Prodigy DnD 5E Feat

Hello adventurers of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 42nd episode of our feat series. Today we’re going to be taking a look at one of the only racial feats available to humans and a feat that is quite frankly perfect if your hero has shall we say some narcissistic tendencies or it claims to be the best at everything.

Played a character like that in the past, really enjoyed it, but the rest of my party either you were quite opinionated about them. That being said, today we’re taking a look at prodigy dnd 5e feat. This unique feat is found in the xanathar’s guide to everything and you know it’s pretty cool! Let’s take a look at the description here to better understand what we’re talking about.

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First and foremost there is a prerequisite and that is that you gotta have human in you somewhere. Be it a half-elf, a half-orc or a straight-up purebred human and great a human as i like to call them over in the underdark at least. Let’s read the feat description and get a better sense for the wording here.

You have a knack for learning new things. You gain the following benefits: You gain one skill proficiency of your choice, one tool proficiency of your choice, and fluency in one language of your choice. Choose one skill in which you have proficiency. You gain expertise with that skill, which means your proficiency bonus is doubled for any ability check you make with it. The skill you choose must be one that isn’t already benefiting from a feature, such as Expertise, that doubles your proficiency bonus.

Oh wow what a wordy one. In any case let’s head over to the walkthrough and just unpacked it a little bit. So there’s not really a whole lot today sec too too much here, you get one skill proficiency, one tool proficiency and an additional language which is all super great when you really think about it.

You also get and this is the holy grail my gooness. You get one ability that you get to put expertise on. Which is essentially double proficiency super-sweet. Rogues get it, bards get it, as well kinda sorta it’s really weird i’ll explain that a little bit later. That being said, super super cool stuff. With all of that out of the way let’s take a look at my personal thoughts on it.


So in terms of like who benefits the most from this, it’s hard to say it’ll probably be one of the charisma based classes, so paladin or sorcerer or warlock or maybe a wisdom based class like the druid or the cleric. Reasons being this is really a feat that’s meant to benefit out of combat more than in combat. What i mean by that is skill checks are usually not made in combat they’re made outside.

So it makes sense to align it with one of those stats because they’re just more useful outside of combat. That being said, the cool interesting build concept for this and i need some of you veterans to weigh in on this. Because personally being a dungeon master idle out in my games but i don’t know if you would or if would change the balance of this feat at all. But i don’t know if it affects the bard kind of pseudo expertise like it’s half expertise.

Like the feat specifies that only consider is when you can’t stack with something that doubles your proficiency. But the bard one doesn’t it only adds half so i’m just curious if you can get 2.5 your proficiency bonus added on to anything you know what i mean. I assume i’m making sense if you want to weigh in on that i would greatly appreciate it.


That being said, if you have any crazy concepts, build ideas, opinions or cool stories involving prodigy. Let me know down in the comments beneath i really appreciate it and i’m looking forward to reading all of them. Thank you so much guys and as always happy adventuring and have a great day.

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