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Introduction 4 This Is Your Life 61 Awarding Magic Items ...................... ...... 135
Using This Book 4 Origins 61 Sidebar: Behind the Design: Magic
The Core Rules 5 Personal Decisions 64 Item Distribution ........................ ...... 135
Life Events 69 Common Magic Items ................... ...... 136
Ch. 1: Character Options ........................... 7
Supplemental Tables...................... ....... 72 Sidebar: Are Magic Items
Barbarian 8
Racial Feats 73 Necessary in a Campaign? ....... ...... 136
Primal Paths 9
Sidebar: Creating Additional
Path of the Ancestral Guardian ............ 9 Ch. 2: Dungeon Master's Tools ...... ....... 77
Common Items 140
Path ofthe Storm Herald ..................... 10 Simultaneous Effects 77
Magic Item Tables 140
Path of the Zealot 11 Falling 77
77 Sidebar: Recharging without
Bard l2 Rate of Falling
a Dawn 144
Bard Colleges 14 Flying Creatures and Falling ....... ....... 77
College of Glamour 14 Sleep 77 Ch. 3: Spells 147
College of Swords 15 Waking Someone 77 Spell Lists 147
College of Whispers ....................... 16 Sleeping in Armor .......................... ....... 77 Spell Descriptions 150
Cleric 17 Going without a Long Rest ........... ....... 78 App. A: Shared Campaigns ............ 172
Divine Domains 18 Adamantine Weapons ........................ ....... 78
78 App. B: Character Names ............... 175
Sidebar: Serving a Pantheon; Tying Knots
78 Nonhuman Names 175
Philosophy, or Force ................... 18 Tool Prociencies
Dragonborn 175
Forge Domain 18 Tools and Skills Together ............. ....... 78
78 Dwarf 176
Grave Domain 19 Tool Descriptions
85 Elf 176
Druid 21 Spellcasting
Gnome 178
Druid Circles 22 Perceiving a Caster at Work ......... ....... 85
85 Halfling 179
Circle of Dreams 22 Identifying a Spell
Half-Ore 179
Circle of the Shepherd ................... 23 Invalid Spell Targets ...................... ....... 85
Learning Beast Shapes ................. 24 Areas of Effect on a Grid ............... ....... 86
..... 88 Human Names
Fighter 27 Encounter Building
91 Arabic
Martial Archetypes 28 Quick Matchups
Arcane Archer 28 Random Encounters: A World of
Cavalier 30 Possibilities
Samurai 31 Arctic Encounters
32 Coastal Encounters ........................ ....... 93
Monastic Traditions ....................... 33 Desert Encounters
97 German
Way of the Drunken Master ......... 33 Forest Encounters
Grassland Encounters ................... ..... 100 Greek
Way of the Kensei 34
101 Indian
Way of the Sun Soul ....................... 35 Hill Encounters
104 japanese
Paladin 36 Mountain Encounters ....................
105 Mesoamerican
Sacred Oaths 37 Swamp Encounters ........................
106 NigerCongo
Oath of Conquest 37 Underdark Encounters ..................
Oath of Redemption ....................... 38 Underwater Encounters ................. 109
4O Urban Encounters 110 Polynesian
113 Roman
Ranger Archetypes 41 Traps Revisited
113 Slavic
Gloom Stalker 4]. Simple Traps
Horizon Walker 42 Sidebar: Making Traps
Monster Slayer 43 Meaningful 114
Rogue 44 Designing Simple Traps ................ 115
Roguish Archetypes ....................... 45 Complex Traps 118
Inquisitive 45 Designing Complex Traps ............. 121
Mastermind 46 Sidebar: Complex Traps and
Scout 47 Legendary Monsters ................... 123
Swashbuckler 47 Downtime Revisited 123
Sorcerer 48 Rivals 123
Sorcerous Origins 50 Downtime Activities ....................... 125
Divine Soul 50 Buying a Magic Item ................... 126
Shadow Magic 50 Carousing 127
Storm Sorcery 51 Crafting an Item 128
Warlock 53 Crime 130
Otherworldly Patrons .................... 54 Gambling 130
The Celestial 54 Pit Fighting 131
The Hexblade 55 Relaxation 131
Eldritch Invocations ....................... 56 Religious Service ......................... 131
Wizard 58 Research 132
Arcane Tradition 59 Scribing a Spell Scroll ............... 133
1War Magic 59 Selling a Magic Item ................... 133
Training 134
Work 134
D a beholder crime lord keeps tabs on everyone
and everythingor so the beholder thinks.
Known as Xanathar, this bizarre being be-
lieves it can gather information on everything
in the DUNGEONS 8t DRAGONS multiverse.
. The beholder desires to know it all! But no
matter what the beholder learns and what treasures it
acquires, its most prized possession in all the multi
verse remains its goldsh, Sylgar.
The rst major roles expansion to the fth edition of
D&D, Xanathar's Guide to Everything provides a wealth
of new options for the game. Xanathar might not be able
to realize its dream to know everything, but this book
does delve into every major part of the game: adventur-
ers, their adventures, and the magic they wield.


Written for both players and Dungeon Masters, this
book offers options to enhance campaigns in any world,
whether youre adventuring in the Forgotten Realms,
another ofcial D&D setting, or a world of your own
creation. The options here build on the ofcial rules
contained within the Player's Handbook, the Monster
Manual, and the Dungeon Masters Guide. Think of this
book as the companion to those volumes. It builds on
their foundation, exploring pathways rst laid in those
publications. Nothing herein is required for a D8D cam-
paignthis is not a fourth core rulebookbut we hope it
will provide you new ways to enjoy the game.
Chapter 1 offers character options that expand on
those offered in the Players Handbook. Chapter 2 is a
toolkit for the DM that provides new resources for run
ning the game and designing adventures, all of it build-
ing on the Monster Manual and the Dungeon Masters
Guide. Chapter 3 presents new spells for player charac
ters and spellcasting monsters to unleash.
Appendix A provides guidance on running a shared
campaign, similar to the activities staged by the D&D
Adventurers League, and appendix B contains a host of
tables that allow you to quickly generate names for the
characters in your D&D stories.
As you peruse the many options herein, you'll come
across observations from Xanathar itself. Like the
beholders roving mind, your reading will take you to
places in the game familiar and new. May you enjoy
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Unearthed Arcana, a series ofonline articles we publish
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Even if more than one factor gives you advantage or
This book relies on the rules in the three core rules disadvantage on a roll, you have it only once, and if you
books. The game especially makes frequent use of have advantage and disadvantage on the same roll, they
the rules in chapters 710 of the Players Handbook: cancel each other.
Using Ability Scores, Adventuring, Combat, and
Spellcasting. That books appendix A is also crucial; COMBINING DIFFERENT EFFECTS
it contains denitions of conditions, like invisible and Different game effects can affect a target at the same
prone. You dont need to know the rules by heart, but its time. For example, two different benets can give you
helpful to know where to nd them when you need them. a bonus to your Armor Class. But when two or more
If youre a BM, you should also know where to look effects have the same proper name, only one of them
things up in the Dungeon Masters Guide, especially the (the most powerful one if their benets arent identical)
rules on how magic items work (see chapter '7 of that applies while the durations of the effects overlap. For ex
book). The introduction of the Monster Manual is your ample, if bless is cast on you when youre still under the
guide on how to use a monsters stat block. effect of an earlier bless, you gain the benet of only one
casting. Similarly, if youre in the radius of more than
THE DM ADJUDICATES THE RULES one Aura of Protection, you benet only from the one
One rule overrides all others: the DM is the nal author- that grants the highest bonus.
ity on how the rules work in play.
Rules are part of what makes DEED a game, rather
Certain game features let you take a special action,
thanjust improvised storytelling. The games rules are
called a reaction, in response to some event. Making
meant to help organize, and even inspire, the action of a
DEED campaign. The rules are a tool, and we want our opportunity attacks and casting the shield spell are two
typical uses of reactions. If youre unsure when a reac-
tools to be as effective as possible. No matter how good
tion occurs in relation to its trigger, heres the rule: the
those tools might be, they need a group of players to
reaction happens after its trigger completes, unless the
bring them to life and a BM to guide their use.
description of the reaction explicitly says otherwise.
The DM is key. Many unexpected events can occur in
Once you take a reaction, you cant take another one
a DEED campaign, and no set of rules could reasonably
until the start of your next turn.
account for every contingency. If the rules tried to do so,
the game would become a slog. An alternative would be
for the rules to severely limit what characters can do,
Heres the order that you apply modiers to damage: (1)
which would be contrary to the openendedness of D8tD.
any relevant damage immunity, (2) any addition or sub-
Here's the path the game takes: it lays a foundation of
traction to the damage, (3) one relevant damage resis-
rules that a BM can build on, and it embraces the DM's
tance, and (4) one relevant damage vulnerability.
role as the bridge between the things the rules address
Even if multiple sources give you resistance to a type
and the things they dont.
of damage youre taking, you can apply resistance to it
only once. The same is true of vulnerability.
A few rules in the core rulebooks sometimes trip up a PROFICIENCY BONUS
new player or DM. Here are ten of those rules. Keep If your prociency bonus applies to a roll, you can add
ing them in mind will help you interpret the options in the bonus only once to the roll, even if multiple things in
this book. the game say your bonus applies. Moreover, if more than
one thing tells you to double or halve your bonus, you
EXCEPTIONS SUPERSEDE GENERAL RULES double it only once or halve it only once before apply-
General rules govern each part of the game. For exam ing it. Whether multiplied, divided, or left at its normal
ple, the combat rules tell you that melee weapon attacks value, the bonus can be used only once per roll.
use Strength and ranged weapon attacks use Dexterity.
Thats a general rule, and a general rule is in effect as BONUS ACTION SPELLS
long as something in the game doesn't explicitly say If you want to cast a spell that has a casting time of 1
otherwise. bonus action, remember that you cant cast any other
The game also includes elementsclass features, spells before or after it on the same turn, except for can-
spells, magic items, monster abilities, and the likethat trips with a casting time of 1 action.
sometimes contradict a general rule. When an exception
and a general rule disagree, the exception wins. For ex- CONCENTRATION
ample, if a feature says you can make melee weapon at As soon as you start casting a spell or using a special
tacks using your Charisma, you can do so, even though ability that requires concentration, your concentration
that statement disagrees with the general rule. on another effect ends instantly.


Whenever you divide or multiply a number in the game, Temporary hit points arent cumulative. If you have tem
round down if you end up with a fraction, even if the porary hit points and receive more of them, you dont
fraction is one-half or greater. add them together, unless a game feature says you can.
Instead, you decide which temporary hit points to keep.
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are the characters created by the players. tion for druids presents details on how the Wild Shape

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tential villainy of your characters are at the new choices for the class's Eldritch Invocations feature.

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heart of the story. This chapter provides a Each of the class presentations leads off with advice

variety of new options for them, focusing on how to add depth and detail to your characters per-

on additional subclasses for each of the sonality. You can use the tables in these sections as a
classes in the Player's Handbook. source of inspiration, or roll a die to randomly deter
Each class offers a characterdening choice at lst, mine a result if desired.
Following the subclasses, the section called This Is

2nd, or 3rd level that unlocks a series of special fea-
tures, not available to the class as a whole. That choice Your Life" presents a series of tables for adding detail to


is called a subclass. Each class has a collective term your characters backstory.
that describes its subclasses: in the ghter, for instance, The chapter concludes with a selection of feats for the
the subclasses are called martial archetypes, and in the races in the Players Handbook, offering ways to delve
paladin, theyre sacred oaths. The table below identies deeper into a character's racial identity.

Class Subclass Level Available Description
Barbarian Path ofthe Ancestral Guardian 3rd Calls on the spirits of honored ancestors to protect others
Barbarian Path ofthe Storm Herald 3rd Filled with a rage that channels the primal magic ofthe storm
Barbarian Path ofthe Zealot 3rd Fueled by a religious zeal that visits destruction on foes
Bard College ofGlamour 3rd Wields the beguiling, glorious magic ofthe Feywild
Bard College of Swords 3rd Entertains and slays with daring feats ofweapon prowess
Bard College ofWhispers 3rd Plants fear and doubt in the minds ofothers
Cleric Forge Domain lst Clad in heavy armor, serves a god ofthe forge or creation
Cleric Crave Domain lst Opposes the blight of undeath
Druid Circle of Dreams 2nd Mends wounds, guards the weary, and strides through dreams
Druid Circle ofthe Shepherd 2nd Summons nature spirits to bolster friends and harry foes
Fighter Arcane Archer 3rd Imbues arrows with spectacular magical effects
Fighter Cavalier 3rd Defends allies and knocks down enemies, often on horseback
Fighter Samurai 3rd Combines resilience with courtly elegance and mighty strikes
Monk Way ofthe Drunken Master 3rd Confounds foes through a martial arts tradition inspired by the
swaying ofa drunkard
Monk Way ofthe Kensei 3rd Channels ki through a set of mastered weapons
Monk Way ofthe Sun Soul 3rd Transforms ki into bursts ofre and searing bolts oflight
Paladin Oath ofConquest 3rd Strikes terror in enemies and crushes the forces of chaos
Paladin Oath of Redemption 3rd Offers redemption to the worthy and destruction to those who
refuse mercy or righteousness
Ranger Gloom Stalker 3rd Unafraid ofthe dark, relentlessly stalks and ambushes foes
Ranger Horizon Walker 3rd Finds portals to other worlds and channels planar magic
Ranger Monster Slayer 3rd Hunts down creatures ofthe night and wielders ofgrim magic
Rogue Inquisitive 3rd Roots out secrets, akin to a masterful detective
Rogue Mastermind 3rd A mastertactician, manipulates others
- Rogue Scout 3rd Combines stealth with a knack for survival
Rogue Swashbuckler 3rd Delivers deadly strikes with speed and panache
Sorcerer Divine Soul lst Harnesses magic bestowed by a god or other divine source
' Sorcerer Shadow Magic lst Wields the grim magic ofthe Shadowfell
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man, who told you they would play a role in deter-
mining your fate
3 A necklace made from the claws ofa young cave
bear that you slew singlehandedly as a child
BARBARIAN 4 A small leather pouch holding three stones that
represent your ancestors
I HAVE VVITNESSED THE INDOMITABLE PERFORlyiANCE OF 5 A few small bones from the rst beast you killed,
barbarians an theeid of battle, and it makes me wonder tied together with colored wool
whatforce lies at the heart of their rage. 6 An egg-sized stone in the shape ofyour spirit ani-
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The anger felt by a normal person resembles the rage of TATTOOS

a barbarian in the same way that a gentle breeze is akin The members of many barbarian clans decorate their
to a furious thunderstorm. The barbarians driving force bodies with tattoos, each of which represents a signif-
comes from a place that transcends mere emotion, mak- icant moment in the life of the bearer or the bearer's
ing its manifestation all the more terrible. Whether the ancestors, or which symbolizes a feeling or an attitude.
impetus for the fury comes entirely from within or from As with personal totems, a barbarians tattoos might or
forging a link with a spirit animal, a raging barbarian might not be related to an animal spirit.
becomes able to perform supernatural feats of strength Each tattoo a barbarian displays contributes to that in-
and endurance. The outburst is temporary, but while it dividuals identity. If your character wears tattoos, what
lasts, it takes over body and mind, driving the barbarian do they look like, and what do they represent?
on despite peril and injury, until the last enemy falls.
It can be tempting to play a barbarian character that TATTOOS
is a straightforward application of the classic arche- Tattoo
typea brute, and usually a dimwitted one at that, who
l The wings ofan eagle are spread wide across your
rushes in where others fear to tread. But not all the
upper back.
barbarians in the world are cut from that cloth, so you
can certainly put your own spin on things. Either way, 2 Etched on the backs ofyour hands are the paws of
consider adding some ourishes to make your barbarian a cave bear.
stand out from all others; see the following sections for 3 The symbols ofyour clan are displayed in viny pat
some ideas. terns along your arms.
The antlers of an elk are inked across your back.
PERSONAL TOTEMS 5 Images ofyour spirit animal are tattooed along
Barbarians tend to travel light, carrying little in the way your weapon arm and hand.
of personal effects or other unnecessary gear. The few 6 The eyes ofa wolfare marked on your back to help
possessions they do carry often include small items that you see and ward off evil spirits.
have special signicance. A personal totem is signicant
because it has a mystical origin or is tied to an import- SUPERSTITIONS
ant moment in the characters lifeperhaps a remem-
brance from the barbarians past or a harbinger of what Barbarians vary widely in how they understand life.
lies ahead. Some follow gods and look for guidance from those
A personal totem of this sort might be associated with deities in the cycles of nature and the animals they en
a barbarians spirit animal, or might actually be the to counter. These barbarians believe that spirits inhabit
tem object for the animal, but such a connection is not the plants and animals of the world, and the barbarians
essential. One who has a bear totem spirit, for instance, look to them for omens and power.
could still carry an eagles feather as a personal totem. Other barbarians trust only in the blood that runs in
Consider creating one or more personal totems for their veins and the steel they hold in their hands. They
your character-objects that hold a special link to your have no use for the invisible world, instead relying on
characters past or future. Think about how a totem their senses to hunt and survive like the wild beasts
might affect your characters actions. they emulate.

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linger in the world as mighty spirits, who can guide and
the troubles that plagued them in life.
protect the living. When a barbarian who follows this
2 Never trust a wizard. Theyre all devils in disguise,
path rages, the barbarian contacts the spirit world and
especially the friendly ones. calls on these guardian spirits for aid.
3 Dwarves have lost their spirits, and are almost like Barbarians who draw on their ancestral guardians
the undead. That's why they live underground. can better ght to protect their tribes and their allies. In
4 Magical things bring trouble. Never sleep with a order to cement ties to their ancestral guardians, bar-
magic object within ten feet of you. barians who follow this path cover themselves in elabo
5 When you walk through a graveyard, be sure to rate tattoos that celebrate their ancestors deeds. These
wear silver, or a ghost might jump into your body. tattoos tell sagas of victories against terrible monsters
6 lfan elf looks you in the eyes, shes trying to read and other fearsome rivals.
PRIMAL PATHS Level Feature
At 3rd level, a barbarian gains the Primal Path feature. 3rd Ancestral Protectors
The following options are available to a barbarian, in 6th Spirit Shield (2d8)
addition to those offered in the Players Handbook: the 10th Consult the Spirits, Spirit Shield (3d8)
Path of the Ancestral Guardian, the Path of the Storm
14th Vengeful Ancestors, Spirit Shield (4d8)
Herald, and the Path of the Zealot.

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warriors appear when you enter your rage. While youre

raging, the rst creature you hit with an attack on your


turn becomes the target of the warriors, which hinder


its attacks. Until the start of your next turn, that target
has disadvantage on any attack roll that isnt against
you, and when the target hits a creature other than you STORM AURA
with an attack, that creature has resistance to the dam Starting at 3rd level, you emanate a stormy, magical
age dealt by the attack. The effect on the target ends aura while you rage. The aura extends 10 feet from you
early ifyour rage ends. in every direction, but not through total cover.
Your aura has an effect that activates when you enter
SPIRIT SHIELD your rage, and you can activate the effect again on each
Beginning at 6th level, the guardian spirits that aid you of your turns as a bonus action. Choose desert, sea, or
can provide supernatural protection to those you de tundra. Your auras effect depends on that chosen envi-
fend. If you are raging and another creature you can see ronment, as detailed below. You can change your envi-
within 30 feet of you takes damage, you can use your ronment choice whenever you gain a level in this class.
reaction to reduce that damage by 2d6. lfyour aura's effects require a saving throw, the DC
When you reach certain levels in this class. you can equals 8 + your prociency bonus + your Constitu-
reduce the damage by more: by 3d6 at 10th level and by tion modier.
4d6 at 14th level. Desert. When this effect is activated, all other crea
tures in your aura take 2 re damage each. The damage
CONSULT THE SPIRITS increases when you reach certain levels in this class, in
At 10th level, you gain the ability to consult with your creasing to 3 at 5th level, 4 at 10th level, 5 at 15th level,
ancestral spirits. When you do so, you cast the augury or and 6 at 20th level.
clairvoyance spell, without using a spell slot or material Sea. When this effect is activated, you can choose one
components. Rather than creating a spherical sensor, other creature you can see in your aura. The target must
this use of clairvoyance invisibly summons one Of your make a Dexterity saving throw. The target takes 1d6
ancestral spirits to the chosen location. Wisdom is your lightning damage on a failed save, or half as much dam-
spellcasting ability for these spells. age on a successful one. The damage increases when
After you cast either spell in this way, you cant use you reach certain levels in this class, increasing to 2d6
this feature again until you nish a short or long rest. at 10th level, 3d6 at 15th level, and 4d6 at 20th level.
Tundra. When this effect is activated, each creature of
VENOEFUL ANOESTORS your choice in your aura gains 2 temporary hit points, as
At 14th level, your ancestral spirits grow powerful icy spirits inure it to suffering. The temporary hit points
enough to retaliate. When you use your Spirit Shield to increase when you reach certain levels in this class, in-
reduce the damage of an attack, the attacker takes an creasing to 3 at 5th level, 4 at 10th level, 5 at 15th level,
amount of force damage equal to the damage that your and 6 at 20th level.
Spirit Shield prevents.
PATH OF THE STORM HERALD At 6th level, the storm grants you benets even when
All barbarians harbor a fury within. Their rage grants your aura isnt active. The benets are based on the en
them superior strength, durability, and speed. Barbar vironment you chose for your Storm Aura.
ians who follow the Path of the Storm Herald learn Desert. You gain resistance to re damage, and you
to transform that rage into a mantle of primal magic, dont suffer the effects of extreme heat, as described in
which swirls around them. When in a fury, a barbarian the Dungeon Masters Guide. Moreover, as an action,
ofthis path taps into the forces of nature to create pow- you can touch a ammable object that isnt being worn
erful magical effects. or carried by anyone else and set it on re.
Storm heralds are typically elite champions who train See. You gain resistance to lightning damage, and
alongside druids, rangers, and others sworn to protect you can breathe underwater. You also gain a swimming
nature. Other storm heralds hone their craft in lodges in speed of 30 feet.
regions wracked by storms, in the frozen reaches at the Tundra. You gain resistance to cold damage, and you
worlds end, or deep in the hottest deserts. dont suffer the effects of extreme cold, as described in
the Dungeon Masters Guide. Moreover, as an action,
PATH OF THE STORM HERALD FEATURES you can touch water and turn a 5-foot cube Of it into ice,
which melts after 1 minute. This action fails if a creature
is in the cube.
Level Feature
6th Storm Soul At 10th level, you learn to use your mastery of the storm
10th Shielding Storm to protect others. Each creature of your choice has the
14th Raging Storm damage resistance you gained from the Storm Soul fea
ture while the creature is in your Storm Aura. *
At 14th level, the power of the storm you channel grows Starting when you choose this path at 3rd level, you can
mightier, lashing out at your foes. The effect is based on channel divine fury into your weapon strikes. While
the environment you chose for your Storm Aura. youre raging, the rst creature you hit on each of your
Desert. Immediately after a creature in your aura hits turns with a weapon attack takes extra damage equal
you with an attack, you can use your reaction to force to M6 + half your barbarian level. The extra damage is
that creature to make a Dexterity saving throw. On a necrotic or radiant; you choose the type of damage when
failed save, the creature takes re damage equal to half you gain this feature.
your barbarian level.
Sea. When you hit a creature in your aura with an WARRIOR OF THE GODS
attack, you can use your reaction to force that creature At 3rd level, your soul is marked for endless battle. If a
to make a Strength saving throw. On a failed save, the spell, such as raise dead, has the sole effect of restoring
creature is knocked prone, as if struck by a wave. you to life (but not uncleath), the caster doesnt need ma-
Tundra. Whenever the effect of your Storm Aura is ac- terial components to cast the spell on you.
tivated, you can choose one creature you can see in the
aura. That creature must succeed on a Strength saving
Starting at 6th level, the divine power that fuels your
throw, or its speed is reduced to 0 until the start of your
rage can protect you. If you fail a saving throw while
next turn, as magical frost covers it.
youre raging, you can reroll it, and you must use the
PATH OF THE ZEALOT new roll. You can use this ability only once per rage.

Some deities inspire their followers to pitch themselves ZEALOUS PRESENCE

into a ferocious battle fury. These barbarians are zeal- At 10th level, you learn to channel divine power to in-
otswarriors who channel their rage into powerful disn spire zealotry in others. As a bonus action, you unleash
plays of divine power. a battle cry infused with divine energy. Up to ten other
A variety of gods across the worlds of D&D inspire creatures of your choice within 60 feet of you that can
their followers to embrace this path. Tempus from the hear you gain advantage on attack rolls and saving
Forgotten Realms and Hextor and Erythnul of Grey- throws until the start of your next turn.
hawk are all prime examples. In general, the gods who Once you use this feature, you cant use it again until
inspire zealots are deities of combat, destruction, and you nish a long rest.
violence. Not all are evil, but few are good.
PATH or THE ZEALOT FEATURES Beginning at 14th level, the divine power that fuels your
rage allows you to shrug off fatal blows.
Level Feature While youre raging, having 0 hit points doesnt knock
you unconscious. You still must make death saving
3rd Divine Fury, Warrior ofthe Gods
throws, and you suffer the normal effects of taking
6th Fanatical Focus
damage while at 0 hit points. However, if you would die
10th Zealous Presence due to failing death saving throws, you don"t die until
14th Rage beyond Death your rage ends, and you die then only if you still have 0
hit points.
d6 Dening Work
l The Three Flambinis, a ribald song concerning ;
mistaken identities and unfettered desire *
2 Walt: ofthe Myconids, an upbeat tune that chil- l
dren in particular enjoy _
3 Asmodeus's Golden Arse," a dramatic poem i
you claim was inspired by your personal visit to I
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4 The Pirates of Luskan, your rsthand account of
being kidnapped by sea reavers as a child
5 "A Hoop, Two Pigeons, and a Hell Hound, a sub-
tle parody ofan incompetent noble
6 A Fool in the Abyss," a comedic poem about a
MUSIC 13 THE FRUIT OF THE DIVINE TREE THAT VIBRATES jester's travels among demons
with the Words of Creation. But the question i aslryou is.
can a bard go to the root of this tree? Can one tap into the INSTRUMENT
source ofthot power?Ah. then what manner of music they In a bards quest for the ultimate performance and the
highest acclaim, one's instrument is at least as import- ,
would bring to this world!
ant as ones vocal ability. The instruments quality of
F1etcher Danairia, master bard
manufacture is a critical factor, of course; the best ones
make the best music, and some bards are continually
Bards bring levity during grave times; they impart wis- on the lookout for an improvement. Perhaps just as im
dom to offset ignorance; and they make the ridiculous portant, though, is the instruments own entertainment
seem sublime. Bards are preservers of ancient history, value; those that are bizarrely constructed. or made of
their songs and tales perpetuating the memory of great exotic materials are likely to leave a lasting impression
events down through timeknowledge so important on an audience.
that it is memorized and passed along as oral history, to You might have an off the rack instrument, perhaps
survive even when no written record remains. because its all you can afford right now. Or, if your
It is also the bards role to chronicle smaller and more rst instrument was gifted to you, it might be of a more
contemporary eventsthe stories of todays heroes. elaborate sort. Are you satised with the instrument you
including their feats of valor as well as their less than have, or do you aspire to replace it with something truly
impressive failures. distinctive?
Of course, the world has many people who can carry
a tune or tell a good story, and theres much more to any INSTRUMENTS
adventuring bard than a glib tongue and a melodious d6 Instrument
voice. Yet what truly sets bards apart from othersand
l A masterfully crafted halfling ddle
from one anotherare the style and substance of their
2 A mithral horn made by elves
To grab and hold the attention of an audience, bards 3 A zither made with drow spider silk
are typically flamboyant and outgoing when they per- 4 An orcish drum
form. The most famous of them are essentially the D&D 5 A wooden bullywug croak box
worlds equivalent of pop stars. If youre playing a bard, 6 A tinkers harp ofgnomish design
consider using one of your favorite musicians as a role
model for your character. EMBARRASSMENT
You can add some unique aspects to your bard charac-
Almost every bard has suffered at least one bad experi-
ter by considering the suggestions that follow.
ence in front of an audience, and chances are youre no
DEFINING WORK exception. No one becomes famous right away, after all;
perhaps you had a few small difculties early in your ca
Every successful bard is renowned for at least one piece tear, or maybe it took you a while to restore your reputa
of performance art, typically a song or a poem that tion after one agonizing night when the fates conspired
is popular with everyone who hears it. These perfor- to bring about your theatrical ruin.
mances are spoken about for years by those who View
them, and some spectators have had their lives forever
changed because of the experience.
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disaster might occur, however, a bard has the courage A bard who follows a muse generally does so to gain a
and the condence to rebound from iteither pressing deeper understanding of what that muse represents and
on with the show (if possible) or promising to come back how to best convey that understanding to others through
tomorrow with a new performance thats guaranteed performance.
to please. Ifyour bard character has a muse, it could be one of
the three described here, or one of your own devising.
EM BARRASSM ENTS Nature. You feel a kinship with the natural world, and
its beauty and mystery inspire you. For you, a tree is
d6 Embarrassment
deeply symbolic, its roots delving into the dark unknown
T The time when your comedic song, Big Tom's
to draw forth the power of the earth, while its branches
Hijinkswhich, by the way, you thought was bril-
reach toward the sun to nourish their owers and
liantdid not go over well with Big Tom fruit. Nature is the ancient witness who has seen every
2 The matinee performance when a circus's owlbear kingdom rise and fall, even those whose names have
got loose and terrorized the crowd been forgotten and wait to be rediscovered. The gods of
3 When your opening song was your enthusiastic nature share their secrets with druids and sages, open
but universally hated rendition of Song ofthe ing their hearts and minds to new ways of seeing, and
Froghemoth as with those individuals, you nd that your creativity
4 The rst and last public performance of Mirt, Man blossoms while you wander in an open eld of waving
about Town grass or walk in silent reverence through a grove of an
cient oaks.
5 The time on stage when your wig caught re and
Love. You are on a quest to identify the essence of
you threw it downwhich set re to the stage
true love. Though you do not disdain the supercial
6 When you sat on your lute by mistake during the
love of esh and form, the deeper form of love that can
nal stanza of Starlight Serenade inspire thousands or bring joy to ones every moment
is what you are interested in. Love of this sort takes on
A BARDS MUSE many forms, and you can see its presence everywhere
from the sparkling of a beautiful gem to the song of a
Naturally, every bard has a repertoire of songs and sto-
simple sher thanking the sea for its bounty. You are
ries. Some bards are generalists who can draw from

on the trail. of love, that most precious and mysterious

a wide range of topics for each performance, and who
of emotions, and your search lls your stories and your

take pride in their versatility. Others adopt a more per-


songs with vitality and passion.

sonal approach to their art, driven by their attachment to

Conict. Drama embodies conict, and the best
stories have conict as a key element. From the morn
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create your best work. Conflict can bring out the best in
some people, causing their heroic nature to shine forth
and transform the world, but it can cause others to grav
itate toward darkness and fall under the sway of evil.
You strive to experience or witness all forms of conict,
great and small, so as to study this eternal aspect of life
and immortalize it in your words and music.
BARD COLLEGES Starting at 3rd level, you can charge your performance
with seductive, fey magic.
At 3rd level, a hard gains the Bard College feature. The
If you perform for at least 1 minute, you can attempt
following options are available to a bard, in addition
to inspire wonder in your audience by singing, reciting
to those offered in the Players Handbook: the College
a poem, or dancing. At the end of the performance,
of Glamour, the College. of Swords, and the College
choose a number of humanoids within 60 feet of you
of Whispers.
who watched and listened to all of it, up to a number
equal tO your Charisma modier (minimum of one).
Each target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw
The College of Glamour is the home Of bards who mas against your spell save DC or be charmed by you. While
tered their craft in the vibrant realm of the Feywild or charmed in this way, the target idolizes you, it speaks
under the tutelage Of someone who dwelled there. Tu- glowingly Of you to anyone who talks to it, and it hinders
tored by satyrs, eladrin, and other fey, these bards learn anyone who Opposes you, although it avoids violence
to use their magic to delight and captivate others. unless it was already inclined to ght on your behalf.
The bards of this college are regarded with a mixture This effect ends on a target after 1 hour, if it takes any
of awe and fear. Their performances are the stuff Of leg- damage, if you attack it, or if it witnesses you attacking
end. These bards are so eloquent that a speech or song or damaging any of its allies.
that one of them performs can cause captors tO release If a target succeeds on its saving throw, the target has
the bard unharmed and can lull a furious dragon into nO hint that you tried tO charm it.
complacency. The same magic that allows them to quell Once you use this feature, you cant use it again until
beasts can also bend minds. Villainous bards Of this you nish a short or long rest.
college can leech Off a community for weeks, misusing
their magic to turn their hosts into thralls. Heroic bards MANTLE OF MAJESTY
of this college instead use this power to gladden the At 6th level, you gain the ability to cloak yourself in a fey
downtrodden and undermine oppressors. magic that makes Others want to serve you. As a bonus
action, you cast command, without expending a spell
COLLEGE or GLAMOUR FEATURES slot, and you take on an appearance of unearthly beauty
Bard Level Feature for 1 minute or until your concentration ends (as if you
were concentrating on a spell). During this time, you
3rd Mantle of Inspiration, Enthralling Performance
can cast command as a bonus action on each of your
6th Mantle of Majesty
turns, without expending a spell slot.
14th Unbreakable Majesty Any creature charmed by you automatically fails
its saving throw against the command you cast with
When you join the College of Glamour at 3rd level, you Once you use this feature, you cant use it again until
gain the ability to weave a song of fey magic that imbues you nish a long rest.
your allies with vigor and speed.
As a bonus action, you can expend one use of your UNBREAKABLE MAJESTY
Bardic Inspiration to grant yourself a wondrous appear- At 14th level, your appearance permanently gains an
ance. When you do so, choose a number of creatures otherworldly aspect that makes you look more lovely
you can see and that can see you within 60 feet of you, and erce.
up to a number equal to your Charisma modier (mini In addition, as a bonus action, you can assume a mag-
mum of one). Each of them gains 5 temporary hit points. ically majestic presence for 1 minute or until you are
When a creature gains these temporary hit points, it incapacitated. For the duration, whenever any creature
can immediately use its reaction to move up to its speed, tries to attack you for the rst time on a turn, the at
without provoking opportunity attacks. tacker must make a Charisma saving throw against your
The number of temporary hit points inoreases when spell save DC. On a failed save, it cant attack you on this
you reach certain levels in this class, increasing to 8 at turn, and it must choose a new target for its attack or the
5th level, 11 at 10th level, and 14 at 15th level. attack is wasted. On a successful save, it can attack you i

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it makes against your spells on your next turn.
Once you assume this majestic presence, you cant do
so again until you nish a short or long rest.

Bards of the College of Swords are called blades, and
they entertain through daring feats of weapon prowess.
Blades perform stunts such as sword swallowing, knife
throwing and juggling, and mock combats. Though they
use their weapons to entertain, they are also highly
trained and skilled warriors in their own right.
Their talent with weapons inspires many blades to
lead double lives. One blade might use a circus troupe
as cover for nefarious deeds such as assassination, rob-
bery, and blackmail. Other blades strike at the wicked,
bringingjustice to bear against the cruel and powerful.
Most troupes are happy to accept a blades talent for the
excitement it adds to a performance, but few entertain-
ers fully trust a blade in their ranks.
Blades who abandon their lives as entertainers have
often run into trouble that makes maintaining their
secret activities impossible. A blade caught stealing or
engaging in vigilante justice is too great a liability for
most troupes. With their weapon skills and magic, these
blades either take up work as enforcers for thieves
guilds or strike out on their own as adventurers.


Bard Level Feature
3rd Bonus Prociencies, Fighting Style,
Blade Flourish
6th Extra Attack
14th Master's Flourish

ing Blade Flourish options of your choice. You can use

BONUS PROFICIENGIES only one Blade Flourish option per turn.
When you join the College of Swords at 3rd level, you Defensive Flourish. You can expend one use of your
gain prociency with medium armor and the scimitar. Bardic Inspiration to cause the weapon to deal extra
If youre procient with a simple or martial melee damage to the target you hit. The damage equals the
weapon, you can use it as a spellcasting focus for your number you roll on the Bardic Inspiration die. You also
hard spells. add the number rolled to your AC until the start of your
next turn.
Slashing Flourish. You can expend one use of your
At 3rd level, you adopt a style of ghting as your spe
Bardic Inspiration to cause the weapon to deal extra
cialty. Choose one of the following options. You cant
damage to the target you hit and to any other creature
take a Fighting Style option more than once, even if
of your choice that you can see within 5 feet ofyou. The
something in the game lets you choose again.
damage equalsthe number you roll on the Bardic Inspi
Dueling. When you are wielding a melee weapon in
ration die.
one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to
Mobile Flourish. You can expend one use of your Bar
damage rolls with that weapon.
dic InSpiration to cause the weapon to deal extra dam
Two-Weapon Fighting. When you engage in two
age to the target you hit. The damage equals the number
weapon ghting, you can add your ability modier to the
you roll on the Bardic Inspiration die. You can also push
damage of the second attack.
the target up to 5 feet away from you, plus a number of
BLADE FLOURISH feet equal to the number you roll on that die. You can
At 3rd level, you learn to perform impressive displays of then immediately use your reaction to move up to your
martial prowess and speed. walking speed to an unoccupied space within 5 feet of
Whenever you take the Attack action on your turn, the target.
your walking speed increases by 10 feet until the end of
the turn, and if a weapon attack that you make as part of
Starting at 6th level, you can attack twice, instead of
this action hits a creature, you can use one of the follow-
once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn.

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has no hint that you tried to frighten it.
Once you use this feature, you can't use it again until
you nish a short or long rest.

At 6th level, you gain the ability to adopt a humanoids
persona. When a humanoid dies within 30 feet of you,
you can magically capture its shadow using your reac
tion. You retain this shadow until you use it or you nish
a long rest.
You can use the shadow as an action. When you do so,
Starting at 14th level, whenever you use a Blade Flour-
it vanishes, magically transforming into a disguise that
ish option, you can roll a d6 and use it instead of expend
appears on you. You now look like the dead person, but
ing a Bardic Inspiration die.
healthy and alive. This disguise lasts for 1 hour or until
you end it as a bonus action.
COLLEGE or WHISPERS While youre in the disguise, you gain access to all
Most folk are happy to welcome a bard into their midst. information that the humanoid would freely share with
Bards of the College of Whispers use this to their ad- a casual acquaintance. Such information includes gen-
vantage. They appear to be like other bards, sharing eral details on its background and personal life, but
news, singing songs, and telling tales to the audiences doesnt include secrets. The information is enough that
they gather. In truth, the College of Whispers teaches its you can pass yourself off as the person by drawing on
students that they are wolves among sheep. These bards its memories.
use their knowledge and magic to uncover secrets and Another creature can see through this disguise by
turn them against others through extortion and threats. succeeding on a Wisdom (Insight) check contested by
Many other bards hate the College of Whispers, your Charisma (Deception) check. You gain a +5 bonus
viewing it as a parasite that uses a bards reputation to to your check.
acquire wealth and power. For this reason, members Once you capture a shadow with this feature, you
of this college rarely reveal their true nature. They typ- cant capture another one with it until you nish a short
ically claim to follow some other college, or they keep or long rest.
their actual calling secret in order to inltrate and ex-
ploit royal courts and other settings of power. SHADOW LORE
At 14th level, you gain the ability to weave dark magic
COLLEGE OF WHISPERS FEATURES into your words and tap into a creatures deepest fears.
Bard Level Feature As an action, you magically whisper a phrase that
only one creature of your choice within 30 feet of you
3rd Psychic Blades, Words ofTerror
can hear. The target must make a Wisdom saving throw
6th Mantle ofWhispers
against your spell save DC. It automatically succeeds
14th Shadow Lore if it doesnt share a language with you or if it cant hear
you. On a successful saving throw, your whisper sounds
PSYCHIC BLADES like unintelligible mumbling and has no effect.
When you join the College of Whispers at 3rd level, you On a failed saving throw, the target is charmed by you
gain the ability to make your weapon attacks magically for the next 8 hours or until you or your allies attack it,
toxic to a creatures mind. damage it, or force it to make a saving throw. It inter-
When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you prets the whispers as a description of its most mortify
can expend one use of your Bardic Inspiration to deal an ing secret. You gain no knowledge of this secret, but the
extra 2d6 psychic damage to that target. You can do so target is convinced you know it.
only once per round on your turn. The charmed creature obeys your commands for fear
The psychic damage increases when you reach cer- that you will reveal its secret. It wont risk its life for
tain levels in this class, increasing to 3d6 at 5th level, you or ght for you, unless it was already inclined to
5d6 at 10th level, and 8d6 at 15th level. do so. It grants you favors and gifts it would offer to a
close friend.
WORDS OF TERROR When the effect ends, the creature has no understand-
At 3rd level, you learn to infuse innocent-seeming words ing of why it held you in such fear.
with an insidious magic that can inspire terror. Once you use this feature, you cant use it again until
If you speak to a humanoid alone for at least 1 minute, you nish a long rest. /
you can attempt to seed paranoia in its mind. At the
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To BECOME A CLERIC IS TO BECOME A MESSENGER OF symbolize their faith, remind them of their vows, or oth-
the gods. Thepower the divine offers is great. but it always erwise help to keep them on their chosen paths. Even
comes with tremendous responsibility. though such an item is not imbued with divine power,
it is vitally important to its owner because of what it
Riggby the patriarch

Almost all the folk in the world who revere a deity live KEEPSAKES
their lives without ever being directly touched by a di-
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like to be a clericsomeone who is not only a devout

worshiper, but who has also been invested with a mea- 2 A metal-bound book that tells how to hunt and de-

sure of a deitys power. stroy infernal creatures

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The question has long been debated: Does a mortal 3 A pigs whistle that reminds you ofyour humble

become a cleric as a consequence of deep devotion to and beloved mentor

one's deity, thereby attracting the gods favor? Or is it the A braid ofhair woven from the tail ofa unicorn

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5 A scroll that describes how best to rid the world of

individual into service? Ultimately, perhaps, the answer

doesnt matter. However clerics come into being, the
A runestone said to be blessed by your god

world needs clerics as much as clerics and deities need
each other.
If youre playing a cleric character, the following sec SECRET
tions offer ways to add some detail to that characters

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No mortal soul is entirely free of second thoughts or
history and personality. doubt. Even a cleric must grapple with dark desires or
the forbidden attraction of turning against the teachings
TEMPLE of ones deity.

