Creating a character

Before you start, you might find it helpful to think about the basic kind of character you want to play. You might be a courageous knight, a skulking rogue, a fervent cleric, or a flamboyant wizard. Or you might be more interested in an unconventional character, such as a brawny rogue who likes to mix it up in hand-to‐hand combat, or a sharpshooter who picks off enemies from afar.

  • Fighter


    Questing knights, conquering overlords, royal champions, elite foot soldiers, hardened mercenaries, and bandit kings—as fighters, they all share an unparalleled mastery with weapons and armor, and a thorough knowledge of the skills of combat.

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  • Wizard


    Drawing on the subtle weave of magic that permeates the cosmos, wizards cast spells of explosive fire, arcing lightning, subtle deception, and brute-force mind control.

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  • Cleric


    Clerics are intermediaries between the mortal world and the distant planes of the gods. As varied as the gods they serve, they strive to embody the handiwork of their deities.

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  • Rogue


    Rogues rely on skill, stealth, and their foes’ vulnerabilities to get the upper hand in any situation. They have a knack for finding the solution to just about any problem, bringing resourcefulness and versatility to their adventuring parties.

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  • Ranger


    Far from the bustle of cities and towns, amid the dense-packed trees of trackless forests and across wide and empty plains, rangers keep their unending watch.

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  • Other Classes

    Other Classes

    While these are core classes for the game, you'll find others -- including the Barbarian, Bard, Druid and Monk -- in the Player's Handbook.

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what is d&d - The realms

Forgotten Realms Explore Faerûn

Faerûn is an ancient land of magic and monsters, of peril and wonder. Which legend, among thousands of heroic tales, shall be yours?

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What is D&D - Monsters

Know Your Enemies Monsters

Discover the menagerie of deadly monsters inhabiting the game—including dragons, giants, mind flayers, beholders and many more!

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What is D&D - Races

Explore Your Heritage Races

D&D heroes might be sturdy, practical dwarves, high-minded elves, savage half-orcs, and others united in seeking glory.

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