Every once in awhile, you get that urge to make that ''[[MarySue perfect]]'' character. But how do you do it? Will you copy fictional works and go for a Conniving Thief? How about a [[QuirkyBard Stupid Bard]]?

Perhaps you will try to do something [[OverusedCopycatCharacter less overdone than a Drizzt Do'urden clone]], or perhaps you will choose a simple [[HumanShield meat shield]] fighter to give your wizard less to complain about. Either way, here is an incomplete list of published classes and prestige classes. Good luck.

Note: For the iconic characters based on some of these classes, see Characters/DungeonsAndDragons.


[[folder: 1st through 3rd Edition Core Classes]]

A sub-class of the thief introduced in the OD&D Blackmoor supplement, the assassin became a PrestigeClass in 3rd Edition.

* BoringButPractical: 3E Assassins have a very small list of spells they can use, but it contains almost all the spells a stealthy character would want (read: Invisibility), and the ability to cast arcane spells at all opens up huge new options for them.
* MasterOfDisguise: The assassin was the ''only'' class in OD&D and 1st edition to include rules for disguising yourself, including the possibility of disguising yourself as a different sex or (humanoid) race.
* OneHitKill: Their signature ability in 1st edition was the ability to do this to any enemy they surprised (with a chance of failure depending on relative level). This is retained in 3.x edition, though you needed to observe for three rounds and the attack allows a save to resist dying instantly. At the Assassin's option, it can be modified into a paralyzing attack should they wish to take prisoners.
* ProfessionalKiller: Their specialty is killing others cleanly and stealthily. And their powerful stealth abilities make it all the easier for them.
* StealthExpert: Even more so than the Rogue. They can hide in plain sight and use stealth-based spells, which is everything the Rogue would ever want.


First officially codified in the ''Unearthed Arcana'' supplement to 1st Edition (though it appeared in a fanzine before this); disappeared from 2nd Edition, only to be reintroduced in the ''Players Options'' series; finally recodified as a standard class in 3rd Edition. Class Handbooks: [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19867934/Consolidated_Barbarian_Handbook WotC 3.5 version]], [[http://brilliantgameologists.com/boards/index.php?topic=8753.0 Brilliant Gameologists 3.5 version]] ([[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=105525 copied from the GiantITP version)]], [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19648686/Destruction_Manifest:_The_Barbarians_Handbook Gleemax 4E version]].

* BadassNormal: All of their abilities are neither magical nor supernatural. Which means everything they do is something that, on paper, anyone can do.
* BarbarianHero: The good and neutral aligned Barbarians are described as "free and expressive".
* TheBerserker: In 3rd edition, where it was their signature ability.
* CanonImmigrant: The barbarian first appeared in the British fanzine ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' before being adopted by Creator/{{TSR}}.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower
* LightningBruiser: In 3.x, the barbarian has the highest base movement speed of any class except for the monk. In addition to that he has uncanny dodge, meaning that he reacts so quickly to danger that he gains a bonus to reflex saves against traps and cannot be flanked or sneak-attacked in combat.
* MadeOfIron: Traditionally, barbarians have the highest hit points of the core classes, and in most cases, actually take reduced damage from ''all'' physical attacks at higher levels (the DR is so small that it only outright prevents ScratchDamage, though).
* NatureHero: They were expanded upon in the splatbook "Masters of the Wild", and they are consistently described as being "wild" and appreciating nature in the books.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Possibly; in the third edition, barbarians must spend skill points for literacy, whereas other characters are automatically literate.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: In 1st Edition, Constitution. In 3rd, barbarians benefit from all physical stats (Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution).
* UnskilledButStrong: Compared to the Fighter. Barbarians have more health, faster movement and huge stat boosts when raging, but not nearly as many combat feats.
* UnstoppableRage: The barbarian's distinguishing characteristic in 3rd Edition. The original 1E barbarian from ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' also had this ability, but the official one by Creator/GaryGygax did ''not'' (it was defined by its extreme resilience).


A class introduced in ''Strategic Review Vol.2 Issue 1'', converted to the UrExample PrestigeClass in AD&D 1st Edition, then made it's own class again from 2nd Edition onward. Class Handbooks: [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19648522/Oh!_blame_not_the_bard._-_The_Bard_Handbook?pg=1 Gleemax 4E version]], [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19870498/The_Bards_Handbook Gleemax 3.5 version]], [[http://brilliantgameologists.com/boards/index.php?topic=8284.0 Brilliant Gameologists 3.5 version]]

* TheBard: The TropeCodifier for the concept of a JackOfAllTrades bard that uses magical music.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Started out mechanically as a PrestigeClass and thematically as a druidic lorekeeper who learned and taught magic through music. By third edition they're a starting class with closer thematic ties to skalds and who use MagicMusic.
* MagicMusic: Third edition made the bard's magical abilities into this; previous editions had them as merely bits of lore that the bard had picked up from his travels.
* MasterOfNone: Bards have half-decent fighting abilities, a little bit of arcane (wizard) magic, and some thieving skills, but aren't particularly good at any of them. The best ways to make them good all involve specializing (as they are given plenty of options in source books due to their status as a core class). One interesting quirk in 3rd Edition was that while the little bit of magic they got was arcane, their spell list included a couple of divine spells -- namely, the ''Cure'' spells. Of course, Clerics were still better healers.
* MusicForCourage: The ''inspire courage'' ability lets a bard enhance his allies and protect them from fear attacks.
* ThePowerOfActing: Bards don't have to be musicians; any form of entertainment, including acting, can work as a source of power.
* ThePowerOfRock: By default, though, bards tend to be musicians with magic powers.
* PrestigeClass: The AD&D 1st Edition version could be considered the UrExample. A bard had to start as a fighter, work up to at least 5th level, then switch to thief and work up to at least 5th level ''again'', and then switch to druid and only then - assuming your stats were ''also'' up to it - you could become a bard.
** It may astound those accustomed to the notion of the MasterOfNone, but the insanely high requirements to break into the Bard class in first edition meant that carrying a musical instrument there was a sign that you were a badass - fighter, thief, and (thanks to your third and final class) loremaster and minor spellcaster as well.
* SimplifiedSpellcasting: Starting in 3.5, a bard's spells are simple enough that they can still cast them in light armor without any chance of spell failure.
* TheSmartGuy: Fans of [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Elan]] might be surprised to learn that in 2nd Edition, Bards actually had the ''highest'' Intelligence ability requirement of any of the Core classes -- a Wizard "merely" needed an Intelligence of 9 while a Bard needed a score of ''13''.
* WanderingMinstrel: Often joins up with an adventuring party to chronicle their exploits in song.

!!Cleric / Priest

One of the three original classes. Purportedly created during the ''Braunstein'' days of ''Blackmoor'' as a counter to one of the other players, who was playing as a vampire character. Class Handbook: [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19648822/The_Clerics_Bible_Making_a_4e_Cleric Gleemax 4E version]], [[http://brilliantgameologists.com/boards/index.php?topic=1590.0 Brilliant Gameologists 4E version]], [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19866830/The_Cleric_Handbook Gleemax 3.5 version]], [[http://brilliantgameologists.com/boards/index.php?topic=420.0 Brilliant Gameologists 3.5 version]].

* AllMonksKnowKungFu: The Cloistered Cleric (no armor or weapon abilities in exchange for knowledge skills and divination) variant in 3.5 ''finally'' provides an aversion for the system, as a class for a western book copying monk.
* CombatMedic: As the only one of the original three classes to get healing magic, clerics have been pigeonholed into this role ever since.
* DetectEvil: One of the cleric's spells is the TropeNamer.
* EvilCounterpart: Many evil cleric spells are evil counterparts to good cleric spells. In addition, evil clerics' ability to channel [[TheDarkSide negative energy]] to cast inflict spells or rebuke and command undead is the evil counterpart to good clerics' ability to channel [[TheForce positive energy]] to cast cure spells or turn and destroy undead.
* GoodShepherd: A common attitude for good-aligned clerics.
* HealingHands: A cleric's many healing spells tend to work in this fashion.
* HolyHandGrenade: How much they use this trope depends on the edition. In 1st edition, this type of spell was either weak (e.g. ''Spiritual Hammer'', which hit like a...slightly magical club), evil (reversed healing spells) or very high level (''Flame Strike'', on par with raising the dead or traveling to another plane of existence). On the other hand, 3rd edition's profligacy with this trope is what helped give rise to [=CoDzilla=].
* {{Necromancer}}: When you choose to become Evil Cleric, you gain access to undead summoning and dozens of rebuking spells for beefing your undead army. This can potentially outclass Wizard Necromancer in terms of quantities of undeads.
* TechnicalPacifist: In the first two editions, clerics cannot cause bloodshed, and thus cannot use slashing or piercing weapons. Apparently, bludgeoning people to death with a big, heavy mace is just fine, though. This was based partially on Archbishop Turpin from Chanson of Roland - however, later editions and spin-off games like Pathfinder and 13th Age justify that by saying that Clerics are proficient in simple weapons - most of which are bludgeoning.
* TurnUndead:
** Though in the third edition, this applies only to good clerics and ones who are neutral but channel [[TheForce Positive Energy]]
** Evil Clerics get to control the undead instead -- but be careful when trying to tame more powerful spirits.
* WarriorMonk: In every edition, standard clerics have excellent armor proficiency, decent attack progression, and adequate weapon proficiency.
* WhiteMagic: The typical cleric focuses on healing and support magic. However this can be subverted depending on the cleric's deity, especially if they're evil-aligned.


Originally a sub-class of Clerics introduced in the Eldritch Wizardry supplement turned into its own class in 2nd Edition.

Class Handbook: [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19648618/Heart_of_the_Wild_A_Druid_Handbook Gleemax 4E version]], [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19868802/Druid_Handbook_revived Gleemax 3.5 version]] [[http://brilliantgameologists.com/boards/index.php?topic=1354.0 Brilliant Gameologists 3.5 version]].

* TheBeastmaster: The spell ''Animal Friendship'', available at 1st level, allows druids to do this, with a one-time chance of failure. 3rd edition replaces the spell with an animal companion class feature which functions almost identically.
* {{Druid}}: The TropeCodifier for the concept of a Druid as a nature-themed magician.
* HealingHands: Though less effectively than clerics, by and large.
* KlingonPromotion: In 1st and 2nd edition, druids had to defeat (not necessarily kill) higher-ranked druids to advance in levels beyond 11th.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: A 1st level spell which became one of the classes defining traits.
* MagnificentBastard: [[invoked]] In 2nd Edition, the ''Complete Druid's Handbook'' uses this outlook as an example for some class kits. An Advisor (the kit) to a king would suggest a particular area for hunting grounds (seems very non-Druid) because he knows that his king will see the beauty of the locale and ''instead'' ban anyone from hunting there or even approaching the would-be hunting grounds, thus fulfilling the Druid's obligation and duty to protect nature in some form.
* NatureHero: Many druids tend to be hermits who live in the wilderness, in harmony with nature.
* TheRedMage: Druids fall outside the dichotomy of white-magic clerics and black-magic wizards, with both healing and damaging spells regardless of alignment.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Druids usually have access to the ''speak with animals'' spell from an early level, which allows them to do just that.
* SquishyWizard: Only in 1st Edition, where they had similar armor restrictions to thieves (i.e. leather or nothing). After, they're still restricted to non-metal armor (but [[LoopholeAbuse dragonhide is not metal]]).
* SummonMagic: Can summon animals, [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fey]], and [[ElementalEmbodiment elementals]].
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Their signature ability, Wild Shape, allows them to change into animals at will a certain number of times a day. Eventually, this expands to transforming into elemental made of fire, water, wind, or earth.

!!Fighter / Fighting Man

One of the original three classes.

* BadassNormal: None of their abilities rely on magic or supernatural means.
* BullfightBoss: Dungeoncrashers variants can pull this off.
%%* CharlesAtlasSuperpower
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In OD&D the School of Psionics was introduced as an attempt to give the Fighting Men their own set of spells.
* MightyGlacier: Although they do not have to be played this way, Fighters can equip the heavy class of armor, and are the only core class capable of properly wielding a tower shield (at least by default).
* MagicallyIneptFighter: TropeCodifier, all non-spellcaster classes other than Rogue have no access to magic.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: In 3.5, The Tome of Battle removed any incentive to ever play a fighter. A Warblade, ''even when denied access to the martial arts system he's the showcase for'', has better base stats and fills the fighter's role better than the fighter.
* TerrorHero: One of the few useful class skills a fighter gets is Intimidate. The Zhentarim Soldier upgrade makes them one of the best at it; take Imperious Command, and you can reduce an opponent to cowering in a single round.
* WeakButSkilled: Compared to the Barbarian, although it's a very relative comparison - they have slightly less health, move slower and can't use [[UnstoppableRage Rage]], but have more combat feats than anyone else.
* WeaponOfChoice: In late 1st edition, Fighters gain an ability called "Weapon Specialization", which gives them bonuses when they use their chosen weapon. This was made optional in 3rd edition.


Originally a sub-class distinct from the Magic-User class and with its own spell list (though there was overlap). Became "merely" one type of specialist wizard among several others as early as AD&D 2nd edition (though a remnant of the old separation stuck around until 3E -- gnome wizards had to be illusionists). First introduced in ''Strategic Review Vol.1 Issue 4''.

* PowerCopying: The 1st edition DMG made it clear that illusionists could only make convincing illusions of monsters they had personally encountered, making the main "illusion" line of spells (''Phantasmal Force'', ''Improved Phantasmal Force'', ''Spectral Force'') function similarly to Blue Magic from Final Fantasy - the illusionist can, with clever use of his spells, "use" the powers of defeated monsters against his current foes. The weakness of the technique is that recognizing the illusion for what it almost always negates all effects of the spell.
* MasterOfIllusion: The name of the game for illusionists.
* TheRedMage: Not as much so as the druid in 1st edition, but a sufficiently-leveled illusionist could prepare both healing and damaging spells, as well as the illusions and mezzing spells which were their stock-in-trade.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The Beguiler in 3.5, which specializes in magic to perform trickery and illusion.
* SquishyWizard: Being a subclass of the magic-user, they inherit this trope from it.


A Cleric sub-class introduced in the OD&D Blackmoor supplement. Made it's own class in AD&D 1st Edition.

%%* AllMonksKnowKungFu
%%* ArrowCatch: A standard ability of 1st edition monks, one possible build path in 3rd edition.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Regardless of its flaws, not many other classes can literally [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punch out Cthuhlu.]]
* BareFistedMonk: They gain the Improved Unarmed Strike feat, which lets them deal lethal damage with unarmed strikes. Their abilities eventually increase this damage dramatically and give them the power to ignore certain damage resistances as though they were made of certain powerful metals.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Most of the monk's abilities are not magical in nature, but merely stem from years of training. Including the ability to do lethal damage with their fists, the only Core class that can do so without taking a feat.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: When first introduced in OD&D they were a variant of the Cleric class (which made sense), who had all the abilities of a thief (which didn't), could fight effectively with any weapon and wear any armor, but fought best with bare fists and without armor. Not that they made much more sense when they returned in 3rd edition... (see MasterOfNone below).
%%* FlashStep: Abundant Step.
* FragileSpeedster: Even if you happen to roll 18 for ''all'' your ability scores, monks will never get as tough as the true fighting classes, with their naturally high AC and movement speed bonuses being their main boons. Taken UpToEleven in their ''Advanced Dungeons & Dragons'' incarnation where their hit die was ''D4'', the same as the SquishyWizard magic-user class though they did get two hit dice at first level.
%%* HealingFactor
%%* InASingleBound: Leap of the Clouds.
* InvulnerableKnuckles: Said knuckles count as magic weapons for the purpose of piercing magic defenses. This also has the side-effect of letting a Monk punch ghosts.
* KiAttacks: 3rd Edition describes many Monk abilities as being quasi-spiritual.
* MasterOfNone:
** Have a lot of "flavour" abilities with no value, like the ability to partially slow your fall by using nearby walls (most wizards can completely slow ''all'' falls, period, with a level 1 spell). Most of its abilities are contrary, as well: The monk has a lot of mobility-enhancing powers that would lead to hit-and-run attacks... But Flurry of Blows only work when the monk stands still.
** Depending on the edition, in 3e monks are somewhere between a fighter (with unpredictable offensive powers) and a rogue (without sneak attack). 4e makes them strikers, and 13th Age monk is focused on using techniques and special attacks.
* MageKiller: Practically the only thing they consistently outperform every other class in across the editions is getting around the enemy fighting line quickly and locking down their mage. Of course, by 3.x, trying to take down a good mage with the monk's anti-mage abilities is like trying to eat a brick wall while using a really well-made knife and fork.
* TheParalyzer: Stunning Fist, which is essentially a "proc" in 1st edition (kicks in if you beat the required to-hit score by 4+) and part of a character build in 3rd edition (a possible free feat).
* RapidFireFisticuffs: Flurry of Blows.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: By strict rules as written, a Monk is arguably not proficient in Unarmed Strike.
* TouchOfDeath: Quivering Palm.
** Became a UselessUsefulSpell in 3.5 when it could no longer affect targets of higher Hit Die than the monk. Most ''mooks'' at the level you gain it have more Hit Dice than player characters, nevermind targets you'd actually feel like expending it on.
** It doesn't have to be instant-death, either; the monk is able to simply will the target to die at any time for ''at least'' a week after landing the attack (depending on the monk's Wisdom and level), and if the target fails a Fortitude save, they drop dead. Extortion ahoy!
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Monks have tons of filler abilities that are easily replicated by cheap, common, magic items (What good is limited access to slow fall over 20 levels if a Ring of Slowfall is dirt cheap and easily afforded by the time you start getting the basics of the ability and does more than it ever will?).
* {{Wuxia}}:
** Averted. Playing your monk like a wuxia badass is a good way to get your ass handed to you by the guys who aren't fighting naked and barehanded.
** Played mostly straight in fourth edition and entirely straight in fifth, with the relatively balanced magic of fifth edition especially making the monk's mobility kit and large pool of varied tricks extremely powerful and never really redundant. In the mid-levels the monk will likely be the only player in the party with full vertical movement, for instance, and most enemies won't have it either.

!![[ThePaladin Paladin]]

Introduced in the Greyhawk Supplement for OD&D as a Fighter sub-class. Made it's own class in AD&D 2nd Edition.

* CombatMedic: They can cast healing spells and their Lay on Hands ability allows them to heal others. They often heal others in the middle of combat.
* CoolHorse: The paladin's Special Mount, gained upon reaching level 4. Not only is it tougher than a standard Mount, it shares an empathetic bond with the paladin and levels up as she does. Though a warhorse is the iconic example, all sorts of different mounts have been presented as options.
* DetectEvil: One of the paladin's abilities duplicates the effect of the cleric spell of the same name, which is the TropeNamer.
* EvilCounterpart: The Blackguard prestige class is to evil deities as Paladins are to good deities.
* HealingHands: the "Lay on Hands" innate ability, and at higher levels, healing clerical spells.
* HolyHandGrenade: "Smite Evil", the alternate name to the page, comes from the Paladin's signature ability to do extra damage to Evil foes.
%%* JackassGenie: Some [=DMs=] in regards to the Paladin Code.
%%* KnightInShiningArmor
* MagicKnight: An offensive variant in 3rd edition, where they have their smite evil ability to take out evil foes; a defensive variant in 1st, where they project a permanent circle of protection from evil, giving their allies saving throw and armor class bonuses.
* OathboundPower: Possibly the most famous example of this trope; See RightMakesMight for more details.
* RightMakesMight: A paladin's powers are tied directly to his alignment; if she strays from the path of righteousness, she loses all her special abilities.
* ThePaladin: TropeCodifier.
%%* WarriorMonk
%%* WhiteMagic


A Fighter sub-class introduced in ''Strategic Review Vol.1 Issue 2''. Made it's own class in AD&D 2nd Edition.

* TheBeastmaster: Not to quite the same extent as a Druid, but they still normally gain an Animal Companion.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: A standard weapon selection since the class first appeared.
* DualWielding: First tied to the ranger class in 2nd edition, thanks to [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy a certain drow ranger]]. Somewhat [[MutuallyExclusivePowerups mutually exclusive]] with archery proficiency, though. 3.5 explicitly separated the two traits into distinct career paths. Some splatbooks added mounted combat and wrestling to Ranger styles.
* ForestRanger: Many rangers tend to be woodsmen (or women).
* HunterOfMonsters: Their Favored Enemy ability increases skill checks and damage rolls made against specific creatures, and they tend to prefer to hunt these same creatures for varying reasons.
* NatureHero: They tend to live in the wilderness, receive most of their powers from nature itself, and, like the druid and barbarian, will seek to protect it from harm.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: They are able to use Wild Empathy to communicate with animals and magical beasts and influence their behavior.

!!Rogue / Thief

Introduced in the OD&D Greyhawk supplement.

