Chapter 3: Classes

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 women and men 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 paw nina much larger game. A cleric, by contrast, might see himself as a willing servant in a god’s unfolding plan ora conflict brewing among various deities. While the fighter has contacts ina 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 swear the oath of a paladin. A barbarian might discover latent magical ability and dabble in the sorcerer class while continuing to advance as a barbarian. 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 multiclassing, appear in chapter 6.

Twelve classes—listed in the Classes table—are found in almost every D&D world and define the spectrum of typical adventurers.

Class List

Class Description Hit Die Primary Ability Saving Throw Proficiencies Armor and Weapon Proficiencies
Barbarian A fierce warrior of primitive background who can enter a battle rage d12 Strength Strength & Constitution Light and medium armor, shields, simple and martial weapons
Bard An inspiring magician whose power echoes the music of creation d8 Charisma 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 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 Wisdom Intelligence & Wisdom Light and medium armor (nonmetal), shields, (nonmetal), clubs, daggers, darts, javelins, maces, quaterstaffs, scimitars, sickles, slings, spears
Fighter A master of martial combat, skilled with a variety of weapons and armor d10 Strength or Dexterity Strength & Constitution All armor, shields, simple and martial weapons
Monk A master of martial arts, harnessing the power of the body in pursuit of physical and spiritual perfection d8 Dexterity & Wisdom Strength & Dexterity Simple weapons, shortswords
Paladin A holy warrior bound to a sacred oath d10 Strength & Charisma Wisdom & Charisma All armor, shields, simple and martial weapons
Ranger A warrior who uses martial prowess and nature magic to combat threats on the edges of civilization d10 Dexterity & Wisdom Strength & Dexterity Light and medium armor, shields, simple and martial weapons
Rogue A scoundrel who uses stealth and trickery to overcome obstacles and enemies d8 Dexterity Dexterity & Intelligence Light armor, simple weapons, hand crossbows, longswords, rapiers, shortswords
Sorcerer A spellcaster who draws on the inherent magic from a gift or bloodline d6 Charisma Constitution & Charisma Daggers, darts, slings, quaterstaffs, light crossbows
Warlock A wielder of magic that is derived from a bargain with an extraplanar entity d8 Charisma Wisdom & Charisma Light armor, simple weapons
Wizard A scholarly magic-user capable of manipulating the structures of reality d6 Intelligence Intelligence & Wisdom Daggers, darts, slings, quaterstaffs, light crossbows