D&D Class Comparison

     This is a comparison of the basic character classes in D&D (3rd edition). In the table below, each class is compared separately in their abilities at the start of the game and how much they gain each level.

     Note that many stat gains are fractional: i.e. gain per level of +1/2, which simply means that a +1 gain is made every 2 levels. For special class abilities I have drawn a rough correspondance of a special class ability with a feat, although a given ability might actually be worth more or less than a feat. I have divided feats/abilities up into proficiencies (i.e. armor and weapon feats), mundane bonus feats and special abilities, and magical bonus feats and special abilities.

Class Starting / per-Level Abilities
HP Atk Skill SP's Prof Bonus Magic Spell Fort Refl Will Gold
Barbarian 12 +1 10+0 16 5 2 - - +2 +0 +0 100
6.5 +1 - +4 - ? - - +1/2 +1/3 +1/3 -
Bard 6 +0 28+3 16 4* 1 1 2x0 +0 +2 +2 100
+3.5 +3/4 - +4 - * * L/3 +1/3 +1/2 +1/2 -
Cleric 8 +0 8+1 8 5 - 1 3x0,1x1 +2 +0 +2 125
+3.5 +3/4 - +2 - - - L/2,L/2-2 +1/2 +1/3 +1/2 -
Druid 8 +0 11+2 16 2- - 2 3x0,1x1 +2 +0 +2 50
+3.5 +3/4 - +4 - - +2/3 L/2,L/2-2 +1/2 +1/3 +1/2 -
Fighter 10 +1 6+0 8 6 1 - - +2 +0 +0 150
+5.5 +1 - +2 - +1/2 - - +1/2 +1/3 +1/3 -
Monk 8 +0 15+0 16 2+ 3 - - +2 +2 +2 12
+4.5 +3/4 - +4 - +1 - - +1/2 +1/2 +1/2 -
Paladin 10 +1 8+0 8 6 - 4 - +2 +0 +0 150
+5.5 +1 - +2 - - +1/3 L/4 +1/2 +1/3 +1/3 -
Ranger 10 +1 18+1 16 6 3 - - +2 +0 +0 150
+5.5 +1 - +4 - +1/5 - L/4 +1/2 +1/3 +1/3 -
Rogue 6 +0 28+3 32 2++ 1 - - +0 +2 +0 125
+3.5 +3/4 - +8 - +4/5 - - +1/3 +1/2 +1/3 -
Sorcerer 4 +0 6+1 8 1 0 1 5x0,3x1 +0 +0 +2 75
+2.5 +1/2 - +2 - - - ? +1/3 +1/3 +1/2 -
Wizard 4 +0 9+1 8 0+ - 2 3x0,1x1 +0 +0 +2 75
+2.5 +1/2 - +2 - - +1/5 L/2,L/2-2 +1/3 +1/3 +1/2 -

 

         Cleric/Druid/   :      Sorcerer       :     Bard      : Paladin/
            Wizard       :                     :               :  Ranger
     0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 : 0 1 2 3
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 1 : 3 1 - - - - - - - - : 5 3 - - - - - - - - : 2 - - - - - - : - - - -
 2 : 4 2 - - - - - - - - : 6 4 - - - - - - - - : 3 0 - - - - - : - - - -
 3 : 4 2 1 - - - - - - - : 6 5 - - - - - - - - : 3 1 - - - - - : - - - -
 4 : 5 3 2 - - - - - - - : 6 6 3 - - - - - - - : 3 2 0 - - - - : 0 - - -
 5 : 5 3 2 1 - - - - - - : 6 6 4 - - - - - - - : 3 3 1 - - - - : 0 - - -
 6 : 5 3 3 2 - - - - - - : 6 6 5 3 - - - - - - : 3 3 2 - - - - : 1 - - -
 7 : 6 4 3 2 1 - - - - - : 6 6 6 4 - - - - - - : 3 3 2 0 - - - : 1 - - -
 8 : 6 4 3 3 2 - - - - - : 6 6 6 5 3 - - - - - : 3 3 3 1 - - - : 1 0 - -
 9 : 6 4 4 3 2 1 - - - - : 6 6 6 6 4 - - - - - : 3 3 3 2 - - - : 1 0 - -
10 : 6 4 4 3 3 2 - - - - : 6 6 6 6 5 3 - - - - : 3 3 3 2 0 - - : 1 1 - -
11 : 6 4 4 4 3 2 1 - - - : 6 6 6 6 6 4 - - - - : 3 3 3 3 1 - - : 1 1 0 -
12 : 6 4 4 4 3 3 2 - - - : 6 6 6 6 6 5 3 - - - : 3 3 3 3 2 - - : 1 1 1 -
13 : 6 4 4 4 4 3 2 1 - - : 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 - - - : 3 3 3 3 2 0 - : 1 1 1 -
14 : 6 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 - - : 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 3 - - : 4 3 3 3 3 1 - : 2 1 1 0
15 : 6 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1 - : 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 - - : 4 4 3 3 3 2 - : 2 1 1 1
16 : 6 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 - : 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 3 - : 4 4 4 3 3 3 0 : 2 2 1 1
17 : 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1 : 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 - : 4 4 4 4 3 3 1 : 2 2 2 1
18 : 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 : 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 3 : 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 : 3 2 2 1
19 : 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 : 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 : 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 : 3 3 3 2
20 : 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 : 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 : 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 : 3 3 3 3
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     0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 : 0 1 2 3

Note that the Cleric progression above doesn't include the bonus domain spells.

 


John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
Last modified: Mon Jul 11 09:10:49 2005