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Most clerics start their lives of service as priests in an If you havent considered this aspect of your charac-

order, then later realize that they have been blessed by ter yet, see the table entries for some possibilities, or

their god with the qualities needed to become a cleric. use them for inspiration. Your deep, dark secret might

To prepare for this new duty, candidates typically re- involve something you did (or are doing), or it could
ceive instruction from a cleric of a temple or another be rooted in the way you feel about the world and your
place of study devoted to their deity. role in it.
Some temples are cut off from the world so that their
occupants can focus on devotions, while other temples SECRETS
open their doors to minister to and heal the masses. d6 Secret
What is noteworthy about the temple you studied at? 1 An imp offers you counsel. You try to ignore the
creature, but sometimes its advice is helpful.
TEMPLES 2 You believe that, in the nal analysis, the gods are
d6 Temple nothing more than ultrapowerful mortal creatures.
1 Your temple is said to be the oldest surviving struc- 3 You acknowledge the power ofthe gods, but you
ture built to honor your god. think that most events are dictated by pure chance.
2 Acolytes of several likeminded deities all received 4 Even though you can work divine magic, you have
instruction together in your temple. never truly felt the presence ofa divine essence
3 You come from a temple famed for the brewery it within yourself.
operates. Some say you smell like one of its ales. 5 You are plagued by nightmares that you believe are
4 Your temple is a fortress and a proving ground that sent by your god as punishment for some unknown
trains warrior-priests. transgression.
5 Yourtemple is a peaceful, humble place, lled with 6 In times ofdespair, you feel that you are but a play-
vegetable gardens and simple priests. thing ofthe gods, and you resent their remoteness.
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At 1st level, a cleric gains the Divine Domain feature.

The following domain options are available to a cleric,

in addition to those offered in the Players Handbook:
Forge and Grave.

The gods of the forge are patrons of artisans who work

with metal, from a humble blacksmith who keeps a

village in horseshoes and plow blades to the mighty elf
artisan whose diamond-tipped arrows of mithral have
felled demon lords. The gods of the forge teach that,
with patience and hard work, even the most intractable
metal can be transformed from a lump of ore to a beau
tifully wrought object. Clerics of these deities search
for objects lost to the forces of darkness, liberate mines
overrun by ores, and uncover rare and wondrous mate-
rials necessary to create potent magic items. Followers
of these gods take great pride in their work, and they
are willing to craft and use heavy armor and power-
ful weapons to protect them. Deities of this domain
include Gond, Reorx, Onatar, Moradin, Hephaestus,
and Goibhniu.


Cleric Level Feature
lst Domain Spells, Bonus Prociencies,
Blessing ofthe Forge
2nd Channel Divinity: Artisan's Blessing
6th Soul ofthe Forge
8th Divine Strike (ld8)
14th Divine Strike (2d3)
17th Saint of Forge and Fire

You gain domain spells at the cleric levels listed in the
Forge Domain Spells table. See the Divine Domain
SERVING A PANTHEON, PHILOSOPHY, OR FORCE class feature for how domain spells work.
The typical cleric is an ordained servant ofa particular god
and chooses a Divine Domain associated with that deity. FORGE DOMAIN SPELLS
The clerics magic ows from the god or the god's sacred
realm, and often the cleric bears a holy symbol that rep- Cleric Level Spells
resents that divinity. lst identify, searing smite
Some clerics, especially in a world like Eberron, serve a
3rd heat metal, magic weapon
whole pantheon, rather than a single deity. In certain cam-
paigns, a cleric might instead serve a cosmic force, such 5th elementai weapon, protectianfrom energy
as life or death, or a philosophy or concept, such as love, 7th fabricate, wall afre
peace, or one ofthe nine alignments. Chapter 1 ofthe
Dungeon Masters Guide explores options like these, in the 9th animate objects, creation
section Gods oourWorld.
Talk with your DM about the divine options available in
your campaign, whether they're gods, pantheons, philos-
ophies, or cosmic forces. Whatever being or thing your
cleric ends up serving, choose a Divine Domain that is ap
propriate for it, and ifit doesnt have a holy symbol, work
with your DM to design one.
The clericTs class features often refer to your deity. lfyou
are devoted to a pantheon, cosmic force, or philosophy,
your cleric features still work for you as written. Think of
the references to a god as references to the divine thing
you serve that gives you your magic.
When you choose this domain at 1st level, you gain pro-
ciency with heavy armor and smiths tools.


At 1st level, you gain the ability to imbue magic into
a weapon or armor. At the end of a long rest, you can
touch one nonmagical object that is a suit of armor or
a simple or martial weapon. Until the end of your next
long rest or until you die, the object becomes a magic
item, granting a +1 bonus to AC if its armor or a +1 bo
nus to attack and damage rolls if its a weapon.
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again until
you nish a long rest.


Starting at 2nd level, you can use your Channel Divinity
to create simple items.
You conduct an hourlong ritual that crafts a nonmagi
cal item that must include some metal: a simple or mar-
tial weapon, a suit of armor, ten pieces of ammunition,
a set of tools, or another metal Object (see chapter 5,
Equipment, in the Players Handbook for examples of
these items). The creation is completed at the end of the
hour, coalescing in an unoccupied space of your choice

on a surface within 5 feet of you.
The thing you create can be something that is worth
no more than 100 gp. As part of this ritual, you must lay
out metal, which can include coins, with a value equal
to the creation. The metal irretrievably coalesces and
transforms into the creation at the rituals end, magi-
cally forming even nonmetal parts of the creation.
The ritual can create a duplicate of a nonmagical item
that contains metal, such as a key, if you possess the
original during the ritual.
Starting at 6th level, your mastery of the forge grants
you special abilities:
- You gain resistance to re damage. At 17th level, your blessed afnity with re and metal
- While wearing heavy armor, you gain a +1 becomes more powerful:
bonus to AC.
- You gain immunity to re damage.
DIVINE STRIKE - While wearing heavy armor, you have resistance to
At 8th level, you gain the ability to infuse your weapon bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage from non-
strikes with the ery power of the forge. Once on each magical attacks.
of your turns when you hit a creature with a weapon
attack, you can cause the attack to deal an extra 1d8 re GRAVE DOMAIN
damage to the target. When you reach 14th level, the ex- Gods of the grave watch over the line between life and
tra damage increases to 2d8. death. To these deities, death and the afterlife are a
foundational part of the multiverse. To desecrate the
peace of the dead is an abomination. Deities of the grave
include Kelemvor, Wee jas, the ancestral spirits of the
Undying Court, Hades, Anubis, and Osiris. Followers
of these deities seek to put wandering spirits to rest,
destroy the undead, and ease the suffering of the dying.
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Their magic also allows them to stave off death for a
time. particularly for a person who still has some great
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At 1st level, you gain the ability to manipulate the line
between life and death. When you would normally roll
one or more dice to restore hit points with a spell to
a creature at 0 hit points, you instead use the highest
number possible for each die.
In addition, you learn the spare the dying cantrip,
which doesnt count against the number of cleric can-
trips you know. For you, it has a range of 30 feet, and
you can cast it as a bonus action.


At lst level, you gain the ability to occasionally sense the
presence of the undead, whose existence is an insult to
the natural cycle of life. As an action, you can open your
awareness to magically detect undead. Until the end
of your next turn, you know the location of any undead
within 60 feet of you that isnt behind total cover and
that isnt protected from divination magic. This sense
doesnt tell you anything about a creature's capabilities
or identity.
You can use this feature a number of times equal to
your Wisdom modier (minimum Of once). You regain
all expended uses when you nish a long rest.


Starting at 2nd level, you can use your Channel Divinity
to mark another creatures life force for termination.
As an action, you choose one creature you can see
within 30 feet of you, cursing it until the end Of your
next turn. The next time you or an ally Ofyours hits
the cursed creature with an attack, the creature has
vulnerability tO all of that attack's damage, and then the
curse ends.
Cleric Level Feature
At 6th level, you gain the ability to impede deaths prog-
Domain Spells, Circle of Mortality,
ress. As a reaction when you or a creature you can see
Eyes ofthe Grave within 30 feet of you suffers a critical hit, you can turn
2nd Channel Divinity: Path to the Grave that hit into a normal hit. Any effects triggered by a criti-
6th Sentinel at Deaths Door cal hit are canceled.
8th Potent Spellcasting You can use this feature a number of times equal to
17th Keeper of Souls your Wisdom modier (minimum of once). You regain
all expended uses when you nish a long rest.
You gain domain spells at the cleric levels listed in the Starting at 8th level, you add your Wisdom modier to
Grave Domain Spells table. See the Divine Domain the damage you deal with any cleric cantrip.
class feature for how domain spells work.
GRAVE DOMAIN SPELLS Starting at 17th level. you can seize a trace of vitality
Cleric Level Spells from a parting soul and use it to heal the living. When
lst banefalse life an enemy you can see dies within 60 feet of you, you or
one creature of your choice that is within 60 feet of you
3rd gentle repose, ray ofenfeeblement
regains hit points equal to the enemys number of Hit
5th revlw'fy, vemplrlt: touch
Dice. You can use this feature only if you arent incapac-
?th blight, death ward itated. Once you use it, you can't do so again until the
9th antllife shell, raise dead start of your next turn.
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center ofyour village
A vial ofwater from the source ofa sacred river

Special herbs tied together in a bundle
A small bronze bowl engraved with animal images
DRUID A rattle made from a dried gourd and holly berries
A miniature golden sickle handed down to you by
your mentor
maintaining the Great Balance. But now an imbalance
grows, aforce that seeks to hold svvay over nature. This is
the destructive behavior of the mortal races. Thejarther
Many druids feel a strong link to a specic aspect of the
atvayfrom nature their actions take them. the more car natural world, such as a body of water, an animal, a type
rupting their inuence becomes. As druids, we seek mainly of tree, or some other sort of plant. You identify with
to protect and educate, to preserve the Great Balance, but your chosen aspect; by its behavior or its very nature, it
sets an example that you seek to emulate.
there are times when we must rise up against danger and
eradicate it. GUIDING ASPECTS
Safhran, archdruid d6 Guiding Aspect
1 Yew trees remind you of renewing your mind and
Druids are the caretakers of the natural world, and it is spirit, letting the old die and the new spring forth.
said that in time a druid becomes the voice of nature, 2 Oak trees represent strength and vitality. Medi-
speaking the truth that is too subtle for the general pop
tating under an oak lls your body and mind with
ulace to hear. Many who become druids nd that they
resolve and fortitude.
naturally gravitate toward nature; its forces, cycles, and
3 The rivers endless ow reminds you ofthe great
movements ll their minds and spirits with wonder and
insight. Many sages and wise folk have studied nature, span ofthe world. You seek to act with the long-
writing volumes about its mystery and power, but druids term interests of nature in mind.
are a special kind of being: at some point, they begin 4 The sea is a constant, churning cauldron of power
to embody these natural forces, producing magical and chaos. It reminds you that accepting change is
phenomena that link them to the spirit of nature and necessary to sustain yourselfin the world.
the flow of life. Because of their strange and mysterious 5 The birds in the sky are evidence that even the
power, druids are often revered, shunned, or considered smallest creatures can survive ifthey remain above
dangerous by the people around them. the fray.
Your druid character might be a true worshiper of na
6 As demonstrated by the actions ofthe wolf, an
ture, one who has always scorned civilization and found
individuals strength is nothing compared to the
solace in the wild. Or your character could be a child of
power ofthe pack.
the city who now strives to bring the civilized world into
harmony with the wilderness. You can use the sections
that follow to esh out your druid, regardless of how MENTOR
your character came to the profession. Its not unusual for would-be druids to seek out (or be
sought out by) instructors or elders who teach them the
TREASURED ITEM basics of their magical arts. Most druids who learn from
Some druids carry one or more items that are sacred a mentor begin their training at a young age, and the
to them or have deep personal signicance. Such items mentor has a vital role in shaping a students attitudes
are not necessarily magical, but every one is an object and beliefs.
whose meaning connects the druids mind and heart to If your character received training from someone
a profound concept or spiritual outlook. else, who or what was that individual, and what was the
When you decide what your characters treasured nature of your relationship? Did your mentor imbue you
item is, think about giving it an origin story: how did you with a particular outlook or otherwise inuence your
come by the item, and why is it important to you? approach to achieving the goals of your chosen path?
Druids who are members of the Circle of Dreams hail
from regions that have strong ties to the Feywild and
its dreamlike realms. The druids guardianship of the
natural world makes for a natural alliance between
them and good-aligned fey. These druids seek to ll the
world with dreamy wonder. Their magic mends wounds
and brings joy to downcast hearts, and the realms they
protect are gleaming, fruitful places, where dream and
reality blur together and where the weary can nd rest.


Druid Level Feature
2nd Balm ofthe Summer Court
6th Hearth of Moonlight and Shadow
10th Hidden Paths
14th Walker in Dreams
At 2nd level, you become imbued with the blessings of
the Summer Court. You are a font of energy that offers
respite from injuries. You have a pool of fey energy rep-
resented by a number of C168 equal to your druid level.
As a bonus action, you can choose one creature you
can see within 120 feet of you and spend a number of l
those dice equal to half your druid level or less. Roll the
d6 Mentor :
spent dice and add them together. The target regains a
1 Your mentor was a wise treant who taught you to '
number of hit points equal to the total. The target also
think in terms ofyears and decades rather than gains 1 temporary hit point per die spent.
days or months. You regain all expended dice when you nish a
2 You were tutored by a dryad who watched over long rest.
a slumbering portal to the Abyss. During your
training, you were tasked with watching for hidden HEARTH OF MOONLIGHT AND SHADOW
threats to the world. At 6th level, home can be wherever you are. During a
short or long rest, you can invoke the shadowy power of
3 Your tutor always interacted with you in the form of
the Gleaming Court to help guard your respite. At the
a falcon. You never saw the tutors humanoid form.
start of the rest, you touch a point in space, and an invis-
4 You were one of several youngsters who were
ible, 30-footradius sphere of magic appears, centered
mentored by an old druid, until one ofyour fellow on that point. Total cover blocks the sphere. I
pupils betrayed your group and killed your master. While within the sphere, you and your allies gain a +5
5 Your mentor has appeared to you only in visions. bonus to Dexterity (Stealth) and Wisdom (Perception)
You have yet to meet this person, and you are not checks, and any light from open ames in the sphere (a l
sure such a person exists in mortal form. campre, torches, or the like) isnt visible outside it. l
6 Your mentor was a werebear who taught you to The sphere vanishes at the end of the rest or when you |
treat all living things with equal regard. leave the sphere.

DRUID CIRCLES Starting at 10th level, you can use the hidden, magical
At 2nd level, a druid gains the Druid Circle feature. The pathways that some fey use to traverse space in the
following options are available to a druid, in addition blink of an eye. As a bonus action on your turn, you can
to those offered in the Players Handbook: the Circle of teleport up to 60 feet to an unoccupied space you can
Dreams and the Circle of the Shepherd. see. Alternatively, you can use your action to teleport
one willing creature you touch up to 30 feet to an unoc-

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You can use this feature a number of times equal to

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your Wisdom modier (minimum of once), and you re-
gain all expended uses of it when you nish a long rest.

At 14th level, the magic of the Feywild grants you
the ability to travel mentally or physically through
When you nish a short rest, you can cast one of the
following spells, without expending a spell slot or re-
quiring material components: dream (with you as the
messenger), scrying, or teleportation circle.
This use of teleportation circle is special. Rather than
opening a portal to a permanent teleportation circle, it
opens a portal to the last location where you nished
a long rest on your current plane of existence. If you
haven*t taken a long rest on your current plane, the
spell fails but isnt wasted.
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
until you nish a long rest.


Druids of the Circle of the Shepherd commune
with the spirits of nature, especially the spirits
of beasts and the fey, and call to those spirits for
aid. These druids recognize that all living things
play a role in the natural world, yet they focus on
protecting animals and fey creatures that have
difculty defending themselves. Shepherds, as they are
known, see such creatures as their charges. They ward
combine this ability with gifts to curry favor with them
off monsters that threaten them, rebuke hunters who

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from encroaching on rare animal habitats and on sites SPIRIT TOTEM
sacred to the fey. Many of these druids are happiest far Starting at 2nd level, you can call forth nature spirits to
from cities and towns, content to spend their days in the inuence the world around you. As a bonus action, you

company of animals and the fey creatures of the wilds. can magically summon an incorporeal spirit to a point
Members of this circle become adventurers to oppose you can see within 60 feet of you. The spirit creates an
forces that threaten their charges or to seek knowledge aura in a 30-foot radius around that point. It counts as
and power that will help them safeguard their charges neither a creature nor an object, though it has the spec-
better. Wherever these druids go, the spirits of the wil tral appearance of the creature it. represents.
derness are with them. As a bonus action, you can move the spirit up to 60
feet to a point you can see.
CIRCLE OF THE SHEPHERD FEATURES The spirit persists for 1 minute or until youre incapac
Druid Level Feature itated. Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
2nd Speech ofthe Woods, Spirit Totem until you nish a short or long rest.
6th Mighty Summoner The effect of.the spirits aura depends on the type of
spirit you summon from the options below.
10th Guardian Spirit
Bear Spirit. The bear spirit grants you and your allies
14th Faithful Summons
its might and endurance. Each creature of your choice
in the aura when the spirit appears gains temporary
SPEECH or THE Woons hit points equal to 5 + your druid level. In addition, you
At 2nd level, you gain the ability to converse with beasts and your allies gain advantage on Strength checks and
and many fey. Strength saving throws while in the aura.
You learn to speak, read, and write Sylvan. In addi Hawk Spirit. The hawk spirit is a consummate
tion, beasts can understand your speech, and you gain hunter, aiding you and your allies with its keen sight.
the ability to decipher their noises and motions. Most When a creature makes an attack roll against a target
beasts lack the intelligence to convey or understand in the spirits aura, you can use your reaction to grant
sophisticated concepts, but a friendly beast could relay advantage to that attack roll. In addition, you and your
what it has seen or heard in the recent past. This ability allies have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks
doesnt grant you friendship with beasts, though you can while in the aura.

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to those nearby. You and your allies gain advantage on
all ability checks made to detect creatures in the spirits
aura. In addition. if you cast a spell using a spell slot
that restores hit points to any creature inside or outside The tables include all the individual beasts that are
the aura, each creature of your choice in the aura also eligible for Wild Shape (up to a challenge rating of 1) or
regains hit points equal to your druid level. the Circle Forms feature of the Circle of the Moon (up to
a challenge rating of 6).
Starting at 6th level, beasts and fey that you conjure are ARCTIC
more resilient than normal. Any beast or fey summoned CR Beast Fly/Swim
or created by a spell that you cast gains the. follow Fly
O Owl
ing benets:
1/8 Blood hawk Fly
- The creature appears with more hit points than nor 1/4 Giant owl ' Fly
mal: 2 extra hit points per Hit Die it has. 1 Brown bear
- The damage from its natural weapons is considered Polar bear Swim
magical for the purpose of overcoming immunity and
2 Saber-toothed tiger
resistance to nonmagical attacks and damage.
6 Mammoth
Beginning at 10th level, your Spirit Totem safeguards COAST
the beasts and fey that you call forth with your magic. CR Beast Fly/Swim
When a beast or fey that you summoned or created with Swim
0 Crab
a spell ends its turn in your Spirit Totem aura, that crea
0 Eagle Fly
ture regains a number of hit points equal to halfyour
l/S Blood hawk Fly
druid level.
1/8 Giant crab Swim
FAITHFUL SUMMONS l/8 Poisonous snake Swim
Starting at 14th level, the nature spirits you commune l/8 Stirge Fly
with protect you when you are the most defenseless. 1/4 Giant lizard ~
If you are reduced to 0 hit points or are incapacitated 1/4 Giant wolfspider
against your will, you can immediately gain the benets 1/4 Pteranodon Fly
of conjure animals as if it were cast using a 9th-level Giant eagle Fly
spell slot. It summons four beasts of your choice that are Swim
1 Giant toad
challenge rating 2 or lower. The conjured beasts appear
2 Plesiosaurus Swim
within 20 feet of you. If they receive no commands from
you, they protect you from harm and attack your foes.
The spell lasts for 1 hour, requiring no concentration, or DESERT
until you dismiss it (no action required). CR Beast Fly/Swim
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again until Cat -
you nish a long rest.
O Hyena
O Scorpion
The Wild Shape feature in the Players Handbook lets 0 Vulture Fly
you transform into a beast that youve seen. That rule l/S Camel -
gives you a tremendous amount of exibility, making it 1/8 Flying snake Fly
easy to amass an array of beast form options for your- Mule
self, but you must abide by the limitations in the Beast Swim
1/8 Poisonous snake
Shapes table in that book.
1/8 Stirge Fly
When you gain Wild Shape as a 2ndlevel druid, you
1/4 Constrictor snake Swim
might wonder which beasts you've already seen. The
1/4 Giant lizard
following tables organize beasts from the Monster Man
ual according to the beasts most likely environments. l/4 Giant poisonous snake Swim
Consider the environment your druid grew up in, then 1/4 Giant wolf spider
consult the appropriate table for a list of animals that 1 Giant hyena
your druid has probably seen by 2nd level. 1 Giant spider
These tables can also help you and your DM deter- 1 Giant toad Swim
mine which animals you might see on your travels. 1 Giant vulture Fly
In addition, the tables include each beasts challenge 1 Lion
rating and note whether a beast has a flying or swims Swim
2 Giant constrictor snake
ming speed. This information will help you determine
3 Giant scorpion
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0 Baboon Cat
0 Badger Deer
0 Cat Eagle Fly
0 Deer Goat
0 Hyena Hyena
0 Owl Fly Jackal
1/8 Blood hawk Fly Vulture
1/8 Flying snake Fly Blood hawk
1/8 Giant rat Flying snake
1/8 Giant weasel Giant weasel
1/8 Poisonous snake Swim Poisonous snake
1/8 Mastiff Stirge
1/8 Stirge Fly Axe beak
1/4 Boar Boar
1/4 Constrictor snake Swim Elk
1/4 Elk Giant poisonous snake
1/4 Giant badger Giant wolfspider
1/4 Giant bat Fly Panther (leopard)
1/4 Giant frog Swim 1/4 Pteranodon
1/4 Giant lizard 1/4 Riding horse
1/4 Giant owl Fly 1/4 Wolf
1/4 Giant poisonous snake Swim 1/2 Giant goat
1/4 Giant wolfspider 1/2 Giant wasp
1/4 Panther Giant eagle

1/4 Wollf Giant hyena


1/2 Ape Giant vulture

1/2 Black bear Lion
1/2 Giant wasp Tiger
1 Brown bear Allosaurus
1 Dire wolf Giant boar
1 Giant hyena Giant elk
1 Giant spider Rhinoceros
1 Giant toad Ankylosaurus
1 Tiger Elephant
2 Giant boar Triceratops
2 Giant constrictor snake
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Goat 1/8 Giant rat

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0 Hyena
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Vulture Fly 1/4 Constrictor snake Swim

1/8 Blood hawk Fly 1/4 Giant frog Swim

Giant weasel 1/4 Giant lizard

Masti' 1/4 Giant poisonous snake Swim
1/2 Crocodile Swim
1/8 Mule
Poisonous snake Swim 1 Giant spider
1/8 Stirge Fly 1 Giant toad Swim

1/4 Axe beak 2 Giant constrictor snake Swim

5 Giant crocodile Swim
1/4 Boar
1/4 Elk
1/4 Giant owl Fly UNDERDARK
1/4 Giant wolf spider CR Beast Fly/Swim
1/4 Panther (cougar) 0 Giant re beetle
1/4 Wolf 1/8 Giant rat
1/2 Giant goat 1/8 Stirge Fly
1 Brown bear 1/4 Giant bat Fly
1 Dire wolf 1/4 Giant centipede
1 Giant eagle Fly 1/4 Giant lizard
1 Giant hyena 1/4 Giant poisonous snake Swim
1 Lion 1 Giant spider
2 Giant boar _ 1 Giant toad Swim
2 Giant elk _ 2 Giant constrictor snake Swim
2 Polar bear (cave bear) Swim

0 Eagle F'Y CR Beast Fly/Swim
0 Goat 0 Quipper Swim
1/8 Blood hawk Fly 1/4 Constrictor snake Swim
1/3 Stirge Fly 1/2 Giant sea horse Swim
1/4 Pteranodon Fly 1/2 Reelc shark Swim
1/2 Giant goat 1 Giant octopus Swim
1 Giant eagle Fly Giant constrictor snake Swim

1 Lion __ Hunter shark Swim

2 Giant elk Plesiosaurus Swim
2 Saber-toothed tiger Killer whale Swim
Giant shark Swim
l A rampant golden dragon on a green field, repre-
senting valor and a quest for wealth
2 The st ofa storm giant clutching lightning before
a storm cloud, symbolizing wrath and power
3 Crossed greatswords in front ofa castle gate, signi-
fying the defense ofa city or kingdom
4 A skull with a dagger through it, representing the
doom you bring to your enemies
FIGHTER 5 A phoenix in a ring ofre, an expression ofan in-
-Tordel< 6 Three drops ofblood beneath a horizontal sword
blade on a black background, symbolizing three
Of all the adventurers in the worlds of D&D, the ghter foes you have sworn to kill
is perhaps the greatest paradox. On the one hand, a sin-
gular feature of the class is that no two ghters ply their INSTRUCTOR
craft in quite the same way; their weapons, armor, and
Some ghters are naturalborn combatants who have
tactics differ across a vast spectrum. On the other hand,
a talent for surviving in battle. Others learned the ba-
regardless of the tools and methods one uses, at the
sics of their combat prowess in their formative years
heart of every ghters motivation lies the same basic
from spending time in a military or some other martial
truth: it is better to wound than to be wounded.
organization, when they were taught by the leaders of
Although some adventuring ghters risk their lives
the group.
ghting for glory or treasure, others are primarily con
A third type of ghter comes from the ranks of those
cerned with the welfare of others. They put more value
who received oneon-one instruction from an accom-
on the well-being of the society, the village, or the group plished veteran of the craft. That instructor was, or
than on their own safety. Even if theres gold in the off
perhaps still is, well versed in a certain aspect of combat
ing, the true reward for most ghters comes from send-
that relates to the students background.
ing enemies to their doom.
If you decide that your character had an individual
The sections below offer ways to add a little depth and
instructor, What is that persons specialty? Do you
a few personal touches to your ghter character.
emulate your instructor in how you ght, or did you
take the instructors teachings and adapt them to your
HERALDIC SIGN own purposes?
Fighters typically do battle for a cause. Some ght on
behalf of kingdoms besieged by monsters, while others INSTRUCTORS
quest only for personal glory. In either case, a ghter
d6 Instructor
often displays a heraldic sign that represents that cause,
1 Gladiator. Your instructor was a slave who fought
either adopting the symbol of a nation or a royal line, or
for freedom in the arena, or one who willingly
creating a crest to represent ones selfinterest.
Your character could be afliated with an organization chose the gladiators life to earn money and fame.
or a cause, and thus might already travel under a banner 2 Military. Your trainer served with a group ofsol-
of some sort. If thats not the case, consider devising a diers and knows much about working as a team.
heraldic sign that symbolizes an aspect of your nature 3 City Watch. Crowd control and peacekeeping are
or speaks to what you see as your purpose in the world. your instructors specialties.
4 Tribal Warrior. Your instructor grew up in a tribe,
where ghting for one's life was practically an
everyday occurrence.
5 Street Fighter. Your trainer excels at urban combat,
combining close-quarters work with silence and
6 Weapon Master. Your mentor helped you to be-
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Ever-Ready Shot, Arcane Shot (5 options)
18th Arcane Shot (6 options, improved shots)


At 3rd level, you learn magical theory or some of the
secrets of naturetypical for practitioners of this elven
martial tradition. You choose to gain prociency in ei
Many ghters distinguish themselves from their peers ther the Arcana or the Nature skill, and you choose to
by adopting and perfecting a particular style or method learn either the prestidigr'tation or the drufdcraft cantrip.
of waging combat. Although this style might be a natural
outgrowth of a ghters personality, that's not always the A RC A N E S H OT
casesomeones approach to the world in general does At 3rd level, you learn to unleash special magical effects
not necessarily dictate how that person operates when with some of your shots. When you gain this feature, you
lives are on the line. learn two Arcane Shot options of your choice (see Ar-
Do you have a combat style that mirrors your outlook cane Shot Options below).
on life, or is something else inside you unleashed when Once per turn when you re a magic arrow from a
weapons are drawn? shortbow or longbow as part of the Attack action, you
can apply one of your Arcane Shot options to that ar
SIGNATURE STYLES row. You decide to use the option when the arrow hits
d6 Style a creature, unless the option doesnt involve an attack
roll. You have two uses of this ability, and you regain all
1 Elegant. You move with precise grace and total
expended uses of it when you nish a short or long rest.
control, never using more energy than you need.
You gain an additional Arcane Shot option of your
2 Brutal. Your attacks rain down like hammer blows,
choice when you reach certain levels in this class: 7th,
meant to splinter bone or send blood ying. 10th, 15th, and 18th level. Each option also improves
3 Cunning. You dart in to attack at just the right mo- when you become an 18thlevel ghter.
ment and use small-scale tactics to tilt the odds in
your favor. M AGIC A now

4 Effortless. You rarely perspire or display anything At 7th level, you gain the ability to infuse arrows with
magic. Whenever you re a nonmagical arrow from a

other than a stoic expression in battle.
5 Energetic. You sing and laugh during combat as shortbow or longbow, you can make it magical for the
purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to non-
your spirit soars. You are happiest when you have a
magical attacks and damage. The magic fades from the
foe in front ofyou and a weapon in hand.
arrow immediately after it hits or misses its target.
6 Sinister. You scowl and sneer while ghting, and
you enjoy mocking your foes as you defeat them. C U Rv I N c S H OT
At 7th level, you learn how to direct an errant arrow
toward a new target. When you make an attack roll with
MARTIAL ARCHETYPES a magic arrow and miss, you can use a bonus action to
At 3rd level, a ghter gains the Martial Archetype fea- reroll the attack roll against a different target within 60
ture. The following options are available to a ghter, in feet of the original target.
addition to those offered in the Players Handbook: the
Arcane Archer, the Cavalier, and the Samurai. EvER-REA DY SHOT
Starting at 15th level, your magical archery is available
ARCANE ARCHER whenever battle starts. If you roll initiative and have no
An Arcane Archer studies a unique elven method of uses of Arcane Shot remaining, you regain one use of it.
archery that weaves magic into attacks to produce su-
pernatural effects. Arcane Archers are some of the most
The Arcane Shot feature lets you choose options for it at
elite warriors among the elves. They stand watch over
certain levels. The options are presented here in alpha-
the fringes of elven domains, keeping a keen eye out for
betical order. They are all magical effects, and each one
trespassers and using magicinfused arrows to defeat
is associated with one of the schools of magic.
monsters and invaders before they can reach elven set
If an option requires a saving throw, your Arcane Shot
tlements. Over the centuries, the methods of these elf
save DC equals 8 + your prociency bonus + your Intelli-
archers have been learned by members of other races
gence modier.
who can also balance arcane aptitude with archery.

Banishing Arrow. You use abjuration magic to try to on a Constitution saving throw, or the damage dealt
temporarily banish your target to a harmless location by its weapon attacks is halved until the start of your
in the Feywild. The creature hit by the arrow must also next turn.
succeed on a Charisma saving throw or be banished. The necrotic damage increases to 4d6 when you reach
While banished in this way, the targets speed is 0, and 18th level in this class.
it is incapacitated. At the end of its next turn, the target Grasping Arrow. When this arrow strikes its target,
reappears in the Space it vacated or in the nearest unoc- conjuration magic creates grasping, poisonous brams
cupied space if that space is occupied. bles, which wrap around the target. The creature hit by
After you reach 18th level in this class, a target also the arrow takes an extra 2(16 poison damage, its speed
takes 2d6 force damage when the arrow hits it. is reduced by 10 feet, and it takes 2-d6 slashing dam
Regaining Arrow. Your enchantment magic causes age the rst time on each turn it moves 1 foot or more
this arrow to temporarily beguile its target. The creature without teleporting. The target or any creature that can
hit by the arrow takes an extra 2d6 psychic damage, and reach it can use its action to remove the brambles with
choose one ofyour allies within 30 feet of the target. a successful Strength (Athletics) check against your Ar-
The target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw, or cane Shot save DC. Otherwise, the brambles last for 1
it is charmed by the chosen ally until the start of your minute or until you use this option again.
next turn. This effect ends early if the chosen ally at The poison damage and slashing damage both in-
tacks the charmed target, deals damage to it, or forces it crease to 4d6 when you reach 18th level in this class.
to make a saving throw. Piercing Arrow. You use transmutation magic to
The psychic damage increases to 4d6 when you reach give your arrow an ethereal quality. When you use this
18th level in this class. option, you dont make an attack roll for the attack.
Bursting Arrow. You imbue your arrow with force Instead, the arrow shoots forward in a line, which is 1
energy drawn from the school of evocation. The energy foot wide and 30 feet long, before disappearing. The
detonates after your attack. Immediately after the ar arrow passes harmlessly through objects, ignoring
row hits the creature, the target and all other creatures cover. Each creature in that line must make a Dexterity
within 10 feet of it take 2d6 force damage each. saving throw. On a failed save, a creature takes damage
The force damage increases to 4d6 when you reach as if it were hit by the arrow, plus an extra 1d6 piercing
18th level in this class. damage. On a successful save, a target takes half as
Enfeeblfng Arrow. You weave necromantic magic into much damage.
your arrow. The creature hit by the arrow takes an extra The piercing damage increases to 2d6 when you reach
2d6 necrotic damage. The target must also succeed 18th level in this class.
Seeking Arrow. Using divination magic, you grant CAVALIERs, SAMURAI, AND HISTORY
your arrow the ability to seek out a target. When you use While both cavaliers and samurai existed in the real world,
this option, you dont make an attack roll for the attack. our inspirations for both ghter archetypes are taken from
popular culture (folk tales, movies, and comic books), not
Instead, choose one creature you have seen in the past
from history. Our intent is to capture the cinematic, heroic
minute. The arrow ies toward that creature, moving
element of both archetypes in the game, rather than create
around corners if necessary and ignoring three-quarters
an accurate historical representation ofeither one.
cover and half cover. If the target is within the weapons *1

range and there is a path large enough for the arrow to

travel to the target, the target must make a Dexterity
saving throw. Otherwise, the arrow disappears after
Starting at 3rd level, you can menace your foe-s, foiling
traveling as far as it can. On a failed save, the target their attacks and punishing them for harming others.
When you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack,
takes damage as if it were hit by the arrow, plus an extra
you can mark the creature until the end of your next
1d6 force damage, and you learn the targets current
location. On a successful save, the target takes half as
turn. This effect ends early if you are incapacitated or
you die, or if someone else marks the creature.
much damage, and you dont learn its location.
While it is within 5 feet of you, a creature marked by
The force damage increases to 2d6 when you reach
18th level in this class. you has disadvantage on any attack roll that doesnt
Shadow Arrow. You weave illusion magic into your target you.

arrow, causing it to occlude your fees vision with shad-

In addition, if a creature marked by you deals damage
to anyone other than you, you can make a special melee
ows. The creature hit by the arrow takes an extra 2d6
weapon attack against the marked creature as a bonus
psychic damage, and it must succeed on a Wisdom
action on your next turn. You have advantage on the
saving throw or be unable to see anything farther than 5
attack roll, and if it hits, the attacks weapon deals extra
feet away until the start of your next turn.
damage to the target equal to half your ghter level.
The psychic damage increases to 4d6 when you reach
Regardless of the number of creatures you mark, you
18th level in this class.
can make this special attack a number of times equal to
CAVALIER your Strength modier (minimum of once), and you re-
gain all expended uses of it when you nish a long rest.
The archetypal Cavalier excels at mounted combat.
Usually born among the nobility and raised at court, a WARDING MANEUVER
Cavalier is equally at home leading a cavalry charge or At 7th level, you learn to fend off strikes directed at
exchanging repartee at a state dinner. Cavaliers also you, your mount, or other creatures nearby. If you or
learn how to guard those in their charge from harm, a creature you can see within 5 feet of you is hit by an
often serving as the protectors of their superiors and of attack, you can roll ld8 as a reaction if youre wielding
the weak. Compelled to right wrongs or earn prestige, a melee weapon or a shield. Roll the die, and add the
many of these ghters leave their lives of comfort to em number rolled to the targets AC against that attack. If
bark on glorious adventure. the attack still hits, the target has resistance against the
attacks damage.
CAVALIER FEATURES You can use this feature a number of times equal
Fighter Level Feature to your Constitution modier (minimum of once), and
3rd Bonus Prociency, Born to the Saddle, you regain all expended uses of it when you nish a
Unwavering Mark long rest.

7th Warding Maneuver HOLD THE LINE

10th Hold the Line At 10th level, you become a master of locking down
15th Ferocious Charger your enemies. Creatures provoke an opportunity attack
18th Vigilant Defender from you when they move 5 feet or more while within
your reach, and if you hit a creature with an opportunity
BONUS PROFICIENCY attack, the targets speed is reduced to 0 until the end of
When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you gain the current turn.
prociency in one of the following skills of your choice:
Animal Handling, History, Insight, Performance, or
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Starting at 15th level, you can run down your foes,
whether youre mounted or not. If you move at least 10
feet in a straight line right before attacking a creature
and you hit it with the attack, that target must succeed
on a Strength saving throw (DC 8 + your prociency bo
nus + your Strength modier) or be knocked prone. You
can use this feature only once on each of your turns.

Starting at 18th level, you respond to danger with
extraordinary vigilance. In combat, you get a special
reaction that you can take once on every creatures turn,
except your turn. You can use this special reaction only
to make an opportunity attack, and you cant use it on
the same turn that you take your normal reaction.

The Samurai is a ghter who draws on an implacable
ghting spirit to overcome enemies. A Samurais resolve
is nearly unbreakable, and the enemies in a Samurai's
path have two choices: yield or die ghting.

