Tavern Brawler 5e

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

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Unfortunately, Tavern Brawler isn’t a fighting style defining feat like Shield Master, Sharpshooter, or Great Weapon Master. Even with this feat, grapple-based character builds that use improvised weapons will always be outpaced by regular melee classes.

Which 5e Classes Make the Most of Tavern Brawler?

The color code below has been implemented to help you identify, at a glance, how good the Tavern Brawler 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: Useful for grappler builds, otherwise, you can do without it.

Paladin: Useful for grappler builds, which is to say not very useful. Otherwise, you can do without it.

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