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Disney Villainous expansion guide

Meet the most dastardly of Disney board games - here’s our breakdown of the Disney Villainous game, with each Villainous expansion explained.

Disney Villainous Expansion boxes

Released by Ravensburger in 2018, the Disney Villainous board game lets you get in touch with your dark side and take control of the bad guys from your favourite kids’ films. The base game with six villains was a hit with young’uns and adults alike, and there are now five Disney Villainous expansions available. Read on, and we’ll fill you in on what’s inside every single Disney Villainous expansion, as well as how complex, fun, and beginner friendly they are.

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The currently released Disney Villainous expansions are:

Upcoming Disney Villainous expansions are:

Each of the five currently available expansions adds three fully playable villains to the game, with their own win conditions, Villain decks, and Fate decks. Here’s a handy table breaking down which villains each expansion includes before we dive into detail:

Expansion New playable villains
Wicked to the Core
  • The Evil Queen (Snow White)
  • Hades (Hercules)
  • Dr. Facilier (The Princess and the Frog)
Evil Comes Prepared
  • Scar (The Lion King)
  • Ratigan ( The Great Mouse Detective)
  • Yzma (The Emperor’s New Groove)
Perfectly Wretched
  • Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians)
  • Mother Gothel (Tangled)
  • Pete (Steamboat Willie)
Despicable Plots
  • Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)
  • The H0rned King (The Black Cauldron)
  • Wicked Stepmother / Lady Tremaine (Cinderella)
Bigger and Badder
  • Syndrome (The Incredibles)
  • Lotso (Toy Story 3)
  • Madame Mim (The Sword in the Stone)
Introduction to Evil
  • None (Repackaged base set)
Filled With Fright
  • Oogie Boogie (Nightmare Before Christmas)
Sugar and Spite
  • Shere Kahn (The Jungle Book)
  • King Candy (Wreck It Ralph)

Disney Villainous Expansion wicked to the core

Disney Villainous: Wicked to the Core

The first Disney Villainous expansion, Wicked to the Core, has Hades, Snow White’s Evil Queen, and Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog. It has an eclectic mix of mechanics and difficulty levels. Hades is all about movement and must bring the Titans over to ransack Olympus, while Evil Queen acts alone as a one-woman killing machine, vanquishing heroes by brewing nasty potions.

Dr Facilier meanwhile, turns the game into a deckbuilding board game with his complex mechanics, which involve putting cards in a separate ‘Fortune’ deck. He’s tough to get a handle on, so while this was the first Disney Villainous Expansion ever released, and has some of the most fun heroes, it’s a little wonky in both balance and complexity and might not be the one to start with.

Disney Villainous Expansion evil comes prepared

Disney Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared

Only at Villainous Expansion #2, Evil Comes Prepared, and they’re already breaking out Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective, who features here alongside fan-favorite Scar, and Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove. This is probably the best Disney Villainous expansion for beginner board gamers. Yzma has to search for Kuzco in four different Fate decks, Scar’s just gotta beat up a load of heroes, and Ratigan has a fun gimmick in that his first objective can be thwarted, in which case he has to defeat the main hero as a backup plot. All unique takes on the game, but nothing too crazy.

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Disney Villainous: Perfectly Wretched

Villainous Expansion 3 – Perfectly Wretched – features Cruella De Vil, Mother Gothel, and Pete from Steamboat Willie (the first Mickey Mouse cartoon). Each Disney Villainous: Perfectly Wretched character has its own unique playstyle, but none are overly complex, making this another good get for beginners to the series or younger boardgamers.

Pete’s game board and cards are all in black and white, adding a nice bit of style – plus his game plan is always different. You randomly choose four out of five goals each game, keeping your objectives hidden from the other players. Mother Gothel has a nice risk/reward game where your aim is to build up Rapunzel’s trust, and Cruella just wants to hoover up a ton of puppy tokens.

