPs=] of the encounter:
** [[spoiler:Despite being on death's door several times throughout the fight, having already expended her Wild Shape and her magic slowly being depleted, Keyleth managed to keep on fighting and focus on keeping Percy alive for as long as possible.]]
** [[spoiler:Even when they were knocked out by a mage's ''Chain Lightning'', Keyleth losing concentration on her ''Whirlwind'' spell and Scanlan losing his for ''Reverse Gravity'' caused the trapped mage to plummet into the crevasse and get splattered.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan managed to ''Counterspell'' Ripley's ''Fireball'' spell, which prevented a TPK. Later, as retribution for Percy's death, he manages to encase Ripley inside ''Otiluke's Resilient Sphere'', setting up the coldest kill for an adversary yet.]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley becomes the first villain to kill a member of Vox Machina on stream, dealing the killing shot to Percy.]]
* Late in the fight, after having stabbed Keyleth multiple times, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn Kynan turns his blade on Orthax instead after having realized what he did and Vax managing to persuade him.]]]]
* As tragic as the scene is, [[spoiler: ''all'' of Vox Machina taking vengeance on Ripley for Percy's death]] is probably the best How Do You Want To Do This? moment in the entire show.

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[[folder:Episode 75: Where The Cards Fall]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley manages to draw Vox Machina into a clever trap, using illusions of herself and [[TheBusCameBack Kynan Leore]] and then detonating the entire forest in a massive fiery blast, severely wounding the entire party, scattering them away from each other, and leaving them wide open to the attacks of her crew. Oh, and Ripley made a pact with Orthax, Despite not being as well.]]
** In a bout of FridgeBrilliance, you realize [[spoiler:she did what VM did to Umbrasyl, which makes sense since she's been keeping track of them]].
* [[spoiler:Percy manages to roll a Nat 20 to keep his concentration for Hex after taking a large amount of damage at the very beginning of the fight with Ripley.]]
*
eloquent as Scanlan or Percy, and Keyleth were both the [=MVPs=] of the encounter:
** [[spoiler:Despite
due to being on death's door several times throughout the fight, having already expended her Wild Shape and her magic slowly being depleted, Keyleth managed to keep on fighting and focus on keeping Percy alive for as long as possible.]]
** [[spoiler:Even when they were knocked out by a mage's ''Chain Lightning'', Keyleth losing concentration on her ''Whirlwind'' spell and Scanlan losing his for ''Reverse Gravity'' caused the trapped mage to plummet into the crevasse and get splattered.]]
** [[spoiler:Scanlan managed to ''Counterspell'' Ripley's ''Fireball'' spell, which prevented a TPK. Later, as retribution for Percy's death, he manages to encase Ripley inside ''Otiluke's Resilient Sphere'', setting up the coldest kill for an adversary yet.]]
* [[spoiler:Dr. Ripley becomes the first villain to kill a member
one of two members of Vox Machina on stream, dealing the killing shot to Percy.]]
* Late
not be in the fight, after having stabbed chains, Keyleth multiple times, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn Kynan turns his blade on Orthax instead after having realized what he did manages to successfully negotiate with the fire giants of the City of Brass not once, but twice. The first time being when she bartered with a blacksmith for information and Vax managing to persuade him.]]]]
* As tragic as
the scene is, [[spoiler: ''all'' of Vox Machina taking vengeance on Ripley for Percy's death]] is probably second time with two guards defending the best How Do You Want To Do This? moment in house of the entire show.one who owns the Plate of the Dawnmartyr, her efforts granting them access to the owner's abode.
* The owner of the Plate of the Dawnmartyr successfully beating Scanlan in a game of chance.



[[folder: Episode 69: Passed Through Fire]]
* In a bit of meta-awesome, [[spoiler:despite each member of the group succeeding at their various checks in Pike's Resurrection ritual, Matt waited for confirmation from Taliesin as to whether or not the spell worked. To clarify, even though VM got everything right and the spell (according to Matt's house rules) could only have failed if he rolled a Natural 1, he still gave Taliesin the ultimate choice in his character's fate. That, my friends, is how you DM a game of Dungeons and Dragons.]]
** Similarly, Taliesin and Matt revealed that there were "rules" for [[spoiler: the ritual, dictating whether Percy would come back or not based on what the party said and did. This means that, even without knowing what the rules ''were'', the party knew Percy well enough to follow them and convince Percy to return]]. A true testament to this group's closeness and ThePowerOfFriendship (and, in [[spoiler: Vex's case, ThePowerOfLove]] as well).
* When Pike's [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]] is blocked, Keyleth is the one who [[spoiler: casts Greater Restoration and frees Percy's soul from being consumed by Orthax. It's the only thing Percy remembers when he wakes up, and he thanks her sincerely.]]
* Keyleth gets a surprise, handwritten letter from [[spoiler:Kerrek, ''[[VoiceoverLetter narrated by]]'' ''Creator/PatrickRothfuss himself'']]. As the final touch, the envelope also contains a gift: [[spoiler:a ring forged from the metal of a sword, engraved with the words "I have passed through fire"]].
* For the episode's cliffhanger Matt drops another massive hammer onto the group that has Travis and Laura jumping off their seats with excitement: Seeker Asum has a private meeting with Vox Machina and reveals that [[spoiler:he is Raishan, the Chroma Conclave's green dragon, in disguise. She wants their help to kill Thordak, the Conclave's leader]].

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* In a bit of meta-awesome, [[spoiler:despite each member of
76: Brawl in the group succeeding Arches]]
* Vax's dive towards Keyleth, grabbing her, and kissing her while simultaneously casting ''Heroism''. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Becomes much, MUCH more hilarious once they all realize that the druid looked like Vex
at their various checks in Pike's Resurrection ritual, Matt waited the time.]] But Vax? He didn't care.
** Even more amazing is Vax being able to maintain concentration on ''Heroism'' despite suffering multiple heavy attacks. Not bad
for confirmation from Taliesin as to whether or not the spell worked. To clarify, even though VM got everything right and the spell (according to Matt's house rules) could someone with only have failed if he rolled a Natural 1, he still gave Taliesin the ultimate choice 10 Constitution.
* Scanlan awakens Mythcarver, which allows him to perform ''four attacks''
in his character's fate. That, my friends, is how you DM a game of Dungeons and Dragons.]]
** Similarly, Taliesin and Matt revealed that there were "rules" for
row against a Pit Fiend. [[spoiler: the ritual, dictating whether Percy would come back or not based on what the party said and did. This means that, even without knowing what the rules ''were'', the party knew Percy well enough to follow them and convince Percy to return]]. A true testament to this group's closeness and ThePowerOfFriendship (and, in [[spoiler: Vex's case, ThePowerOfLove]] as well).
* When Pike's [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]] is blocked, Keyleth is the one who [[spoiler: casts Greater Restoration and frees Percy's soul from being consumed by Orthax.
It's the only thing Percy remembers when he wakes up, and he thanks her sincerely.]]
* Keyleth gets a surprise, handwritten letter from [[spoiler:Kerrek, ''[[VoiceoverLetter narrated by]]'' ''Creator/PatrickRothfuss himself'']]. As
HDYWTDT]]. And that's not even the final touch, the envelope also contains coolest part: immediately afterward, Scanlan uses Modify Memory to brainwash a gift: [[spoiler:a ring forged from the metal of a sword, engraved with the words "I have passed through fire"]].
* For the episode's cliffhanger Matt drops another massive hammer onto
witness so the group that has Travis and Laura jumping off their seats with excitement: Seeker Asum has a private meeting with Vox Machina and reveals that [[spoiler:he is Raishan, doesn't get arrested/murdered/pursued by the Chroma Conclave's green dragon, ''fifty thousand'' Efreeti guards in disguise. She wants their help to kill Thordak, the Conclave's leader]].City of Brass. Easily the most clutch Scanlan victory since the triceratops rampage.



[[folder: Episode 70: Trust]]
* Keyleth holds NOTHING back in a scathing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to [[spoiler:Raishan]].
* [[spoiler:Raishan]], MagnificentBastard that [[spoiler:she]] is, is still just as amazing throughout the episode, baiting Keyleth but never rising to her bait, effortlessly controlling conversations even when everyone else is clearly hostile to [[spoiler:her]], and very possibly [[spoiler:sneaking with them to Draconia through the Sun Tree, despite Percy telling her that they would meet her there so as not to clue her in to Kima traveling with them.]]
** Conversely, during the talks with [[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy manages to remain calm enough to prevent Keyleth from attacking (which would probably have destroyed Whitestone). He also takes the lead in convincing [[spoiler: Raishan to help fight Vorugal]], and later manages to twist the deal to allow [[spoiler: Lady Kima to join the fight, despite the fact that Raishan explicitly told them not to tell anyone else]]. By the end of their conversations, even [[spoiler: Raishan]] develops a grudging respect for him - and it's all capped off by the reveal that [[spoiler: Percy has been ''terrified'' the entire time, as he collapses in panic after Raishan leaves]]. It just goes to show that when Vex and Keyleth told him how much they needed him during his [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]], they were not exaggerating in the slightest.
* Vex's insanely awesome plan to [[spoiler: summon the demon holding the Spire of Conflux from the Abyss and let it fight Vorugal]]. Percy's reaction is a literal gasp of awe.
-->'''Percy:''' It's brazen. I like it.
* Lady Kima landing a nat 20 on a retaliatory maul swing at [[spoiler:Scanlan]] is this plus CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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[[folder:Episode 77: Clash at Daxio]]
* Level 16, like level 12, marked even more noteworthy changes that are mentioned in this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax took the Oath of Vengeance as a level 3 paladin]].
** Vex took the assassin archetype as a level 3 rogue.
**
Keyleth holds NOTHING back in a scathing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to [[spoiler:Raishan]].
* [[spoiler:Raishan]], MagnificentBastard that [[spoiler:she]] is, is still just as amazing throughout
took the episode, baiting Keyleth War Caster feat, giving her advantage on concentration checks and the ability to cast spells as opportunity attacks.
** Grog multiclassed into Fighter.
* A villainous one,
but never rising the enemy spellcaster managed to both take Allura and Feeblemind her bait, effortlessly controlling conversations even when under everyone else is clearly hostile else's nose ''and'' to [[spoiler:her]], and very possibly [[spoiler:sneaking with them to Draconia through mind-control Vex for a good portion of the Sun Tree, despite Percy telling her that they would meet her there so as not to clue her in to Kima traveling with them.]]
** Conversely, during the talks with [[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy manages to remain calm enough to prevent Keyleth from attacking (which would probably have destroyed Whitestone). He also takes the lead in convincing [[spoiler: Raishan to help fight Vorugal]], and later manages to twist the deal to allow [[spoiler: Lady Kima to join the fight, despite the fact that Raishan explicitly told them not to tell anyone else]]. By the end of their conversations, even [[spoiler: Raishan]] develops a grudging respect for him - and it's all capped off by the reveal that [[spoiler: Percy has been ''terrified'' the entire time, as he collapses in panic after Raishan leaves]]. It just goes to show that when Vex and Keyleth told him how much they needed him during his [[spoiler: resurrection ritual]], they were not exaggerating in the slightest.
* Vex's insanely awesome plan to [[spoiler: summon the demon holding the Spire of Conflux from the Abyss and let it fight Vorugal]]. Percy's reaction is a literal gasp of awe.
-->'''Percy:''' It's brazen. I like it.
fight.
* Lady Kima landing a nat 20 on a retaliatory maul swing at [[spoiler:Scanlan]] enters the battlefield. How? By throwing away the aforementioned spellcaster and striking him twice. To make it even sweeter, the second hit is a critical and breaks his concentration, freeing Vex.
* Credit must be given to Vox Machina's sheer endurance, since they managed to fight
this plus CrowningMomentOfFunny.battle despite coming from a very harsh fight with a ''pit fiend''.



