Defensive Duelist 5e

Published on March 12, 2022, Last modified on April 4th, 2022

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Being able to add your proficiency bonus to your AC is a great use of your reaction. This is a solid trait for finesse builds that don’t have access to spells like Shield.

Fighter: It is very unlikely that you will be wielding a finesse weapon as a fighter.

Monk: A really interesting option to make it harder to hit you. You need to wield a finesse weapon, but that doesn't mean you have to attack with it.

Paladin: It is very unlikely that you will be wielding a finesse weapon as a paladin.

Ranger: If you are going for a melee build, this can help reduce damage.

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