D&D 5e backgrounds

Officially 5e backgrounds in D&D (Dungeons and Dragons)

5e backgrounds offer everyone with prominent story cues all about your character’s identity and one character background can reveal such as how you have become an adventure and from where you are heading off? And about your place and where ever it might be in the world! 5e game is one of the popular game since it has got introduced. Some of the things are important to know –

D&D 5e backgrounds (5th Edition) – Dungeons and Dragons

AcolyteAny x2PHB127NoneInsight (WIS), Religion (INT)
AnthropologistAny x2ToA191NoneInsight (WIS), Religion (INT)
ArchaeologistAny x1ToA192Choose 1:History (INT), Survival (WIS)
cartographer's tools, navigator's tools
AdoptedAnyx2NonePersuasion, Deception and Stealth
Black Fist Double AgentNoneCoS (AL)2Disguise kit , and choose 1:  artisan's tools x1  ,  gaming set x1Deception (CHA), insight (WIS)
Caravan SpecialistAny x1EE (AL)2Vehicles (land)Animal handling (WIS), survival (WIS)
CharlatanNonePHB128Disguise kit ,  forgery kitDeception (CHA), sleight of hand (DEX)
City WatchAny x2SCAG145NoneAthletics (STR), insight (WIS)
Clan CrafterAny x1SCAG145Artisan's tools x1History (INT), insight (WIS)
Cloistered ScholarAny x2SCAG146NoneHistory (INT), and choose 1: arcana (INT), nature (INT), religion (INT)
Cormanthor RefugeeElvishRoD (AL)5Artisan's tools x1Nature (INT), survival (WIS)
CourtierAny x2SCAG146NoneInsight (WIS), persuasion (CHA)
CriminalNonePHB129Gaming set x1 ,  thieves' toolsDeception (CHA), stealth (DEX)
DissenterSpecial (See page)PS:A11Special (See page)Special (See page)
Dragon CasualtyDraconicCoS (AL)3Special (See page)Intimidation (CHA), survival (WIS)
Earthspur MinerDwarvish, UndercommonEE (AL)3NoneAthletics (STR), survival (WIS)
EntertainerNonePHB130Disguise kit ,  musical instrument x1Acrobatics (DEX), performance (CHA)
Faction AgentAny x2SCAG147NoneInsight (WIS), and choose 1: special (See page)
Far TravelerAny x1SCAG148Choose 1:  musical instrument x1 ,  gaming set x1Insight (WIS), perception (WIS)
Folk HeroNonePHB131Artisan's tools x1, vehicles (land)Animal handling (WIS), survival (WIS)
Gate UrchinNoneRoD (AL)6Musical instrument x1 ,  thieves' toolsDeception (CHA), sleight of hand (DEX)
GladiatorNonePHB130Disguise kit, unusual weapon x1Acrobatics (DEX), performance (CHA)
Guild ArtisanAny x1PHB132Artisan's tools x1Insight (WIS), persuasion (CHA)
Guild MerchantAny x1PHB132Navigator's toolsInsight (WIS), persuasion (CHA)
HarborfolkNoneEE (AL)4Gaming set x1, vehicles (water)Athletics (STR), sleight of hand (DEX)
Haunted OneExotic x1CoS209NoneChoose 2: Arcana (INT), investigation (INT), religion (INT), survival (WIS)
HermitAny x1PHB134Herbalism kitMedicine (WIS), religion (INT)
Hillsfar MerchantNoneRoD (AL)7Vehicles (land), vehicles (water)Insight (WIS), persuasion (CHA)
Hillsfar SmugglerAny x1RoD (AL)8Forgery kitPerception (WIS), stealth (DEX)
House AgentNoneWGESpecial (See page)Investigation (INT), persuasion (CHA)
InheritorNoneSCAG150Gaming set x1 ,  musical instrument x1Survival (WIS), and choose 1: arcana (INT), history (INT), religion (INT)
InitiateNonePS:A8Gaming set x1, vehicles (land)Athletics (STR), intimidation (CHA)
InquisitorNonePS:In12Artisan's tools x1 ,  thieves' toolsInvestigation (INT), religion (INT)
InvestigatorAny x2SCAG145NoneInsight (WIS), investigation (INT)
Iron Route BanditNoneCoS (AL)5Gaming set x1, vehicles (land)Animal handling (WIS), stealth (DEX)
KnightAny x1PHB135Gaming set x1History (INT), persuasion (CHA)
Knight of the OrderAny x1SCAG151Choose 1:  gaming set x1 ,  musical instrument x1Persuasion (CHA), and choose 1: special (See page)
Mercenary VeteranNoneSCAG152Gaming set x1, vehicles (land)Athletics (STR), persuasion (CHA)
Mulmaster AristocratNoneEE (AL)5Artisan's tools x1 ,  musical instrument x1Deception (CHA), performance (CHA)
NobleAny x1PHB135Gaming set x1History (INT), persuasion (CHA)
OutlanderAny x1PHB136Musical instrument x1Athletics (STR), survival (WIS)
Phlan InsurgentNoneCoS (AL)6Artisan's tools x1, vehicles (land)Stealth (DEX), survival (WIS)
Phlan RefugeeAny x1EE (AL)6Artisan's tools x1Athletics (STR), insight (WIS)
PirateNonePHB139Navigator's tools, vehicles (water)Athletics (STR), perception (WIS)
SageAny x2PHB137NoneArcana (INT), history (INT)
SailorNonePHB139Navigator's tools, vehicles (water)Athletics (STR), perception (WIS)
Secret IdentityNoneRoD (AL)9Disguise kit ,  forgery kitDeception (CHA), stealth (DEX)
Shade FanaticNethereseRoD (AL)10Forgery kitDeception (CHA), intimidation (CHA)
SoldierNonePHB140Gaming set x1, vehicles (land)Athletics (STR), intimidation (CHA)
SpyNonePHB129Gaming set x1 ,  thieves' toolsDeception (CHA), stealth (DEX)
Student Of Magic
Stojanow PrisonerNoneCoS (AL)8Gaming set x1 ,  thieves' toolsDeception (CHA), perception (WIS)
Ticklebelly NomadGiantCoS (AL)9Herbalism kitAnimal handling (WIS), nature (INT)
Trade SheriffElvishRoD (AL)11Thieves' toolsInvestigation (INT), persuasion (CHA)
Urban Bounty HunterNoneSCAG153Choose 2:  gaming set x1 , musical instrument x1  ,  thieves' toolsChoose 2: deception (CHA), insight (WIS), persuasion (CHA), stealth (DEX)
UrchinNonePHB141Disguise kit ,  thieves' toolsSleight of hand (DEX), stealth (DEX)
Uthgardt Tribe MemberAny x1SCAG153Choose 1:  artisan's tools x1 ,  musical instrument x1Athletics (STR), survival (WIS)
VizierNonePS:A10Artisan's tools x1 ,  musical instrument x1History (INT), religion (INT)
Waterdhavian NobleAny x1SCAG154Choose 1:  gaming set x1 ,  musical instrument x1History (INT), persuasion (CHA)
D&D Gladiator ArenaAny x1

