Stranger Things 4 Villain Fully Explained: Who is Vecna (and How to Defeat Him)?

Vecna’s Plan Explained

Season 4 pretty much ties up and answers all the questions from the previous 3 seasons. It’s revealed that Vecna is the mastermind behind all the attacks from the Upside Down. In fact, it seems he rules the Upside Down. All the monsters that Mike and his friends have faced thus far — Demogorgons, Demodogs and the Mind Flayer — have been under the control of Vecna himself. After he was banished into the Upside Down by a young Eleven, he began to explore this hellish dimension. He encounters the Mind Flayer, and by using his powers, he consumes its power and utilises the hive mind ability, taking control of the creatures of the Upside Down and essentially ruling this dimension. He fashioned the Mind Flayer into the image of a spider-like eldritch monster and even created the spider creature that we see in the third season.

Vecna’s Motive

What other motive does an evil entity have but to destroy mankind and rule the world?for Vecna, it’s not that simple. He wants freedom and control. To shape the world as he sees fit.

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Grandfather Clock

For the majority of Vecna’s human life as 001and Henry, he has been trapped. Dr. Brenner seeks to control him and went so far as imprisoning and torturing him in the lab. El trapped him in the Upside Down. Hence, Vecna has been trying to seek freedom. However, nothing is more confining for him than time.

Vecna in Dungeons and Dragons vs Vecna

In Dungeons and Dragons, there is no concrete lore, however there are suggested ways you can play characters and widely used understanding.


There are many theories regarding Vecna’s origins in D&D. One of the most-commonly accepted origin stories is that he started out as a human (though some say he was half-elf), who was studying to become a wizard. After the untimely death of his mother, he became obsessed with immortality. He then became a lich (an undead creature) whose powers and influence grew by gaining knowledge, collecting powerful artefacts and making deals with demons and dark entities alike.

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Vecna’s Personality

According to D&D lore, Vecna is a power-hungry lich who loves secrets and knowledge. He’s innately evil and has very little care for life, killing anything that stands in his way. Veteran Dungeon Masters often recommend playing Vecna as an extremely cocky villain with God-like powers.


When Vecna’s power grew, he gained worshippers. One notable worshiper is a paladin named Kas. He became Vecna’s right hand man i.e. his lieutenant and enforcer. However, later on, Kas betrays him and they enter a ferocious battle at Vecna’s Rotter Tower. Though Kas was ultimately defeated, he sliced Vecna’s hand and stabbed him in the eye. This destroyed Vecna’s body and caused a massive explosion which sent Kas to another dimension called Cavitus. Though Vecna’s body was destroyed, his spirit lived on.

The Antithesis of a Hero

How to defeat Vecna?

In Dungeons and Dragons, Vecna seems almost indestructible, making him one of the most difficult antagonists to defeat. As a deity with god-like powers, he is immune to almost everything. From cold to necrotic damage to poison. This is because one of his most powerful attributes is Undying. When he is killed, his spirit lives on and he is able to create a new body for himself.


Major plot points in the game usually have Vecna imprisoned someplace, somewhere. El can perhaps close the inter-dimensional gates once and for all and trap Vecna inside.

Use electrocution to disarm him

If fire and gunshots don’t work, then perhaps electricity can immobilise or restrain him. In the lab, Dr. Brenner used electricity to torture the gifted children, as well as 001. They could put the electrical neck restraint around his neck or use a massive electrical source to disarm or weaken him.

Implant the Soteria (or something like it)

The Soteria is a miniature implantable device that inhibits psychokinetic abilities and tracks the individual’s movement. Dr. Brenner implanted this device in Henry Creel’s neck while he was imprisoned in the lab. Perhaps the team can use this device (or something like it) to take away his powers so that Eleven can ultimately destroy him.

Eleven becomes more powerful than Vecna

Without Dr. Brenner, Eleven needs to find another way to learn how to channel and increase her powers. They might bring back Kali/008 to train Eleven with her powers. Both 008 and 001 have taught Eleven to use her anger or a sad memory to channel and strengthen her powers. However, as cliché as it sounds, happy memories and love that will make Eleven strong enough to overpower Vecna. This has been proven to be effective several times. The first time she defeated Henry and banished him into the Upside Down was when she thought of her mother and her saying“I love you”. The second time it was hearing Mike’s voice proclaiming his love for her that boosts her powers. Additionally, Max has proven that 001’s favourite music and happy memories help break out of Vecna’s mind lai

Team Work makes the Dream Work

Unlike in previous season when the team was physically together to defeat the monsters, this season the main cast were separated. Mike, WIll, Jonathan were rescuing Eleven. Joyce and Hopper were in Russia fighting Demogorgons while the remainder of the crew stayed in Hawkins. While apart, they were able to help each other, in their own ways, defeat Vecna — but only just. Perhaps, now that they are all together they use the power of friendship and their resourcefulness to destroy Vecna once and for all.

Team up with other Gifted ones

In season 2, we found out that there were others who escaped the lab. One of them was Kali/008Eight who has the same psychic powers, that is she can cause hallucinations. It would certainly be cool to see Eleven team up with Eight and the other gifted ones (and the Hellfire Club, of course!) to fight Vecna in an epic battle!



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