* BackStab: [[MemeticMutation Sneak Attack!]] A common trait of the Rogue is the ability to do extra damage when the enemy is off-guard.
* BadassNormal: None of their abilities are based on magic or supernatural means.
* CombatPragmatist: Being the only core non-spellcaster with Use Magic Device as a class skill (the skill governing use of magic items like scrolls and wands) gives one a lot of options.
* FiveFingerDiscount: Picking pockets is one of the standard Thief abilities.
%%* LovableRogue
* MasterOfUnlocking: Picking locks is one of the rogue's key specialties.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: Dexterity. It is the key to their skills and defenses.
%%* TheSneakyGuy
* SquishyWizard: When they were introduced, they used a d4 to roll their health, although it was somewhat offset by them being able to wear leather armor. AD&D 1st Edition bumped it up to a d6.
* StealthExpert: As the archetypical skill expert, Rogues are also proficient at sneaking. It helps them make use of their backstabs or sneak attacks in battle.
* ThievesCant: This language is unique to this class, and is limited to the discussion of thievery-related activities.
* TrapMaster: Only rogues are allowed to have ''any'' chance of successfully disarming exceptionally difficult traps.
* UtilityPartyMember: The Rogue has traditionally been the party's skill monkey, thanks to receiving, depending on the edition, the most skill points per level or the most non-combat skill boosts.


An alternate arcane spellcaster introduced in 3rd Ediiton.

* BlackMage: Arcane healing is possible, but it's very inefficient compared to divine spells. Either by a spell that converts other spells into a small amount of healing, or taking damage from someone else and putting it on your self, or transferring it another target. Or the high level stuff like Limited Wish or Wish that can simply replicate almost any spell.
* BullyingADragon: According to the fluff, many sorcerers are persecuted by {{Muggles}} because of their supposed "freakish" or "demonic" nature. Yeah, actively making trouble with a guy who, for all you know, can blow up a city block or whistle up a dragon to fight you. Smart move.
%%* EmpathyPet: In the form of {{Familiar}}s.
* GlassCannon: Like wizards, sorcerers can dish out huge amounts of damage with their spells, but their d4 Hit Dice means that they won't have many HitPoints.
* InTheBlood: A sorcerer's powers are innate, as opposed to wizards, who require years of study to learn their magic.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: At the low levels, they struggle while the warrior-type classes shine. At the higher levels, they are blowing up entire armies and solving problems warrior-types could only dream of accomplishing.
* NotThatKindOfMage: Once again, with wizards.
%%* PubertySuperpower
* RememberTheNewGuy: The only 'new' class in 3e, introduced mostly because 1/4th of the PHB was wizard spells. Many worlds were retconned so that famous wizards were sorcerers.
* SquishyWizard: Their hit die is only d4, the smallest hit die size and thus assures a low HP, and they cannot wear armor of any kind without risking spell failure, thereby assuring an easy hit. Between having low hit points and being easily struck, it wouldn't take much to put a Sorcerer out of commission.
* VancianMagic: Of a different sort than wizards and most other spellcasting classes. Rather than being required to prepare spells in advance, sorcerors can spontaneously cast any spell they know, and are allowed to cast only a given number of spells per day (sorcerers also get to cast more spells per day than wizards). On the other hand, sorcerers are only allowed to know a limited number of spells, ''period''. This gives sorcerers great flexibility to [[IndyPloy adapt their plans on the fly]] (in contrast to wizards, who are screwed if they go up against something they didn't prepare for ahead of time), but less flexibility in terms of the total range of situations that they can tackle.

!!Wizard / Magic-User / Mage

One of the original three classes.

* AchillesHeel: Wizards cannot prepare spells without their spellbooks. Very sadistic [=GMs=] wanting to equalize the sorcerer/wizard gap are known to exploit this fact.
* BadassBookworm: Wizards study dusty old tomes for years to gain the ability to blow stuff up with a flick of the hand.
* BlackMage: Regardless of alignment, healing is one of the very, ''very'' few things they can't do.
* CrazyPrepared: The 2nd and 3rd/3.5 edition wizard was best played with this mindset. Without the cleric's access to all spells each level, wizards must carefully shop for scrolls and prepare the 'right' ones each day.
* EmpathyPet: Familiars.
* GlassCannon: They can inflict massive damage and do almost anything in the world, but their low HP and difficulty evading blows means they can be put out of commission in very few blows.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: At the low levels, the struggle to really do much of anything while the warrior-type classes knock down the enemies. At the high levels, they're solving problems left and right and taking out enemies before they even know what's going on, which is something warrior-types won't be doing any time soon. 3.x Edition took this into overdrive.
%%* NotThatKindOfMage
* {{Necromancer}}: Similar to Evil Cleric (see above), Wizard class is capable of reanimating undeads via the AnimateDead spell and creating undead via the Create Dead spell. They have early access to the Chill Touch, a lethal close range spell. However, they ''cannot'' rebuke undead.
* TheSmartGuy: The only core class whose most important stat is Intelligence.
* SpellBook: A wizard's spellbook carries notes on the spells that they've studied and learned.
* SquishyWizard:
** OD&D magic-users used a d6 to roll their health, until the Greyhawk supplement introduced using a d4 as an alternate. The d4 stuck from then up to 3.5 Edition.
** The inability to wear most (in some editions, any) armor or use shields makes a wizard who doesn't have a defensive spell up in advance very easy to hit in combat, and especially in earlier editions the potential for any hit scored to ruin any spell the wizard might have been busy casting at the time.
* VancianMagic: The TropeCodifier. Wizards have to prepare their spells ahead of time, and can only have a certain number at once.

[[folder:Other pre-3rd-Edition Classes]]

A Paladin without all the holier-than-thou claptrap. Under the 1st Edition's ''Unearthed Arcana'' supplement, Paladins were a sub-class of Cavalier ''with'' all the holier-than-thou claptrap.

* AwesomeButImpractical: Their signature trait is their horseback riding skills. Now good luck with fitting that horse into a claustrophobic dungeon environment.
* TheDeterminator: Unlike most other characters, Cavaliers of good alignment do not fall unconscious brought to negative hit points that do not exceed their initial first level hit point score. They can no longer fight but can retire from the battle to seek healing. This mechanic was probably included to stop them becoming a total combat liability as they normally refuse to retreat from combat while they are still capable of fighting - after a few battles where the Cavalier charges into the thick of the enemy forces and gets KO'd forcing the rest of the party to fight their way through to them before they bleed out most parties would just let the Cavalier expire.
* ErmineCapeEffect: The Cavalier absolutely ''refuses'', if possible, to wear "common" clothing, settling for no less than scale mail or, if in the budget, plate mail. Even if leather armor is magical, it's refused simply because of how 'improper' it is and the cavalier will always choose the closest to full plate available, even if the "lesser" armour has a truckload of magic bonuses.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Cavalier's armour is as much a badge of their station as protection and as such it will be the most expensive and shiniest possible and made even more ornate with decorations, engraving etc.
* LeeroyJenkins: Actually built into the class. Cavaliers are literally uncontrollable in combat situations and will charge the most powerful monster in range, regardless of the tactical or strategic situation, at the first available opportunity.
* HonorBeforeReason: The Fighter "class kit" version in 2nd Edition was ''extreme'' about this, to a point that, if a party member was in one-on-one combat, they refused to help, even if the ally was 'losing'. The original version was also pretty bad - in combat they would charge the most powerful enemy in range as soon as they could regardless of the tactical situation or even allies in their way!
* HorsebackHeroism[=/=]MountedCombat: It's in the name.
* TooDumbToLive: With their propensity to make suicidal attacks and reluctance to retreat, the fact that they often prize appearance over actual effectiveness in armour and their tendency to look down on anyone of a low social class they often come across this way. They are also incapable of feeling fear - even magical fear attacks have no effect.
* UpperClassTwit: Possible way to play, given the above tropes.
* WeaponOfChoice: Literally called this on p.14 of 1st Edition ''Unearthed Arcana''. Cavaliers get bonuses to hit, to damage, and to the number of attacks they're allowed in a melee round, if wielding a lance, a broadsword/longsword/scimitar (player's choice), or a horseman's mace/flail/military pick (player's choice).

A thief who gives up picking pockets for the sake of becoming a better catburglar. Walking on tightropes, tumbling, jumping, and pole vaulting are his specialties.

* JokeCharacter: They stop training in two things that make thieves useful in most adventuring situations - finding and removing traps and opening locks to train in tightrope walking and pole vaulting and other similar skills with very limited situational use.
* PrestigeClass: The earliest straight example of what would be codified in 3rd edition. Unlike later examples, the only entrance path was the thief class.


[[folder:Other 3rd Edition Classes]]

Introduced in Heroes of Horror.

* AwesomeButImpractical: An Archivist can potentially be the most powerful caster in the entire game by scribing scrolls from domain spells, divine variants of arcane classes, and classes that get their spells at earlier levels, but that's dependent on the scrolls you can find or buy. Most [=DMs=] will at least give you domain spells and Druid spells, but the stingiest might not let you go past your core Cleric list, basically making you a lamer Cloistered Cleric. As a full caster, the Archivist is basically always going to be powerful, but ''how'' powerful can vary heavily between theory and execution.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Dark Knowledge allows an Archivist to make a Knowledge check and instantly divine an advantage against his foe.
* BadassBookworm: Archivists add spells to their prayerbook from divine scrolls, and can learn any divine spell in the game, giving them the most versatile spell list around.
* DiscOneNuke: Some casting classes have a slow progression, and learn high-level spells at a lower level than normal... which you can then copy and use several levels early. For instance, the Disciple of Thrym prestige class learns Summon Giants, a 8th-level Cleric spell that does exactly what it sounds like, as a 4th-level spell. If your DM is stupid enough to leave a scroll of it lying around, you can conjure up a trio of fiendish hill giants at a level where the wizard's lucky to get one dire wolf.
* LoopholeAbuse: A smart Archivist will take heavy advantage of what can be called a divine caster. Paladins learn Lesser Restoration at first level, you say?
* RecycledInSpace: They're Divine Wizards, as evidence by them needing Intelligence and prayerbooks to cast divine spells in similar ways to Wizards and their Arcane spells.
* TheSmartGuy: Like the Wizard, half the power of his spells comes from Intelligence. The other half comes from Wisdom.
* SquishyWizard: A consequence of being Divine Wizards; the only divine class with worse combat stats is the Healer. Of course, since [[StatusBuff Divine Power]] is on the Archivist spell list, this usually isn't as big a problem as it could be.

Introduced in Complete Psionic.

* MightyGlacier: They receive heavy armor, they can heal themselves, and their psychic powers often pack a whallop.
%%* PsychicPowers
* RecycledInSpace: Between their Wisdom-based casting, fighting style, and mantles, an Ardent is clearly meant to call to mind a psionic Cleric.
* WarriorPoet: An Ardent's power comes from his philosophies and personal conviction in the primal truths.

Introduced in the TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} Campaign Setting.

* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Artificers cast spells indirectly by enchanting equipment. In other words, they can't fly, but their boots just suddenly sprouted little wings.
* CrazyPrepared: Being only as good as the stuff they carry, experienced artificer players will have whole ''manifests'' of stuff they have in their [[BagOfHolding interdimensional storage spaces.]] And if they don't have the exact right thing, their Infusions (at higher levels) can make a stick into a ''Holy Orc-bane Stick of Impact''.
* DifficultButAwesome: Artificers require a massive amount of bookkeeping -- keeping track of all of their magical items, how much XP was lost in creating all of them, how many charges each magical weapon has, how many Action Points they have at any given time -- but when pulled off, they are awesomely powerful.
* GadgeteerGenius: For that player who wants to craft their own equipment, this class can create almost any kind of magic item for lesser costs than normal and add additional abilities to weapons.
%%* ScienceHero
* UtilityBelt: 4e makes them Arcane Leaders... which still works somehow, when they have the gadget for just the occasion.

!!Battle Dancer
Introduced in Dragon #159, updated for 3.5e in the Dragon Compendium.

* DanceBattler: If the name didn't already tip you off...
%%* InvulnerableKnuckles
%%* LightningBruiser: Not quite to the same degree as a Monk, but they're still pretty fast compared to most classes.
%%* WalkOnWater: Battle Dancers gain the ability to do this over limited distances.

Introduced in Player's Handbook II (3.5e).

* CharmPerson: One of the most important spells a beginning beguiler has.
* {{Expy}}: Borrows the Warmage's system of casting, but for illusion and mind-control spells instead of blasting.
* GuileHero: More or less a quintessential one.
* {{Invisibility}}: A popular spell for them.
* MagicKnight: Magic Rogue, more like. Unlike Rogues or Bards, though, Beguilers are pretty terrible at melee combat, and work best as controllers.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: Intelligence. A Beguiler's spellcasting depends entirely on it, and it nicely complements their large amount of skills.
* StealthExpert: Easily so, between a wide skill set and many illusions.
* TrapMaster: Can disarm exceptional traps, in the same way Rogues can.
* TheTrickster: The book notes that the class is adept at mimicking this archetype.

Introduced in Tome of Magic.

* ComboPlatterPowers: The many abilities vestiges provide can easily generate this if mixed together. Even a single vestige's abilities can cause this by being too spread apart in theme. For instance, Haagenti gives proficiency with axes and shields, immunity to transformation effects and a confusing touch ability, none of which work well together.
* CompellingVoice: Naberius provides you with one, though he also makes you [[GutturalGrowler sound all scratchy]].
* ContinuityNod: Some of the Vestiges are based off of characters from events in previous editions of D&D that, due to how they died or were destroyed, have slipped outside of the normal order of existence.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Though some of the vestiges were evil in life and the Binder's methods seem a bit unsavory, the class has no alignment requirement whatsoever. Not even to bind Tenebrous, the shadow-powered castoff undead remains of a Demon Prince. Tell it to the [[KnightTemplar Seropaenes]], though.
* DanceBattler: Paimon makes you one of these.
* DealWithTheDevil: While there are plenty of innocent or neutral vestiges, the whole process is considered unnatural. In the [[TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}} default setting]], expect at least three Law-aligned deities demanding your head on a plate at any given time.
** The WOTC message boards used to have an epic thread of fan-made vestiges. Many of these were also pop-culture icons, for those players who want to channel Comicbook/GhostRider or [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Homsar]].
* DiscardAndDraw: One of the things that makes Binders unique is their ability to do this practically on the fly.
* DropTheHammer: Eurynome's Maul is definitely one of these.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Mainly among the religious, as mentioned, or the upper classes. A Binder requires very little training, knowledge, or equipment to become a potential threat, which means that even if you don't think Binders are selling their souls, you still aren't interested in seeing them stick around. Common people tend not to see the distinction between them and Druids or Clerics, and simply welcome the ones with HealingHands and drive off the ones with horns.
* InstantArmor: Savnok gives you a nifty set of full plate.
* TheMedic: Buer fulfills this role, providing her channelers a small HealingFactor, HealingHands, and an immunity to poisons and disease that can be shared with nearby allies.
* RedRightHand: Shows up when channeling -- sometimes it is a literal deformity, other times it is a personality quirk like being [[CannotTellALie unable to lie]].
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Several examples, given that vestiges can have very situational abilities.
** Though Shax and Focalor do give you some nifty tricks with lightning and other abilities, they're clearly designed so that the Binder can help out in a water dungeon (Shax grants a swim speed, Focalor underwater breathing).
** Primus is only truly useful against chaotic outsiders.
** Most of Desharis' abilities only work within cities, meaning that it's the perfect vestige for urban adventures.
** The main reason you'll want to bind Kas is to use it against undead creatures.
* UnEqualRites: Oh, yes. Most Clerics and Paladins view Binders as unwitting dupes at best and abominations to the natural order at worst. Wizards find their method to be a bumpkin's magic, since binding doesn't take much training.
* WillingChanneler: The whole premise of the class, really.
* WorkingClassHero: They often act as this.

Introduced in Tome of Battle: The Book of Nine Swords.

* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Pretty common; the class is essentially a Paladin 2.0 with the Tome Of Battle rules, and renowned for being so.
* KungFuJesus: They use divinely inspired martial arts to fight. Inspiration is represented by the DM offering them 3 random cards a turn, each card corresponding to a maneuver.
* MadeOfIron: Damage taken can be delayed up to one round, and the Crusader can heal that damage before it happens (or use the Stone Power feat to negate it outright).
* MightyGlacier: It's the only class in the Book of Nine Swords that is proficient with Heavy Armor. The class also has a strong focus on Hit Points (though not receiving as many as the Warblade), and is very hard to actually kill if played properly.
* ObviousBeta: In hindsight, anyway. Wizards of the Coast has confirmed that they were testing gameplay mechanics for fourth edition with this and the other classes in Tome of Battle. It's more obvious here than with earlier classes like the Warlock (see below).

!!Death Master
Introduced in Dragon #76, updated for 3.5e in the Dragon Compendium.

* BadPowersBadPeople: Death Masters must be evil.
* SpellBook

!!Divine Mind
Introduced in Complete Psionic.

* ObviousBeta: It's not mentioned on the back of the book (the Erudite is), its fluff makes little sense in context, and its abilities are a fairly clear rip from the Ardent (only made much weaker). Some people are pretty sure it was added in because they were planning to put the Erudite in the first chapter, but its status as a variant put a stop to this.
* PsychicPowers: From God(s).
* [[RecycledInSpace Recycled AS PSYCHIC]]: Much like Ardents are essentially psionic clerics, the fluff shows Divine Minds as essentially psionic paladins...though their aura class abilities make them resemble psionic marshalls, instead.

!!Dragon Shaman
Introduced in Player's Handbook II (3.5e). Class Handbook: [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=214007 GITP version]].

* BreathWeapon: [[CaptainObvious The "Dragon" part of the name...]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Dragon Shamans must choose a type of dragon as their totem and must adhere close to that type of dragon's alignment.
* HealingHands: The Touch of Vitality ability allows them to heal wounds by touch (unlike many similar abilities, it has [[AvertedTrope no]] effect on [[ReviveKillsZombie undead]]), with the healing point pool eventually being usable to remove various negative conditions.
* StatusBuff: The "shaman" part of the class manifests in part through its auras. It works in a way similar to the Marshal, but with a smaller area and more overtly magical.

!!Dragonfire Adept
Introduced in Dragon Magic.

* BreathWeapon: While other characters can pick one up through spells, feats, items, and class features down the line, the Dragonfire Adept is the only class that gets a breath weapon at level 1.
* {{Expy}}: Uses the same casting system as the Warlock.
* FullContactMagic: Has a higher hit die value than most "full" casters like the Wizard and Sorcerer, although still lacking any armor proficiencies or more than simple weaponry.
* SquishyWizard: Averted, or at least downplayed (Dragonfire Adepts have the same hit die as a Cleric and benefit from high Constitution for their breath weapon, but unlike Clerics they have the same spell-casting penalties as Wizards and Sorcerers when wearing armour).

!!Dread Necromancer
Introduced in Heroes of Horror.

* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Dread Necros have a limited spell list, drawn nearly exclusively from the Necromancy school.
* {{Expy}}: Borrows the Warmage's system of casting, but for necromancy spells instead of blasting.
* HealingHands: Can expel negative energy at a touch. Infinite healing for any undead (or rare living being healed by negative energy), including themselves with the right options.
* HorrifyingHero[=/=]TerrorHero: Only natural, given the book they were introduced in. Alignment restrictions aside, a Dread Necromancer slowly turns into a Lich as they climb up the levels, gaining the immunities and traits of one as they go on, alongside several fear-based abilities. It's common to base entire builds around fear effects.
* {{Necromancer}}: Duh.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: Charisma powers everything the Dread Necro needs to do.
* OurLichesAreDifferent[=/=]SoulJar: The Dread Necro's level 20 class feature is an automatic transformation into a Lich, complete with the obligatory Phylactery. They even get Craft Wondrous Item as a bonus feat to construct the phylactery, in case they didn't already have it.
* TheRedMage: The class utilizes spells taken from both the Wizard and Cleric spell-list, but cast as arcane spells, and spontaneously, like a sorcerer. Since the classes' spell list is fixed and automatically known when a character obtains access to a new spell level, this allows them a measure of versatility within their thematic.
** BlackMagic: Most spells available to them involve death, destruction, evil, fear, and not much else.
* SimplifiedSpellcasting: Much like a bard, a Dread Necro can cast spells while wearing light armor without fearing a chance of failure. This makes them more resilient and melee-prone than other casters.
* SquishyWizard: While only slightly less squishy than normal casters in theory, their infinite healing makes them fairly tankish at times. (For comparison, even the Monk's HealingFactor is limited to twice the Monk's class level per day.)
* TurnUndead: They can rebuke undead in the same way an evil Cleric can.
* UselessItem: [=WotC's=] Customer Service system has infamously claimed one of their class features does absolutely nothing beyond give them a box. This is one of the more frequently cited reasons why no one uses their rulings.

