5E Bard

Last 3 Edits

17th April 2019. Added features from Adventures in Middle Earth - Player's Guide.
20th March, 2019. Added archetypes from those I have collected on Pinterest.
Oct 24th, 2017. Added paths from Xanathar's Guide to Everything & extras from DawnForgedCast.




Armor: Light
Weapon Groups: Unless noted, bards only have proficiency in Simple weapons from these groups. Choose 5 from: Axes & Picks; Blowguns; Bows; Brawling; Clubs & Staffs; Crossbows (+ Martial); Hammers & Maces; Hooks & Sickles; Long Blades; Pistols; Short Blades (+ Martial); Spears; Thrown & Slings.
Tools, Items, Vehicles, etc: Choose any three musical instrument groups or gaming groups of your choice.

Saving Throws: Dexterity, Charisma
Skills: Choose any 3.


  1. Warden. Whole class modelled on a non-spellcasting bard. (Adventures in Middle Earth - Player's Guide, Cubicle Seven)


  1. School of Blades
  2. Bounder. (Adventures in Middle Earth - Player's Guide, Cubicle Seven).
  3. College of Charity
  4. Counsellor. (Adventures in Middle Earth - Player's Guide, Cubicle Seven).
  5. College of Glamour. (Xanathar's Guide to Everything p14, Wizards of the Coast).
  6. College of the Herald
  7. Herald. (Adventures in Middle Earth - Player's Guide, Cubicle Seven).
  8. College of Intrigue. (5E Reforged, DawnForgedCast).
  9. College of Lore (PHB p54)
  10. College of Names (En5ider article by Ari Marmell)
  11. College of Rebirth
  12. College of Swords. (Xanathar's Guide to Everything p15, Wizards of the Coast).
  13. College of Valor (PHB p55)
  14. College of the Wanderer
  15. College of Whispers. (Xanathar's Guide to Everything p16, Wizards of the Coast).

There are MANY more subclasses on the DMsGuild. Feel free to try one of those too.

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