Fighter Level Feature
3rd Bonus Prociency, Fighting Spirit (5 temp. hp)
Fth Elegant Courtier
10th Tireless Spirit, Fighting Spirit (10 temp. hp)
l5th Rapid Strike, Fighting Spirit (l5 temp. hp)
18th Strength before Death
Starting at 10th level, when you roll initiative and
When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you gain
have no uses of Fighting Spirit remaining, you re-
prociency in one of the following skills of your choice:
gain one use.
History, Insight, Performance, or Persuasion. Alterna
tively, you learn one language of your choice. RAPID STRIKE
Starting at 15th level, you learn to trade accuracy for


swift strikes. If you take the Attack action on your turn

Starting at 3rd level, your intensity in battle can shield

and have advantage on an attack roll against one of
you and help you strike true. As a bonus action on your

the targets, you can forgo the advantage for that roll to

turn, you can give yourself advantage on weapon attack
make an additional weapon attack against that target,
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once per turn.
temporary hit points increases when you reach certain

levels in this class, increasing to 10 at 10th level and 15 STRENGTH BEFORE DEATH
at 15th level. Starting at 18th level, your ghting spirit can delay the
You can use this feature three times, and you regain grasp of death. If you take damage that reduces you to
all expended uses of it when you nish a long rest. 0 hit points and doesnt kill you outright, you can use
your reaction to delay falling unconscious, and you can
immediately take an extra turn, interrupting the current
Starting at 7th level, your discipline and attention to de
turn. While you have 0 hit points during that extra turn,
tail allow you to excel in social situations. Whenever you
taking damage causes death saving throw failures as
make a Charisma (Persuasion) check, you gain a bonus
normal, and three death saving throw failures can still
to the check equal to your Wisdom modier.
kill you. When the extra turn ends, you fall unconscious
Your self-control also causes you to gain prociency
ifyou still have 0 hit points.
in Wisdom saving throws. If you already have this pro-
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again until
ciency, you instead gain prociency in Intelligence or
you nish a long rest.
Charisma saving throws (your choice).
d6 Monastery
1 Your monastery is carved out ofa mountainside,
where it looms over a treacherous pass.
2 Your monastery is high in the branches ofan im-
mense tree in the Feywild.
3 Your monastery was founded long ago by a cloud
giant and is inside a cloud castle that can be
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5 Your monastery was founded by gnomes and is an
underground labyrinth oftunnels and rooms.
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four dierent ways to snapyour neck with my bare hands. MONASTIC ICON
Ember, grand master of owers Even in the monastic lifestyle, which eschews materi
alism and personal possessions, symbolism plays an
important part in dening the identity of an order. Some
Monks walk a path of contradiction. They study their art
monastic orders treat certain creatures with special
as a wizard does, and like a wizard, they wear no armor
regard, either because the creature is tied to the orders
and typically eschew weapons. Yet they are deadly com-
history or because it serves as an example of a quality
batants, their abilities on a par with those of a raging
e the monks seek to emulate.
barbarian or a superbly trained ghter. Monks embrac
iction, for it speaks to the core of If your characters monastery had a special icon, you
this seeming contrad
might wear a crude image of the creature somewhere
all monastic study. By coming to know oneself com
inconspicuous on your clothing to serve as an identify-
pletely, one learns much of the wider world.
ing mark. Or perhaps your orders icon does not have a
A monks focus on inner mastery leads many such a
physical form but is expressed through a gesture or
individuals to become detached from society, more con
posture that you adopt, and which other monks might
cerned with their personal experience than with hap-
know how to interpret.
penings elsewhere. Adventuring monks are a rare breed
of an already rare type of character, taking their quest
for perfection beyond the walls of the monastery into the
world at large. d6 Icon
Playing a monk character offers many intriguing op 1 Monkey. Quick reflexes and the ability to travel
portunities to try something different. To distinguish through the treetops are two ofthe reasons why
your monk character even further, consider the options your order admires the monkey.
in the sections that follow. 2 Dragon Turtle. The monks ofyour seaside mon-
astery venerate the dragon turtle, reciting ancient
MONA STE RY prayers and offering garlands offlowers to honor
A monk studies in a monastery in preparation for a life this living spirit ofthe sea.
of asceticism. Most of those who enter a monastery 3 Ki-rin. Your monastery sees its main purpose as
make it their home for the rest of their lives, with the
watching over and protecting the land in the man-
exception of adventurers and others who have reason to
ner ofthe ki-rin.
leave. For those individuals, a monastery might serve as
4 Owlbear. The monks ofyour monastery revere a
a refuge between excursions to the world or as a source
of support in times of need. family of owlbears and have coexisted with them
What sort of place was your monastery, and where is for generations.
it located? Did attending it contribute to your experience 5 Hydra. Your order singles out the hydra for its abil-
in an unusual or distinctive way? ity to unleash several attacks simultaneously.
6 Dragon. A dragon once laired within your monas-
tery. Its influence remains long after its departure.

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of a master who imparted to you the precepts of the ture. The following options are available to a monk, in
order. Your master was the one most responsible for addition to those offered in the Players Handbook: the
shaping your understanding of the martial arts and your Way of the Drunken Master, the Way of the Kensei, and
attitude toward the world. What sort of person was your the Way of the Sun Soul.
master, and how did your relationship with your master
The Way of the Drunken Master teaches its students
MASTERS to move with the jerky, unpredictable movements of
d6 Master a drunkard. A drunken master sways, tottering on
1 Your master was a tyrant whom you had to defeat unsteady feet, to present what seems like an incompe-
in single combat to complete your instruction. tent combatant who proves frustrating to engage. The
2 Your master was kindly and taught you to pursue drunken masters erratic stumbles conceal a carefully
executed dance of blocks, parries, advances, attacks,
the cause of peace.
and retreats.
3 Your master was merciless in pushing you to your
A drunken master often enjoys playing the fool to
limits. You nearly lost an eye during one especially
bring gladness to the despondent or to demonstrate
brutal practice session. humility to the arrogant, but when battle is joined, the
4 Your master seemed goodhearted while tutoring drunken master can be a maddening, masterful foe.
you, but betrayed your monastery in the end.
5 Your master was cold and distant. You suspect that WAY or THE DRUNKEN MASTER FEATURES
the two ofyou might be related. Monk Level Feature
6 Your master was kind and generous, never critical 3rd Bonus Prociencies, Drunken Technique
ofyour progress. Nevertheless, you feel you never
6th Tipsy Sway
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their weapons, to the point where the weapon becomes
an extension of the body. Founded on a mastery of
sword ghting, the tradition has expanded to include
many different weapons.
A kensei sees a weapon in much the same way a cal-
ligrapher or painter regards a pen or brush. Whatever
the weapon, the kensei views it as a tool used to express
the beauty and precision of the martial arts. That such
mastery makes a kensei a peerless warrior is but a side
effect of intense devotion, practice, and study.


Monk Level Feature
3rd Path ofthe Kensei (2 weapons)
6th One with the Blade,
Path ofthe Kensei (3 weapons)
llth Sharpen the Blade,
BONUS PROFICIENCIES Path ofthe Kensei (4 weapons)
When you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you gain 17th Unerring Accuracy,
prociency in the Performance skill if you dont already Path ofthe Kensei (5 weapons)
have it. Your martial arts technique mixes combat train-
ing with the precision of a dancer and the antics of a PATH or THE KENSEI
jester. You also gain prociency with brewers supplies if When you choose this tradition at 3rd level, your spe-
you dont already have it. cial martial arts training leads you to master the use of
certain weapons. This path also includes instruction in
DRUNKEN TECHNIQUE the deft strokes of calligraphy or painting. You gain the
At 3rd level, you learn how to twist and turn quickly as following benets.
part of your Flurry of Blows. Whenever you use Flurry Kensei Weapons. Choose two types of weapons to
of Blows, you gain the benet of the Disengage action, be your kensei weapons: one melee weapon and one
and your walking speed increases by 10 feet until the ranged weapon. Each of these weapons can be any sim-
end of the current turn. ple or martial weapon that lacks the heavy and special
properties. The longbow is also a valid choice. You gain
prociency with these weapons if you dont already have
Starting at 6th level, you can move in sudden, swaying
it. Weapons of the chosen types are monk weapons for
ways. You gain the following benets.
you. Many of this traditions features work only with
Leap to Your Feet. When youre prone, you can stand
your kensei weapons. When you reach 6th, 11th, and
up by spending 5 feet of movement, rather than half
1'7th level in this class. you can choose another type of
your speed.
weaponeither melee or rangedto be a kensei weapon
Redirect Attack. When a creature misses you with
for you. following the criteria above.
a melee attack roll, you can spend 1 ki point as a re-
Agile Parry. If you make an unarmed strike as part of
action to cause that attack to hit one creature of your
the Attack action on your turn and are holding a kensei
choice, other than the attacker, that you can see within 5
weapon, you can use it to defend yourself if it is a melee
feet of you.
weapon. You gain a +2 bonus to AC until the start of
DRUNKARDS LUCK your next turn, while the weapon is in your hand and
Starting at llth level, you always seem to get a lucky you aren't incapacitated.
Kenseis Shot. You can use a bonus action on your
bounce at the right moment. When you make an ability
check, an attack roll, or a saving throw and have disad- turn to make your ranged attacks with a kensei weapon
vantage on the roll, you can spend 2 ki points to cancel more deadly. When you do so, any target you hit with a
the disadvantage for that roll. ranged attack using a kensei weapon takes an extra 1d4
damage of the weapons type. You retain this benet un
INTOXICATED FRENZY til the end of the current turn.
At 17th level, you gain the ability to make an overwhelm- Way ofthe Brush. You gain prociency with your
ing number of attacks against a group of enemies. When choice of calligrapher's supplies or painter's supplies.
you use your Flurry of Blows, you can make up to three
additional attacks with it (up to a total of ve Flurry of ONE WITH THE BLADE
Blows attacks), provided that each Flurry of Blows at- At 6th level, you extend your ki into your kensei weap-
tack targets a different creature this turn. ons, granting you the following benets.

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sei weapons count as magical for the purpose of over-
coming resistance and immunity to nonmagical attacks
and damage.
Deft Strike. When you hit a target with a kensei
weapon, you can spend 1 ki point to cause the weapon
to deal extra damage to the target equal to your Martial
Arts die. You can use this feature only once on each of i.. ni-
When you gain the Extra Attack feature, this special x.
yourturns. attack can be used for any of the attacks you make as
part of the Attack action.
At 11th level, you gain the ability to augment your weap- SEARING ARC STRIKE
ons further with your ki. As a bonus action, you can At 6th level, you gain the ability to channel your ki into
expend up to 3 ki points to grant one kensei weapon searing waves of energy. Immediately after you take the
you touch a bonus to attack and damage rolls when you Attack action on your turn, you can spend 2 ki points to
attack with it. The bonus equals the number of ki points cast the burning hands spell as a bonus action.
you spent. This bonus lasts for 1 minute or until you You can spend additional ki points to cast burning
use this feature again. This feature has no effect on a hands as a higher-level spell. Each additional ki point
magic weapon that already has a bonus to attack and you spend increases the spells level by 1. The maximum
damage rolls. number of ki points (2 plus any additional points) that
you can spend on the spell equals half your monk level.
At 17th level, your mastery of weapons grants you ex- SEARING SUNBURST
traordinary accuracy. If you miss with an attack roll At 11th level, you gain the ability to create an orb of light
using a monk weapon on your turn, you can reroll it. You that erupts into a devastating explosion. As an action,
can use this feature only once on each of your turns. you magically create an orb and hurl it at a point you
choose within 150 feet, where it erupts into a sphere of
WAY OF THE SUN SOUL radiant light for a brief but deadly instant.
Monks of the Way of the Sun Soul learn to channel their Each creature in that 20foot-radius sphere must suc-
life energy into searing bolts of light. They teach that ceed on a Constitution saving throw or take 2d6 radiant
meditation can unlock the ability to unleash the indomi- damage. A creature doesnt need to make the save if the
table light shed by the soul of every living creature. creature is behind total cover that is opaque.
You can increase the spheres damage by spending
WAY OF THE SUN SOUL FEATURES ki points. Each point you spend, to a maximum of 3, in-
Monk Level Feature creases the damage by 2d6.
3rd Radiant Sun Bolt SUN SHIELD
6th Searing Arc Strike At 17th level, you become wreathed in a luminous, mag-
'Ilth Searing Sunburst ical aura. You shed bright light in a 30-foot radius and
17th Sun Shield dim light for an additional 30 feet. You can extinguish or
restore the light as a bonus action.
RADIANT SUN BOLT If a creature hits you with a melee attack while this
Starting when you Choose this tradition at 3rd level, you light shines, you can use your reaction to deal radiant
can hurl searing bolts of magical radiance. damage to the creature. The radiant damage equals 5 +
You gain a new attack option that you can use with your Wisdom modier.
the Attack action. This special attack is a ranged spell
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1 Peace. You ght so that future generations will not
have to.
2 Revenge. Your oath is the vehicle through which
you will right an ancient wrong.
3 Duty. You will live up to what you have sworn to do,
or die trying.
4 Leadership. You will win a great battle that bards
will sing about, and in so doing, you will become
PALADIN an example to inspire others.
THE TRUE WORTH OF A PALADIN Is MEASURED NOT IN 5 Faith. You know your path is righteous, or else the
foes defeated or dungeons plundered. It is measured in lives gods would not have set you upon it.
saved and hearts turned to the causes of mercy and justice. 6 Glory. You will lead the world into a grand new era,
Isteva1 one that will be branded with your name.

A paladin is a living embodiment of an oatha promise SYMBOL

or a vow made manifest in the person of a holy warrior Paladins are mindful of the inuence of symbols, and
who has the skill and the determination to see the cause many of them adopt or design an artistic device that
through to the end. Some paladins devote themselves bears a distinctive image. Your symbol exemplies the
expressly to protecting the innocent and spreading jus- oath you have taken and communicates that message to
tice in the world, while others resolve to attain that goal those around you, friend and foe alike.
by conquering those who stand deant and bringing Your symbol might be. displayed on a banner, a flag, or
them under the rule of law. your clothing for all to see. Or it could be less obvious,
Although no paladin in the world could be described such as a trinket or a token that you carry concealed on
as typical, a number of them are narrowminded your person.
dogooders who refuse to tolerate even the smallest
deviation from their own outlook. Paladins who take SYMBOLS
up the adventuring life, however, rarely remain so rigid d6 Symbol
in their attitudesif only to keep from alienating their
l A dragon, emblematic ofyour nobility in peace and
your ferocity in combat
You can flesh out your paladin character by using the
2 A clenched st, because you are always ready to
suggestions below. Its important to keep in mind that
most paladins arent robots. They have doubts and prej- ght for your beliefs
udices and harbor contradictory thoughts just as any 3 An upraised open hand, indicating your preference
other character does. Some are compelled by an inter for diplomacy over combat
nal motivation that might sometimes be at odds with the 4 A red heart, showing the world your commitment
principles of their oaths. to justice
5 A black heart, signifying that emotions such as pity
PERSONAL GOAL do not sway your dedication to your oath
The precepts of a paladins oath provide purpose to the 6 An unblinking eye, meaning that you are ever alert
character and dictate an ultimate goal or an overall in to all threats against your cause
tent that the paladin abides by and advances. Aside from
that, some paladins are driven by a personal goal that NEMESIS
either complements or transcends the dictates of their
oaths. Paladins who swear different oaths might have Their adherence to a sacred oath demands that paladins
the same personal goal, differing only in how they apply take an active stance in carrying their beliefs into the
that goal to their actions when upholding their oaths. world. This activity naturally leads to conict with crea-
If your paladin character has a personal goal, it might tures or entities that oppose those beliefs. Among those
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be drawn from some life event and thus not directly tied opponents, one often stands out as a paladins most per-
to the oath. sistent or most formidable foea nemesis whose pres-
ence or influence is a constant factor in a paladin's life.
Your paladin character might have an enemy that
dates from the days before you took up your path. Or you
could be a target because when you became a paladin,
you immediately attracted the attention of those that
would do you in. If you have a nemesis, who or what is
it? Whom among your enemies do you consider to be the
biggest threat to achieving your goals?

d6 Nemesis
l A mighty orc war chiefwho threatens to overrun
and destroy everything you hold sacred
2 A end or a celestial, the agent ofa power ofthe
Outer Planes, who has been charged with corrupt-
ing or redeeming you, as appropriate
3 A dragon whose servants dog your steps
A high priest who sees you as a misguided fool and
wants you to abandon your religion
5 A rival paladin who trained with you but became an
oathbreaker and holds you responsible
6 A vampire who has sworn revenge against all pala-
dins after being defeated by one

Although paladins are dedicated to their oaths, they are
mortals, and thus they are flawed. Many of them exhibit
a type of behavior or hold to an attitude that is not in
keeping with the highest ideals of their calling. OATH OF CONQUEST
What is the temptation that your character succumbs
The Oath of Conquest calls to paladins who seek glory
to or nds it difcult to resist?
in battle and the subjugation of their enemies. It isnt
enough for these paladins to establish order. They must
crush the forces of chaos. Sometimes called knight ty-
d6 Temptation rants or iron mongers, those who swear this oath gather
l Fury. When your anger is roused, you have trouble into grim orders that serve gods or philosophies of war
thinking straight, and you fear you might do some- and well-ordered might.
thing youll regret. Some of these paladins go so far as to consort with
2 Pride. Your deeds are noteworthy, and no one takes the powers of the Nine Hells, valuing the rule of law
note ofthem more often than you. over the balm of mercy. The archdevil Bel, warlord of
3 Lust. You can't resist an attractive face and a pleas- Avernus, counts many of these paladinscalled hell
knightsas his most ardent supporters. Hell knights
ant smile.
cover their armor with trophies taken from fallen en
4 Envy. You are mindful ofwhat some famous folk
emies, a grim~warning to any who dare oppose them
have accomplished, and you feel inadequate when and the decrees of their lords. These knights are often
your deeds don't compare to theirs. most ercely resisted by other paladins of this oath,
5 Despair. You consider the great strength ofthe who believe that the hell knights have wandered too far
enemies you must defeat, and at times you see no into darkness.
way to achieve nal victory.
6 Greed. Regardless ofhow much glory and treasure TEN ETS or CONQU EST
you amass, its never enough for you. A paladin who takes this oath has the tenets of conquest
seared on the upper arm.
Douse the Flame ofHope. It is not enough to merely
SACRED OATHS defeat an enemy in battle. Your victory must be so over-
At 3rd level, a paladin gains the Sacred Oath feature. whelming that your enemies' will to ght is shattered
The following options are available to a paladin, in addi forever. A blade can end a life. Fear can end an empire.
tion to those offered in the Players Handbook: the Oath Rule with an Iron Fist. Once you have conquered,
of Conquest and the Oath of Redemption. tolerate no dissent. Your word is law. Those who obey it
Starting at 7th level, you constantly emanate a menacing
found! CO
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turn there.
At 18th level, the range of this aura increases
to 30 feet.
shall be favored. Those who defy it shall be punished as
an example to all who might follow. SCORNFUL REBUKE
Strength Above All. You shall rule until a stronger Starting at 15th level, those who dare to strike you are
one arises. Then you must grow mightier and meet the psychically punished for their audacity. Whenever a
challenge, or fall to your own ruin. creature hits you with an attack, that creature takes
psychic damage equal to your Charisma modier (mini-
OATH or CONQUEST FEATURES mum of 1) if youre not incapacitated.
Level Feature
At 20th level, you gain the ability to harness extraordi-
3rd Oath Spells, Channel Divinity
nary martial prowess. As an action, you can magically
ith Aura ofConquest (10 ft.) become an avatar of conquest, gaining the following
15th Scornful Rebuke benets for 1 minute:
l8th Aura of Conquest (30 ft.)
- You have resistance to all damage.
20th Invincible Conqueror - When you take the Attack action on your turn, you can
make one additional attack as part of that action.
OATH SPELLS - Your melee weapon attacks score a critical hit on a
You gain oath spells at the paladin levels listed in the roll of 19 or 20 on the d20.
Oath of Conquest Spells table. See the Sacred Oath
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again until
class feature for how oath spells work.
you nish a long rest.


Level Spells The Oath of Redemption sets a paladin on a difcult
path, one that requires a holy warrior to use violence
3rd armor onathys, command
only as a last resort. Paladins who dedicate themselves
5th hold person, spiritual weapon to this oath believe that any person can be redeemed
9th bestow curse, fear and that the path of benevolence and justice is one that
13th dominate beast, stoneskin anyone can walk. These paladins face evil creatures in
17th cloudkill, dominate person the hope of turning their foes to the light, and they slay
their enemies only when such a deed will clearly save
CHANNEL DIVINITY other lives. Paladins who follow this path are known as
When you take this oath at 3rd level, you gain the follow redeemers.
ing two Channel Divinity options. See the Sacred Oath While redeemers are idealists, they are no fools. Re
class feature for how Channel Divinity works. deemers know that undead, demons, devils, and other
Conquering Presence. You can use your Channel supernatural threats can be inherently evil. Against
Divinity to exude a terrifying presence. As an action, such fees, paladins who swear this oath bring the full
you force each creature of your choice that you can see wrath of their weapons and spells to bear. Yet the re-
within 30 feet of you to make a Wisdom saving throw. deemers still pray that, one day, even creatures of wick-
On a failed save, a creature becomes frightened of you edness will invite their own redemption.
for 1 minute. The frightened creature can repeat this
saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the
The tenets of the Oath of Redemption hold a paladin to a
effect on itself on a success.
high standard of peace and justice.
Guided Strike. You can use your Channel Divinity to
Peace. Violence is a weapon of last resort. Diplomacy
strike with supernatural accuracy. When you make an
and understanding are the paths to long-lasting peace.
attack roll, you can use your Channel Divinity to gain a
Innocence. All people begin life in an innocent state,
+10 bonus to the roll. You make this choice after you see
and it is their environment or the inuence of dark
the roll, but before the DM says whether the attack hits
forces that drives them to evil. By setting the proper
or misses.
example, and working to heal the wounds of a deeply
flawed world, you can set anyone on a righteous path.
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the path of the wicked must be given reminders to keep
them honest and true. Once you have planted the seed of
righteousness in a creature, you must work day after day
to allow that seed to survive and ourish.
Wisdom. Your heart and mind must stay clear, for
eventually you will be forced to admit defeat. While ev-
ery creature can be redeemed, some are so far along the
path of evil that you have no choice but to end their lives
for the greater good. Any such action must be carefully
weighed and the consequences fully understood, but
once you have made the decision, follow through with it
knowing your path is just.


Level Feature
3rd Oath Spells. Channel Divinity
7th Aura ofthe Guardian (l0 ft.)
15th Protective Spirit PALADIN or

13th Aura ofthe Guardian (30 ft.)
20th Emissary of Redemption

You gain oath spells at the paladin levels listed in the AURA OF THE GUARDIAN
Oath of Redemption Spells table. See the Sacred Oath Starting at 7th level, you can shield others from harm at
class feature for how oath spells work. the cost of your own health. When a creature within 10
feet of you takes damage, you can use your reaction to
OATH 0F REDEMPTION SPELLS magically take that damage, instead of that creature tak
ing it. This feature doesn't transfer any other effects that
might accompany the damage, and this damage can't be
Level Spells
reduced in any way.
3rd sanctuary, sleep At 18th level, the range of this aura increases
5th cairn emotions, hold person to 30 feet.
9th counterspell, hypnotic pattern
13th Otiiukes resilient sphere, stoneskin PROTECTIVE SPIRIT
Starting at 15th level, a holy presence mends your
l7th hold monster, wall efforce
wounds in battle. You regain hit points equal to M6 +
half your paladin level if you end your turn in combat
with fewer than half of your hit points remaining and
When you take this oath at 3rd level, you gain the follow
you aren't incapacitated.
ing two Channel Divinity options.
Emissary ofPeace. You can use your Channel Divin- EMISSARY OF REDEMPTION
ity to augment your presence with divine power. As a At 20th level, you become an avatar of peace, which
bonus action, you grant yourself a +5 bonus to Charisma gives you two benets:
(Persuasion) checks for the next 10 minutes.
Rebuke the Violent. You can use your Channel Divin - You have resistance to all damage dealt by other crea
ity to rebuke those who use violence. Immediately after
tures (their attacks, spells, and other effects).
an attacker within 30 feet of you deals damage with an - Whenever a creature hits you with an attack, it takes
attack against a creature other than you, you can use
radiant damage equal to half the damage you take
from the attack.
your reaction to force the attacker to make a Wisdom
saving throw. On a failed save, the attacker takes radiant If you attack a creature, cast a spell on it, or deal dam-
damage equal to the damage it just dealt. On a success age to it by any means but this feature, neither benet
ful save, it takes half as much damage. works against that creature until you nish a long rest.

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1 Towns and cities are the best places for those who

RANGER can't survive on their own.

The advancement ofcivilization is the best way to

I SPEND A LOT OF MY LIFE AWAY FROM CIVILIZATION, thwart chaos, but its reach must be monitored.
keeping to itsfringes to protect it. Don't assume that be- 3 Towns and cities are a necessary evil, but once the
cause Idont bend the knee toyour hing that I havent done wilderness is purged ofsupernatural threats, we
will need them no more.
more to protect him than all his knights put together.
4 Walls are for cowards, who huddle behind them
while others do the work ofmaking the world safe.
5 Visiting a town is not unpleasant, but after a few
Rangers are freeminded wanderers and seekers who
days | feel the irresistible call to return to the wild.
patrol the edges of civilized territory, turning back the
6 Cities breed weakness by isolating folk from the
denizens of the wild lands beyond. It is a thankless job,
since their efforts are rarely understood and almost harsh lessons ofthe wild.
never rewarded. Yet rangers persist in their duties,
never doubting that their work makes the world a HOMELAND
safer place. All rangers, regardless of how they came to take up
A relationship with civilization informs every rangers the profession, have a strong connection to the natural
personality and history. Some rangers see themselves world and its various terrains. For some rangers, the
as enforcers of the law and bringers of justice on civili- wilderness is where they grew up, either as a result of
zations frontier, answering to no sovereign power. Oth- being born there or moving there at a young age. For
ers are survivalists who eschew civilization altogether. other rangers, civilization was originally home, but the
They vanquish monsters to keep themselves safe while wilderness became a second homeland.
they live in and travel through the perilous wild areas of Think of your characters backstory and decide what
the world. If their efforts also benet the kingdoms and terrain feels most like home, whether or not you were
other civilized realms that they avoid, so be it. born there. What does that terrain say about your per-
If youre creating or playing a ranger character, the sonality? Does it influence which spells you choose to
following sections offer ideas for embellishing the char learn? Have your experiences there shaped who your
acter and enhancing your roleplaying experience. favored enemies are?


A rangers view of the world begins (and sometimes d6 Homeland
ends) with that characters outlook toward civilized folk
1 You patrolled an ancient forest, darkened and cor-
and the places they occupy. Some rangers have an atti-
rupted by several crossings to the Shadowfell.
tude toward civilization thats deeply rooted in disdain,
2 As part ofa group of nomads, you acquired the
while others pity the people they have sworn to pro
tectthough on the battleeld, its impossible to tell the skills for surviving in the desert.
difference between one ranger and another. Indeed, to 3 Your early life in the Underdark prepared you for
those who have seen them operate and been the bene- the challenges ofcornbating its denizens.
ciaries of their prowess, it scarcely matters why rangers 4 You dwelled on the edge ofa swamp, in an area im-
do what they do. That said, no two rangers are likely to periled by land creatures as well as aquatic ones.
express their opinions on any matter in the same way. 5 Because you grew up among the peaks, nding the
If you havent yet thought about the details of your best path through the mountains is second nature
characters worldview, consider putting a ner point on to you.
things by summarizing that viewpoint in a short state-
6 You wandered the far north, learning how to pro-
ment (such as the entries on the following table). How
tect yourselfand prosper in a realm overrun by ice.
might that feeling affect the way you conduct yourself?

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determination of a favored enemy might be tied to a ture. The following options are available to a ranger, i;
specic event in the characters early life, or it might be in addition to those offered in the Players Handbook:
entirely a matter of choice. the Gloom Stalker, the Horizon Walker, and the Mon-
What spurred your character to select a particular ster Slayer.
enemy? Was the choice made because of tradition or on-


riosity, or do you have a grudge to settle?
Gloom Stalkers are at home in the darkest places: 1
SwoaN ENEMIES deep under the earth, in gloomy alleyways, in primeval
d6 Enemy forests, and wherever else the light dims. Most folk
1 You seek revenge on natures behalfforthe great enter such places with trepidation, but a Gloom Stalker |

ventures boldly into the darkness, seeking to ambush .

transgressions your foe has committed.
threats before they can reach the broader world. Such i
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rangers are often found in the Underdark, but they will 3|
tures, and so shall you. |
go any place Where evil lurks in the shadows.
3 You hear no enmity toward your foe. You stalk such
creatures as a hunter tracks down a wild animal. *
4 You find your foe fascinating, and you collect books
Ranger Level Feature
oftales and history concerning it.
3rd Gloom Stalker Magic, Dread Ambusher, __ _.
5 You collect tokens ofyour fallen enemies to remind
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11th Stalkers Flurry l/ [ls
battles as a test of respective skills.
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ways, with wisps of supernatural shadow around you.
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Horizon Walkers guard the world against threats that
originate from other planes or that seek to ravage the
mortal realm with otherworldly magic. They seek out
planar portals and keep watch over them, venturing to
GLOOM STALKER MAGIC the Inner Planes and the Outer Planes as needed to
Starting at 3rd level, you learn an additional spell when pursue their foes. These rangers are also friends to any
you reach certain levels in this class, as shown in the forces in the multiverseespecially benevolent dragons,
Gloom Stalker Spells table. The spell counts as a ranger fey, and elementalsthat work to preserve life and the
spell for you, but it doesn't count against the number of order of the planes.
ranger spells you know.
Ranger Level Feature
Ranger Level Spell Horizon Walker Magic, Detect Portal,
3rd disguise self Planar Warrior (ld3)
5th rope trick 7th Ethereal Step
9th fear llth Distant Strike, Planar Warrior (2d8)
13th greater invisibility 15th Spectral Defense
17th seeming
DREAD AMBUSHER Starting at 3rd level, you learn an additional spell when
At 3rd level, you master the art of the ambush. You can you reach certain levels in this class, as shown in the
give yourself a bonus to your initiative rolls equal to your Horizon Walker Spells table. The spell counts as a
Wisdom modier. ranger spell for you, but it doesnt count against the
At the start of your rst turn Of each combat, your number of ranger spells you know.
walking speed increases by 10 feet, which lasts until
the end of that turn. If you take the Attack action on that HORIZON WALKER SPELLS
turn, you can make one additional weapon attack as
Ranger Level Spell
part of that action. If that attack hits, the target takes an
extra 1d8 damage of the weapons damage type. 3rd protectionfrom evil and good
5th misty step
UMBRAL SIGHT 9th haste
At 3rd level, you gain darkvision out to a range of 60
13th banishment
' feet. If you already have darkvision from your race, its
17th teleportation circle
range increases by 30 feet.
You are also adept at evading creatures that rely
on darkvision. While in darkness, you are invisible DETECT PORTAL
to any creature that relies on darkvision to see you in At 3rd level, you gain the ability to magically sense the
that darkness. presence of a planar portal. As an action, you detect
the distance and direction to the closest planar portal
IRON MIND within 1 mile of you.
By 7th level, you have honed your ability to resist the Once you use this feature, you cant use it again until
mindaltering powers of your prey. You gain prociency you nish a short or long rest.
in Wisdom saving throws. Ifyou already have this pro- See the Planar Travel section in chapter 2 of the
ciency, you instead gain prociency in Intelligence or Dungeon Masters Guide for examples of planar portals.
Charisma saving throws (your choice).
STALKERS FLURRY At 3rd level, you learn to draw on the energy of the mul-
At 11th level, you learn to attack with such unexpected tiverse to augment your attacks.
speed that you can turn a miss into another strike. Once As a bonus action, choose one creature you can see
on each of your turns when you miss with a weapon at- within 30 feet of you. The next time you hit that creature
tack, you can make another weapon attack as part of the on this turn with a weapon attack, all damage dealt
same action. by the attack becomes force damage, and the creature


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At 7th level, you learn to step through the Ethereal
Plane. As a bonus action, you can cast the etherealncss
spell with this feature, without expending a spell slot,
but the spell ends at the end of the current turn.
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again until
you nish a short or long rest.

At 11th level, you gain the ability to pass between the
planes in the blink of an eye. When you take the Attack HUNTERS SENSE
action, you can teleport up to 10 feet before each attack At 3rd level, you gain the ability to peer at a creature
to an unoccupied space you can see. and magically discern how best to hurt it. As an action,
If you attack at least two different creatures with choose one creature you can see within 60 feet of you.
the action, you can make one additional attack with it You immediately learn whether the creature has any
against a third creature. damage immunities, resistances, or vulnerabilities and
What they are. If the creature is hidden from divination
SPECTRAL DEFENSE magic, you sense that it has no damage immunities, re
At 15th level, your ability to move between planes
sistances, or vulnerabilities.
enables you to slip through the planar boundaries to
You can use this feature a number of times equal to
lessen the harm done to you during battle. When you
your Wisdom modier (minimum of once). You regain all
take damage from an attack, you can use your reaction
expended uses of it when you nish a long rest.
to give yourself resistance to all of that attacks damage
on this turn. SLAYERS PREY
Starting at 3rd level, you can focus your ire on one foe,
MONSTER SLAYER increasing the harm you inict on it. As a bonus action,
You have dedicated yourself to hunting down creatures you designate one creature you can see within 60 feet of
of the night and wielders of grim magic. A Monster you as the target of this feature. The rst time each turn
Slayer seeks out vampires, dragons, evil fey, ends, and that you hit that target with a weapon attack, it takes an
other magical threats. Trained in supernatural tech- extra 1d6 damage from the weapon.
niques to overcome such monsters, Slayers are experts This benet lasts until you nish a short or long rest. It
at unearthing and defeating mighty, mystical foes. ends early if you designate a different creature.


At 7th level, you gain extra resilience against your preys
Ranger Level Feature
assaults on your mind and body. Whenever the target
3rd Monster Slayer Magic, Hunters Sense, of your Slayers Prey forces you to make a saving throw
Slayer's Prey and whenever you make an ability check to escape that
Tth Supernatural Defense targets grapple, add 1d6 to your roll.
llth Magic-Users Nemesis
15th Slayer's Counter
At 11th level, you gain the ability to thwart someone
elses magic. When you see a creature casting a spell or
teleporting within 60 feet of you, you can use your reac-
Starting at 3rd level, you learn an additional spell
tion to try to magically foil it. The creature must succeed
when you reach certain levels in this class, as shown
on a Wisdom saving throw against your spell save DC,
in the Monster Slayer Spells table. The spell counts as
or its spell or teleport fails and is wasted.
a ranger spell for you, but it doesnt count against the
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again until
number of ranger spells you know.
you nish a short or long rest.


Ranger Level Spell At 15th level, you gain the ability to counterattack when
3rd protectionfrom evil and good your prey tries to sabotage you. If the target of your Slayd
ers Prey forces you to make a saving throw, you can use
5th zone oftrutli
your reaction to make one weapon attack against the
9th magic: circle
quarry. You make this attack immediately before making
13th banishment the saving throw. If your attack hits, your save automatir
lith hold monster cally succeeds, in addition to the attacks normal effects.
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character cant resist when the opportunity presents it-
self, even if giving into it might mean trouble for you and
your companions?

d6 Pleasure
down into a dusty tomb is to bring back the prizes hidden 2 A smile from a pretty face
away there. Fighting isforfoois. Dead men cant spend 3 Anew ringfor your nger
4 The chance to deate someones ego
Barnabas Bladecutter
5 The nest food and drink
6 Adding to your collection ofexotic coins

When brute force wont get the job done, or when magic
isnt available or appropriate, the rogue rises to the
fore. With skills tied to stealth, subterfuge, and trickery, Naturally, those who enforce the law are bound to come
rogues can get into and out of trouble in ways that few up against those who break it, and it's the rare rogue
other characters can emulate. who isnt featured on at least one wanted poster. Beyond
Some rogues who turn to adventuring are former that, its in the nature of their profession that rogues
criminals who have decided that dodging monsters often come into contact with criminal elements, whether
is preferable to remaining one step ahead of the law. out of choice or necessity. Some of those people can be
Others are professional killers in search of a protable adversaries too, and theyre likely to be harder to deal
application of their talents between contracts. Some with than the average member of the city watch.
simply love the thrill of overcoming any challenge that If your characters backstory doesnt already include a
stands in their way. personage of this sort, you could work with your DM to
On adventures, a rogue is likely to mix an outwardly come up with a reason why an adversary has appeared
cautious approachfew rogues enjoy combatwith a in your life. Perhaps youve been the subject of scrutiny
ravenous hunger for loot. Most of the time, in a rogues for a while from someone who wants to use you for
mind, taking up arms against a creature is not about nefarious purposes and has just now become known to
killing the creature but about becoming the new owner you. Such an incident could be the basis for an upcom-
of its treasure. ing adventure.
The following sections explore certain facets of what it Does your rogue character have an adversary who
means to be a rogue, which you can use to add depth to also happens to be a criminal? lfso, how is this relation-
your character. ship affecting your life?