Introduced in Player's Handbook II. The Duskblade competently combines Sword and Sorcery, using a large number of touch based spells, as well as spells that cast as a swift action AND the ability to cast several spells as swift actions so many times per day, thus allowing them to battle with both the sword and the spell as one, and while they never reach the level of power sorcerers and wizards can reach, they do gain several very powerful offensive spells.
* ChainLightning: One of the strongest offensive spells in the their repertoire.
* DefenseMechanismSuperpower: Several of the spells a Duskblade can learn are purely defensive... and can be cast as an Immediate Action, meaning on the OPPONENT'S turn.
* ElementalPunch: a couple of the Duskblade's spells effectively function as this, as they are touch spells that deliver damaging elemental attacks.
* FullContactMagic: Duskblades are explicitly designed to be capable of this, delivering their spells THROUGH their swords or other weapons.
* GlassCannon: A Duskblade is limited to d8 Hit Dice and can't wear armor lighter than medium. By the time they've learned to channel spells into a full attack, though, they can certifiably murder everything.
* LethalHarmlessPowers: The Duskblade also has a few spells that in and of themselves can do a person no harm, yet can still prove deadly used correctly. Dimension Hop, for instance, is a touch spell that a Duskblade can delivery through a Melee strike, that teleports the target up to 5ft per 2 caster levels to an unoccupied space with line of site... including out into the middle of empty space past the edge of a cliff, or into the range of a devastatingly powerful spell or ability...
* LifeDrain: Vampiric Touch, often considered a Duskblade's bread-and-butter attack.
* MagicKnight: The best single non-Prestige class example.
* SimplifiedSpellcasting: Duskblades can cast while wearing armor with no chance of spell failure. This is an incredibly potent ability as it gives very high AC, something most arcane casters don't have.
* SpellBlade: A Duskblade can learn to temporarily enchant his weapons so they deal more damage in combat.

Introduced in Ghostwalk. One of ''very'' few base classes with racial requirements (in this case being a ghost). Focuses on becoming better at fighting and ghostly powers.

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Introduced in Ghostwalk. The spellcasting counterpart to the Eidolon.

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Introduced in Complete Psionic.

* AllYourPowersCombined: Unlike standard Psions, Erudites can learn powers from all six psionic disciplines.
** Even more so with the Spell to Power variant, that allows the Erudite to learn arcane spells. These include wizard, bard, assassin and wu jen spells, making the Erudite even more diverse in repertoire
* PsychicPowers
* SecretCharacter: The Erudite was hidden away in one of the last pages of Complete Psionic, segregated from the other three classes introduced in that splatbook. Consequently, a fair number of people don't even know it exists.
** It was actually a Dragon Magazine-exclusive before it was printed in Complete Psionic. The class was originally slated for the Expanded Psionics Handbook, but was cut for space.

Introduced in the book Dungeonscape.

* BadassBookworm: A Factotum can supplement an attack or damage roll with their Intelligence modifier, but only a limited number of times per encounter. Also, they gain the ability to constantly apply their Intelligence modifier to Strength and Dexterity-based checks.
** Not to mention careful (ab)use of the [[IaijutsuPractitioner IaiJutsu]] skill...
** LightningBruiser: Initiative is done with a Dexterity check...
* HealingHands: A Factotum can eventually do this.
* IaijutsuPractitioner: One of the more popular builds for the class exploits this.
* JackOfAllStats[=/=]JackOfAllTrades: This is what a Factotum is made to be. They have access to ''all skills'', have some limited spellcasting abilities, have proficiency with all simple and martial weapons, and as noted, have access to limited HealingHands and TurnUndead.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: Intelligence. Definitely Intelligence.
* ReviveKillsZombie: Possible using the above-noted HealingHands.
* TurnUndead: A Factotum gets this ability. Rebuking doesn't work for a Factotum though, even an evil one.
* TrapMaster: Can disarm exceptional traps, in the same way Rogues can.

!!Favored Soul
Introduced in the Miniatures Handbook, and introduced again in Complete Divine.

* TheChosenOne: Your deity talks to you directly. Don't expect much vacation time.
* PowerGivesYouWings: at high levels, a Favored Soul grows either Angelic or Bat like wings, depending on alignment
* [[RecycledInSpace Recycled In Religion]]: The Favored Soul is the Divine counterpart to the Sorcerer.

Introduced in the Miniatures Handbook.

* CripplingOverspecialisation: The Healer is an ''incredible'' healer, but healing (and some slight buffing) is all it can do. Unless your characters are wounded or suffering from something, the healer basically only takes up space.
* {{Expy}}: The most common first step in fixing the class among fans is to make it one of the Warmage expies (why it isn't one in the first place, when they debut in the same book, is not understood).
* HealingHands
* ReviveKillsZombie: Without Sanctified Spells, this is probably the only reasonable way a Healer can fight until they get their Celestial Unicorn companion.
* {{Unicorn}}: The base companion for a Healer is a Celestial Unicorn (as mentioned above).
* VirginPower: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]; there is nothing in the rules saying a Healer has to be a virgin to keep their Celestial Unicorn companion.
* WhiteMagic: The class specializes in healing spells.

Introduced in Complete Warrior.

* BadPowersBadPeople: Cannot be outright Good, as a consequence of how their powers center on cursing others.
* TheBeastmaster: The most popular Hexblade builds tend to focus on abusing its familiar. Since a familiar's HP is half that of its master's, a Hexblade's familiar is typically going to be far tougher than a Wizard's. Some go so far as to trade the feature for Dark Companion (itself an arguable example) and then take a feat to regain a familiar. Plenty of them add Improved Familiar for good measure, swapping out their cats and owls for winter wolves.
* MagicKnight: In theory, yes. A Hexblade has access to both arcane spells and the full Base Attack and high HD of a warrior class.
* MasterOfNone: A consequence of the above. They have almost no melee combat abilities outside of their chassis, and their spellcasting is scarcely better than a Ranger's.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: A consequence of both of the above, compared to the Duskblade or a multiclass character. The Hexblade does have some neat tricks, including the Mettle ability and an altogether good spell list (though its casting ability remains limited), but compared to the raw power of a Duskblade or the greater versatility of an Eldritch Knight, the class ends up looking pretty iffy.
* TookALevelInBadass: The designers did some work to bring the hexblade up a notch, with its creator releasing an unofficial fix that placed the Hexblade more on the Duskblade's tier. [[DivergentCharacterEvolution These days]], the Duskblade focuses on raw damage, while the Hexblade focuses on debuffs and melee support.

Introduced in Magic of Incarnum.

* DifficultButAwesome: Once you've learned how to play the class, you are nearly on-par with a Factotum.
** Incarnates are capable of utilizing defenses that are normally reserved for spellcasters/manifesters, and are numerically capable of covering any of the four standard roles. Whats more, an Incarnate can change his entire build within 9 hours' time.
* GuideDangIt: The Incarnate was introduced in a book that wears the title of Most Confusing Splat EVER. Very few people have the know-how to play the class, even on the most popular forums like [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick GiantITP]].
* MadeOfIron: Thanks to having a huge amount of defenses and being focused [[OneStatToRuleThemAll nigh-exclusively]] on Constitution, an Incarnate is very durable. Only the Totemist and Crusader (and, to a lesser extent, the Barbarian) are comparable out of the non-casters.
* SoulPower: Draws on the essence of souls from the past, present, and possibly those who have yet to be born to create pseudo-magical items for a variety of effects, most of which are passive bonuses.

Introduced in Dragon #60, updated for 3.5e in the Dragon Compendium.

* JokeCharacter[=/=]LethalJokeCharacter: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin All in]] [[CaptainObvious the title.]]

Introduced in Player's Handbook II (3.5e).

* {{Determinator}}: A knight can continue to fight, even when they should be dead. [[DesperationAttack Even when they ARE dead.]]
* DuelBoss: One of the main abilities available for use by expending a daily use of their Knight's Challenge.
* HonorBeforeReason: Every time the Knight violates their code of conduct, such as making surprise attacks, or striking a defenseless foe, they lose uses of their Knight's Challenge for the day. Violating their code when out of Knight's challenges, applies a morale penalty to them for the rest of the day, and only get's worse from there.
* KnightInShiningArmor
* MightyGlacier: The class's main purpose is to call out enemies in [[DuelBoss single combat]] to keep them away from your allies. As a result, the Knight has very high HitPoints (but for some reason, a poor Fortitude save). Notable for being actually being semi-effective at it, as they have abilities to prevent enemies from just targeting others.

Introduced in Complete Psionic.

* PsychicPowers
* StealthExpert

Introduced in the Miniatures Handbook. Later evolved into 4e Warlord or 13th Age Commander.

* TheFace: They have a Charisma focus, an aura that boosts Charisma checks, decent skill points, and free Skill Focus (Diplomacy). They're very good at this.
* FrontlineGeneral: They're not as good in combat as fighters or barbarians, but between their auras and their statline, they can usually handle themselves, and their auras require them to be fairly close to the frontline anyway.
* PromotedToPlayable: In an odd way, it can be considered one for the aristocrat; they have the same overall statline (average Base Attack, good Will save, four skill points, weapon and armor proficiencies), similar flavor, and a similar set of class skills. It's really not hard to stat out [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething a more active king or noble]] as a marshal.
* StatusBuff: The class's main specialty is its auras, a means of buffing one's allies [[TheHeart just by being there]].
* TheStrategist: What this class is supposed to be.
* UnderusedGameMechanic: The biggest weakness to the class is that it's designed to lead troops en masse by providing [[DeathOfAThousandCuts small buffs to large groups]], and it's pretty good at doing so, but unless the campaign is explicitly designed around warfare, most of the time its auras are only going to be benefiting one or two people.

Idea suggested in Dragon #65, introduced in the Dragon Compendium. Shares the same name as the prestige class Mountebank.

* BackStab: Of a sort. A Mountebank's Deceptive Attack deals bonus damage against opponents whom they successfully feint against OR whom they have beguiled or otherwise lulled into a false sense of security.
* DealWithTheDevil: The literal, sell-thy-soul-for-power kind. Not even a minion either, but a bonafide demon prince or a Duke of Hell.
* {{Greed}}: Whether for [[LawfulEvil power]], [[NeutralEvil wealth]], or [[ChaoticEvil the grim satisfaction of watching the world burn]], Mountebanks tend to be big on the greed.
* HypnoticEyes: One of the class' earliest abilities, which naturally works rather well with their Deceptive Attack feature.
* ManipulativeBastard: The class' modus operandi when there's no fighting going on.
* YourSoulIsMine: Regardless of your quality of service, at level 20, your infernal patron gets impatient [[OhCrap and comes to collect his payment]].

Introduced in Complete Adventurer.

* {{Nerf}}: It's like a neutered Rogue. Even with the ability to become invisible, it's not that powerful.
* {{NINJA}}: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The name says it all, folks!]]
* StealthExpert
* TrapMaster: Only rogues are allowed to have ''any'' chance of successfully disarming exceptionally difficult traps.

!!Psion / Psionicist

* AndIMustScream: Psionic powers can be nasty.
* BackFromTheDead: There are a couple of ways to go at it, [[BodySurf some more complicated than others.]]
* {{Mana}}: Called Power Points, but function as a mana meter, in contrast to normal VancianMagic casters.
* MindRape: In several delicious flavours. Injecting an enemy's mind with a second, simultaneously-functioning personality that hates them is only one example.
** PsychicAssistedSuicide: A normal CharmPerson spell specifically cannot do this. A Psion can develop a power that ''specifically can.''
* PsychicPowers: See the name.
* YourHeadAsplode: [[Film/{{Scanners}} Kind of expected...]]
** Decerebrate is not quite this, but comes close. You teleport part of the target's brain [[BodyHorror out of his head]].

!!Psychic Rogue
Introduced in the [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/psm/20040723b Wizards of the Coast's Mind's Eye articles]].

* BackStab: Much like their nonpsionic cousin class, Sneak Attacks are part of the deal. Psychic Rogues get a slower bonus damage progression, but can potentially reinforce them with psychic power.
* LovableRogue
* MasterOfUnlocking
* PsychicPowers: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It's in the name.]]
* StealthExpert

!!Psychic Warrior

* EmpathicHealer: Can donate their hit points to their teammates, and later learns to drain enemies for quick healing.
* MagicKnight: The psionic version thereof.
* PoorPredictableRock: Subverted: most of their attack spells do acid damage, but how many stock Monster Manual creatures resist acid?
* PsychicPowers

Introduced in Oriental Adventures (3.0), revised and reintroduced in Complete Warrior (3.5).

* AncestralWeapon: The Oriental Adventures version had this as a feature. It allowed the Samurai to start off with a Masterwork weapon (typically a katana or bastard sword), and enchant it by offering monetary sacrifices and meditating and praying to their ancestors
* DualWielding: Part of the Complete Warrior version, they receive Two Weapon Fighting as a bonus feat, but it only applies when using a daisho (wakizashi/shortsword and katana/bastard sword
* IaijutsuPractitioner: Both versions. the Oriental Adventures version could invest in a skill called Iaijutsu Focus, which allowed them to do bonus damage on a surprise round if they could draw their weapon and attack in the same round. The Complete Warrior version however, is a toned down version, and only provides the Quick Draw feat for their daisho
* LawfulStupid: The initial 3.0 version, unbearably so...

Introduced in Dragon #140, updated for 3.5e in the Dragon Compendium.

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Introduced in Complete Adventurer.

%%* FragileSpeedster
%%* {{Kiting}}: The class's specialty.
* StealthExpert: Not to the same extent as the Rogue, since its Skirmish ability doesn't rely on surprise like a Rogue's Sneak Attack, but Scouts are still good at remaining unseen.
* TookALevelInBadass: The Swift Hunter feat turns this class and the Ranger into a solid [[CharacterTiers Tier 3]] build. It's also possible to combine Swift Hunter with Cleric spellcasting, making it even better.
* TrapMaster: Only rogues are allowed to have ''any'' chance of successfully disarming exceptionally difficult traps amongst the core classes, but scouts are one of a few other bases classes to have the same ability.

Introduced in Tome of Magic.

* DarkIsNotEvil: Shadowcasters are not inclined toward evil any more than other classes. The fluff does say good shadowcasters are exceedingly rare pretty much because of DarkIsEvil, ''but'' exceedingly rare is explicitly not the same as non-existent (the class has no alignment restrictions), and there is nothing suggesting evil shadowcasters are any more common than neutral ones.
* SimplifiedSpellcasting: The main mechanical thrust of the class. Their fundamentals (the equivalents of the spell level 0 cantrips and orisons for other casters) start out as supernatural abilities, their mysteries move from being cast as spells to being cast as spell-like abilities to being supernatural abilities depending on the tier and level, none of their mysteries have verbal or material components (or foci) in the first place, and they have a feat available that allows them to cast ''all'' their mysteries without gestures.
* SquishyWizard: Slightly downplayed, relative to actual wizards. Shadowcasters have the hit points of a sorcerer, but good fortitude saves, are a single feat from not having to worry about spell failure from armour at all (though they still don't have proficiency with armour, so only the lightest armours are worth it) and eventually can maintain a constant small deflection (meaning it applies against everything) bonus to AC.

Introduced in the Al-Qadim setting for 2nd Edition, updated to 3.5e in Dragon #315 and reintroduced in the Dragon Compendium.

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Introduced in Oriental Adventures.

* TheBeastmaster: Shamans get up to two animal companions (with a total Hit Dice limit), and can easily charm other animals into helping out in a pinch.
* EvilCounterpart: Similar situation to Clerics.
* InvulnerableKnuckles
* ISeeDeadPeople: Shamans gain the ability to see ethereal creatures, such as ghosts that are not currently manifesting in the Material Plane (a manifested ghost would be visible to everyone). To a Shaman, ethereal creatures are visible, but appear translucent and somewhat indistinct.
* TurnUndead
* WhiteMagic and/or BlackMagic: Much like Clerics in this regard.

Introduced in Oriental Adventures, reintroduced in Complete Divine.

* ElementalPowers: Its spell list consists of Cleric and Wizard spells re-flavored as elemental spells.

Introduced in Oriental Adventures.

* UnstoppableRage

Introduced in Magic of Incarnum.

* HolyWarrior: What the class is billed as. Like the Paladin and its Unearthed Arcana variants, required to be at one of the four corners of the alignment chart (no neutral components).
* MagicKnight: Except with incarnum. Without it, they're just Fighters with Smiting but without most of the bonus feats.


* AwesomeButImpractical: There are three phases of learning about the Soulknife. Phase 1 is "Sweet, lightsabers!" (Alternately, "ComicBook/{{Psylocke}}!") Phase 2 is "What, average BAB? No heavy armor? Crappy skills? Mind Blade kinda sucks as a weapon? What a gyp." (Phase 3 is learning about the Soulbow.)
* LaserBlade: The Soulknife's signature weapon is his Mind Blade, a glowing sword formed from psychic energy.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: A Soulbow with Zen Archery basically has no reason to advance anything but Wisdom.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: "Throw Mind Blade" is a class feature gained at later levels, and the Soulknives default option for ranged combat.

Introduced in Complete Adventurer.

* AntiMagic: Spellthieves have a natural spell resistance to offset the inherent danger of their profession. At higher levels, they are absorbing fireballs like [[BuffySpeak some sort of fire sponge.]]
* ImpossibleThief: Specializes in stealing units of VancianMagic from spellcasters. Later branches out to stealing innate spell-like abilities and elemental resistances from monsters.
* StealthExpert

!!Spirit Shaman
Introduced in Complete Divine.

* DifficultButAwesome: About as good as you'd expect a Spontaneous Druid to be, minus the Wildshape and Animal Companion. Still relatively good, and is the only Spontaneous Caster capable of completely rewriting its own spell list every 24 hours.
* NatureHero
* SpiritAdvisor: Instead of a familiar or animal companion, Spirit Shamans have a spirit guide. Since it hangs out in their mind it does not have actions of its own, but it can give a second chance at resisting mental manipulation or handle concentration on an already cast spell.

Introduced in Complete Warrior/Adventurer books. A fighter style class that focuses on being WeakButSkilled, with better mobility and use of Weapon Finesse.

* AwesomeButImpractical: Awesome, you get to pull off all of your favorite {{Flynning}} and {{Swashbuckler}} tropes and you're more skillful than a fighter! Except, most of your damaging abilities, including the below listed Intelligence to damage, only work against foes not immune to sneak attacks or critical hits which is a problem at higher levels. Fighters can have enough feats, they'll be content to get a reach weapon with the ability to trip opponents with it, improved trip for the bonus attack after a trip, and then power attack for massive damage. Barbarians can just rage and pump their Strength stat enough to smash anything that gets in their way to a pulp. And the swashbuckler still lacks important skills and class features like the rogue's ability to find and disarm traps, the ranger's tracking skills, or either's access to the ''Evasion'' ability to maximize their Reflex save.
* {{Flynning}}: ''Acrobatic Charge'' lets the Swashbuckler leap down from a balcony, run down stair cases, or tumble over tables to charge at their opponent. Also because of the Swashbuckler's focus on Weapon Finesse qualified weapons, they tend to end up using a [[UsefulNotes/{{Swords}} rapier]] as their main weapon.
* GeniusBruiser: Swashbucklers can apply their Intelligence to their damage when using certain weapons, but only when unburdened.

Introduced in Tome of Battle: The Book of Nine Swords.

* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Pretty common amongst swordsages.
** Plays like a Monk, but with AWESOME mixed in for good measure.
* CastingAShadow: The Shadow Hand discipline is chock-full of shadow and darkness-based attacks.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: These guys can teleport without using a spell or any sort of supernatural ability. And if they ''are'' using supernatural abilities, hoo boy...
* FlamingSword: The Desert Wind school is full of techniques that do this.
* FlashStep: The above-mentioned non-supernatural teleports from the Shadow Hand school.
* FragileSpeedster: High armor class despite light armor (thanks to dodging), very high initiative, techniques to improve their base speed... pretty low HP for a frontliner.
* PlayingWithFire: Their blades aren't the only thing Desert Wind swordsages light on fire...
* SpoonyBard: A Swordsage actually has some trouble finding a role in a small party. They're too fragile to fit the Fighter's shoes, can't heal like a Cleric, lack many of a Rogue's crucial skills such as trapfinding, and although they can debuff and serve as a good secondary melee.
* WeakButSkilled: The most fragile, least accurate, least armored Tome of Battle class; also the ones with the most skill points, most maneuvers, and the most evasive.

Introduced in Magic of Incarnum.

* DifficultButAwesome: As with everything Incarnum-related, this class takes a lot of effort to learn. Thankfully, the payout is worth-while.
* GaiasVengeance: Basically a Druid that focuses on Magical Beasts and can't cast spells.
* IdiotHero: Thanks to NeverLearnedToRead below, as well as the fact that Totemists aren't incentivized much to put points in any mental stats.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Via the Girallon Arms soulmeld, which can give a Totemist several extra attacks and a bonus to grappling.
* NatureHero
* NeverLearnedToRead: Same as the Barbarian.
* NobleSavage: The class description requires this of you, regardless of race.
* MadeOfIron: Almost better than the Incarnate thanks to a Soulmeld or two.

Introduced in ''Tome of Magic''.

