Every Classic D&D Moment In The Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Trailer

The first official trailer for Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is now out. And we caught every single trope and idea from spellcasting to monsters to dungeon designs. Let's break it down.

Published: July 21, 2022 8:01 PM /


The Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves logo on a black screen

My dear adventurers, my fellow Game Masters, and my delightful dice goblins, the Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves trailer has released. This is Wizards of the Coast's most recent crack at a live-action Dungeons and Dragons movie after the poorly received 2000 movie with Jeremy Irons and the direct-to-video sequels Wrath of the Dragon God and The Book of Vile Darkness.

But for those with an exceptionally high perception score may have noticed that the trailer is absolutely packed with various tropes and ideas that many adventuring groups will recognize from their many tales from the table. And since we here at TechRaptor like our share of swords and sorcery, we have decided to break down all of these elements here so that fans will know what to expect and that fresh moviegoers won't be completely surprised. Here is every classic D&D moment we found in the Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Trailer.

Classic D&D Moments in the Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Trailer

A group of adventurers standing together in a market stall
The golden sun in the back appears to be Amaunator's symbol. The god of the sun, order, law and time. Does the movie take place in Faerun? Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

An Adventuring Party

Right off the bat, the trailer shows our heroes and they appear to be an adventuring party. Furthermore, the party appears to be a healthy mix of (from left to right) a Barbarian with an axe, a cocky Thief, a magic-user with robes and a staff, and what appears to be a Tiefling (note the horns) Druid. Dungeons and Dragons has always been about a group of individuals doing great things so this is a good start.

A large abandoned dungeon deep in a cavern filled with lava
Wonder what happened to the dwarves. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Dangerous Dungeons...

As the trailer continues, we see the party diving into a dungeon surrounded by lava and what appear to be dwarf statues. And they seem to retrieve a golden helmet of some kind. The idea that dungeons are made up of long lost civilizations or destroyed cities containing valuable or powerful items from the past is deeply ingrained in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Hell, half the time it's what most adventurers spend most of their time doing. It's like grave-robbing but with more stabbing.

Someone wearing a magic helmet that is glowing
Well, they couldn't cast Identify so a field test it is! Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures.

… Containing Artifacts of Power

Who doesn't remember finding a magic item or an artifact after a dungeon crawl? Apparently Justice Smith's character is getting that experience first-hand.

A black dragon swooping down on to a battlefield
Watch your armor and keep the Clerics close by! Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures.

Dragons! So Many Dragons In The Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Trailer!

Yeah, it's in the name of the game. The first one we see in the trailer to be a Black Dragon. This is notable since Black Dragons are known for being evil, so you know he's a bad guy. Plus, as the trailer shows, Black Dragons don't breath fire but jets of acidic bile on their enemies. Nice touch.

A metallic dragon learing over someone
Either someone just tried to steal something or there's a powerful charm spell happening. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Later on in the trailer we see another dragon. However, this one appears to be a metallic dragon, although what kind is hard to tell due to the scales and the colors. This is curious because metallic dragons are known to either be wise, lawful, or inclined toward good causes. Furthermore, this dragon appears to be in a town. This could be a likeness of  the platinum dragon Bahamut striking fear into a would-be thief (would not be surprising given the name of the movie.)

A red dragon shooting fire at adventurers crossing a stone bridge
Quick, get low, three-quarters cover should help your AC. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures.

Finally, near the very end of the trailer, we see a third dragon shooting fire at the party. This is most likely a Red Dragon since their breath weapon is flame. Also they are chromatic which means like Black Dragons, they are inclined towards being evil. They are also sworn enemies of Dwarves. Given that the area the group is fighting in appears to be the same lava filled dungeon with the dwarf statues we saw earlier in the trailer, we can...figure out what happened to them.

Chris Pine looking in surprise as torches and sconces self-light
What? Never used Prestidigitation before? Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures.

Torches and Sconces That Light By Themselves

It's a bit of a doofy beat in the trailer with Chris Pine's face but it is a bit of theatrical delight that many Dungeon Masters have dabbled in from time to time!