Most of what rogues do revolves around obtaining trea d6 Adversary
sure and preventing others from doing the same. Little l The pirate captain on whose ship you once served;
gets in the way of attaining those goals, except that what you call moving on, the captain calls mutiny
many rogues are enticed away from that path by a com 2 A master spy to whom you unwittingly fed bad
pulsion that clouds their thinkingan irresistible need information, which led to the assassination ofthe
that must be satised, even if doing so is risky.
wrong target
A rogues guilty pleasure could be the acquisition
3 The master ofthe local thieves' guild, who wants
of a physical item, something to be experienced, or a
way of conducting oneself at certain times. One rogue you to join the organization or leave town
might not be able to pass up any loot made of silver, for 4 An art collector who uses illegal means to acquire
instance, even if said loot is hanging around the neck masterpieces
of a castle guard. Another one cant go through a day 5 A fence who uses you as a messenger to set up
in the city without lifting a purse or two, just to keep illicit meetings
in practice. 6 The proprietor ofan illegal pit ghting arena where
you once took bets
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Few rogues make it far in life before needing someones At 3rd level, a rogue gains the Roguish Archetype fea-
help, which means thereafter owing that benefactor a ture. The following options are available to a rogue,
signicant debt. in addition to those offered in the Players Handbook:
If your characters backstory doesnt already include a the Inquisitive, the Mastermind, the Scout, and the
personage of this sort, you could work with your DM to Swashbuckler.
determine why a benefactor has appeared in your life.
Perhaps you beneted from something your benefactor INQUISITIVE
did for you without realizing who was responsible, and As an archetypal Inquisitive, you excel at rooting out se-
that person has now just become known to you. Who crets and unraveling mysteries. You rely on your sharp
helped you in the past, whether or not you knew it at the eye for detail, but also on your nely honed ability to
time, and what do you owe that person as recompense? read the words and deeds of other creatures to deter-
mine their true intent. You excel at defeating creatures
BENEFACTORS that hide among and prey upon ordinary folk, and your
d6 Benefactor mastery of lore and your keen deductions make you well
i A smuggler kept you from getting caught but lost a equipped to expose and end hidden evils.
valuable shipment in doing so. Now you owe that
person an equally valuable favor.
2 The Beggar King has hidden you from your pursu- Rogue Level Feature
ers many times, in return for future considerations. 3rd Ear for Deceit, Eye for Detail,
3 A magistrate once kept you out ofjail in return for Insightful Fighting
information on a powerful crime lord. 9th Steady Eye
4 Your parents used their savings to bail you out of 13th Unerring Eye
trouble in your younger days and are now destitute. 17th Eye for Weakness
5 A dragon didn't eat you when it had a chance, and
in return you promised to set aside choice pieces EAR FOR DEGEIT
oftreasure for it. When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you de
6 A druid once helped you out ofa tight spot; now velop a talent for picking out lies. Whenever you make a
any random animal you see could be that benefac Wisdom (Insight) check to determine whether a creature
tor, perhaps come to claim a return favor. is lying, treat a roll of 7 or lower on the c120 as an 8.
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a Wisdom (Perception) check to spot a hidden creature
or object or to make an Intelligence (Investigation)
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l, 1 At 3rd level, you gain the ability to decipher an oppo- When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you gain
nent's tactics and develop a counter to them. As a bonus prociency with the disguise kit, the forgery kit, and one
action, you can make a Wisdom (Insight) check against gaming set Of your choice. You also learn two languages
a creature you can see that isnt incapacitated, contested of your choice.
by the targets Charisma (Deception) check. If you suc Additionally, you can unerringly mimic the speech
ceed, you can use your Sneak Attack against that target patterns and accent of a creature that you hear speak
even if you dont have advantage on the attack roll, but for at least 1 minute, enabling you to pass yourself off as
not if you have disadvantage on it. a native speaker of a particular land, provided that you
This benet lasts for 1 minute or until you success- know the language.
fully use this feature against a different target.
'. STEADY EYE Starting at 3rd level, you can use the Help action as a
Starting at 9th level, you have advantage on any Wisdom bonus action. Additionally, when you use the Help action
(Perception) or Intelligence (Investigation) check if you to aid an ally in attacking a creature, the target of that
move no more than half your speed on the same turn. attack can be within 30 feet of you, rather than within 5
feet of you, if the target can see or hear you.
Beginning at 13th level, your senses are almost im INSIGHTFUL MANIPULATOR
possible to foil. As an action, you sense the presence Starting at 9th level, if you spend at least 1 minute
of illusions, shapechangers not in their original form, observing or interacting with another creature outside
and other magic designed to deceive the senses within combat, you can learn certain information about its ca
30 feet of you, provided you arent blinded or deafened. pabilities compared to your own. The DM tells you if the
You sense that an effect is attempting to trick you, creature is your equal, superior, or inferior in regard to
but you gain no insight into what is hidden or into its two of the following characteristics of your choice:
true nature. - Intelligence score
You can use this feature a number of times equal to - Wisdom score
your Wisdom modier (minimum of once), and you re- - Charisma score
gain all expended uses of it when you nish a long rest. . Class levels (if any)

EYE FOR WEAKNESS At the DMs option, you might also realize you know a
At 17th level, you learn to exploit a creatures weak piece of the creatures history or one of its personality
nesses by carefully studying its tactics and movement. traits, if it has any.
While your Insightful Fighting feature applies to a crea-
ture, your Sneak Attack damage against that creature
increases by 3d6. Beginning at 13th level, you can sometimes cause an-
other creature to suffer an attack meant for you. When
MASTERMIND you are targeted by an attack while a creature within 5
feet of you is granting you cover against that attack, you
Your focus is on people and on the inuence and secrets can use your reaction to have the attack target that crea
they have. Many spies, courtiers, and schemers follow ture instead of you.
this archetype, leading lives of intrigue. Words are your
weapons as often as knives or poison, and secrets and SOUL OF DECEIT
favors are some of your favorite treasures. Starting at 17th level, your thoughts cant be read by
telepathy or other means, unless you allow it. You can
MASTERMIND FEATURES present false thoughts by succeeding on a Charisma
..y Rogue Level Feature (Deception) check contested by the mind readers Wis
__' 3rd Master of Intrigue, Master ofTactics dom (Insight) check.
Additionally, no matter what you say, magic that would
in}; __ 9th Insightful Manipulator
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being truthful if you so choose, and you cant be com-
17th Soul of Deceit pelled to tell the truth by magic.
Rogue Level Feature
You are skilled in stealth and surviving far from the
streets of a city, allowing you to scout ahead of your 3rd Fancy Footwork, Rakish Audacity
companions during expeditions. Rogues who embrace 9th Panache
this archetype are at home in the wilderness and among 13th Elegant Maneuver
barbarians and rangers, and many Scouts serve as the 17th Master Duelist
eyes and ears of war bands. Ambusher, spy, bounty
hunter#these are just a few of the roles that Scouts as-
sume as they range the world.
When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you learn
how to land a strike and then slip away without reprisal.
During your turn, if you make a melee attack against a
Rogue Level Feature creature, that creature cant make opportunity attacks
3rd Skirmisher, Survivalist against you for the rest ofyour turn.
9th Superior Mobility
Ambush Master
Starting at 3rd level, your condence propels you into
Nth Sudden Strike
battle. You can give yourself a bonus to your initiative
rolls equal to your Charisma modier.
SKIRMISHER You also gain an additional way to use your Sneak At
Starting at 3rd level, you are difcult to pin down during tack; you dont need advantage on the attack roll to use
a ght. You can move up to half your speed as a reaction your Sneak Attack against a creature if you are within 5
when an enemy ends its turn within 5 feet of you. This feet of it, no other creatures are within 5 feet of you, and
movement doesnt provoke opportunity attacks. you dont have disadvantage on the attack roll. All the
other rules for Sneak Attack still apply to you.
When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you gain PANACHE
prociency in the Nature and Survival skills if you dont At 9th level, your charm becomes extraordinarily be
already have it. Your prociency bonus is doubled for guiling. As an action, you can make a Charisma (Per-
any ability check you make that uses either of those pro suasion) check contested by a creatures Wisdom (In-
ciencies. sight) check. The creature must be able to hear you, and
the two of you must share a language.
SUPERIOR MOBILITY If you succeed on the check and the creature is hostile
At 9th level, your walking speed increases by 10 feet. If to you, it has disadvantage on attack rolls against tar-
you have a climbing or swimming speed, this increase gets other than you and cant make opportunity attacks
applies to that speed as well. against targets other than you. This effect lasts for 1
minute, until one of your companions attacks the target
or affects it with a spell, or until you and the target are
Starting at 13th level, you excel at leading ambushes
more than 60 feet apart.
and acting rst in a ght.
If you succeed on the check and the creature isnt
You have advantage on initiative rolls. In addition, the
hostile to you, it is charmed by you for 1 minute. While
rst creature you hit during the rst round of a combat
charmed, it regards you as a friendly acquaintance. This
becomes easier for you and others to strike; attack rolls
effect ends immediately if you or your companions do
against that target have advantage until the start of your
anything harmful to it.
next turn.

Starting at 13th level, you can use a bonus action on
Starting at 17th level, you can strike with deadly speed.
your turn to gain advantage on the next Dexterity (Ac
If you take the Attack action on your turn, you can make
robatics) or Strength (Athletics) check you make during
one additional attack as a bonus action. This attack can
the same turn.
benet from your Sneak Attack even if you have already
used it this turn, but you cant use your Sneak Attack MASTER DUELIST
against the same target more than once in a turn.
Beginning at 17th level, your mastery of the blade lets
you turn failure into success in combat. If you miss with
SW%SHBUCKLER an attack roll, you can roll it again with advantage. Once
You focus your training on the art of the blade, relying you do so, you cant use this feature again until you n-
on speed, elegance, and charm in equal parts. While ish a short or long rest.
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1 Your power arises from your family's bloodline.
You are related to some powerful creature, or you
inherited a blessing or a curse.
2 You are the reincarnation ofa being from another
plane ofexistence.
SORCERER 3 A powerful entity entered the world. Its magic
changed you.
4 Your birth was prophesied in an ancient text, and
is a birthright.
you are foretold to use your power for terrible ends.
Hennet, scion of Tiamat
5 You are the product of generations ofcareful, se
lective breeding.
When it comes to drawing forth their abilities in times 6 You were made in a vat by an alchemist.
of need, sorcerers have it easy compared to other char
acters. Their power not only rests within them, but it
likely takes some effort to keep it at bay. Every sorcerer
is born to the role, or stumbles into it through cosmic When a new sorcerer enters the world, either at birth
chance. Unlike other characters, who must actively or later when ones power becomes evident, the con-
learn, embrace, and pursue their talents, sorcerers have sequences of that event depend greatly on how its wit-
their power thrust upon them. nesses react to what they have seen.
Because the idea of an innately magical being trav When your sorcerers powers appeared, how did the
eling among them does not sit well with many folk, world around you respond? Were other people support-
sorcerers tend to breed mistrust and suspicion in others ive, fearful, or somewhere in between?
they come across. Nonetheless, many sorcerers succeed
in overcoming that prejudice through deeds that benet REACTIONS
their less magically gifted contemporaries. d6 Reaction
Sorcerers are often dened by the events surrounding 1 Your powers are seen as a great blessing by those
the manifestation of their power. For those who receive
around you, and you are expected to use them in
it as an expected birthright, its appearance is a cause
service to your community.
for celebration. Other sorcerers are treated as outcasts,
2 Your powers caused destruction and even a death
banished from their homes after the sudden, terrifying
arrival of their abilities. when they became evident, and you were treated
Playing a sorcerer character can be as rewarding as it as a criminal.
is challenging. The sections below offer suggestions on 3 Your neighbors hate and fear your power, causing
how to esh out and personalize your persona. them to shun you.
4 You came to the attention ofa sinister cult that
ARCANE ORIGIN plans on exploiting your abilities.
Some sorcerers understand where their power came 5 Peeple around you believe that your powers are a
from, based on how their abilities manifested. Others curse levied on your family for a past transgression.
can only speculate, since their powers came to them in a 6 Your powers are believed to be tied to an ancient
way that suggests no particular cause. line ofmad kings that supposedly ended in a
Does your character know the source of your magi bloody revolt over a century ago.
cal power? Does it tie back to some distant relative, a
cosmic event, or blind chance? If your sorcerer doesnt
know where their power arose from, your DM can use
this table (or select an origin) and reveal it to you when A sorcerer at rest is almost indistinguishable from a
the information plays a role in the campaign. normal person; its only when their magic ies forth that
sorcerers reveal their true nature. Even so, many sorcer-
ers have a subtle but telling physical trait that sets them
apart from other folk.

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If your sorcerer has a supernatural mark, it might be by a telltale sign that makes it clear where that magical
one thats easily concealed, or it could be a source of energy came from.
pride that you keep on constant display. When your sorcerer character casts a spell, does the
effort reveal itself in a sign of sorcery? Is this sign tied to
SUPERNATURAL MARKS your origin or some other aspect of who you are, or is it
a seemingly random phenomenon?
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Your eyes are an unusual color, such as red. SIGNS or Soncsnv

You have an extra toe on one foot.

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One ofyour ears is noticeably larger than the other.
l You deliver the verbal components ofyour spells in
Your hair grows at a prodigious rate.
the booming voice ofa titan.
You wrinkle your nose repeatedly while you are
For a moment after you cast a spell, the area
around you grows dark and gloomy.
6 A red splotch appears on your neck once a day,
You sweat profusely while casting a spell and for a
then vanishes after an hour.
few seconds thereafter.
Your hair and garments are briey buffeted about,
as ifby a breeze, whenever you call forth a spell.
As the world well knows, some sorcerers are better than Ifyou are standing when you cast a spell, you rise
others at controlling their spellcasting. Sometimes a six inches into the air and gently oat back down.
wild display of magic gone awry emanates from a sor-
Illusory blue flames wreathe your head as you be-
cerer who casts a spell. But even when ones magic goes
gin your casting, then abruptly disappear.
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in addition to those offered in the Player's Handbook:
Divine Soul, Shadow Magic, and Storm Sorcery.

DIVINE SOUL the outcome. Once you use this feature, you cant use it
Sometimes the spark of magic that fuels a sorcerer again until you nish a short or long rest.
comes from a divine source that glimmers within the
soul. Having such a blessed soul is a sign that your EMPOWERED HEALING
innate magic might come from a distant but powerful fa- Starting at 6th level, the divine energy coursing through
milial connection to a divine being. Perhaps your ances you can empower healing spells. Whenever you or
tor was an angel, transformed into a mortal and sent to an ally within 5 feet of you rolls dice to determine the
ght in a gods name. Or your birth might align with an number of hit points a spell restores, you can spend 1
ancient prophecy, marking you as a servant of the gods sorcery point to reroll any number of those dice once,
or a chosen vessel of divine magic. provided you aren't incapacitated. You can use this fea-
A Divine Soul, with a natural magnetism, is seen as a ture only once per turn.
threat by some religious hierarchies. As an outsider who
commands sacred power, a Divine Soul can undermine OTHERWORLDLY WINGS
an existing order by claiming a direct tie to the divine. Starting at 14th level, you can use a bonus action to
In some cultures, only those who can claim the power manifest a pair of spectral wings from your back. While
of a Divine Soul may command religious power. In the wings are present, you have a ying speed of 30 feet.
these lands, ecclesiastical positions are dominated by a The wings last until you're incapacitated, you die, or you
few bloodlines and preserved over generations. dismiss them as a bonus action.
The afnity you chose for your Divine Magic feature
DIvINE SOUL FEATURES determines the appearance of the spectral wings: eagle
wings for good or law, bat wings for evil or chaos, and
Sorcerer Level Feature
dragony wings for neutrality.
lst Divine Magic, Favored by the Gods
6th Empowered Healing UN EARTHLY RECOVERY
14th Otherworldly Wings At 18th level, you gain the ability to overcome grievous
13th Unearthly Recovery injuries. As a bonus action when you have fewer than
half of your hit points remaining, you can regain a num-
ber of hit points equal to half your hit point maximum.
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again until
Your link to the divine allows you to learn spells from
you nish a long rest.
the cleric class. When your Spellcasting feature lets you
learn or replace a sorcerer cantrip or a sorcerer spell of
1st level or higher, you can choose the new spell from
the cleric spell list or the sorcerer spell list. You must You are a creature of shadow, for your innate magic
otherwise obey all the restrictions for selecting the comes from the Shadowfell itself. You might trace your
spell, and it becomes a sorcerer spell for you. lineage to an entity from that place, or perhaps you were
In addition, choose an afnity for the source of your exposed to its fell energy and transformed by it.
divine power: good, evil, law, chaos, or neutrality. You The power of shadow magic casts a strange pall over
learn an additional spell based on that afnity, as shown your physical presence. The spark of life that sustains
below. It is a sorcerer spell for you, but it doesnt count you is mufed, as if it struggles to remain viable against
against your number of sorcerer spells known. Ifyou the dark energy that imbues your soul. At your option,
later replace this spell, you must replace it with a Spell you can pick from or roll on the Shadow Sorcerer
from the cleric spell list. Quirks table to create a quirk for your character.


Good cure wounds d6 Quirk
Evil inict wounds I You are always icy cold to the touch.
Law bless 2 When you are asleep, you dont appear to breathe
Chaos bone (though you must still breathe to survive).
Neutrality protectionfrom evil and good 3 You barely bleed, even when badly injured.
Your heart beats once per minute. This event
FAVORED BY THE GODS sometimes surprises you.
Starting at 1st level, divine power guards your destiny. 5 You have trouble remembering that living creatures
Ifyou fail a saving throw or miss with an attack roll, you and corpses should be treated differently.
can roll 2d4 and add it to the total, possibly changing 6 You blinked. Once. Last week.
Level Feature
lst Eyes ofthe Dark, Strength ofthe Grave
3rd Eyes ofthe Dark (darkness)
6th Hound of III Omen
14th Shadow Walk
18th Umbral Form


Starting at lst level, you have darkvision with a range
of 120 feet.
When you reach 3rd level in this class, you learn
the darkness spell, which doesnt count against your
number of sorcerer spells known. In addition, you can
cast it by spending 2 sorcery points or by expending a
spell slot. If you cast it with sorcery points, you can see
through the darkness created by the spell.


Starting at lst level, your existence in a twilight state be-
tween life and death makes you difcult to defeat. When
damage reduces you to 0 hit points, you can make a
Charisma saving throw (DC 5 + the damage taken). On
a success, you instead drop to 1 hit point. You cant use
this feature if you are reduced to 0 hit points by radiant
damage or by a critical hit.
After the saving throw succeeds, you cant use this but only against its target. Additionally, while the hound
feature again until you nish a long rest. is within 5 feet of the target, the target has disadvantage
on saving throws against any spell you cast. The hound
HOUND or ILL OMEN disappears if it is reduced to 0 hit points, if its target is
At 6th level, you gain the ability to call. forth a howling reduced to 0 hit points, or after 5 minutes.
creature of darkness to harass your foes. As a bonus
action, you can spend 3 sorcery points to magically SHADOW WALK
summon a hound of ill omen to target one creature you At 14th level, you gain the ability to step from one
can see within 120 feet of you. The hound uses the dire shadow into another. When you are in dim light or dark-
wolfs statistics (see the Monster Manual or appendix C ness, as a bonus action, you can magically teleport up to
in the Players Handbook), with the following changes: 120 feet to an unoccupied space you can see that is also
in dim light or darkness.
. The hound is size Medium, not Large, and it counts as
a monstrosity, not a beast. UMBRAL FORM
- It appears with a number of temporary hit points
Starting at 18th level, you can spend 6 sorcery points
equal to half your sorcerer level.
as a bonus action to magically transform yourself into
- It can move through other creatures and objects as a shadowy form. In this form, you have resistance to
if they were difcult terrain. The bound takes 5 force all damage except force and radiant damage, and you
damage if it ends its turn inside an object. can move through other creatures and objects as if they
- At the start of its turn, the hound automatically knows
were difcult terrain. You take 5 force damage if you end
its target's location. If the target was hidden, it is no your turn inside an object.
longer hidden from the hound. You remain in this form for 1 minute. It ends early if
The hound appears in an unoccupied space of your you are incapacitated, if you die, or if you dismiss it as a
choice within 30 feet of the target. Roll initiative for the bonus action.
hound. On its turn, it can move only toward its target by
the most direct route, and it can use its action only to at- STORM SORCERY
tack its target. The hound can make opportunity attacks, Your innate magic comes from the power of elemental
air. Many with this power can trace their magic back to
a near-death experience caused by the Great Rain, but
perhaps you were born during a howling gale so power-
ful that folk still tell stories of it, or your lineage might
include the influence of potent air creatures such as
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crew. Their magic allows them to exert control over At 6th level, you gain resistance to lightning and thunder
wind and weather in their immediate area. Their abili- damage. In addition, whenever you start casting a spell
ties also prove useful in repelling attacks by sahuagin, of 1st level or higher that deals lightning or thunder
pirates, and other waterborne threats. damage, stormy magic erupts from you. This eruption
causes creatures of your choice that you can see within
STORM SORCERY FEATURES 10 feet of you to take lightning or thunder damage
Sorcerer (choose each time this ability activates) equal to half
Level Feature your sorcerer level.
lst Wind Speaker, Tempestuous Magic
6th Heart of the Storm, Storm Guide
At 6th level, you gain the ability to subtly control the
14th Storms Fury weather around you.
18th Wind Soul Ifit is raining, you can use an action to cause the rain
to stop falling in a 20-footradius sphere centered on
WIND SPEAKER you. You can end this effect as a bonus action.
The arcane magic you command is infused with ele- If it is windy, you can use a bonus action each
mental air. You can speak, read, and write Primordial. round to choose the direction that the wind blows in a
Knowing this language allows you to understand and IOO-foot-radius sphere centered on you. The wind blows
be understood by those who speak its dialects: Aquan, in that direction until the end of your next turn. This fea-
Auran, Ignan, and Terran. ture doesn't alter the speed of the wind.


Starting at 1st level, you can use a bonus action on your Starting at 14th level, when you are hit by a melee at-
turn to cause whirling gusts of elemental air to briey tack, you can use your reaction to deal lightning damage
surround you, immediately before or after you cast a to the attacker. The damage equals your sorcerer level.
spell of 1st level or higher. Doing so allows you to y up The attacker must also make a Strength saving throw
to 10 feet without provoking opportunity attacks. against your sorcerer spell save DC. On a failed save,
the attacker is pushed in a straight line up to 20 feet
away from you.

At 18th level, you gain immunity to lightning and thun-
der damage.
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action. you can reduce your ying speed to 30 feet for 1
hour and choose a number of creatures within 30 feet
of you equal to 3 + your Charisma modier. The chosen
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1 Your patron has guided and helped your family for
generations and is kindly toward you.
2 Each interaction with your capricious patron is a
surprise, whether pleasant or painful.
3 Your patron is the spirit ofa long-dead hero who
WARLOCK sees your pact as a way for it to continue to inu-
ence the world.
YOU THINK ME new? ITHINK TRUE INSANITY IS BEING 4 Your patron is a strict disciplinarian but treats you
content to live o life of mortal drudgery when l-rnowledge with a measure of respect.
ondporoer is therefor the tohingin the realm beyond. 5 Your patron tricked you into a pact and treats you
Xarren. herald of Acamar as a slave.
6 You are mostly left to your own devices with no in-
terference from your patron. Sometimes you dread
Warlocks are nders and keepers of secrets. They push
at the edge of our understanding of the world, always the demands it will make when it does appear.
seeking to expand their expertise. Where sages or wiz
ards might heed a clear sign of danger and end their SPECIAL TERMS OF THE PACT
research, a warlock plunges ahead, heedless of the cost. A pact can range from a loose agreement to a formal
Thus, it takes a peculiar mixture of intelligence, curios contract with lengthy, detailed clauses and lists of re
ity, and recklessness to produce a warlock. Many folk quirements. The terms of a pactwhat a warlock must
would describe that combination as evidence of mad- do to receive a patrons favorare always dictated by
ness. Warlocks see it as a demonstration of bravery. the patron. On occasion, those terms include a special
Warlocks are dened by two elements that work proviso that might seem odd or whimsical, but warlocks
in concert to forge their path into this class. The rst take these dictates as seriously as they do the other re-
element is the event or circumstances that led to a quirements of their pacts.
warlocks entering into a pact with a planar entity. The Does your character have a pact that requires you
second one is the nature of the entity a warlock is bound to change your behavior in an unusual or seemingly
to. Unlike clerics, who typically embrace a deity and that frivolous way? Even if your patron hasnt imposed
gods ethos, a warlock might have no love for a patron, such a duty on you already, thats not to say it couldn't
or vice versa. still happen.
The sections that follow provide ways to embellish a
warlock character that could generate some intriguing SPECIAL TERMS
story and roleplaying opportunities.
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PATRONS ATTITUDE 1 When directed, you must take immediate action
against a specic enemy ofyour patron.
Every relationship is a two-way street, but in the case of
2 Your pact tests your willpower; you are required to
warlocks and their patrons its not necessarily true that
both sides of the street are the same width or made of abstain from alcohol and other intoxicants.
the same stuff. The feeling that a warlock holds for their 3 At least once a day, you must inscribe or carve your
patron, whether positive or negative, might be recipro- patrons name or symbol on the wall ofa building.
cated by the patron, or the two participants in the pact 4 You must occasionally conduct bizarre rituals to
might view one another with opposing emotions. maintain your pact.
When you determine the attitude your warlock charac 5 You can never wear the same outt twice, since
ter holds toward your patron, also consider how things your patron nds such predictability to be boring.
look from the patrons perspective. How does your pa~ 6 When you use an eldritch invocation, you must I _..-<'_"._-/y
tron behave toward you? Is your patron a friend and ally, speak your patrons name aloud or risk incurring
or an enemy that grants you power only because you
its displeasure.
forced a pact upon it?
At 1st level, a warlock gains the Otherworldly Patron
feature. The following options are available to a warlock,
in addition to those offered in the Pfayers Handbook:
the Celestial and the Hexblade.

Your patron is a powerful being of the Upper Planes.
You have bound yourself to an ancient empyrean, solar,
ki-rin, unicorn, or other entity that resides in the planes
of everlasting bliss. Your pact with that being allows you
to experience the barest touch of the holy light that illu
minates the multiverse.
Being connected to such power can cause changes in
your behavior and beliefs. You might nd yourself driven
to annihilate the undead, to defeat ends, and to protect
the innocent. At times, your heart might also be lled
with a longing for the celestial realm of your patron,
and a desire to wander that paradise for the rest of your
days. But you know that your mission is among mortals
for now, and that your pact binds you to bring light to the
dark places of the world.

Level Feature
lst Expanded Spell List, Bonus Cantrips,
Healing Light
6th Radiant Soul
10th Celestial Resilience
14th Searing Vengeance


BINDING MARK The Celestial lets you choose from an expanded list of
Some patrons make a habit of, and often enjoy, mark- spells when you learn a warlock spell. The following
ing the warlocks under their sway in some fashion. A spells are added to the warlock spell list for you.
binding mark makes it cleart0 those who know about
such thingsthat the individual in question is bound to CELESTIAL EXPANDED SPELLS
the patrons service. A warlock might take advantage of Spell Level Spells
such a mark, claiming it as proof of ones pact, or might
lst care wounds, guiding bolt
want to keep it under wraps (if possible) to avoid the dif-
culties it might bring. 2nd aming sphere, lesser restoration
If your warlocks pact comes with a binding mark, 3rd daylight, revivify
how you feel about displaying it probably depends on the 4th guardian offaith, wall ofre
nature of your relationship with the one who gave it to 5th ame strike, greater restoration
you. Is the mark a source of pride or something you are
secretly ashamed of? BONUS CANTRIPS
At 1st level, you learn the light and sacred ame can-
BINDING MARKS trips. They count as warlock cantrips for you, but they
d6 Mark dont count against your number of cantrips known.
1 One ofyour eyes looks the same as one ofyour
patron's eyes.
At lst level, you gain the ability to channel celestial
2 Each time you wake up, the small blemish on your
energy to heal wounds. You have a pool of d6s that you
face appears in a different place. spend to fuel this healing. The number of dice in the
3 You display outward symptoms ofa disease but pool equals 1 + your warlock level.
suffer no ill effects from it. As a bonus action, you can heal one creature you can
sir-w] 4 Your tongue is an unnatural color. see within 60 feet of you, spending dice from the pool.
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You have a vestigial tail. The maximum number of dice you can spend at once
6 Your nose glows in the dark. equals your Charisma modier (minimum of one die).
Roll the dice you spend, add them together, and restore EXPANDED SPELL LIST
a number of hit points equal to the total. The Hexblade lets you choose from an expanded list of
Your pool regains all expended dice when you nish a spells when you learn a warlock spell. The following
long rest. spells are added to the warlock spell list for you.


Starting at 6th level, your link to the Celestial allows
Spell Level Spells
you to serve as a conduit for radiant energy. You have
lst shield, wratbfal smite
resistance to radiant damage, and when you cast a spell
that deals radiant or re damage, you can add your Cha- 2nd blur, branding smite
risma modier to one radiant or re damage roll of that 3rd blink, elemental weapon
spell against one of its targets. 4th pbantasmal killer, staggering smite
5th banishing smite, cone ofcold
Starting at 10th level, you gain temporary hit points
whenever you nish a short or long rest. These tempo
Starting at lst level, you gain the ability to place a bale
rary hit points equal your warlock level + your Charisma
ful curse on someone. As a bonus action, choose one
modier. Additionally, choose up to ve creatures you
creature you can see within 30 feet of you. The target is
can see at the end of the rest. Those creatures each gain
cursed for 1 minute. The curse ends early if the target
temporary hit points equal to half your warlock level +
dies, you die, or you are incapacitated. Until the curse
your Charisma modier.
ends, you gain the following benets:
BEARING VENGEANCE - You gain a bonus to damage rolls against the cursed
Starting at 14th level, the radiant energy you channel target. The bonus equals your prociency bonus.
allows you to resist death. When you have to make a - Any attack roll you make against the cursed target is a
death saving throw at the start of your turn, you can critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20 on the d20.
instead spring back to your feet with a burst of radiant . If the cursed target dies, you regain hit points equal
energy. You regain hit points equal to half your hit point to your warlock level + your Charisma modier (mini-
maximum, and then you stand up if you so choose. Each mum of 1 hit point).
creature of your choice that is within 30 feet of you takes
You cant use this feature again until you nish a short
radiant damage equal to 2d8 + your Charisma modier,
or long rest.
and it is blinded until the end of the current turn.
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again until HEX WARRIOR
you nish a long rest. At lst level, you acquire the training necessary to effec-
tively arm yourself for battle. You gain prociency with
THE HEXBLADE medium armor, shields, and martial weapons.
You have made your pact with a mysterious entity from The inuence of your patron also allows you to mys-
the Shadowfella force that manifests in sentient magic tically channel your will through a particular weapon.
weapons carved from the stuff of shadow. The mighty Whenever you nish a long rest, you can touch one
sword Blaclrrazor is the most notable of these weapons, weapon that you are procient with and that lacks
which have been spread across the multiverse over the the two-handed property. When you attack with that
ages. The shadowy force behind these weapons can weapon, you can use your Charisma modier, instead of
offer power to warlocks who form pacts with it. Many Strength or Dexterity, for the attack and damage rolls.
hexhlade warlocks create weapons that emulate those This benet lasts until you nish a long rest. If you later
formed in the Shadowfell. Others forgo such arms,

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you can apply the curse to a different creature you can
see within 30 feet of you, provided you arent inca
pacitated. When you apply the curse in this way, you
dont regain hit points from the death of the previously
cursed creature.

At 2nd level, a warlock gains the Eldritch lnvocations
feature. Here are new options for that feature, in addi
tion to the options in the Players Handbook.
If an eldritch invocation has a prerequisite, you must
meet it to learn the invocation. You can learn the invo~
cation at the same time that you meet its prerequisite. A
level prerequisite refers to your level in this class.


Prerequisite: Pact of the Tome feature
You no longer need to sleep and cant be forced to sleep
WARLOCK or THE Hexamos
by any means. To gain the benets of a long rest, you
can spend all 8 hours doing light activity, such as read-
ing your Book of Shadows and keeping watch.
gain the Pact of the Blade feature, this benet extends
to every pact weapon you conjure with that feature, no CLOAK or FLIEs
matter the weapons type. Prerequisite: 5th level
As a bonus action, you can surround yourself with a
ACCURSED SPECTER magical aura that looks like buzzing flies. The aura ex-
Starting at 6th level, you can curse the soul of a person tends 5 feet from you in every direction, but not through
you slay, temporarily binding it to your service. When
total cover. It lasts until youre incapacitated or you dis-
you slay a humanoid, you can cause its Spirit to rise from miss it as a bonus action.
its corpse as a specter, the statistics for which are in
The aura grants you advantage on Charisma (Intimi-
the Monster Manual. When the specter appears, it gains
dation) checks but disadvantage on all other Charisma
temporary hit points equal to half your warlock level.
checks. Any other creature that starts its turn in the
Roll initiative for the specter, which has its own turns.
aura takes poison damage equal to your Charisma mod-
It obeys your verbal commands, and it gains a special ier (minimum of O damage).
bonus to its attack rolls equal to your Charisma modier Once you use this invocation, you cant use it again
(minimum of +0). until you nish a short or long rest.
The specter remains in your service until the end of
your next long rest, at which point it vanishes to the ELDRITCH SMITE
afterlife. Prerequisite: 5th level, Pact of the Blade feature
Once you bind a specter with this feature, you cant
Once per turn when you hit a creature with your pact
use the feature again until you finish a long rest.
weapon, you can expend a warlock spell slot to deal an
ARMOR or HEXES extra 1d8 force damage to the target, plus another 14:18
At 10th level, your hex grows more powerful. If the tar- per level of the spell slot, and you can knock the target
get cursed by your Hexblades Curse hits you with an prone if it is Huge or smaller.
attack roll, you can use your reaction to roll a d6. On a
4 or higher, the attack instead misses you, regardless
Prerequisite: 7th level
of its roll.
As an action, you gain the ability to see through solid
MASTER OF HEXES objects to a range of 30 feet. Within that range, you have
Starting at 14th level, you can spread your Hexblades darkvision if you dont already have it. This special sight
Curse from a slain creature to another creature. When lasts for 1 minute or until your concentration ends (as
if you were concentrating on a spell). During that time, port up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space you can see
you perceive objects as ghostly, transparent images. within 5 feet of the target cursed by your hex spell or by
Once you use this invocation, you cant use it again a warlock feature of yours, such as Hexblades Curse or
until you nish a short or long rest. Sign of 111 Omen. To teleport in this way, you must be
able to see the cursed target.
Prerequisite: 5th level SHROUD or SHADOW
You can breathe underwater, and you gain a swimming Prerequisite: 15th level
speed equal to your walking speed. You can cast invisibility at will, without expending a
You can also cast water breathing once without ex- spell slot.
pending a spell slot. You regain the ability to do so when
you nish a long rest. TOMB or LEVISTUS
Prerequisite: 5th level
As a reaction when you take damage, you can entomb
Prerequisite: Pact of the Chain feature
yourself in ice, which melts away at the end of your
Whenever you regain hit points while your familiar is next turn. You gain 10 temporary hit points per warlock
within 100 feet of you, treat any dice rolled to determine level, which take as much of the triggering damage as
the hit points you regain as having rolled their maxi- possible. Immediately after you take the damage, you
mum value for you. gain vulnerability to re damage, your speed is reduced
to 0, and you are incapacitated. These effects, including
GRASP or HADAR any remaining temporary hit points, all end when the
Prerequisite: eldritch blast cantrip ice melts.
Once on each of your turns when you hit a creature Once you use this invocation, you cant use it again
with your eldritcli blast, you can move that creature in a until you nish a short or long rest.
straight line 10 feet closer to you.
IMPROVED PACT WEAPON Prerequisite: 7th level
Prerequisite: Pact of the Blade feature You can cast freedom of movement once on yourself
You can use any weapon you summon with your Pact of without expending a spell slot. You regain the ability to
the Blade feature as a spellcasting focus for your waru do so when you nish a long rest.
lock spells.
In addition, the weapon gains a +1 bonus to its attack
and damage rolls, unless it is a magic weapon that al-
ready has a bonus to those rolls.
Finally, the weapon you conjure can be a shortbow,
longbow, light crossbow, or heavy crossbow.

Prerequisite: eldritch blast cantrip
Once on each of your turns when you hit a creature with
your eldritch blast, you can reduce that creatures speed
by 10 feet until the end of your next turn.

Prerequisite: 5th level, hex spell or a warlock feature
that curses
As a bonus action, you cause a psychic disturbance
around the target cursed by your he); spell or by a war-
lock feature of yours, such as Hexblades Curse or Sign
of Ill Omen. When you do so, you deal psychic damage
to the cursed target and each creature of your choice
that you can see within 5 feet of it. The psychic damage
equals your Charisma modier (minimum of 1 dam-
age). To use this invocation, you must be able to see the
cursed target, and it must be within 30 feet of you.

Prerequisite: 7th level, hex spell or a warlock feature
that curses
Your curse creates a temporary bond between you and
your target. As a bonus action, you can magically teler
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l A tome with pages that are thin sheets ofmetal,
spells etched into them with acid
2 Long straps ofleather on which spells are written,
wrapped around a stafffor ease oftransport
WIZARD 3 A battered tome lled with pictographs that only
4 Small stones inscribed with spells and kept in a
ofhoui and why magic works. and our efforts to broaden
cloth bag
that understanding, have brought about the key advances
5 A scorched book, ravaged by dragon re, with the
in civilization over the centuries. script ofyour spells barely visible on its pages
Gimble the illusionist 6 A tome full ofblack pages whose writing is visible
only in dim light or darkness
Only a select few people in the world are wielders of
magic. Ofall those, wizards stand at the pinnacle of AMBITION
the craft. Even the least of them can manipulate forces
that out the laws of nature, and the most accomplished
Few aspiring wizards undertake the study of magic
without some personal goal in mind. Many wizards use
among them can cast spells with world-shaking effects.
their spells as a tool to produce a tangible benet, in ma-
The price that wizards pay for their mastery is that
terial goods or in status, for themselves or their compan-
most valuable of commodities: time. It takes years of
ions. For others, the theoretical aspect of magic might
study, instruction, and experimentation to learn how to
have a strong appeal, pushing those wizards to seek out
harness magical energy and carry spells around in ones
knowledge that supports new theories of the arcane or
own mind. For adventuring wizards and other spellcast-
ers who aspire to the highest echelons of the profession, conrms old ones.
Beyond the obvious, why does your wizard character
the studying never ends, nor does the quest for knowl-
study magic, and what do you want to achieve? If you ha
edge and power.
vent given these questions much thought, you can do so
If you're playing a wizard, take advantage of the
now, and the answers you come up with will likely affect
opportunity to make your character more than just a
how your future unfolds.
stereotypical spell-slinger. Use the advice that follows to
add some intriguing details to how your wizard interacts
with the world.
d6 Ambition
SPELLBOOK 1 You will prove that the gods aren't as powerful as
Your wizard characters most prized possessionyour folk believe.
spellbookmight be an innocuous-looking volume Immortality is the end goal ofyour studies.
whose covers show no hint of whats inside. Or you 3 lfyou can fully understand magic, you can unlock
might display some air, as many wizards do, by car- its use for all and usher in an era of equality.
rying a spellbook of an unusual sort. If you dont own 4 Magic is a dangerous tool. You use it to protect
such an item already, one of your goals might be to nd what you treasure.
a spellbook that sets you apart by its appearance or its 5 Arcane power must be taken away from those who
means of manufacture.
would abuse it.
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Endless hours of solitary study and research can have
a negative effect on anyones social skills. Wizards, who /
are a breed apart to begin with, are no exception. An
odd mannerism or two is not necessarily a drawback,
though; an eccentricity of this sort is usually harmless
and could provide a source of amusement or serve as a
calling card of sorts.
If your character has an eccentricity, is it a physical
tic or a mental one? Are you well known in some circles
because of it? Do you ght to overcome it, or do you em-
brace this minor claim to fame of yours?

d6 Eccentricity
l You have the habit oftapping your foot incessantly,
which often annoys those around you.
2 Your memory is quite good, but you have no trou-
ble pretending to be absentminded when it suits
your purposes.
3 You never enter a room without looking to see
whats hanging from the ceiling.
4 Your most prized possession is a dead worm that
you keep inside a potion vial.
5 When you want people to leave you alone, you start
talking to yourself. That usually does the trick.
6 Your fashion sense and grooming, or more ac- WAR MAGE
curately lack thereof, sometimes cause others to
assume you are a beggar.
In great battles, a war mage often works with evokers,
ARCANE TRADITION abjurers, and other types of wizards. Evokers, in par
ticular, sometimes tease war mages for splitting their
At 2nd level, a wizard gains the Arcane Tradition fea attention between offense and defense. A war mages
ture. The following War Magic option is available to a typical response: What good is being able to throw a
wizard, in addition to the options offered in the Play mighty reball if I die before I can cast it?
eris Handbook.
Wizard Level Feature
A variety of arcane colleges specialize in training wiz 2nd Arcane Deection, Tactical Wit
ards for war. The tradition of War Magic blends princi-
6th Power Surge
ples of evocation and abjuration, rather than specializ
ing in either of those schools. It teaches techniques that
10th Durable Magic
empower a casters spells, while also providing methods 14th Deecting Shroud
for wizards to bolster their own defenses.
Followers of this tradition are known as war mages. ARCANE DEFLECTION
They see their magic as both a weapon and armor, a re At 2nd level, you have learned to weave your magic to
source superior to any piece of steel. War mages act fast fortify yourself against harm. When you are hit by an at-
in battle, using their spells to seize tactical control of a tack or you fail a saving throw, you can use your reaction
situation. Their spells strike hard, while their defensive to gain a +2 bonus to your AC against that attack or a +4 r

skills foil their opponents attempts to counterattack. bonus to that saving throw.
War mages are also adept at turning other spellcasters When you use this feature, you can't cast spells other
magical energy against them. than cantrips until the end of your next turn.
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TACTICAL WIT Once per turn when you deal damage to a creature
Starting at 2nd level, your keen ability to assess tactical or object with a wizard spell, you can spend one power
situations allows you to act quickly in battle. You can surge to deal extra force damage to that target. The ex-
give yourself a bonus to your initiative rolls equal to your tra damage equals half your wizard level.
Intelligence modier.
POWER SURGE Beginning at 10th level, the magic you channel helps
Starting at 6th level, you can store magical energy ward off harm. While you maintain concentration on a
within yourself to later empower your damaging spells. spell, you have a +2 bonus to AC and all saving throws.
In its stored form, this energy is called a power surge.
You can store a maximum number of power surges
At 14th level, your Arcane Deection becomes infused
equal to your Intelligence modier (minimum of one).
with deadly magic. When you use your Arcane Deec-
Whenever you nish a long rest, your number of power
tion feature, you can cause magical energy to are from
surges reset-s to one. Whenever you successfully end
you. Up to three creatures of your choice that you can
a spell with dispel magic or counterspel], you gain one
see within 60 feet of you each take force damage equal
power surge, as you steal magic from the spell you
to half your wizard level.
foiled. If you end a short rest with no power surges, you
gain one power surge.
The character creation rules in the Players Handbook
provide all the information you need to dene your char-
acter in preparation for a life of adventuring. What they
don't do is account for all the circumstances that shaped
your character during the years between your birth and
the start of your career as a member of a class.
What did your character accomplish or experience be-
fore deciding to become an adventurer? What were the
circumstances of your birth? How large is your family,
and what sorts of relationships do you have with your
relatives? Which people were the greatest inuences on
you during your formative years, for better or worse?
To answer these questions and more, you can use
the tables and the advice in this section tO compose a
well-developed backstory for your characteran auto-
biography of sortsthat you can use to inform how you
roleplay the character. Your DM can draw from this ma-
terial as the campaign proceeds, creating situations and
scenarios that build off your previous life experiences.


