Bard 5e – Level 1 – Optimization

Hit Die: d8
Saving Throw Proficiencies: DEX, CHA
Spells Casting Modifier: CHA
Weapon Proficiencies: Simple, crossbow-hand, longsword, rapier, shortsword
Armor Proficiencies: light

Optimal Standard Array: 8-14-13-10-12-15

Optimal Race:

  • Human Variant (Magic Initiate, CHA +1, DEX +1) Preview
  • Scourge Aasimar (CHA +2, INT +1) Preview
  • Tiefling (CHA +2, INT +1) Preview 
  • Half-Elf (CHA +2) Preview
  • Dark Elf (Drow) (DEX +2, CHA +1) Preview
  • Lightfoot Halfling (DEX +2, CHA +1) Preview
  • Tabaxi (DEX +2, CHA +1) Preview

Optimal College

  • College of Lore (Magic and Support-Oriented)

Optimal Background:

  • Criminal (Deception and Stealth proficiency)
  • Urchin (Sleight of hand and Stealth proficiency)
  • Spy (Deception and Stealth proficiency)
  • Charlatan (Deception and Sleight of hand proficiency)

Optimal Weapons

  • Reaper

Optimal Armor

  • Leather

Optimal Spells

  • Dissonant Whispers
  • Faerie Fire
  • Heroism
  • Sleep
  • Tasha’s Hideous Laughter