* BrokeTheRatingScale: Famously did this to the writers of the tier system, because the below-mentioned issues cause its power to fluctuate massively depending on build and level. Eventually, it got two tier placements: if it can consistently make Truespeak checks, it's about level with the warlock, if it can't, it's about level with the aristocrat.
* DifficultButAwesome: Downplayed, sadly; it's more like "Difficult But Functions." If you can get your Truespeak check high enough to stay ahead of the GameBreakingBug (an Item Familiar, for instance), then it ceases to be a problem and you can use your utterances basically all day. Some of them are even fairly decent... but they're still limited in usage, lacking in flexibility, poorly designed, and generally not very strong.
* EmptyLevels: As stated below, this class is beaten senselessly with this. Since you'll always be behind in checks there's not much you can do besides keep struggling...or change to a new class if you can.
* GameBreakingBug: Due to the way Truenaming checks scale compared to levels (the DC of the checks scales twice as fast as a character can acquire ranks in the skill), the Truenamer gets ''worse'' as it levels up, until it hits around level 20 and can Gate in Solars, which can Gate in Solars, which can Gate in Solars... which lets the summoner use an absurdly powerful spell after an arbitrary amount of Solars summoned. It also has key information missing for an entire set of class features in initial printings.
* IKnowYourTrueName: As the name says, this is how Truenamers do their magic.

!!Urban Druid
Introduced in Dragon #317, reintroduced in the Dragon Compendium.

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Introduced in Tome of Battle: The Book of Nine Swords.

* BadassNormal: Lack any real supernatural abilities by default, but fairly useful despite this.
* BloodKnight: According to fluff text, warblades ''really'' love fighting.
* CallingYourAttacks: Not technically part of the mechanics, but almost inevitable when playing with the Tome of Battle maneuver system.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Though Swordsages share several disciplines with them and Barbarians are more adept at raw damage, Warblades are capable of some really outrageous moves, like deal dozens of attacks in a single round, boost the abilities of other allies in melee and shake off negative effects with sheer willpower.
* DualWielding: Some of them are capable of using a weapon in each hand with extreme ease. These typically invest in the Tiger Claw discipline, which is all about this trope.
* FinishingMove: An actual manuever by the same name can be learned by them. As the trope implies, it deals much more damage if the enemy is at half his health or less; at any other state of health it only deals unremarkable damage.
* GeniusBruiser: Most of their class features apply their Intelligence score to different combat tactics.
* MadeOfIron: Despite not being as focused on defense or Constitution as a Crusader, Warblades actually get a larger amount of base hit points, comparable to a Barbarian's.
* SimpleYetAwesome: The Warblade-exclusive Iron Heart discipline bases itself on this. It's not flashy or cool like more supernatural martial disciplines. It's not good for utility, and it carries no {{DeathOrGloryAttack}}s like others, either. What it gives is things like being able to redo an attack after missing or getting extra attacks when fighting multiple foes, which are still pretty practical, if not amazing. This culminates in the level 9 manuever of the discipline, which adds 100 damage to a single attack - nothing extraordinary at the level you can obtain it, but not something to be ignored, either.
* SpinAttack: The Mithril Tornado and Adamantine Hurricane maneuvers they can learn is all bout spinning around and striking all surrounding enemies with one or more attacks.
* TimeStandsStill: The capstone manuever of the Diamond Mind discipline bears this name, quite aptly - it allows one to do [[SuperSpeed two full-round attacks in a round instead of only one]]. With certain builds this means easily dozens of attacks in one go.

Introduced in Complete Arcane.

* AscendedExtra: The one non-core base class to appear in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' without mods or expansions. See also 4E and 5E below.
* BullyingADragon: Due to the source and nature of their powers, warlocks get this a lot. Arguably, this is even dumber than persecuting a sorcerer. An inexperienced sorcerer will swiftly run out of spells to hit you with. A warlock will not. (And one of their "spells" is an energy blast with a range that can bypass armor and shields.)
* DarkIsNotEvil: A warlock does not have to be evil (they can be chaotic instead), despite often getting their powers from fiendish sources.
* DealWithTheDevil: The ultimate source of a warlock's power, although it may not have been the warlock himself who struck the deal.
* MagicKnight: The Glaivelock build.
* NotThatKindOfMage: With sorcerers and wizards.
* UnequalRites: Warlocks get no respect at all.
* VancianMagic: Completely and totally averted.
* WordsCanBreakMyBones: One-word invocations include [[MakeMeWannaShout Baleful Utterance]], [[GravityMaster Weighty Utterance]], and [[BalefulPolymorph Word of Changing]]. An epic-level warlock can also qualify for a feat that allows them to use all three of the Power Word spells at will.

Introduced in the Miniatures Handbook, and introduced again in Complete Arcane.

* BlackMage: Spell list is filled with offensive magical damage with the occasional bad status inflicting attack thrown in.
* ElementalPowers: [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[KillItWithIce cold]], [[HollywoodAcid acid]], [[ShockAndAwe electricity]], [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic]], and [[InfinityPlusOneElement force]].
* {{Fireballs}}: Blasting things is their intended purpose. Blasting isn't very good in 3.5 though.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Any ability that improves their spell list turns them into this.
* PoorPredictableRock: An arcane caster with ''only'' damaging spells, lacking in debuffs, buffs, and utilities. Unless you have large hordes of easily disposable cannon fodder ZergRush you, the Warmage's utility is fairly limited.
* TrainingFromHell: Warmage schools are described to be run in a boot-camp fashion. Aspiring warmages have their spells drilled into them while wearing heavy, cumbersome garments and attempting to cast spells beyond their level.


* TheBerserker: In psionic format, no less.
* PsychicPowers
* PubertySuperpower
* [[TimTaylorTechnology Tim Taylor Telekinesis]]: A Wilder can put MORE POWER into their psychic... powers... by adding more [[{{Mana}} power points]], but doing this too much or too often can [[ExplosiveOverclocking have]] [[PsychicNosebleed consequences]].

!!Wu Jen
Introduced in Oriental Adventures, updated for 3.5e in Complete Arcane.

* ElementalPowers: Each Wu Jen specializes in one particular element. The choices are: [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[ExtraOreDinary Metal]], [[MakingASplash Water]], and [[GreenThumb Wood]].

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A PrestigeClass introduced in ''Complete Arcane''. The Alienist is a spellcaster who summons [[EldritchAbomination things]] from [[EldritchLocation beyond]] and deals with [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow things man was not meant to know]].

* BodyHorror: Alienists tend to grow eyes, tentacles, or mouths where there previously were none. Any {{Familiar}} the alienist has develops them first.
* DraggedOffToHell: A 9th-level Alienist does not age. The tradeoff? At the moment they should have died of old age, they are brought to the [[EldritchLocation Far Realm]].
* EldritchAbomination: You get to summon minor ones. You also need to meet one first to qualify to become an Alienist.
* HumanoidAbomination: Eventually, Alienists become this.
* InsanityImmunity: You might want to hold off reading their minds, too.
* PowerBornOfMadness: Alienists gain an insanity score which equals half their class level. This score is detracted from their Wisdom attribute ([[FailedASpotCheck meaning they may not be hearing or seeing the things normal folk do]]), but added to their Intelligence attribute for additional spells. Once or twice per day, they can pull off [[CrazyAwesome crazy stuff]] because of their insanity.
* SquishyWizard: As with most spellcasters, Alienists aren't that hardy (barring creative use of the [[HalfHumanHybrid half]]-[[EldritchAbomination Farspawn template]]), but gain a measure of DamageReduction, energy resistances, and immunity to some StandardStatusEffects.
* SummonMagic[=/=]EnemySummoner: Now with added tentacles!

!!Arcane Archer
A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. This is an elf-specific class that mixes spellcasting with bow-wielding skill.

* MageMarksman
* OneHitKill: Their most dangerous attack is an arrow that is effectively this, although they can only carry one at a time.
* Roboteching: Eventually, they can shoot arrows that completely ignore cover or can pass through intervening obstacles to hit someone.
* TrickArrow: Get the option to channel area spells via their arrows at high levels.

!!Arcane Trickster
A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. This class mixes spellcasting ability with trickery akin to that of the Rogue class.

* GlassCannon: Sneak Attack *and* arcane spellcasting ability means they can pack a lot of punch.
* [[MagicKnight Magic Rogue]]
* WeNeedADistraction: One way to interpret their "Impromptu Sneak Attack" ability, as using a minor magic trick to catch people off guard.

A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Archmagi delve deeply into the workings of magic, learning to eke out more abilities from their spells.

* TheArchmage: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Obviously.]]

(See the Assassin entry in the "1st through 3rd Edition Core Classes" folder)


* TheBeastmaster: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Obviously.]] Even moreso than the druid. They're the only class that gets more than one animal companion, and there first animal companion is always 3 levels ahead of a druids (of the same level).
* LoyalAnimalCompanion
* NatureHero
* TheNoseKnows
* SpeaksFluentAnimal
* SuperSenses

A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Blackguards are evil divine warriors much in the way that Paladins are good ones.

* FallenHero: Paladins who have forsaken their mindset gain special bonuses upon becoming blackguards. Especially high-level fallen paladins can immediately become max-level blackguards by trading in 10 levels of paladin.

!!Dragon Disciple
A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Dragon disciples draw out their innate dragon lineage to gain the powers of a dragon.

* ArtisticLicenseBiology/AWizardDidIt: Levelling up by, essentially, altering your genetic code to emphasize specific traits is pretty cool, but very hard to roleplay while making any sense.
* BeastMan: Increasingly so, the more levels they get.
* BreathWeapon
* InTheBlood: The fluff says that spontaneous spellcasting is only possible if you have some draconic heritage (though more commonly it says this is an in-universe theory by sorcerers, or indicates that there ''are'' other heritages possible -- dragon is just the one that gets the most focus). This prestige class is about tapping into it.
* PowerGivesYouWings

!!Dread Pirate
A prestige class from ''Complete Adventurer''. Dread pirates are swashbuckling scourges of the sea with fearsome reputations.

* BadBoss: "Motivate the Scum" allows dishonorable dread pirates to motivate their crew by killing a helpless individual. If the individual is one of the dread pirate's own crew, the bonus is doubled.
* TheDreaded: Dread pirates who so choose can take advantage of their fearsome reputation for boosts to Intimidate.
* DressedToPlunder: The character in the illustration sports full pirate regalia, with beard, bandana, breeches, and BadassLongcoat.
* {{Pirate}}

A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Duelists are similar to Swashbucklers in that they use their Dexterity and Intelligence as their defense rather than armor or shields.

!!Dwarven Defender
A dwarf-only prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Dwarven defenders are stalwart crusaders for the dwarven cause that can become living walls if needed.

* StanceSystem
* StoneWall: Takes it about as far as it can go, given that they get sizeable defensive bonuses while standing completely still.

!!Enlightened Spirit
The "redeemed Warlock" prestige class in ''Complete Mage''. Turning their backs on continuing down the fiendish path, they instead walk towards the light. An Enlightened Spirit trades away invocation progression for a suite of celestial based abilities.

* HolyHandGrenade: Can turn Eldritch Blast into a Spirit Blast or Holy Blast, which deals extra damage to undead or evil outsiders.
* {{Omniglot}}: At 4th level, an Enlightened Spirit gains the Tongues ability, which can be turned on and off at will.
* PowerGivesYouWings: The ''Celestial Flight'' invocation.

A prestige class introduced in ''Heroes of Horror''. Fiend-Blooded are humanoids whose ancestry traces back to the union between a fiend or half-fiend (usually an evil outsider such as a devil or demon) and a humanoid/mortal partner. With training, they can awaken the power of their fiendish heritage.

* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: At 3rd level, "Blood of Fiends" grants resistance to poison and reduces damage done by poison, and the class' final ability, "Fiendish Exaltation" grants complete immunity.
* DamageReduction: Gained when the capstone ability (Fiendish Exaltation) is acquired.
* InTheBlood: Only spontaneous (and humanoid) casters with traces of fiendish blood need apply.
* PlayingWithFire: "Fiendish Sorcery" allows a Fiend-Blooded to learn any spell from any class list as long as the spell has the Fire descriptor.
** BlackMagic / MasterOfIllusion / CharmPerson: If a Fiend-Blooded doesn't choose a spell with the Fire descriptor via Fiendish Sorcery, he/she can pick any one spell (from any spell list), as long as the spell is from the schools of Necromancy, Illusion, or Enchantment.

Introduced in ''Lords of Madness'', these freaky dudes are all about grafts -- taking bits of other creatures, and sticking them on yourself...or any guinea pigs you can find.

* BodyHorror: Part and parcel of the whole "grafting" thing, really. The final ability they get is "Aberrant Apotheosis", wherein the Fleshwarper has gone so far as to [[WasOnceAMan become an Aberration simply from all the funkiness they've visited upon themselves.]]
** Their familiars, in particular, get more aberrant the longer they stick near the Fleshwarper, no grafts necessary.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Their only alignment restriction is "non-lawful." Make of that what you will.
* PowerUpgradingDeformity: Beholder Eyes? Illithid tentacles? ''A cobra for an arm?'' Yes please.
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: Their "elder secret" class feature gives them the special abilities of certain Aberrations.

!!Frenzied Berserker

* BerserkButton: Taking damage has a chance of triggering the character's frenzy.
* TheBerserker: to the point where once he runs out of enemies, he starts attacking the rest of the party.
* UnstoppableRage: Steps up the barbarian rage required to take the class in the first place. While in a frenzy, the frenzied berserker can't die of hit point damage.

!!Gray Guard
--> "How're we supposed to see the pally comin' when 'e wears armor blacker than ours?
---> --Griv "Goblin Father" Chos, unfortunate cultist guard
A prestige class from ''Complete Scoundrel''. These are paladins who fight dirty and can smite virtually anything.

* AntiHero: A class requirement. There's just no way these brutal and hard-assed paladins can be considered [[TheHero classic heroes]].
* GoodIsNotNice: These are experienced paladins who combat evil by whatever means necessary. The illustration shows a gray guard strangling a necromancer with his bare hands in a scene that [[ShoutOut looks like it's referencing]] Darth Vader in ''Film/ANewHope''.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Debilitating Touch lets you use [[HealingHands Lay on Hands]] to cause pain, and the entry suggests use in interrogation.
* HolyHandGrenade: Notable in that their smite evil can, at high enough level, let them effectively smite ''anyone'' including other LawfulGood paladins.
* KnightInSourArmor: Almost a class requirement.
* LawfulGood: [[invoked]] Class requirement. Violating the code of conduct costs them their powers, but doing so in service to the faith negates the experience requirement of an ''atonement'' spell, until they reach their 10th level in gray guard.
* ThePaladin: The vast majority of entries are paladins (it requires class features that, among the ''Player's Handbook'' classes, only paladins have).

!!Keeper of the Cerulean Sign
A prestige class in ''Lords of Madness''. A Keeper uses the "Cerulean Sign", an ancient rune that embodies the power of the natural world to hunt down and defeat aberrations and cults worshiping them.

* AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome: The cerulean focus, which a prospective keeper must make in order to take levels in the class and use its abilities. It usually is made as an amulet, though it can be personalized by making the sign in the form of a mantle, ring, medallion, or periapt.
* DetectEvil: "Detect Aberrant Taint".
* WordsCanBreakMyBones: A 3rd level Keeper can use "Word of Revelation" to dispel illusions cast by aberrations (or aberration cultists) and deal charisma damage.

!!Knight of the Sacred Seal
A prestige class introduced in ''Tome of Magic''. For the martial-minded Binder, these individuals have formed a special bond with a single vestige. This bond grants them abilities beyond what normal binders receive from making pacts with vestiges.
* GuardianEntity: The vestige the knight chooses as his or her patron. Binding a patron vestige is automatically successful (the vestige cannot influence you and you can freely suppress its sign).

!!Master of Radiance
A prestige class in ''Libris Mortis: The Book of Undead''. A divine caster who draws on the energy of the sun to better combat undead foes.
* HolyHandGrenade: At 2nd and 5th level, the class grants Searing Light and Sunbeam as spell-like abilities.
* LightEmUp
* ThePowerOfTheSun: Fluff-wise the class is usually taken by druids who revere the Sun, but is open to clerics who worship Light or Sun deities (such as Pelor or Lathander), or other divine casters who can use Daylight and worship Light or the Sun as an ideal/force of nature.
* TurnUndead: Advances the character's turning effectiveness if he/she has the ability from other sources.
* WeakenedByTheLight: Can project an aura of light which debuffs undead and creatures with light sensitivity, as well as empowering their spell-like abilities while the aura is active.

!!Mystic Theurge
A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Mystic Theurges are adept in both the arcane and the divine.
* CantCatchUp: The traditional entry into this class requires 3 levels in a divine spellcasting class and an arcane spellcasting class. This is about 3 level each before you qualify for this prestige class. If you take 10 levels you become a 13th level divine and 13th level arcane caster at level 16, allowing you to cast 7th level spells where a dedicated caster is 1 level away from their ''9th'' level spells. And that's to say nothing about the class features you're missing out on.
* TheRedMage: Probably the purest example D&D has to offer, since the mystic theurge casts both cleric and wizard spells, but will never be as good at either as a single-class character of the same level.

!!Ordained Champion
Steeped in a tradition older than most religions, the ordained champions stride through the chaotic fog of violence and bloodshed. Appears in ''Complete Champion''.

* ChurchMilitant: Essentially the point of the class.
* FullContactMagic: Spell channelling is this.
* MagicKnight: They are one of the most potent divine versions of this in the game.

!!Rainbow Servant
A prestige class from ''Complete Divine''. Rainbow Servants are the agents of the Couatl on this world, a race of LawfulGood feathered serpents wanting to maintain peace and vanquish evil.

* AllYourPowersCombined: The main reason to pick this class. At levels 1, 4 and 7 the Rainbow Servant can learn and cast spells from the Good, Air and Law domains. But at level 10 they become able to learn and cast ALL spells from the Cleric list. This grants them [[HolyHandGrenade light-oriented combat spells]], [[HealingHands healing magic]], protection magic, buffs and all other spells a Cleric can normally use.
* DetectEvil: A Rainbow Servant gets this at level 1, and Detect Chaos at level 7.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: From level 4 onwards they can use rainbow-colored wings for 4 to 10 minutes, depending on their Rainbow Servant level.
* TheTeamBenefactor: The description of the class mentions that while a Rainbow Servant is allowed great leeway in their daily actions, they should be aware that a Couatl can drop into their lives at any moment to send them on some great quest. A DM can use this to introduce the party to a QuestGiver in an isolated area without resorting too much to a DeusExMachina.
* {{Telepathy}}: They learn Detect Thoughts at level 10.

!!Sacred Exorcist
Appears in ''Complete Divine''. A spellcaster who can learn to banish ghosts and other evil spirits possessing the living, as well as specializing in fighting either undead or evil-aligned outsiders.

* DetectEvil: At 2nd level, the exorcist gains the ability to use this at will, just as a paladin does.
* HolyBurnsEvil: Can pick up an aura that replicates the effects of Consecrate, and moves with the exorcist, eventually gaining Holy Aura as a spell-like ability.
* TurnUndead: Advances turning if the character already has the class feature, or grants the ability to non-cleric spellcasting classes (such as sorcerers, wizards, shugenja, etc).

A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Shadowdancers are experts in hiding and using the shadows.

* AwesomeButImpractical: Shadowdancers are the most easily accessible for rogues and rangers, the two core classes that are best at stealth. However, the class has medium BAB and no sneak attack, gimping the main appeal of both the classes that would normally have use for its abilities.
* CastingAShadow: The main focus of their abilities. At higher levels, they can send their own shadow on the offensive.
* FlashStep: As long as they enter and exit via a shadowed area.
* StoneWall/[[AnAdventurerIsYou Ninja Tank]]: Gets a lot of defensive abilities, such as evasion, slippery mind and defensive roll, and a fairly good d8 hit dice. Gets no offensive abilities whatsoever.

A prestige class in ''Magic of Incarnum''. Combines the power of incarnum and arcane magic.

* SoulPower: A soulcaster can augment their spells with essentia, making them more powerful and harder to resist.

A prestige class from ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Lost Empires of Faerûn]]''. Sunmasters claim the 3E sun god Lathander is really the ancient Netherese sun god Amaunator. 4E reveals they were right. They have great powers over light.

* BlindedByTheLight: Defied: the 2nd level ability grants an immunity to being blinded or dazed by light effects.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Starting at second level, their eyes glow orange, and they can shoot beams of light from them.
* LawVersusChaos: Strongly on the law side. Amaunator was viewed as a deity who brings order to the world.
* LightIsNotGood: Potentially. LawfulEvil is an allowed alignment.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: 10th level sunmasters can turn into an EnergyBeing similar to a miniature sun once a day.

!!Wild Soul

A prestige class in ''Complete Mage''. An arcane spellcaster who forms an alliance with the fey courts of either the Seelie (if good-aligned) or the Unseelie (if evil-aligned). The caster gains the ability to summon a wider variety of fey, outsiders and magical beasts for aid.

* StatusBuff: Summoning a creature from the expanded list grants the summoner several perks as long as the summoned creature stays alive for the spell's duration (increased speed, resistance to sleep and charms, and making the caster's illusions and enchantments harder to resist).
* SummonMagic: Adds several creatures to the caster's Summon Monster list, some of which usually only appear in the Summon Nature's Ally line, such as the unicorn.


