Soldier Background 5e

Hello adventurers! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 49th episode of our background series. Today we are going to be taking a look at soldier. This is one of the more og backgrounds throwback to the players handbook also if you’re using the dnd beyond for free this is likely one you’ll have access to as it’s just part of the basic rule set as well.

In any case if this is the first background that you’re checking from our website and if haven’t checked out our other updated backgrounds yet and you’d like to then use this full list. In any case let’s dive right in by first going over its description.

Overview Of Soldier 5E

  1. Being a dnd soldier, the war has been your life as long as you wanna care to remember it for.
  2. You’d been trained like a youth, there you’ve studied about all types of uses of the weapons and also about the armors, You also learned there about the basic survival techniques, also learnt about how to stay be alive on the battlefield.
  3. You might have been a member of the local militia those who rose for prominence at the time of a recent war.
  4. You might’ve also been a part of the standing national army or else the mercenary company.

Whenever you select this dnd 5e backgrounds, you need to work with your DM (Dungeon Master) and then you can determine the following aspects such as

  • which military organization you’re one of the parts of ?
  • how far through its ranks you progressed?
  • what type of experiences you have had while you’re in the military career?
  • Was it a standing army, a town guard, or else the village militia?
  • It might have been a noble’s or merchant’s private army, or else it might have also been a mercenary company.

Basically you are no stranger to battle. There’s a couple of these backgrounds where i’m like yeah you probably wouldn’t be okay killing a knoll or a kobold but this one it’s like yeah no you are, you have every right and every reason to resort to violence and fatal hits. In any case let’s move on to its mechanics here.


Under skill proficiencies you’ll gain athletics and intimidation both of which are great and when one is not useful the other is likely to be so it’s a really great way to balance out your character. Under tool proficiency you gain one type of gaming set and land vehicles as well which is may be super useful depending on your campaign.

Certainly worth talking over with the dungeon master and in terms of gaming set really is up to you…dragon chest, dice, cards whatever tickles your fancy really. Now let’s move on to its equipment here.

You’ll gain an insignia of your rank which is relatively important for later on. A trophy taken from a fallen enemy, a set of bone dice or deck of cards kind of depending on whatever you picked for your gaming set. A set of common clothes and a pouch containing 10 gp. Which puts you right in line with the average there.

  • Skill Proficiencies: Athletics, Intimidation
  • Tool Proficiencies: One type of gaming set, vehicles (land)
  • Languages: None
  • Equipment: An insignia of rank, a trophy taken from a fallen enemy (a dagger, broken blade, or piece of a banner), a set of bone dice or deck of cards, a set of common clothes, and a belt pouch containing 10 gp.

Overall it’s a pretty solid set of mechanics, two skills proficiencies, two tool proficiencies and the insignia of rank is likely going to be the most important thing. Now let’s move on to your feature, you’ll gain a military rank and this is where that insignia comes in handy.

Feature: Military Rank

You had a military rank and it has been since from you started your career as a soldier. Because of this feature almost all of the soldiers loyal to your former military organization recognize your authority and influence and also they defers to you when they’re of the lower rank.

You can able to invoke your rank for exerting the influence over either the other soldiers and also requisition simple equipment or for temporary use of the horses. For friendly military encampments you can easily get access and also the fortresses wherever your rank has been recognized.

Feature: Speciality

At the time of you’re as a soldier, you had a certain role for playing in your unit or army. Simply roll a d8 or you can easily chose from the below mentioned table options and they you can determine your role easily. So check out the below table now.

7Standard bearer
8Support staff (cook, blacksmith, or the like)

Something i do want to point out here that i know a lot of DMs have dealt with especially in the adventures league circuits. Make sure your rank matches up with your level. If you’re a level one fighter as much as you want to believe otherwise you’re not going to carry the rank of general. I’m sorry, not going to happen.

Unless the military company you belong to is only two people and you’re one of them and the other one’s like a 12 year old then no cigar’re not a general, you’re a humble foot soldier. If that and likely you’re still involved in whatever organization because if you’re a foot soldier who left the military and then came back and starts flaunting your rank around like your top shelf.

