D&D 5E Custom Backgrounds (How to Make Ideas)

custom background 5e

Do you have any ideas to make dnd 5e custom backgrounds ? in any case mostly the background stuff is irrelevant from the rules perspective (anyways the suggested characteristics such as flaws, bonds and stuff like this don’t affect game mechanics). But things background features, starting equipment, proficiencies, languages and what skills you get affect the start of the game. In any case let’s move on to the d&d 5e how to make a custom background from the below lines now. Apart from our today’s article we would like to recommend you to visit our main page for all the backgrounds if you haven’t checked them out yet!

You might would like to be tweak some of the features of the background so it is more better fits your character or your campaign setting. So, as per the dnd 5e custom background rules ! in order to customize a background,  you can easily replace one feature with any other one, choose any two skills, and choose a total of two tool proficiencies or languages from your sample backgrounds. However, you can either use your equipment package from your background or else spend coin on the gear as it was described in the dnd 5e custom background equipment section. (Suppose, if you do spend coin and you can not also take the equipment package which is suggested for your class.) Anyways! select two personality traits, one ideal, one bond, and one flaw. Sometimes, if you can not find a feature which perfectly matches your wishing background, so work with your DM to create one.

D&D 5E How to Make a Custom Background

If you would like to make a custom background 5e which is either not already available in the book or you may like to tweak some features on your existing background. Then here is the perfect ideas for it.

  • It must grant two skill proficiencies, any kind of combo of two languages and/or skill proficiencies, 15gp, a tool or equivalent miscellaneous equipment, a set of clothing.
  • Anyways, the feature must be rpg based, you must use your best judgement in balancing it’s power.
  • So, compare a proposed feature with other features to other features to determine weather it is appropriately balanced or not.
  • Usually, a custom background always need to have all the same things as (almost) every official background such as: personality traits, ideals, bonds, and flaws; 2 skill proficiencies; 2 tool or language proficiencies; some starting equipment; and a background feature.

But you might only choose the tool proficiencies from the  dnd backgrounds 5e. Chose a total two tool proficiencies or languages from the sample backgrounds.

  1. Artisan’s Tools
  2. Disguise Kit
  3. Forgery Kit
  4. Gaming Set
  5. Herbalism Kit
  6. Musical Instrument
  7. Navigator’s Tools
  8. Thieves’ Tools
  9. Vehicles (Land)
  10. Vehicles (Water)

Anyways, it could be any language/skill that you would like to and you can create any feature you want as long as your DM okay with it.

Custom Background Ideas/Format

1) Background name:

2) Flavour text: It contains A short paragraph or two explaining the background and also what you do. Ideally it must also provide a particular reason for the character to become an adventurer.

3) Skill proficiencies: You have to select two that make sense with the background.

4) Tool proficiencies: one or two, if any; use existing tools unless the background absolutely requires something new.

5) Languages: one or two, if any. Anyways most backgrounds will not grant bonus languages.

6) Equipment: The equipments that you can select in d&d such as; a few trinkets and accessories, nothing of major value – for example, clothing, tools, a few gold coins. If you absolutely need to make an exception for something more valuable, make a note of it.

7) Specialty: Some of the 5e backgrounds encompass a wide variety of archetypes – for an instance, there are many kinds of criminal or artisan. List the major options.

8) Feature: more of a roleplaying bonus than a mechanical benefit. If you’re one of the members of an organization (such as a guild), they might provide lodging or support to you when accused of a crime. The benefit might be a contact or network of contacts. It might be a way to earn some coin. It might be specialized knowledge or skill, or the means to access specialized knowledge or skills. Whatever the feature is, it should be something that provides opportunities for roleplay and quest hooks, and serves to diversify the character’s background and relationships.

9) Suggested characteristics: a couple of lines on how the background affects your mannerisms and public perception. Don’t bother with the Personality Trait, Ideal, Bond, and Flaw tables if you don’t want to, since the official backgrounds tend to recycle points anyway.

10) Variants: some backgrounds may have major variants that require more than a nod to specializations – for example, poets, musicians, and jugglers have more in common with each other than they do with a gladiator, but all are entertainers.

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