[[folder: 3.5 Edition NPC Classes]]
Not everybody can be a hero. These classes are for background characters and {{Mooks}}, although you can play them too if you are [[JokeCharacter feeling masochistic]] (or are using the right crazy build).

Represents the stay-at-temple clergy and the B-students of your local wizard. [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards Simply having magic makes the adept more powerful than most martial PC classes]].

* {{Familiar}}: The only Divine caster that gets them
* LethalJokeCharacter: Typically rather high on CharacterTiers lists, as their spell list has some surprisingly useful gems despite its shallowness.
** We are not kidding when we say it's a higher tier than the Samurai.
** Eberron Campaign Setting boosts them so they can add one Cleric domain of spells to their spell list which can boost their versatility significantly or allow them some spells otherwise restricted to a once a day on a cleric.
* MagikarpPower: Intended to be the only class capable of classifying for the Hexer prestige class, which progresses your spellcasting at the same rate as an adept while also giving them full melee ability and powerful curses. In practice, other classes can also qualify through backdoor methods.
* ReligionIsMagic: Less magical than a Cleric, but magic nonetheless.
* SquishyWizard: These are normal, average-joe ministers, not badass warrior-priests.

Blue-bloods, courtiers, and the rich, aristocrats represent the general 'upper class' and their social skills without the added specialist knowledge of rogues or bards.

* CrimefightingWithCash: They have the highest starting gold of any class at 1st level. People who choose to play an aristocrat as a SelfImposedChallenge tend to take advantage of this by buying expensive armor and items, with some even taking the Mercantile feat to boost starting gold further and give bonuses to buying and selling things. Past that first level, though, it becomes irrelevant since starting gold is piddly next to what you earn from adventuring.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The armor and weapon proficiencies would suggest this; presumably the aristocrat has enough free time to learn how to swing a sword around, even if they aren't especially good at it.

Peasants, dirt farmers, unskilled workers: The commoner represents the starving useless masses and is at the bottom of the totem pole for utility.

* LethalJokeCharacter: The "Chicken Infested" joke "flaw" lets them produce infinite chickens.
** Which can be made into [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot zombie chickens]] that [[MadeOfExplodium explode upon death]].
* {{Muggles}}: A Commoner is about as weak as a class can get without already being dead. Few hit points, skills more suited for menial labor than adventuring, and no unique abilities whatsoever.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Averted. The Dungeon Master's Guide is very clear on the fact that the NPC classes are not suitable for player characters, on the basis of their laughable weakness.

Blacksmiths, scribes, candlestick makers or cartographers, the 'expert' is a catch-all class intended to cover any non-magical expert in any field.

* IaijutsuPractitioner: While not as good as the Factotum at it by virtue of no other abilities, an Expert is also able to exploit their "any 10" class skills with this.
* LethalJokeCharacter: As noted below, Experts are ''meant'' to be a generic NPC class representing artisans and experts, and this is achieved by having them choose ten skills as class skills. The lethal part comes from there being no restrictions on ''which'' ten skills, allowing access to some unusual tricks like iaijutsu as well as being able to qualify for a number of feats and prestige classes.
* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: The D&D class version. Experts are generic classes that are allowed to have whatever skills the GameMaster wants, letting the same class represent any profession.
* PowerCreep: Unfortunately, their niche of "any ten class skills" was compromised by the Savant and Factotum, which treat ''all'' skills as class skills. Of course, [[SelfImposedChallenge if you were playing an Expert to begin with, you probably don't care about that]] (and Experts were ''supposed'' to be weaker than actual player classes like the Factotum).

An NPC class integral to the setting of TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}. They specialise in repeatedly casting the cheap, non-combat utility spells driving the {{Magitek}} of the setting.

* FridgeLogic: [[invoked]] Magewrights were born from the question of who is manufacturing all these cheap magic items. See, there are these weak, common arcane spellcasters with only passive spells...

[[Discworld/GuardsGuards They may be called the Palace Guard, the City Guard, or the patrol. Whatever the name, their purpose is identical: To exist in any encounter with non-unique non-boss enemies, attack the heroes one at a time, and be slaughtered. No one ever asks them if they wanted to.]]

* {{Mooks}}[=/=]RedshirtArmy: This is the generic class given to untrained humanoid enemies like orcs and goblins (as well as common guards and foot soldiers), which allows them to handle a sword without actually giving them any distinguishing features. Good for a ZergRush and not much else.
* UnskilledButStrong: Well, that's being kind; it'd be more accurate to say "no skills besides strong." With no abilities aside from pure numbers, a warrior can pick up a sword and hit with it more often than not, and that's basically all he can do.


[[folder: 4th Edition Classes]]

The ardent is a Psionic Leader from the ''Player's Handbook 3''. The ardent's psionic powers revolve predominantly around the themes of empathy and telepathy, allowing them to manipulate the emotions and minds of their enemies and their allies in battle.

* TheEmpath: The predominant motif of the ardent is manipulating emotions. Enemies are hindered by plaguing them with guilt, fear, doubt and rage; allies are bolstered with courage, confidence, hope and joy.
* MoreThanMindControl: Ardents have some telepathic skills as well, but predominantly they use emotional manipulation to attack their foes.
* PsychicPowers: The source of their combat effectiveness.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Half of an ardent's attacks are rooted in the target's own mind. The other half is typically rooted in the great big weapon the ardent is hitting them with.

The artificer is an Arcane Leader from the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} Player's Guide''. These mages specialise in "imbuing" temporary enchantments into physical objects or other people. Even spells that don't directly enhance armor or weapons still use a physical object as the source for a spell to, for example, create a burst of electrical energy.

* ScienceHero: [[FantasticScience In a way.]]
* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic

The assassin is a Shadow Striker from Magazine/{{Dragon}} Magazine. They are similar to the Assassins of 3.5 in that they are differentiated from regular Rogues by having access to magical powers; 4e Assassins use shadow magic to enhance their stealth and to attack their foes.

* CastingAShadow: The reason why they are a "Shadow" class is because they can literally control darkness to attack their enemies or aid themselves.
* TheDarkArts: What shadow magic is.
* MasterPoisoner: The Assassin gets some powers based on using poison; the Executioner "sub-class" for Essentials relies upon using different kinds of poison for its attacks.

!!Executioner (Assassin)
The executioner is a Martial and Shadow Striker sub-class of the assassin from Dragon magazine and ''Heroes of Shadow''. It differs from the standard assassin by not having attack powers (except for certain weapons), instead using only basic attacks modified by powers and poisons.

The avenger is a Divine Striker from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Avengers are described as being practicioners of strange, cult-like variants of mainstream religions, giving them access to divine powers that regular Clerics don't possess. They often serve as assassins, executioners or special agents for their faith -- and not always with the blessing of their patron god's mainstream church.

* BadassPreacher
* {{BFS}}: As strikers, avengers prefer to wield double-handed weapons for maximum damage. Swords are favored, but [[DropTheHammer hammers]], [[AnAxeToGrind axes]] and [[CarryABigStick various big hurty things]] also get their look in, depending on an avenger's personal faith.
* ChurchMilitant: The role of the avenger is typically to hunt down and destroy enemies of the faith, while the cleric's is to heal and lead the faithful and the paladin's is to defend the faithful.
* HolyHandGrenade: The avenger's role is to be a living one of these, using the most offensive array of divine powers to slay the enemies of their church.
* ReligiousBruiser (If not a ChurchMilitant)
* WarriorMonk

The barbarian is a Primal Striker from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Savage, brutal warriors from the wilderness, barbarians eschew armor in favor of endurance and agility, calling upon the primal spirits of their tribe to possess their bodies and imbue them with supernatural powers in the form of "rages".

* AnimalBattleAura: A common effect, as their big powers revolve around letting spirits, including animal totems, possess them.
* BarbarianHero
* TheBerserker: Made more fantastical by having their berserk rages A: stem from spirit possession, and B: grant them magical powers, like being surrounded by burning flames.
* DualWielding: The "Twinclaw" path for the barbarian focuses on wielding two weapons at once.
* MagmaMan: The "Stonefire Rager" paragon path.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Thunder-spirits provide a number of magical warcry-based powers; there's a dedicated character path to using these battle-cries called the Thunderborn.
* NatureHero: By way of drawing magical powers from the spirits of nature.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks (They have a feat that lets them do this)
* UnstoppableRage

!!Beserker (Barbarian)
A Martial/Primal Defender/Striker introduced in ''Heroes of the Feywild.''
* TheBerserker: Well, duh.
* TheMario: A reasonably good Defender, and a pretty decent Striker.
* TurnsRed: When bloodied, the go into an...
* UnstoppableRage

The bard is an Arcane Leader from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Bards use the inherent magic of stories, songs, music and dance to achieve a wide variety of effects. They specialise in demoralising their foes and bolstering their allies.

* TheBard
* JackOfAllStats
* MagicMusic
* MakeMeWannaShout
* MusicalAssassin
* MusicForCourage
* ThePowerOfRock
* WanderingMinstrel

!!Skald (Bard)
The skald is an Arcane and Martial Leader sub-class of the bard from ''Heroes of the Feywild''.

The battlemind is a Psionic Defender from the ''Player's Handbook 3''. These psionic characters channel raw psychic energy through their bodies, weapons and armor to achieve spectacular feats of martial skill; the flashiest psionic powers allow them to transform their very bodies.

* ChromeChampion
* FlashStep: The signature technique of the Harrier path for battleminds, and they have a number of generalist powers that allow this to be pulled off.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's noted in the Psionic Power splat that many battleminds actually don't realise their powers are magical in nature until and unless someone more knowledgeable points it out, instead chalking their spectacular feats up to "luck" and "skill".
* MadeOfIron: And more literally than other examples.
* PsychicPowers
* SuperReflexes

The cleric is a Divine Leader from the ''Player's Handbook''. Ceremonially invested with a connection to the Astral Sea, clerics draw upon divine powers to aid their allies and impair their enemies.

* CombatMedic: The best class in the game at healing, but also heavily armored and quite adept at cracking skulls in his own right.
* FrickinLaserBeams: A cleric who chooses mostly ranged, radiant damage prayers is known as a "laser cleric", because he or she basically runs around throwing beams of energy to hurt his enemies.
* LightIsNotGood: Even evil-aligned clerics tend to focus on radiant damage. One recommended houserule for evil clerics in the dungeon master's guide lets them use necrotic damage in place of radiant.
* HealingHands
* HolyHandGrenade
* TechnicalPacifist: With the Pacifist Cleric feat, a cleric who damages a bloodied enemy becomes stunned. Using a non-damaging power that lowers defenses or creates vulnerability is fine.
* TurnUndead
* WarriorMonk

!!Warpriest (Cleric)
The warpriest is a Divine Leader sub-class of the cleric from ''Heroes of the Fallen Lands''. It differs from the standard cleric by having specific domains as class features (and ''[[{{Nerf}} not]]'' having TurnUndead).

The druid is a Primal Controller from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Druids communicate with the primal spirits of plants and animals, and have a deep personal connection to a greater spirit known as the Primal Beast, which allows them to assume all manner of bestial or monstrous forms. Some druids even master the art of assuming the forms of swarms of creatures.

* BeeBeeGun
* NatureHero
* SummonMagic: Some druids can summon animal spirits to fight at their sides.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The class feature of the druid, with one path (the "Swarm Druid") differentiated because of his ability to become a swarm of creatures.

!!Sentinel (Druid)
The sentinel is a Primal Leader sub-class of the druid from ''Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms''. It differs from the standard druid by being a melee weapon-user, and having an animal companion based on a season chosen as a class feature.

* TheBeastmaster
* BondCreature

!!Protector (Druid)
A Primal Controller reminiscent of the Wizard. Introduced in ''Heroes of the Feywild.''

The fighter is a Martial Defender from the ''Player's Handbook''. Specializing in all kinds of armor and weapons, fighter paths mostly differ depending on what array of equipment they prefer;

* BadassNormal: Fighters explicitly have no magic whatsoever... and can stand up and kick ass just as much as any magic-user ever could.
* TheBerserker: The Battlerager Fighter Build, from ''Martial Power''
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Though their powers are explicitly not magical in nature at all, fighters can still pull off superhuman feats by virtue of "training hard".
* CombatPragmatist: The Brawler Fighter Build, from ''Martial Power 2''
* DualWielding: The Tempest Fighter Build, from ''Martial Power''
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Guardian Fighter Build, from the ''Player's Handbook''
* MadeOfIron
* WeaponOfChoice: To the extent that fighter powers, feats and paths/builds are differentiated based on what kind of weapon they prefer.

!!Knight (Fighter)
The knight is a Martial Defender sub-class of the fighter from ''Heroes of the Fallen Lands''. It differs from the standard fighter by not having attack powers, instead using only basic attacks modified by stances and powers.

* KnightInShiningArmor
* SimpleStaff

!!Slayer (Fighter)
The knight is a Martial Striker sub-class of the fighter from ''Heroes of the Fallen Lands''. It differs from the standard fighter by not having attack powers, instead using only basic attacks modified by stances and powers (and being primarily a Striker instead of a Defender).

* BowAndSwordInAccord: Due to the slayer's use of basic attacks and high Dexterity, they can do this better than other fighters.
* SimpleStaff

The invoker is a Divine Controller from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Possessing a direct connection to astral power and the gods by nature instead of by investiture, with example reasons including being chosen by a god or having divine lineage, invokers are often at odds with the other Divine classes and especially established churchs, who view them as dangerous outsiders and potential heretics as often as they view them as messiahs and chosen ones.

* BoltOfDivineRetribution: Several powers have you calling these down on your opponents.
* DivineIntervention
* TheHeretic: May be viewed as one for eschewing the church for a more direct connection to the deity.
* MissionFromGod: And not the church, which is what separates Invokers from Clerics and Avengers.
* SummonMagic: The only Divine class which has access to these powers.

The monk is a Psionic Striker from the ''Player's Handbook 3''. Monks channel their psychic powers through their bodies through combat training, learning to turn their bodies into psychically imbued weapons and perform superhuman feats. As they gain in skill, they also learn to expel that energy for more explicitly supernatural powers, such as hurling blasts of energy.

%%* BareFistedMonk
%%* CarryABigStick
* FragileSpeedster: Monks aren't good at wearing armor and they have low health, but they are amongst the most mobile classes.
* InASingleBound: The monk has a lot of techniques that include leaping ridiculous distances.
* InvulnerableKnuckles: A monk's path feature is that their unarmed hands are valid weapons. This means a monk can punch to death things like living statues of ''solid metal'' without breaking their hands.
* KiAttacks: The monk's various projectile attacks
%%* KungFuSonicBoom
* PsychicPowers: The source behind their "ki powers".
%%* SimpleStaff
* SupernaturalMartialArts: Justified by the fact that they're [[PsychicPowers psionic]].
* WalkOnWater
* WarriorMonk: While the monk is not necessarily religious, Religion is a monk class skill, and training in it is a prerequisite for the Radiant Fist paragon path, which is particularly Divine.

The paladin is a Divine Defender from the ''Player's Handbook''. Divorced from their traditional restraints of Character Alignment must always be LawfulGood, 4e Paladins are the armored defenders of the faiths... All faiths. Meaning that paladins of gods like Melora, Asmodeus and Gruumsh are all perfectly valid in 4th edition.

* CombatMedic
* CoolHorse
* HealingHands
* HolyHandGrenade
* KnightInShiningArmor
* MagicKnight
* WarriorMonk

!!Blackguard (Paladin)
The blackguard is a Divine (with some Shadow) Striker sub-class of the paladin from ''Heroes of Shadow''. It is more similar to the cavalier, but chooses a vice instead of a virtue.

* DarkIsNotEvil: Unaligned Blackguards with the Domination vice may be hard-assed {{Knight Templar}}s, but they're not hypocrites and usually focus on clearly evil threats by default. Blackguards with the Fury vice can even be Good (though not LawfulGood), reserving their rage for foes that well and truly deserve to be torn apart.
* EvilCounterpart

!!Cavalier (Paladin)
The cavalier is a Divine Defender sub-class of the paladin from ''Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms''. It differs from the standard paladin by having specific virtues as class features.

The psion is a Psionic Controller from the ''Player's Handbook 3''. The "purest" psyker, psions use telepathic and telekinetic powers to attack multiple foes at once. Some psions are actually capable of manifesting their thoughts as reality, becoming what are called "Shaper" build psions.

* CrystalBall: One of the Implements they can use.
* MindControl: The Telepathic build, of course.
* MindOverMatter: '''Telekinetic''' Build.
* PsychicPowers
* SimpleStaff: One of the Implements they can use.
* SquishyWizard: Like the traditional Wizard, they have lousy armor and health, but dramatically supernatural powers.
* SummonMagic: The Shaper build functions like this, in that it creates objects and creatures from the psion's thoughts to do the psion's will.
* {{Telepathy}}: '''Telepathic''' Build.

The ranger is a Martial Striker from the ''Player's Handbook''. A lightly armored warrior, the ranger focuses on offense and manueverability to defeat its foes. Some go to battle alongside a bestial battle companion, some are master archers, some favor melee and ranged combat equally, others wield two weapons.

* BadassNormal
* TheBeastmaster: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Beastmaster]] Build from ''Martial Power''. Possible beasts they can fight alongside include giant spiders, giant snakes, wolves/hunting dogs, big cats, bears and hawks.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: The Hunter Build from ''Martial Power 2''
* DualWielding: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Two-Blade]] Build.
* ForestRanger
* NatureHero

!!Hunter (Ranger)
The hunter is a Martial and Primal Controller sub-class of the ranger from ''Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms''. It differs from the standard ranger by not having attack powers, instead using only basic attacks modified by powers.

!!Scout (Ranger)
The scout is a Martial and Primal Striker sub-class of the ranger from ''Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms''. It differs from the standard ranger by not having attack powers, instead using only basic attacks modified by powers.

The rogue is also a Martial Striker from the ''Player's Handbook''. They rely on surprise attacks and agility to avoid damage while dishing it out, and excel at crippling their foes to impair their ability to fight on.

* BackStab
* BadassNormal
* CombatPragmatist
* DiscOneNuke: Base weapon damage is ~1d6+6 (assuming Dex of 18 and short sword). Ambush/Tactical trick grants combat advantage in most situations allowing sneak attack (3d6+6). If you take Surprising Charge feat, +1d6. This alone bloodies a single target making it easy for cleanup - or on a critical hit, either does a OneHitKill or brings down to a sliver of health. You may even throw in backstab for a better chance to hit and additional damage. While highly damaging in normal play, experienced [=GMs=] can counter this tactic by using minions.
* KnifeNut
* LovableRogue
* MasterOfUnlocking
* MasterPoisoner: The Master Of Poisons paragon path.

!!Thief (Rogue)
The thief is a Martial Striker sub-class of the rogue from ''Heroes of the Fallen Lands''. It differs from the standard rogue by not having attack powers, instead using only basic attacks modified by tricks and powers.

The runepriest is a Divine Leader from the ''Player's Handbook 3''. They use ancient runic sigil patterns, remants from the creation of the world, to call upon the powers of the gods and manifest spectacular effects.

* DropTheHammer: "Wrathful Hammer" runepriests gain proficiency in military hammers and maces.
* HeroesPreferSwords: The "Serene Blade" build.
* InstantRunes: The basic nature of their class; they sketch a rune on an item or in the air, and the rune instantly manifests as their power brings it into being.
* StatusBuff

The seeker is a Primal Controller from the ''Player's Handbook 3''. Empowered by the primal spirits to seek out and slay the enemies of the world, the seeker's weapons are conduits to the spirit world, making them a shout-out to the spellcasting abilities of Rangers in editions past.

* NatureHero
* TrickArrow: Any projectile or throwing weapon used by a seeker can channel a spirit in it, allowing it to perform all manner of strange effects. These include turning blood into acidic slime, making barbed vines sprout from the victim's body, and dissolving in mid-flight into a ravenous swarm of flesh-eating locusts that start gnawing their way into the target.

The shaman is a Primal Leader from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Blessed with the truest connection to the spirit world, shamans are intermediaries between mortals and the spirits. Accompanied by a powerful totem spirit ally, shamans call upon the spirits to empower their allies.

* BondCreature: The "spirit companion" class feature is the center of a shaman's offensive skills and many spells.
* NatureHero

The sorcerer is an Arcane Striker from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Possessing an innate affinity for raw, wild magic, sorcerers unleash devastating surges of arcane power. Sorcerers are defined by the type of magic that resonates with their soul; dragons, chaos, storms and cosmic energy.

* BreathWeapon: Many Dragon Magic powers are described as these.
* GlassCannon
* InTheBlood: One possible reason for a sorcerer's powers.
* KnifeNut: Can cast spells through daggers.
* SimpleStaff
* SquishyWizard

The swordmage is an Arcane Defender from the ''ForgottenRealms Player's Guide''. Lightly armored, if at all, swordmages combine martial training with any sort of light blade or heavy blade weapon with arcane magic, channelling spells through their swords to create a wide variety of offensive techniques.