[[folder: Episode 71: Vorugal]]
* Scanlan [[spoiler:summoning Yenk with ''barely'' a passing roll (DC was 19, the roll with every buff and assistance combined was 20) and then ''successfully dominating Yenk's mind''.]]
* The entire first part of the battle is an epic display, though Matt jokingly describes it as everyone "watching him play with his toys."
* Vax entering the fight by flying in and dealing 84 damage with a auto-crit Sneak Attack.
* [[spoiler:Divine Intervention ''finally worked!!'' Saranrae tells Pike she'll do her best and then smites Vorgual to the ground and leaving a giant fist sized crater for 50 points of damage.]]
* Grog and Lady Kima tag teaming [[spoiler:Yenk]], Kima proving that she's still the same badass she was in the Underdark by going to town against [[spoiler:the goristro]] with her Holy Thunder Maul and Divine Smite, and Grog hitting for an obscene amount of damage [[spoiler: using reckless attacks and great master he hits for 129 points of damage in a single attack action]] in one attack and later getting the HDYWTDT by [[spoiler:[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe ripping Yenk in half like a wishbone]]]].
* Vex [[spoiler:getting the HDYWTDT on Vorugal]], followed by an EpicOneLiner from [[spoiler:Raishan]], who rips [[spoiler:Vorugal's]] throat out with [[spoiler:her]] teeth.
-->[[spoiler:'''Raishan''']]: Tell your master on the other side... ''it was worth it!''
* [[spoiler:Keyleth finally gets her prized Vestige. [[https://twitter.com/Marisha_Ray/status/787425805307514880 And it's a Vestige that has been used by her people previously!]]]]

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[[folder: Episode 71: Vorugal]]
* Scanlan [[spoiler:summoning Yenk with ''barely'' a passing roll (DC was 19, the roll with every buff and assistance combined was 20) and then ''successfully dominating Yenk's mind''.]]
*
78: The entire first part Siege of the battle is an epic display, though Matt jokingly describes it as everyone "watching him play with his toys."
Emon]]
* Vax entering the fight by flying in and dealing 84 damage with a auto-crit Sneak Attack.
* [[spoiler:Divine Intervention ''finally worked!!'' Saranrae tells Pike she'll do her best and then smites Vorgual to the ground and leaving a giant fist sized crater for 50 points of damage.]]
* Grog and Lady Kima tag teaming [[spoiler:Yenk]], Kima proving that she's still the same badass she was in the Underdark by going to town against [[spoiler:the goristro]] with her Holy Thunder Maul and Divine Smite, and Grog hitting for an obscene amount of damage
A lesser one, but when [[spoiler: using reckless attacks Kashaw]] joins the group he is quick to find and great master he hits fill the holes in Vox Machina's plan.
* A Minor one, also when [[spoiler: Kashaw]] fills the holes in VM's plan. it is revealed just how much Will knows about war tactics and how to win a battle.
* Grog showing his vestige's siege abilities.
* [[spoiler: Zahra and Kashaw]] staying behind to hold back Thordak's fire giants while Vox Machina sneaks through.
* One goes to Matt
for 129 points of damage in a single attack action]] in one attack and later getting the HDYWTDT by [[spoiler:[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe ripping Yenk in half like a wishbone]]]].
* Vex [[spoiler:getting the HDYWTDT on Vorugal]], followed by an EpicOneLiner
descriptions. Everything, from [[spoiler:Raishan]], who rips [[spoiler:Vorugal's]] throat out the sight of Emon's ruins to the arrival of Thordak himself gives you the scale of what they are facing, and what's at stake. And, once again, Matt ends with [[spoiler:her]] teeth.
-->[[spoiler:'''Raishan''']]: Tell your master on
a cliffhanger, right after Thordak senses the other side... ''it was worth it!''
* [[spoiler:Keyleth finally gets her prized Vestige. [[https://twitter.com/Marisha_Ray/status/787425805307514880 And it's a Vestige that has been used by her people previously!]]]]
presence of intruders.



[[folder: Episode 72: The Elephant in the Room]]
* Say what you will, but the casual confidence with which [[spoiler: Percy kisses Vex]] is pretty awesome.
* Kima gets [[spoiler: Holy Avenger!]] When Grog suggests [[spoiler: inheriting her maul]], she casually hefts both onto her shoulders and says, "Nah. I'm good." Grog agrees that that. is. awesome.

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[[folder: Episode 72: The Elephant in 79: Thordak]]
* As if all
the Room]]
* Say what you will, but
already licensed music being used wasn't enough, Blizzard gave Matt permission to use their music, just in time for the casual confidence with which epic Thordak fight!
* Vax
[[spoiler: Percy kisses Vex]] awakening Whisper with the killing blow on Thordak.]]
* Vax putting to good use the dragonslayer sword and his paladin's abilities during the fight. The highlight
is pretty awesome.
a turn when he manages to combine the Sneak Attack, Smite and Hunter's Mark damage with a critical hit for a total of 102 damage with ''one'' hit.
* Kima gets The whole battle is probably a crowning moment for Matt as a DM. [[spoiler: Holy Avenger!]] When Grog suggests Not only is he controlling Thordak, he's also playing as multiple friendly [=NPCs=] and keeping track of the lair actions. On top of all of that, he keeps adding elements as allies of Vox Machina and Thordak join in the already incredibly chaotic fight. And all the while he's giving a nightmare-inducing performance of Thordak's rage and insanity.]]
* The ending, finding out that
[[spoiler: inheriting her maul]], she casually hefts both onto her shoulders Thordak was experimenting on dragon's eggs, apparently managing to mix different dragon types into one. Oh, and says, "Nah. I'm good." Grog agrees that that. is. awesome.a "Meteor Swarm", a 9-th level spell, was cast.]]



[[folder: Episode 73: The Coming Storm]]
* During a war council meeting between Vox Machina, every major NPC in Whitestone, and [[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy abruptly becomes sick of secrets and lies and [[spoiler: ''attacks Raishan in Seeker Assum's form'']], revealing the truth to everyone in the room and forcing [[spoiler: her]] to come clean to the major power figures in Whitestone.
* Vex is absolutely on a roll with her brilliant battle strategies. Three episodes ago it was [[spoiler: Yenk vs Vorugal]], and this time it's [[spoiler: convincing Raishan to fake her death in order to draw out Thordak]]. Time will tell if that plan succeeds, but even [[spoiler: Raishan]] considers it seriously.

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80: Raishan]]
* During Pike [[spoiler:single-handedly resurrects both Vex and Scanlan during the fight with Raishan, successfully pulling off a war council meeting between Vox Machina, one-woman resurrection ritual not once but ''twice'', even doing so while the battle is ''still going on around her'' for Vex.]]
** It's worth noting that the above happened while Ashley wasn't even at the table, turning this into a moment of awesome for [[spoiler:Liam for the first mini-ritual and Laura for the second]] for being able to pull that off with a character that isn't even there.
* [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Scanlan. Counterspelling. A freaking]] ''[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Prismatic Spray]]''.
* [[spoiler:Raishan outmaneuvers the party at nearly
every major NPC in Whitestone, step of the fight, causing no fewer than two deaths while also keeping most of the party unconscious to boot.]] The only thing to really throw her off is another awesome moment all by itself: [[spoiler:after much persuasion from the rest of the party and with the fight rapidly going downhill, Scanlan plays the flute and summons Dev'ossa, the ancient bronze dragon that rules Ank'Harel.]]
** What's even better is that
[[spoiler: Raishan]], Percy abruptly becomes sick of secrets despite Vox Machina and lies their allies giving everything they've got in this fight and outnumbering their opponent ''11 to 1'', '''''[[TheBadGuyWins Raishan wins.]]''''' While she does take a nearly fatal beating in the process, the Diseased Deceiver manages to accomplish her objective of escaping with Thordak's body and two intact dragon eggs while giving her enemies one hell of a bloody nose in the process, ''and'' she finds out about their trump card, Dev'ossa. The significance of her triumph cannot be understated; Raishan now has all the tools she needs to have the best possible advantage over Vox Machina and even all of Tal'Dorei, and ''[[FridgeHorror nobody but she]]'' knows where she's going or what she'll do.]] This is also impressive on a meta level: Vox Machina has [[spoiler: ''attacks Raishan [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin never lost a fight before in Seeker Assum's form'']], revealing their entire run]] (not counting Grog's first spat at the truth to everyone Crucible with Kern or the arm wrestling contest at Whitestone). Sure, they've taken losses, but they always got the job done in the room and forcing [[spoiler: her]] to come clean to the major power figures in Whitestone.
* Vex is absolutely on a roll with her brilliant battle strategies. Three episodes ago it was [[spoiler: Yenk vs Vorugal]], and this time it's [[spoiler: convincing Raishan to fake her death in order to draw out Thordak]]. Time will tell if that plan succeeds, but even [[spoiler:
end. After about three years of playtime, [[MagnificentBastard Raishan]] considers it seriously.is ''the only entity to have objectively defeated them.'']]



[[folder: Episode 74: Path of Brass]]
* Not familiar with the culture in the City of Brass, half the party is being herded away from the others by efreet to be forced into slavery. Nothing Pike, Grog, or Keyleth tries is at all effective in getting them out of the situation. Who saves the day and gets them away scot free without a fight? Scanlan, with one well-placed Dominate Monster.

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[[folder: Episode 74: Path of Brass]]
* Not familiar with
81: What Lies Beneath the culture in the City of Brass, half the party is being herded away from the others by efreet to be forced Surface]]
* Patrick Rothfuss has returned! Kerrek gets a Dynamic Entry back
into slavery. Nothing the story, striking down a fire giant to save Vox Machina.
* Allura (an arcanist) becomes the second person able to resist the effects of Grog's alcohol, and unlike
Pike, Grog, or Keyleth tries is at all effective in getting them out of she does not make the situation. Who saves mistake of trying a second time.
* Scanlan somehow managed to get through
the day past two episodes and gets them away scot free without a fight? Scanlan, with one well-placed Dominate Monster.still have an 8th level spell available.



[[folder:Episode 75: Where The Cards Fall]]
* Despite not being as eloquent as Scanlan or Percy, and due to being one of two members of Vox Machina to not be in chains, Keyleth manages to successfully negotiate with the fire giants of the City of Brass not once, but twice. The first time being when she bartered with a blacksmith for information and the second time with two guards defending the house of the one who owns the Plate of the Dawnmartyr, her efforts granting them access to the owner's abode.
* The owner of the Plate of the Dawnmartyr successfully beating Scanlan in a game of chance.

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[[folder: Episode 82: Deadly Echoes]]
* Despite not being as eloquent Percy and Scanlan reach level 16, with Percy bumping up his intelligence to a max of 20.
* Taliesin and Marisha's performances
as Scanlan or Percy, while Sam is absent. It's also a CrowningMomentOfFunny because they both sing as Scanlan, Taliesin after using Dispel Magic and due to being one of two members of Vox Machina to not be in chains, Keyleth manages to successfully negotiate with the fire giants of the City of Brass not once, but twice. The first time being Marisha when she bartered with a blacksmith for information and the second time with two guards defending the house of the one who owns the Plate of the Dawnmartyr, her efforts granting them access to the owner's abode.
* The owner of the Plate of the Dawnmartyr successfully beating Scanlan in a game of chance.
inspiring Percy.



