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D&D: 10 4th Edition Classes We Want To See In 5th Edition

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  • Posted on 13th Oct, 2022 03:22 AM

Dungeons and Dragons' latest edition has pulled a lot from the previous one, but there is still a wealth of untapped potential.

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition features thirteen unique and iconic main classes, each of them drawing on the game's history and a broader tradition of fantasy tropes and character archetypes. Each class has a host of subclasses to help make individual characters unique and stand out from other members of their class. These subclasses are where 5th Edition has chosen to spend most of its creative energy when it comes to designing new character archetypes, rather than building whole new classes. Twelve of the current thirteen classes were in the game from launch, with the artificer being the only main class added to the game so far. Previous editions of D&D, however, took a different approach.

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4th Edition, for instance, added new classes left and right. Every new Player's Handbook came with a bunch of brand new classes with their own features and powers. Many of these have made their way into 5th Edition in one way or another. The 4th Edition shaman bears a striking resemblance to the 5th Edition Circle of the Shepherd druid, for instance. But there are a ton of class and build options from 4th Edition that would be great to see in 5th, either as subclasses for existing classes or as brand new options all their own.


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One of the most-often cited examples of a great feature from 4th Edition is the warlord. This martial class functioned as a leader, able to replace the cleric or bard on the team just fine. They were non-magical warriors who could heal others simply by their commanding presence. Their powers were focused on tactics, allowing allies to move out of turn and make extra attacks, allowing for an extremely fun and useful archetype. 5th Edition has a couple of ways to replicate this, but none feel quite so good as the warlord.

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