After you’ve played your fair share of sessions and campaigns, you’ve probably figured out what it is that you like as far as your play-style and how you roleplay your character.
However, you haven’t built a character that feels perfect for you. Perhaps it is time to find your perfect character. To do this, you’ll need to do a little self-reflecting and ask certain questions.
- What role is my favorite to fill?
- What race have I had the most fun with?
- What feats compliment my play-style?
- What alignment do I embody best?
Choose a Role and Pick a Class
In my previous guide to building characters, I said you’d need to determine your race first before picking a class. In all truth, you can do it the opposite way if you’d like. In fact, for creating the perfect character, choosing the class is paramount. You’ll need to know which classes fill your favorite role, then pick the one you find yourself most proficient in. If you’re going to Multiclass, be sure that each class compliments the other for the play-style you’re going for.
Pick a Race That You Have a Blast With
Hopefully by now you have found a race that you like to play as. Whether it’s because of how you roleplay a certain race, or you’re just fond of the extra features they come with, you must not ignore this feeling. When looking for the perfect character you need to use a race you are familiar with. It’s fun to try new things, and I don’t discourage it. However, if you want a character that is perfect to you, it’s better to go with something you know.
Sometimes your favorite race may not compliment your perfect class well.
For example, let’s say you love to play as a Dwarf and Rogue is what you feel to be your perfect class. You could very well make a Dwarven Rogue, there’s nothing wrong with that and it would be interesting. However, a Dwarf’s bonuses to ability scores and racial feats may not work well for a Rogue because the class relies on different ability scores than the Dwarven race provides. In this instance, it may be wiser to pick a race that gives boosts to the ability scores a Rogue relies on, like Dexterity, Intelligence, or Charisma. Like an Elf, or a Halfling.
Figure Out What Feats Work Best With Your Play-Style
There is a plethora of feats to choose from in Dungeons and Dragons 5e. If your Dungeon Master allows it, you can even use feats in previous versions or Pathfinder. But you’ll need some time to sit down and learn what feats are suitable to you.
For instance, let’s say that recently in your games you haven’t been rolling well. A good feat to compensate for that would be the Lucky feat. This feat allows you to roll another d20 for things like attacks, saving throws, and skill checks and allows you to use which ever roll was higher. This will give you an advantage when you’re in a bad spot and you rolled poorly.
Some feats are more for flavor than they are function, so just be aware of the choices you make. Just remember to use what will work for you. If you’re having trouble picking feats, ask your Dungeon Master or fellow Players to help you.
What Alignment Do I Play Most Naturally?
Though alignment is more for flavor and roleplay rather than function, it’s important when making your perfect character. It will make it easier for you to improvise with a character that has a similar disposition as you. Or if you’re good at playing the bad guy, then make the character evil (as long as your Dungeon Master will allow it, that is). If you choose an alignment you enjoy playing, not only will you have more fun, but you’ll find that the story you and your players and dungeon master are co-creating will flow smoother and make it easier for the story to progress. So, really everyone gets to have a more enjoyable time crafting the story.
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Author: Ven’Orik (Zach)
I’m just a regular nerd with a passion for storytelling and fantasy. Growing up I read books by Tolkein and C.S. Lewis, and this solidified my love for the genre. I first started playing D&D when I was 13 and have been pursuing it since. I’m just here to share my knowledge and hopefully learn a thing or two from all of you as well!