Published on March 9, 2023, Last modified on March 30th, 2023
Toughen up your character with more hit points! The Tough feat is a basic, but effective feat to help your character stay alive in combat.
Willian Murai - Wizards of the Coast - Hero of Iroas
What Is Tough 5e?
More hit points are never a bad thing. If your character is getting knocked out too easily, the Tough feat may just be for you! This feat does one thing and does it well, it increases your hit points in a way that is totally detached from your CON score or hit dice.
In recent adventures and sourcebooks, like Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen and Spelljammer: Adventures in Space, characters are granted a limited selection of feats at 1st level. Spelljammer allows you to choose between Magic Initiate, Skilled, or Tough and Dragonlance allows you to choose from backgrounds that provide a Dragonlance specific feat or the Tough or Skilled feat.
Getting Tough for free at 1st level may be boring, but can go a long way to help your character’s survivability over the course of a campaign.
How Does Tough Work?
The Tough feat that provides characters with additional hit points, making them harder to kill:
- Your maximum hit points increase by an amount equal to twice your level when you first take this feat. For example, if you are a 6th level character, your maximum hit points would increase by 12.
- Whenever you gain a level after taking this feat, your hit point maximum increases by an additional 2 hit points.
Overall, the Tough feat is a useful choice for characters who want to increase their survivability and resilience in combat, as it gives them a significant boost to their hit points.
Is Tough Good?
In our 5e Feats Tier List, Tough was given a B Tier rating, making it a niche feat that can improve some builds in D&D 5e.
Tough is always effective, if not very exciting. An extra 2hp per level certainly adds up and will be an extra 40 hit points by level 20.
Tough 5e Interactions
In D&D 5e, you gain hit points equal to a roll of your hit dice + your CON modifier each level up. If you’re looking to expedite your hit point increases, there are very few ways to do so without pumping CON or multiclassing for a better hit dice. The most common ways to accomplish this are:
- The Tough feat, which provides an extra 2hp per level.
- Choosing the hill dwarf race at character creation, which provides an extra 1hp per level.
- Some magic items, like the amulet of health, can increase your CON, which helps increase your hit points. But, the only magic item that directly increases your hit points is the cursed berserker axe.
Tough It Out
The Tough feat is far from interesting but certainly has its merits. If you’re looking to increase the survivability of your character, there are few things that’ll help as much as some extra hit points!