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you decide who your parents and siblings are, because

thats among the information youve already come up
with. But you can still use other parts, such as the sec- Personal Decisions. After you have selected your
tion on life events, to provide added depth and detail. character's background and class, use the appro
priate tables tO determine how you came to make
lfyoure comfortable with letting the dice decide a cer- Life Events. Your characters existence until now, no
tain fact about your character, go ahead and rOll. If not, matter how brief or uneventful, has been marked by one
you can take charge and make the decision, choosing or more life eventsmemorable happenings that have
from among the possibilities on a table. Of course, you had an effect on who you are today.
also have the option of disregarding the result Of a die Supplemental Tables. Your life has intersected with.
roll if it conflicts with another result. Likewise, if the the lives Of plenty Of other people, all the way from your
text instructs you to roll on a table, thats not meant tO infancy tO today. When a result mentions such a person,
be taken literally. You can always make your own choice. you can use the supplemental tables (page 72) to add
Although these tables are meant to augment the needed detailssuch as race, class, or occupationto
step-bystep character creation process in the Players that person. Some tables in the other sections direct you
Handbook, they dont occupy a specic place in that pro to one or more of the supplemental tables, and you can
cess. You can use some of them early onfor instance, also use them any other time you see t.
its possible to determine your parents and other family
members immediately after deciding your characters ORIGINS
racebut you could also wait until later in the process.
You might prefer to establish more facts about your The usual rst step in creating your characters life story
characters game identitysuch as your class, ability is to determine your early circumstances. Who were
scores, and alignmentbefore supplementing that infor- your parents? Where were you born? Did you have any
mation with whats offered here. siblings? Who raised you? You can address these ques
tions by using the following tables.
This material is divided into four sections, each address-
ing a different aspect of your characters backstory. You had parents, of course, even if they didn't raise you.
Origins. To nd out who and where you came from, To determine what you know about these people, use
use the Origins" section. When youre done, you will the Parents table. If you want, you can roll separately on
have a summary of facts about your parents, your sib- the table for your mother and your father. Use the sup-
lings, and the circumstances under which you grew up. plemental tables as desired (particularly Class, Occupai
tion, and Alignment) to learn more about your parents.
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0150 Home
PARENTS 5155 Home ofa family friend
lO Parents 5663 Home ofa healer or midwife
0195 You know who your parents are or were. 6465 Carriage, cart, or wagon
96-00 You do not know who your parents were. 6668 Barn, shed, or other outbuilding
6970 Cave
Nonhuman Parents. If your character is a half-elf, a 7172 Field
half-ore, or a tieing, you can use one of the tables below
7374 Forest
to determine the race of each of your parents. When you
7577 Temple
have a result, randomly determine which part of the re-
sult refers to your father and which to your mother. 78 Battleeld
7980 Alley or street
HALF-ELF PARENTS 8182 Brothel, tavern, or inn
d8 Parents 8384 Castle, keep, tower, or palace
15 One parent was an elfand the other was a human. 85 Sewer or rubbish heap
6 One parent was an elf and the other was a half-elf. 8688 Among people ofa di'erent race
7' One parent was a human and the other was a half- 899l On board a boat or a ship
elf. 9293 In a prison or in the headquarters ofa secret orga-
8 Both parents were halfelves. nization
9495 In a sages laboratory
HALF-ORC PARENTS 96 In the Feywild
97 in the Shadowfell
d8 Parents
98 On the Astral Plane or the Ethereal Plane
13 One parent was an orc and the other was a human.
99 On an Inner Plane ofyour choice
4-5 One parent was an ore and the other was a half-
orc. 00 On an Outer Plane ofyour choice
6? One parent was a human and the other was a half-
You might be an only child or one of many children.
8 Both parents were half-ores.
Your siblings could be cherished friends or hated rivals.
Roll on the Number of Siblings table to determine how
TIEFLING PARENTS many brothers or sisters you have. If you are a dwarf or
d8 Parents an elf, subtract 2 from your roll. Then, roll on the Birth
Both parents were humans, their infernal heritage Order table for each sibling to determine that persons
age relative to yours (older, younger, or born at the
dormant until you came along.
same time).
56 One parent was a tiefling and the other was a
Occupation. For each sibling of suitable age, roll on
human. the Occupation supplemental table to determine what
7 One parent was a tieing and the other was a devil. that person does for a living.
3 One parent was a human and the other was a devil. Alignment. You can choose your siblings alignments
or roll on the Alignment supplemental table.
BIRTHPLACE Status. By now, each of your siblings might be alive
After establishing your parentage, you can determine and well, alive and not so well, in dire straits, or dead.
where you were born by using the Birthplace table. Roll on the Status supplemental table.
(Modify the result or roll again if you get a result thats Relationship. You can roll on the Relationship sup
inconsistent with what you know about your parents.) plemental table to determine how your siblings feel
Once you have a result, roll percentile dice. On a roll of about you. They might all have the same attitude toward
00, a strange event coincided with your birth: the moon you, or some might view you differently from how the
briey turning red, all the milk within a mile spoiling, others do.
the water in the area freezing solid in midsummer, all Other Details. You can decide any other details you
the iron in the home rusting or turning to silver, or some like about each sibling, including gender, personality,
other unusual event of your choice. and place in the world.

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2 Twin, triplet, or quadruplet
3? Older
312 Younger


Who raised you, and what was life like for you when you
were growing up? You might have been raised by your
parents, by relatives, or in an orphanage. Or you could
have spent your childhood on the streets of a crowded
city with only your fellow runaways and orphans to keep
you company.
Use the Family table to determine who raised you. If
you know who your parents are but you get a result that
does not mention one or both of them, use the Absent
Parent table to determine what happened.
Next, refer to the Family Lifestyle table to determine
the general circumstances of your upbringing. (Chapter
5 of the Players Handbook has more information about
lifestyles.) The result on that table includes a number
that is applied to your roll on the Childhood Home table,
which tells you where you spent your early years. Wrap
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which tells you how you were treated by other young-
sters as you were growing up.
Supplemental Tables. You can roll on the Relation ABSENT PARENT
ship table to determine how your family members or d4 Fate
other important gures in your life feel about you. You
1 Your parent died (roll on the Cause of Death sup-
can also use the Race, Occupation, and Alignment ta
bles to learn more about the family members or guard- plemental table).
ians who raised you. 2 Your parent was imprisoned, enslaved, or other-
wise taken away.
FAMILY Your parent abandoned you.
{00 Family 4 You} parent disappeared to an unknown fate.
01 None
02 Institution, such as an asylum FAMILY LIFESTYLE
03 Temple 3d6 Lifestyle"-
0405 Orphanage 3 Wretched (40)
0607 Guardian 45 Squalid (20)
08i5 Paternal or maternal aunt, uncle, or both; or ex 68 Poor (lO)
tended family such as a tribe or clan 912 Modest (+0)
1625 Paternal or maternal grandparent(s) 1315 Comfortable (+10)
2635 Adoptive family (same or different race) 1617 Wealthy (+20)
3655 Single father or stepfather 18 Aristocratic (+40)
56?5 Single mother or stepmother *Use the number in this result as a modier to your roll on the
7600 Mother and father Childhood Home table.
3d6 +
Cha mod Memory
1315 I had several friends, and my childhood was
generally a happy one.
1617 1 always found it easy to make Friends, and I
loved being around people.
18 or higher Everyone knew who I was, and I had friends
everywhere I went.

Your characters life takes a particular course depend-
ing on the choices you make for the characters back-
ground and class.

Roll on the appropriate table in this section as soon as
you decide your background, or at any later time if you
choose. If a background includes a special decision
point, such as a folk heros dening event or the spe
cialty of a criminal or a sage, its best to make that deter-
mination before using the pertinent table below.

d6 I became an acolyte because
l I ran away from home at an early age and found
refuge in a temple.
THouovcmaesunvweo'naesrwknusosiaenswip,waeLosr 2 My family gave me to a temple, since they were un-
able or unwilling to care for me.
3 I grew up in a household with strong religious con-
victions. Entering the service ofone or more gods
seemed natural.
4 An impassioned sermon struck a chord deep in my
til 00"" Home
soul and moved me to serve the faith.
0 or lower On the streets
5 I followed a childhood friend, a respected acquain-
l20 Rundown shack
tance, or someone I loved into religious service.
2130 No permanent residence; you moved around
6 After encountering a true servant ofthe gods, l was
a lot
so inspired that I immediately entered the service
3140 Encampment or village in the wilderness ofa religious group.
4150 Apartment in a rundown neighborhood
51-70 Small house
71-90 Large house
d6 I became a charlatan because
91110 Mansion
l l was left to my own devices, and my knack for ma-
111 or higher Palace or castle
nipulating others helped me survive.
*After making this roll, apply the modier from the Family Life- 2 I learned early on that people are gullible and easy
style table to arrive at the result. to exploit.
3 I often got in trouble, but I managed to talk my way
out ofit every time.
3d6 +
4 I took up with a condence artist, from whom I
Cha mod Memory
learned my craft.
3 or lower lam still haunted by my childhood, when l
5 After a charlatan fleeced my family, I decided to
was treated badly by my peers.
learn the trade so I would never be fooled by such
45 I spent most of my childhood alone, with no
deception again.
close friends.
6 I was poor or I feared becoming poor, sol learned
68 Others saw me as being diiferent or strange,
the tricks I needed to keep myselfout of poverty.
and sol had few companions.
912 I had a few close friends and lived an ordinary

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CRIMINAL d6 I became a guild artisan because
d6 I became a criminal because 3 One of my family members who belonged to the
1 | resented authority in my younger days and saw a guild made a place for me.
life ofcrime as the best way to ght against tyranny 4 l was always good with my hands, so I took the op-
and oppression. portunity to learn a trade.
Necessity forced me to take up the life, since it was 5 I wanted to get away from my home situation and
the only way I could survive. start a new life.
I fell in with a gang of reprobates and neer-do-

6 I learned the essentials of my craft from a mentor

wells, and I learned my specialty from them. but had to join the guild to nish my training.

A parent or relative taught me my criminal spe

cialty to prepare me for the family business. HERM IT

I left home and found a place in a thieves guild or d6 I became a hermit because

some other criminal organization. 1 My enemies ruined my reputation, and | fled to the
I was always bored, so I turned to crime to pass the wilds to avoid further disparagement.
time and discovered I was quite good at it. 2 I am comfortable with being isolated, as I seek
inner peace.
ENTERTAINER 3 I never liked the people I called my friends, so it
d6 I became an entertainer because was easy for me to strike out on my own.
1 Members ofmy family made ends meet by per- 4 I felt compelled to forsake my past, but did so with
forming, so it was tting for me to follow their great reluctance, and sometimes I regret making
example. that decision.
2 | always had a keen insight into other people, 5 I lost everythingmy home, my family, my friends.
enough so that I could make them laugh or cry Going it alone was all I could do.
with my stories or songs. 6 Society's decadence disgusted me, so I decided to
3 I ran away from home to follow a minstrel troupe. leave it behind.
4 I saw a bard perform once, and I knew from that
moment on what I was born to do. NOBLE
5 I earned coin by performing on street corners and d6 I became a noble because
eventually made a name for myself. l I come from an old and storied family, and it fell to
6 A traveling entertainer took me in and taught me me to preserve the family name.
the trade. 2 My family has been disgraced, and I intend to clear
our name.
FOLK HERO 3 My family recently came by its title, and that eleva
d6 I became a folk hero because tion thrust us into a new and strange world.
i I learned what was right and wrong from my family. 4 My family has a title, but none of my ancestors
2 I was always enamored by tales of heroes and have distinguished themselves since we gained it.
wished I could be something more than ordinary. 5 My family is lled with remarkable people. I hope
3 I hated my mundane life, so when it was time for to live up to their example.
someone to step up and do the right thing, I took 6 I hope to increase my familys power and inuence.
my chance.
4 A parent or one of my relatives was an adventurer, OUTLANDER
and l was inspired by that persons courage. d6 I became an outlander because
5 A mad old hermit spoke a prophecy when l was l I spent a lot oftime in the wilderness as a young-
born, saying that I would accomplish great things. ster, and I came to love that way oflife.
6 l have always stood up for those who are weaker 2 From a young age, I couldn't abide the stink ofthe
than I am.
cities and preferred to spend my time in nature.
3 I came to understand the darkness that lurks in the
GUILD ARTISAN wilds, and l vowed to combat it.
d6 I became a guild artisan because 4 My people lived on the edges ofcivilization, and i
1 l was apprenticed to a master who taught me the learned the methods ofsurvival from my family.
guilds business. 5 After a tragedy l retreated to the wilderness, leav-
i helped a guild artisan keep a secret or complete a ing my old life behind.
task, and in return I was taken on as an apprentice. 6 My family moved away from civilization, and I
learned to adapt to my new environment.

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SAGE d6 I became an urchin because

l d6 I became a sage because Monsters wiped out my village, and I was the sole
I 'l I was naturally curious, so I packed up and went to survivor. I had to find a way to survive.
a university to learn more about the world. A notorious thieflooked after me and other or-
2 My mentors teachings opened my mind to new phans, and we spied and stole to earn our keep.
possibilities in that eld of study. One day I woke up on the streets, alone and hun-
3 l was always an avid reader, and I learned much gry, with no memory of my early childhood.
I about my favorite topic on my own. My parents died, leaving no one to look after me. I
4 I discovered an old library and pored over the texts raised myself.
I found there. That experience awakened a hunger
i for more knowledge. CLASS TRAINING
5 | impressed a wizard who told me I was squander- If you havent chosen your class yet, do so now, keeping
ing my talents and should seek out an education to in mind your background and all the other details you
have established so far. Once youve made your selec
take advantage of my gifts.
tion, roll a (16 and nd the number you rolled on the ap-
6 One of my parents or a relative gave me a basic ed- propriate table in this section, which describes how you
ucation that whetted my appetite, and I left home came to be a member of that class.
to build on what I had learned. The class sections earlier in this chapter have further
story suggestions, which you can use in concert with the
SAILOR material here.

' d6 I became a sailor because

l i l was press-ganged by pirates and forced to serve
d6 I became a barbarian because
on their ship until I nally escaped.
2 I wanted to see the world, so I signed on as a deck- 1 My devotion to my people lifted me in battle, mak-
hand for a merchant ship. ing me powerful and dangerous.

The spirits of my ancestors called on me to carry
3 One of my relatives was a sailor who took me to
out a great task.
I lost control in battle one day, and it was as if
l 4 I needed to escape my community quickly, so I
stowed away on a ship. When the crew found me, |
something else was manipulating my body, forcing
was forced to work for my passage.
it to kill every foe I could reach.
5 Reavers attacked my community, so I found refuge
i went on a spiritual journey to nd myselfand
on a ship until I could seek vengeance. instead found a spirit animal to guide, protect, and
inspire me.
6 I had few prospects where l was living, so I left to
nd my fortune elsewhere.
I was struck by lightning and lived. Afterward, I
found a new strength within me that let me push
beyond my limitations.
My anger needed to be channeled into battle, or i
d6 I became a soldier because risked becoming an indiscriminate killer.
I 'l i joined the militia to help protect my community
from monsters.
2 A relative of mine was a soldier, and I wanted to
d6 I became a bard because
i carry on the family tradition.
The local lord forced me to enlist in the army.
l awakened my latent bardic abilities through trial
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and error.
4 War ravaged my homeland while I was growing up.
i was a gifted performer and attracted the atten-
Fighting was the only life i ever knew.
tion ofa master bard who schooled me in the old
5 i wanted fame and fortune, so i joined a mercenary
5 company, selling my sword to the highest bidder.
I joined a loose society of scholars and orators to
6 Invaders attacked my homeland. It was my duty to
learn new techniques of performance and magic.
take up arms in defense of my people.
i felt a calling to recount the deeds of champions
and heroes, to bring them alive in song and story.
I joined one ofthe great colleges to learn old lore,
. l d6 I became an urchin because the secrets of magic, and the art ofperformance.
It _ i Wanderlust caused me to leave my family to see I picked up a musical instrument one day and in-
1%? the world. I look after myself. stantly discovered that I could play it.
TR 2 I ran away from a bad situation at home and made
I. I my own way in the world.

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I became a cleric because
'I A supernatural being in service to the gods called
me to become a divine agent in the world.
2 I saw the injustice and horror in the world and felt
moved to take a stand against them.
3 My god gave me an unmistakable sign. i dropped
everything to serve the divine.
4 Although I was always devout, it wasn't until I com-
pleted a pilgrimage that I knew my true calling.
5 I used to serve in my religion's bureaucracy but
found I needed to work in the world, to bring the
message of my faith to the darkest corners ofthe
6 I realize that my god works through me, and I do as
commanded, even though I dont know why I was
chosen to serve.

d6 I became a druid because
i I saw too much devastation in the wild places, too
much of natures splendor ruined by the despoil-
ers. I joined a circle ofdruids to ght back against
the enemies of nature.
2 I found a place among a group ofdruids after I fled
a catastrophe.
3 I have always had an afnity for animals, so I ex-
plored my talent to see how I could best use it.
4 l befriended a druid and was moved by druidic
teachings. i decided to follow my friends guidance
and give something back to the world.
5 Whiie l was growing up, I saw spirits all around
meentities no one else could perceive. I sought
out the druids to help me understand the visions
and communicate with these beings.
6 l have always felt disgust for creatures of unnatural MONK
origin. For this reason, i immersed myselfin the
d6 I became a monk because
study ofthe druidic mysteries and became a cham-
1 l was chosen to study at a secluded monastery.
pion ofthe natural order.
There, I was taught the fundamental techniques
required to eventually master a tradition.
I sought instruction to gain a deeper understand-
d6 I became a ghter because ingof existence and my place in the world.
i i wanted to hone my combat skills, and so I joined I stumbled into a portal to the Shadowfell and took
a war college. refuge in a strange monastery, where I learned how
2 Isquired for a knight who taught me how to ght, to defend myselfagainst the forces ofdarkness.
care for a steed, and conduct myselfwith honor. I l was overwhelmed with grief after losing someone
decided to take up that path for myself. close to me, and I sought the advice ofphiloso-
3 Horrible monsters descended on my community, phers to help me cope with my loss.
killing someone I loved. I took up arms to destroy I could feel that a special sort of power lay within
those creatures and others ofa similar nature. me, so I sought out those who could help me call it
4 I joined the army and learned how to ght as part forth and master it.
ofa group. I was wild and undisciplined as a youngster, but
5 I grew up ghting, and I rened my talents by de- then I realized the error of my ways. I applied to a
fending myself against people who crossed me. monastery and became a monk as a way to live a
6 1 could always pick up just about any weapon and life ofdiscipline.
know how to use it effectively.
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I became a rogue because
I've always been nimble and quick ofwit, so 1 de-
cided to use those talents to help me make my way
in the world.
An assassin or a thiefwronged me, so I focused
my training on mastering the skills of my enemy to
better combat foes ofthat sort.
An experienced rogue saw something in me and
taught me several useful tricks.
I decided to turn my natural lucky streak into the
basis ofa career, though I still realize that improv-
ing my skills is essential.
I took up with a group of rufans who showed me
how to get what I want through sneakiness rather
than direct confrontation.
Im a sucker for a shiny bauble or a sack of coins,
as long as I can get my hands on it without risking
life and limb.
d6 I became a paladin because
1 A fantastical being appeared before me and called
d6 I became a sorcerer because
on me to undertake a holy quest.
1 When I was born, all the water in the house froze
One of my ancestors left a holy quest unfullled,
solid. the milk spoiled, or all the iron turned to cop-
sol intend to nish that work.
per. My family is convinced that this event was a
The world is a dark and terrible place. l decided to
harbinger of stranger things to come for me.
serve as a beacon of light shining out against the
I suffered a terrible emotional or physical strain,
gathering shadows.
which brought forth my latent magical power. l
l served as a paladins squire, learning all I needed
have fought to control it ever since.
to swear my own sacred oath.
My immediate family never spoke of my ancestors,
Evil must be opposed on all fronts. | feel com-
and when I asked, they would change the subject.
pelled to seek out wickedness and purge it from
It wasn't until I started displaying strange talents
the world.
that the full truth of my heritage came out.
Becoming a paladin was a natural consequence of
When a monster threatened one of my friends, I
my unwavering faith. In taking my vows, I became
became lled with anxiety. I lashed out instinctively
the holy sword of my religion.
and blasted the wretched thing with a force that
came from within me.
Sensing something special in me, a strangertaught
d6 I became a ranger because me how to control my gift.
1 I found purpose while I honed my hunting skills by After I escaped from a magical conflagration, I
bringing down dangerous animals at the edge of realized that though I was unharmed, I was not
civilization. unchanged. I began to exhibit unusual abilities that
I always had a way with animals, able to calm them lam just beginning to understand.
with a soothing word and a touch.
I suffer from terrible wanderlust, so being a ranger WARLOCK
gave me a reason not to remain in one place for I became a warlock because
1 While wandering around in a forbidden place, I
I have seen what happens when the monsters
encountered an otherworldly being that offered to
come out from the dark. I took it upon myselfto
enter into a pact with me.
become the rst line of defense against the evils
I was examining a strange tome I found in an aban~
that lie beyond civilization's borders.
cloned library when the entity that would become
i met a grizzled ranger who taught me woodcraft
my patron suddenly appeared before me.
and the secrets ofthe wild lands.
I served in an army, learning the precepts of my
profession while blazing trails and scouting enemy
d6 I became a warlock because
d100 Current Age Life Events
3 I stumbled into the clutches of my patron after I ac
cidentally stepped through a magical doorway. 0l20 20 years or younger 1

4 When I was faced with a terrible crisis, I prayed to 2159 2130 years ld4
any being who would listen, and the creature that 6069 3140 years ld6
answered became my patron. 7089 4150 years ld8
5 My future patron visited me in my dreams and of 9099 51~60 years ll
fered great power in exchange for my service. 00 61 years or older ldlZ
6 One of my ancestors had a pact with my patron, so
that entity was determined to bind me to the same LIFE EVENTS
agreement. d'IOO Event
01-10 You suffered a tragedy. Roll on the Tragedies table.
WIZARD 11-20 You gained a bit of good fortune. Roll on the Boons
d6 I became a wizard because table.
1 An old wizard chose me from among several candi- 2130 You fell in love or got married. lfyou get this result
dates to serve an apprenticeship. more than once, you can choose to have a child
2 When I became lost in a forest, a hedge wizard instead. Work with your DM to determine the iden-
found me, took me in, and taught me the rudi- tity of your love interest.
ments of magic. 3140 You made an enemy of an adventurer. Roll a d6. An
3 I grew up listening to tales of great wizards and odd number indicates you are to blame for the rift,
knew I wanted to follow their path. I strove to be and an even number indicates you are blameless.
accepted at an academy of magic and succeeded. Use the supplemental tables and work with your
4 One of my relatives was an accomplished wizard DM to determine this hostile character's identity
who decided l was smart enough to learn the craft. and the danger this enemy poses to you.
5 While exploring an old tomb, library, or temple, 4150 You made a friend ofan adventurer. Use the sup-
I found a spellbook. I was immediately driven to plemental tables and work with your DM to add
learn all I could about becoming a wizard. more detail to this friendly character and establish
6 I was a prodigy who demonstrated mastery ofthe how your friendship began.
arcane arts at an early age. When I became old Sle70 You Spent time working in a job related to your
enough to set out on my own, I did so to learn background. Start the game with an extra 2d6 gp.
more magic and expand my power. 7175 You met someone important. Use the supplemen-
tal tables to determine this character's identity and
LIFE EVENTS how this individual feels about you. Work out ad
ditional details with your DM as needed to t this
No matter how long youve been alive, you have expe
character into your backstory.
rienced at least one signature event that has markedly
inuenced your character. Life events include wondrous 7680 You went on an adventure. Roll on the Adventures
happenings and tragedies, conflicts and successes, and table to see what happened to you. Work with your
encounters with the unusual. They can help to explain DM to determine the nature ofthe adventure and
why your character became an adventurer, and some the creatures you encountered.
might still affect your life even after they are long over. 8185 You had a supernatural experience. Roll on the Su-
The older a character is, the greater the chance for pernatural Events table to nd out what it was.
multiple life events, as shown on the Life Events by Age
8690 You fought in a battle. Roll on the War table to
table. If you have already chosen your characters start-
leafn what happened to you. Work with your DM to
ing age, see the entry in the Life Events column that
come up with the reason for the battle and the fac-
corresponds to how old you are. Otherwise. you can roll
dice to determine your current age and number of life tions involved. It might have been a small conict
events randomly. between your community and a band oforcs, or it
After you know the number of life events your charac could have been a major battle in a larger war.
ter has experienced, roll once on the Life Events table 9l-95 You committed a crime or were wrongly accused of
for each of them. Many of the results on that table direct doing so. Roll on the Crime table to determine the
you to one of the secondary tables that follow. Once you nature ofthe offense and on the Punishment table
have determined all of your characters life events, you to see what became ofyou.
can arrange them in any chronological order you see t.
9699 You encountered something magical. Roll on the
Arcane Matters table.
00 Something truly strange happened to you. Roll on i
the Weird Stufftable.
These tables add detail to many of the results on the Life d10 Boon
Events table. The tables are in alphabetical order. l A friendly wizard gave you a spell scroll containing
one cantrip (ofthe DM's choice).
2 You saved the life ofa commoner, who now owes
d'IOO Outcome you a life debt. This individual accompanies you on
0110 You nearly died. You have nasty scars on your your travels and performs mundane tasks for you,
body, and you are missing an ear, ld3 ngers, or but will leave if neglected, abused, or imperiled.
ld4 toes. Determine details about this character by using the
llZO You suffered a grievous injury. Although the wound supplemental tables and working with your DM.
healed, it still pains you from time to time. 3 You found a riding horse.
2130 You were wounded, but in time you fully recovered. 4 You found some money. You have ld20 gp in addi
l 3140 You contracted a disease while exploring a lthy tion to your regular starting funds.
warren. You recovered from the disease, but you 5 A relative bequeathed you a simple weapon ofyour
have a persistent cough, pockmarks on your skin, choice.
or prematurely gray hair. 6 You found something interesting. You gain one
4150 You were poisoned by a trap or a monster. You re- additional trinket.
covered, but the next time you must make a saving 7 You once performed a service for a local temple.
throw against poison, you make the saving throw The next time you visit the temple, you can receive
with disadvantage. healing up to your hit point maximum.
5160 You lost something of sentimental value to you 8 A friendly alchemist gifted you with a potion of
during your adventure. Remove one trinket from healing or a flask ofacid, as you choose.
your possessions. 9 You found a treasure map.
6170 You were terribly frightened by something you en 10 A distant relative left you a stipend that enables
countered and ran away, abandoning your compan- you to live at the comfortable lifestyle for id20
ions to their fate. years. lfyou choose to live at a higher lifestyle, you
7180 You learned a great deal during your adventure. reduce the price ofthe lifestyle by 2 gp during that
The next time you make an ability check or a saving time period.
throw, you have advantage on the roll.
81-90 You found some treasure on your adventure. You CRIME
have 2d6 gp left from your share of it.
d8 Crime
9l99 You found a considerable amount oftreasure on
1 Murder
your adventure. You have ld20 + 50 gp left from
2 Theft
your share ofit.
3 Burglary
l 00 You came across a common magic item (ofthe
4 Assault
DMs choice).
5 Smuggling
6 Kidnapping
7 Extortion
d'lO Magical Event
8 Counterfeiting
l You were charmed or frightened by a spell.
i 2 You were injured by the effect ofa spell.
You witnessed a powerful spell being cast by a
d12 Punishment
cleric, a druid, a sorcerer, a warlock, or a wizard.
You drank a potion (ofthe DM's choice). 13 You did not commit the crime and were exonerated
You found a spell scroll (ofthe DM's choice) and after being accused.

succeeded in casting the Spell it contained. 46 You committed the crime or helped do so, but
nonetheless the authorities found you not guilty.
You were affected by teleportation magic.

You turned invisible for a time. 78 You were nearly caught in the act. You had to flee
and are wanted in the community where the crime
You identied an illusion for what it was.
You saw a creature being conjured by magic.
912 You were caught and convicted. You spent time in
Your fortune was read by a diviner. Roll twice on

jail, chained to an oar, or performing hard labor.

the Life Events table, but dont apply the results.
You served a sentence ofld4 years or succeeded in
Instead, the DM picks one event as a portent of
escaping after that much time.
your future (which might or might not come true).

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d1 00 Event
0105 You were ensorcelled by a fey and enslaved for 1d6
years before you escaped.
061 0 You saw a demon and ran away before it could do
anything to you.
11-15 A devil tempted you. Make a DC 10 Wisdom saving
throw. On a failed save, your alignment shifts one
step toward evil (ifits not evil already), and you
start the game with an additional 1d20 + 50 gp.
1620 You woke up one morning miles from your home,
with no idea how you got there.
2130 You visited a holy site and felt the presence ofthe
divine there.
31 -40 You witnessed a falling red star, a face appearing in
the frost, or some other bizarre happening. You are
certain that it was an omen of some sort.
41 50 You escaped certain death and believe it was the
intervention ofa god that saved you.
5160 You witnessed a minor miracle.
61 70 You explored an empty house and found it to be
d12 Tragedy
7175 You were briefly possessed. Roll a d6 to determine
A terrible blight in your home community caused
what type ofcreature possessed you: 1, celestial; 2,
crops to fail, and many starved. You lost a sibling
devil; 3, demon; 4, fey; 5, elemental; 6, undead.
or some other family member.
?630 You saw a ghost.
You did something that brought terrible shame to
8185 You saw a ghoul feeding on a corpse.
you in the eyes ofyour family. You might have been
3690 A celestial or a end visited you in your dreams to
involved in a scandal, dabbled in dark magic, or
give a warning of dangers to come.
offended someone important. The attitude ofyour
9195 You briey visited the Feywild or the Shadowfell.
family members toward you becomes indifferent at
9600 You saw a portal that you believe leads to another best, though they might eventually forgive you.
plane of existence. For a reason you were never told, you were exiled
from your community. You then either wandered in
TRAGEDIES the wilderness for a time or promptly found a new
d'lZ 1Yagedy place to live.
12 A family member or a close friend died. Roll on 11 A romantic relationship ended. Roll 3 d6. An odd
the Cause of Death supplemental table to nd out number means it ended with bad feelings, while an
how. even number means it ended amicably.
A friendship ended bitterly, and the other person A current or prospective romantic partner ofyours
is now hostile to you. The cause might have been a died. Roll on the Cause of Death supplemental
misunderstanding or something you or the former table to nd out how. lfthe result is murder, roll a
friend did. d12. On a 1, you were responsible, whether directly
You lost all your possessions in a disaster, and you orindirectly.
had to rebuild your life.
You were imprisoned for a crime you didnt com- WAR
mit and spent 1d6 years at hard labor, in jail, or d12 War Outcome
shackled to an oar in a slave galley. You were knocked out and left for dead. You woke
War ravaged your home community, reducing ev- up hours later with no recollection ofthe battle.
erything to rubble and ruin. in the aftermath, you 23 You were badly injured in the ght, and you still
either helped your town rebuild or moved some- bear the awful scars ofthose wounds.
where else.
You ran away from the battle to save your life, but
A lover disappeared without a trace. You have been you still feel shame for your cowardice.
looking for that person ever since.
You suffered only minor injuries, and the wounds
all healed without leaving scars.

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d12 War Outcome 3d6 Alignment
89 You survived the battle, but you suffer from terrible 13-15 Neutral good
nightmares in which you relive the experience. 1617 Lawful good (50%) or lawful neutral (50%)
lOl'l You escaped the battle unscathed, though many of 18 Chaotic good (50%) or chaotic neutral (50%)
your Friends were injured or lost.
12 You acquitted yourselfwell in battle and are re CAUSE OF DEATH
membered as a hero. You might have received a d12 Cause of Death
medal for your bravery. 1 Unknown
2 Murdered
WEIRD STUFF 3 Killed in battle
d12 What Happened 4 Accident related to class or occupation
1 You were turned into a toad and remained in that 5 Accident unrelated to class or occupation
form for id4 weeks. 67 Natural causes, such as disease or old age
You were petried and remained a stone statue for 8 Apparent suicide
a time until someone freed you. 9 Torn apart by an animal or a natural disaster
You were enslaved by a hag, a satyr, or some other 10 Consumed by a monster
being and lived in that creatures thrall for ld6 ll Executed for a crime or tortured to death
years. 12 Bizarre event, such as being hit by a meteorite,
A dragon held you as a prisoner for ld4 months struck down by an angry god, or killed by a hatch-
until adventurers killed it. ing slaad egg
You were taken captive by a race ofevil humanoids
such as drow, kuo-toa, or quaggoths. You lived as a CLASS
slave in the Underdark until you escaped.
d100 Class
You served a powerful adventurer as a hireling. You
0107 Barbarian
have only recently left that service. Use the supple-
0814 Bard
mental tables and work with your DM to determine
1529 Cleric
the basic details about your former employer.
3036 Druid
You went insane for id6 years and recently re-
gained your sanity. A tic or some other bit ofodd
3752 Fighter
5358 Monk
behavior might linger.
A lover of yours was secretly a silver dragon. 5964 Paladin

You were captured by a cult and nearly sacriced 6570 Ranger

on an altarto the foul being the cultists served. 7184 Rogue
You escaped, but you fear they will nd you. 8589 Sorcerer
'IO You met a demigod, an archdevil, an archfey, a de- 9094 Warlock
mon lord, or a titan, and you lived to tell the tale. 9500 Wizard
ll You were swallowed by a giant fish and spent a
month in its gullet before you escaped. OCCUPATION
A powerful being granted you a wish, but you d100 Occupation
squandered it on something frivolous. 0105 Academic
0610 Adventurer (roll on the Class table)
The supplemental tables below give you a way to ran- 1226 Artisan or guild member
domly determine characteristics and other facts about 2731 Criminal
individuals who are part of your characters life. Use 3236 Entertainer
these tables when directed to do so by another table, or 3738 Exile, hermit, or refugee
when you simply want to come up with a piece of infor-
3943 Explorer or wanderer
mation quickly. The tables are in alphabetical order.
4455 Farmer or herder
ALI c. N M E N T 5660 Hunter or trapper

Alignment 6175 Laborer

7680 Merchant
3 Chaotic evil (50%) or chaotic neutral (50%)
8135 Politician or bureaucrat
45 Lawful evil
8690 Priest
68 Neutral evil
9195 Sailor
912 Neutral
9600 Soldier

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d100 Race Leveling up in a class is the main way a character
0140 Human evolves during a campaign. Some DMs also allow the
4150 Dwarf use of feats to customize a character. Feats are an op
51-60 Elf tional rule in chapter 6, Customization Options, of the
6170 Halfling Players Handbook. The DM decides whether theyre
used and may also decide that some feats are available
7175 Dragonborn
in a campaign and others arent.
7680 Gnome
This section introduces a collection of special feats
3135 Half-elf that allow you to explore your characters race fur-
8690 Half~orc ther. These feats are each associated with a race from
9l95 Tiefling the Players Handbook, as summarized in the Racial
9600 DMs choice Feats table. A racial feat represents either a deepening
connection to your races culture or a physical trans-
formation that brings you closer to an aspect of your
RELATIONSHIP races lineage.
3d4 Attitude The cause of a particular transformation is up to you
34 Hostile and your DM. A transformational feat can symbolize a
5-10 Friendly latent quality that has emerged as you age, or a transfor-
1112 Indifferent mation might be the result of an event in the campaign,
such as exposure to powerful magic or visiting a place of
ancient signicance to your race. Transformations are a
STATUS fundamental motif of fantasy literature and folklore. Fig
3d6 Status uring out why your character has changed can be a rich
3 Dead (roll on the Cause of Death table) addition to your campaigns story.
45 Missing or unknown


6 Alive, but doing poorly due to injury, nancial trou-

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ble, or relationship difculties Race Feat

912 Alive and well Dragonborn Dragon Fear

l3l5 Alive and quite successful Dragonborn Dragon Hide

i6l7 Alive and infamous Dwarf Dwarven Fortitude

18 Alive and famous Dwarf Squat Nimbleness

Elf Elven Accuracy
WHATS NEXT? Elf (drow) Drow High Magic
Elf (high) Fey Teleportation
When youre nished using these tables, youll have a
Elf (wood) Wood ElfMagic
collection of facts and notes thatat a minimumencap-
sulate what your character has been doing in the world Gnome Fade Away
up till now. Sometimes that might be all the information Gnome Squat Nimbleness
you want, but you dont have to stop there. Half-elf Elven Accuracy
By using your creativity to stitch all these bits together Half-elf Prodigy
into a continuous narrative, you can create a full-edged Half-arc Orcish Fury
autobiography for your character in as little as a few
Half-ore Prodigy
sentencesan excellent example of how the whole is
greater than the sum of its parts. Halfling Bountiful Luck
Did you get a couple of results on the tables that dont Halfling Second Chance
outright contradict each other but also dont seem to t Haling Squat Nimbleness
together smoothly? If so, now is your chance to explain Human Prodigy
what happened to you. For instance, lets say you were Tiefling Flames of Phlegethos
born in a castle, but your childhood home was in the Infernal Constitution
wilderness. It could be that your parents traveled from
their forest home to seek help from a midwife at the
The feats are presented below in alphabetical order.
castle when your mother was close to giving birth. Or
your parents might have been members of the castles
staff before you were born, but they were released from
service soon after you came into the world. Prerequisite: Haling
In addition to deepening your own roleplaying experi- Your people have extraordinary luck, which you have
ence, your characters history presents your DM with op learned to mystically lend to your companions when you
portunities to weave those elements into the story of the see them falter. Youre not sure how you do it; you just
campaign. Any way you look at it, adding denition to wish it, and it happens. Surely a sign of fortunes favor!
your characters proadventuring life is time well spent.
When an ally you can see within 30 feet of you rolls a - Whenever you take the Dodge action in combat, you
1 on the d20 for an attack roll, an ability check, or a sav can spend one Hit Die to heal yourself. Roll the die,
ing throw, you can use your reaction to let the ally reroll add your Constitution modier, and regain a number
the die. The ally must use the new roll. of hit points equal to the total (minimum of 1).
When you use this ability, you cant use your Lucky
racial trait before the end of your next turn. ELVEN ACCURACY
Prerequisite: Elf or half-eff
The accuracy of elves is legendary, especially that of elf
Prerequisite: Dragonborn archers and spellcasters. You have uncanny aim with at-
When angered, you can radiate menace. You gain the tacks that rely on precision rather than brute force. You
following benets: gain the following benets:
- Increase your Strength, Constitution, or Charisma - Increase your Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, or Cha-
score by 1, to a maximum of 20. risma score by 1, to a maximum of 20.
- Instead of exhaling destructive energy, you can ex . Whenever you have advantage on an attack roll using
pend a use of your Breath Weapon trait to roar, forcing Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma, you can
each creature of your choice within 30 feet of you to reroll one of the dice once.
make a Wisdom saving throw (DC 8 + your prociency
bonus + your Charisma modier). A target automati- FADE AWAY
cally succeeds on the save if it cant hear or see you. Prerequisite: Gnome
On a failed save, a target becomes frightened of you
Your people are Clever, with a knack for illusion magic.
for 1 minute. If the frightened target takes any dam-
You have learned a magical trick for fading away when
age, it can repeat the saving throw, ending the effect
you suffer harm. You gain the following benets:
on itself on a success.
. Increase your Dexterity or Intelligence score by l, to a
DRAGON HIDE maximum of 20.
Prerequisite: Dragonborn - Immediately after you take damage, you can use a
reaction to magically become invisible until the end
You manifest scales and claws reminiscent of your dra- of your next turn or until you attack, deal damage,
conic ancestors. You gain the following benets: or force someone to make a saving throw. Once you
- Increase your Strength, Constitution, or Charisma use this ability, you cant do so again until you nish a
score by 1, to a maximum of 20. short or long rest.
- Your scales harden. While you arent wearing armor,
you can calculate your AC as 13 + your Dexterity mod FEY TELEPORTATION
ier. You can use a shield and still gain this benet. Prerequisite: Eifiigh)
- You grow retractable claws from the tips of your n
Your study of high elven lore has unlocked fey power
gers. Extending or retracting the claws requires no
that few other elves possess, except your eladrin cous-
action. The claws are natural weapons, which you can
ins. Drawing on your fey ancestry, you can momentarily
use to make unarmed strikes. Ifyou hit with them, you
deal slashing damage equal to M4 + your Strength stride through the Feywild to shorten your path from
one place to another. You gain the following benets:
modier, instead of the normal bludgeoning damage
for an unarmed strike. - Increase your Intelligence or Charisma score by 1, to
a maximum of 20.
DROW HIGH MAGIC - You learn to speak, read, and write Sylvan.
Prerequisite: Eif (drow) . You learn the misty step spell and can cast it once
without expending a spell slot. You regain the abil
You learn more of the magic typical of dark elves. You ity to cast it in this way when you nish a short or
learn the detect magic spell and can cast it at will, with- long rest. Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for
out expending a spell slot. You also learn levitate and this spell.
dispei magic, each of which you can cast once without
expending a spell slot. You regain the ability to cast FLAMES or PHLEGETHOS
those two spells in this way when you nish a long rest.
Charisma is your spellcasting ability for all three spells. Prerequisite: Tieing
You learn to call on hellre to serve your commands.
DWARVEN FORTITUDE You gain the following benets:
Prerequisite: Dwa rf - Increase your Intelligence or Charisma score by 1, to
You have the blood of dwarf heroes owing through a maximum of 20.
your veins. You gain the following benets: - When you roll re damage for a spell you cast, you can
reroll any roll of 1 on the re damage dice, but you
- Increase your Constitution score by l, to a max must use the new roll, even if it is another I-
imum of 20.
- Whenever you cast a spell that deals re damage, you
can cause ames to wreathe you until the end of your
next turn. The ames dont harm you or your posses SQUAT NIMBLENESS
sions, and they shed bright light out to 30 feet and dim
Prerequisite: Dwarf or a Small race
light for an additional 30 feet. While the ames are
present, any creature within 5 feet of you that hits you You are uncommonly nimble for your race. You gain the
with a melee attack takes 1d4 re damage. following benets:
- Increase your Strength or Dexterity score by l, to a
Prerequisite: elding . Increase your walking speed by 5 feet.
Fiendish blood runs strong in you, unlocking a resild - You gain prociency in the Acrobatics or Athletics
ience akin to that possessed by some ends. You gain skill (your choice).
the following benets: - You have advantage on any Strength (Athletics) or
Dexterity (Acrobatics) check you make to escape from
- Increase your Constitution score by l, to a max- being grappled.
imum of 20.
- You have resistance to cold damage and poi- WOOD ELF MAGIC
son damage.
Prerequisite: E1f(wood)
- You have advantage on saving throws against be-
ing poisoned. You learn the magic of the primeval woods, which are
revered and protected by your people. You learn one
ORCI SH FU RY druid cantrip of your choice. You also learn the long
strider and pass Without trace spells, each of which you
Prerequisite: Half-ore
can cast once without expending a spell slot. You regain
Your inner fury burns tirelessly. You gain the follow~ the ability to cast these two spells in this way when you
ing benets: nish a long rest. Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for
- Increase your Strength or Constitution score by l, to a all three spells.
maximum of 20.
. When you hit with an attack using a simple or martial
weapon, you can roll one of the weapons damage dice
an additional time and add it as extra damage of the
weapons damage type. Once you use this ability, you
cant use it again until you nish a short or long rest.
- Immediately after you use your Relentless Endur
ance trait, you can use your reaction to make one
weapon attack.

