How rare is your D&D character combo?
Most of us know the cycle. Get together for some D&D with friends, first step is choosing a race and class. (For me, that’s usually gnome bard with pink hair or something equally annoying and fun.) Then before the hack-and-slash commences, imagine a back story and for some reason start out with every character meeting at a local tavern.
And if your DM is like ours, that tavern usually busts into flames and is swamped with 3,000 level 400 orc warriors attacking the merry group of level 1 noobs. But I digress… KEITH.
Anyway, a recent study published in FiveThirtyEight takes a peek at that class-race combination people are coming up with, and the results are quite interesting. Using data from D&D Beyond, the authors were able to chart the most popular choices for races and classes from the game’s Fifth Edition.
Not surprisingly (but slightly disappointing from someone that always picks rare combinations myself), the most popular class-race combination is human fighter, although players choosing human characters tend to rank the highest.
And the most rare combination from D&D Beyond? Aasimar druid. (I guess that celestial-naturist combination doesn’t flow easily like other combinations might…)
What’s the conclusion from the study? Author Gus Wezerek notes that:
“So what does this data say about players’ character preferences? At first blush it looks like characters are drawn from literature and everyday life, which seems surprisingly unimaginative considering that ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ is the quintessential fantasy game. But some of the common character choices can be explained by the game’s structure of racial bonuses. Humans — the most popular race by far — get an extra point in all of their ability scores, which makes them a balanced pick for any class.”
And if you’re looking for a new game, I have a gnome bard with pink hair looking for a group…