Red: Bad, useless options, or options which are extremely situational. Useful in a party with more than one Rogue to communicate secretly. The observant feat is weird because its usefulness depends on how your DM uses passive checks; that weirdness led me to ban that feat in my own games. No multiclassing? Earth: Strength is wasted on a rogue, but the mobility is useful given your need for good positioning. I must say that I find the +2 bonus from archery style very strong. The other abilities are tempting, but contrary to your general strategy. Lightfoot Halflings can hide behind creatures at least one size larger, but now you need Sharpshooter to negate the half-cover bonus (+2 to AC). Multi-Classi Insightful Manipulator: A little metagame-y, but useful none the less. Can that be effective? But to be honest I never had a char above that. Superior Mobility: Extra speed is always welcome for a ranged build. What are the best builds, feats, and skills for the Rogue 5e class in Dungeons and Dragons? Range A weapon that can be used to make a ranged Attack has a range in parentheses after the Ammunition or thrown property. Ranged rogues generally fair better, IMO: Melee rogues are heavily encouraged to spend their bonus action avoiding combat (disengage) instead of trading blows with enemies. 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This Archetype is heavily Wisdom-dependent. Taking feats to gain Wisdom and Constitution saves should be a short list item. D&D 5e/Next; Ranged Rogue: Damage maximizing with Crossbow Expert/Sharpshooter/Familiar. Cunning Action: The second reason to play a Rogue. As for feats, Crossbow Expert is a damn solid choice for a ranged rogue. Does he never use passive perception checks? 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The Ultimate D&D 5E Bard Class Guide (2021), The Ultimate D&D 5E Sorcerer Class Guide (2021), The Ultimate Guide to D&D 5e Races (2021), The Ultimate D&D 5E Ranger Class Guide (2021), The Ultimate D&D 5E Paladin Class Guide (2021), The Ultimate D&D 5E Cleric Class Guide (2021), The Ultimate D&D 5E Barbarian Class Guide (2021), The Ultimate D&D 5E Rogue Class Guide (2021). Persuasion: The most important Charisma-based skill. Burning hands is a strong damage-dealing spell outside the scope of spells for Arcane Trickster. An expert at breaking and entering, infiltration reconnaissance, and liberating the rich and unsuspecting of their valuables. Scout You are skilled in woodcraft and stealth, allowing you to range ahead of your companions during expeditions. For Rogues, a bit of sneaky sneaky is the name of the game. Athletics covers running, jumping, swimming, and climbing. Thanks for your answer! Not that big of a difference while leveling, but as said before, the “cast” time is shorter on thrown. You were saying you want to be a strong combatant. Therefore I hope that you can help me a bit, optimizing my character. Red: Bad, useless options, or options which are extremely situational. Melee Rogues as often as possible go for two-weapon battling in light of the fact that it gives another opportunity to score Sneak Attack, and attempt at manslaughter strategies are an incredible approach to get into a scuffle to assault before withdrawing behind your gathering.. Archer rogues regularly depend on killing. VGtM    Volo’s Guide to Monsters Yeah, that's planned. If off, please let me know. Standard: Great for rounding out odd ability scores from a point-buy character creation.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'gameoutonline_com-leader-1','ezslot_10',112,'0','0'])); Variant: increasing your Dexterity, a bonus skill, and picking up a feat at first level grants you a huge advantage. This subclass might not be most people’s vision of a rogue, but the subclass traits are outstanding. Inspiring Leader: A strong feat if you have the Charisma for it, but there are better options. This Archetype is the most typical and affords exactly what you’d expect. 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What do you say? The surprise factor is always fun too. You’re better off sticking with Rogue. .s5ap8yh1b4ZfwxvHizW3f{color:var(--newCommunityTheme-metaText);padding-top:5px}.s5ap8yh1b4ZfwxvHizW3f._19JhaP1slDQqu2XgT3vVS0{color:#ea0027} By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. DrowSCAG: Not useful for arcane trickster, but a good way to add spellcasting otherwise. I always thought instead of giving Hunters a melee spec, they should have given Rogues a ranged spec. When attacking a target beyond normal range, you have disadvantage on the Attack roll. For the rogue v. fighter argument, go fighter. For an urban campaign full of intrigue, the Inquisitive Rogue makes a great detective. Hit Dice: d8 Hit Dice is risky for melee combatants, but if you have a good support crew or take a ranged build you should be ok. Tough: You’re better off taking feats that increase your utility. DND Rogue 5e is among those characters that are considering the versatility and also have some combat, and nimble tricks are available. Lucky: Always a useful feat, especially so for Rogue. You should think about getting Sharpshooter at some