* FireIceLightning: They have other powers as well, but these are their main go-to elements for damaging opponents.
* GeniusBruiser: They require a high Intelligence stat to function, like most Arcane characters, but their combat role is based on mixing it up in the melee.
* MagicKnight: Perhaps one of the purest examples of a "Gish" class to be made for D&D.
* SquishyWizard: Averted, at least in theory. They may be weaker than other Defenders, but they have the highest armor and health of the Arcane classes and their "[[BattleAura Aegis]]" literally shields them from harm by boosting their Armor Class.
* TeleportSpam: Not quite so adept at it as the Battlemind, but Swordmages get a lot of teleporting moves.
* WeaponOfChoice: Go on, guess.
** Though, because their class is keyed off of using "Light Blade" class weapons and "Heavy Blade" class weapons, it's just as viable for a swordmage to be wielding a [[SinisterScythe scythe]], [[BladeOnAStick glaive]] or ''[[AnAxeToGrind khopesh]]'' as it is for them to carry a dagger or sword.

The warden is a Primal Defender from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Charged with defending the natural world from all who would despoil it, wardens allow primal spirits to use their bodies as a conduits to the physical world, allowing them to command nature around themselves or to shapeshift into inhuman, spirit-bestowed forms to do battle with.

* CombatTentacles
* GaiasVengeance: Their class fluff actually explains they have been empowered by the Primal Spirits to defend nature.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe
* MadeOfIron
* NatureHero

The warlock is an Arcane Striker from the ''Player's Handbook''. Forging bonds, voluntarily or otherwise, with all manner of strange and eerie entities, warlocks wield BlackMagic as the most offense-orientated of the Arcane classes.

* TheDarkArts
* DarkIsNotEvil: Spelled out in the handbook.
* DealWithTheDevil: Literally, with the Infernal pact. Other choices include the [[TheFairFolk Fey pact]], [[EldritchAbomination Star pact]], Dark pact (made with assorted shadowy entities) and [[TabletopGame/DarkSun Sorcerer-King pact]].
* LovecraftianSuperpower: The other motif behind the Star pact.
* MagicWand
* StarPower: Star Pact warlocks, who gain their powers by making a pact with an EldritchAbomination that lives among the stars.

!!Hexblade (Warlock)
The hexblade is an Arcane Striker sub-class of the warlock from ''Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms''. It differs from the standard warlock by having a melee weapon granted by its eldritch pact, making it similar to [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]].

* EvilWeapon: According to one of the pacts.
** Infernal Pact gets the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Blade of Annihlation]], a {{BFS}}
** Star Pact gets the Starshadow Blade, a reskinned Bastard Sword.
** Gloom Pact [[WhipItGood Whips it good]] with the Scourge of Exquisite Agony.
** Fey Pact gets two: Either the [[LaserBlade Sword of the White Well]] or the [[AnIcePerson Blade of Winter's Mourning]] AKA the best weapon in the game.
* MagicKnight
* SummonMagic

!!Binder (Warlock)
The Binder is an Arcane and Shadow Controller Warlock subclass from ''Heroes of Shadow.'' It differs from normal Warlocks by being geared towards controlling the battle rather than dealing massive amounts of damage.

* AnIcePerson: At-will power slows opponents with cold.
* SummonMagic

The warlord is a Martial Leader from the ''Player's Handbook''.

* BadassNormal
* BoringYetPractical: A Warlord is a sub-par fighter and a sub-par healer, but grants immense tactical advantages to the ''rest'' of the party - bonuses to initiative, extra moves, extra attacks. Great for the strongly teamwork-oriented player, but a poor choice for those who yearn to be TheHero. The saying is: "A barbarian hits you with his axe; a warlord hits you with his barbarian."
* TheCaptain
* DrillSergeantNasty
* GeniusBruiser
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Somehow, without any knowledge of spells, a warlord can make his teammates move faster, attack more often, hit harder, and otherwise act exactly as if certain powerful magical enhancements had been applied to them. This is apparently through either sheer leadership skill (if favoring Charisma) or tactical genius (if favoring Intelligence).
* TheStrategist

The wizard is an Arcane Controller from the ''Player's Handbook''.

* CrystalBall: '''Orb of Imposition''' Features.
* GlassCannon
* MagicWand: '''Wand of Accuracy''' Features.
* NotThatKindOfMage
* SimpleStaff: '''Staff of Defense''' Features.
* TheSmartGuy
* SpellBook: '''[[CaptainObvious Spellbook]]''' Features.
* SquishyWizard
* SummonMagic

!!Mage (Wizard)
The mage is an Arcane Controller sub-class of the wizard from ''Heroes of the Fallen Lands''. It differs from the standard wizard by having schools of magic as class features.

* CastingAShadow: The Nethermancer school from ''Heroes of Shadow''.
* {{Necromancer}}: The other school from ''Heroes of Shadow''.
* PlayingWithFire: The [[StuffBlowingUp Pyromancy]] School.

!!Witch (Wizard)
The witch is an Arcane Controller sub-class of the wizard from ''Heroes of the Feywild''.

Vampires. Obviously. A Shadow Striker class from ''Heroes Of Shadow.''

* BareFistedMonk: Vampires are geared towards melee combat, and have literally no need to use weapons, as one at-will power (which doubles as a basic attack) does 1d10 damage at first level; this puts their basic damage on par with a fighter using a greatsword.
* BloodMagic: The powers that cost them healing surges are flavoured as such.
* CastFromHitPoints: Many of their powers become stronger if you sacrifice a healing surge.
* DarkIsNotEvil
* HealingFactor: The only class that heals itself automatically. [[MadeOfIndestructium This means that anything that doesn't instantly kill them]] [[ImplacableMan will just make them angry.]]
* LethalJokeCharacter: Very weak in combat, dealing lower damage than even the Assassin. Also, MadeOfIron.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Close-combat experts that develop magical powers which put the original Dracula to shame.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Into a bat.
* WeakenedByTheLight

[[folder: 5th Edition Classes]]

Originally introduced as a wizard subclass, Artificer was fleshed out into a full class in the [[http://media.wizards.com/2016/dnd/downloads/1_UA_Artificer_20170109.pdf "Unearthed Arcana: Artificer"]] article. Artificers specialize in making magic items, whether by crafting permanent items over a series of levels or by infusing ordinary objects with utility spells.

At 1st level, they choose either the Alchemist or Gunsmith archetypes.

* AlchemyIsMagic: The Alchemist archetype can create a number of magic brews, from [[HealingPotion Healing Potions]] to vials of [[HollywoodAcid Hollywood Acid]] to [[TrickBomb Smoke Bombs and Thunder Blasts]].
* CrazyPrepared: Artificers have a number of utility spells that they can infuse into ordinary objects.
* GadgeteerGenius: Artificers specialize in this, creating magic items all over the place. Taken a step further at 6th level, when they create their [[RobotBuddy Mechanical Servant]].
* TheGunslinger: [[CaptainObvious The Gunsmith, obviously.]] They have a [[CoolGun custom gun]] called the Thunder Cannon that they use as their primary weapon.

A warrior hailing from a distant land far from the comforts of civilization, Barbarians feel uncomfortable within the walls of a town or the claustrophobic confines of a crowd, but in battle they are transformed as they heft their huge weapons and enter the fray in a terrifying rage.

At 3rd level, barbarians can choose between one of a number of primal paths:
# The Path of the Berserker, barbarians who fall deeper into their rage.
# The Path of the Totem Warrior, barbarians who are on a spiritual journey, accepting spirit animals as guides, protectors, and inspirations.
# The Path of the Battlerager, barbarians that wade into battle while wearing armor covered in spikes. Introduced in the ''Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide'', this Path is restricted to just dwarves in the ''Forgotten Realms'' setting.
# The Path of the Ancestral Guardian, barbarians who come from cultures that practice ancestor worship.
# The Path of the Storm Herald, barbarians whose rage draws primal magic from the world around them.
# The Path of the Zealot, barbarians who worship deities of war and channel divine magic during their rage.

The ''Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide'' introduced two more Totem Warrior animals, the Elk and the Tiger, and includes a table for how to portray Totem Warriors for Uthgardt barbarians. The Ancestral Guardian, Storm Herald, and Zealot Paths were introduced in ''[[http://media.wizards.com/2016/dnd/downloads/UA_Barbarian.pdf Unearthed Arcana: Barbarian Primal Paths]]'' and finalized in ''Xanathar's Guide to Everything''.

* AnimalBattleAura: Totem Warriors gain both mundane and supernatural effects from their patron spirit animals. Sometimes they gain some form of physical change due to it, such as those who follow the bear gain excessive body hair or those who follow the eagle have their eyes turn bright yellow.
* BarbarianHero
* TheBerserker: The class has this trait in general, with the rage ability, but the aptly named "Berserker" subclass lets the barbarian, among other things, enter a frenzied state which allows you an additional attack each round...[[PowerAtAPrice and when the frenzy ends, the barbarian becomes exhausted]], a stacking effect that gets more and more crippling until leading to outright CharacterDeath.
* InASingleBound: Totem Warriors with the "Eagle" Totemic Attunement can fly for a single turn when raging.
* TheJuggernaut: The class has a trait where, should they succeed in a constitution saving throw, they can outright NoSell what would be a killing blow. [[ItOnlyWorksOnce They can only do this so many times, however.]]
* LightningBruiser: All Barbarians gain an extra ten feet of movement when not wearing heavy armour at level five, but Eagle Totem Warriors get to hurtle around the battlefield while raging due to also gaining Dash as a bonus action, and anyone who tries an Attack of Opportunity against them has Disadvantage. Made [[LiteralMinded literal]] with Path of the Storm Herald's Sea path, as lightning arcs off the Barbarian while raging.
* MadeOfIron: While raging the barbarian gains resistance to (meaning takes half damage from) all physical damage. The Bear Totem Warrior takes this UpToEleven, gaining resistance to all damage except psychic while enraged.
* MagicKnight: The Paths of the Totem Warrior, Ancestral Guardian, Storm Herald, and Zealot cause/portray obvious supernatural or magical affects.
* NatureHero: The Totem Warrior and Storm Herald.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Totem Warriors who choose "Wolf" as their Aspect of the Beast get this, as well as the ability to move stealthily without slowing down.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Inverted. Battleragers typically wear spiked armor in battle, but most of them are heroic.
* SuperSenses: Totem Warriors who choose "Eagle" as their Aspect of the Beast get telescopic and enhanced low-light vision.
* SuperStrength: Totem Warriors who choose "Bear" as their Aspect of the Beast, but only for lifting, carrying, moving or breaking objects, not combat.

An inspiring magician whose power echoes the music of creation. Bards believe that the gods Spoke the multiverse into existence, using the primordial Words of Creation. Inspiring their friends while confusing and debilitating their foes, Bards are also masters of all manner of esoteric knowledge and forgotten lore.

At 3rd level, Bards can join a bardic college:
# The College of Lore, bards who focus on learning a bit of everything and whose loyalty lies in the pursuit of beauty and truth.
# The College of Valor, daring skalds who tell the tales of great heroes past and inspire future great heroes, wading into the heat of the battlefield to witness history-changing events.
# The College of Swords, a rework of the 'Blade' Bard class kit from 2nd Edition. Sort of an Errol Flynn styled swashbuckler, compared to the Valor's pseudo-Warlord.
# The College of Satire, a rework of the 'Jester' Bard class kit from 2nd Edition. Very nimble, very lucky, and very likely to troll their enemies.
# The College of Glamour, bards who learned their craft from creatures of the Feywilds.
# The College of Whispers, spymasters who coerce secrets out of people to turn them against one another, often masquerading as being from other Colleges and giving Bards in general a bad name.

All the ''Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide'' introduced was 12 more musical instruments and some ''Forgotten Realms'' related roleplaying fluff. The Colleges of Swords and Satire were introduced in ''[[http://media.wizards.com/2015/downloads/dnd/04_UA_Classics_Revisited.pdf Unearthed Arcana: Kits of Old]]''. The Colleges of Glamour and Whispers were introduced in ''[[http://media.wizards.com/2016/dnd/downloads/UA_Bard.pdf Unearthed Arcana: Bard Colleges]]''. The Colleges of Glamour, Swords, and Whispers were finalized in ''Xanathar's Guide to Everything''.

* TheBard: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin As the name would suggest]].
* CharmPerson: In addition to all Bards having access to the TropeNamer spell, Bards from the College of Glamour are the masters of this trope as they can weave seductive, enthralling fey magic into their performances and charm multiple creatures at once.
* IKnowWhatYouFear: Bards from the College of Whispers have access to an ability called "Shadow Lore" effectively tricking a creature into thinking that the Bard knows its darkest secrets. The target will then follow the Whisper Bard's commands out of utter fear.
* JackOfAllStats: One of their class features, aptly named "Jack of All Trades", allows them to add half of their proficiency bonus into the skills that they aren't proficient in.
* IShallTauntYou: Invoked by the bard-exclusive cantrip [[PracticalTaunt Vicious Mockery]] and the class feature Cutting Words, both of which debuff the enemy by attacking them where it most counts: in their feelings.
* MagicKnight: The Bard's spell list consists of mostly supportive spells, with some offensive spells thrown in. Valor and Sword Bards get medium armor, granting them more durability and fighting ability.
* MagicMusic: Can use a musical instrument as a spellcasting focus, in lieu of material components.
* MusicForCourage: The Bard's "Bardic Inspiration" ability gives an ally a one-time bonus to any attack roll, skill check or saving throw they made. The bonus being equal to the roll of an Inspiration die (a d6 initially, a d12 by level 20) of which the Bard has a pool of.
* TheRedMage: The Magical Secrets feature lets Bards take magic from any spell list, giving them options for just about any situation. They're equally adept at both healing and damaging magic -- though not as much as Clerics or Wizards are at either -- and in the College of Valor especially, can hold their own in a melee -- but not to the extent that Fighters or Barbarians can. This middle-of-the-road versatility lands them firmly in this trope.

Clerics are the mortal champions of the gods and walking conduits to their miraculous powers, capable of healing their allies, provoking awe or dread, cleansing (or laying!) curses of plague, poison and corruption, and smiting the unworthy with holy fire or simply using heavy maces to crack their skulls.

At 1st level, a Cleric chooses a Domain of their patron deity.
# Knowledge Domain, deities of knowledge, learning and understanding.
# Life Domain, deities of vitality and healing.
# Light Domain, deities of radiance and flame.
# Nature Domain, deities of the forests and natural world.
# Tempest Domain, deities of storm and wind.
# Trickery Domain, deities of mischief and chaos.
# War Domain, deities of battle and strife.
# Death Domain, deities of undeath and evil.
# City Domain, deities of community and civilization.
# Arcana Domain, deities of magic and arcane lore.
# Forge Domain, deities of artisans and craftsmen.
# Grave Domain, deities of mortality and afterlife.
# Protection Domain, deities concerned with preservation and the defense of the weak.

Their chosen domain grants them a number of divine spells that are always prepared and don't count against their default prepared spells. The initially available domains are Knowledge, Life, Light, Nature, Tempest, Trickery, and War. Later, the Death domain was added in the Dungeon Master's Guide as an optional path. A new domain, City, was revealed in the ''[[https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/modern-magic Unearthed Arcana: Modern Magic]]'' article. The ''Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide'' added the Arcana domain, even listing a number of deities outside of the ''Forgotten Realms'' who govern the domain. ''[[http://media.wizards.com/2016/dnd/downloads/UA_Cleric.pdf Unearthed Arcana: Cleric: Divine Domains]]'' added the Forge, Grave, and Protection domains, with Forge and Grave being finalized in ''Xanathar's Guide to Everything''.

* TheBlacksmith: Forge clerics can use their Channel Divinity ability to spend an hour creating a nonmagical item that includes metal in some fashion, although it can't be worth more than 100 gold pieces.
* CombatMedic: The Life domain gains proficiency with heavy armor, the Death domain with martial weapons, and the War and Tempest domains with both. This makes them a potent force on the front lines.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Clerics of the Death domain may have spells that revolve around draining life and raising undead monsters, but they can be just as good as the disciples of other domains.
* DetectEvil
* HealingHands: Everyone can do it, but the Life domain specialized in it.
* HolyHandGrenade: Especially the Light domain focuses on damaging holy spells.
** PlayingWithFire and PowerOfTheSun: They also get a number of fire spells, and at higher levels, death lasers made of sunlight. This in turn can result in:
* LightIsGood: Provided they are of a Good alignment.
* TheMedic: They have access to the best healing spells in the game. Special mention goes to the Life Domain Clerics, who gain boosts to their healing spells and a feature that induces a HeroicSecondWind in an ally (or allies) at less than half health. Grave domain Clerics, in contrast, do better when healing allies that are at Death's door, can negate critical hits, and can eventually steal the remains of an enemy's life force to heal either themselves or an ally.
* NatureHero: The Nature domain, obviously.
* TheRedMage: Several domains allow their clerics to use spells outside the cleric list, but the Arcana domain grants two wizard cantrips right off the bat, and ultimately allows the player to pick four spells from 6-9th wizard levels (including ''[[DangerousForbiddenTechnique wish]]'').
* TurnUndead: Typical for clerics. Arcana domain clerics also gain the Arcane Abjuration ability, which lets them turn celestials, elementals, fey, and fiends as well.

The reclusive priests of the Old Faith, druids gain their magical powers from nature itself rather than from a deity. Druids can summon forth the elements to bring low their foes, change into deadly animal forms, commune with the land to shape it in almost any way they desire, and aid their allies with bounties of food and drink as well as spells of recovery.

At 2nd level, Druids gain Wild Shape and can join a druidic circle. In the base game, there were only two, though ''[[http://media.wizards.com/2016/dnd/downloads/UA_Druid11272016_CAWS.pdf Unearthed Arcana: Druid]]'' added an additional three:

# Circle of the Land, a druid with a connection to the land itself, gaining a slew of free spells based on the environment they were initiated on and other utilities such as a bonus cantrip, immunity to poison and disease, and spell slot recovery from a short rest.
# Circle of the Moon, a druid with a connection to the wilds and the moon, which grants more powerful possible Wild Shape forms, Wild Shape use as a bonus action, and the ability to heal in Wild Shape form by expending spell slots.
# Circle of Dreams, a druid with a connection to good fey creatures and some expanded healing powers, a short-distance teleport, and the ability to end spells which hamper you and your allies.
# Circle of the Shepherd, a druid with a connection to beasts and animals, granting animal spirit auras, the ability to speak to animals, and other summoning powers.
# Circle of Twilight, a druid dedicated to the cycle of life and death, granting several abilities that allow them to commune with the dead, fight against the undead, and save and restore life.
# Circle of Spores, a druid who sees beauty in decay and believe that Life and Death are part of a grand cycle. They even view the Undead as part of the cycle, so long as they don't try to disrupt said cycle.

All the ''Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide'' added for druids was roleplaying fluff. The Circles of Dreams, Shepherds and Twilight were added in ''[[http://media.wizards.com/2016/dnd/downloads/UA_Druid11272016_CAWS.pdf Unearthed Arcana: Druid]]''. The Circle of the Shepherd was updated in ''[[http://media.wizards.com/2017/dnd/downloads/June5UA_RevisedClassOptv1.pdf UA: Revised Class Options]]''. The Circle of Spores was added in ''[[https://media.wizards.com/2018/dnd/downloads/UA-3Subclasses0108.pdf UA: Three Subclasses]]''. The Circles of Dreams and Shepherds were finalized in ''Xanathar's Guide to Everything''. ''Xanathar's Guide'' also includes a Wild Shape list, listing off the animals that are seen in each of the world biomes and their Challenge Rating.

* ColdIron: Druids can't use armor or shields made from metal, only from natural sources. [[LoopholeAbuse This can be open to abuse, however]]: scale mail made from horn or ivory, shields crafted from dragonscale or tortoise shell, breastplates made of ironwood or bronzewood, etc.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Along with the Sorcerer, is the only class to not get firearms as a class or subclass feature in The ''[[https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/my-new-d20-modern-campaign My New d20 Modern Campaign]]'' article.
* {{Druid}}
* TheFairFolk: Druids tend to have these as allies, manifesting either as themselves or in the forms of animals.
* GaiasVengeance: Circle of the Land Druids gain a number of spells depending on the environment where they were initiated - grasslands, forest, mountains, deserts, the Underdark, etc.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: 18th level druids gain the Timeless Body feature. Due to the primal magic they wield, a druid's physical aging is slowed on a 10-to-1 scale: they only physically age a single year over the course of 10 years. They can still die of old age, but old age really isn't going to slow them down at all.
* LanguageOfMagic: Druids exclusively know Druidic and can leave messages written in it. Those who don't know the language can only see the message with a Wisdom check, and still need magic to decipher it. Any Druid who teaches a non-Druid the language risks losing all their powers.
* NatureHero
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Possible thanks to certain spells, and a specialty of Circle of the Shepherd Druids. [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower More useful than it sounds.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Their Wild Shape ability. Circle of the Moon Druids specialize in this, gaining the ability to use more powerful forms earlier, and can also use Alter Self spell at will at the 14th level.