Prerequisite: Haieiif half-ore, or human
You have a knack for learning new things. You gain the
following benets:
- You gain one skill prociency of your choice, one tool
prociency of your choice, and uency in one language
of your choice.
- Choose one skill in which you have prociency. You
gain expertise with that skill, which means your pro-
ciency bonus is doubled for any ability check you make
with it. The skill you choose must be one that isnt
already beneting from a feature, such as Expertise,
that doubles your prociency bonus.

Prerequisite: Haling
Fortune favors you when someone tries to strike you.
You gain the following benets:
- Increase your Dexterity, Constitution, or Charisma
score by 1, to a maximum of 20.
- When a creature you can see hits you with an attack
roll, you can use your reaction to force that creature to
reroll. Once you use this ability, you cant use it again
until you roll initiative at the start of combat or until
you nish a short or long rest.
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5 THE DUNGEON MASTER, YOU OVERSEE turn, you descend up to 500 feet at the end of that turn.
the game and weave together the story ex- This process continues until the fall ends, either be
perienced by your players. Youre the one cause you hit the ground or the fall is otherwise halted.
. ' who keeps it all going, and this chapter is
for you. It gives you new rules options, as FLYING CREATURES AND FALLING
'i well as some rened tools for creating and A flying creature in ight falls if it is knocked prone, if
running adventures and campaigns. It is a its speed is reduced to 0 feet, or if it otherwise loses the
supplement to the tools and advice offered ability to move, unless it can hover or it is being held
in the Dungeon Masters Guide. aloft by magic, such as the y spell.
The chapter opens with optional rules meant to help If youd like a flying creature to have a better chance of
you run certain parts of the game more smoothly. The surviving a fall than a non-ying creature does, use this
chapter then goes into greater depth on several topics rule: subtract the creatures current flying speed from
. encounter building, random encounters, traps, magic the distance it fell before calculating falling damage.
I} items, and downtimewhich largely relate to how you This rule is helpful to a ier that is knocked prone but
I create and stage your adventures. is still conscious and has a current ying speed that is
I The material in this chapter is meant to make your greater than 0 feet. The rule is designed to simulate the
l life easier. Ignore anything you nd here that doesnt creature apping its wings furiously or taking similar
I help you, and dont hesitate to customize the things that measures to slow the velocity of its fall.
you do use. The games rules exist to serve you and the If you use the rule for rate of falling in the previous
games you run. As always, make them your own. section, a ying creature descends 500 feet on the turn
when it falls, just as other creatures do. But ifthat crea
i SnuULLsNEOUsEErECTs ture starts any of its later turns still falling and is prone,
it can halt the fall on its turn by spending half its ying
3 Most effects in the game happen in succession, follow-
speed to counter the prone condition (as if it were stand-
' ing an order set by the rules or the DM. In rare cases,
ing up in midair).
effects can happen at the same time, especially at the
start or end of a creatures turn. If two or more things
happen at the same time on a character or monster's SLEEP
turn, the person at the game tablewhether player or Just as in the real world, D&D characters spend many
l DMwho controls that creature decides the order in hours sleeping, most often as part of a long rest. Most
which those things happen. For example, if two effects monsters also need to sleep. While a creature sleeps,
occur at the end of a player characters turn, the player it is subjected to the unconscious condition. Here are a
decides which of the two effects happens rst. few rules that expand on that basic fact.


Falling from a great height is a signicant risk for ad A creature that is naturally sleeping, as opposed to be
venturers and their foes. The rule given in the Players ing in a magically or chemically induced sleep, wakes
Handbook is simple: at the end of a fall, you take 1d6 up if it takes any damage or if someone else uses an ac-
bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet you fell, to a maxi tion to shake or slap the creature awake. A sudden loud
mum of 20d6. You also land prone, unless you somehow noisesuch as yelling, thunder, or a ringing bellaalso
avoid taking damage from the fall. Here are two optional awakens someone that is sleeping naturally.
rules that expand on that simple rule. Whispers don"t disturb sleep, unless a sleepers pas-
sive Wisdom (Perception) score is 20 or higher and the
RATE OF FALLING whispers are within 10 feet of the sleeper. Speech at a
normal volume awakens a sleeper if the environment
The rule for falling assumes that a creature immediately
is otherwise silent (no wind, birdsong, crickets, street
drops the entire distance when it falls. But what if a
creature is at a high altitude when it falls, perhaps on
sounds, or the like) and the sleeper has a passive Wis-
dom (Perception) score of 15 or higher.
the back of a griffon or on board an airship? Realisti
cally, a fall from such a height can take more than a few
seconds, extending past the end of the turn when the fall
occurred. If youd like high-altitude falls to be properly Sleeping in light armor has no adverse effect on the
timeconsuming, use the following optional rule. wearer, but sleeping in medium or heavy armor makes it
When you fall from a great height, you instantly de- difcult to recover fully during a long rest.
scend up to 500 feet. If youre still falling on your next
When you nish a long rest during which you slept in TOOLS AND SKILLS TOGETHER
medium or heavy armor, you regain only one quarter of
Tools have more specic applications than skills. The
your spent Hit Dice (minimum of one die). If you have
History skill applies to any event in the past. A tool such
any levels of exhaustion, the rest doesnt reduce your
as a forgery kit is used to make fake objects and little
exhaustion level.
else. Thus, why would a character who has the opportu-
nity to acquire one or the other want to gain a tool pro
ciency instead of prociency in a skill?
A long rest is never mandatory, but going without sleep To make tool prociencies more attractive choices for
does have its consequences. If you want to account for the characters, you can use the methods outlined below.
the effects of sleep deprivation on characters and crea- Advantage. If the use of a tool and the use of a skill
tures, use these rules. both apply to a check, and a character is procient with
Whenever you end a 24-hour period without nishing the tool and the skill, consider allowing the character
a long rest, you must succeed on a DC 10 Constitution to make the check with advantage. This simple benet
saving throw or suffer one level of exhaustion. can go a long way toward encouraging players to pick
It becomes harder to ght off exhaustion if you stay up tool prociencies. In the tool descriptions that follow,
awake for multiple days. After the rst 24 hours, the this benet is often expressed as additional insight (or
DC increases by 5 for each consecutive 24-hour period something similar), which translates into an increased
without a long rest. The DC resets to 10 when you nish chance that the check will be a success.
a long rest. Added Benet. In addition, consider giving characters
who have both a relevant skill and a relevant tool pro-
ADAMANTINE WEAPONS ciency an added benet on a successful check. This ben-
Adamantine is an ultrahard metal found in meteorites et might be in the form of more detailed information or
and extraordinary mineral veins. In addition to being could simulate the effect of a different sort of successful
used to craft adamann'ne armor, the metal is also used check. For example, a character procient with masons
for weapons. tools makes a successful Wisdom (Perception) check to
Melee weapons and ammunition made Of or coated nd a secret door in a stone wall. Not only does the char-
with adamantine are unusually effective when used acter notice the doors presence, but you decide that the
to break objects. Whenever an adamantine weapon tool prociency entitles the character to an automatic
or piece of ammunition hits an object, the hit is a success on an Intelligence (Investigation) check to deter-
critical hit. mine how to open the door.
The adamantine version of a melee weapon or of
ten pieces of ammunition costs 500 gp more than the TOOL DESCRIPTIONS
normal version, whether the weapon or ammunition is The following sections go into detail about the tools pre-
made of the metal or coated with it. sented in the Players Handbook, offering advice on how
to use them in a campaign.
TYING KNOTS Components. The rst paragraph in each description
gives details on what a set of supplies or tools is made
The rules are purposely open-ended concerning mun-
up of. A character who is procient with a tool knows
dane tasks like tying knots, but sometimes knowing
how to use all of its component parts.
how well a knot was fashioned is important in a dra-
Skills. Every tool potentially provides advantage on a
matic scene when someone is trying to untie a knot or
check when used in conjunction with certain skills, pro
slip out of one. Heres an optional rule for determining
vided a character is procient with the tool and the skill.
the effectiveness of a knot.
As DM, you can allow a character to make a check using
The creature who ties the knot makes an Intelligence
the indicated skill with advantage. Paragraphs that be
(Sleight of Hand) check when doing so. The total of the
gin with skill names discuss these possibilities. In each
check becomes the DC for an attempt to untie the knot
of these paragraphs, the benets apply only to someone
with an Intelligence (Sleight of Hand) check or to slip
who has prociency with the tool, not someone who sim
out of it with a Dexterity (Acrobatics) check.
ply owns it.
This rule intentionally links Sleight of Hand with
With respect to skills, the system is mildly abstract in
Intelligence, rather than Dexterity. This is an example
terms of what a tool prociency represents; essentially,
of how to apply the rule in the Variant: Skills with
it assumes that a character who has prociency with a
Different Abilities" section in chapter 7 of the Play;
tool also has learned about facets of the trade or pro-
ers Handbook.
fession that are not necessarily associated with the use
of the tool.
TOOL PROFICIENCIES In addition, you can consider giving a character extra
Tool prociencies are a useful way to highlight a charac information or an added benet on a skill check. The
ters background and talents. At the game table, though, text provides some examples and ideas when this oppor-
the use of tools sometimes overlaps with the use of tunity is relevant.
skills, and it can be unclear how to use them together in Special Use. Prociency with a tool usually brings
certain situations. This section offers various ways that with it a particular benet in the form of a special use,
tools can be used in the game. as described in this paragraph.

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Sample DCs. A table at the end of each section lists
activities that a tool can be used to perform, and sug-
gested DCs for the necessary ability checks.

Alchemists supplies enable a character to produce use-
ful concoctions, such as acid or alchemists re.
Components. Alchemists supplies include two glass
beakers, a metal frame to hold a beaker in place over
an open ame, a glass stirring rod, a small mortar and
pestle, and a pouch of common alchemical ingredients,
including salt, powdered iron, and puried water.
Arcana. Prociency with alchemists supplies allows
you to unlock more information on Arcana checks in
volving potions and similar materials.
Investigation. When you inspect an area for clues,
prociency with alchemists supplies grants additional
insight into any chemicals or other substances that
might have been used in the area.
Aichemicai Crafting. You can use this tool prociency
to create alchemical items. A character can spend
money to collect raw materials, which weigh 1 pound
for every 50 gp spent. The DM can allow a character to
make a check using the indicated skill with advantage.
As part of a long rest, you can use alchemists supplies
to make one dose of acid, alchemists re, antitoxin,
oil, perfume, or soap. Subtract half the value of the cre
ated item from the total gp worth of raw materials you
are carrying.

Activity DC
Create a puffofthick smoke 10
Identify a poison 1O Activity DC
Identify a substance 15 Detect poison or impurities in a drink 10
Start a re 15 Identify alcohol 15
Neutralize acid 20 Ignore effects ofalcohol 20


Brewing is the art of producing beer. Not only does beer Calligraphy treats writing as a delicate, beautiful art.
serve as an alcoholic beverage, but the process of brew Calligraphers produce text that is pleasing to the eye,
ing puries water. Crafting beer takes weeks of fermen using a style that is difcult to forge. Their supplies also
tation, but only a few hours of work. give them some ability to examine scripts and determine
Components. Brewer's supplies include a large if they are legitimate, since a calligraphers training in-
glass jug, a quantity of hops, a siphon, and several feet volves long hours of studying writing and attempting to
of tubing. replicate its style and design.
History. Prociency with brewers supplies gives Components. Calligraphers supplies include ink, a
you additional insight on Intelligence (History) checks dozen sheets of parchment, and three quills.
concerning events that involve alcohol as a signi- Arcana. Although calligraphy is of little help in deci
cant element. phering the content of magical writings, prociency with
Medicine. This tool prociency grants additional these supplies can aid in identifying who wrote a script
insight when you treat anyone suffering from alcohol of a magical nature.
poisoning or when you can use alcohol to dull pain. History. This tool prociency can augment the
Persuasion. A stiff drink can help soften the hardest benet of successful checks made to analyze or inves
heart. Your prociency with brewers supplies can help tigate ancient writings, scrolls, or other texts, includ-
you ply someone with drink, giving them just enough ing runes etched in stone or messages in frescoes or
alcohol to mellow their mood. other displays.
Potable Water. Your knowledge of brewing enables Decipher Treasure Map. This tool prociency grants
you to purify water that would otherwise be undrink you expertise in examining maps. You can make an
able. As part of a long rest, you can purify up to 6 gal- Intelligence check to determine a maps age, whether a
lons of water, or 1 gallon as part of a short rest. map includes any hidden messages, or similar facts.

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CALLIORAPHERS SUPPLIES Nature. Your familiarity with physical geography
makes it easier for you to answer questions or solve is-
Activityr DC
sues relating to the terrain around you.
Identify writer of nonmagical script 10 Survival. Your understanding of geography makes it
Determine writer's state of mind 15 easier to nd paths to civilization, to predict areas where
Spot forged text 15 villages or towns might be found, and to avoid becom-
Forge a signature 20 ing lost. You have studied so many maps that common
patterns, such as how trade routes evolve and where
CARPENTERS TOOLs settlements arise in relation to geographic locations, are
Skill at carpentry enables a character to construct familiar to you.
wooden structures. A carpenter can build a house, a Crafta Map. While traveling, you can draw a map as
shack, a wooden cabinet, or similar items. you go in addition to engaging in other activity.
Components. Carpenters tools include a saw, a ham-
mer, nails, a hatchet, a square, a ruler, an adze, a plane, CARTOGRAPH ERS TOOLS
and a chisel. Activity DC
History. This tool prociency aids you in identifying Determine a maps age and origin 10
the use and the origin of wooden buildings and other Estimate direction and distance to a landmark 15
large wooden objects. 15
Discern that a map is fake
Investigation. You gain additional insight when in- 20
Fill in a missing part ofa map
specting areas within wooden structures, because you
know tricks of construction that can conceal areas from
Perception. You can spot irregularities in wooden Although the cobblers trade might seem too humble for
walls or floors, making it easier to nd trap doors and an adventurer, a good pair of boots will see a character
secret passages. across rugged wilderness and through deadly dungeons.
Stealth. You can quickly assess the weak spots in a Components. Cobblers tools consist of a hammer,
wooden oor, making it easier to avoid the places that an awl, a knife, a shoe stand, a cutter, spare leather,
creek and groan when theyre stepped on. and thread.
Fortifv. With 1 minute of work and raw materials, Arcana, History. Your knowledge of shoes aids you in
you can make a door or window harder to force open. identifying the magical properties of enchanted boots or
Increase the DC needed to open it by 5. the history Of such items.
Temporary Shelter. As part of a long rest, you can Investigation. Footwear holds a surprising number
construct a lean-to or a similar shelter to keep your of secrets. You can learn where someone has recently
group dry and in the shade for the duration of the rest. visited by examining the wear and the dirt that has ac-
Because it was fashioned quickly from whatever wood cumulated on their shoes. Your experience in repairing
was available, the shelter collapses 1d3 days after being shoes makes it easier for you to identify where damage
assembled. might come from.
Maintain Shoes. As part of a long rest, you can repair
CARPENTERS TOOLS your companions shoes. For the next 24 hours, up to six
creatures of your choice who wear shoes you worked on
Activity DC
can travel up to 10 hours a day without making saving
Build a simple wooden structure 10
throws to avoid exhaustion.
Design a complex wooden structure 15 Craft Hidden Compartment. With 8 hours of work,
Find a weak point in a wooden wall 15 you can add a hidden compartment to a pair of shoes.
Pry apart a door 20 The compartment can hold an object up to 3 inches long
and 1 inch wide and deep. You make an Intelligence
CARTOGRAPHERS TOOLS check using your tool prociency to determine the ln-
Using cartographers tools, you can create accurate telligence (Investigation) check DC needed to nd the
maps to make travel easier for yourself and those who compartment.
come after you. These maps can range from large-scale
depictions of mountain ranges to diagrams that show COBBLERs TOOLs
the layout of a dungeon level. Activity DC
Components. Cartographers tools consist of a Determine a shoes age and origin 10
quill, ink, parchment, a pair of compasses, calipers, 15
Find a hidden compartment in a boot heel
and a ruler.
Arcana, History, Religion. You can use your knowl
edge of maps and locations to unearth more detailed
Adventuring is a hard life. With a cook along on the jour-
information when you use these skills. For instance, you
ney, your meals will be much better than the typical mix
might spot hidden messages in a map, identify when the
of hardtack and dried fruit.
map was made to determine if geographical features
Components. Cooks utensils include a metal pot,
have changed since then, and so forth.
knives, forks, a stirring spoon, and a ladle.
History. Your knowledge of cooking techniques al FORGERY KIT
lows you to assess the social patterns involved in a cul- A forgery kit is designed to duplicate documents and to
tures eating habits. make it easier to copy a persons seal or signature.
Medicine. When administering treatment, you can Components. A forgery kit includes several different
transform medicine that is bitter or sour into a pleasing types of ink, a variety of parchments and papers, several
concoction. quills, seals and sealing wax, gold and silver leaf, and
Survival. When foraging for food, you can make do small tools to sculpt melted wax to mimic a seal.
with ingredients you scavenge that others would be un- Arcana. A forgery kit can be used in conjunction
able to transform into nourishing meals. with the Arcana skill to determine if a magic item is
Prepare Meals. As part of a short rest, you can pre real or fake.
pare a tasty meal that helps your companions regain Deception. A wellwcrafted forgery, such as papers pro-
their strength. You and up to ve creatures of your claiming you to be a noble or a writ that grants you safe
choice regain 1 extra hit point per Hit Die spent during passage, can lend credence to a lie.
a short rest, provided you have access to your cooks History. A forgery kit combined with your knowledge
utensils and sufcient food. of history improves your ability to create fake historical
documents or to tell if an old document is authentic.
Cooxs UTENSILS Investigation. When you examine objects, prociency
Activity DC with a forgery kit is useful for determining how an ob
10 ject was made and whether it is genuine.
Create atypical meal
Other Tools. Knowledge of other tools makes your
Duplicate a meal
forgeries that much more believable. For example, you
Spot poison or impurities in food 15
could combine prociency with a forgery kit and pro-
Create a gourmet meal 15
ciency with cartographers tools to make a fake map.
Quick Fake. As part of a short rest, you can produce
DISGUISE KIT a forged document no more than one page in length. As
The perfect tool for anyone who wants to engage in part of a long rest, you can produce a document that is
trickery, a disguise kit enables its owner to adopt a up to four pages long. Your Intelligence check using a
false identity. forgery kit determines the DC for someone elses Intelli-
Components. A disguise kit includes cosmetics, hair gence (Investigation) check to spot the fake.
dye, small props, and a few pieces of clothing.
Deception. In certain cases, a disguise can improve FORGERY KIT
your ability to weave convincing lies. DC
Intimidation. The right disguise can make you look
Mimic handwriting 15
more fearsome, whether you want to scare someone
Duplicate a wax seal 20
away by posing as a plague victim or intimidate a gang
of thugs by taking the appearance of a bully.
Performance. A cunning disguise can enhance an au- GAMING SET
diences enjoyment of a performance, provided the dis Prociency with a gaming set applies to one type of
guise is properly designed to evoke the desired reaction. game, such as Three-Dragon Ante or games of chance
Persuasion. Folk tend to trust a person in uniform. If that use dice.
you disguise yourself as an authority gure, your efforts Components. A gaming set has all the pieces needed
to persuade others are often more effective. to play a specic game or type of game, such as a com-
Create Disguise. As part of a long rest, you can plete deck of cards or a board and tokens.
create a disguise. It takes you 1 minute to don such a History. Your mastery of a game includes knowledge
disguise once you have created it. You can carry only of its history, as well as of important events it was con
one such disguise on you at a time without drawing nected to or prominent historical gures involved with it.
undue attention, unless you have a bag ofholding or Insight. Playing games with someone is a good way to
a similar method to keep them hidden. Each disguise gain understanding of their personality, granting you a
weighs 1 pound. better ability to discern their lies from their truths and
At other times, it takes 10 minutes to craft a disguise read their mood.
that involves moderate changes to your appearance, SleightofHand. Sleight of Hand is a useful skill for
and 30 minutes for one that requires more exten- cheating at a game, as it allows you to swap pieces,
sive changes. palm cards, or alter a die roll. Alternatively, engrossing
a target in a game by manipulating the components with
Dnscurse KIT dexterous movements is a great distraction for a pick-
pocketing attempt.
Activity DC
Cover injuries or distinguishing marks 10
Spot a disguise being used by someone else 15
Activity DC
Copy a humanoids appearance 20
Catch a player cheating 15
Gain insight into an Opponents personality 15

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GLASSBLOWERS TOOLS This insight proves handy when you make Arcana
Someone who is procient with glassblowers tools checks related to gems or gemencrusted items.
has not only the ability to shape glass, but also spe- Investigation. When you inspect jeweled objects. your
cialized knowledge of the methods used to produce prociency with jewelers tools aids you in picking out
glass objects. clues they might hold.
Components. The tools include a blowpipe, a small Identify Gems. You can identify gems and determine
marver, blocks, and tweezers. You need a source of heat their value at a glance.
to work glass.
Arcana, History. Your knowledge of glassmaking JEWELERS TOOLS
techniques aids you when you examine glass objects, Activity DC
such as potion bottles or glass items found in a treasure Modify a gem's appearance 15
hoard. For instance, you can study how a glass potion Determine a gem's history 20
bottle has been changed by its contents to help deter
mine a potions effects. (A potion might leave behind a
residue, deform the glass, or stain it.)
Prociency with land vehicles covers a wide range of op-
Investigation. When you study an area, your knowL
tions, from chariots and howdahs to wagons and carts.
edge can aid you if the clues include broken glass or
Prociency with water vehicles covers anything that nav-
glass objects.
igates waterways. Prociency with vehicles grants the
Identify Weakness. With 1 minute of study, you can
knowledge needed to handle vehicles of that type, along
identify the weak points in a glass object. Any damage
with knowledge of how to repair and maintain them.
dealt to the Object by striking a weak spot is doubled.
In addition, a character procient with water vehicles
is knowledgeable about anything a professional sailor
would be familiar with, such as information about the
Activity DC sea and islands, tying knots, and assessing weather and
identify source of glass 10 sea conditions.
Determine what a glass object once held 20 Arcana. When you study a magic vehicle, this tool pro-
ciency aids you in uncovering lore or determining how
HERBALISM KIT the vehicle operates.
Prociency with an herbalism kit allows you to identify Investigation, Perception. When you inspect a vehi
plants and safely collect their useful elements. cle for clues or hidden inform ation, your prociency aids
Components. An herbalism kit includes pouches to you in noticing things that others might miss.
store herbs, clippers and leather gloves for collecting Vehicle Handling. When piloting a vehicle, you can
plants, a mortar and pestle, and several glass jars. apply your prociency bonus to the vehicle's AC and sav-
Arcana. Your knowledge of the nature and uses of ing throws.
herbs can add insight to your magical studies that deal
with plants and your attempts to identify potions. VEHICLES
Investigation. When you inspect an area overgrown Activity DC
with plants, your prociency can help you pick out de Navigate rough terrain or waters 10
tails and clues that others might miss. Assess a vehicle's condition 15
Medicine. Your mastery of herbalism improves your
Take a tight corner at high speed 20
ability to treat illnesses and wounds by augmenting your
methods of care with medicinal plants.
Nature and Survival. When you travel in the wild,
Knowledge of leatherworking extends to lore concern
your skill in herbalism makes it easier to identify plants
ing animal hides and their properties. It also confers
and spot sources of food that others might overlook.
knowledge of leather armor and similar goods.
Identify Plants. You can identify most plants with a
Components. Leatherworkers tools include a knife,
quick inspection of their appearance and smell.
a small mallet, an edger, a hole punch, thread, and
leather scraps.
Arcana. Your expertise in working with leather grants
Activity DC you added insight when you inspect magic items crafted
Find plants 15 from leather, such as boots and some cloaks.
Identify poison 20 Investigation. You gain added insight when studying
leather items or clues related to them, as you draw on
jEWELERS TOOLS your knowledge of leather to pick out details that others
Training with jewelers tools includes the basic tech- would overlook.
niques needed to beautify gems. it also gives you exper Identify Hides. When looking at a hide or a leather
tise in identifying precious stones. item, you can determine the source of the leather and
Components. Jewelers tools consist Of a small saw any special techniques used to treat it. For example,
and hammer, les, pliers, and tweezers. you can spot the difference between leather crafted
Arcana. Prociency with jewelers tools grants you using dwarven methods and leather crafted using half-
knowledge about the reputed mystical uses of gems. ling methods.

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Activity DC Activity DC
Modify a leather items appearance 10 Plot a course 10
Determine a leather items history 20 Discover your position on a nautical chart 15


Masons tools allow you to craft stone structures, includ- Prociency with painters supplies represents your
ing walls and buildings crafted from brick. ability to paint and draw. You also acquire an under-
Components. Masons tools consist of a trowel, a standing of art history, which can aid you in examining
hammer, a chisel, brushes, and a square. works of art.
History. Your expertise aids you in identifying a stone Components. Painters supplies include an easel, can-
buildings date of construction and purpose, along with vas, paints, brushes, charcoal sticks. and a palette.
insight into who might have built it. Arcana, History, Religion. Your expertise aids you in
Investigation. You gain additional insight when in uncovering lore of any sort that is attached to a work of
specting areas within stone structures. art, such as the magical properties of a painting or the
Perception. You can spot irregularities in stone walls origins of a strange mural found in a dungeon.
or floors, making it easier to nd trap doors and se- Investigation, Perception. When you inspect a
cret passages. painting or a similar work of visual art, your knowledge
Demolition. Your knowledge. of masonry allows you of the practices behind creating it can grant you addi-
to spot weak points in brick walls. You deal double dam- tional insight.
age to such structures with your weapon attacks. Painting and Drawing. As part of a short or long rest,
you can produce a simple work of art. Although your
MASONS TOOLS work might lack precision, you can capture an image or
DC a scene, or make. a quick copy of a piece of art you saw.
Chisel a small hole in a stone wall 10
Findaweak pointinastonewall 15
Activity DC

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Paint an accurate portrait 10

Prociency with a musical instrument indicates you are Create a painting with a hidden message 20
familiar with the techniques used to play it. You also
have knowledge of some songs commonly performed POISONERS KIT
with that instrument. A poisoners kit is a favored resource for thieves, assas-
History. Your expertise aids you in recalling lore re- sins, and others who engage in skulduggery. It allows
lated to your instrument. you to apply poisons and create them from various
Performance. Your ability to put on a good show materials. Your knowledge of poisons also helps you
is improved when you incorporate an instrument treat them.
into your act. Components. A poisoners kit includes glass vials, a
Compose 3 Tune. As part of a long rest, you can mortar and pestle, chemicals, and a glass stirring rod.
compose a new tune and lyrics for your instrument. You History. Your training with poisons can help you
might use this ability to impress a noble or spread scan- when you try to recall facts about infamous poisonings.
dalous rumors with a catchy tune. Investigation, Perception. Your knowledge of poisons
has taught you to handle those substances carefully,
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT giving you an edge when you inspect poisoned objects or
DC try to extract clues from events that involve poison.
Medicine. When you treat the victim of a poison, your
Identify a tune 10
knowledge grants you added insight into how to provide
Improvise a tune 20
the best care to your patient.
Nature, Survival. Working with poisons enables
NAVIGATORS TOOLS you to acquire lore about which plants and animals are
Prociency with navigator's tools helps you determine a poisonous.
true course based on observing the stars. It also grants Handle Poison. Your prociency allows you to handle
you insight into charts and maps while developing your and apply a poison without risk of exposing yourself to
sense of direction. its effects.
Components. Navigators tools include a sextant, a
compass, calipers, a ruler, parchment, ink, and a quill. POISONERS TOOLS
Survival. Knowledge of navigators tools helps you
Activity DC
avoid becoming lost and also grants you insight into the
Spot a poisoned object 10
most likely location for roads and settlements.
Sighting. By taking careful measurements, you can Determine the effects ofa poison 20
determine your position on a nautical chart and the
time of day.

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Arcana and History. Your expertise lends you ad
ditional insight when examining metal objects, such
as weapons.
Investigation. You can spot clues and make deduc
tions that others might overlook when an investigation
involves armor, weapons, or other metalwork.
Repair. With access to your tools and an open ame
hot enough to make metal pliable, you can restore 10 hit
points to a damaged metal object for each hour of work.

Activity DC
Sharpen a dull blade 10
Repaira suit oiarmor lS
Sunder a nonmagical metal object 15

Perhaps the most common tools used by adventurers,
thieves tools are designed for picking locks and foiling
traps. Prociency with the tools also grants you a gen-
eral knowledge of traps and locks.
Components. Thieves tools include a small le, a set
Of lock picks, a small mirror mounted on a metal handle,
a set of narrowbladed scissors, and a pair of pliers.
History. Your knowledge of traps grants you insight
when answering questions about locations that are re-
nowned for their traps.
Investigation and Perception. You gain additional in-
sight when looking for traps, because you have learned
a variety of common signs that betray their presence.
Seta Trap. just as you can disable traps, you can also
POTTERS TOOLS set them. As part of a short rest, you can create a trap
Potters tools are used to create a variety of ceramic Ob- using items you have on hand. The total of your check
jects, most typically pots and similar vessels. becomes the DC for someone elses attempt to discover
Components. Potters tools include potters needles, or disable the trap. The trap deals damage appropriate
ribs, scrapers, a knife, and calipers. to the materials used in crafting it (such as poison or a
History. Your expertise aids you in identifying ce' weapon) or damage equal to half the total of your check,
ramic objects, including when they were created and whichever the DM deems appropriate.
their likely place or culture of origin.
Investigation, Perception. You gain additional insight THIEVES TOOLs
when inspecting ceramics, uncovering clues others Activity DC
would overlook by spotting minor irregularities. Pick a lock Varies
Reconstruction. By examining pottery shards, you
Disable a trap Varies
can determine an objects original, intact form and its
likely purpose.
A set of tinkers tools is designed to enable you to repair
many mundane objects. Though you cant manufacture
Activity DC much with tinkers tools, you can mend torn clothes,
Determine what a vessel once held 10 sharpen a worn sword, and patch a tattered suit of
Create a serviceable pot 15 chain mail.
Find a weak point in a ceramic Object 20 Components. Tinkers tools include a variety of hand
tools, thread, needles, a Whetstone, scraps of cloth and
SMITHS TOOLS leather, and a small pot of glue.
Smiths tools allow you to work metal, heating it to History. You can determine the age and origin of ob-
alter its shape, repair damage, or work raw ingots into jects, even if you have only a few pieces remaining from
useful items. the original.
Components. Smiths tools include hammers, tongs, Investigation. When you inspect a damaged ob-
charcoal, rags, and a Whetstone. ject, you gain knowledge of how it was damaged and
how long ago.
Repair. You can restore 10 hit points to a damaged ob
ject for each hour of work. For any object, you need ac-
cess to the raw materials required to repair it. For metal This section expands on the spellcasting rules pre
objects, you need access to an open flame hot enough to sented in the Player's Handbook and the Dungeon Mas-
make the metal pliable. ters Guide, providing clarications and new Options.


Activity DC Many spells create obvious effects: explosions of re,
10 walls of ice, teleportation, and the like. Other spells,
Temporarily repair a disabled device
such as charm person, display no visible, audible, or oth
Repair an item in halfthe time l5
erwise perceptible sign of their effects, and could easily
Improvise a temporary item using scraps 20
go unnoticed by someone unaffected by them. As noted
in the Players Handbook, you normally dont know that
Waxvsas TOOLS a spell has been cast unless the spell produces a notice-
Weavers tools allow you to create cloth and tailor it into able effect.
articles of clothing. But what about the act of casting a spell? Is it possible
Components. Weavers tools include thread, needles, for someOne to perceive that a spell is being cast in their
and scraps of cloth. You know how to work a loom, but presence? To be perceptible, the casting of a spell must
such equipment is too large to transport. involve a verbal, somatic, or material component. The
Arcana, History. Your expertise lends you additional form of a material component doesnt matter for the
insight when examining cloth objects, including cloaks purposes of perception, whether its an object specied
and robes. in the spells description, a component pouch, or a spell-
Investigation. Using your knowledge of the process of casting focus.
creating cloth objects, you can spot clues and make de- If the need for a spells components has been removed
ductions that others would overlook when you examine by a special ability, such as the sorcerers Subtle Spell
tapestries, upholstery, clothing, and other woven items. feature or the Innate Spellcasting trait possessed by
Repair. As part of a short rest, you can repair a single many creatures, the casting of the spell is imperceptible.
damaged cloth object. If an imperceptible casting produces a perceptible ef-
Craft Clothing. Assuming you have access to suf fect, its normally impossible to determine who cast the
cient cloth and thread, you can create an outt for a spell in the absence of other evidence.
creature as part of a long rest.
Sometimes a character wants to identify a spell that
Activity DC
someone else is casting or that was already cast. To do
Repurpose cloth l0 so, a character can use their reaction to identify a spell
Mend a hole in a piece ofcloth l0 as its being cast, or they can use an action on their turn
Tailor an outt 15 to identify a spell by its effect after it is cast.
If the character perceived the casting, the spells ef
Wooncxavsas TOOLS fect, or both, the character can make an Intelligence (Ar-
Woodcarvers tools allow you to craft intricate objects cana) check with the reaction or action. The DC equals
from wood, such as wooden tokens or arrows. 15 + the spells level. If the spell is cast as a class spell
Components. Woodcarvers tools consist of a knife, a and the character is a member of that class, the check
gouge, and a small saw. is made with advantage. For example, if the spellcaster
Arcana, History. Your expertise lends you additional casts a spell as a cleric, another cleric has advantage on
insight when you examine wooden objects, such as gu- the check to identify the spell. Some spells aren't asso
rines or arrows. ciated with any class when theyre cast, such as when a
Nature. Your knowledge of wooden objects gives you monster uses its Innate Spellcasting trait.
some added insight when you examine trees. This Intelligence (Arcana) Check represents the fact
Repair. As part of a short rest, you can repair a single that identifying a spell requires a quick mind and famil-
damaged wooden object. iarity with the theory and practice of casting. This is
Craft Arrows. As part of a short rest, you can craft true even for a character whose spellcasting ability is
up to ve arrows. As part of a long rest, you can craft Wisdom or Charisma. Being able to cast spells doesnt
up to twenty. You must have enough wood on hand to by itself make you adept at deducing exactly what others
produce them. are doing when they cast their spells.


Activity DC A spell species what a caster can target with it: any
Craft a small wooden gurine lO type of creature, a creature of a certain type (humanoid
Carve an intricate pattern in wood l5 or beast, for instance), an object, an area, the caster,
or something else. But what happens if a spell tar-
gets something that isnt a valid target? For example,

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someone might cast charm person on a creature be-
lieved to be a humanoid, not knowing that the target is
in fact a vampire. If this issue comes up, handle it using
the following rule.
If you cast a spell on someone or something that cant
be affected by the spell, nothing happens to that target,
but if you used a spell slot to cast the spell, the slot is .. "i
still expended. If the spell normally has no effect on a is. - .- 7:
target that succeeds on a saving throw, the invalid target ' . .
appears to have succeeded on its saving throw, even
though it didnt attempt one (giving no hint that the crea-
ture is in fact an invalid target). Otherwise, you perceive
that the spell did nothing to the target. DIAGRAM 2,1:

The Dungeon Masters Guide includes the following
short rule for using areas of effect on a grid.
Choose an intersection of squares as the point of
origin of an area of effect, then follow the rules for that
kind of area as normal (see the Areas of Effect" section
in chapter 10 of the Players Handbook). If an area of ef
fect is circular and covers at least half a aware, it affects , _
that square. I'
That rule works, but it can require a fair amount of
on-the-spot adjudication. This section offers two alterna-
tives for determining the exact location of an area: the
template method and the token method. Both of these
methods assume youre using a grid and miniatures of
some sort. Because these methods can yield different DIAGRAM 2.2:

results for the number of squares in a given area, its SPHERE TEMPLATE
not recommended that they be combined at the table
choose whichever method you and your players nd eas-
ier or more intuitive.

