We’re back with another Dungeons & Dragons guide. Dungeons & Dragons is a fun roleplaying adventure once you build your character and learn the rules. You’ll be immersed in an entirely new world with terrifying creatures and eclectic towns where you can drink, talk to villagers, and go on quests. But first, you need to build your character.
In the last guide, we went over some popular races to choose from based on your desired playstyle. Now it’s time to make your character even more unique and choose a class. Your class in D&D comes with a variety of skills and abilities. It also defines how you battle and what you do for your party.
What are the Classes in Dungeons & Dragons?
There are a lot more classes than races in Dungeons & Dragons, each with their own distinct traits. Here are some of the most popular to consider for your next journey. We also have provided a way to feel more in tune with each class while you’re roleplaying!
Barbarians thrive off chaos and value animal instincts. They are known for entering a berserker stage in battle, giving them more strength and endurance, almost superhuman-like. Barbarians are known for journeying solo, taking on an adventurous life. When creating a barbarian, consider what led you to go on this adventure, whether it was from being cast out of a community or being captured and brought to a civilized world you wanted nothing to do with.
Most barbarian features help you in battle, giving you better defense and the ability to react better to incoming attacks. Later on, you can do more damage when you roll a critical attack and can still fight even when heavily damaged.
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The bard is a master of song and speech. This class is ruled by the belief in a greater power, making them rule followers and do-gooders. Bards are versatile in combat, using magic to inspire allies and hinder foes from a distance. Bards can also use magic to strengthen their own swords and armor.
Bards are knowledgeable and talented. A bard spends their life wandering across the land to gather lore and stories. They never settle in one place for long. When creating a bard, consider what stories they will tell about themselves and their life. How did you become so good at magic and music?
Bards have features that heal wounds and break mind-influencing effects.
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Druids are popular for their love of nature and bond with animals. Instead of worshiping gods in temples, they are often devoted to mystic spirituality of transcendent union with nature. Druids can take the ability of animals, control plants, and predict the weather.
When creating a druid, consider why your character is so bonded with nature. Do they live in a society that still believes in the Old Faith? Were they abandoned in the forest as a child? Was your homeland destroyed by evil?
Druids have features that can alter the state of the ground, send out powerful creatures, and even create food and water. They aren’t often in the forefront of the battle and will help allies in need.
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Rogues devote a lot of time to mastering skills and combat abilities. Many rogues focus on steal and deception, while others perfect their climbing, lock picking, and trap disarming abilities. Rogues are more about being cunning than having brute strength. They will often attack an enemy and then slip away.
Rogues are usually shady characters. They are part of a thieves’ guild or crime family while some operate independently. Some are hardened criminals while others are just on a life of adventure, hoping to find fortune. When creating a rogue, consider if you have a criminal past (or present and what has driven you to go on your journey.
Rogues have feats that allow them to take a bonus action, hiding or dashing in battle. They also learn secret languages, detect traps, and locate hidden enemies.
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Wizards are all about magic. Wizards “live and die by their spells,” according to DnD And Beyond. They learn spells from experience, other wizards, from ancient tomes, and from ancient creatures. Wizards often live wild, meaningful lives, even hoping to control reality. They want to know everything possible and they’ll leave the safety of libraries and laboratories in the pursuit of power.
When creating a wizard’s backstory, think of how they first came into contact with magic. Did they have a natural talent for magic? Did they study it? Did they encounter a magical creature? And what made your wizard leave their life of study?
Wizards must prepare spells before battle. You learn more spells as you level up. Features will make it easier to cast spells or allow you to cast more of them.
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