From canny archers to stalwart soldiers, from noble knights to scarred pit-brawlers, Fighters can be found practically anywhere and are proficient with weapons and armor of all shapes and sizes. Training their bodies and senses to peak excellence, Fighters are always first to step into the fray and always last to leave it.

Fighters can choose a specific fighting style at 1st level from among Archery, Defense, Dueling, Great Weapon Fighting, Protection, and Two-Weapon Fighting. At 3rd level, fighters can choose a martial archetype from which to perfect their fighting style:
# The Champion, who focus on training their raw physical power into honed deadly precision.
# The Battle Master, who treat combat as an academic field, gaining a number of combat maneuvers to use in battle.
# The Eldritch Knight, who combine martial prowess with learning abjuration and evocation magic.
# The Purple Dragon Knight, a former prestige class that functions like the Warlord class, allowing them to share their abilities with the party. Introduced in the ''Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide'' and is generically named the "Banneret" for settings other than the ''Forgotten Realms''.
# The Cavalier, a rework of the 'Cavalier' Fighter class kit from 2nd Edition. Combatants that are at home in the saddle while on the battlefield.
# The Scout, a rework of the 'Scout' Fighter class kit from 2nd Edition. Ranger-like pathfinders, minus the ability to cast spells.
# The Monster Hunter, fighters dedicated to slaying monsters such as the undead, lycanthropes, and vampires.
# The Arcane Archer, fighters who enhance their archery with arcane magic.
# The Knight, a reworked version of the Cavalier mixed with the 4th Edition version of the Fighter, focused more on tanking and protection than actively attacking.
# The Samurai, fighters who draw on an implacable fighting spirit to overcome foes.
# The Sharpshooter, fighters who are masters of ranged combat.
# The Brute, fighters who bank on their own might and durability to make it through a battle.

Additional fighting styles have also been created for Fighters, Paladins, and Rangers: the Mariner from ''[[http://media.wizards.com/2015/downloads/dnd/UA_Waterborne_v3.pdf Unearthed Arcana: Waterborne Adventures]]'', and the Close Quarters Shooter and the Tunnel Fighter from ''[[https://media.wizards.com/2015/downloads/dnd/02_UA_Underdark_Characters.pdf Unearthed Arcana: Light, Dark, Underdark]]''. The Cavalier and Scout were introduced in ''[[http://media.wizards.com/2015/downloads/dnd/04_UA_Classics_Revisited.pdf Unearthed Arcana: Kits of Old]]'', while the Monster Hunter was introduced in ''[[https://dnd.wizards.com/sites/default/files/media/upload/articles/UA%20Gothic%20Characters.pdf Unearthed Arcana: Gothic Characters]]''. The Arcane Archer, Knight, Samurai, and Sharpshooter were introduced in ''[[http://media.wizards.com/2016/dnd/downloads/2016_Fighter_UA_1205_1.pdf Unearthed Arcana: Fighters]]''. Cavalier was updated in ''[[http://media.wizards.com/2017/dnd/downloads/June5UA_RevisedClassOptv1.pdf UA: Revised Class Options]]''. Brute was introduced in ''[[https://media.wizards.com/2018/dnd/downloads/UA-3Subclasses0108.pdf UA: Three Subclasses]]''. The Arcane Archer, Cavalier, and Samurai were finalized in ''Xanathar's Guide to Everything''.

* BadassNormal: The Champion, Battle Master, and Brute martial archetypes. No magic, no special powers, just raw physical and mental prowess, yet they can still kick ass with the best of them.
* BoringButPractical: The Champion is a throw back to the "vanilla/classic" fighter, a big block of stats and passive bonuses that focuses purely on the fighter's physical skills and their damage in combat, with no additional active abilities. As this includes an additional fighting style and eventually up to a 15% chance of scoring a critical hit with every attack roll, on a class that can eventually make 8 or more attack rolls on their turn with their extra attacks and Action Surge ability, the damage a Champion can do will very quickly add up. Oh, and RegeneratingHealth to boot if they fall below 50% HP at high levels.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Champions focus on reaching the peak of physical performance, while Brutes focus on sheer ferocity and durability.
* CulturedBadass: Battle Masters earn a proficiency in a set of artisan's tools and can study people/creatures outside of combat in order to learn more about them. The Purple Dragon Knight and the Samurai are both so cultured and adept at courtly proceedings that they gain their own unique extra skills at persuasion.
* DifficultButAwesome: The Battle Master archetype compared to the Champion's raw power. The Battle Master relies on a maximum of 4 to 6 combat superiority dice which are spent to perform special maneuvers of various effects. Many of the maneuvers are useful for locking down an enemy, improve your own chances at hitting or avoid being hit, maximizing your action economy, and helping allies move around the battle or get in their own attacks.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: They start out as pure physical attackers, but ones who become Eldritch Knights and Arcane Archers learn spellcasting.
* MadeOfIron: Champions regain hit points equal to 5 plus their Constitution modifier if they fall below half health. The finalized Samurai gets temporary HP whenever they activate their Fighting Spirit ability and their Strength Before Death ability lets them have one last turn when they hit 0 HP.
* MagicKnight: The Eldritch Knight martial archetype, although they're restricted to evocation and abjuration spells. The Arcane Archer are trained to infuse their arrows with arcane magic.
* MountedCombat: An added benefit for the Cavalier class. The original version in ''Unearthed Arcana'' was basically mount-focused Battle Master with way less combat maneuvers, the Knight was a more focused on tanking and defending, while the finalized version is a mixture of the two.
* RegeneratingHealth: Again, Champions via their Survivor trait.
* SpamAttack: For most fighters this is their bread and butter, thanks to a combination of gaining the most extra attacks from leveling (aside from Monks using Ki for Flurry of strikes), and their Action Surge ability which grants another action. Aided more by the fact that basic movement does not prevent anyone from using all of their weapon attacks in 5th edition
* SummonToHand: Eldritch Knights can magically bond two weapons to themselves, which can be sent into {{Hammerspace}} and switched out at will. And in the case that they are incapacitated and their weapon is taken from them, they can teleport it right to them.
* WeaponOfChoice: Well, fighting style of choice. The Champion and Brute archetypes can learn a second one.

A master of martial arts, harnessing the power of the body in pursuit of physical and spiritual perfection. Monks train in manipulating ''ki'' - the element of magic found in living bodies - in order to enhance their physical prowess, create pseudo-magical effects, or hinder the ki flow of opponents.

3rd level Monks can commit themselves to one of many monastic traditions:
# The Way of the Open Hand, the ultimate masters of martial arts.
# The Way of Shadow, who value stealth and subterfuge and train as spies and assassins.
# The Way of the Four Elements, monks who train their ki to be able to harness the four elements as an extension of themselves.
# The Way of the Sun Soul, monks who can focus their ki into radiant energy.
# The Way of the Long Death, monks obsessed with the means and mechanics of dying.
# The Way of the Kensei, monks who train with a trio of weapons until they feel like an extension of their own body.
# The Way of Tranquility, monks who focus on peaceful mediation and see violence as a last resort.
# The Way of the Drunken Master, monks who move with jerky, unpredictable motions in an effort [[ConfusionFu to frustrate their opponents' attacks]].

Both the Way of the Long Death and the Way of the Sun Soul were introduced in the ''Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide''. The Ways of the Kensei and Tranquility were introduced in ''Unearthed Arcana: Monk Traditions'', and the Way of the Drunken Master was introduced in the "Trio of Subclasses" UA. The Way of the Drunken Master and Way of the Kensei were finalized in ''Xanathar's Guide to Everything'', with the Way of the Sun Soul reappearing in it.

* AllMonksKnowKungFu
* BareFistedMonk
* CharacterAlignment: [[invoked]] Even though classes are no longer restricted to alignment, the Player's Handbook does say that Monks are usually lawful, due to their structured lifestyle and the discipline involved to harness ki.
* CulturedBadass: The Way of the Kensei grants Monks proficiency with either calligrapher's supplies or painter's supplies.
* DeathOfAThousandCuts: Among melee classes, their up to four attacks in a round are among the highest of any auto-combo. They're also one of the bigger FragileSpeedster classes.
* DrunkenBoxing: The Way of the [[NonIndicativeName Drunken Master]] ''is'' this trope.
* ElementalPowers: Four Elements Monks, who do this in a similar way to the Benders from ''[[Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]]''.
** BlowYouAway
** DishingOutDirt
** MakingASplash
** PlayingWithFire
* FragileSpeedster: Monks have naturally low DPS, and relatively low health, compared to other classes of equal level. They're also among the fastest classes, and can attack up to four times in a single turn.
* FlashStep: Shadow Monks can do this, but are only restricted to moving between dark or dimly lit areas.
* HealingFactor: Open Hand monks gain the ability to use their ki to heal themselves once a day.
* HealingHands: A class feature of Tranquility monks, which functions just like the paladin's version.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Shortswords are one of the few Martial Weapons covered under Martial Arts. That said, the standard Monk alignment is LawfulGood.
* HolyHandGrenade: Sun Soul monks channel their ki to perform ''Dragonball''-style ki blasts that deal radiant damage.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: 15th level monks gain the Timeless Body feature. Unlike the druid's version, the monk's version functions differently: they are immune to the drawbacks of old age, immune to magical aging, and no longer require food or drink to survive. They can still die of old age, though.
* LeParkour: At a high enough level, they gain the ability to run up walls.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Way of the Long Death monks can just '''choose''' not to die when they hit 0 hit points. So long as they have ki points left, they can more or less just ignore guaranteed death blows.
* {{Omniglot}}: Their Tongue of the Sun and Moon ability allows them to understand, and be understood by, any language.
* ShoutOut: The Way of the Four Elements is a nice one to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and three of the Sun Soul's four abilities can be seen by Saiyans in ''Manga/DragonBall''.
* WallRun: One of their abilities, and it is ''shockingly'' viable in 5th Edition.
* WeakButSkilled: On one hand, they're one of the FragileSpeedster classes. On the other hand, they can stun enemies, punch mobs off ledges, and other means of enemy-messing, and party-assisting tomfoolery.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Kensei gets anywhere from 2 to 5 weapons, so long as they don't have the heavy or special properties, that count as "kensei weapons". As the Kensei Monk levels up, their ki aura makes their kensei weapons count as magic weapons for the purpose of bypassing resistance and immunity to nonmagical weapons and damage.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Open Palm specialists alone can stun enemies, knock them prone, push enemies two squares away, eliminate the enemy's ability to react, and so on. They do all of this by punching them.
* {{Wuxia}}: The typical depiction, especially with the flavor of the monastic traditions. Although compared to earlier editions, the relatively balanced magic of fifth edition makes the monk's mobility kit and large pool of varied tricks extremely powerful and never really redundant. In the mid-levels the monk will likely be the only player in the party with full vertical movement, for instance, and most enemies won't have it either.
* YouAreAlreadyDead: Quivering Palm, a late-game Open Hand move, which can kill a foe weeks after the actual blow has been dealt.

Mystics are the 5th edition answer to [[PsychicPowers psionics.]] They use [[SoulPower psionic energy]] to fuel a mental disciplines that grant them a number of supernatural powers, ranging from Telepathy to [[TeleportersAndTransporters Teleportation]] and many more.

At 1st level, Mystics choose which Order they belong to, which determines their psychic specialty.
# Order of the Avatar, Mystics who focus on [[EmotionControl manipulating emotions.]]
# Order of the Awakened, Mystics who focus on unlocking their mind's full potential.
# Order of the Immortal, Mystics who focus on using their minds to [[MasterOfYourDomain perfect their bodies.]]
# Order of the Nomad, Mystics who focus on knowledge and travel.
# Order of the Soul Knife, martial Mystics who utilize psychic weapons.
# Order of the Wu Jen, Mystics who focus on manipulating the [[RealityWarping fundamentals of reality]].

The full Mystic class was introduced in the article "Unearthed Arcana: The Mystic Class" after two previous drafts had been released and tested in earlier articles.

* AuraVision: One of the Awakened Disciplines can grant this.
* BattleAura: Order of the Avatar Mystics use the EmotionBomb version of these.
* CombatClairvoyance: Granted by several disciplines.
* ComboPlatterPowers: The sheer diversity of the Mystic's powers make them this.
* ElementalPowers: The Wu Jen disciplines grant nearly every variation of this.
* TheEmpath: Order of the Awakened Mystics are a straight example, while Order of the Avatar mainly utilizes this for EmotionControl
* EmotionBomb: Order of the Avatar's specialty.
* HealingFactor: Order of the Immortal Mystics can do this, and grant it to others.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: at level 20 Mystics get Psionic Body feature, which ''[[TheAgeless completely stops]]'' [[TheAgeless their aging]], though they don't gain immunity from effects of old age unlike other classes with this trope. They also [[ResurrectiveImmortality has 55% chance to automatically resurrect themselves within 1-3 days if they die]], in the place of their choosing, as long as it's on the same plane of existence that they died on.
* InstantArmor: Part of the Order of the Immortal's MasterOfYourDomain abilities.
* {{Invisibility}}: Blind Spot talent, as well as the Nomadic Chameleon Discipline.
* LaserBlade: Order of the Soul Knife Mystics can create these [[BladeBelowTheShoulder around their hands]] a la ComicBook/{{Psylocke}}
* MasterOfYourDomain: The Order of the Immortal's specialty.
* MindManipulation: One of the Order of the Awakened's abilities.
* MindOverMatter: The Mastery of Force Wu Jen discipline and the Mystic Hand talent.
* MindRape: Order of the Awakened Mystics can cause hallucinations, psychic illusions, and can forcibly extract information from your mind.
* {{Sizeshifting}}: The Dimunition and Giant Growth disciplines.
* SuperReflexes and SuperSpeed: Part of the Order of the Immortal's repitoire.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The Order of the Nomad's specialty.
* UnskilledButStrong: The Order of the Soul Knife don't get any extra disciplines, but can be capable martial fighters.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Order of the Immortal Mystics can transform their bodies in a number of ways.

Holy warriors bound to sacred oaths, Paladins swear to uphold justice and righteousness wherever they walk and to stand with the good things of the world against the encroaching darkness. [[EvilCounterpart Or at least]] [[FallenHero most of them do]]. Paladins train for years to master their weapons and the combat arts to hunt and destroy the forces of evil where they lurk.

At 3rd level, paladins swear their final oath of their chosen path of upholding the cause of righteousness:
# The Oath of Devotion, paladins who aspire to the loftiest ideals of justice, virtue, and order.
# The Oath of the Ancients, paladins who cast their lot with the side of the light in the cosmic struggle against darkness because they love the beautiful and life-giving things of the world, not necessarily because they believe in principles of honor, courage, and justice.
# The Oath of Vengeance, paladins who are willing to forego their own righteousness to punish wrongdoers by any means necessary.
# The Oathbreakers, decadent paladins who succumb to the darkness in their hearts and willingly [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin break their oaths]].
# The Oath of the Crown, paladins sworn to protect the ideals of civilization under the command of a nation or sovereign.
# The Oath of Conquest, paladins sworn to enforce order, [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans no matter the cost]].
# The Oath of Treachery, paladins who have either forsworn other oaths or only care for their own power and survival. A reworking of the classic Blackguard anti-paladin class.
# The Oath of Redemption, paladins who believe in using violence [[MartialPacifist only as a last resort]], and believe that no one is beyond redemption.

The Oathbreaker was introduced in the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. The Oath of the Crown was introduced in the ''Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide''. The Oaths of Conquest and Treachery were introduced in ''Unearthed Arcana: Paladin Oaths'', while the Oath of Redemption was introduced in ''UA: Trio of Subclasses''. The Oath of Conquest was updated in ''UA: Revised Class Options''. The Oaths of Conquest and Redemption were finalized in ''Xanathar's Guide to Everything''.

* BadPowersBadPeople: The Oathbreaker paladin, who is mandatorily evil and possesses powers such as creating and controlling undead creatures, enhancing the damage made by fiends and undead around him, and creating an aura of faint darkness around him and using the shadows in the aura to directly attack his enemies. The Conquest paladin gets abilities that break a foe's will and inflict terror. Treachery paladins get their classic "blackguard" arsenal of illusions and misdirection.
* CharacterAlignment: [[invoked]] Fifth Edition paladins aren't restricted to Lawful Good like all the past iterations were. That said, each Oath encompasses one or more Alignments: Devotion is the typical LawfulGood; Ancients is NeutralGood; Vengeance is LawfulNeutral or TrueNeutral; Oathbreaker is Evil-aligned; Crown is LawfulGood or LawfulNeutral; Conquest is LawfulNeutral or LawfulEvil; Treachery is ChaoticEvil; Redemption is Good-aligned.
* CombatMedic: While not as robust as Clerics, Paladins have their Lay on Hands ability and access to healing magic.
* EthicalHedonism: The Oath of the Ancients Paladins aren't just encouraged to delight in beauty and joy, it's outright a part of their creed.
* ForHappiness: The tenets of The Oath of the Ancients is all about spreading, protecting and partaking in all of life's "light".
* GoodIsNotDumb: All of the Oaths which lean towards the side of good have parts of their tenets written in a way to encourage this trope and to avoid the pitfalls of taking their code of conduct to a negative extreme. Most can be summed up as "while you are encouraged to grant mercy, or mete out justice were appropriate, temper your judgement of when to provide either with wisdom and that TheNeedsOfTheMany is often the path to the Greater Good".
** One of Oath of Redemption's four tenets is to have the wisdom to acknowledge that there eventually comes a point where someone can't or won't seek forgiveness for their evil actions, and to make the careful and grim final judgement that there is no hope of redeeming the subject in question. At which point, they will follow through with ending that villain's existence for the safety of the world.
* HealingHands: Their Lay on Hands ability.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: The Oath of the Ancients to a lesser degree, as mentioned above. An Oath of Redemption Paladin however uses this to turn themselves into a StoneWall that acts as an AttackReflector upon the aggressor in their presence, or [[TakingTheBullet take the damage from an attack that hits someone near them in their place]]. They eventually gain resistance to all damage, RegeneratingHealth, and when combined with the standard array of Paladin abilities can be nearly impossible to take down while acting as a GradualGrinder towards anyone that refuses to yield to peace.
* HeelFaceTurn: The end goal for paladins following the Oath of Redemption is to cause this in their foes.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: It is possible for the good-aligned paladin to become an Oathbreaker, gain redemption (with the DM's discretion) and become an Oathbreaker ''again''. Thankfully, the DMG prohibits the second redemption, to prevent this trope from reaching ridiculous heights.
* HeroicSecondWind: The 15th level ability for the Oath of Redemption is an automatic, once-per-round heal that triggers when the Paladin is below half health.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: In a sense. 15th level Paladins of the Ancients earn the Undying Sentinel trait, which makes them immune to both magical aging and the drawbacks of old age.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Paladins who make the Oath of Devotion.
* MagicKnight
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: The Oath of the Crown is beholden to their sovereign and/or ruling city, though they are held to account if they cross the line.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Most of the Good-aligned paladins still engage in this.

Rangers stalk the wilderness hunting the deadly creatures which lurk on the edges of civilization. Emphasizing quickness and stealth, Rangers can become knowledgeable at stalking and slaying specific foes from rampaging orcs to vicious dragons, communing with the beasts of the wild, and using some nature magic.

3rd level rangers can chose a Ranger archetypes:
# Hunters, who accept their place as a bulwark between civilization and the terrors of the wilderness, learning more specialized techniques for fighting the threats of the wilderness.
# Beast Masters, rangers who embodies a friendship between the civilized races and the beasts of the world.
# Gloom Stalkers, rangers who solely fight the horrors of the Underdark.
# Horizon Walkers, rangers who defend the Material Plane from extraplanar entities.
# Primeval Guardians, rangers that protect the oldest of druidic conclaves and forests, who can transform themselves into tree-like people.
# Monster Slayers, rangers who specialize in eliminating powerful magical threats such as vampires and dragons.

The Deep Stalker archetype was introduced in ''Unearthed Arcana: Light, Dark, Underdark''. All the ''Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide'' added roleplaying fluff for rangers of different races. The Horizon Walker and Primeval Guardian were introduced in ''Unearthed Arcana: Rangers & Rogues'', and the Monster Slayer was part of ''UA: Trio of Subclasses''. The Deep Stalker (renamed Gloom Stalker), Horizon Walker, and Monster Slayer were finalized in ''Xanathar's Guide to Everything''.

Due to how divisive the vanilla Rules-as-Written Ranger was, [=WotC=] has been working on variants. ''Unearthed Arcana: Modifying Classes'' has an entry for making a more martial focused Ranger that doesn't have the ability to cast spells, while ''Unearthed Arcana: Ranger'' presents a revised version of the class based more on the classic "skirmisher-wanderer-guardian" concept. Yet another variant was revealed in ''Unearthed Arcana: The Ranger Revised'', relabeling the archetypes as Ranger Conclaves and reworking the archetypes a bit; this was the only ''Unearthed Arcana'' article that was allowed for Adventurer's League play.

