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40 Dungeon Names


Campaign worlds need deep dungeons, lost dwarven holds, crumbling castles, ebon caverns and dusty necropolises for the characters to explore. Such locales need suitably evocative names. Whether designing a ruined moathouse, a small self-contained forgotten crypt or an entire megadungeon, a dungeon’s name is vital for setting the theme and style of the complex. An evocative name builds the players’ expectations and may even provide hints about what might lurk within the dungeon.
40 Dungeon Names

by Creighton Broadhurst

July 23, 2019


GM's Resources

40 Dungeon Names


Campaign worlds need deep dungeons, lost dwarven holds, crumbling castles, ebon caverns and dusty necropolises for the characters to explore. Such locales need suitably evocative names. Whether designing a ruined moathouse, a small self-contained forgotten crypt or an entire megadungeon, a dungeon’s name is vital for setting the theme and style of the complex. An evocative name builds the players’ expectations and may even provide hints about what might lurk within the dungeon.

by Creighton Broadhurst

July 23, 2019


40 Dungeon Names

Campaign worlds need deep dungeons, lost dwarven holds, crumbling castles, ebon caverns and dusty necropolises for the characters to explore. Such locales need suitably evocative names. Whether designing a ruined moathouse, a small self-contained forgotten crypt or an entire megadungeon, a dungeon’s name is vital for setting the theme and style of the complex. An evocative name builds the players’ expectations and may even provide hints about what might lurk within the dungeon.

Use the names below to add depth and flavour to the dungeons (and the dungeon levels) in your campaign. Use the names either for the nest dungeon the characters will explore or to describe certain legendary dungeons which they may dream of looting and exploring. 

Dungeon Names

  1. Ashen Fane of the Whispering Cult
  2. Haunt of the Merciless Shadow Lord
  3. Labyrinth of Torment
  4. The Exalted Tower
  5. Sunken Citadel
  6. Spire of Certain Oblivion
  7. Unknown Caverns
  8. Ruins of Gloom
  9. Catacombs of the Sundered Pillar
  10. Trackless Warrens of Dol Naroth
  11. Shadow Hold
  12. Sepulchre of Tor Baroth
  13. Maze of Bones
  14. Warrens of the Forbidden Idol
  15. Gates of Sorrow
  16. Barrow of the Fallen
  17. Drowned Catacombs of the Doomed Mistress
  18. Dreaded Treasure Vault of Mor Darrel
  19. Orc Delve
  20. Ziggurat of Sorrow

Dungeon Level Names

  1. Starless Laboratory
  2. Cistern of Unknown Depths
  3. Cave of Echoes
  4. Ashen Realm of Soth-Amon
  5. Howling Chasm
  6. Slender Span
  7. Lightless Vault
  8. Forbidden Chasm
  9. Wondrous Grotto
  10. Lair of the Forsaken Ones
  11. Road of the Damned
  12. Chamber of Fell Conjuration
  13. Crypt of Torment
  14. Cells of Bone
  15. Smoking Cavern of Nol-Zoth
  16. Myrmidons’ Gallery
  17. Cursed Necropolis
  18. Vault of the Unknown One
  19. Archive of Forgotten Ages
  20. Catacomb of the Baleful Dark

The great thing about creating a name for a dungeon is that it inevitably poses questions which are not only fun to answer but also add depth, verisimilitude and flavour to the campaign world. Wise characters may even try and learn more about the dungeon based on its name in an attempt to be prepared for the challenges lurking within.

Want More?

Dungeon Dressing: Names & Legends presents loads of tables designed specifically to help you add depth and flavour to the dungeons in your campaign. 

 

 

 

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