Defensive Duelist DnD 5E Feat

Hello adventurers of all shapes and sizes. Welcome to my website and thank you so much for clicking on 8th episode of our feats guide 5e series. Is your character addicted to AC or in need of it at the very least. If so i recommend taking a look at this feat. Today we are talking about dnd 5e defensive duelist feat found in the players handbook and if you’re unfamiliar with how feats work when you get them stuff like that i’ll give you a brief kind of summarization here.

So feats usually get every four levels some classes get them a little bit more frequently then others and you get them instead of your ability score increases. They’re essentially extra abilities and traits you can give your characters. That being said let’s take a look at the description for defensive duelist feat 5e.


Firstly there is a prerequisite for this. Your dexterity has to be at least 13 or higher. Assuming that conditions met though there’s nothing else like there’s no race prerequisite or class prerequisite who said it’s just the 13 or higher DEX.

Prerequisite: Dexterity 13 or higher

Whenever you’re wielding the finesse weapon with which you’re proficient and also an another creature hits you by a melee attack, you can easily able to use your reaction for adding your proficiency bonus to your AC for that specific attack, potentially causing the attack for missing you.

Pretty cool stuff pretty straight forward. But let’s go through a quick walk-through and break it down just a little bit. Would you also like to read our dual wielder feat 5e article.


So, as long as the weapon in one of your hands is finesse meaning you can pick either your decks or your strengths for it. You can burn a reaction and add your proficiency bonus to your AC after you know whether or not the attack hit you. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how incredibly useful this is. Would you like to read our latest duelist 5e fighting style.

It can really quite literally save your life and there’s ways to make your AC ludicrously high and if that’s what you’re trying to do then this definitely worth looking into. It also kind of scales up with your level which is really nice to have an any feature or class ability. So yeah this is a great solid choice. That being said lets take a look at my personal thoughts on it. You may want to check out our dnd mobile feat article.

Personal Thoughts

I could really see any melee fighter benefiting from this. Especially if you are for example a Gish character that’s using a deck space weapon or you are a rogue that would be super useful if you’re doing a lot of close quarters combat and you can stack it with a shield as well and if you are a war forged rogue with the shield, you can do ludicrously high AC. It is quite frankly ridiculous. Also check out our related article to this heavily armored 5e feat.


That being said i mean outside of frontline fighters i can’t really see anyone else picking this. I might be wrong that being said if you have any crazy ideas for it, any alternative uses, any stories or any build ideas please put them down below in the comments. I love giving them a read, i know everyone tuning in does as well and with that other way i hope everyone has a great day and as always happy adventuring guys.

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