A lich in red robes surrounded by followers holding up an artifact
Could this be...The Whispered One? Probably not, he was from Oeryth originally. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures.

A Lich!

As mentioned before during a certain interview with Dungeons and Dragons Lead Designer Chris Perkins, liches are some of the most iconic baddies found in a D&D adventure. Lo and behold, just as Chris Pine's character mentions “the greatest evil the world has ever known” we get a look at a tall red-robed figure with decaying skin surrounded by followers performing some sort of magic ritual. With a wardrobe ripped straight for the 5e Dungeon Master's Guide nonetheless!

A spellcaster using the Shield Spell to deflect arrows
And people think Shield is a worthless spell. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Magic Spells

As the trailer continues we see a group of soldiers charging against a wall of magic-users. They appear to be either Sorcerors or Wizards they appear to be casting the Shield spell which makes them harder to hit and protects them magic attacks. We even see one character's shield blocking arrows in mid-flight.

A warrior holding up an axe that is superheated
Pretty sure that's an extra 1d4 fire damage on every attack now. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Improvised Weapons and Attacks

Dungeons and Dragons is a creative experience full of edge cases and players with hare-brained schemes. Who wouldn't dip their axe into some lava for a little extra oomph with their attacks. Also, we see multiple attacks in a single round of combat with Michelle Rodriguez punching through some guards.

A knight wielding a glowing magic sword
If I had to guess, either a really lucky fighter or a devout Paladin. Either way, stay on his good side. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Enchanted Weapons

It just wouldn't be a Dungeons and Dragons adventure without someone wielding a weapon imbued with some sort of magical effect. In this character's case it looks like it might be a +1 Sword of Returning? We see him launch the blade forward like a projectile a beat later.

An owlbear roaring furiously
You wish you were dealing with the Lorax. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

The Druid Turning Into a Monster and Wrecking Some Fools

As mentioned before, the movie has a Druid. One of the key abilities of a Druid is Wildshape, or the ability to transform into a creature and use their natural gifts as their own. In this case, the Druid turned into an Owlbear and went to town on some guards. Don't mess with the forces of nature, adventurers.

Two people on horseback traveling, an active volcano in the distance
Can't wait to go there and find some precious gold. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Long-Distance Travel

Technically, this was something that Tolkien brought to fantasy with stories like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, but Dungeons and Dragons also has its share of parties traveling, making camp, keeping watch, and just exploring the world in search of gold and glory. At least the scenery is nice along the way.

A Druid about to roll into an open portal
At least they didn't try sticking a Bag of Holding into a Portable Hole. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Shenanigans With Portals

Depending on your group and your adventure, a lot of nonsense with portals and teleportation can happen within Dungeons and Dragons. In this trailer's case, it appears someone has cast Dimension Door in order to allow the group to quickly get from one location to another.

A group of adventurers with lanterns slowly descending a rope into a cave
Alright, someone leave an escape rope behind so we don't get lost. Also no one has Keen Mind. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Dungeoneering Supplies

Old school Dungeons and Dragons players know some of the best tools to have at your disposal when delving into dungeons are fifty feet of rope and a lantern by your side. Those things can save lives.

A vast underground city with specs of light and vast cold darkness
A place like this birthed one of Faerun's greatest heroes. It's also where many heroes come to die. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Underground Cities

This is a pretty common fantasy trope. However, the architecture shown here doesn't appear to be normal for Dwarves. In fact, I am inclined to believe this is the Underdark, the home of the Drow or Dark Elves. Why, because there is also....

A Lolth Cultist wielding a blade
Joke's on him, Lolth is a matriarchal god. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures.

Evil Cultists

We see a quick shot of an individual with dark eyes, scary looking armor, and wielding a green flaming sword. In fact, the holy symbol marked on his forehead is a dead ringer for Lolth The Spider Queen, the most venerated Goddess of Drow who dwell in the Underdark. Expect some dark goings on with these people.

A wizard casting lightning bolt
Better hope the group is scattered about. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures.

Lightning Bolt!

Lightning bolt. Lightning bolt. Lightning bolt. I don't care if the meme's old, it's iconic for a reason!

