D&D - Background & Roleplaying

Last 3 Edits

13th Jan, 2020.

  • Added BGs from Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica.
  • Added BG from Eberron 5e.
  • * Added BGs from Ghosts of Saltmarsh.

Nov 7th, 2017. Added BGs from the Tomb of Anilhilation.
Sept 12th, 2016. Removed Renown & Rel Dice from page. Moved to own page under ALL System House Rules.



Below lists the currently available Backgrounds as they appear in the core books and other sources, such as En5ider. Of course a player is not restricted to these and could easily develop their own. A background provides the character with starting proficiencies (and sometimes languages), equipment and funds. The accompanying personality and bonds tables are optional, but a good source for fleshing out your character.

List of Backgrounds

  1. Acolyte (PHB p127).
  2. Alchemist's Apprentice (EN5sider Scientific Sorcery by Matt Roth).
  3. Anthropologist (Tomb of Annihilation p191).
  4. Archaeologist (Tomb of Annihilation p192).
  5. Azorius Functionary (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica p33). For any legal or lawfully minded background such as lawyer, police or mind mage.
  6. Boros Legionnaire (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica p40). For any lawful military background.
  7. Charlatan (PHB p128).
  8. City Watch (Sword Coast Player's Guide p145).
  9. Clan Crafter (Sword Coast Player's Guide p145).
  10. Cloistered Scholar (Sword Coast Player's Guide p146).
  11. Courtier (Sword Coast Player's Guide p146).
  12. Criminal (PHB p129).
  13. Dimir Operative (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica p46). For spies, assassins and information brokers.
  14. Entertainer (PHB p130).
  15. Envoy (En5ider The Art of Peace).
  16. Faction Agent (Sword Coast Player's Guide p147).
  17. Far Traveler (Sword Coast Player's Guide p148).
  18. Marine (Ghosts of Saltmarsh p31).
  19. Folk Hero (PHB p131).
  20. Gladiator - variant Entertainer (PHB p131).
  21. Golgari Agent (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica p53). For someone with a connection to the darker side of nature.
  22. Gruul Anarch (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica p60). For anyone connected to a clan, tribe or group bent on chaos and barbarism.
  23. Guild Artisan (PHB p132).
  24. Guild Merchant (PHB p133).
  25. Hermit (PHB p134).
  26. House Agent (Eberron Rising from the Last War p53). For anyone with strong connections to a house/organisation.
  27. Inheritor (Sword Coast Player's Guide p150).
  28. Inquisitor (Innistrad MTG supplement).
  29. Investigator - variant City Watch. (Sword Coast Player's Guide p145).
  30. Izzet Engineer (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica p66). If a member of a race or organization that tinkers and partakes in magical and mechanical experimentation.
  31. Knight - variant Noble (PHB p136).
  32. Knight of the Order (Sword Coast Player's Guide p151).
  33. Fisher (Ghosts of Saltmarsh p29).
  34. Mercenary Veteran (Sword Coast Player's Guide p152).
  35. Noble (PHB p135).
  36. Orzhov Representative (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica p72). If grown up around a group seeking wealth, such as a lucrative religion, merchant house or a bank.
  37. Outlander (PHB p136).
  38. Pirate (PHB p139).
  39. Rakdos Cultist (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica p79). For anyone that spent time in a performance troop with a sinister side.
  40. Sage (PHB p137).
  41. Sailor (PHB p139).
  42. Selesnya Initiate (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica p86). If you have grown up in a peaceful, nature-loving society/group.
  43. Shipwright (Ghosts of Saltmarsh p33).
  44. Simic Scientist (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica p93). If you have spent time in a magical society that seeks to improve and modify living beings.
  45. Slave (DM Guild product).
  46. Smuggler (Ghosts of Saltmarsh p34).
  47. Soldier (PHB p140).
  48. Spy - variant Criminal. (PHB p130).
  49. Survivor (En5ider It's Never Over, Dion Fernandez).
  50. Urban Bounty Hunter (Sword Coast Player's Guide p153).
  51. Urchin (PHB p141).
  52. Uthgardt Tribe Member (Sword Coast Player's Guide p153).
  53. Vizier - variant Envoy. (En5ider The Art of Peace).
  54. Waterdhavian Noble (Sword Coast Player's Guide p154).
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