[[folder: Episode 76: Brawl in the Arches]]
* Vax's dive towards Keyleth, grabbing her, and kissing her while simultaneously casting ''Heroism''. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Becomes much, MUCH more hilarious once they all realize that the druid looked like Vex at the time.]] But Vax? He didn't care.
** Even more amazing is Vax being able to maintain concentration on ''Heroism'' despite suffering multiple heavy attacks. Not bad for someone with only 10 Constitution.
* Scanlan awakens Mythcarver, which allows him to perform ''four attacks'' in a row against a Pit Fiend. [[spoiler: It's the HDYWTDT]]. And that's not even the coolest part: immediately afterward, Scanlan uses Modify Memory to brainwash a witness so the group doesn't get arrested/murdered/pursued by the ''fifty thousand'' Efreeti guards in the City of Brass. Easily the most clutch Scanlan victory since the triceratops rampage.

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[[folder: Episode 76: Brawl 83: The Deceiver's Stand]]
* Percy using his reaction [[spoiler:to absorb Raishan's ''Meteor Swarm'' spell, and awakening ''Cabal's Ruin'' to its [[UpToEleven exalted]] level]].
* [[spoiler:After Vox Machina systematically exhausted Raishan's legendary resistances, Keyleth lands a tide-turning spell on her. The spell? ''Feeblemind'', which reduced Raishan's Intelligence and Charisma to 1 and, more importantly, rendered the ancient green spellcasting dragon '''''unable to cast any spells for 30 days (at least).''''' Poetic justice at its finest as Keyleth achieved vengeance
in the Arches]]
* Vax's dive towards Keyleth, grabbing her, and kissing her while simultaneously casting ''Heroism''. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Becomes much, MUCH more hilarious once they all realize that the druid looked like Vex at the time.]] But Vax? He didn't care.
most fitting way possible.]]
** Even more amazing is Vax being able to maintain concentration on ''Heroism'' despite suffering multiple heavy attacks. Not bad for someone with only 10 Constitution.
* Scanlan awakens Mythcarver, which allows him to perform ''four attacks'' in a row against a Pit Fiend. [[spoiler:
before the battle, [[spoiler:[[https://www.reddit.com/r/criticalrole/comments/5ql7x2/spoilers_e83_just_wanted_to_give_a_shoutout_to/ the confrontation between Keyleth and Raishan.]]]] [[CharacterDevelopment It's a testament to the HDYWTDT]]. character growth that Keyleth has experienced over the course of the Conclave arc]].
**
And that's not even the coolest part: immediately afterward, Scanlan uses Modify Memory when [[spoiler:Kima and Allura are discovered to brainwash a witness so the group doesn't get arrested/murdered/pursued by the ''fifty thousand'' Efreeti guards be struggling to stay afloat in the City vast ocean after a failed teleportation attempt, Keyleth does a desperate scan of Brass. Easily the ocean and beyond to try to find them, the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. Her Perception check? '''''Natural 20, with a bonus of +11!''''' It was most clutch Scanlan victory since likely considered by Matt to be impossible, but Keyleth pulled it off, which eventually led to Vex retrieving them and saving their lives.]]
* [[spoiler:Kerrek, a ''level 7'' Paladin, scores
the triceratops rampage.killing blow on Raishan.]] Matt's reaction after the fact just about sums up this baffling stroke of cosmic fortune:
-->'''Matt:''' I ''can't fucking believe'' that just happened.
* Pike just barely survives [[spoiler:Raishan's Disintegrate spell]], thanks to her magical armor. [[spoiler:In an episode with no less than two PC deaths, she manages to survive being ''partially turned to dust''!]]



[[folder:Episode 77: Clash at Daxio]]
* Level 16, like level 12, marked even more noteworthy changes that are mentioned in this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax took the Oath of Vengeance as a level 3 paladin]].
** Vex took the assassin archetype as a level 3 rogue.
** Keyleth took the War Caster feat, giving her advantage on concentration checks and the ability to cast spells as opportunity attacks.
** Grog multiclassed into Fighter.
* A villainous one, but the enemy spellcaster managed to both take Allura and Feeblemind her under everyone else's nose ''and'' to mind-control Vex for a good portion of the fight.
* Lady Kima enters the battlefield. How? By throwing away the aforementioned spellcaster and striking him twice. To make it even sweeter, the second hit is a critical and breaks his concentration, freeing Vex.
* Credit must be given to Vox Machina's sheer endurance, since they managed to fight this battle despite coming from a very harsh fight with a ''pit fiend''.

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[[folder: Episode 84: Loose Ends]]
* Level 16, like level 12, marked even more noteworthy changes In order for [[spoiler:Scanlan's resurrection to succeed]], Matt needs to roll 7 or higher on a d20. What does he actually roll? [[spoiler:A natural 20.]]
* When the group returns to Vasselheim to clear up unfinished business, Grog asks to detour to the temple of Kord so
that are mentioned in this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax took
he can speak with Earthbreaker Groon. Not only is the Oath of Vengeance as a level 3 paladin]].
** Vex took the assassin archetype as a level 3 rogue.
** Keyleth took the War Caster feat, giving her advantage on concentration checks and the ability to cast spells as opportunity attacks.
** Grog multiclassed into Fighter.
* A villainous one, but the enemy spellcaster managed to both take Allura and Feeblemind her under everyone else's nose ''and'' to mind-control Vex
monk waiting for a good portion of the fight.
* Lady Kima
them with his back turned, yet still knowing exactly when Vox Machina enters the battlefield. How? By throwing away room, but he also challenges Grog to a rematch, causing the aforementioned spellcaster and striking him twice. To make it even sweeter, sand in the second hit is a critical and breaks his concentration, freeing Vex.
* Credit must be given
fighting pit to Vox Machina's sheer endurance, since they managed to fight this battle despite coming ripple outwards apparently from a very harsh fight with a ''pit fiend''.''sheer badassery'' as he gets ready to fight.
-->'''Earthbreaker Groon:''' Show me what you have learned.



[[folder: Episode 78: The Siege of Emon]]
* A lesser one, but when [[spoiler: Kashaw]] joins the group he is quick to find and fill the holes in Vox Machina's plan.
* A Minor one, also when [[spoiler: Kashaw]] fills the holes in VM's plan. it is revealed just how much Will knows about war tactics and how to win a battle.
* Grog showing his vestige's siege abilities.
* [[spoiler: Zahra and Kashaw]] staying behind to hold back Thordak's fire giants while Vox Machina sneaks through.
* One goes to Matt for the descriptions. Everything, from the sight of Emon's ruins to the arrival of Thordak himself gives you the scale of what they are facing, and what's at stake. And, once again, Matt ends with a cliffhanger, right after Thordak senses the presence of intruders.

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*
85: A lesser one, but when [[spoiler: Kashaw]] joins the group he is quick to find and fill the holes in Vox Machina's plan.
* A Minor one, also when [[spoiler: Kashaw]] fills the holes in VM's plan. it is revealed just how much Will knows about war tactics and how to win a battle.
Bard's Lament]]
* Grog showing his vestige's siege abilities.
faces Earthbreaker Groon in single combat ''and wins.''
* [[spoiler: Zahra and Kashaw]] staying behind to hold back Thordak's fire giants while Vox Machina sneaks through.
* One goes to Matt for the descriptions. Everything, from the sight of Emon's ruins to the arrival of Thordak himself gives you the scale of what they are facing, and what's at stake. And, once again, Matt ends with a cliffhanger, right
Immediately after Thordak senses the presence battle, divine lightning strikes the Titanstone Knuckles, changing them into their "Exalted" form and effectively confirming Grog as the favored champion of intruders.Kord himself.
* The entire cast gets one for [[spoiler:Scanlan's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and the ensuing argument.]]



[[folder: Episode 79: Thordak]]
* As if all the already licensed music being used wasn't enough, Blizzard gave Matt permission to use their music, just in time for the epic Thordak fight!
* Vax [[spoiler: awakening Whisper with the killing blow on Thordak.]]
* Vax putting to good use the dragonslayer sword and his paladin's abilities during the fight. The highlight is a turn when he manages to combine the Sneak Attack, Smite and Hunter's Mark damage with a critical hit for a total of 102 damage with ''one'' hit.
* The whole battle is probably a crowning moment for Matt as a DM. [[spoiler: Not only is he controlling Thordak, he's also playing as multiple friendly [=NPCs=] and keeping track of the lair actions. On top of all of that, he keeps adding elements as allies of Vox Machina and Thordak join in the already incredibly chaotic fight. And all the while he's giving a nightmare-inducing performance of Thordak's rage and insanity.]]
* The ending, finding out that [[spoiler: Thordak was experimenting on dragon's eggs, apparently managing to mix different dragon types into one. Oh, and a "Meteor Swarm", a 9-th level spell, was cast.]]

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[[folder: Episode 79: Thordak]]
* As if all the already licensed music being used wasn't enough, Blizzard gave Matt permission to use their music, just in time for the epic Thordak fight!
* Vax [[spoiler: awakening Whisper with the killing blow on Thordak.]]
* Vax putting to good use the dragonslayer sword and his paladin's abilities during the fight. The highlight is a turn when he manages to combine the Sneak Attack, Smite and Hunter's Mark damage with a critical hit for a total of 102 damage with ''one'' hit.
86: Daring Days]]
* The whole battle is probably a crowning moment for Matt as a DM. [[spoiler: Not only is he controlling Thordak, he's also playing as multiple friendly [=NPCs=] and keeping track of the lair actions. On top of all of that, he keeps adding elements as allies of entire confrontation between Vox Machina and Thordak join in Taryon shows just how powerful they've become. Taryon is a 13th level character and is completely powerless. He unleashes his best spell upon them, and they all taking only minor damage, with even the already incredibly chaotic fight. one who ''failed'' the saving throws having ways to half the damage. And all they didn't even try: Vex wasn't there, Vax attacked once, healed him and then talked to him, Keyleth cast minor spells just to make it interesting and Percy did actually nothing (not even ''pulling out'' a gun) but waiting for something interesting to happen, and Taryon still could do nothing. In the while end, he's giving reduced to ask if at least they ''felt'' his attack. The whole thing only lasted a nightmare-inducing performance couple of Thordak's rage turns, and insanity.]]
if they tried they would've been able to put him down ''before'' Taryon's first turn.
* Vax sneak attacks Taryon in the surprise round and rolls a critical hit, dealing 88 points of damage. Taryon ''only has 106 hit points''.
* The ending, finding out fact that [[spoiler: Thordak was experimenting on dragon's eggs, apparently managing to mix different dragon types into one. Oh, Taryon took Vax's first blow and a "Meteor Swarm", a 9-th level spell, was cast.]]''didn't'' pass out is considered one in-universe. Vax points it out to him in the aftermath to convince him he does have some skills.