The template method uses twodimensional shapes
that represent different areas of effect. The aim of the
method is to accurately portray the length and width
of each area on the grid and to leave little doubt about
which creatures are affected by it. Youll need to make
these templates or nd premade ones.
Making a Template. Making a template is simple. Get
a piece of paper or card stock, and cut it in the shape of
the area of effect youre using. Every 5 feet of the area _ DIAGRAM 2.3: SQUARE

equals 1 inch of the templates size. For example, the ARM USNG TOHENS
20-footradius sphere of the reball spell, which has a
40foot diameter, would translate into a circular tem
plate with an 8-inch diameter.
Using a Template. To use an area-ofeffect template,
apply it to the grid. If the terrain is flat, you can lay it on
the surface; otherwise, hold the template above the sur-
face and take note of which squares it covers or partially
covers. If any part of a square is under the template, that
square is included in the area of effect. If a creatures
miniature is in an affected square, that creature is in
the area. Being adjacent to the edge of the template
isn't enough for a square to be included in the area of
effect; the square must be entirely or partly covered by
the template.
You can also use this method without a grid. If you do
so, a creature is included in an area of effect if any part Dmennm 21:: Somme
of the miniatures base is overlapped by the template.

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When you place a template, follow all the rules in the Using Tokens. Every 5-foot square of an area of effect
Players Handbook for placing the associated area of becomes a die or other token that you place on the grid.
effect. If an area of effect, such as a cone or a line, origi- Each token goes inside a square, not at an intersection
nates from a spellcaster, the template should extend out of lines. If an areas token is in a square, that square is
from the caster and be positioned however the caster included in the area of effect. Its that simple.
likes within the bounds of the rules. Diagrams 2.3 through 2.6 show this method in action,
Diagrams 2.1 and 2.2 show the template method using dice as the tokens.
in action. Circles. This method depicts everything using
squares, and a circular area of effect becomes square in
TOKEN METHOD it, whether the area is a sphere, cylinder, or radius. For
The token method is meant to make areas of effect instance, the 10-foot radius of ame strike, which has a
tactile and fun. To use this method, grab some dice or diameter of 20 feet, is expressed as a square that is 20
other tokens, which youre going to use to represent your feet on a side, as shown in diagram 2.3. Diagram 2.4
areas of effect. shows that area with total cover inside it.
Rather than faithfully representing the shapes of the Cones. A cone is represented by rows of tokens on the
different areas of effect, this method gives you a way to grid, extending from the cones point of origin. In the
create square-edged versions of them on a grid easily, as rows, the squares are adjoining side by side or corner to
described in the following subsections. corner, as shown in diagram 2.5. To determine the num-
ber of rows a cone contains, divide its length by 5. For STEP 3: DETERMINE NUMBERS AND
example, a 30-foot cone contains six rows.
Heres how to create the rows. Starting with a square
adjacent to the cones point of origin, place one token. The process for building ghts that feature only one leg-
The square can be orthogonally or diagonally adjacent endary monster is simple. The Solo Monster Challenge
to the point of origin. In every row beyond that one, Rating table shows you which challenge rating (CR) to
place as many tokens as you placed in the previous row, use for a legendary creature opposing a party of four to
plus one more token. Place this rows tokens so that six characters, creating a satisfying but difcult battle.
their squares each share a side with a square in the For example, for a party of ve 9th~level characters, a
previous row. If the cone is orthogonally adjacent to the CR 12 legendary creature makes an optimal encounter.
point of origin, youll have one more token to place in the For a more perilous battle, match up the characters
row; place it on one end or the other of the row you just with a legendary creature whose challenge rating is 1 or
created (you dont have to pick the side chosen in dia 2 higher than optimal. For an easy ght, use a legendary
gram 2.5). Keep placing tokens in this way until youve creature whose challenge rating is 3 or more lower than
created all of the cones rows. the challenge rating for an optimal encounter.
Lines. A line can extend from its source orthogonally
or diagonally, as shown in diagram 2.6. SOLo MONSTER CHALLENGE RATlNG
Party Size
ENCOUNTER BUILDING Level 6 Characters 5 Characters 4 Characters
This section introduces new guidelines on building com- lst 2 2 1
bat encounters for an adventure. They are an alternative 2nd 4 3 2
to the rules in Creating Encounters in chapter 3 of the
3rd 5 4 3
Dungeon Masters Guide. This approach uses the same
4th 6 5 4
math that underlies the rules presented in that book, but
it makes a few adjustments to the way that math is pre- 5th 9 8 7
sented to produce a more flexible system. 6th 10 9 8
This encounterbuilding system assumes that, as DM, 7th 11 1O 9
you want to have a clear understanding Of the threat 8th 12 11 10
posed by a group Of monsters. It will be useful to you if 9th 13 12 11
you want to emphasize combat in your adventure, ifyou
10th 14 13 12
want to ensure that a foe isn't tOO deadly for a group Of
11th 15 14 13
characters, and if you want to understand the relation-
12th 17 16 15
ship between a characters level and a monsters chal-
lenge rating. 13th 13 1? 16
Building an encounter using these guidelines follows 14th 19 18 17
a series of steps. 15th 20 19 13

16th 21 20 19
17th 22 21 20
To build an encounter using this system, rst take stock 22 21 20
of the player characters. "This system uses the charac-
19th 23 22 21
ters levels to determine the numbers and challenge
20th 24 23 22
ratings of creatures you can pit them against Without
making a ght too hard or too easy. Even though char-
acter level is important, you should also take note Of If your encounter features multiple monsters, balanc-
each characters hit point maximum and saving throw ing it takes a little more work. Refer to the Multiple
modiers, as well as how much damage the mightiest Monsters tables, which are broken up by level ranges,
characters can deal with a single attack. Character level providing information for how to balance encounters for
and challenge rating are good for dening the difculty characters of let5th level, 6th10th level, llth15th
of an encounter, but they don't tell the whole story. Youll level, and 16th20th level.
make use of these additional character statistics when First, you need to note the challenge rating for each
you select monsters for an encounter in step 4. creature the party will face. Then, to create your encoun-
ter, nd the level of each character on the appropriate ta-
STEP 2: CHOOSE ENCOUNTER SIZE ble. Each table shows what a single character of a given
level is equivalent to in terms of challenge ratinga
Determine whether you want to create a battle that pits
value represented by a ratio that compares numbers of
one creature against the characters, or if you want to
characters to a single monster ranked by challenge rat
use multiple monsters. If the ght is against a single
ing. The rst number in each expression is the number
opponent, your best candidate for that foe is one of the
of characters of the given level. The second number tells
games legendary creatures, which are designed to ll
how many monsters of the listed challenge rating those
this need. If the battle involves multiple monsters, de
characters are equivalent to.
cide roughly how many creatures you want to use before
continuing with step 3.

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For example, reading the row for lst-level characters smaller than it is. For example, to make an easy encounu
from the let5th Level table, we see that one latlevel tor for a party of ve characters, put them up against
character is the equivalent of two CR 1/8 monsters or monsters that would be a tough ght for three charac-
one CR 1/4 monster. The ratio reverses for higher chal ters. Likewise, you can treat the party as up to half again
lenge ratings, where a single monster is more powerful larger to build a battle that is potentially deadly, though
than a single 1st-level character. One CR 1/2 creature is still not likely to be an automatic defeat. A party of four
equivalent to three lst-level characters, while one CR 1 characters facing an encounter designed for six charac-
opponent is equivalent to ve. ters would fall into this category.
Lets say you have a party of four 3rdulevel characters.
Using the table, you can see that one CR 2 foe is a good WEAK MONSTERS AND HIGHLEVEL
match for the entire party, but that the characters will CHARACTERS
likely have a hard time handling a CR 3 creature. To save space on the tables and keep them simple, some
Using the same guidelines, you can mix and match of the lower challenge ratings are missing from the high
challenge ratings to put together a group of creatures er-level tables. For low challenge ratings not appearing
to oppose four 3rd-level characters. For example, you on the table, assume a 1:12 ratio, indicating that twelve
could select one CR 1 creature. Thats worth two 3rd creatures of those challenge ratings are equivalent to
level characters, leaving you with two characters worth one character of a specic level.
of monsters to allocate. You could then add two CR 1/4
monsters to account for one other character and one CR STEP 4: SELECT MONSTERS
1/2 monster to account for the nal character. In total, After using the tables from the previous step to deter-
your encounter has one CR 1, one CR 1/2, and two CR mine the challenge ratings of the monsters in your en
1/4 creatures. counter, youre ready to pick individual monsters. This
For groups in which the characters are of different lev- process is more of an art than a science.
els, you have two options. You can group all characters In addition to assessing monsters by challenge rating,
of the same level together, match them with monsters, its important to look at how certain monsters might
and then combine all the creatures into one encounter.
Alternatively, you can determine the groups average
level and treat each character as being of that level for
Mqhqgihg q [Orb Cl wihloh$ i5 literal.
the purpose of selecting appropriate monsters.
The above guidelines are designed to create a ght (low wwi oi SeUgivxS qit owl tqlcivxg laqll cl Ufllw.
that will challenge a party while still being winnable. litis tqsizr ll LOUs. Cam. lad? can (:1: on IqA
If you want to create an easier encounter that will
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challenge characters but not threaten to defeat them,
you can treat the party as if it were roughly one-third
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Challenge Rating
Level 1/3 1/4 1/2 1 2 3 4
1st 1:2 1:1 3:1 5:1

2nd 1:3 1:2 1:1 3:1 6:1

3rd 1:5 1:2 1:1 2:1 4:1 6:1
4th 1:8 1:4 1:2 1:1 2:1 4:1 6:1
5th 1:12 1:8 1:4 1:2 1:1 2:1 3:1 5:1 6:1


Challenge Rating
Level 113 1/4 1/2 1 2 3 4 5
1:5 1:2 1:1 2:1 2:1 4:1 5:1 6:1
6th 1:12 1:9
1:6 1:3 1:1 1:1 2:1 3:1 4:1 5:1
7th 1:12 1:12
1:7 1:4 1:2 1:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 6:1
8th 1:12 1:12
1:12 1:8 1:4 1:2 1:1 1:1 2:1 3:1 4:1 5:1 6:1
9th 1:12
1:10 1:5 1:2 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 4:1 5:1 6:1
10th 1:12 1:12


Challenge Rating
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Level 1 2
2:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 4:1 5:1 6:1
11th 1:6 1:3 1:2 1:1
1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 5:1 6:1
12th 1:8 1:3 1:2
1:9 1:4 1:2 1:2 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 5:1
1:2 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 4:1 5:1 6:1
14th 1:10 1:4 1:3
1:3 1:2 1:1 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 5:1 5:1 6:1
15th 1:12 1:5


Challenge Rating
7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Level 2 3 4 5 6
2:1 4:1 4:1 5:1 5:1 6:1 - -
16th 1:5 1:3 1:2 1:1 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 3:1
2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 4:1 5:1 6:1 -
12th 1:7 1:4 1:3 1:2 1:1 1:1 1:1 2:1
1:1 2:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 4:1 5:1 6:1 6:1
18th 1:7 1:5 1:3 1:2 1:1 1:1
1:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 4:1 5:1 6:1 6:1
19th 1:8 1:5 1:3 1:2 1:2 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1
1:1 2:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 4:1 5:1 5:1 6:1
20th 129 1:6 1:4 1:2 1:2 1:1 1:1 1:1

stack up against your group. Hit points, attacks, and number of creatures in the encounter, you can come up
saving throws are all useful indicators. Compare the with different options for building the encounter.
damage a monster can deal to the hit point maximum of
each character. Be wary of any monster that is capable
of dropping a character with a single attack, unless you The events that unfold during an encounter have to do
are designing the ght to be especially deadly. with a lot more than swinging weapons and casting
In the same way, compare the monsters hit points to spells. The most interesting confrontations also take
the damage output of the partys strongest characters, into account the personality or behavior of the monsters,
again looking for targets that can be killed with one perhaps determining whether they can be communi
blow. Having a signicant number of foes drop in the cated with or whether theyre all acting in concert. Other
rst rounds of combat can make an encounter too easy. possible factors include the nature of the physical envi-
Likewise. look at whether a monsters deadliest ronment, such as whether it includes obstacles or other
abilities call for saving throws that most of the party features that might come into play, and the everpresent
members are weak with, and compare the characters possibility of something unexpected taking place.
offensive abilities to the monsters saving throws. If you already have ideas for how to esh out your
If the only creatures you can choose from at the de encounter in these ways, go right ahead and nish your
sired challenge rating arent a good match for the char- creation. Otherwise, take a look at the following sec
acters statistics, dont be afraid to go back to step 3. By tions for some basic advice on adding avor elements to
altering your challenge rating targets and adjusting the the simple mechanics of the ght.

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To address the question of a monsters personality, you Consider what might happen in an encounter area if the
can use the tables in chapter 4 of the Dungeon Masters characters were to never enter it. Do the guards serve in
Guide, use the Monster Personality table below, or sim- shifts? What other characters or monsters might visit?
ply jot down a few notes based on a creatures Monster Do creatures gather there to eat or gossip? Are there
Manna} description. During the battle, you can use these any natural phenomenasuch as strong winds, earth
ideas to inform how you portray the monsters and their tremors, or rain squallsthat sometimes take place
actions. To keep things simple, you can assign the same in the area? Random events can add a fun element of
personality traits to an entire group of monsters. For ex- the unexpected to an encounter. Just when you think
ample, one bandit gang might be an unruly mob of brag a ghts outcome is evident, an unforeseen event can
garts, while the members of another gang are always on make things more compelling.
edge and ready to ee at the rst sign of danger. A number of the tables in the Dungeon Masters Guide
can suggest random events. The tables used for encoun
MONSTER PERSONALITY ter location, weird locales, and wilderness weather in
d8 Personality chapter 5 of that book are a good starting point for out
door encounters. The tables in appendix A can be useful
l Cowardly; looking to surrender
for indoor and outdoor encountersespecially the tables
2 Greedy; wants treasure for obstacles, traps, and tricks. Finally, consult the ran-
3 Braggart; makes a show of bravery but runs from dom encounter tables in the next section of this book for
danger inspiration.
4 Fanatic; ready to die ghting
5 Rabble; poorly trained and easily rattled QUICK MATCHUPS
6 Brave; stands its ground The guidelines above assume that you are concerned
7 Joker; taunts its enemies about balance in your combat encounters and have
8 Bully; refuses to believe it can lose enough time to prepare them. If you dont have much
time, or if you want simpler but less precise guidelines,
the Quick Matchups table below offers an alternative.
This table gives you a way to match a character of
Do rivalries, hatreds, or attachments exist among the
a certain level with a number of monsters. The table
monsters in an encounter? If so, you can use such re
lists the challenge ratings to use for including one, two,
lationships to inform the monsters behavior during
and four monsters per character for each level. For in-
combat. The death of a muchrevered leader might
stance, looking at the 3rd-1eve1 entry on the table, you
throw its followers into a frenzy. On the other hand, a
can see that a CR 1/2- monster is equivalent to one 3rd-
monster might decide to ee if its spouse is killed, or a
level character, as are two CR 1/4 monsters and four
mistreated toady might be eager to surrender and betray
CR 1/8 ones.
its master in return for its life.

d6 Relationship
Level '| Monster 2 Monsters 4 Monsters
1 Has a rival; wants one random ally to suffer
lst 1/4 1/8 -*-
2 ls abused by others; hangs back, betrays at rst
2nd I/2 1/4 a
3rd 1/2 1/4 1/8
ls worshiped; allies will die for it
4th 1/2 1/4


Is outcast by group; its allies ignore it

5th 1/2

Is outcast by choice; cares only for itself

6th 1/2

ls seen as a bully; its allies want to see it defeated

7th 1/2


A few elements that make a battleeld something other 9th

than a large area of at ground can go a long way to- 10th

ward spicing up an encounter. Consider setting your en llth
counter in an area that would provide challenges even if 12th
a ght were not taking place there. What potential perils 13th
or other features might draw the characters attention, 14th
either before or during the ght? Why are monsters lurk-
ing in this area to begin withdoes it offer good hiding
places, for instance? 16th
To add details to an encounter area at random, look to 17th
the tables in appendix A of the Dungeon Masters Guide 18th
to determine room and area features, potential hazards, 19th
obstacles, traps, and more. 20th

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13_20 1d3 winged kobolds with 1d6 kobolds
AWORLD OF POSSIBILITIES 2125 The partially eaten carcass ofa mammoth, from
Chapter 3 of the Dungeon Masters Guide provides guid- which 1d4 weeks of rations can be harvested
ance on using random encounters in your game. This 2629 2d8 hunters (tribal warriors)
section builds on that guidance, offering a host of ran 3035 1 half-ogre
dom encounter tables for you to use when you determine 36~40 Single-le tracks in the snow that stop abruptly
that a random encounter is going to take place.
4145 1d3 ice mephits
Using the monster lists in appendix B of that book as
a basis, weve built a set of tables for each environment 4650 1 brown bear
category: arctic, coastal, desert, forest, grassland, hill, 5153 1d6 + 1 orcs
mountain, swamp, Underdark, underwater, and urban. 5455 1 polar bear
Within each category, separate tables are provided for 5657 1d6 scouts
each of the four tiers of play: levels 14, 510, 1116, 5860 1 saber-toothed tiger
and 1720. 6165 A frozen pond with a jagged hole in the ice that ap-
Even though you can use these tables out of the box,
pears recently made
the advice in the Dungeon Masters Guide still holds
6668 1 berserker
true: tailoring such tables to your game can reinforce
the themes and avor of your campaign. We encourage 6970 1 ogre
you to customize this material to make it your own. 7172 1 griffon
In the tables, a name in bold refers to a stat block in 7375 1 druid
the Monster Manual. 7680 3d4 refugees (commoners) eeing from orcs

FLIGHT, OR FIGHT, OR ? 81 1d3 veterans

82 1d4 orogs
Each of the results on these tables represents a certain 83 2 brown bears
kind of challenge or potential challenge.
84 1 are Eye ofGruumsh with 2d8 orcs
Ifyou let the dice have their way and the result is a
85 1d3 winter wolves
large number of monsters, the generated encounter
might be too difcult or dangerous for the characters in 8687 1d4 yetis
their present circumstances. They might want to ee to 88 1 half-ogre
avoid contact, or not to approach any closer after per 89 1d3 manticores
ceiving the monsters from a distance. 90 1 bandit captain with 2d6 bandits
Of course, you also have the freedom to adjust the 91 1 revenant
numbers, but its important to remember that not every 1 troll
encounter involving a monster needs to result in combat.
9495 1 werebear
An encounter might indeed be the prelude to a battle,
a parley, or some other interaction. What happens next 9697 1 young remorhaz
depends on what the characters try, or what you decide 98 1 mammoth
is bound to occur. 99 1 young white dragon
The tables also include entries for what the Dungeon 00 1 frost giant
Masters Guide calls encounters of a less monstrous
nature. Many of these results cry out to be customized
or detailed, which offers you an opportunity to connect
them to the story of your campaign. And in so doing, d100 Encounter
you've taken a step toward making your own personal- 0105 2 saber-toothed tigers
ized encounter table. Now, keep going! 0607 1d4 half-ogres
0810 1d3 + 1 brown bears
1115 1d3 polar bears
1620 2d4 berserkers
2125 A half-orc druid tending to an injured polar bear. If
ARCTIC ENCOUNTERS (LEVELs14) the characters assist the druid, she gives them a
vial ofantitoxin.
d100 Encounter
2630 2d8 scouts
01 1 giant owl
3135 2d4 ice mephits
0205 1d6 + 3 kobolds
3640 2d6 +1 zombies aboard a galleon trapped in the
0608 1d4 + 3 trappers (commoners)
ice. Searching the ship yields 2d20 days of rations.
0910 1 owl
4145 1 manticore-
1112 2d4 blood hawks
4650 2d6 + 3 orcs
1347 2:16 bandits
5153 1d6 + 2 ogres

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d100 Encounter ARCTIC ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 1720)
5455 2d4 griffons d100 Encounter
5657 1d4 veterans 0102 2d10 revenants
5360 1 bandit captain with 1 druid. 1d3 berserkers, and 0304 2d8 trolls
2d10 + 5 bandits 05~06 2d 10 werebears
6165 1d4 hours ofextrerne cold (see chapter 5 ofthe 0708 1 frost giant
Dungeon Master's Guide) 0910 2d4 young remorhazes
6663 1 young remorhaz 1120 1d4 frost giants
69?2 1 orc Eye ofGruumsh with 1d6 orogs and 2d8 + 6 2125 A Circular patch of black ice on the ground. The air
orcs temperature around the patch is warmer than in
7375 1 revenant the surrounding area. and characters who inspect
?680 A howl that echoes over the land for 1d3 minutes the ice nd bits ofmachinery frozen within.
8182 1d3 mammoths 2635 1 ancient white dragon
3384 1 young white dragon 36-4O An adventurer frozen 6 feet under the ice; 50%
3586 2d4 winter wolves chance the corpse has a rare magic item ofthe
3738 1d6 + 2 yetis DMS choice
3990 1d2 frost giants 4150 1d3 abominable yetis
9192 1d3 werebears 5160 1d4 remorhazes
93~94 1d4 trolls 6165 A BOOfoot-high wall of ice that is 300 feet thick and
9596 1 abominable yeti spread across 1d4 miles
9793 1 remorhaz 6675 1d4 recs
99 1 roc 7680 The likeness ofa stern woman with long, owing
00 2d4 young remorhazes hair, carved into the side ofa mountain
8190 1d10 frost giants with 2d4 polar bears
ARCTIC ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 1116) 9196 1d3 adult white dragons
9799 2d4 abominable yetis
d100 Encounter
00 1 ancient white dragon with 1d3 young white
01 1 abominable yeti
0204 1d6 revenants
0510 1d4 + 1 werebears
1120 1d3 young white dragons
2125 A blizzard that reduces visibility to 5 feet for 1d6
3640 A herd of3d20 + 60 caribou (deer) moving through d100 Encounter
the snow 01 1 pseudodragon
4150 1d4 mammoths 0205 2d8 crabs
5160 1d3 + 1 trolls 0610 2d6 shers (commoners)
6165 A mile-wide frozen lake in which the preserved 11 1d3 poisonous snakes
corpses of strange creatures can be seen 1213 1d6 guards protecting a stranded noble
6675 2d4 young remorhazes 1415 2d4 scouts
7680 A crumbling ice castle littered with the frozen bod- 1613 2d10 merfolk
ies ofblue-skinned humanoids 1920 1d6 + 2 sahuagin
8190 1 adult white dragon 2125 1d4 ghouls feeding on corpses aboard the wreck-
91-96 1d8 + 1 frost giants age ofa merchant ship. A search uncovers 2d6
97-99 1d4 remorhazes bolts of ruined silk, a 50-foot length ofrope. and a
00 1 ancient white dragon barrel ofsalted herring.
2627 1d4 winged kobolds with 1d6 + 1 kobolds
28~29 2d6 tribal warriors
El 303i
3d4 kobolds
2d4 + 5 blood hawks
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3435 1d8 + 1 pteranodons
not hrurr ww ulna-lbs italic eromml 3640 A few dozen baby turtles struggling to make their
lcl/u: Cormr or loci/iiml lzl/ical (Aoor or way to the sea
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d100 Encounter d100 Encounter

4344 1d6 + 4 giant crabs 3640 A stoppered bottle containing an illegible note and
4546 2d4 stirges half buried in the sand
2d6 + 3 bandits 4143 3 sea hags
4953 2d4 sahuagin 4446 1d8 + 1 harpies

1d6 + 2 scouts 4750 1d4 plesiosauruses

5660 1 sea hag 5153 1d4 manticores

6165 A momentary formation in the waves that looks 5456 2d4 ogres
like an enormous humanoid face 5760 1d10 gri'ons

6670 1 druid 6165 A battle at sea between two galleons

7175 1d4 harpies 6670 1d4 + 3 merrow

7680 A lone hermit (acolyte) sitting on the beach, con 7175 A pirate crew consisting of1 bandit captain, 1
templating the meaning ofthe multiverse druid, 2 berserkers, and 2d12 bandits, all searching
81 1d4 berserkers for buried treasure

82 1d6 giant eagles 7680 A severed humanoid hand tangled in a net

83 2d4 giant toads 81-82 1 water elemental

84 1d4 ogres or 1d4 merrow 8384 1 cyclops

85 3d6 sahuagin 8586 1d4 banshees (night only)

86 1d4 veterans 8788 2d4 veterans

87 1d2 plesiosauruses 8990 1 young bronze dragon

88 1 bandit captain with 2d6 bandits 9193 1d3 cyclopes

89 1:13 manticores 9495 1 young blue dragon

90 1 banshee 96 1 sahuagin baron with 1d3 sahuagin priestesses

1d4 + 3 griffons and 2d8 sahuagin

97 1 djinni
9394 1 sahuagin priestess with 1d3 merrow and 2d6
sahuagin 98 1 rec

1 sahuagin baron 99 1 marid

9798 1 water elemental 00 1 storm giant

99 1 cyclops
00 1 young bronze dragon COASTAL ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 1116)
d100 Encounter
COASTAL ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 510) 01 1d4 banshees (night only)
d100 Encounter 0204 1 cyclops

01 2d8 giant wolf spiders 0508 1d6 + 2 manticores

0203 3d6 pteranodons 0910 1d8 + 2 veterans
0405 2d4 scouts 1120 1 young blue dragon

0607 1d6 + 2 sahuagin 2125 A nest of1d6 dragon turtle eggs

08 1 sea hag 2635 1d4 sahuagin barons

0910 1d4 + 1 giant toads 3640 A trident partially buried in the sand
1115 3d6 sahuagin 4150 1 young bronze dragon

1620 2d6 giant eagles 51-55 1 marid

2125 A pseudodragon chasing gulls through the air 56-60 1d6 water elementals
2629 1d2 druids 61-65 2d6 ghasts crawling over 1d6 wrecked ships and
2d4 + 1 giant toads
feeding on the dead
1 commoner singing a dirge (day only) or 6670 1 djinni
1 banshee (night only) 7175 1d3 young bronze dragons
7680 A beached whale, dead and bloated. Ifit takes any
damage, it explodes, and each creature within
30 feet of it must make a DC 15 Dexterity saving
ow t t throw, taking 5d6 bludgeoning damage on a failed

5 laul

lzrt. Piw Q . J; is (of Wow. save, or halfas much damage on a successful one.
Dawn 15 91 UAch \ 8182 2d4 cyclopes
zosilt lor W"
llmlc wwcln 8384 1 storm giant
8586 1d3 young blue dragons

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d100 Encounter
8?83 1 adult bronze dragon
8990 1 adult blue dragon
949? 1 dragon turtle d100 Encounter
9899 1 ancient bronze dragon 01 3d8 scorpions
00 1 ancient blue dragon 02 2d4 vultures
O3 1 abandoned mule
COASTAL ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 1720) 04 2d6 commoners with 2d4 camels bound for a dis-
d100 Encounter tant city
0110 1 rec 05 1d6 ying snakes
1120 1 storm giant O6 2d6 hyenas or 2d6 jackals
2125 An adult bronze dragon ghting an adult blue 07 1d6 guards escorting a noble to the edge ofthe
dragon to the death desert, all ofthem astride camels
2640 2d6 cyclopes 08 1d6 cats
4150 1 adult bronze dragon or 1 adult blue dragon 09 1 pseudodragon
5160 1d3 djinn or 1d3 marids 10 1d4 poisonous snakes
61 70 1 dragon turtle 1113 2d4 stirges
F175 1d3 rocs 14-15 1d6 + 2 giant wolfspiders
7630 1d6 + 2 waterspouts that dance on the water before 1617 1 scout
stopping abruptly 1820 2d4 giant poisonous snakes
8190 1d6 young blue dragons 2125 Sing|e~le tracks marching deeper into the desert
9196 1 ancient bronze dragon 26~27 4d4 kobolds
9?99 1 ancient blue dragon 23~29 1 jackalwere
00 1d3 + 1 storm giants 3031 3d6 tribal warriors

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d100 Encounter d100 Encounter

3233 1d6 giant lizards 1820 1d8 + 1 giant vultures

3435 1 swarm of insects 2125 A stone obelisk partly buried in the sand
3640 An oasis surrounded by palm trees and containing 2628 1 ogre with 1d3 half-ogres
the remnants ofan old camp 2935 1d10 giant hyenas
4144 3d6 bandits 3640 1d6 +1 empty tents
4546 1d4 constrictor snakes 4143 1d6 + 2 thri-kreen
4743 2d4 winged kobolds 4446 2d4 yuan-ti purebloods
49~50 1 dust mephit 4750 1d6 + 3 death dogs
5152 1d3 + 1 giant toads 5152 1d4 giant scorpions
5354 1d4 giant spiders 53 1 re elemental
55 1 druid 5455 1 hobgoblin captain with 3d4 hobgoblins
5657 2d4 hobgoblins 56 1d6 + 2 ogres
53 1 wight 5758 1d4 lamias
59~50 1 ogre 5960 1 air elemental
6165 A brass lamp lying on the ground 6165 A meteorite resting at the bottom ofa glassy crater
6667 1d4 giant vultures 66 1d4 + 1 wights
68 1 phase spider 6768 1 young brass dragon
69 1 giant constrictor snake 6970 1 bandit captain with 1d3 berserkers and 3d6
3031 1 gnoll pack lord with 1d3 giant hyenas bandns
32 1d6 + 2 gnolls 7172 1 cyclops
7374 1 mummy 73 1d4 couatls
75 1d3 half-ogres 7475 1d4 yuan-ti malisons
7630 A pile ofhumanoid bones wrapped in rotting cloth 7680 Strong winds that kick up dust and reduce visibility
3132 1 lamia to 1d6teetfor1d4 hours

33 1 hobgoblin captain with 2d6 hobgoblins 8183 1 revenant with 1d3 wights
34 2d4 death dogs 8485 1d8 + 1 phase spiders

3536 1d4 giant scorpions 8687 1d6 + 2 weretigers

37 1 yuan-ti malison with 1d4 + 1 yuan-ti purebloods 8890 2d4 gnoll fangs oeenoghu

3339 1 bandit captain with 1 druid and 3d6 bandits 91 1 young blue dragon
90 2d4 thri-kreen 92 1d4 cyclopes

91 1 air elemental 93 1d3 yuan-ti abominations

92 1d3 couatls 94 1d4 medusas

93 1 re elemental 95 1 guardian naga

94 1d4 gnoll fangs oeenoghu 96 1d3 young brass dragons

95 1 revenant 97 1 efreeti

96 1d4 weretigers 98 1 roc

97 1 cyclops 99 1 gynOSphinx

93 1 young brass dragon 00 1 adult brass dragon

99 1 medusa
00 1 yuan-ti abomination DESERT ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 1116)
d100 Encounter
DESERT ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 510) 01 1 young brass dragon

dioo Encounter 0205 4d6 gnolls

01 1d6 scouts 0610 3d10 giant hyenas

02 2d4 jackalweres 1112 1d8 + 1 lamias

03 2d6 hobgoblins 1314 2d4 gnoll fangs oeenoghu

04 1d4 + 3 dust mephits 1517 1d6 + 2 giant scorpions

OS 1d6 swarms of insects 1820 2d4 phase spiders
06 1 giant constrictor snake 2125 A desert caravan consisting oi1d6 merchants {no-
1 lion bles) with 2d6 guards
2d4 gnolls 2627 1d6 + 1 couatls
2d6 giant toads 2830 1d4 re elementals
1 mummy 3132 1 hobgoblin captain with 3d10 + 10 hobgoblins
3335 2d4 wights

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d100 Encounter
3640 1d6 square miles ofdesert glass
4142 1 young blue dragon
4345 1d6 + 2 weretigers
4643 1d4 air elementals FOREST ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 14)
4950 1d6 + 1 yuan-ti malisons d100 Encounter
5155 1d4 medusas 01 1 giant owl
5660 1d4 revenants with 3d12 skeletons 02 1d4 cats
6165 A plundered pyramid O3 2d4 woodcutters (commoners)
6670 1d4 young brass dragons O4 1 badger or 1d4 poisonous snakes
7175 1d3 yuan-ti abominations 05 2d8 baboons
7673 1d6 + 2 cyclopes O6 1d6 + 3 hyenas
7982 1 adult brass dragon O7 1 owl
3385 1 purple worm 08 1 pseudodragon
36 1d2 young blue dragons 09 1 panther
8?33 1 mummy lord 1O 1 giant poisonous snake
89 1d3 guardian nagas 11 1d6 + 2 boars
90 1 adult blue dragon 12 1d4 + 1 giant lizards
91 1d2 gynosphinxes 13 1 ape or 1 tiger
92-93 1d3 efreet 14 2d6 tribal warriors with 1d6 mastis
94 1 androsphinx 15 1d6 + 2 giant bats or 3d6 ying snakes
95 1d4 rocs 16 1 scout or 2d4 guards with 1d8 masti's
9697 1 adult blue dracolich 17 1d8 + 1 winged kobolds
9399 1 ancient brass dragon 18 1d3 constrictor snakes
00 1 ancient blue dragon 19 1d10 + 5 giant rats or 2d6 + 3 giant weasels
20 1d4 + 1 needle blights with 1d6 + 3 twig blights
DESERT ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 1720) 2125 A lost, weeping child. lithe characters take the
d100 Encounter child home, the parents reward them with 1d3 po-
tions ofhealing.
01405 1 adult brass dragon
26 1d8 + 1 giant frogs
06410 1d2 yuan-ti abominations with 2d10 + 5 yuan-ti
27 4d4 kobolds
malisons and 4d6 + 6 yuan-ti purebloods
28 1d3 black bears
1114 1d6 + 2 medusas
1518 1d2 purple worms
29 3d6 stirges
30 1 satyr
1922 2d4 cyclopes
31 2d4 kenku
2325 An abandoned city made from white marble, empty
during the day. At night, harmless apparitions 32 1d3 vine blights with 1d12 awakened shrubs
roam the streets, replaying the nal moments of 33 1d4 swarms ofravens
their lives. 34 1 faerie dragon (yellow or younger)
26-30 1d3 young blue dragons 35 1d4 + 2 giant badgers
31 35 1 mummy lord 3640 A young woodcutter (scout) racing through the for-
3640 1d4 hours ofextreme heat (see chapter 5 ofthe est to rescue a lost friend
Dungeon Masters Guide) 41 2d4 blink dogs
4150 1d3 guardian nagas 42 1d8 +1 sprites
5160 1d4 efreet 43 1d6 + 2 elk
6163 An old signpost identifying a single destination, 44 1d4 lizardfolk or 3d6 bandits
called Pazar 45 1d4 + 4 wolves
64?2 1d4 rocs 46 2d4 giant wolfspiders
?380 1d3 gynosphinxes 47 1 swarm ofinsects or 2d8 blood hawks
8185 1 adult blue dracolich 48 1d6 + 2 pixies
36~90 1 androsphinx 49 1 brown bear
9196 1 ancient brass dragon 50 1d4 + 3 goblins
9799 1 ancient blue dragon 51 1d3 dryads
00 1d4 adult brass dragons 52 1 awakened tree

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Encounter d100 Encounter
1 phase spider 81 1 wereboar or 1d4 giant boars
54 1d6 harpies 82 1d6 + 2 giant spiders
1 ettercap or 1d8 + 1 orcs 83 1d4 centaurs or 1d4 giant elk
1 goblin boss with 2d6 + 1 goblins 84 1 orc Eye ofGruumsh with 2d4 + 2 orcs
57 1 ankheg 85 1 gnoll fang oeenoghu
58 1 giant constrictor snake 86 1d4 gricks
59 1d4 bugbears or 2d4 hobgoblins 87 1 bandit captain with 2d6 + 3 bandits
60 1 pegasus 88 1d4 wererats
A stream of cool, clean water owing between the 89 1 couatl (day) or 1 banshee (night)
trees 9O 1 gnoll pack lord with 1d4 giant hyenas

66 1d4 half-ogres or 1 ogre 91 2d4 berserkers or 1d4 veterans

67 1 faerie dragon (green or older) 92 1 lizardfolk shaman with 1d3 swarms of poisonous
1 werewolfor 1d8 + 1 worgs snakes and 1d10 + 2 lizardfolk
69 1 druid harvesting mistletoe 93 1d4 displacer beasts
1 will-o-wisp 94 1d3 green hags
1d4 dire wolves or 1 giant boar 95 1 hobgoblin captain with 2d6 hobgoblins and 1d4
1d10 giant wasps giant boars
1 owlbear or 1 giant elk 96 1 yuan-ti malison with 1d6 + 1 yuan-ti purebloods
2d6 gnolls 97 1d3 weretigers
1d6 giant toads 98 1 gorgon or1 unicorn
1d6 web cocoons hanging from the branches, hold- 99 1 shambling mound
ing withered carcasses 00 1 yuan-ti abomination

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FOREST ENCOUNTERS (LEVELs 510) d100 Encounter

d100 Encounter 82 2d4 displacer beasts

U1 2d4 vine blights 83 1d4 shambling mounds
02 2d6 hobgoblins or 2d6 orcs 84 1 hobgoblin captain with 3d10 hobgoblins and 4d12
03 2d4 apes or 2d4 satyrs gobns
04 1d3 will-o'-wisps 85 1 yuan-ti abomination
05 1d4 swarms of poisonous snakes 86 1d8 + 1 phase spiders
06 1 orc Eye ofGruumsh with 1d3 orogs and 1d8 + 2 87 1d4 trolls
orcs 88 2d4 yuan-ti malisons
0? 1d3 constrictor snakes or 1d4 tigers 89 1 oni
08 1 goblin boss with 3d6 goblins 90 1d4 unicorns
09 1 faerie dragon (any age) 91 1d6 + 2 weretigers
10 1 brown bear or 1d6 + 2 black bears 92 1 young green dragon
1113 1d4 giant boars 93 1d4 gorgons
1415 1d8 + 1 giant spiders 94 1d6 + 2 gnoll fangs oeenoghu
1617 1 lizardfolk shaman with 2d4 lizardfolk 95 1 treant

18 1d10 giant toads 96 1d4 revenants

19 1d4 ankhegs 97 1 grick alpha with 1d6 + 1 gricks
20 1d3 awakened trees (day) or 1 banshee (night) 98 1d4 giant apes
2125 A small shack almost hidden by the deep forest. 99 1 guardian naga
The interior is empty aside from a large cast-iron 00 1 adult gold dragon
2728 1d4 ogres or 1d6 + 2 half-ogres d100 Encounter
2930 1 gnoll pack lord with 1d4 + 1 giant hyenas 0103 1 werebear
3132 1d6 wererats 0405 1d4 druids performing a ritual for the dead (day
33 1d4 gricks only) or 1d4 banshees (night only)
34 1d8 + 1 yuan-ti purebloods 0607 1d3 couatls
35 1d6 pegasi 08-10 1d3 gnoll fangs oeenoghu with 2d6 + 3 gnolls
3640 An old stone archway ofobvious elven design. Any 1115 2d4 displacer beasts
character who passes under it makes Wisdom (Per- 16-20 1d6 + 2 veterans
ception) checks with advantage for 1 hour. 2125 A pool ofclear, still water. Cold coins litter the bot-
4142 1d6 + 2 dryads tom, but they disappear if removed from the pool.
43 1d4 giant elk 2630 1d4 + 1 green hags with 1d3 owibears
44 1d8 + 1 harpies 3135 1d6 + 2 werewolves
4546 1 bandit captain with 1 druid and 1d6 + 5 bandits 3640 A small woodland shrine dedicated to a mysterious
4248 2d4 dire wolves cult named the Siswa
4950 2d4 bugbears 4145 1d6 + 2 phase spiders
5152 2d4 centaurs 4650 2d4 yuan-ti malisons
5354 3d10 blink dogs 5152 1d3 werebears
5556 1d4 owibears 5354 1d4 revenants
51158 1d8 + 1 berserkers 5556 1 young green dragon
5960 1d3 green hags 5758 1d4 trolls
6165 A clear pool ofwater with 1d6 sleeping animals 5960 1d6 + 2 wereboars
lying around its edge 6165 A group of seven people (commoners) wearing ani
666? 1d4 werewolves mal masks and ambling through the woods
6869 1 werebear 6667 1d4 gorgons
7071 1d8 + 1 ettercaps 6869 1d3 shambling mounds
72?3 2d10 elk 7071 1 treant
1475 1d4 veterans 7273 1d4 unicorns
7680 An old tree with a wizened face carved into the 7475 1d6 + 2 weretigers
trunk 76-80 Peals ofsilvery laughter that echo from a distance
81 1d4 wereboars 8182 1 guardian naga
8384 1 young gold dragon

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d100 Encounter d1oo Encounter
8586 1 grick alpha with 2d4 gricks 10-14 A circle of standing stones within which the air is
8388 1d3 yuan-ti abominations utterly still, no matter how hard the wind blows
8990 1 adult green dragon outside
9193 1d8 + 1 giant apes 15~16 1 phase spider
9496 2d4 oni 17~13 1 gnoll pack lord with 1d4 giant hyenas
9799 1d3 treants 1920 1 orog or 1 pegasus
00 1 ancient green dragon 2122 1 ankheg
2324 1d3 rhinoceroses
FOREST ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 1720) 2528 1d3 cockatrices

d100 Encounter
2932 1d6 + 2 giant wasps or 1d4 + 3 swarms ofinsects

01-05 1 young green dragon

3336 1d4 jackalweres or 1d4 scouts

0610 1 treant
3740 1d8 giant goats or 1d8 worgs

1113 1 guardian naga

4144 2d4 hobgoblins, 2d4 orcs. or 2d4 gnolls

1416 1d10 revenants

4546 1d2 giant poisonous snakes

1719 1d8 +1 unicorns

4743 1d6 + 2 elk or 1d6 + 2 riding horses

2022 1d3 grick alphas

4950 2d4 goblins

2325 For a few hundred feet, wherever the characters

5152 1d3 boars

step. owers bloom and emit soft light.