We Hope, These D&D 5e Backgrounds will be very useful to you. who is searching for know the original information about backgrounds.

Background modelled on existing fiction

These are archetypes from other works of fiction and they are very much popular –

  • Bank the human
  • Unkindled
  • DBZ warrior
  • Academy huntsman
  • Dragonborn
  • Genin
  • King’s ranger
  • Space Marine

List of backgrounds

  • Nomad
  • Earthspur miner
  • Entertainer
  • Gate urchin
  • Inheritor
  • inquisitor
  • Of the void
  • Oathbreaker
  • Janitor
  • Law
  • Falconer
  • Sororitas
  • City worker
  • Child of ares
  • Cattle rustler
  • Adept
  • Adventure
  • Air acrobat
  • Alchemic construct and many more

There will be very few who would have put together lists of all the D&D backgrounds available but mostly they are not jointed.

About the story – So here, one would get an idea about your character from where it is heading off. How you become an adventures means, they will get the whole idea about your character. The fighter could be anyone from courageous knight to grizzled soldier the wizard can be a sage or even an artisan.

There is one question which is important to know about your background that what changed? And this question will include so many things. So you must know about it –


  • Every background offers a character proficiency in two skills
  • In addition, most of the backgrounds give character proficiency with one or more than one tools.
  • The details of the tools can be found in chapter 5 of the PHB
  • When a character would get proficiency from two different sources, one is allowed to pick up a different proficiency of the same kind instead.


  • This one offers some additional language you can new ones.


  • Every background has packages to offer for the starting of tools. When someone uses the optional rules from chapter 5 to spend coins on gear! There are no tools from the background in the starting from your background.

Personalized background

  • Now, this is one of kind of features which everyone likes a customized background. You may get some of the features of the background so this would get better fits your character or the campaign setting.

D&D 5e backgrounds

Final words

Although the list of the D&D 5e backgrounds is not small in fact it is a bigger one. And they all have different language and tools and skills to use. Which is obviously quite interesting and you can choose from the list and even see which one is working for you.

But when you pick up a character this would reveal everything about your character. Every information about from where it has come and sort of.


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