[[folder: Episode 80: Raishan]]
* Pike [[spoiler:single-handedly resurrects both Vex and Scanlan during the fight with Raishan, successfully pulling off a one-woman resurrection ritual not once but ''twice'', even doing so while the battle is ''still going on around her'' for Vex.]]
** It's worth noting that the above happened while Ashley wasn't even at the table, turning this into a moment of awesome for [[spoiler:Liam for the first mini-ritual and Laura for the second]] for being able to pull that off with a character that isn't even there.
* [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Scanlan. Counterspelling. A freaking]] ''[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Prismatic Spray]]''.
* [[spoiler:Raishan outmaneuvers the party at nearly every step of the fight, causing no fewer than two deaths while also keeping most of the party unconscious to boot.]] The only thing to really throw her off is another awesome moment all by itself: [[spoiler:after much persuasion from the rest of the party and with the fight rapidly going downhill, Scanlan plays the flute and summons Dev'ossa, the ancient bronze dragon that rules Ank'Harel.]]
** What's even better is that [[spoiler: despite Vox Machina and their allies giving everything they've got in this fight and outnumbering their opponent ''11 to 1'', '''''[[TheBadGuyWins Raishan wins.]]''''' While she does take a nearly fatal beating in the process, the Diseased Deceiver manages to accomplish her objective of escaping with Thordak's body and two intact dragon eggs while giving her enemies one hell of a bloody nose in the process, ''and'' she finds out about their trump card, Dev'ossa. The significance of her triumph cannot be understated; Raishan now has all the tools she needs to have the best possible advantage over Vox Machina and even all of Tal'Dorei, and ''[[FridgeHorror nobody but she]]'' knows where she's going or what she'll do.]] This is also impressive on a meta level: Vox Machina has [[spoiler: [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin never lost a fight before in their entire run]] (not counting Grog's first spat at the Crucible with Kern or the arm wrestling contest at Whitestone). Sure, they've taken losses, but they always got the job done in the end. After about three years of playtime, [[MagnificentBastard Raishan]] is ''the only entity to have objectively defeated them.'']]

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* Pike [[spoiler:single-handedly resurrects both Vex and Scanlan during During the fight with Raishan, successfully pulling off a one-woman resurrection ritual not once but ''twice'', even doing so while against the battle is ''still going on fish pirates, when Trinket crushes the pirate's head in his jaws. Then proceeds to swing the corpse around her'' for Vex.]]
** It's worth noting that the above happened while Ashley wasn't even at the table, turning this into
like a moment of awesome for [[spoiler:Liam for the dog toy, followed by a VERY pleased expression.
* Taryon gets his
first mini-ritual and Laura for the second]] for being able to pull that off kill against a marid with a character that isn't even there.
* [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Scanlan. Counterspelling. A freaking]] ''[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Prismatic Spray]]''.
* [[spoiler:Raishan outmaneuvers the party at nearly every step
his Ring of the fight, causing no fewer than two deaths while also keeping most of Ram... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which ends up catapulting him off the party unconscious ship due to boot.]] The only thing to really throw her off is another awesome moment all by itself: [[spoiler:after much persuasion from the rest of the party and with the fight rapidly going downhill, Scanlan plays the flute and summons Dev'ossa, the ancient bronze dragon that rules Ank'Harel.]]
** What's
recoil. He doesn't even better is that [[spoiler: despite Vox Machina and their allies giving everything they've got in this fight and outnumbering their opponent ''11 get to 1'', '''''[[TheBadGuyWins Raishan wins.]]''''' While she does take a nearly fatal beating in see the process, the Diseased Deceiver manages to accomplish her objective end result of escaping with Thordak's body and two intact dragon eggs while giving her enemies one hell of a bloody nose in the process, ''and'' she finds out about their trump card, Dev'ossa. The significance of her triumph cannot be understated; Raishan now has all the tools she needs to have the best possible advantage over Vox Machina and even all of Tal'Dorei, and ''[[FridgeHorror nobody but she]]'' knows where she's going or what she'll do.]] This is also impressive on a meta level: Vox Machina has [[spoiler: [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin never lost a fight before in their entire run]] (not counting Grog's first spat at the Crucible with Kern or the arm wrestling contest at Whitestone). Sure, they've taken losses, but they always got the job done in the end. After about three years of playtime, [[MagnificentBastard Raishan]] is ''the only entity to have objectively defeated them.'']]his kill]].



[[folder: Episode 81: What Lies Beneath the Surface]]
* Patrick Rothfuss has returned! Kerrek gets a Dynamic Entry back into the story, striking down a fire giant to save Vox Machina.
* Allura (an arcanist) becomes the second person able to resist the effects of Grog's alcohol, and unlike Pike, she does not make the mistake of trying a second time.
* Scanlan somehow managed to get through the past two episodes and still have an 8th level spell available.

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* While it heavily wounds them both for 40+ points of damage, after being swallowed by
the Surface]]
* Patrick Rothfuss has returned! Kerrek gets
Kraken, Keyleth shoots a Dynamic Entry back into ''Fireball'' deep within the story, striking down a fire giant to save Vox Machina.
* Allura (an arcanist) becomes
creature's belly which ends up igniting the second person able to resist the effects of oil previously dumped by Grog's alcohol, alchemy jug. Due to the massive damage, the Kraken fails its Constitution save and unlike Pike, she does not make they manage to get vomited out.
* Speaking of Grog, he gets swallowed a total of three times by
the mistake Kraken, and every single time he gets himself out of trying there and after being taunted by the Kraken after the third escape he retorts with "Oh ancient one, can you hear this?" and flips him off as he escapes the Water Plane. Grog also proved pivotal to distracting the Kraken, severing tentacles [[spoiler: and making sure Vax's body got out, giving him a second time.
hope of resurrection.]]
* Scanlan somehow Let's give some credit to that shark. That CR ''2'' shark that almost managed to get MVP the fight. True, it mostly was because the Kraken didn't really cared and never attacked, but the shark went through the past two episodes whole fight landing hit after hit, tearing tentacles and still have an 8th level spell available.in the end only lived because Keyleth planeshifted away, breaking the conjuration. Not bad, for a low-level evocation.
* True, it only happened because Vox Machina most explicitly could ''not'' kill the Kraken, but he effectively manages to be Vox Machina's second defeat. They had no way to keep him at bay, they could only be grappled, swallowed and zapped and then try to escape only to repeat it all again. In the end, after hours of fight, several good hits (including a couple on the eye, several from the inside and tearing away most of his tentacles) they realized they didn't deal him enough damage, and he wasn't really giving the party much consideration until near the end where it truly became angry. The Pet of the Titans really earned his reputation.



[[folder: Episode 82: Deadly Echoes]]
* Percy and Scanlan reach level 16, with Percy bumping up his intelligence to a max of 20.
* Taliesin and Marisha's performances as Scanlan while Sam is absent. It's also a CrowningMomentOfFunny because they both sing as Scanlan, Taliesin after using Dispel Magic and Marisha when inspiring Percy.

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[[folder:Episode 89: Curious Tides]]
* Percy Keyleth's completion of her Aramente and Scanlan reach reaching level 16, with Percy bumping up his intelligence 17 grants her access to her 9th level spells! She tests out Shapechange by transforming sequentially into a max of 20.
* Taliesin
goristro, a beholder, and Marisha's performances as Scanlan while Sam is absent. It's also a CrowningMomentOfFunny because they both sing as Scanlan, Taliesin after using Dispel Magic and Marisha when inspiring Percy.an adult bronze dragon.



[[folder: Episode 83: The Deceiver's Stand]]
* Percy using his reaction [[spoiler:to absorb Raishan's ''Meteor Swarm'' spell, and awakening ''Cabal's Ruin'' to its [[UpToEleven exalted]] level]].
* [[spoiler:After Vox Machina systematically exhausted Raishan's legendary resistances, Keyleth lands a tide-turning spell on her. The spell? ''Feeblemind'', which reduced Raishan's Intelligence and Charisma to 1 and, more importantly, rendered the ancient green spellcasting dragon '''''unable to cast any spells for 30 days (at least).''''' Poetic justice at its finest as Keyleth achieved vengeance in the most fitting way possible.]]
** Even before the battle, [[spoiler:[[https://www.reddit.com/r/criticalrole/comments/5ql7x2/spoilers_e83_just_wanted_to_give_a_shoutout_to/ the confrontation between Keyleth and Raishan.]]]] [[CharacterDevelopment It's a testament to the character growth that Keyleth has experienced over the course of the Conclave arc]].
** And when [[spoiler:Kima and Allura are discovered to be struggling to stay afloat in the vast ocean after a failed teleportation attempt, Keyleth does a desperate scan of the ocean and beyond to try to find them, the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. Her Perception check? '''''Natural 20, with a bonus of +11!''''' It was most likely considered by Matt to be impossible, but Keyleth pulled it off, which eventually led to Vex retrieving them and saving their lives.]]
* [[spoiler:Kerrek, a ''level 7'' Paladin, scores the killing blow on Raishan.]] Matt's reaction after the fact just about sums up this baffling stroke of cosmic fortune:
-->'''Matt:''' I ''can't fucking believe'' that just happened.
* Pike just barely survives [[spoiler:Raishan's Disintegrate spell]], thanks to her magical armor. [[spoiler:In an episode with no less than two PC deaths, she manages to survive being ''partially turned to dust''!]]

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[[folder: Episode 83: The Deceiver's Stand]]
* Percy using his reaction [[spoiler:to absorb Raishan's ''Meteor Swarm'' spell, and awakening ''Cabal's Ruin'' to its [[UpToEleven exalted]] level]].
* [[spoiler:After Vox Machina systematically exhausted Raishan's legendary resistances, Keyleth lands a tide-turning spell on her. The spell? ''Feeblemind'', which reduced Raishan's Intelligence and Charisma to 1 and, more importantly, rendered
[[folder:Episode 90: Voice of the ancient green spellcasting dragon '''''unable to cast any spells for 30 days (at least).''''' Poetic justice at its finest as Keyleth achieved vengeance Tempest]]
* Everyone else
in the most fitting way possible.party (sans Taryon, Pike, and Scanlan) reaches level 17 by this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax and Vex become a 4th-level Paladin and Rogue and gain the Resilient (Constitution) and Sharpshooter feats respectively.
]]
** Even before Grog becomes a level 2 fighter capable of Action Surge.
** Percy gains
the battle, [[spoiler:[[https://www.reddit.com/r/criticalrole/comments/5ql7x2/spoilers_e83_just_wanted_to_give_a_shoutout_to/ ability to use Action Surge ''twice''.
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, having completed her Aramente, returns to Zephra with Vox Machina by her side. [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning She is then given
the confrontation between mantle of leadership and is crowned "Voice of the Tempest"]]. As a result of completing her lifelong journey, she also [[RousingSpeech delivers a speech to the tribe and the party, thanking them for making her the person she is today.]] She is also given the Inspiring Leader feat.[[note]]The Inspiring Leader feat is where Keyleth and Raishan.]]]] [[CharacterDevelopment It's gives a testament 10 minute speech to the character growth that Keyleth has experienced over the course of the Conclave arc]].
** And when [[spoiler:Kima and Allura are discovered
party, to be struggling to stay afloat in the vast ocean after a failed teleportation attempt, Keyleth does a desperate scan of the ocean and beyond to try to find them, the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. Her Perception check? '''''Natural 20, embolden them with a bonus of +11!''''' It was most likely considered by Matt to be impossible, but Keyleth pulled it off, which eventually led to Vex retrieving them and saving their lives.]]
* [[spoiler:Kerrek, a ''level 7'' Paladin, scores the killing blow on Raishan.]] Matt's reaction after the fact just about sums up this baffling stroke of cosmic fortune:
-->'''Matt:''' I ''can't fucking believe'' that just happened.
* Pike just barely survives [[spoiler:Raishan's Disintegrate spell]], thanks
courage. They are all given temporary hit points equal to her magical armor. [[spoiler:In an episode with no less than two PC deaths, she manages to survive being ''partially turned to dust''!]]level plus her Charisma modifier.[[/note]]]]



[[folder: Episode 84: Loose Ends]]
* In order for [[spoiler:Scanlan's resurrection to succeed]], Matt needs to roll 7 or higher on a d20. What does he actually roll? [[spoiler:A natural 20.]]
* When the group returns to Vasselheim to clear up unfinished business, Grog asks to detour to the temple of Kord so that he can speak with Earthbreaker Groon. Not only is the monk waiting for them with his back turned, yet still knowing exactly when Vox Machina enters the room, but he also challenges Grog to a rematch, causing the sand in the fighting pit to ripple outwards apparently from ''sheer badassery'' as he gets ready to fight.
-->'''Earthbreaker Groon:''' Show me what you have learned.