5354 1 panther (leopard) or 1 lion

2628 1 young gold dragon

5558 1d6 + 3 goblins riding wolves
2931 1d6 + 2 shambling mounds
5962 2d6 giant wolfspiders or 1 giant eagle
3234 2d4 werebears
6365 1d8 + 4 pteranodons

3537 1d4 oni

6669 3d6 wolves

3840 4d6 +10 elves living in a small community in the

7074 2d4 + 2 axe beaks

treetops 7576 1 giant boar or 1d2 tigers

4143 1d6 + 2 gorgons

7773 1 ogre or 1d3 bugbears
4446 2d4 trolls 7980 1 giant elk, or 1 gnoll pack lord with 1d3 giant
47~49 1d4 giant apes
8182 1d3 giant vultures or 1d3 hippogriffs
5052 1d3 yuan-ti abominations
8384 1 goblin boss with 1d6 + 2 goblins and 1d4 + 3
5362 1d3 young green dragons
wolves, or 1d3 thri-kreen
6365 A 50-foot-tall stone statue ofan elfwarrior with
hand raised, palm out, as ifto forbid travelers from
8589 1d3 druids patrolling the wilds
coming this way 9091 1d6 scarecrows or 1 wereboar
1d4 treants 9293 1d3 centaurs or 1d3 griffons
A cairn set atop a low hill 94 1d3 gnoll fangs oeenoghu, or 1 orc Eye of
Gruumsh with 2d4 + 1 orcs
8190 1 adult gold dragon
9596 1 triceratops
9196 1 ancient green dragon
97 1 cyclops or 1 bulette
9799 2d4 + 1 treants
98-99 1d4 manticores
00 1 ancient gold dragon
00 1 tyrannosaurus rex


d100 Encounter
01 1d3 gorgons
d100 Encounter 0304 1d3 gnoll fangs oeenoghu
01 1 hobgoblin captain with 1d4 + 1 hobgoblins 0506 1 chimera
02 1 chimera 0709 1d4 + 1 veterans on riding horses
03 1 gorgon 1011 A tornado that touches down 1d6 miles away, tear
04 1d2 couatls ing up the land for 1 mile before it dissipates
OS 1 ankylosaurus 1213 1d3 manticores

06 1 weretiger 1415 2d4 ankhegs

07 1d3 allosauruses 1617 1d8 + 1 centaurs

1d3 elephants 1819 1d6 + 2 griffons

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d100 Encounter d100 Encounter
2021 1d6 elephants 7079 1d4 + 3 gorgons
2224 A stretch oFland littered with rotting war ma- 8088 1d3 young gold dragons
chines, bones, and banners oFForgotten armies 8990 A circular section oFgrass nearly a quarter-mile
25-23 1d8 + 1 bugbears across that appears to have been pressed down;
2932 1 gnoll pack lord with 1d4 + 1 giant hyenas 1d4 more such circles connected by lines can be
3336 2d4 scarecrows seen From overhead.
3?40 1d12 lions 9196 2d4 tyrannosaurus rexes
4144 1d10 thri-kreen 97_99 1 adult gold dragon
4546 1 allosaurus 00 1 ancient gold dragon
4748 1 tiger
4950 1d2 giant eagles or 1d2 giant vultures GRASSLAND ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 1720)
5152 1 goblin boss with 2d4 goblins d100 Encounter
5354 1d2 pegasi 0110 2d6 triceratops
5553 1 ankylosaurus 1120 1d10 gorgons
5962 1d2 couatls 2125 2d6 hyenas Feeding on the carcass oFa dead
6366 1 orc Eye oFGruumsh with 1d8 + 1 orcs dinosaur
6??0 2d4 hippogriFFs 2635 3d6 bulettes
7174 1d4 + 1 rhinoceroses 3640 A ery chariot that races across the sky
75?6 1 hobgoblin captain with 2d6 hobgoblins 4150 1d3 young gold dragons
???8 1d3 phase spiders 5160 2d4 cyclopes
7930 1d6 + 2 giant boars 6165 A valley where all the grass has died and the
3182 2d4 giant elk ground is littered with stumps and Fallen tree
8334 1d4 ogres and 1d4 orogs trunks, all petried
8587 A hot wind that carries the stench of rot 6675 2d10 bugbears with 4d6 goblins and 2d10 wolves
3890 1d3 weretigers 7680 A Friendly adventuring party oF1d6 +1 characters
9192 1 bulette oarying races, classes, and levels (average level
93-94 A tribe oF 2d20 + 20 nomads (tribal warriors) on 1d6 + 2). They share inFormation about their recent
riding horses Following a herd oFantelope (deer). travels.
The nomads are willing to trade Food, leather, and 8190 1d12 chimeras
inFormation For weapons. 9196 1d6 + 2 tyrannosaurus rexes
9596 1d6 + 2 wereboars 9799 1 adult gold dragon
97 1 young gold dragon 00 1 ancient gold dragon
9399 1d4 triceratops
00 1d3 tyrannosaurus rexes


d100 Encounter
0105 3d6 wereboars
0610 2d10 gnoll Fangs oFYeenoghu
d100 Encounter
1115 1d4 bulettes 01 1 eagle

161? An old road oF paved stones, partly reclaimed by 0203 2d4 baboons
wilderness, that travels For 1d8 miles in either di- 0406 1d6 bandits
rection beFore ending 07 1d4 vultures
1827 1d12 couatls 03 1d10 commoners
2830 A witch (mage) dwelling in a crude hut. She oFFers 09 1 raven

potions ofhenling, antitoxins, and other consum- 10 1 poisonous snake

able items For sale in exchange For Food and news. 1113 2d6 bandits or 2d6 tribal warriors
3140 2d10 elephants 14 2d8 goats
4146 2d4 weretigers 15 1d6 + 4 blood hawks

1d8 + 1 cyclopes 16 1d4 + 3 giant weasels

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5?61 1d3 chimeras 1718 1d3 guards with 1d2 mastifl's and 1 mule
' i."FIRE-

6266 5 triceratops 19*20 1d6 + 5 hyenas


6?69 A giant hole 50 Feet across that descends nearly 2122 2d4 stirges
500 Feet before opening into an empty cave

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d'lOO Encounter
d100 Encounter
23225 An empty cave littered with bones
26 1 pseudodragon or 1d3 giant owls 01 1d4 pegasi or 1d3 perytons

27 1 lion or 1 panther (cougar) 02 1d6 + 2 giant goats

28-30 2d8 kobolds 03 1 manticore

31 1 hippogri' O4 1d8 +1 gnolls or 1d8 +1 hobgoblins

3234 2d4 goblins 05 1d4 lions
35 1 worg 06 1d6 + 2 worgs

36 1d3 swarms of bats or 1d3 swarms of ravens 07 1d4 brown bears

37 1 giant eagle O8 3d6 axe beaks

3840 An old dwarf sitting on a stump, whittling a piece 09 1 half-ogre with 2d6 orcs
of wood 10 2d10 winged kobolds
41 1d4 elk 1112 1 goblin boss with 1d4 dire wolves and 2d6 goblins
42 1d4 winged kobolds with 1d6 kobolds 13 1d6 giant elk
43 1d6 + 2 giant wolfspiders 1415 1d8 + 1 giant eagles
4445 2d4 wolves 1617 1d4 phase spiders
46 1 swarm of insects 1819 1 gnoll pack lord with 2d4 giant hyenas
47 1d8 + 1 axe beaks 20 2d4 hippogris
4349 1 brown bear or 1d3 boars 2125 A 15-foot-tall stone statue ota dwarfwarrior that
50 1 scout has been tipped over on its side
51 1 ogre 2627 2d4 orogs
5253 2d4 gnolls 2829 1d4 + 1 griffons

54 1 giant elk 3031 1d6 + 2 harpies

55 1d3 + 1 harpies 3233 1 orc Eye ofGruumsh with 2d6 + 3 orcs

56 1 werewolf 3435 1d4 + 3 giant boars

5?53 2d4 orcs 3640 A stone door set into the side ofa steep hill, open-

59 1d4 half-ogres ing onto 15 feet ofdescending stairs that end at a

60 1 druid or1 veteran
6163 The corpse of an adventurer that carries an intact
4142 1d3 green hags
explorers pack and lies atop a longsword 4344 1d4 werewolves

64 1 green hag 4546 1d6 + 2 ogres

6566 1d3 dire wolves 4743 1 hobgoblin captain with 2d8 hobgoblins

A small cemetery containing 2d6 graves 4950 1 bandit captain with 3d6 bandits
6970 1 hobgoblin captain with 2d4 hobgoblins 5154 1 chimera

71 2d4 giant goats 5553 1d4 ettins

72 1 manticore 5962 1d6 + 2 veterans with 2d6 berserkers

?374 1d6 + 2 hobgoblins 6365 An abandoned wooden hut

75 1 phase spider 6669 1 galeb duhr

7678 A pile ofdroppings from a very large bird 7073 1 bulette

79 1 gnoll fang oeenoghu 7477 1 wyvern

80 1d3 giant boars 7880 2d6 + 10 goats with 1 herder (tribal warrior)

81 1 gnoll pack lord with 1d3 giant hyenas 3132 1d3 hill giants
82 1 bandit captain with 2d4 bandits 8384 2d4 wereboars

83 1 orc Eye ofGruumsh with 1d8 + 2 orcs 8586 1d4 revenants

84 1d3 orogs or 1d4 berserkers 8788 1d2 gorgons
85-86 1 ettin or 1 wereboar 8990 1d8 + 1 gnoll fangs of'Yeenoghu
8738 1 goblin boss with 2d6 goblins 9193 1d4 cyclopes
89 1d3 gri'ons 9496 1 young red dragon

90 1d3 perytons or 1d4 pegasi 9793 1d4 stone giants

9196 1d3 trolls 99 1d3 young copper dragons

9799 1 cyclops 00 1 roc

00 1 stone giant

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HILL ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 1116) d100 Encounter
d100 Encounter 7880 ld3 nobles with M4 scouts prospecting for gold
01 2d8 manticores or 2d3 phase spiders 8185 1 adult copper dragon
| 0204 1d6 green bags with 1d6 wyverns 8690 2d4 stone giants
050? l hobgoblin captain with 1 hill giant and 4d10 9196 1d4 recs
hobgobns 97~99 1 adult red dragon
0310 2d6 + 3 werewolves 00 1 ancient copper dragon
1114 id6 + 2 ettins
1513 id3 bulettes HILL ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 1720)
1922 ld4 werebears d100 Encounter
2324 A stream otsmoke emerging from a small chimney 01 ld2 rocs
in the hillside 0205 1 young red dragon
25-23 1d4 wyverns 0610 2d6 ettins
2932 ld8 + l wereboars 1115 ld4 bulettes
l 3336 ld3 revenants 1620 ldiO revenants
3?33 A mild earthquake that shakes the region for lO 2125 The white outline ofan enormous horse carved
seconds into the side ofa high hill
| 3942 ld3 chimeras 2630 id6 + l gorgons
4346 ld4 gorgons 3135 2d4 + l trolls
4r~50 id6 + 2 gnoll fangs oeenoghu 3640 The scorched remains 012l humanoids littering
5154 'ld4 hill giants a hillside
5553 1 young red dragon 4145 2d4 hill giants
5952 ld3 +1 galeb duhr 4650 ld6 + 2 werebears
5355 2d10 dwarfminers (commoners), whistling as they 5155 2d4 galeb duhr
march toward their mine 5660 ld4 + 2 wyverns
l 6669 ld3 young copper dragons 6165 A massive boulder partly buried in the earth as ifit
7073 ld4 trolls fell or was thrown there
747? ld3 cyclopes

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6670 1 adult copper dragon 8485 1 sabertoothed tiger
7175 1d6 + 3 cyclopes 8690 A sparkling stream ofwater spilling from a crevice
7680 The stub of an old stone tower jutting from the top 91 1d2 ettins
ofa hill 92 1 cyclops
8185 2d4 stone giants 93 1 troll
8690 1 adult red dragon 94 1 galeb duhr
91 96 1 ancient copper dragon 95 1 air elemental
9799 1 ancient red dragon 96 1 bulette
00 1d2 adult red dragons with 1d3 young red dragons 97 1 chimera
98 1 wyvern
99 1 stone giant
00 1 frost giant


d100 Encou nter 0102 2d8 + 1 aarakocra
0102 1 eagle 0304 1 lion or 1 saber-toothed tiger
0305 1d3 swarms ofbats 0506 1d8 + 1 giant goats
0608 1d6 goats 0708 1d4 + 3 dwarftrailblazers (scouts)
0911 1d10 + 5 tribal warriors 0910 1d6 + 2 orcs
1214 1d6 + 3 pteranodons 1115 1d10 giant eagles
1517 1d8 +1 winged kobolds 1620 1d8 + 1 hippogriffs
1820 1 lion 2125 1d8 ssures venting steam that partially obscures a
2124 Stairs chiseled into the side of the mountain that 20-foot cube above each ssure
climb 3d20 + 40 feet before ending abruptly 2630 1 basilisk
2527 2d10 stirges 3135 1d12 half-ogres
28-30 2d4 aarakocra 3640 A ravine blocked by a 100-foot-high wall, which has
3133 2d6 dwarfsoldiers (guards) with 1d6 mules laden an opening in the center where a gate used to be
with iron ore 4145 1 manticore
34-36 1 giant eagle 4650 2d4 harpies
3738 A small shrine dedicated to a lawful neutral god, 5152 1 galeb duhr
perched on a stone outcropping 53e54 1 bulette
3941 2d8 + 1 blood hawks 5556 1d10 berserkers
42-44 1 giant goat 5758 1d3 hell hounds
45-47 3d4 kobolds 5960 1d8 + 1 veterans
4850 1 half-ogre 6165 A distant mountain whose peak resembles a tooth
5153 1 berserker 6669 1d4 ettins
5455 1 orog 70~73 1 wyvern
56 1 hell hound 7475 1 orc Eye ofGruumsh with 1d6 orogs and 3d6 + 10
57 1 druid orcs
5859 1 peryton 7680 A row of1d10 + 40 stakes upon which the bodies of
60~61 1d2 hippogris kobolds, dwarves, or orcs are impaled
62 1 manticore 8183 1 re giant
6364 1d6 + 2 scouts 8485 1 young silver dragon
6567 Enormous footprints left by a giant, which head 8687 1d4 air elementals
into the mountain peaks 8890 1d4 trolls
6873 2d4 orcs 91~92 1d3 +1 cyclopes
7475 1 giant elk 93~94 1d4 chimeras
7677 1 veteran 9596 1 cloud giant
7879 1 orc Eye ofGruumsh 97 1 roc
80 1d4 harpies 98 1d4 stone giants
81 1 ogre 99 1 young red dragon
82 1 griffon DO 1d4 frost giants
83 1 basilisk

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MOUNTAIN ENCOUNTERS (LEVELs 1116) (1100 Encounter
d100 Encounter 3135 1d4 rocs
0102 1d8 + 1 basilisks 8690 1d4 young red dragons
0304 2d4 hell hounds 9196 1 ancient silver dragon
0506 1d3 chimeras 9700 1 ancient red dragon
0703 1 galeb duhr
0910 2d6 veterans
111 5 1 young silver dragon
1620 2d4 trolls
21-25 1 red dragon gliding through the sky above the
highest mountaintops SWAMP ENCOUNTERS (LEVEL514)
2630 1d8 + 1 manticores d100 Encounter
3135 1d4 cyclopes 01 1d4 poisonous snakes
3640 Heavy snowfall that lasts for 1d6 hours 0205 3d6 rats
4145 1d10 air elementals 0610 2d8 ravens
4650 1d6 + 2 bulettes 11-12 3d6 giant rats
5155 1d4 stone giants 13 1d10 + 5 tribal warriors
5660 1 re giant 1415 1d8 + 1 giant lizards
6165 2 stone giants playing catch with a boulder a few 1617 1 crocodile i .
hundred feet away 18-19 1 swarm of insects 1
6670 1013 + 1 ettins 20 1 giant spider ;
7175 1d3 frost giants 2122 1d4 +1 mud huts partially sunken in murky water
7630 A wide crevasse, its depths shrouded in mist 23-25 2d8 + 1 kobolds
8135 1d4 cloud giants 26 2d4 mud mephits
3690 1 adult silver dragon 2729 1d6 + 2 giant poisonous snakes
9196 1 adult red dragon 30 2d4 winged kobolds
9793 1d4 rocs 3132 1 scout :
99 1 ancient silver dragon 3334 The corpse ofan adventurer tangled in the weeds.
00 1 ancient red dragon Looting the body turns up an explorer's pack and
perhaps (50% chance) a random common magic

1100 Encou nter 3538 1 giant toad

0105 1d10 bulettes 3941 1d6 + 2 constrictor snakes
0610 1:18 +1 chimeras 4244 2d4 giant frogs
1115 1 adult silver dragon 45 1d8 + 1 swarms ofrats or 1d6 + 2 swarms ofravens
1620 1d8 + 1 wyverns 4648 2d10 stirges
2125 A massive boat perched atop a mountain 4952 2d6 + 3 bullywugs
2630 2d4 galeb duhr 53-54 1d8 + 1 orcs
31-35 1d4 frost giants 5556 1d4 yuan-ti purebloods
3640 A wooded valley haunted by secretive and reclusive 57 1 druid
elves who tell warily oftheir master: a mad wizard 58-59 1 yuan-ti malison
who lives in the heart ofthe valley 60-62 1 giant constrictor snake
4145 1d10 air elementals 63-64 A high-pitched shriek that lasts for 1d4 minutes
4650 1d6 + 3 trolls 6567 2d4 lizardfolk
5155 1 adult red dragon 6869 1d4 ghouls
5660 1d4 cloud giants 7071 1 will-o-wisp
61-65 A waterfall hundreds offeet high that drops into a 72 1 wight
clear pool 73 1 ghast
6670 1d3 re giants 7475 1 swarm of poisonous snakes
7175 2d4 stone giants 7677 A foul stench bubbling up from brackish waters
7630 A force of100 dwarves (veterans) standing guard 7880 1d4 + 2 ogres

at a mountain pass, permitting no passage until 8183 1 shambling mound

a traveler pays 100 gp (ifon foot) or 200 gp (if

8486 1 lizardfolk shaman with 1d6 giant lizards and 2d10

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87 1 troll 89-90 1d6 + 1 yuan-ti malisons

1d4 green hags 9193 1d4 + 1 trolls
9091 1 revenant 9496 1d10 revenants

9293 1 giant crocodile 9799 1d8 + 1 water elementals

9495 1 orc Eye ofGruumsh with 1d3 orogs and 2d6 + 3 00 1d3 hydras
9697 1 young black dragon SWAMP ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 1120)
98 1 yuan-ti abomination d100 Encounter
99 1d4 water elementals 0110 1d4 giant crocodiles
00 1 hydra 1115 1d3 yuan-ti abominations
1620 1d6 +1 green hags
SWAMP ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 510) 2125 A large, spreading tree from which 2d6 armored
d100 Encounter knights hang by the neck
01 1 green hag 26-30 2d4 wights

0203 2d4 giant lizards or 2d4 giant poisonous snakes 3135 1d8 + 1 yuan-ti malisons

0405 2d8 winged kobolds 3640 Fog that rolls across the terrain, making the area
0607 1d10 + 1 bullywugs with 1d8 + 1 giant frogs within 1d3 miles heavily obscured for 1d4 hours
0809 1 druid 41_45 1d4 revenants
10 1d8 + 1 swarms ofinsects 4650 1d6 shambling mounds
1113 1d12 ghouls 5155 1d10 water elementals
1416 2d8 scouts 5660 1d4 young black dragons
1719 2d10 orcs 6165 An eerie, bat-headed idol almost completely cov-
ered by vines
2022 2d4 giant spiders
6670 1d8 + 2 trolls
2324 Tainted water that exposes creatures that move
through it to sight rot (see Diseases" in chapter 8 7175 1d3 hydras
ofthe Dungeon Masters Guide) 7680 The sound ofdrums beating several miles away
2527 1d6 + 2 giant toads 8196 1 adult black dragon

2830 3d6 lizardfolk 9700 1 ancient black dragon

3133 1d8 + 1 yuan-ti purebloods
3436 1d4 + 1 swarms of poisonous snakes
3238 A bloated humanoid corpse floating facedown in
the water
3941 1 shambling mound
4244 1d4 + 1 will-o-wisps UNDERDARK ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 14)
4547 2d6 crocodiles d100 Encounter

4850 1d4 + 1 giant constrictor snakes 01 1 mind ayer arcanist

5154 1 lizardfolk shaman with 1d3 swarms of poisonous 02 1d3 + 1 giant poisonous snakes
snakes and 1d8 + 2 lizardfolk 03 1d3 giant lizards
5558 1d8 + 1 ogres 04 2d4 giant re beetles
5962 2d4 ghasts 05 1d8 + 1 umphs
6365 An altar partially sunk into the mud, devoted to a 06 1 shrieker
god that is part human and part frog 07 1d12 giant rats
66-69 1 giant crocodile 08 2d4 kobolds
7073 1 shambling mound 09 1d8 +1 stirges
7477 1 orc Eye ofGruumsh with 1d3 ogres and 2d10 + 5 10 2d4 humans (tribal warriors) seeking the way to the
orcs surface, eeing their Underdark oppressors
7880 A torrential rain that lasts 1d6 minutes and puts 1112 1d10 troglodytes
out all unprotected flames within 1 mile 1314 1d2 gray oozes
8182 1 young black dragon 1516 3d6 stirges
83-84 1d4 green bags with 1d6 +1 ogres 1718 1d3 magma mephits
8586 1 yuan-ti abomination 1920 1d10 goblins
8?88 1d4 + 1 wights 2122 Orc grafti on the walls, suggesting something
rude about the mother of someone named |<rusk

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2324 1 swarm of insects 85 1 druid with 1 polar bear (cave bear}
25 1 deep gnome 86 1 hobgoblin captain with 1d4 half-ogres and 2d10
2628 1d8 + 1 drow hobgoas
2930 1d4 violet fungi 87 1 earth elemental or 1 black pudding
31~32 1d12 kuo-toa 88 1 kuotoa monitor with 1d8 + 1 kuo-toa whips
33 1 rust monster 89 1 quaggoth thonot with 1d3 quaggoths
3435 A rubblestrewn passage that appears to have been 9O 1 beholder zombie or 1 bone naga
recently cleared after a cave-in 91 1 orc Eye ofGruumsh with 1d4 orogs and 2d8 orcs
3637 1d8 + 1 giant bats 92 1d4 ghasts with 1d10 ghouls
3339 3d6 kobolds 93395 A reeking puddle where slimy water has dripped
4041 2d4 grimlocks from the ceiling
4243 1d4 + 3 swarms of bets 96 1 otyugh or 1 roper
44 1 dwarf prospector (scout) looking for gold 97 1 vampire spawn
45 1 carrion crawler or 1 gelatinous cube 98 1 chimera
46 1d8 darkmantles or 2d4 piercers 99 1 mind ayer
47 1 hell hound 00 1 spirit naga
43 1d3 specters
50 1d10 + 5 winged kobolds d100 Encounter
51 1d4 re snakes 01 3d6 swarms of bats
52 2d8 + 1 troglodytes 02 1d4 giant spiders or 1d4 giant toads
53 1d6 giant spiders 03 1 mimic
54 3d6 kuo-toa 04 2d4 gray oozes
55 1 goblin boss with 2d4 goblins 05 2d10 orcs or 3d6 troglodytes
56 4d4 grimlocks 06 3d6 grimlocks
57 1 ochre jelly 07 1d6 + 2 magma mephits
53 2d10 giant centipedes 08 1 goblin boss with 2d4 goblins
59 1 nothic or 1 giant toad 09 2d4 darkmantles
60 1d4 myconid adults with 5d4 myconid sprouts 10 2d8 + 1 drow
61 1 minotaur skeleton or 1 minotaur 11 2d10 piercers
62 3d6 drow 12 1d4 minotaur skeletons
63 1 mimic or1 doppelganger 1314 3d6 deep gnomes
64 1d6 + 3 hobgoblins 15 1 druid with 1 polar bear (cave bear)
65 1 intellect devourer or 1 spectator 1617 3d6 orcs
66 1d8 + 1 orcs 18 1 bone naga
6763 A faint tapping coming from inside a nearby wall 1920 2d6 bugbears
69 1 gibbering mouther or 1 water weird 2125 Luminescent fungi growing on the walls ofa moist
70 1d12 gas spores cave, lling it with dim light
71 1 giant constrictor snake 26 2d4 specters
72 1d10 shadows 27 1d12 + 4 shadows
73 1d3 grells 28 1d3 gibbering mouthers
74 1d4 wights 2930 4d4 hobgoblins
75 1d8 + 1 quaggoth spore servants 3132 1d4 carrion crawlers
76 1d2 gargoyles 3334 1 black pudding
77 1d4 ogres or 1d3 ettins 35 1d4 ochre jellies
73 1d4 dwarf explorers (veterans) 3640 A patch of mold that appears yellow when light is
7930 An abandoned miners' camp spattered with blood directed toward it
and littered with the contents of1d3 dungeoneers 41 1d4 nothics
packs 4243 2d8 + 1 gas spores
81 1 chuul or1 salamander 4445 1d3 gelatinous cubes
82 1d4 phase spiders or 1d3 hook horrors 46 1 ghost

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83 47443 1 ameskull
84 1 ghost or 1 ameskull or 1 wraith 4950 2d8 duergar

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d100 Encounter
51 1 wraith
1 umber hulk 0102 3d6 carrion crawlers
1 xorn 0304 1d6 + 1 gelatinous cubes
54 1d6 + 2 dwarfhunters (veterans) searching for 0506 1d8 + 2 gibbering mouthers
trolls 0708 2d8 minotaur skeletons

55 1 hobgoblin captain with 3d10 hobgoblins 0910 2d6 ochre jellies

56 1 roper 1112 2d4 doppelgangers

57 1 kuo-toa monitor with 1d4 kuo-toa whips and 1d8 1314 1d4 quaggoth thonots with 1d10 + 2 quaggoths
+ 1 kuo-toa 1516 1d3 ropers
58 1d3 water weirds 1718 3d6 gargoyles
59 1d4 ghasts with 1d10 ghouls 1920 1d10 mimics

60 1 otyugh 2125 A 100-foot-long ravine, 4d10 feet wide and 5d20 +

6162 A merchant caravan consisting of1 drow mage, 2 200 feet deep
drow elite warriors, and 2d10 quaggoths 2627 1 hobgoblin captain with 3d10 hobgoblins
63 1d4 wights 2829 2d4 spectators
64 1d4 doppelgangers 3031 3d6 ghasts
65 2d8 re snakes 3233 2d8 intellect devourers
66 1d4 spectators 3435 1d3 orc Eyes ofGruumsh with 2d4 orogs and 2d10
67 1 orc Eye ofGruumsh with 1d4 orogs and 2d10 + orcs
3 orcs 36-40 A large cave containing 2d10 extraordinarily de-
68 1d3 vampire spawn tailed statues ofvarious creatures
69 1d4 hook horrors or 1d4 minotaurs 4142 1d8 + 1 kuotoa monitors

70 3d6 quaggoth spore servants 4344 2d4 water weirds

7172 1d3 grells 4546 2d1O gricks

73 1d6 + 1 intellect devourers 4748 3d6 nothics

74 1d10 gargoyles 4950 2d8 + 1 ogres

75 1 beholder zombie 5152 1d6 + 2 chuuls

7677 1 quaggoth thonot with 2d4 quaggoths 53-54 1d8 + 1 ettins

73 1d6 ettins or 1d4 trolls 55 3d6 grells

79 1d8 + 1 phase spiders 56 2d4 flameskulls

30 1 fomorian or 1d3 cyclopes 57 2d12 dwarf soldiers (veterans) on patrol

31 1d4 earth elementals 58 2d8 hell hounds

32 3d6 ogres 59 1d10 ghosts

33 1d4 + 1 chuuls 60 3d4 wights

34 1d10 hell hounds 61 3d6 phase spiders

35 1d3 drow elite warriors 62 1d8 +1 bone nagas

36 1d4 chimeras 6365 A shrill scream followed by dark laughter

37 1d4 salamanders 66 1d4 chimeras

33 1 cloaker 67 1d10 black puddings

39 2d4 wights 68 3d6 minotaurs

90 1d4 driders 69 2d4 otyughs

91 1 re giant 7O 1d6 + 1 beholder zombies

92 1 grick alpha with 2d4 gricks 71 4d4 hook horrors

93 1 mind flayer arcanist 72 1d8 +1 umber hulks

94 1d4 drow mages 73 2d4 salamanders
95 1 spirit naga 74 1d3 grick alphas
96 1d4 mind flayers 75 1d6 + 2 xorn
97 1 behir 7680 A ruined village that once belonged to deep
93 1 aboleth gnomes. A search has a 50% chance of uncovering
1d3 potions ofheoling and a 25% chance ofnding
99 1 dao or 1 stone giant
a random common magic item.
00 1 beholder
81 2d4 earth elementals
82 1d3 spirit nagas
d100 Encounter
33 1d3 + 1 cyclopes
34 1d6 + 2 trolls
85 2d4 stone giants
86 2d4 wraiths
d100 Encounter
87 1d4 fomorians
6365 1d20 + 20 spiders crawling on the walls oFa web-
38 1d3 drow mages with 1d4 drow elite warriors
lled cave
39 1d10 vampire spawn
6663 1d4 re giants
90 1d3 cloakers
6970 1d1O mind ayers
91 1d4 re giants
71 73 2d4 stone giants
92 1 mind ayer arcanist with 1d6 + 1 mind ayers
7476 1d12 cyclopes
93 1d4 dao
7730 A large cave in which stands a 50-Foot-tall idol of
94 1d8 + 1 driders
95 1d3 behirs
8185 1d3 dao
96 1d4 aboleths
8690 1d4 beholders
97 1 beholder
9193 1d4 behirs
98 1 young red shadow dragon
9496 1 death tyrant
99 1 death tyrant
9799 1d3 purple worms
00 1 purple worm
00 2d4 aboleths


d100 Encounter
01 1d4 grick alphas
02 2d8 spectators
0304 3d6 minotaurs or 2d8 kuo-toa monitors UNDERWATER ENCOUNTERS (LEVEL514)
05-06 2d3 grells d100 Encounter
0708 2d10 phase spiders 0110 3d6 quippers
0910 4d4 hell hounds 11-14 2d4 steam mephits
1112 1d6 + 2 ropers 15-18 1d4 sahuagin
1314 2d10 wights 1922 2d6 merfolk
1516 3d6 doppelgangers 2325 2d4 corpses ofdrowned sailors tangled in kelp
1718 1d8 + 1 chimeras 2629 2d4 constrictor snakes
1920 1d4 cloakers 3033 1d4 reefsharks
21 1d4 hobgoblin captains with 5d10 hobgoblins 3437 1 swarm ofquippers
2223 1d8 + 1 earth elementals 3840 A bed ofenormous clams
2425 2d4 vampire spawn 4145 1d10 mert'olk with 1d3 giant sea horses
2627 3d6 minotaurs 4650 1 giant octopus
2330 A 30-foot-tall inverted black pyramid oating 1 inch 5155 1 merrow
above the floor in a large cave 5660 1 plesiosaurus
3132 1d10 beholder zombies 6165 2d10 pieces ofcorroded brass dinnerware littering
3334 1d4 mind ayer arcanists the bottom
3536 1d6 + 2 otyughs 66-70 1 giant constrictor snake
3738 1d12 trolls 7175 1 sea hag
3940 1d10 wraiths 7680 A school of silvery sh darting through the water
4143 A beautiful obsidian sculpture ofa panther lying on 81-85 1d4 hunter sharks
the oor 86-90 1 sahuagin priestess with 2d4 sahuagin
4445 1d4 drow mages with 1d6 drow elite warriors 9196 1d4 killer whales
4647 1d4 spirit nagas 9798 1 giant shark
4349 1d8 + 1 salamanders 99 1 water elemental
5051 2d4 umber hulks 00 1 sahuagin baron
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5456 1 young red shadow dragon


5?59 2d4 fomorians


6062 1d8 + 1 driders

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d100 Encounter 01 1d6 cats
0102 3d6 steam mephits 0203 1 commoner with 1d6 goats
0304 1d10 sahuagin 0405 2d10 rats
0506 1 giant octopus 06 1 raven perched on a signpost
0708 3d6 constrictor snakes 07 1 commoner on a draft horse
0910 2d10 merfolk with 1d4 giant sea horses 08 2d4 mastiffs
1115 1d4 sea hags 09 1d2 commoners leading 1d4 mules or 1d4 ponies
1620 2d4 swarms ofquippers 10 1 pseudodragon
2125 A sunken galleon with a 50% chance ofa random 11 ispy
treasure hoard inside (roll on the Treasure Hoard: 1213 1d8 + 1 acolytes
Challenge 510 table in chapter 7 ofthe Dungeon 14 1d6 + 6 ying snakes
Masters Guide) 15 3d6 kobolds
2630 1d4 plesiosauruses 16 2d4 giant centipedes
3135 3d6 reefsharks 17 1d8 + 1 skeletons
3640 An abandoned bathysphere 1819 1d6 + 2 swarms of rats
4150 1d4 giant constrictor snakes 20 1d12 zombies
5155 2d4 hunter sharks 2125 A peddler weighed down with a load of pots, pans,
5660 1d3 sahuagin priestesses with 2d10 sahuagin and other basic supplies
6165 An empty castle made from coral 26 1 giant wasp
6670 1d4 killer whales 2728 1 warhorse
7175 1d10 merrow 29 2d8 cultists
7680 An eerie statue ota squatting humanoid, with bat 3031 3d4 giant rats
wings on its back and tentacles sprouting from its 32 2d8 stirges
face 33 1d3 + 2 giant poisonous snakes
8185 1d4 water elementals 34 1d4 + 2 swarms of bats
3690 1 sahuagin baron with 2d8 sahuagin 35 2d4 winged kobolds
9196 1d4 giant sharks 3640 A wagon loaded with apples that has a broken
9799 1 marid wheel and holds up trafc
00 1 storm giant 41 1 crocodile
4243 1 swarm ofinsects
UNDERWATER ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 1120) 4445 3d6 bandits
d100 Encounter 4647 1d3 + 2 nobles on riding horses with an escort of
0110 1 sahuagin baron with 1d4 sahuagin priestesses 1d10 guards
and 2d1O sahuagin 48 2d4 kenku
1135 1d10 killer whales 49 1d6 + 2 smoke mephits
3640 A ghost ship passing overhead, containing 2d6 + 50 1d8 + 1 swarms ofravens
10 ghosts 5152 1 wererat
4160 1d6 giant sharks 5354 1d3 half-ogres
6165 A1-mile-radius sphere of effervescent water that 5556 1 mimic
allows air-breathing creatures to breathe water 5758 1d4 ghouls
while in the sphere 5960 1d4 specters
6675 1d10 water elementals 6162 1d10 shadows
7680 A shimmering, blue-green portal to the Elemental 6365 Someone empties a chamber pot onto the street
Plane ofWater from a second-floor window
8190 1d4 marids 6667 1 ghast
9196 1d3 storm giants 68-69 1 priest
9799 1 dragon turtle 7071 1 will-o-wisp
00 1 kraken 7273 1d3 giant spiders
d'IOO Encounter d100 Encounter

74?5 1d4 yuan-ti purebloods 0506 2d8 skeletons

76?7 2d4 thugs 0708 1d6 swarms of bats and 1d6 swarms of rats
7880 A doomsayer who preaches the end ofthe world 0910 3d6 winged kobolds
from a street corner 1113 2d4 specters
31 1 cambion 1416 1d4 wights
82 1 vampire spawn 1719 4d4 acolytes on draft horses
33 1 couatl 2022 3d6 giant centipedes
34 1 ghost 2325 A talkative urchin, badgering passersby to serve as
85 1 succubus or1 incubus their guide through the community for a price of
36 1 bandit captain with 3d6 bandits 1 sp
8? 1d4 + 1 cult fanatics 2628 1d10 spies
88 1 knight or1 veteran 2931 3d6 crocodiles
89 1 water weird 3234 1d6 + 2 swarms of insects
90 1 Wight 3537 2d4 smoke mephits
91 1 mage 3840 A noble shouts "Stop! Thief! at a eeing scoundrel
92 1 shield guardian (bandit)
93 1 gladiator 4143 1 succubus or 1 incubus

94 1 revenant 4446 1d10 half-ogres

95 2d4 gargoyles 4749 2d10 giant wasps

96 1d4 doppelgangers 5051 4d10 zombies

97 1 oni 52-53 1d4 knights on warhorses

93 1 invisible stalker 5455 1d4 + 1 water weirds

99 1d3 + 1 phase spiders 5657 1d8 + 1 mimics

00 1 assassin 5859 2d8 giant spiders

6061 3d6 shadows
URBAN ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 510) 62-65 An actor leans out from a second-story window to
call to passersby, announcing a show
d100 Encounter
66-67 1 bandit captain with 3d8 bandits
0102 1d10 kenku
6869 1d10 will-o-wisps
0304 2d5 giant centipedes
7071 2d4 priests: -
d100 Encounter d100 Encounter
El 1 72.474 3d6 yuan-ti purebloods 6669 A scruffy commoner that ducks into an alley in I

7576 2d10 thugs make a purchase from a suspicious-looking gure l

7780 A fortunenteller reads cards for those who pay a 7072 1d8 invisible stalkers l
3' ;
price of1 sp 7375 1d8 + 1 gladiators l
l I 81 1d3 gladiators 7680 Two farmers trading blows over the price of pota-
82 1d4 +1 couatls toes (50% chance for one farmer to be a retired
83 1d8 ghosts assassin)
: 84 2d4 doppelgangers 81 -82 1d4 young silver dragons
85 1d6 +2 phase spiders 8384 1d4 assassins
l 86 2d4 veterans 8586 1d8 oni

i 87 1d8 ghasts with 2d6 ghouls 8788 1d4 mages with 1d4 shield guardians
i 88 3d6 gargoyles 8990 1d10 vampire spawn
89 2d10 cult fanatics 9192 1 adult silver dragon
i 90 3d6 wererats 9394 1d4 gray slaadi
I 91 1 assassin 9596 1 spellcaster vampire or 1 warrior vampire
92 1d3 invisible stalkers 97 1 archmage speeding down the street on a riding
._ 93 1 gray slaad horse, blasting 1d4 guards with spells
l 94 1 young silver dragon 93 l rakshasa
'. i 95 1d4 cambions or 1d4 revenants 99 1 vampire
ii I _ 96 3d6 wights 00 1 ancient silver dragon

E; j 97 1 archmage
i' l 98 2d4 vampire spawn or 1d4 oni URBAN ENCOU NTERS (LEVELS 17-20)
I' ' 99 1 mage with 1 shield guardian d100 Encounter

; 00 l rakshasa or l mmPire 0105 1d10 invisible stalkers

l 0610 1d10 revenants
i URBAN ENCOUNTERS (LEVELS 1116) 1114 1d6+2gladiators
i d100 Encounter 1518 2d4 cambions

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