point, too, to give yourself a longer effective range. It focuses on the builds that don’t quite satisfy the players who want variety. A monster might shoot spines from its tail. It seemed to make more sense for a rogue to conceal too. Sneak Attack makes up a bulk of the potential damage they can do, and weapon type becomes less important as your sneak attack dice pool increases. Armor: Light armor Weapons: Simple weapons, hand crossbows, longswords, rapiers, shortswords Tools: Thieves' tools Dungeon Delver: a great feat for a trap-springer”. Bluff your way to riches. Thief also has options for dealing with things like undead or trolls because it has acid and holy water. We play a campaign that will bring us to about level 15. Action Surge increases it to 57/45. Crossbow Expert: A tempting choice, but you don’t really need it. With Fast Hands you can use your Healer’s Kit as a bonus action, allowing you to stabilize and heal fallen allies quickly. Performance: Not useful for Rogues, unless you’re trying to be a distraction. If there's nothing you really want from a specific other class, this isn't necessary. If it doesen't you shoot again. Action Surge increases it to 92/80. Your archetype choice grants you features at 3rd level and then again at 9th, 13th, and 17th level. Deep (Svirfneblin)EEPC/SCAG: This subrace makes great Rogues, especially in subterranean settings with their Dexterity increase, and advantage on Stealth checks to hide among stone. 2. Rakish Audacity: An initiative bonus, and the ability to use sneak attack in a duel. The Skeleton Key – Whenever the rogue is attempting to pick the lock with The Skeleton Key, the DC of the lock is reduced significantly. The Inquisitive really shines when used in a role-play heavy campaign, where skill checks are more important than damage output in combat. Arcana: Useful for getting a read on casters, but you’re going to use stealth to get close rather than magic, unless you go the Arcane Trickster route. Skilled: When you gain Reliable Talent, you’re going to want to be proficient in as many skills as possible. Avg 43 with sneak, 19 without. I will use the color coding scheme which has become common among Pathfinder build handbooks, which is simple to understand and easy to read at a glance. This is useful at low levels, but will diminish once you reach this crucial Rogue milestone. Mountain Dwarf: Nothing useful for Rogues. eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'gameoutonline_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_2',125,'0','0']));Strength: You don’t need to use Strength or strength-based skills. Rogues who embrace this archetype are at home in the wilderness and among barbarians and fighters, as they serve as Wild shape grants you a ton of extra bulk by protecting you while shifted into animal form. Green: Good options. Feinting will give you advantage as a bonus action against a foe with an addition of 1d8 damage. I like ranged combat. This path gives you a strong specialty but restricts your party role to seek and snatch. Rogue is a fun class to play, which affords you several important party roles. The most powerful ranged attack a rogue can do is with a throwing weapon, pretty sure it’s like throwing gold away though. Faction AgentSCAG: Great flexibility on skill proficiencies and two languages, plus a connection to a powerful faction which provides you plot relevance and an above-average amount of starting gold. The only way Rogues have access to magic is through the Arcane Trickster Roguish Archetype. With the skills and reliable talent features, Rogues can muddle their way through almost any skill challenge. Ritual Caster: Strong for Arcane Trickster, nearly useless otherwise. Those who adhere to this archetype are diverse: hired killers, spies, bounty hunters, and even specially anointed priests trained to exterminate the enemies of their deity. Multi-classing gives more damage. Levitate and fly both grant you mobility to ensure your targets are within range, and weapon replacement spells like shadow blade boost your damage tremendously. Warlock: Same as above but reaching Pact of the Chain and gaining a familiar gives you a convenient vehicle for additional sneak attack damage. Poor synergy. All your abilities revolve around detecting clues, evidence, and intentions. Can use 3 times. WoodSCAG: Two skills are generally more useful than the extra movement and hide bonus. Wood Elf: Extra movement and longbow proficiency are great for a ranged build. Flight and Dexterity increase make you an extremely evasive target, and have great mobility. You want sharp-shooter eventually, but you want to hit everything first. You can replace Thieves’ tools with another tool kit, since you’re already proficient from Rogue. Master of Intrigue: Proficiencies with several tools and languages gives you a more distinct flair, but aren’t terribly relevant. Reliable Talent: Incentive to take the Skilled feat, this almost guarantees you will pass any skill check you are required to make. Cunning action needs this to be effective. Applying a subrace is an interesting twist. 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