That might not go over too well, like really really might get you in a lot of trouble or get you re-enlisted or get you locked up or any number of bad things could happen.

Moral of the story…just make sure you’re being realistic with your rank, relative to your starting level and you can always improve your rank as you do more deeds and as you. Do more for the military company and all that good stuff. Now let’s move on to some suggested characteristics here.

Suggested Characteristics

Basically, the horrors of the war which were combined with the rigid discipline of the military service leave their mark on all of the soldiers, shaping their ideas, creating the strong bonds and frequently leaving them scarred and also the vulnerable to fear, shame and also hatred. You can check the soldier dnd 5e stats which are mentioned below.

Personality Traits

Under personality trait i went with “I’ve lost too many friends, and i’m slow to make new ones.”

D8Personality Traits
1I'm always polite and respectful.
2I'm haunted by memories of war. I can't get the images of violence out of my mind.
3I've lost too many friends, and I'm slow to make new ones.
4I'm full of inspiring and cautionary tales from my military experience relevant to almost every combat situation.
5I can stare down a hell hound without flinching.
6I enjoy being strong and like breaking things.
7I have a crude sense of humor.
8I face problems head-on. A simple, direct solution is the best path to success.


Under ideal “The great good: Our lot is to lay down our lives in defense of others. And this will take you towards the good side of the alignment.”

1Greater Good: Our lot is to lay down our lives in defense of others. (Good)
2Responsibility: I do what I must and obey just authority. (Lawful)
3Independence: When people follow orders blindly, they embrace a kind of tyranny. (Chaotic)
4Might: In life as in war, the stronger force wins. (Evil)
5Live and Let Live: Ideals aren't worth killing over or going to war for. (Neutral)
6Nation: My city, nation, or people are all that matter. (Any)


Under Bond “I would still lay down my life for the people i served with.”

1I would still lay down my life for the people I served with.
2Someone saved my life on the battlefield. To this day, I will never leave a friend behind.
3My honor is my life.
4I'll never forget the crushing defeat my company suffered or the enemies who dealt it.
5Those who fight beside me are those worth dying for.
6I fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.


Under flaw “The monstrous enemy we faced in battle still leaves me quivering with fear.”

1The monstrous enemy we faced in battle still leaves me quivering with fear.
2I have little respect for anyone who is not a proven warrior.
3I made a terrible mistake in battle cost many lives – and I would do anything to keep that mistake secret.
4My hatred of my enemies is blind and unreasoning.
5I obey the law, even if the law causes misery.
6I'd rather eat my armor than admit when I'm wrong.

Long story short, It’s likely the group you were a part of got wiped out by some either massive monster or maybe a horde of weaker ones. And you kind of beat yourself up about it a lot, maybe you were victorious but at a huge cost wiping out the majority of your company or at least the individual group you belong to.

And maybe that’s why you took up adventuring either to gain revenge for them or maybe just to make the nightmares stop as it were. Lots of cool stuff you could do with this, in terms of character flexibility man sky is really the limit.

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This is a good character example but you could go really dark, really fast like in the nature of ward you discover the true inequality between the bureaucrats and their ivory towers and you on the bloody battlefield and that makes you want to overthrow them and there’s just really a lot you can do with this sky’s really the limit. Now let’s move to my personal thoughts on it.


I really like the soldier, i think it’s just good al around. There’s almost nothing i’d change about it. Looking at its mechanics really strong set of mechanics. It’s equipment has a lot of flavor to it. Something i would check with my dungeon master boat is the viability of proficiency with land vehicles.

Might make more sense to trade them up with water vehicles or i don’t know it kind of depends on the world you’re in and what he would like you to kind of start out as and of course have the discussion regarding military rank as well.

At the very least it’ll give them some time to prep, some form of a war that recently ended or is sill going on or is likely to kick off for you to get yourselves involved with as a character arc or several side quests. Looking at their characteristics there’s just you can really a lot you can do, sky really is the limit.

Wrap Up

That being said, let me know what you think of the soldier down beneath in the comment section. Be sure to mention any thoughts, questions, comments, concerns, ideas or even stories of your own. That being said, i hope you all have a great day and as always happy adventuring.

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