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Disney Villainous: Despicable Plots

Villainous Expansion 4 – Despicable Plots – features Gaston, and then two oddballs, The Horned King from Black Cauldron and the Wicked Stepmother (actual name Lady Tremaine) from Cinderella. As well as having less star power than many of the other Villainous expansions, Despicable Plots has some fiddly mechanics that may prove frustrating. It’s by no means bad, and each villain has something interesting going on, if you can pull it off, but in our view – not the place to start.

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Disney Villainous: Bigger and Badder

Despite the ‘bigger’ in Bigger and Badder, there are still only three characters in Villainous Expansion 5. This time we’re breaking into Pixar land with Syndrome from The Incredibles and Lotso from Toy Story 3, alongside the witchy Madame Mim from The Sword in the Stone.

A very colorful expansion, Mim is the surprise standout here, requiring you to defeat Merlin in a more complex version of Rock Paper Scissors that represents the film’s transformation battle (the only part of the movie most people remember).

Disney Villainous expansion: 100th anniversary beginner's edition

Disney Villainous: Introduction to Evil

A revamped (streamlined?) version of the original box, but with some of the villains missing, Introduction to Evil is a Disney Villainous game intended for new players, not yet used to the devious world of plotting and planning.

It offers a couple of very minor rules changes, and a lower price point, and it’s up to you if that makes up for taking two of the (more enjoyable IMO) villains out of the base game. Introduction to Evil had a limited run in 2023, and its expected to be widely available from most retailers come August 2024.

Disney Villainous expansion - a Disney Villainous box featuring oogie boogie

Disney Villainous: Filled with Fright

Disney Villainous’ first single character expansion, Filled with Fright, lets you play as Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas. Your mission is to defeat Jack and take his place on the throne as Pumpkin King.

This expansion released for Halloween in October 2023. Oogie is a gambling ghoul, and the expansion comes with dice that play into many of the villain’s cards.

It’s worth noting that, as the box comes with just one villain, this is the first Disney Villainous expansion that doesn’t work as a standalone game. Don’t buy it for someone who isn’t already a Villainous fan.

Disney Villainous expansion box Sugar and Spite with King Candy's silhouette on the cover

Disney Villainous: Sugar and Spite

Disney Villainous is switching to a new release schedule with 2024’s expansion, titled Sugar and Spite. From now on, these board game boxes will be a bit cheaper, but they’ll also only hold two villains, instead of three.

We don’t know much about the gameplay  in this addition, which releases in June, but we do know who the villains will be. As you can see from the box, there’s King Candy from Wreck It Ralph. He’s paired with Shere Khan from Jungle Book.

Disney Villainous Expansion boxes

How many Disney Villainous expansions are there?

There are currently five Disney villainous expansions, each one adding three new villains to the game, and a sixth expansion adding just Oogie Boogie.

We doubt Ravensburger plans to stop there, and there are plenty of rumors about more upcoming Disney Villainous expansions – but since none of them agree with each other, you can take these with a pinch of salt.

What’s interesting is that Ravensburger rarely sticks to the obvious characters for its expansions. You’ll usually find a big bad from the Disney Renaissance featured right alongside relative unknowns.

There are also two spinoff Villainous games – Marvel Villainous and Star Wars Villainous – which cash in on Disney’s other big properties. We won’t be covering those here, but they pretty much follow the same basic formula – if you’re a superhero or sci-fi fan then Marvel board games or Star Wars board games could be a better bet. Here are all the Marvel Villainous expansions, in case you’re interested.

Do you need the base Disney Villainous Game?

Nope! Pretty much every Disney Villainous expansion can be played on its own, and they’re also all compatible with each other. You can take any Disney Villainous game in your collection and mix and muddle it up with any other expansion, and still have a grand old time.

That said, the base Disney Villainous game touts an impressive six heroes, compared to the three found in expansions. Purely in terms of bang for your buck, you may be well served by picking up the bigger, original box.

If you’re sold on Villainous by the gameplay as much as the theme, you might also enjoy our guide to the Marvel Villainous expansions.