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House Rules For Backgrounds

  • You may choose any background from the D&D 5e Player’s Handbook, Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide, or from the Backgrounds of Eberron online.
  • In addition to the Skills, Tools, and Languages each background provides, each background will provide one or more cantrips that your character knows. These spells do not count against any maximum known spells imposed by your class. As a cantrip, these spells can be cast at will, without preparation. For cantrips whose damage increases with level, it increases with your character level, regardless of which classes you take.

See the list of backgrounds below for additional details.

Backgrounds

PHB = Players Handbook. SCAG = Sword Coast Adventure Guide. CoS = Curse of Strahd. EE = Elemental Evil Player’s Guide, UA = Unearthed Arcana Starter Spells, Online = online only.

  • Acolyte (PHB 127) : Sacred Flame (PHB 272), Hand of Radiance (UA 3)
  • Charlatan (PHB 128) : Friends (PHB 244)
  • City Watch (SCAG 145): Lightening Lure (SCAG 143)
  • City Watch Variant: Investigator (SCAG 145): Guidance (PHB 248)
  • Clan Crafter (SCAG 146): Mold Earth (EE 21)
  • Cloistered Scholar (SCAG 146) Prestidigitation (PHB 267), plus one cantrip of your choice.
  • Courtier (SCAG 146): Message (PHB 259)
  • Criminal (PHB 129): Choose one of Minor Illusion (PHB 260), Thorn Whip (PHB 282), Poison Spray (PHB 266)
  • Criminal Variant: Spy (PHB 130) Choose one of Minor Illusion (PHB 260), Thorn Whip (PHB 282), Poison Spray (PHB 266), Message (PHB 259), Mage Hand (PHB 256)
  • Deserter (online): Blade Ward (PHB 218)
  • Entertainer (PHB 130): Minor Illusion (PHB 260)
  • Entertainer Variant: Gladiator (PHB 131): True Strike (PHB 284)
  • Farmer (online): Druidcraft (PHB 236)
  • Fisherman (online): Shape Water (EE 21)
  • Folk Hero (PHB 131): Choose one from Mold Earth (EE 21), Shape Water (EE 21), Mending (PHB 259), Druidcraft (PHB 236)
  • Foreign Infiltrator (online): Minor Illusion (PHB 260)
  • Gladiator Choose between Booming Blade (SCAG 142) and (online): True Strike (PHB 284)
  • Guild Artisan (PHB 132): Guidance (PHB 248)
  • Guild Artisan Variant: Guild Merchant (PHB 133): Prestidigitation (PHB 267)
  • Harvester (online): Mold Earth (EE 21)
  • Haunted One (CoS 209): Toll the Dead (UA 4)
  • Healer (online): Spare the Dying (PHB 277), Virtue (UA 5)
  • Hermit (PHB 134): Choose one between Druidcraft (PHB 236), Infestation (UA 3), or Sacred Flame (PHB 272)
  • House Renegade (online): One cantrip of your choice.
  • House Scion (online): Any two cantrips of your choice. Prerequisite note: Must be same race as chosen house’s race.
  • Inheritor (SCAG 150): Gust (EE 19)
  • Inquisitive (online): Prestidigitation (PHB 267), Guidance (PHB 248)
  • Knight of the Order (SCAG 151): Choose one from: Blade Ward (PHB 218), Booming Blade (SCAG 142), Green-Flame Blade (SCAG 143), Shillelagh (PHB 275)
  • Legendary Lineage (online): Eldritch Blast (PHB 237)
  • Mercenary Veteran (SCAG 152): Booming Blade (SCAG 142)
  • Noble (PHB 135): Message (PHB 259), Friends (PHB 244)
  • Noble Variant: Knight (PHB 135): Choose one from: Blade Ward (PHB 218), Booming Blade (SCAG 142), Green-Flame Blade (SCAG 143), Shillelagh (PHB 275)
  • Outlander (PHB 136): Magic Stone (EE 20), Primal Savagery (UA 3)
  • Pilgrim (online): Sacred Flame (PHB 272)
  • Refugee (online): Mending (PHB 259), Resistance (PHB 272)
  • Restless Wanderer (online): Choose one from: Ray of Frost (PHB 271), Fire Bolt (PHB 241)
  • Sage (PHB 137): Any 2 cantrips of your choice.
  • Sailor (PHB 139): Shape Water (EE 21), Vicious Mockery (PHB 285)
  • Sailor Variant: Pirate (PHB 139): Vicious Mockery (PHB 285), Infestation(UA 3)
  • Sailor Variant: Sky Sailor (online): Shillelagh (PHB 275)
  • Scholar-Adventurer (online): Prestidigitation (PHB 267), Light (PHB 255)
  • Sharn Noble (SCAG 152): Choose one of: Message (PHB 259), Friends (PHB 244), Minor Illusion (PHB 260)
  • Soldier (PHB 140): Booming Blade (SCAG 142), Green-Flame Blade (SCAG 143)
  • Tinkerer (online): Prestidigitation (PHB 267), Mage Hand (PHB 256)
  • Tinkerer Variant: Spare Parts (online): Prestidigitation (PHB 267), Mage Hand (PHB 256)
  • Urban Bounty Hunter (SCAG 153): Lightening Lure (SCAG 143)
  • Urchin (PHB 141): Friends (PHB 244)
  • War-Torn Hero (online): Thaumaturgy (PHB 282), Eldritch Blast (PHB 237)

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