Eldritch Horror


Eldritch Horror is a fully cooperative, medium intensity game of terror and adventure for 1 – 8 players.

Across the globe, ancient evil is stirring. Now, you and your trusted circle of colleagues must travel around the world, working against all odds to hold back the approaching horror. Foul monsters, brutal encounters, and obscure mysteries will take you to your limit and beyond. All the while, you and your fellow investigators must unravel the otherworldy mysteries scattered around the globe in order to push back the gathering mayhem that threatens to overwhelm humanity. The end draws near! Do you have the courage to prevent global destruction?

In Eldritch Horror players take the roles of globetrotting investigators working to solve mysteries, gather clues, and protect the world from an Ancient One – that is, an elder being intent on destroying our world. Each Ancient One comes with its own unique decks of Mystery and Research cards, which draw you deeper into the lore surrounding each loathsome creature. Discover the true name of Azathoth or battle Cthulhu on the high seas.

While the tasks on these Mystery cards (along with the locations of otherworldly gates, menacing monsters, and helpful clues) will often inform both your travel plans and the dangers you confront, you can find adventure anywhere in the world…even where you least expect it. It is during the Encounter Phase of each turn that players resolve combat or, alternatively, build their investigators’ personal stories by reading an encounter narrative from one of several types of Encounter cards. You might go head to head with a monster in Istanbul or find yourself in a tough spot with the crime syndicate in a major city. Maybe you will embark on an expedition to the Pyramids or research a clue you uncover in the unnamed wilderness. You may even find your way through a gate and explore a dimension beyond time and space.

Should you fail an encounter, the cost is steep. If you are fortunate, you will merely incur physical or mental trauma. However, you might also be compelled to take a Condition card, which represents a specific injury or restriction gained throughout your journey, such as a Leg Injury or Amnesia. You could find yourself getting in over your head to acquire assets and receive a Debt condition – or maybe you’ll owe a favor to something far more insidious than a debt collector, and enter into a Dark Pact! Whatever your condition, you would be wise to find a resolution with haste; many conditions have a “reckoning effect” which, if triggered, ensure a much more sinister fate.

All the while, the arrival of the Ancient One approaches. Its malign influence is manifested in Eldritch Horror as you draw Mythos Cards, which govern the appearance of otherworldly gates, fearsome monsters, and other ominous elements. Mythos cards keep your investigators under pressure, introducing new threats, even as the arrival of the Great Old One draws nearer! Since the investigators draw a new Mythos card each round, they’re certain to have their hands full battling foul creatures and following up on strange rumors, even as they work to solve their three all-important mysteries.

With twelve unique investigators, two hundred-fifty tokens, and over three hundred cards, Eldritch Horror presents an epic, world-spanning adventure with each and every game.

Designer:  Corey Konieczka, Nikki Valens
Publisher:  Fantasy Flight Games
Player numbers:   1-5 players
Recommended Age:  14+
Game Time:  120-180 mins

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Product Contents:

  • 1 Game Board
  • 1 Reference Guide
  • 12 Investigator Sheets w/ Matching Tokens & Stands
  • 4 Ancient One Sheets
  • 51 Mythos Cards (21 yellow, 18 green and 12 blue)
  • 16 Mystery Cards (4 backs, 4 each)
  • 14 Artifact Cards
  • 40 Asset Cards
  • 36 Condition Cards
  • 20 Spell Cards
  • 4 Reference Cards
  • 122 Encounter Cards
    • 8 America Cards
    • 8 Europe Cards
    • 8 Asia/Australia Cards
    • 12 General Cards
    • 24 Other World Cards
    • 18 Expedition (6 backs, 3 each)
    • 12 Special Cards (2 backs, 6 each)
    • 32 Research Cards (4 backs, 8 each)
  • 245 Tokens
    • 43 Monster Tokens (34 normal, 9 epic)
    • 1 Lead Investigator token
    • 1 Active Expedition Token
    • 20 Travel Ticket Tokens (8 train, 12 ship)
    • 30 Improvement Tokens (6 for each skill)
    • 9 Gate Tokens
    • 20 Eldritch Tokens
    • 36 Clue Tokens
    • 1 Mystery Token
    • 4 Rumor Tokens
    • 78 Health and Sanity Tokens
      • 30 (1 Health)
      • 12 (3 Health)
      • 24 (1 Sanity)
      • 12 (3 Sanity)
  • 4 Dice


Eldritch Horror: Forsaken Lore

Eldritch Horror: Mountains of Madness

Eldritch Horror: Strange Remnants

Eldritch Horror: Under the Pyramids

Eldritch Horror: Signs of Carcosa

Eldritch Horror: The Dreamlands

Card sleeve information if you wish to sleeve the cards in this product:

189 cards 57mm x 88mm. Fantasy Flight sleeve size: Standard American – Green (FFS03, 50/pack) – (2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ – 57 x 89mm)

114 cards 41mm x 63mm. Fantasy Flight sleeve size: Mini American – Yellow (FFS01, 50/pack) – (1-5/8″ x 2-1/2″ – 41 x 63mm)

1 review for Eldritch Horror

  1. Zoe

    If you haven’t discovered this game yet and are even mildly into adventure games you can’t pass this one by. It’s filled with excitement, is extremely addictive and well worth the price point for those winter evenings where it gets too dark to much else. Don’t look past this one, it’s a fantastic investment in your friendships!

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