Published on July 18, 2022, Last modified on July 18th, 2023
Unlock the power of language with the Linguist feat in D&D 5e. Boost your Intelligence, learn new languages, and create secret ciphers.
Sara Winters - Wizards of the Coast - Tolarian Scholar
What Is Linguist 5e?
If your character is a lover of languages, a spy, or a scholar, the Linguist feat can help you expand your horizons. This feat not only allows you to learn three languages of your choice, but it also increases your Intelligence score by 1, up to a maximum of 20. Additionally, you gain the ability to create written ciphers. If you’re ready to become a polyglot, it’s time to dive into the world of languages!
How Does Linguist Work?
This feat provides three benefits:
- Your Intelligence score increases by 1, up to a maximum of 20.
- You learn to read, write, and speak three languages of your choice.
- You can create written ciphers that others can’t decipher unless you teach them, they use magic to decipher it, or they succeed on an Intelligence check (DC equal to your Intelligence score + your proficiency bonus).
Let’s break these benefits down.
The first ability is a straightforward boost to your Intelligence score, which can be beneficial for any character, but especially for those whose primary ability is Intelligence, such as wizards.
The second ability allows you to learn three languages of your choice. This can be incredibly useful in campaigns where communication with a variety of creatures is important. It can also add depth to your character’s backstory and roleplaying opportunities.
The third benefit allows you to create written ciphers. This can be useful for sending secret messages, keeping your notes safe from prying eyes, or creating puzzles for others to solve.
Is Linguist Good?
We gave Linguist a D Tier rating In our 5e Feats Tier List, making it an underwhelming feat in most cases.
The value of the Linguist feat can vary greatly depending on the campaign. In a campaign where communication and intelligence gathering are key, Linguist can be an alright. However, in a more combat-focused campaign, other feats may provide more tangible benefits.