Prodigy 5e

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

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This is a solid utility pickup that meshes with just about any build. Want to be persuasive? Want to be stealthy? Want to be a rockstar on the lute? You can pick up a proficiency even if your class and background didn’t have it available. 

On top of that, you get the ability to choose an expertise, something that is usually kept for bards and rogues. Getting at least +4 to a skill in the first tier of the campaign (1st – 4th level) is amazing and, as the game progresses, the bonus will scale with your proficiency bonus.

Keep in mind, this is a race-specific feat for Half-elves, Half-orcs, and Humans.

Which 5e Classes Make the Most of Prodigy?

The color code below has been implemented to help you identify, at a glance, how good the Prodigy 5e feat is for a specific class/subclass.

  • Red isn’t going to contribute to the effectiveness of your character build at all
  • Orange is an OK option
  • Green is a good option
  • Blue is a great option, you should strongly consider this option for your character
  • Sky Blue is an amazing option. If you do not take this option your character would not be optimized

Fighter: Fighters get access to loads of feats and this is a great way to pick up a proficiency and expertise with some of those extra resources.  If you're playing as a half-elf, half-orc, or human, this is a great pick up.

Rogue: Grab another proficiency and another expertise. If your skill monkey abilities weren't enough for you, this will help get you to where you want to be!

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