All told, this is an iconic Dungeons and Dragons spell for a reason. It can hit multiple enemies in a single line and is guaranteed to at least harm someone unless they are a Monk or a Rogue with the Evasion feat. Yes, adventurers can potentially dodge lightning point blank. That is just the power level this universe runs on. If it happens in the movie, it is not unrealistic.

A giant fireball flying towards a group
3rd Level Spell Slot well spent! Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures


Just fireball. Just fireball. Just fireball.

Again, much like Lightning Bolt, it is a Dungeons and Dragons spell that has gotten a lot of use due to it being a giant area-of-effect blast that's great for sieges and crowd control. It can also potentially be dodged.

However, it must be noted that as written, the Fireball spell manifests at a point of origin then blossoms out to an area of effect, not lobbed towards the targets like it was fired from a trebuchet.

This could mean these fireballs are just siege weapons being used in a battle but... come on, I had to mention Fireball at least once.

A moving shifting maze made out large stone square columns
I can already hear the graph paper shifting in my mind. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Complex Mazes

Admit it, you saw this part of the trailer and immediately thought of grid tiles. Yes, it appears there will in fact be a maze that the party will have to navigate in the movie.

A mimic springing to life about to eat an adventurer
Did you not have a 10-foot rod on hand!? Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures


Yes, this is a world where a certain race of monsters evolved in such a way to disguise themselves as treasure chests, then wait for a clueless schmuck to try to open them and then eat them. Angler fish would be proud.

It is a little bit weird that the adventurer's hands weren't immediately stuck to the mimic's body once it revealed itself. Their flesh is naturally covered with a sticky membrane to prevent their prey from escaping.

A group of adventurers leaping inside a giant cube as a displacer beast is about to pounce
Honestly, I'd take my chances with the beast. Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Plus.

Displacer Beast and Gelatinous Cube

Two more classic Dungeons and Dragons monsters can be seen here. The big old cube of jelly that the adventurers jumped inside of is the iconic Gelatinous Cube. They better not have jumped all the way in however. Gelatinous Cubes are acidic and slowly eat away whatever poor soul got stuck inside. Also they are considered restrained and will need outside help to escape.

Alternatively, the panther looking thing is a Displacer Beast. They look like regular predatory felines but a Displacer Beast also hast spiked tentacles that come out from its back. It can also create illusions of itself in order to further disorient its prey. That's what happens when you come from the Feywild.

A wizard shooting shards of ice at a cultist
I've run out of ice puns! Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Ice Knife

Justice Smith's character apparently dabbled in the evocation school because that looks like he cast the Ice Knife spell.

An owlbear looking up at a wizard appearing on a rooftop in a puff of mist
Given an Owlbear's climbing speed and an average human's movement speed... Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Misty Step

That red robed cultist got away from the Druid in Owlbear form by casting Misty Step. You vanish in a puff of smoke then reappear up to 30 feet away somewhere else. He even went to an elevated area to make it more difficult for the party. Smart. Rules as written, the mist is described as silvery, but red matches the guy's robe so points for maintaining aesthetic.

A group of adventurers talking about plans
It'll totally work. What are the odds the dice will hate us? Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Adventurer's Making Plans

This is near the trailer and played as a joke but it is a Dungeons and Dragons trope all the same. Adventurer's make a plan. They act on the plan. The plan falls apart. Improvising happens. The party almost dies but almost succeeds. Then the guy who made the plan acts like it was all according to the plan.

Chris Pine playing a lute in the Dungeons and Dragons Movie
Quick, cast Vicious Mockery! Image Credit: Hasbro, Paramount Pictures

Musical (Possibly Magical) Instruments in the Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Trailer

Dungeons and Dragons adventurers can start their careers proficient with musical instruments. Chris Pine's character apparently plays the lute. It does raise a question as to what kind of character class he is however. The easy answer is that he is a Thief Rogue but, if that lute happens to cause magical things to occur, he just might be a College of Whispers Bard, someone who trained in the performing arts and then uses those talents to sneak, steal, and deceive. Promotional material does show him playing it so it might be the latter.

Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is set to release in theaters March 2023.

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