Dungeons And Dragons 5E Backgrounds

In Every role playing game, we need to create stories adventeriously, As per that, every story has beginning. Your character’s dnd background will reveal from where you’ve come, how would you become an adventurer and also your place wherever in the world.

Although, your fighter might have been a courageous knight or a grizzled soldier. Your wizard could be a sage or an artisan. Also your rogue might’ve been gotten by like a guild thief or else a commanded audiences as a jester.

As per the Dungeon Master (DM) choosing a background will provide you with an important story cues about your specific character’s identity.

But one of the most important questions to ask about your 5e background;

  • what changed?
  • Why did you stop doing whatever your background describes and start adventuring?
  • Where did you get the money to purchase your starting gear? or else,

if you’ve come from the wealthy background; why don’t you have more money? How did you learn the skills of your class? What sets you apart from ordinary people who share your background?

We are going to provide all types of dnd backgrounds 5e and also their concrete benefits (features, proficiencies, and languages) and role-playing suggestions.


  1. Each character will give a character proficiency in two of the skills.
  2. In an addition, most of the backgrounds will give a character proficiency with one or more tools.
  3. Suppose, a character would gain the same proficiency from the two sources which varied from each other, he or she can chose a different proficiency of the same kind (skill or tool) instead.


Some of the backgrounds allow characters for learning some more languages beyond those given by the race.


Each and every background will provide a package of starting equipment. Suppose, whenever you use the optional rule to spend coin on gear, of course you do not receive a starting equipment from your background.

Suggested Characteristics:

Of course, based on your picked background, your personal background contains suggested personal characteristics. You can easily pick the characteristics and roll dice to determine them randomly, or else use the suggestions like an inspiration for characteristics of your own background creation.

Types Of D&D Backgrounds

From the below table we have mentioned all the dnd backgrounds which are explained in detail. You can check them now.

Name Of The BackgroundSourcepageSkills
OutlanderPHB136Athletics (STR), survival (WIS)
Acolyte 5EPHB127Insight (WIS), Religion (INT)
Sage Background 5EPHB137Arcana (INT), history (INT)
SoldierPHB140Athletics (STR), intimidation (CHA)
AdoptedPersuasion, Deception and Stealth
Far TravelerSCAG148Insight (WIS), perception (WIS)
CourtierSCAG146Insight (WIS), persuasion (CHA).
CriminalPHB129Deception (CHA), stealth (DEX)
CharlatanPHB128Deception (CHA), sleight of hand (DEX)
Haunted OneCoS209Choose 2: Arcana (INT), investigation (INT), religion (INT), survival (WIS)
UrchinPHB141Sleight of hand (DEX), stealth (DEX)
EntertainerPHB130Acrobatics (DEX), performance (CHA)
GladiatorPHB130Acrobatics (DEX), performance (CHA)
Investigator/City WatchSCAG145Insight (WIS), investigation (INT)
Mercenary VeteranSCAG152Athletics (STR), persuasion (CHA)
HermitPHB134Medicine (WIS), religion (INT)
InheritorSCAG150Survival (WIS), and choose 1: arcana (INT), history (INT), religion (INT)
Knight Of The OrderSCAG151Persuasion (CHA), and choose 1: special (See page)
AnthropologistTOA191Insight (WIS), Religion (INT)
ArchaeologistTOA192History (INT), Survival (WIS)
City WatchSCAG145Athletics (STR), insight (WIS)
Clan CrafterSCAG145History (INT), insight (WIS)
Cloistered ScholarSCAG146History (INT), and choose 1: arcana (INT), nature (INT), religion (INT)
Folk HeroPHB131Animal handling (WIS), survival (WIS)
House AgentWGEInvestigation (INT), persuasion (CHA)
Guild ArtisanPHB132Insight (WIS), persuasion (CHA)
SailorPHB139Athletics (STR), perception (WIS)
Urban Bounty HunterSCAG153Choose 2: deception (CHA), insight (WIS), persuasion (CHA), stealth (DEX)
Waterdhavian NobleSCAG154History (INT), persuasion (CHA)
Noble/KnightPHB135History (INT), persuasion (CHA)
Uthgardt Tribe MemberSCAG153Athletics (STR), survival (WIS)
Faction agentSCAG147Insight (WIS), and choose 1: special (See page)

Are you looking for a specific theme for your character background? Don’t worry here we’ve some ideas, they might help you. So check them now.

Academic: Acolyte, Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Sage

Shady Past: Criminal, Charlatan, Pirate, Spy

Martial/Military: Soldier, City Watch, Knight

Situational: Noble, dnd backgrounds Outlander, Urchin, Far Traveler, Uthgardt Tribe Member

Vocational: Guild Artisan, Entertainer, Sailor

Three Points To Focus In Selecting D&D Backgrounds

Theme: Actually, some of the backgrounds will be speaking to the specific environments. Here for an instance either the d&d 5e urchin or d&d 5e criminal will really speak to an urban setting. Actually, an outlander has been clearly meant to be out in the wilderness. Some more backgrounds such as Acolytes, sages, and guild artisans do speak to those cloistered away in the temples, libraries and also the workshops.

Mechanics: As we all know, in dungeons and dragons role playing game each and every 5e backgrounds will be lend two skills, tool sets and also the languages for your character class or for your character race which you can chose a different one to replace it. All of you’ve chosen races will provide set benefits or a limited choice. Of course, the classes gives another way to chose, receive skills and also the tool proficiencies. Although, the duplicate background proficiencies are the only time all of the skills and also the tool proficiencies get to be opened up like the character options.

Background Features: Every character has its own backstory similarly every background has its own features. Almost, all of the background features do offer a small in-game benefit. Nearly, all of them do require the player for interacting with NPC’s. They also add more opportunities for an adventure and also role playing.

Customizing a Background:

Would you like to customize your own background, then follow the below aspects, you will get to know what to do? what not to do?

  • Probably, you might need to tweak some of the features of a background, at that specific time its better fits your character or else the campaign setting.
  • For customizing any one of the backgrounds then you can replace one feature with any other one and chose any two skills, and also chose a total of the two tool proficiencies or else the languages from the sample backgrounds.
  • So, you can either use the equipment package from your selected background or spend coin on the gear like described in an equipment section as per the chapter 5 description.
  • You have to choose two personality traits, one ideal, one bond, and one flaw finally.
  • Suppose, if you can not find the feature which will be match to your selected background and work with your dungeon master (DM) to create one.

Frequently Asked Questions Of DnD 5E Backgrounds

1Q: How Do Backgrounds Work 5E?

A: Each of the background’s shall give a character proficiency in two types of skills. Those skills were described in using ability scores section. Suppose, a character would have gained a equal proficiency from its two different sources, of course he/she could select a different proficiency of the same kind (skill or tool) instead.