Campaign 2 official art

Official portrait of the Mighty Nein, by Ari.[art 1]

The Mighty Nein are an adventuring party and the protagonists of Critical Role in Campaign 2, starting with Chapter 9.

Founding Edit

Meeting in Trostenwald Edit

The seven individuals who would become the Mighty Nein first met in Trostenwald in 835 PD.[1] Up to that point, they had been traveling in three groups:

Caleb, Nott, Jester, Fjord, and Beau all happened to be staying at the Nestled Nook Inn, where Molly and Yasha came to advertise their carnival.[6] Later, when the carnival turned suddenly violent,[7] the seven of them worked together to defeat an undead menace and became embroiled in a local investigation.[8][9] They formed an alliance to clear their own names, then chose to travel together afterward.[10]

Yasha alone did not leave Trostenwald with the rest of the group,[11] and was prone to disappearing on her own business for stretches of time. However, the group made a point of meeting up with her when they could.[12] (Out of character, Yasha's absences were due to Ashley Johnson's frequent scheduling conflicts.)

Name Edit

Upon defeating a gnoll pack that had raided the town of Alfield, the adventurers earned some renown for themselves. The local watchmaster, Bryce Feelid, asked for a group name for their Crownsguard paperwork. After conferring among themselves, the group settled on The Mighty Nein, a nod to Caleb's Zemnian accent.[13]

From an out-of-character context, Liam O'Brien had been using German words and a German accent as a stand-in for Caleb's Zemnian. The rest of the cast picked up on this and would yell "Nein!", the German word for "no", whenever a nine was rolled or referenced. The joke became a running gag over several episodes.[14][15][16] When asked to come up with a group name on the spot, nein was the first thing the group landed on, plus mighty for strength.

Members Edit

Main Members
Guest Members

Trivia Edit

  • The name may also be a reference to the 2016 video game "Mighty No. 9", whose voice cast included Matthew Mercer as Pyrogen (Mighty No. 1), Steve Blum as Countershade (Mighty No. 8), and Yuri Lowenthal as Beck (Mighty No. 9).
  • There are nine members of the adventuring party when Frumpkin, Yasha, and Jester's Invoke Duplicity self are counted.
  • Yasha is not formally a member of the Mighty Nein, as Ashley Johnson was absent when the adventuring party was officially founded.

External Links Edit

  • CritRoleStats has a page devoted to the neins of Campaign 2.
  • Desiree' Abbott has compiled an infographic analyzing the frequency of nines among dice rolls in Campaign 2.

References Edit

  1. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 0:16:41 through 0:19:55.  Matt introduces the setting for Campaign 2.
  2. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 0:37:35.  Nott references several cons that she and Caleb have prepared.
  3. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04) from 1:46:49 through 1:48:55.  Nott and Caleb talk about their time in prison.
  4. Laura and Travis discussed the Jester/Fjord/Beau meeting during a panel at Emerald City Comic Con
  5. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 3:53:30.  Toya mentions that Molly and Yasha are the newest members of the carnival, Molly having joined about two years prior.
  6. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 0:47:00.  Molly and Yasha distribute fliers.
  7. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 2:21:51 through 2:24:18.  An old man turns into a monster at the carnival.
  8. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 3:10:30 through 3:11:20.  The party are told not to leave town.
  9. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) from 0:31:47 through 0:32:34.  Norda places the party under investigation; "We're a group, you guys!"
  10. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04) from 3:31:03 through 3:33:43.  The party plan to travel together to Zadash and see how well they get along.
  11. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04) at 3:33:43.  Yasha chooses to stay in Trostenwald.
  12. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08) at 1:24:24.  The group ask Bryce to pass a message to Yasha if she comes into town.
  13. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08) at 1:03:19.  Bryce asks for a group name.
  14. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 2:31:55.  Liam rolls a 9; the cast respond appropriately.
  15. See "The Open Road" (9x05) at 1:12:03.  More nines; "It's like Rammstein on that side of the table."
  16. See "Hush" (9x07) at 0:18:40.  "This is going to be the thing for the entire campaign."


  1. Official portrait of the Mighty Nein, by Ari (source).  Permission needed.