D&D 5e: Aasimar Fighter Guide
Do you want to play angelic and sweet characters who are actually badass fighters? In D&D, that is possible as much as anything else is. Players who love to play with the idea of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” will enjoy playing Aasimar Fighters. It’s a good choice if you also like roleplaying against the grain, like giving your Aasimar a badass look.
Before you start, here’s a guide on how to create and roleplay as an Aasimar Fighter.
How to Make an Aasimar Fighter
Step one: roll your dice and assign them to the proper ability scores. Fighters have the choice of making Strength or Dexterity their top ability score. If you plan to use melee weapons, pick Strength. If you want to become an archer, pick Dexterity instead. Most Fighters also make Constitution their next-highest ability score. However, if you’ll take the Eldritch Knight subclass, it’s wiser to prioritize Intelligence.
Speaking of subclasses, the Player’s Handbook offers three martial archetypes (subclasses) for Fighters:
- Battle Master
- Eldritch Knight
For new players to D&D, consider getting the Champion subclass. It’s the most straightforward and easiest to play. The Battle Master makes you more flexible in combat. Meanwhile, the Eldritch Knight lets you cast spells.
Don’t forget to choose a fighting style, as well. This will dictate whether you’ll use a shield, melee, and/or ranged weapon. The fighting styles are:
- Great Weapon Fighting
How to Play an Aasimar Fighter
Aasimar Fighters shine during combat literally and figuratively. Whenever you enter into a battle, you should know which foes to prioritize fighting. Most of the time, you’ll be at the frontlines, so make the best use of your Action Surge and Second Wind.
Your martial archetype will also impact how you play your Aasimar Fighter. Champions get more chances to give out critical damage. Battle Masters can learn enhanced moves called Maneuvres. Eldritch Knights learn to cast spells and cantrips taken from the Wizard spell list.
Some great cantrips and spells to learn are:
- Mage Hand
- Minor Illusion
- Fire Bolt
- Magic Weapon
- Ice Storm
Also, bear in mind that you’ve got race-specific resistances and traits. For example, the Fallen Aasimar subrace allows you to frighten creatures with an epic transformation.
How to Roleplay as an Aasimar Fighter
Roleplaying may take some practice, especially if you’re not a big fan of roleplaying games. One way to enter your character’s mind is to design him or her to share experiences you’ve also had. You can also use similar beliefs, personality traits, and goals.
Here’s an example of an Aasimar Fighter character and background:
Gwendolyn, an Aasimar Fighter, is an adventurer at heart. As an adopted child of a local hero, she’s also had a few village monster takedowns under her belt. Despite that, she’s a quiet person, which people often feel is quite intimidating. Because of this misconception of her shyness, Gwendolyn left her village. Since then, she’s joined an adventuring party and has been traveling Faerun.