D&D 5e: Dragonborn Sorcerer Guide

D&D 5e: Dragonborn Sorcerer Guide

Whether you choose to double down on your dragon ancestry or come up with a whole new one, the Dragonborn Sorcerer is a fantastic build to play in D&D 5e.

This guide for the Dragonborn Sorcerer will help you go through the process of creating your badass roleplaying character with some of the best mechanical abilities and a rich back story.

The Sorcerer class can be found in the Player’s Handbook. Click here to pick up your own copy of The Player’s Handbook!

The Dragonborn race can be found in the Player’s Handbook OR an updated version can be found in Fizzban’s Treasury of Dragons. Click here to pick up your own copy of the Player’s Handbook or click here to pick up your own copy of Fizzban’s Treasury of Dragons!

Building a Dragonborn Sorcerer

As a Sorcerer, you will always want to focus on your charisma modifier by making it your highest stat score as it will be your spellcasting modifier. The Dragonborn race enhances your charisma by naturally giving it a +1 ability score.

The next stat score will have to be your constitution modifier. As a Dragonborn sorcerer, it will not only make up for your low health but also increase the DC on your breath attack.

Next, you might want to work on your dexterity as you won’t be proficient in armor and might suffer in this region depending on your character choices.

You can prioritize the remaining 3 stats (STR, WIS, INT) in any order you like depending on how you want to roleplay your character.

While a Dragonborn sorcerer does not need any feats, the elemental adept is a great one to pick up if you want to dabble into them. This feat can even be paired with your breath weapon to help at higher levels.


As a sorcerer, your subclasses determine the origin and/or nature of your magic. You can pick whichever among the bunch seems most appealing to you without worrying about messing it up since they don’t affect your Meta magic and Sorcery points – which are your most important class features.

The draconic bloodline goes well with being a Dragonborn as you can set your roots in your draconic heritage. It makes you a bit more resilient and gives you more of those dragon-like features

You can go down the route of wild magic if you want to play a sorcerer who’s struggling to control their newfound power. Your Wild Magic table lets you take a chance on some amazing and possibly catastrophic results.

The Divine soul and Shadow magic subclasses available in XGTE are great options to look into if you’re looking to play a non-traditional flavor of the sorcerer. 

How to Play a Dragonborn Sorcerer

As a user of Charisma for your spellcasting modifier, you can easily become the face of the party if you choose to. You will automatically have your charisma modifier added to all the skill checks you might need in social situations. You can be great at persuasion and deception.

The Dragonborn Sorcerer’s spell list revolves around their Sorcery points and Meta Magic. Sorcery points let you temporarily increase your spell slots and activate Meta magic features. Quickened spell and Twin spells are amazing Meta Magic options to pick up.

Meta Magic in combination with the sorcerer’s spell list and small health pool will make you want to play on the backlines. You can cast your spells from a distance and use your breath attack to control crowds when needed.

How to Roleplay as a Dragonborn Sorcerer

A Dragonborn Sorcerer can be one of the best builds in the game to roleplay with. You have an infinite amount of possibilities with how you want to develop your character and a lot of it can depend on the subclass you have picked.

You can start by picking the origin of your magic. As a Dragonborn sorcerer with a draconic bloodline, your ancestry would be an obvious choice to go for. You could give your family tree a rich flavor to make your character an epic protagonist. On the flip side, you could also have received your powers out of nowhere. This could make your journey all about discovering your magical nature.

With wild magic, you could play the famous archetype of the sorcerer who can’t control their powers. Your powers could cause you to easily take down a difficult enemy at times while harming your party at others.

As a divine soul sorcerer, you could take a religious path and have your character be blessed with magic. Your sorcerer could make it their life’s duty to live in service to that deity or rebel against it since you didn’t choose this power and now you’re forced to worship this high power.

The Dragonborn sorcerer is an amazing class to play both mechanically and through roleplay. The possibilities with how you want to structure this build and your story that goes with it are endless.

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