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* In order for [[spoiler:Scanlan's resurrection to succeed]], Matt needs to roll 7 or higher on a d20. What does he actually roll? [[spoiler:A natural 20.]]
* When the group returns to Vasselheim to clear up unfinished business, Grog asks to detour to the temple of Kord so that he can speak with Earthbreaker Groon. Not only is the monk waiting for them with his back turned, yet still knowing exactly when
[[folder:Episode 91: Vox Machina enters go to Hell]]
* Matt's descriptions of [[spoiler:the Iron City of Dis and
the room, but he also challenges Grog Nine Hells in general in addition to its denizens]] are both awesome and a rematch, causing heavy dose of NightmareFuel.
* The cliffhanger ending. [[spoiler:Keyleth leaves
the sand in inn without the fighting pit others to ripple outwards apparently from ''sheer badassery'' find a means of scouting and locating Hotis's exact whereabouts and tries to stealthily cast ''Shapechange'' only to be noticed by two individuals (a dwarf and a chain devil) who were interested in Vax while he was disguised as he gets ready an albino tiefling. She ducks into an alley, and then stops and chooses to fight.
-->'''Earthbreaker Groon:''' Show me what you
stand her ground, hood down and hands aflame. The individuals demand that she hand him over. Her past self most likely would have learned.submitted to their request. Instead, she puts her foot down and refuses to acquiesce, the Voice of the Tempest expressing that she has no intention of doing so, setting the stage for a potential alleyway encounter.]]



[[folder: Episode 85: A Bard's Lament]]
* Grog faces Earthbreaker Groon in single combat ''and wins.''
* Immediately after the battle, divine lightning strikes the Titanstone Knuckles, changing them into their "Exalted" form and effectively confirming Grog as the favored champion of Kord himself.
* The entire cast gets one for [[spoiler:Scanlan's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and the ensuing argument.]]

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* Grog faces Earthbreaker Groon
[[folder:Episode 92: Deals in single combat ''and wins.''
* Immediately after
the battle, divine lightning strikes Dark]]
* How does Keyleth resolve
the Titanstone Knuckles, changing them encounter from last episode's cliffhanger? She ''Shapechanges'' into an '''''erinyes''''' and intimidates the two into fleeing with her stature as a higher-ranked devil. She makes good use of it later to intimidate a shopkeeper into giving Vox Machina whatever information he can on their "Exalted" form and effectively confirming Grog objective--which, as it turns out, wasn't much, but now they have an insider in the favored champion City of Kord himself.
Dis.
* The entire cast gets one Taryon [[RunningGag provides a door]] for [[spoiler:Scanlan's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and Vox Machina so that can sneak into [[spoiler:Utugash's]] abode.
* Noelle Stevenson's guest character Tova, a sassy dwarf with little patience. And what is her class? [[spoiler:A Blood Hunter, specifically Order of
the ensuing argument.Lycan. And her animal form? A were-bear.]]



[[folder: Episode 86: Daring Days]]
* The entire confrontation between Vox Machina and Taryon shows just how powerful they've become. Taryon is a 13th level character and is completely powerless. He unleashes his best spell upon them, and they all taking only minor damage, with even the one who ''failed'' the saving throws having ways to half the damage. And they didn't even try: Vex wasn't there, Vax attacked once, healed him and then talked to him, Keyleth cast minor spells just to make it interesting and Percy did actually nothing (not even ''pulling out'' a gun) but waiting for something interesting to happen, and Taryon still could do nothing. In the end, he's reduced to ask if at least they ''felt'' his attack. The whole thing only lasted a couple of turns, and if they tried they would've been able to put him down ''before'' Taryon's first turn.
* Vax sneak attacks Taryon in the surprise round and rolls a critical hit, dealing 88 points of damage. Taryon ''only has 106 hit points''.
* The fact that Taryon took Vax's first blow and ''didn't'' pass out is considered one in-universe. Vax points it out to him in the aftermath to convince him he does have some skills.

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[[folder:Episode 93: Bats Out of Hell]]
* The entire confrontation between Vox Machina Utugash proving his worth. Fat and Taryon shows just how powerful they've become. Taryon is a 13th level character and is completely powerless. He unleashes his best spell upon them, and they all taking only minor damage, with even the one who ''failed'' the saving throws having ways to half the damage. And they didn't even try: Vex wasn't there, Vax attacked once, healed him and then talked to him, Keyleth cast minor spells just to make it interesting and Percy did actually nothing (not even ''pulling out'' a gun) but waiting for something interesting to happen, and Taryon still could do nothing. In the end, lazy as he might have become, he's reduced to ask if at least they ''felt'' still a formidable opponent, and he combines his attack. The whole thing only lasted a couple of turns, power with field knowledge and if they tried they would've been able advantage by managing to put cage Trinket early on and Grog halfaway through the fight and creating a ''Wall of Fire'' around him down ''before'' Taryon's first turn.
(and some of Vox Machina) that both protects him and damage his opponents (him being immune to fire damage). [[spoiler: He actually dies once he leaves it to eliminate the others.]]
* Vax sneak Before being caged, Grog goes full juggernaut on the pit fiend, and combines his two classes to get three frenzy rage attacks Taryon in ''and'' two attacks with his new ''Action Surge'', bashing Utugash five times with the surprise round and rolls a critical hit, dealing 88 hammer for over 100 points of damage. Taryon ''only has 106 hit points''.
And that's without critical hits, or the advantages heavy weapons would grant him.
* The fact that Taryon took Vax's first blow After Utugash crushes Keyleth and ''didn't'' pass out is considered Tova with his corpulent form and severely wounds the druid with a critical hit, the situation flips on its head as Keyleth ''Shapechanges'' into a fire giant and attacks him for over 50 damage in one in-universe. Vax points it out to him in the aftermath to convince him he does strike. Matt [[LampshadeHanging lampshades how]] [[RuleOfCool she shouldn't have some skills.the attack as per the rules, but it was just too awesome to deny it.]] Immediately afterward, [[spoiler: Tova attacks and gets the HDYWTDT by slashing Utugash's throat open and exacting revenge for all the torture she underwent.]]
* Vox Machina as a whole making their way to their goal within the prison [[spoiler:despite almost losing Keyleth and ''everyone'' inside converging on their location]], and ''still'' managing to fulfill it and escape thanks to ''Plane Shift''.



[[folder:Episode 87: Onward to Vesrah]]
* During the fight against the fish pirates, when Trinket crushes the pirate's head in his jaws. Then proceeds to swing the corpse around like a dog toy, followed by a VERY pleased expression.
* Taryon gets his first kill against a marid with his Ring of the Ram... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which ends up catapulting him off the ship due to the recoil. He doesn't even get to see the end result of his kill]].

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* Vex has
to Vesrah]]
* During
earn her title as Mistress of the fight against the fish pirates, when Grey Hunt. [[spoiler: After spending thirteen hours in meditation, she gets a vision of a Grey Render and after a quick chat with Percy rides off on Trinket crushes the pirate's head in his jaws. Then proceeds to swing the corpse around like a dog toy, followed by a VERY pleased expression.
* Taryon gets his
fight it with only Trinket to back her up. Her first kill against attack being a marid with his Ring of surprise attack deals 56 damage alone and she survives the Ram... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which ends up catapulting him off battle on 10 HP and kills the ship due Grey Render after giving it a chance to live.]]
* Matt revealing there'll be a one year timeskip and that next Thursday on 04/13/17, Liam will continue
the recoil. He doesn't even get first oneshot he did when Matt and Marisha were in Ireland and Matt gets to see the end result of his kill]].play!



[[folder:Episode 88: Tangled Depths]]
* While it heavily wounds them both for 40+ points of damage, after being swallowed by the Kraken, Keyleth shoots a ''Fireball'' deep within the creature's belly which ends up igniting the oil previously dumped by Grog's alchemy jug. Due to the massive damage, the Kraken fails its Constitution save and they manage to get vomited out.
* Speaking of Grog, he gets swallowed a total of three times by the Kraken, and every single time he gets himself out of there and after being taunted by the Kraken after the third escape he retorts with "Oh ancient one, can you hear this?" and flips him off as he escapes the Water Plane. Grog also proved pivotal to distracting the Kraken, severing tentacles [[spoiler: and making sure Vax's body got out, giving him a hope of resurrection.]]
* Let's give some credit to that shark. That CR ''2'' shark that almost managed to MVP the fight. True, it mostly was because the Kraken didn't really cared and never attacked, but the shark went through the whole fight landing hit after hit, tearing tentacles and in the end only lived because Keyleth planeshifted away, breaking the conjuration. Not bad, for a low-level evocation.
* True, it only happened because Vox Machina most explicitly could ''not'' kill the Kraken, but he effectively manages to be Vox Machina's second defeat. They had no way to keep him at bay, they could only be grappled, swallowed and zapped and then try to escape only to repeat it all again. In the end, after hours of fight, several good hits (including a couple on the eye, several from the inside and tearing away most of his tentacles) they realized they didn't deal him enough damage, and he wasn't really giving the party much consideration until near the end where it truly became angry. The Pet of the Titans really earned his reputation.

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* While it heavily wounds them both for 40+ points of damage, after being swallowed by Even in the Kraken, Keyleth shoots a ''Fireball'' deep within face of [[spoiler:imminent death at the creature's belly which ends up igniting the oil previously dumped by Grog's alchemy jug. Due to the massive damage, the Kraken fails its Constitution save and they manage to get vomited out.
* Speaking
hands of Grog, he gets swallowed a total of three times by the Kraken, and every single time he gets himself out of there and after being taunted by the Kraken after the third escape he retorts with "Oh ancient one, can you hear this?" and flips him off as he escapes the Water Plane. Grog also proved pivotal to distracting the Kraken, severing tentacles [[spoiler: and making sure Vax's body got out, giving him a hope of resurrection.demogorgon]], [[DefiantToTheEnd Matt stands his ground.]]
* Let's give some credit ** Not to that shark. That CR ''2'' shark that almost managed to MVP mention, with the fight. True, it mostly was because the Kraken didn't really cared and never attacked, but the shark went through the whole fight landing hit after hit, tearing tentacles and in the end only lived because Keyleth planeshifted away, breaking the conjuration. Not bad, roll of 10 on a D10 he actually [[NoSell shrugged off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon's]] attack. He actually [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipped off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon]]''and lived'' [[spoiler: for a low-level evocation.
* True, it only happened because Vox Machina most explicitly could ''not'' kill the Kraken, but he effectively manages to be Vox Machina's second defeat. They had no way to keep him at bay, they could only be grappled, swallowed and zapped and then try to escape only to repeat it all again. In the end, after hours of fight, several good hits (including a couple on the eye, several from the inside and tearing away most of his tentacles) they realized they didn't deal him enough damage, and he wasn't really giving the party much consideration
about two seconds until near the end where it truly became angry. The Pet of the Titans really earned he just crashed him with his reputation.foot, but still.]]



