Adventurers are extraordinary people, driven by a thirst for excitement into a life that others would never dare lead. They are heroes, compelled to explore the dark places of the world and take on the challenges that lesser men and women can’t stand against.
Class is the primary definition of what your character can do. It’s more than a profession; it’s your character’s calling. Class shapes the way you think about the world and interact with it and your relationship with other people and powers in the multiverse. A fighter, for example, might view the world in pragmatic terms of strategy and maneuvering, and see herself as just a pawn in a much larger game. A cleric, by contrast, might see himself as a willing servant in a god’s unfolding plan or a conflict brewing among various deities. While the fighter has contacts in a mercenary company or army, the cleric might know a number of priests, paladins, and devotees who share his faith.
Your class gives you a variety of special features, such as a fighter’s mastery of weapons and armor, and a wizard’s spells. At low levels, your class gives you only two or three features, but as you advance in level you gain more and your existing features often improve. Each class entry in this chapter includes a table summarizing the benefits you gain at every level, and a detailed explanation of each one.
Adventurers sometimes advance in more than one class. A rogue might switch direction in life and dabble in the cleric class while continuing to advance as a rogue. Elves are known to combine martial mastery with magical training and advance as fighters and wizards simultaneously. Optional rules for combining classes in this way, called multi-classing, can be found in the Player’s Handbook.
Basic classes—listed in the Classes table—are found in almost every D&D world and define most typical adventurers.
- Barbarian: A fierce warrior of a primitive background who can enter a battle rage, d12, Strength and Constitution, light and medium armor, shields, simple and martial weapons.
- Bard: An inspiring magician whose power echoes the music of creation, d8, Dexterity & Charisma, light armor, simple weapons, hand crossbows, longswords, rapiers, shortswords.
- Cleric: A priestly champion who wields divine magic in service of a higher power, d8, Wisdom & Charisma, light and medium armor, shields, simple weapons.
- Druid: A priest of the Old Faith, wielding the powers of nature — moonlight and plant growth, fire and lightning— and adopting animal forms, d8, Intelligence & Wisdom, light and medium armor (non-metal), shields (non-metal), clubs, daggers, darts, javelins, maces, quarterstaffs, scimitars, sickles, slings, spears.
- Fighter: A master of martial combat, skilled with a variety of weapons and armours, d10, Strength & Constitution, all armor, shields, simple and martial weapons.
- Monk: A master of martial arts, skilled with fighting hands and martial monk weapons, d8, Dexterity & Strength (at level 14 monk is proficient in all Saving Throws) simple weapons, shortswords.
- Paladin: A holy warrior bound to a sacred oath, d10, Strength, Wisdom & Charisma, all armor, shields, simple and martial weapons.
- Ranger: A master of ranged combat, one with nature, d10, Dexterity & Strength, light and medium armor, shield, simple weapons, martial weapons.
- Ranger (Revised): An updated version of the Ranger class that focuses on more diverse abilities and better combat options.
- Rogue: A scoundrel and agile warrior who uses stealth and trickery to overcome obstacles and enemies, d8, Dexterity & Intelligence, light armor, simple weapons, hand crossbows, longswords, rapiers, shortswords.
- Sorcerer: A spellcaster who draws on inherent magic from a gift or bloodline, d6, Constitution & Charisma, daggers, darts, slings, quarterstaffs, light crossbows.
- Warlock: A wielder of magic that is derived from a bargain with an extraplanar entity, d8, Wisdom & Charisma, light armor, simple weapons.
- Wizard: A scholarly magic-user capable of manipulating the structures of reality, d6, Intelligence & Wisdom, daggers, darts, slings, quarterstaffs, light crossbows.
External classes listed in other material (Unearthed Arcana) DM discretion how it should be implemented in the world
- Artificer A spellcaster who uses their connection to forge magic items, d8, Dexterity & Intelligence, light armor, simple weapons.
- Mystic A psionic who forged a strong mental connection to use powers outside the weave of magic, d8, Dexterity & Intelligence, light armor, simple weapons.
List of Classes
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Wizards RPG Team. Player's Handbook. Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
- ^ Wizards of the Coast. "Player's D&D Basic Rules V2". http://media.wizards.com/2014/downloads/dnd/PlayerDnDBasicRules_v0.2.pdf. Retrieved 11 Nov 2014.
- ^ Unearthed Arcana Artificer Wizards of the Coast Artificer https://media.wizards.com/2016/dnd/downloads/1_UA_Artificer_20170109.pdf Retrieved 03 Mar 2018
- ^ Unearthed Arcana Mystic Wizards of the Coast Mystic https://media.wizards.com/2017/dnd/downloads/UAMystic3.pdf Retrieved 03 Mar 2018