* TheBeastmaster: One of the two default archetypes. Not particularly well liked for two reasons: 1) your companion is limited to creatures with a Challenge Rating of one-fourth and lower; and 2) you have to spend an Action to give it any order other than moving, rather than it acting on it's own or using Animal Handling to give it orders as a Free Action. The ''Unearthed Arcana: The Ranger Revised'' article almost completely reworked the archetype.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: Part of their standard "quick setup" is a longbow and either 2 short swords or 2 simple weapons.
* DualWielding: One of their fighting styles is two-weapon fighting.
* ForestRanger
* HunterOfMonsters: Their Favored Enemy ability increases skill checks and damage rolls made against specific creatures, and they tend to prefer to hunt these same creatures for varying reasons. A number of the archetypes even have their own general focus on what they fight against.
* MasterOfNone: The RAW (Rules as Written) version of the Ranger from the PHB is not exactly the best the class has ever been, to the point of having ''Unearthed Arcana'' articles dedicated to fixing the class so that it is viable.
* NatureHero: They tend to live in the wilderness, receive most of their powers from nature itself, and, like the druid and barbarian, will seek to protect it from harm.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Two of the spells they have are 'animal friendship', which lets them convince a creature they mean no harm, and 'speak with animals', which lets them gather information from the local wildlife.

Rogues come from all walks of life: thieves, assassins, charlatans, vagabonds, spies and exterminators. Hence they can perfect an unmatchable assortment of skills, from lockpicking to acrobatics. Rogues prefer cunning and surprise to physical or magical might, striking unseen to knock the enemy out of the fight with a single strike to the vitals.

At 3rd level, Rogues can choose to focus their skills towards different archetypes:
# Thieves, who hone their larcenous arts.
# Assassins, who focus on the art of death.
# Arcane Tricksters, who enhance their skills and agility with magic enchantments and illusions.
# Swashbucklers, a former separate class; think of the old Errol Flynn type rogues.
# Masterminds, a sort of spymaster and master manipulator.
# Inquisitive, a mix between [[Literature/{Dracula} Van Helsing]] and Literature/SherlockHolmes that focuses on empowered Sneak Attacks and seeing through deception.
# Scouts, rogues more skilled at surviving in the wilderness than their contemporaries.

The Mastermind was introduced in the ''Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide'' alongside the finalized Swashbuckler, which was initially introduced in the ''Unearthed Arcana: Waterborne Adventures'' article. The Inquisitive was introduced in ''Unearthed Arcana: Gothic Heroes''. The Scout was introduced in ''Unearthed Arcana: Rangers & Rogues''. The Scout and Inquisitive appear finalized in ''Xanathar's Guide to Everything'', alongside reappearances of the Swashbuckler and Mastermind.

* BackStab: Their signature Sneak Attack bonus.
* BornLucky: Their "Stroke of Luck" feature allows them to turn a missed attack into a hit and a failed ability check into a success.
* CombatPragmatist: Stab an unwitting opponent in the back! Skewer an opponent with a critical hit before they can even take their turn! Confuse your enemies with illusions and invisibility! Coat your blades in poison making even a tiny scratch deadly! Use wands and other magical devices that were never intended for you to blow enemies away! Rogues provide loads of tricks for getting the edge over an opponent who would otherwise kick your ass in a fair fight. Hey, they're suckers for wanting one anyway.
* FiveFingerDiscount
* GreatDetective: The Inquisitive.
* ImmuneToMindControl: Masterminds that reach 17th level gains Soul of Deceit, which lets them actively protect their mind from being read by any means and lets them fool magic that compels them to tell the truth.
* LovableRogue
* MagicKnight: Well, magic rogue. The Thief archetype can use any magic device once they hit level 13. Arcane Tricksters, previously a prestige class, focus on learning enchanting and illusion magic.
* MasterOfUnlocking
* NatureHero: The Scout archetype has shades of this, either getting proficiency in the Nature and Survival skills or having their proficiency bonuses for those skills doubled if they are already proficient in them.
* PowerParasite: If a level 17 Arcane Trickster has a spell from 1st level and up cast on them, they can use their reaction to potentially "steal" the spell from the caster's memory and put it into their own. They then have an 8 hour window of time to cast said spell before it leaves their own memory, though.
* ProfessionalKiller: The Assassin archetype, previously a prestige class.
* SherlockScan: The Inquisitive Rogue in a nutshell, which grants them bonuses both in and out of combat.
* TheSpymaster: The Mastermind archetype.
* ThievesCant: All Rogues are familiar with a language of criminal jargon which can be mixed into normal conversation, or scrawled codes and symbols which indicate things like territory which is dangerous or claimed by another thief, or the location of loot, easy marks and safehouses. Rogues can use the cant to identify other Rogues and organize criminal activity in an area with a strong authoritarian presence which would otherwise swiftly swoop down on lawbreakers.

A spellcaster who draws on inherent magic from exposure to raw magic, a family curse, an inhuman or supernatural bloodline, or some other fluke of birth. A Sorcerer's magic is very powerful, but also very unpredictable, being the only magic-using class who can use Metamagic and can tap into the wellspring of magic deep within themselves to allow themselves to cast more spells each day.

At 1st level, Sorcerers choose the origins of their magical powers:
# Draconic Bloodline, Sorcerers who draw on their draconic heritage.
# Wild Magic, Sorcerers who channel uncontrollable, chaotic magic.
# Storm Sorcery, Sorcerers whose magic comes from the power of elemental air.
# Divine Soul, Sorcerers blessed by a divine being.
# Phoenix Sorcery, Sorcerers who carry the spark of the legendary phoenix.
# Sea Sorcery, Sorcerers whose souls are touched by the power of elemental water.
# Stone Sorcery, Sorcerers linked with the power of elemental earth.
# Shadow Sorcery, Sorcerers whose magic stems from the Shadowfell.

The Storm Sorcerous Origin was introduced in ''Unearthed Arcana: Waterborne Adventures'', with the finalized version appearing in the ''Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide''. The Shadow Origin was introduced in ''Unearthed Arcana: Light, Dark, Underdark!''. The Favored Soul class was reintroduced as a Sorcerous Origin in ''Unearthed Arcana: Modifying Classes'', with a reworked version appearing in ''Unearthed Arcana: Sorcerer'' alongside the Phoenix, Sea, and Stone origins. The Favored Soul class was ultimately reworked again in ''Unearthed Arcana: Revised Subclasses''. The Favored Soul (renamed Divine Soul) and Shadow Magic origins were finalized in ''Xanathar's Guide to Everything'', alongside a reappearance of the Storm Sorcery origin.

* BornLucky: 6th level Wild Sorcerers can spend 2 sorcery points to twist fate to their favor.
* TheChosenOne: The Favored/Divine Soul origin, which was previously it's own separate class.
* CombatMedic: The Divine Soul origin grants a Sorcerer access to Cleric spells.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The 'wish' spell has a '''very''' big drawback this time around. Using the spell to cast any 8th-level or lower spell has no side-effects. Anything ''other'' than that stresses the caster: they take necrotic damage if they cast any spells afterwards, their Strength score drops to 3 for 2-8 days, and they have a 33% chance of being unable to ever cast 'wish' again.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Shadow Sorcerers, who get their power from the inherently life-corrupting, perpetually dark Shadowfell plane and gain darkness-related abilities, can still be as good as any other Sorcerer archetype. Even if the resulting personality quirks makes them CreepyGood.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Along with the Druid, Sorcerer was the only class to not get firearms as a class or subclass feature in the ''Unearthed Arcana: My New d20 Modern Campaign'' article.
* HeroicSecondWind: High-level Divine Soul Sorcerers gain a once-a-day feature that restores half their HP if they drop bellow half HP, potentially saving the Sorcerer from death.
* InTheBlood: Sorcerers who draw their power from a Draconic Bloodline. Also possible sources for the Divine Soul, Storm, and Shadow origins.
* ShockAndAwe: The Storm origin. Although their weather control makes them popular with seafarers, for better or for worse.
* SquishyWizard: Although far less squishy this time around. Their hit die is a d6 rather than a d4. Sorcerers with a Draconic Bloodline are even more durable, starting with 1 more hit point at 1st level and gaining 1 more hit point at each level as a sorcerer, and their base unarmored Armor Class is 13 instead of the default 10.
* TouchedByVorlons: One of the ways of getting Draconic Sorcery is to make a pact with a dragon, or be descended from such an individual.
* WildMagic: Sorcerers touched by raw chaotic magic. Whenever they cast a spell 1st level or above, they have the off-chance that they cast another random spell along side the original spell.
* WingedHumanoid: 14th level Dragon Sorcerers and Favored Soul Sorcerers can sprout a pair of wings from their back at will, draconic for Dragon Sorcerers and either feathered or bat-like for Favored Souls.

A wielder of magic that is derived from a bargain with an extraplanar entity. Warlocks earned their magic from a Pact with an Otherworldly Patron, whether it be an Archfey, one of the Fiends, or a Great Old One, and they grow in power in exchange for fulfilling favors for this entity. Warlocks retain some proficiency with simple weapons and light armor.

At 1st level, Warlocks choose their Otherworldly Patron:
# The Archfey, an inscrutable and sometimes whimsical lord or lady of the fey.
# The Fiend, a demon lord or an archdevil.
# The Great Old One, a Lovecraftian horror.
# Ghost in the Machine, a futuristic and fully digital being.
# Undying Light, warlocks that somehow found a way to draw power from the Plane of Positive Energy. Later replaced with the Celestial, powerful beings of the Upper Planes.
# The Undying, a lich, vampire, mortal-ascended-to-godhood or any other kind of immortal being that death has no sway over.
# The Seeker, warlocks who have made a pact with a Knowledge domain deity.
# The Hexblade, warlocks who have made a pact with an artifact-rank sentient magic weapon. Later modified so that they instead draw power from the force that powers weapons such as the ''Blackrazor''.
# The Raven Queen, a mysterious being from the Shadowfell who despises death-cheaters.

3rd level Warlocks can receive one of three Boons from their Patron: a familiar from the Pact of the Chain, a pact weapon from the Pact of the Blade, or a Book of Shadows from the Pact of the Tome.

''Unearthed Arcana: Modern Magic'' article introduces the "Ghost in the Machine" as an otherworldly patron. ''Unearthed Arcana: Light, Dark, Underdark!'' article added the Undying Light "patron". The ''Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide'' added the Undying patron. ''Unearthed Arcana: The Faithful'' article introduced the Seeker Patron, and the Seeker-specific Pact of the Star Chain, which grants the Warlock a number of knowledge-based advantages. ''Unearthed Arcana: Warlock & Wizard'' article introduced more Eldritch Invocations and two new Patrons: the Hexblade, and the Raven Queen. ''Unearthed Arcana: Revised Class Options'' revises the Undying Light into the Celestial patron. The Celestial and Hexblade pacts were finalized in ''Xanathar's Guide to Everything''.

* BeamSpam: Their Eldritch Blast cantrip can be upgraded to shoot multiple beams.
* BornLucky: Warlocks who make a pact with a Fiend can ask them to alter fate to the warlock's favor.
* CombatMedic: Warlocks who make a pact with a Celestial gets limited access to healing magic.
* DarkIsNotEvil: While tales abound of warlocks making pacts with the Fiends, there are warlocks who stumble upon a fey lord/lady by accident, read a TomeOfEldritchLore from a Great Old One, or gain the favor of one of the Undying.
** Further elaborated upon in a ''Xanathar's Guide'' video, where [[WordOfGod one of the designers]] points out that the Warlock could very well [[MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours screw over the Fiend in question]] with [[ExactWords some sneaky language slipped into the pact]].
* DealWithTheDevil: Pacts made with Fiends are blatantly this. Pacts with Archfey or Great Old Ones are more ambiguous. Pacts with Undying vary from pretty close to the Fiend side of the spectrum to less ambiguous, in a positive way, than Archfey, depending on the Undying in question.
** The original iteration of the Undying Light warlock averted the deal thing entirely. Rather than making a pact with a discrete entity, Undying Light warlocks somehow managed to hook themselves into the basic energy of life, as radiating from the Plane of Positive Energy. The reworked version, the Celestial pact, fully inverts this into a BargainWithHeaven due to making a Pact with the (good) beings of the ''Upper'' Planes.
** The Seeker pact may or may not be one, based on the alignment of the deity in question, but the pact itself was inspired by Celestian, the Neutral aligned Greyhawk god of stars, space, and wanderers.
** Very ambiguous with the Hexblade. The final version is effectively a Shadowfell pact: Hexblade Pact Warlocks draw power from the source that powers sentient magical weapons as the ''Blackrazor''. No one knows what this is. It could be non-sentient. Since the Blackrazor was created by her, it could be the Raven Queen herself.
* DraggedOffToHell: Fiend-pact warlocks get a once-per-day ability called 'Hurl Through Hell', which temporarily warps the target through the nightmarish landscape of the lower planes.
* HauntedTechnology: The 'Ghost In The Machine' patron.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Tenth level Undying Warlocks gain the Undying Nature feat, which is very robust: they can hold their breath indefinitely, don't require food, water, or sleep, their aging has been slowed to a 10-to-1 ratio just like druids, and they are immune to magical aging.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Warlocks who make a pact with a Great Old One can use their mind to MindRape creatures. Even the spell list gets in on it, giving the Warlock access to spells that can alter or read minds and '[[CombatTentacles Evard's black tentacles]]'.
* MorphWeapon: Warlocks who take the Pact of the Blade can shape their pact-weapon into whatever facet they wish, on the fly. They avoid the normal drawback of this kind of weapon in that the weapon's innate magic grants PossessionImpliesMastery -- but ''only'' for that weapon. The only other drawback is that the pact-weapon is restricted to being just melee weapons.
* NonindicativeName: In the final version, Hexblade Pact Warlocks don't necessarily have to be {{Magic Knight}}s; they could use the dark energy of the Shadowfell to power their magic without touching a weapon. They do get a couple of abilities that would be useful for a gish, and bonus armor and weapon proficiencies.
* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: The default form of the Blade boon; a warlock's pact-weapon is literally shaped from their will, so it only exists as long as the warlock consciously wills it to do so.
* SummonToHand: A Warlock with the Blade boon can choose to forfeit their default pact-weapon and magically attune themselves to an existing magical weapon instead. As part of the bond, they can do this, and in fact it gets stored in {{Hammerspace}} when they don't need it.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: A crafty Warlock can do a surprising amount with just Eldritch Blast.

Scholarly and intelligent, Wizards spend years pouring over entire libraries of magical tomes and arcane lore to gather their spells. Wizards can use almost reality-warping power to see into the future, teleport, turn the slain into zombies, summon creatures from other planes of existence, control the minds of the living, and throw explosive fire, shards of ice and bolts of lightning.

At 2nd level, Wizards may choose one of the following arcane traditions
# School of Abjuration, magic that blocks, banishes or protects.
# School of Conjuration, magic that produces objects and creatures out of thin air.
# School of Divination, magic that grants the wizard a clearer understanding of the past, present and future.
# School of Enchantment, magic that entrances and beguiles others.
# School of Evocation, magic that creates powerful elemental effects, such as fireballs and great storms.
# School of Illusion, magic that dazzles the senses and befuddles the mind.
# School of Necromancy, magic that gives one control over the forces of life and death.
# School of Transmutation, magic that can modify energy and matter.
# Bladesinging, a magic tradition that can be channeled into devastating melee attacks and cunning defense. Introduced in the ''Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide'' and is restricted to elves and half-elves in the ''Forgotten Realms'' setting.
# Technomancy, magic that interacts with modern technology.
# Theurgist, a tradition that melds the scholarly pursuits of wizardry and religion.
# Lore Master, a tradition that focuses on the academic side of wizardry.
# War Mage, a tradition combining principles of evocation and abjuration, focusing on both defense and offense in combat.
# School of Invention, wizards that seek to push arcane magic to it's limits and are regarded as savants or lunatics.

''Unearthed Arcana: Eberron'' reintroduced the Artificer class as an arcane tradition, although it was later made a separate class in ''Unearthed Arcana: Artificer''. Another arcane tradition, Technomancy, was discussed [[https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/my-new-d20-modern-campaign fairly early on]] and finally revealed in the ''Modern Magic'' article. ''Unearthed Arcana: The Faithful'' introduced the Theurgist tradition, which grants the Wizard limited access to Cleric spells. ''Unearthed Arcana: Warlock & Wizard'' article introduced the Lore Master, the closest thing that 5th Edition gets to a "generalist" wizard combined with a low-key version of metamagic. ''Unearthed Arcana: Wizard Revisited'' introduced the War Mage tradition, while repeating the Theurgist tradition with some slightly different wording. The War Mage tradition was finalized in ''Xanathar's Guide to Everything''. The School of Invention was introduced in ''[[https://media.wizards.com/2018/dnd/downloads/UA-3Subclasses0108.pdf UA: Three Subclasses]]'', and seems to take elements from the Lore Master archetype.

* BadassBookworm
* BlackMage
* CrazyPrepared: Not as much so as their past counterparts, due to a combination of how spells were streamlined and the overall power levels were reduced for Fifth Edition. Based solely on leveling, pure 20th level Wizards know 5 cantrips and have 44 spells in their spellbook. Wizards can still shop around for spells to transcribe and still have the largest spell selection of the arcane spellcaster classes.
** The ''UA: Eberron'' version of the Artificer has been nerfed to hell and back compared to how crazy-prepared they were in the past. What was once a massive armory catalog of created magic items is now a case of temporary potions and equipment enchantments. Artificers can infuse potions, enchant weapons and armor, and create spell scrolls, but at the expense of their spell slots. While 14th level Artificers ''can'' create magic items, they're restricted to around 40 magic items that they ''can'' create, said items take a ''full week to'' create, and a ''full month of rest before'' they can create another magic item.
** The Lore Master archetype gets in on it, although it's more the fact that the archetype is mostly about changing spell formulae on the fly. Their Spell Secret ability lets them change the elemental damage type of whatever spell they cast ''at will'' and change the saving throw of a single spell once per encounter. Alchemical Casting lets them alter their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd level spells at the expense of requiring a second spell slot to do so (1st level spells do more damage, 2nd level spells get more range, 3rd level spells get a higher threshold for saving throws). Prodigious Memory lets them switch out a memorized spell for another prepared spell once per encounter. And Master of Magic lets them cast one spell from ''any'' spell list, so long as it's of a spell level they have access to.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Just like sorcerers, wizards can also cast the 'wish' spell, and suffer the same drawbacks.
** On a lesser note, 14th level Evocation Wizards can Overchannel any 5th level or lower spell. Attempting to do this repeatedly causes them to take necrotic damage, with the effect increasing each time.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Not all necromancers are Evil, but the forces they command are usually taboo.
* HypnoticEyes: Enchanters get this as a feature.
* MagicKnight: The Bladesinger tradition, which grants proficiency in both light armor and a single type of one-handed melee weapon.
* MasterOfIllusion: The School of Illusion.
* RealityWarper: When Wizards ''really'' start getting powerful.
* {{Seers}}: The School of Divination.
* TheSmartGuy
* SpellBook: Now only required to memorize 1st to 9th level spells. Level 0 spells, or cantrips, have been changed so that they're at-will and can be cast an unlimited number of times.
* SquishyWizard: Although not quite as squishy as before, wizards are still the squishiest class in the game. While they use a d6 to roll their health instead of a d4, the d6 is the lowest possible hit die and they are unique in that their class gets zero defensive abilities and features with level, something that's very important in a system where you can only focus on one buff spell at a time, and it's probably 'haste' on the fighter.
** The [[BarrierWarrior School of Abjuration]] offsets this issue, with their Arcane Ward and Spell Resistance features. The Arcane Ward creates a [[DeflectorShields Deflector Shield]] around the Wizard when they cast an Abjuration spell, effectively functioning as an ablative layer of hit points which regenerates some Hit Points afterwards whenever the Wizard casts another Abjuration spell. Spell Resistance gives the Wizard additional defense against all spells and spell damage.
** The Bladesinger tradition makes them ''slightly'' less squishy due to gaining proficiency in light armor and the bonuses gained while their Bladesong is active.
** While the War Mage tradition doesn't give them any armor proficiency, their 'arcane deflection' feature lets them use their reaction to give themself either a +2 bonus to their Armor Class when they're attacked or a +4 bonus to their Saving Throw if they failed one, at the expense of being unable to cast anything more powerful than a cantrip until their next turn. Their 'durable magic' feature gives them a +2 to their AC and all saving throws while sustaining a concentration spell.
** The School of Invention gets proficiency in light armor and can create a magic item that only they can attune to - arcanomechanical armor (a suit of specially enchanted studded leather armor).
* PhilosophersStone: A Transmutation specialist can create a generic 'transmuter's stone' which stores transmutation magic in it. Three functions of the stone that a 14th level transmuter can perform are {{Panacea}} (remove all curses/poisons/diseases and heal all health), Restore Life (a 'raise dead' spell), and Restore Youth (reduce a willing creature's apparent age from 13-30 years).
* TeleportSpam: Completely possible with Conjurer Wizards if given the right spells, such as using Far Step to constantly proc. Benign Transposition.