[[folder:Episode 89: Curious Tides]]
* Keyleth's completion of her Aramente and reaching level 17 grants her access to her 9th level spells! She tests out Shapechange by transforming sequentially into a goristro, a beholder, and an adult bronze dragon.

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* Keyleth's completion Despite being played mostly for laugh, when Vex is going after Vax she sends Trinket at him. We get a reminder that Trinket is a ''huge'', dangerous bear, while he scares the shit out of her Aramente Vax and reaching level 17 grants her access to her 9th level spells! She tests out Shapechange by transforming sequentially into a goristro, a beholder, and an adult bronze dragon.sends him running.



[[folder:Episode 90: Voice of the Tempest]]
* Everyone else in the party (sans Taryon, Pike, and Scanlan) reaches level 17 by this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax and Vex become a 4th-level Paladin and Rogue and gain the Resilient (Constitution) and Sharpshooter feats respectively.]]
** Grog becomes a level 2 fighter capable of Action Surge.
** Percy gains the ability to use Action Surge ''twice''.
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, having completed her Aramente, returns to Zephra with Vox Machina by her side. [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning She is then given the mantle of leadership and is crowned "Voice of the Tempest"]]. As a result of completing her lifelong journey, she also [[RousingSpeech delivers a speech to the tribe and the party, thanking them for making her the person she is today.]] She is also given the Inspiring Leader feat.[[note]]The Inspiring Leader feat is where Keyleth gives a 10 minute speech to the party, to embolden them with courage. They are all given temporary hit points equal to her level plus her Charisma modifier.[[/note]]]]

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* Matt's poker face during
the Tempest]]
* Everyone else in
final battle deserves special mention. For context, [[spoiler: the party (sans Taryon, Pike, is fighting an illusory demon conjured as part of an elaborate con. Matt plays the battle perfectly straight, making attack rolls, noting damage amounts, and Scanlan) reaches level 17 by generally playing it like it's a real fight. All of this episode.
** [[spoiler:Vax
while keeping track of what the illusionist can see and Vex become a 4th-level Paladin and Rogue and gain having the Resilient (Constitution) and Sharpshooter feats respectively."monster" react or [[GlamourFailure fail to react]] accordingly. What finally gives it away is that the creature literally cannot hit anything, being nothing but an insubstantial image with sound effects. Sam even notes how he found it suspicious, but Matt kept rolling those dice.]] Also, Matt's acting skills show up [[spoiler: since he simulates the exact same reactions he has when a villain rolls a 1 or a bunch of terrible numbers in a row.]]
** Grog becomes a level 2 fighter capable of Action Surge.
** Percy gains
Taliesin/Percy also gets one for [[spoiler: figuring this out almost immediately, muttering to himself "maybe it's an illusion?" and making sure to watch the ability to use Action Surge ''twice''.
* [[spoiler:Keyleth, having completed her Aramente, returns to Zephra with Vox Machina by her side. [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning She is then given
Trickfoots. Unfortunately, the mantle of leadership and is crowned "Voice rest of the Tempest"]]. As party fell for a result of completing her lifelong journey, she also [[RousingSpeech delivers a speech to RedHerring and prolonged the tribe and the party, thanking them for making her the person she is today.]] She is also given the Inspiring Leader feat.[[note]]The Inspiring Leader feat is where Keyleth gives a 10 minute speech to the party, to embolden them with courage. They are all given temporary hit points equal to her level plus her Charisma modifier.[[/note]]]]fight.]]



[[folder:Episode 91: Vox Machina go to Hell]]
* Matt's descriptions of [[spoiler:the Iron City of Dis and the Nine Hells in general in addition to its denizens]] are both awesome and a heavy dose of NightmareFuel.
* The cliffhanger ending. [[spoiler:Keyleth leaves the inn without the others to find a means of scouting and locating Hotis's exact whereabouts and tries to stealthily cast ''Shapechange'' only to be noticed by two individuals (a dwarf and a chain devil) who were interested in Vax while he was disguised as an albino tiefling. She ducks into an alley, and then stops and chooses to stand her ground, hood down and hands aflame. The individuals demand that she hand him over. Her past self most likely would have submitted to their request. Instead, she puts her foot down and refuses to acquiesce, the Voice of the Tempest expressing that she has no intention of doing so, setting the stage for a potential alleyway encounter.]]

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[[folder: Episode 97: Taryon, My Wayward Son]]
* Matt's descriptions of [[spoiler:the Iron City of Dis [[spoiler: The manner in which Keyleth dies. Jumping off a cliff down a thousand feet before RealityEnsues her body smashing upon the rocks. Fortunately, Vex revives her in a quick and the Nine Hells in general in addition timely manner.]] Everyone agrees that they're not sure how they're going to its denizens]] are both awesome and a heavy dose of NightmareFuel.
top that.
* The cliffhanger ending. [[spoiler:Keyleth leaves the inn without the others to find Siphon under Whitestone has been a means source of scouting anxiety in-universe and locating Hotis's exact whereabouts out, primarily because of how little is known about it. Vex [[spoiler: takes a one-in-a-million chance and tries to stealthily cast ''Shapechange'' only to be noticed by two individuals (a dwarf and a chain devil) who were interested in Vax while he was disguised as an albino tiefling. She ducks fires her Oracle Arrow into an alley, and then stops and chooses to stand her ground, hood down and hands aflame. The individuals demand that she hand him over. Her past self most likely would have submitted to their request. Instead, she puts her foot down and refuses to acquiesce, it. She gets more info in one shot than the Voice smartest mages in Tal'Dorei could from months of the Tempest expressing that she has no intention of doing so, setting the stage for a potential alleyway encounter.]]research!]]



[[folder:Episode 92: Deals in the Dark]]
* How does Keyleth resolve the encounter from last episode's cliffhanger? She ''Shapechanges'' into an '''''erinyes''''' and intimidates the two into fleeing with her stature as a higher-ranked devil. She makes good use of it later to intimidate a shopkeeper into giving Vox Machina whatever information he can on their objective--which, as it turns out, wasn't much, but now they have an insider in the City of Dis.
* Taryon [[RunningGag provides a door]] for Vox Machina so that can sneak into [[spoiler:Utugash's]] abode.
* Noelle Stevenson's guest character Tova, a sassy dwarf with little patience. And what is her class? [[spoiler:A Blood Hunter, specifically Order of the Lycan. And her animal form? A were-bear.]]

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* A testament to Matt's god-like improv abilities: After Tary's mother, Maria, tells Tary that she found comfort
in the Dark]]
* How does Keyleth resolve the encounter from last episode's cliffhanger? She ''Shapechanges'' into an '''''erinyes''''' and intimidates the two into fleeing
books that Tary had left behind, Sam tries to trip Matt by having Tary ask which one was Maria's favourite. Matt responds almost immediately with her stature a title and plotline involving the creation myth of Wildmount. Somewhat doubles as a higher-ranked devil. She makes good use [[CrowningMomentofFunny Crowning Moment of it later to intimidate a shopkeeper into giving Vox Machina whatever information he can on their objective--which, Funny]] as it turns out, wasn't much, but now they have an insider in the City of Dis.
* Taryon [[RunningGag provides a door]] for Vox Machina so that can sneak into [[spoiler:Utugash's]] abode.
* Noelle Stevenson's guest character Tova, a sassy dwarf with little patience. And what is her class? [[spoiler:A Blood Hunter, specifically Order
rest of the Lycan. And her animal form? A were-bear.]]cast is collapsing in fits of laughter throughout the entire exchange.



[[folder:Episode 93: Bats Out of Hell]]
* Utugash proving his worth. Fat and lazy as he might have become, he's still a formidable opponent, and he combines his power with field knowledge and advantage by managing to cage Trinket early on and Grog halfaway through the fight and creating a ''Wall of Fire'' around him (and some of Vox Machina) that both protects him and damage his opponents (him being immune to fire damage). [[spoiler: He actually dies once he leaves it to eliminate the others.]]
* Before being caged, Grog goes full juggernaut on the pit fiend, and combines his two classes to get three frenzy rage attacks ''and'' two attacks with his new ''Action Surge'', bashing Utugash five times with the hammer for over 100 points of damage. And that's without critical hits, or the advantages heavy weapons would grant him.
* After Utugash crushes Keyleth and Tova with his corpulent form and severely wounds the druid with a critical hit, the situation flips on its head as Keyleth ''Shapechanges'' into a fire giant and attacks him for over 50 damage in one strike. Matt [[LampshadeHanging lampshades how]] [[RuleOfCool she shouldn't have the attack as per the rules, but it was just too awesome to deny it.]] Immediately afterward, [[spoiler: Tova attacks and gets the HDYWTDT by slashing Utugash's throat open and exacting revenge for all the torture she underwent.]]
* Vox Machina as a whole making their way to their goal within the prison [[spoiler:despite almost losing Keyleth and ''everyone'' inside converging on their location]], and ''still'' managing to fulfill it and escape thanks to ''Plane Shift''.

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[[folder:Special Episode: Battle Royale III]]
* Utugash proving his worth. Fat The winner: [[spoiler:Taryon Darrington, who spent the entire battle making himself unfindable and lazy as he might have become, he's still a formidable opponent, and he combines his power with field knowledge and advantage by managing to cage Trinket early on and Grog halfaway through untouchable, only swooping into the fight and creating a ''Wall of Fire'' around him (and some of Vox Machina) that both protects him and damage his opponents (him being immune to fire damage). [[spoiler: He actually dies once he leaves it to eliminate fray at the others.end.]]
* Before being caged, Grog goes full juggernaut on the pit fiend, and combines his two classes to get three frenzy rage attacks ''and'' two attacks with his new ''Action Surge'', bashing Utugash five times with the hammer for over 100 points of damage. And that's without critical hits, or the advantages heavy weapons would grant him.
* After Utugash crushes
Keyleth and Tova with his corpulent form and severely wounds busts out the druid with a critical hit, the situation flips on its head Shapechange spell as Keyleth ''Shapechanges'' her trump card, turning herself into a fire giant and attacks him for over 50 damage in one strike. Matt [[LampshadeHanging lampshades how]] [[RuleOfCool she shouldn't have the attack as per the rules, but it was just too awesome to deny it.]] Immediately afterward, [[spoiler: Tova attacks and gets the HDYWTDT by slashing Utugash's throat open and exacting revenge for all the torture she underwent.an ''adult black dragon''.]]
* Vox Machina as a whole making their way to their goal within Grog, full stop. He's the prison [[spoiler:despite almost losing Keyleth and primary target for ''everyone'' right from the beginning of the fight, and the reason for the focus-fire becomes very clear very quickly.
** [[spoiler: It takes ''one'' turn near Percy and a lucky crit to make the gunslinger run away and leave him at death's door.]]
** [[spoiler: When trapped in Vex's necklace, his response is to ''punch his way out'', breaking the necklace from the
inside converging on their location]], and ''still'' managing resulting in the highest amount of damage dealt by a player in one round - ''280'' damage, or to fulfill put it another way, ''17% of the damage dealt in the entire royale''.]]
** [[spoiler: He survives a brutal attack from black dragon Keyleth with ''one HP left''. Standing atop a tower, staring his foe down, what does he do? '''Draw five cards from the Deck of Many Things, miraculously avoiding disaster from all of them.''' True, he loses everything in the Bag of Holding
and escape thanks Wilhand turns against him (Ruin and Rogue), but he regains HP and increases his constitution, obtains a magical greatsword, and summons an ally to ''Plane Shift''.fight alongside him (Star, Key, Knight)!]]
** [[spoiler: He then ''stops'' Keyleth's rampage, breaking her concentration and then resisting her attempted Planeshift when she's humanoid again. He proceeds to 'softball' her into the acid pit and ''dissolve'' her, leaving him the last one standing vs. Taryon, who survived by hiding for most of the fight.]]
** In total, Grog dealt a whopping 767 damage over the course of the royale (almost ''half'' of the total damage dealt). [[spoiler: He also ''took'' 375 damage before finally going down. Only Keyleth remotely comes close to matching him in either stat, and she had to turn into a ''dragon'' to do it.]]



