Dwarf 5e

Published on July 15, 2020, Last modified on May 2nd, 2022

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Artificer: Nothing here for an Artificer

Barbarian: Dwarves are a great choice for melee barbarians. They get bonuses to CON and a free resistance to poison. What’s not to love?

Bard: Bards won’t be tanking any time soon, even if they are going Valor or Swords College.

Cleric: Dwarves are your stereotypical cleric race. They get a CON bonus ensuring you will live long enough to heal your teammates. Their speed isn't reduced by heavy armor which allows you to ignore the STR component when choosing a subclass with heavy armor proficiencies.

Druid: +2 CON and Darkvision are nice.

Fighter: Dwarves are a great choice for melee fighters (just look at Gimli). They get bonuses to CON and a free resistance to poison. What’s not to love?

Monk: CON is helpful but not a priority. The fact that dwarves don't get access to +2 DEX will really harm a monk build.

Paladin: Dwarves are a great choice for all paladin builds. They get bonuses to CON and a free resistance to poison which is just gravy.

Ranger: +2 CON and Darkvision are nice.

Rogue: CON bonus and Darkvision are nice, but dwarves have a base walking speed of only 25 feet. Mobility can be critical for the rogue Class.

Sorcerer: No CHA is tough and the sorcerer won’t be tanking any time soon. Additional hit points are always helpful.

Warlock: No CHA is tough and the warlock won’t be tanking any time soon, even if they choose Pact of the Blade. Additional hit points are always helpful.

Wizard: No INT is tough and the wizard won’t be tanking any time soon. Additional hit points are always helpful, especially with the meager d6 hit dice.

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