Elemental Adept 5e
Published on March 12, 2022, Last modified on July 18th, 2022
Elemental Adept allows builds that focus on a particular element to moderately increase their viability. Is Elemental Adept right for your build? Find out here.
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What Is Elemental Adept 5e?
The image of a powerful pyromancer blasting fireballs or thunder mages casting down lightning bolts is iconic, but they don’t fit into the average Dungeons & Dragons game. In most cases, classes have access to a wide variety of damage types and elemental spells to choose from.
They did give us a feat to help those pyromancers and other casters with their builds, but is it worth it? In this article, we’ll cover the Elemental Adept feat and all the best uses for it.
How Does Elemental Adept Work?
Once you pick up this feat, you’ll get three new benefits:
- Once you pick this feat, choose one of these damage types: acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thunder.
- Any spell you cast will ignore any resistance to the damage type you chose. Plus, for those spells, any 1s you roll for damage become 2s.
- You may pick this feat multiple times, but you can’t select the same element more than once.
Is Elemental Adept Good?
We gave Elemental Adept a C Tier rating In our 5e Feats Tier List, making it a below-average feat in D&D 5e.
The damage added by Elemental Adept is certainly disappointing, so the main draw of this feat is to ignore resistances. Damage resistances really shouldn’t be an issue to a well-rounded character, but if you want to run, say, a pure fire sorcerer, then this could be worth it. Keep in mind that if you’ve slated into a single element, you’ll be stumped by enemies that have immunity to your chosen element.
If you’re planning on building a character that does one type of damage, fire is usually your best bet as it has the widest variety of spells. Unfortunately, fire is one of the most common damage immunity, behind poison which is included in Elemental Adept.
Elemental Adept 5e Interactions
As with all feats, there are a few possible interactions that might come up, such as:
- The damage resistance works for any spell that deals that type of damage. This can extend to things like Wall of Fire as well.
- The 1s you roll only count for the number 1 on a die, not any 1 on the die roll. 11’s don’t become 22’s. I know this sounds obvious, but it’s been asked often online.
Elemental Adept 5e FAQs
Why is poison not included in Elemental Adept?
Dungeons & Dragons has always been based around five core elements: acid, cold, fire, lightning, and thunder. Though a few have changed names between editions (thunder used to be sonic damage), they have always been the same core elements. This sadly does not extend to poison, so it was not included in this feat.
As we see more and more new subclasses come out, we have seen a slight rise in single-element builds. And with the Elemental Adept feat in 5e, we can finally make those builds viable. However, the list is still pretty small, at least for now.
What are your thoughts on Elemental Adept? Is there a certain build or subclass you like to mix this feat with? Let us know in the comments below!