[[folder:Episode 94: Jugs and Rods]]
* Vex has to earn her title as Mistress of the Grey Hunt. [[spoiler: After spending thirteen hours in meditation, she gets a vision of a Grey Render and after a quick chat with Percy rides off on Trinket to fight it with only Trinket to back her up. Her first attack being a surprise attack deals 56 damage alone and she survives the battle on 10 HP and kills the Grey Render after giving it a chance to live.]]
* Matt revealing there'll be a one year timeskip and that next Thursday on 04/13/17, Liam will continue the first oneshot he did when Matt and Marisha were in Ireland and Matt gets to play!

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99: Masquerade]]
* Vex has to earn her title as Mistress of the Grey Hunt. [[spoiler: After spending thirteen hours in meditation, she gets a vision years of a Grey Render living under Howard's tyranny, Tary finally [[IAmWhatIAm stands up to his father]] and after a quick chat presents him with Percy rides off on Trinket to fight it an ultimatum: work with only Trinket Tary to back her up. Her first attack being a surprise attack deals 56 damage alone and she survives repair the battle on 10 HP and kills the Grey Render after giving it a chance to live.]]
* Matt revealing there'll be a one year timeskip and that next Thursday on 04/13/17, Liam will continue the first oneshot he did when Matt and Marisha were in Ireland and Matt gets to play!
Darrington name or leave.



[[folder:Special Episode: Liam's Quest: Full Circle]]
* Even in the face of [[spoiler:imminent death at the hands of a demogorgon]], [[DefiantToTheEnd Matt stands his ground.]]
** Not to mention, with the roll of 10 on a D10 he actually [[NoSell shrugged off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon's]] attack. He actually [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipped off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon]]''and lived'' [[spoiler: for about two seconds until he just crashed him with his foot, but still.]]

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[[folder:Episode 100: Unfinished Business]]
* Even in [[spoiler:'''''[[BackFromTheDead Delilah Briarwood is back.]] And with a 9th-level''''' '''Prismatic Wall''' '''''to boot!''''']]
** To drive
the face of [[spoiler:imminent death at point home, the hands of party [[spoiler: recalls how she dies, first killed and then with her body melted into the acid for good measure. With no body left, Revivify and Resurrection don't work, you need either a demogorgon]], [[DefiantToTheEnd Matt stands his ground.True Resurrection or a Miracle to recreate the body for a lesser spell, still means that 9th level spells must be used. And the dialogue implies it isn't even that the case, but she took some ''precautions'' and did it all or herself.]]
** Not to mention, with the roll The last bit of 10 on a D10 he actually [[NoSell shrugged off]] it, [[spoiler: Demogorgon's]] attack. He actually [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipped off]] [[spoiler: Demogorgon]]''and lived'' [[spoiler: for about two seconds until he just crashed him with his foot, but still.she could control the orb in the pyramid. She can literally switch an ''Annihilation Sphere'' on and off again. The fact that the amulets possess supernatural powers that work despite an effect canceling effortlessly ''9th level spells'' could count in itself.]]



[[folder: Episode 95: One Year Later...]]
* Despite being played mostly for laugh, when Vex is going after Vax she sends Trinket at him. We get a reminder that Trinket is a ''huge'', dangerous bear, while he scares the shit out of Vax and sends him running.

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[[folder:Episode 101: Thar Amphala]]
* Despite being played mostly for laugh, when Vex is going after Vax she sends Trinket at him. We get Doubling as a reminder that Trinket is a ''huge'', dangerous bear, while he scares the shit out of Heartwarming moment, Keyleth grabs Vax and sends urges him running.to stay alive [[spoiler:while they are in the Shadowfell. And with that, she casts ''Foresight'' on him, a ''9th-level spell that grants advantage on everything''.]]



[[folder: Episode 96: Family Matters]]
* Matt's poker face during the final battle deserves special mention. For context, [[spoiler: the party is fighting an illusory demon conjured as part of an elaborate con. Matt plays the battle perfectly straight, making attack rolls, noting damage amounts, and generally playing it like it's a real fight. All of this while keeping track of what the illusionist can see and having the "monster" react or [[GlamourFailure fail to react]] accordingly. What finally gives it away is that the creature literally cannot hit anything, being nothing but an insubstantial image with sound effects. Sam even notes how he found it suspicious, but Matt kept rolling those dice.]] Also, Matt's acting skills show up [[spoiler: since he simulates the exact same reactions he has when a villain rolls a 1 or a bunch of terrible numbers in a row.]]
** Taliesin/Percy also gets one for [[spoiler: figuring this out almost immediately, muttering to himself "maybe it's an illusion?" and making sure to watch the Trickfoots. Unfortunately, the rest of the party fell for a RedHerring and prolonged the fight.]]

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* Matt's poker face during
[[folder:Episode 102: Race to the final battle deserves special mention. For context, Tower]]
* As Vox Machina approaches the tower at the center of the city, they debate whether to fly to its top and confront the cultists and Delilah Briarwood, or fight their way through the inside. Keyleth and Pike[[TakeAThirdOption take a third option]] and
[[spoiler: destroy the tower with an earthquake. The apex of the tower remains floating in the air after the whole thing comes crashing down, but they managed to avoid multiple encounters that could have lead to a [[TotalPartyKill TPK.]]]]
* [[spoiler:After spending most of the episode having Vecna mop the floor with them, including Vex dying (before being saved with Pike's Revivify) and Vax being Disintegrated, Keyleth attempts to get
the party is fighting an illusory demon conjured as part of an elaborate con. Matt plays the battle perfectly straight, making attack rolls, noting damage amounts, and generally playing it like it's a real fight. All of this while keeping track of what the illusionist can see and having the "monster" react or [[GlamourFailure fail to react]] accordingly. What finally gives it away is that the creature literally cannot hit anything, being nothing but an insubstantial image out with sound effects. Sam even notes how he found Plane Shift, only to have [[OhCrap Vecna attempt to counter it]]... and Scanlan ready to intercept it suspicious, but Matt kept rolling those dice.]] Also, Matt's acting skills show up [[spoiler: since he simulates the exact same reactions he has when a villain rolls a 1 or a bunch of terrible numbers in a row.with his own Counterspell.]]
** Taliesin/Percy also gets * There is one for [[spoiler: figuring this out almost immediately, muttering to himself "maybe it's an illusion?" and making sure to watch line that sums up the Trickfoots. Unfortunately, the rest second half of the party fell for a RedHerring and prolonged episode: [[spoiler:"Welcome to the fight.God War."]]
* [[spoiler:Vecna ''is'' a villainous one. It's the first time since the Chroma Conclave's first attack that Vox Machina found themselves utterly powerless against their enemy. And he hasn't even ascended yet.
]]



[[folder: Episode 97: Taryon, My Wayward Son]]
* [[spoiler: The manner in which Keyleth dies. Jumping off a cliff down a thousand feet before RealityEnsues her body smashing upon the rocks. Fortunately, Vex revives her in a quick and timely manner.]] Everyone agrees that they're not sure how they're going to top that.
* The Siphon under Whitestone has been a source of anxiety in-universe and out, primarily because of how little is known about it. Vex [[spoiler: takes a one-in-a-million chance and fires her Oracle Arrow into it. She gets more info in one shot than the smartest mages in Tal'Dorei could from months of research!]]

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* [[spoiler:
[[folder:Episode 103: The manner in which Keyleth dies. Jumping off a cliff down a thousand feet before RealityEnsues her body smashing upon the rocks. Fortunately, Vex revives her in a quick and timely manner.]] Everyone agrees that they're not sure how they're going to top that.
Fate-Touched]]
* The Siphon under Whitestone has been a source guard captain in Vasselheim managing to see through all of anxiety in-universe Grog and out, primarily because of how little is known about it. Vex [[spoiler: takes a one-in-a-million chance [[ConsummateLiar Scanlan's]] deceptions and fires her Oracle Arrow into it. She gets more info in one shot than the smartest mages in Tal'Dorei could illusions, forcing them to run from months of research!]]him and the guards to keep their freedom.



[[folder: Episode 98: The Mines of the Many]]
* A testament to Matt's god-like improv abilities: After Tary's mother, Maria, tells Tary that she found comfort in the books that Tary had left behind, Sam tries to trip Matt by having Tary ask which one was Maria's favourite. Matt responds almost immediately with a title and plotline involving the creation myth of Wildmount. Somewhat doubles as a [[CrowningMomentofFunny Crowning Moment of Funny]] as the rest of the cast is collapsing in fits of laughter throughout the entire exchange.

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* Pike and Vex [[spoiler:receive the blessings of Sarenrae and Pelor respectively. Of particular note is Vex's trial, as she has to prove her worth by struggling against angels to reach a beacon, while transformed into a red dragon by Scanlan.]]
*
The Mines Dungeon Master's Guide describes [[spoiler: the Eye of Vecna as a very powerful magic item that can only be permanently destroyed if the creature wearing it is struck by a very specific sword. Pelor seemingly destroys it with a handwave.]] Time will tell if Matt follows the other part of the Many]]
* A testament to Matt's god-like improv abilities: After Tary's mother, Maria, tells Tary that she found comfort in the books that Tary had left behind, Sam tries to trip Matt by having Tary ask which one was Maria's favourite. Matt responds almost immediately with a title and plotline involving the creation myth of Wildmount. Somewhat doubles as a [[CrowningMomentofFunny Crowning Moment of Funny]] as the rest of the cast is collapsing in fits of laughter throughout the entire exchange.
item's description or not.



[[folder:Special Episode: Battle Royale III]]
* The winner: [[spoiler:Taryon Darrington, who spent the entire battle making himself unfindable and untouchable, only swooping into the fray at the end.]]
* Keyleth busts out the Shapechange spell as her trump card, turning herself into [[spoiler: an ''adult black dragon''.]]
* Grog, full stop. He's the primary target for ''everyone'' right from the beginning of the fight, and the reason for the focus-fire becomes very clear very quickly.
** [[spoiler: It takes ''one'' turn near Percy and a lucky crit to make the gunslinger run away and leave him at death's door.]]
** [[spoiler: When trapped in Vex's necklace, his response is to ''punch his way out'', breaking the necklace from the inside and resulting in the highest amount of damage dealt by a player in one round - ''280'' damage, or to put it another way, ''17% of the damage dealt in the entire royale''.]]
** [[spoiler: He survives a brutal attack from black dragon Keyleth with ''one HP left''. Standing atop a tower, staring his foe down, what does he do? '''Draw five cards from the Deck of Many Things, miraculously avoiding disaster from all of them.''' True, he loses everything in the Bag of Holding and Wilhand turns against him (Ruin and Rogue), but he regains HP and increases his constitution, obtains a magical greatsword, and summons an ally to fight alongside him (Star, Key, Knight)!]]
** [[spoiler: He then ''stops'' Keyleth's rampage, breaking her concentration and then resisting her attempted Planeshift when she's humanoid again. He proceeds to 'softball' her into the acid pit and ''dissolve'' her, leaving him the last one standing vs. Taryon, who survived by hiding for most of the fight.]]
** In total, Grog dealt a whopping 767 damage over the course of the royale (almost ''half'' of the total damage dealt). [[spoiler: He also ''took'' 375 damage before finally going down. Only Keyleth remotely comes close to matching him in either stat, and she had to turn into a ''dragon'' to do it.]]

