5e Dragonborn Race Guide

5e Dragonborn Race Guide

What is a Dragonborn?

Dragonborn are the literal descendants of dragons. This imbues them with a heightened sense of self-worth, which in turn manifests as pride. As a result, Dragonborn lean toward the extreme ends of the alignment spectrum. While most of them are good, an evil Dragonborn is not a force to be reckoned with.

Should you choose to play a Dragonborn, your path will not be an easy one. You will be the constant target of intrigue and suspicion by those around you. However, you will also have the blood and strength of dragons running through your veins. What you choose to do with that strength is entirely up to you.

Popular Dragonborn Builds

White dragonborn monk meditating.

Being one of the larger races, Dragonborn are natural tanks. In 5e Dragonborn gain a +2 to Strength and a +1 to Charisma, making them suitable matches for the Fighter, Paladin, and Barbarian classes. These Martial class combos put Dragonborns’ strength to good use and lend them the high Armor Class and Hit Points necessary to take as much punishment as they dole out. The Sorcerer can also be a good pairing for a Dragonborn. Sorcerers gain access to their magic from a gift or bloodline, much in the way Dragonborn gain their power from their draconic heritage. 

These pairings are all fairly intuitive, but you really can’t go wrong by leaning into the natural strengths of the Dragonborn. 

My Favorite Dragonborn Build

It took me a while to figure out which Dragonborn build I liked the best, since many of the best builds are so obvious. But I like to at least make the attempt to go outside the box, and I think you’ll like the results. My favorite Dragonborn class combo is the Dragonborn Monk. 

On a surface level, the Monk has the opportunity to utilize the Dragonborn’s innate abilities quite effectively. While Monks have the option of using Dexterity for all their hand-to-hand Monk attacks, there is nothing that says you can’t use Strength (the default unarmed attack ability) if you so choose to. This turns a class typically focussed on Dexterity and speed into one dependent on Strength and ferocity.  

Playing a Dragonborn Monk also has deeper psychological (read: motivational, emotional, etc.) implications for your character. Dragonborn are inherently prideful and prone to extremes, not necessarily quick to anger (though that can certainly be the case), but quick to give in to their impulses. You may find it difficult to resist intervening if you witness an injustice. Or, if you want to mix things up a little, perhaps you find it difficult to resist your worst impulses. Playing a Monk can put a player in direct conflict with the angels and demons on his or her shoulders. Monks are all about serenity and inner peace, a particularly challenging goal for a race that has the fury of dragons coursing through its veins. And whenever a player finds themselves grappling internally, the story always, always benefits. Keep it interesting!  

I hope you enjoyed my Dragonborn race guide! You can always find more information about the Dragonborn in the Player’s Handbook, or on the D&D Beyond Website. If you don’t have access to the Dragonborn race on the website, you can check out this video breakdown:


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