Character Building

Rogue Class Builder: Level One

In this post, I’m going to walk you through building a rogue character for your Dungeons & Dragons game. Rogues have multi-attack, sneak attack, lots of crit-ing. They can offer lots of damage and sneak really well at higher levels!

First and foremost, we will go over proficiencies and starter equipment.

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First, Choose FOUR Skills You Want Your Character to be Proficient in:

Remember that your proficiencies are like extra points in a set area. It simply boosts your variety of skills a bit. 










Sleight of Hand


Then, Understand Your Pre-Determined Proficiencies.

It might help you choose the most effective starter gear to know that, as a rogue, you’re automatically proficient in the following:


  • Light Armor

Savings Throws

  • Dexterity
  • Intelligence


  • Thieves Tools


  • Simple weapons
  • Hand crossbows
  • Longswords
  • Rapiers
  • Shortswords

Now, You Can Choose Your Starter Equipment!

By now you’ve finished marking down your proficiencies on your character sheet.  Now it’s time to get your complimentary starter equipment ready.

Choose One:

One Rapier

One Shortsword

+ Simple weapons include clubs, daggers, great-clubs, hand-axes, javelins, light hammers, maces, quarter staffs, sickles, spears, light crossbows, darts, short-bows, and slings. Personally I would choose a wooden shield for the extra safety.

Choose One:

A Shortbow & Quiver of 20 Arrows

One Shortsword

Choose One of the Following Three Items:

A Burgler's Pack

A Dungeoneer's Pack

An Explorer's Pack

You Also Get These Three Items:

Leather Armor

Two Daggers

Thieves Tools

If you’re into meta-gaming, you can use this printable backpack page to keep track of your items as well as their size and weight.

Level One Stats:

Your level one proficiency bonus for a druid is +2.

You have Expertise

You have Sneak Attack

You have Thieves Cant

Now you’re ready to start your adventure! Enjoy!

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