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*
[[folder:Episode 106: The winner: [[spoiler:Taryon Darrington, who spent the entire battle making himself unfindable and untouchable, only swooping into the fray at the end.]]
Endless Atheneeum]]
* Keyleth busts out the Shapechange spell as her trump card, turning herself into [[spoiler: an ''adult black dragon''.]]
* Grog, full stop. He's the primary target for ''everyone'' right from the beginning
While all of Vox Machina show different levels of defiance when [[spoiler:a recently ascended Vecna]] offers them to join [[spoiler:him]], Percy gets one of the fight, greatest burns ever:
-->'''Percy:''' We don't like to associate ourselves with new money.
* [[spoiler:Scanlan succeeding in Ioun's trial by finding one very specific book in the titular, aptly named, ''Endless Atheneeum'', gaining both her assistance
and the reason for the focus-fire becomes very clear very quickly.
** [[spoiler: It takes ''one'' turn near Percy and a lucky crit to make the gunslinger run away and leave him at death's door.]]
** [[spoiler: When trapped in Vex's necklace, his response is to ''punch his way out'', breaking the necklace from the inside and resulting in the highest amount of damage dealt by a player in one round - ''280'' damage, or to put it another way, ''17%
knowledge of the damage dealt in the entire royale''.]]
** [[spoiler: He survives a brutal attack from black dragon Keyleth with ''one HP left''. Standing atop a tower, staring his foe down, what does he do? '''Draw five cards from the Deck of Many Things, miraculously avoiding disaster from all of them.''' True, he loses everything in the Bag of Holding and Wilhand turns against him (Ruin and Rogue), but he regains HP and increases his constitution, obtains a magical greatsword, and summons an ally
ritual needed to fight alongside him (Star, Key, Knight)!]]
** [[spoiler: He then ''stops'' Keyleth's rampage, breaking her concentration and then resisting her attempted Planeshift when she's humanoid again. He proceeds to 'softball' her into the acid pit and ''dissolve'' her, leaving him the last one standing vs. Taryon, who survived by hiding for most of the fight.]]
** In total, Grog dealt a whopping 767 damage over the course of the royale (almost ''half'' of the total damage dealt). [[spoiler: He also ''took'' 375 damage before finally going down. Only Keyleth remotely comes close to matching him in either stat, and she had to turn into a ''dragon'' to do it.
seal Vecna.]]



[[folder:Episode 99: Masquerade]]
* After years of living under Howard's tyranny, Tary finally [[IAmWhatIAm stands up to his father]] and presents him with an ultimatum: work with Tary to repair the Darrington name or leave.

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[[folder:Episode 99: Masquerade]]
107: Scaldseat]]
* After years ''Grog'' of living under Howard's tyranny, Tary finally [[IAmWhatIAm stands all people comes up to his father]] and presents him with an ultimatum: work a genius solution to the underground caverns filled with Tary to repair poisonous gas and no fresh air: [[spoiler:the party already had a Water Breathing spell cast on them, so Grog suggests filling his Alchemy Jug with fresh water and taking regular gulps of "air" from it like a portable air bubble]].
* Scanlan making great use of his [[spoiler:planetar form against
the Darrington name or leave. magma bulettes.]]
* Keyleth's interpretive dance results in the entire cast performing a perfectly-harmonized tribal chant completely out of nowhere. Now ''that's'' improv!



[[folder:Episode 100: Unfinished Business]]
* [[spoiler:'''''[[BackFromTheDead Delilah Briarwood is back.]] And with a 9th-level''''' '''Prismatic Wall''' '''''to boot!''''']]
** To drive the point home, the party [[spoiler: recalls how she dies, first killed and then with her body melted into the acid for good measure. With no body left, Revivify and Resurrection don't work, you need either a True Resurrection or a Miracle to recreate the body for a lesser spell, still means that 9th level spells must be used. And the dialogue implies it isn't even that the case, but she took some ''precautions'' and did it all or herself.]]
** The last bit of it, [[spoiler: she could control the orb in the pyramid. She can literally switch an ''Annihilation Sphere'' on and off again. The fact that the amulets possess supernatural powers that work despite an effect canceling effortlessly ''9th level spells'' could count in itself.]]

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[[folder:Episode 100: Unfinished Business]]
108: The Core Anvil]]
* [[spoiler:'''''[[BackFromTheDead Delilah Briarwood is back.]] And The entire encounter against the [[spoiler:forge guardian]] was a tense battle, pushing Vox Machina to their limits with a 9th-level''''' '''Prismatic Wall''' '''''to boot!''''']]
** To drive
its powerful strikes and extremely high AC and HP. [[spoiler:Despite being mildly spent from the point home, bulettes and the party [[spoiler: recalls how she dies, first killed and then with her body melted into the acid for good measure. With no body left, Revivify and Resurrection don't work, you need either a True Resurrection or a Miracle to recreate the body for a lesser spell, constructs from earlier, they still means that 9th level spells must be used. And the dialogue implies it isn't even that the case, but she took some ''precautions'' and did it all or herself.managed to pull through without losing anyone.]]
** The last bit of it, [[spoiler: she could control * [[spoiler:Keyleth, taking a cue from Scanlan, casts ''Shapechange'' to transform into a planetar herself, and uses her ''Healing Touch'' ability to act as an emergency medic for the orb in party. She even gets the pyramid. She can literally switch an ''Annihilation Sphere'' on finishing blow against the guardian, using the planetar's Holy Avenger.]]
* [[spoiler:Between the knowledge granted to Percy
and off again. The fact that Grog from Ioun, Scanlan's inspiration, Keyleth's buff spells, and some very close calls, the amulets possess supernatural powers that work despite an effect canceling effortlessly ''9th level spells'' could count in itself.party manages to forge the divine trammels needed to seal away Vecna.]]



[[folder:Episode 101: Thar Amphala]]
* Doubling as a Heartwarming moment, Keyleth grabs Vax and urges him to stay alive [[spoiler:while they are in the Shadowfell. And with that, she casts ''Foresight'' on him, a ''9th-level spell that grants advantage on everything''.]]

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[[folder:Episode 101: Thar Amphala]]
109: The Ominous March]]
* Doubling as a Heartwarming moment, Keyleth grabs Vax manage once again to pass a Perception DC of 30, which literally means succeeding in an almost impossible task. This allows her to spot a small flow of water on the Titan's body for Vox Machina to climb.
* Also, the titan. Vecna raised the remains of a ''massive'' primordial Titan (his ''footprints'' are 150 feet long), the same one from whose heart were made the Titanstone Knuckles,
and urges uses it to transport Thar Amphala on its back.
* The plan to stop Vecna: while Vox Machina sneaks their way to
him to stay alive [[spoiler:while they are in try and seal him away, a distraction will be provided by J'Mon Sa Ord (in their full, dragon glory) sieging the Shadowfell. And city with that, she casts ''Foresight'' on him, an army of wyvern riders. ''Awesome'' is an understatement.
* When Vecna interrupts the war council arrayed against him to threaten the specific loved ones of those present. Longtime Vox Machina ally Allura Vysoren flips out and dispels his illusion; one archmage who refuses to be taunted, even by
a ''9th-level spell that grants advantage on everything''.]]god.



[[folder:Episode 102: Race to the Tower]]
* As Vox Machina approaches the tower at the center of the city, they debate whether to fly to its top and confront the cultists and Delilah Briarwood, or fight their way through the inside. Keyleth and Pike[[TakeAThirdOption take a third option]] and [[spoiler: destroy the tower with an earthquake. The apex of the tower remains floating in the air after the whole thing comes crashing down, but they managed to avoid multiple encounters that could have lead to a [[TotalPartyKill TPK.]]]]
* [[spoiler:After spending most of the episode having Vecna mop the floor with them, including Vex dying (before being saved with Pike's Revivify) and Vax being Disintegrated, Keyleth attempts to get the party out with Plane Shift, only to have [[OhCrap Vecna attempt to counter it]]... and Scanlan ready to intercept it with his own Counterspell.]]
* There is one line that sums up the second half of the episode: [[spoiler:"Welcome to the God War."]]
* [[spoiler:Vecna ''is'' a villainous one. It's the first time since the Chroma Conclave's first attack that Vox Machina found themselves utterly powerless against their enemy. And he hasn't even ascended yet.]]

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[[folder:Episode 102: Race to the Tower]]
110: The Climb Within]]
* As Vox Machina approaches the tower at the center Despite Ashley's absence, Pike gets both of the city, they debate whether to fly to its top and confront the cultists and Delilah Briarwood, or fight their way through the inside. Keyleth and Pike[[TakeAThirdOption take a third option]] and [[spoiler: destroy the tower with an earthquake. The apex of the tower remains floating in the air after the whole thing comes crashing down, but they managed to avoid multiple encounters that could have lead to a [[TotalPartyKill TPK.]]]]
* [[spoiler:After spending most of the
[=HDYWTDT=]s this episode having Vecna mop (controlled by Liam and Laura).
* Vax deals over 100 damage to
the floor undead dwarf king with them, including Vex dying (before being saved with Pike's Revivify) and one dagger, defeating him in one blow.
** Later, he does the same to a nothic ("Liam knows what this is, but
Vax being Disintegrated, Keyleth attempts to get the party out with Plane Shift, only to have [[OhCrap Vecna attempt to counter it]]... and Scanlan ready to intercept it doesn't"): almost 60 damage with his own Counterspell.]]
* There is one line that sums up the second half of the episode: [[spoiler:"Welcome to the God War."]]
* [[spoiler:Vecna ''is'' a villainous one. It's the
first time since the Chroma Conclave's first attack that Vox Machina found themselves utterly powerless dagger is enough to defeat it.
* She doesn't get to use it, but Keyleth creating a flaming sword is still awesome.
* One for Matt: Those darn trolls ate up ''four'' of Percy's Grit points by making all of their saves
against their enemy. And he hasn't even ascended yet.]]his shots at a 40% chance.



[[folder:Episode 103: The Fate-Touched]]
* The guard captain in Vasselheim managing to see through all of Grog and [[ConsummateLiar Scanlan's]] deceptions and illusions, forcing them to run from him and the guards to keep their freedom.

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[[folder:Episode 103: The Fate-Touched]]
[[folder: One-Shot: Bar Room Blitz!]]
* The guard captain MaryElizabethMcGlynn guest stars in Vasselheim managing to see through all of Grog her third episode (not counting the battle royale), [[spoiler: and [[ConsummateLiar Scanlan's]] deceptions and illusions, forcing them to run from him and once again she is the guards to keep their freedom.one who kills the episode's boss.]]



[[folder:Episode 104: Elysium]]
* Pike and Vex [[spoiler:receive the blessings of Sarenrae and Pelor respectively. Of particular note is Vex's trial, as she has to prove her worth by struggling against angels to reach a beacon, while transformed into a red dragon by Scanlan.]]
* The Dungeon Master's Guide describes [[spoiler: the Eye of Vecna as a very powerful magic item that can only be permanently destroyed if the creature wearing it is struck by a very specific sword. Pelor seemingly destroys it with a handwave.]] Time will tell if Matt follows the other part of the item's description or not.

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[[folder:Episode 104: Elysium]]
[[folder: Episode 112: Dark Dealings]]
* Pike and Vex [[spoiler:receive the blessings of Sarenrae and Pelor respecti