D&D 5e: Elf Sorcerer Guide

D&D 5e: Elf Sorcerer Guide

Do you want to emphasize how your character is on a journey to find their self, identity, or roots? If you do, a great class that fits that bill is the Sorcerer. Sorcerers are unique in that they have more flexibility with magic than other classes. 

When you make your player character an Elf, you’re also optimizing your potential in the game. Elves make interesting and aesthetic characters, whether you pick the wood elf or high elf. They’re regarded as graceful and timeless creatures. The Elf Sorcerer is a wonderful combination of wildness and beauty.

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

How to Make an Elf Sorcerer

Start your character creation by deciding the subclass of your Sorcerer. The Draconic Sorcerer’s innate magic comes from a draconic bloodline. Depending on what type of dragon it was, you’ll gain powers that match your dragon ancestor. You may also present some draconic features, like scaly skin, wings, or lizard-like eyes.

Another subclass is the Wild Magic Sorcerer. Your power comes from randomness and chaos. You risk unleashing surges of feral magic. These magic surges can be beneficial and/or harmful.

When it’s time to roll your stats, prioritize Charisma first and then Constitution next. You’ll be a powerhouse, but you’ll be weaker than other classes. For your spells, take Shield or Magic Armor first.

If you want to optimize your character, the Drow is the best subrace. Drow have a +2 Charisma score increase. However, they’re also sensitive to sunlight and can put you at a disadvantage in daylight.

How to Play an Elf Sorcerer

The Sorcerer’s spell list is shorter, but you have the advantage of flexible casting. You do this with Sorcery Points (SP), which acts like magical currency. You use SP to create more spell slots and cast more spells.

You also gain the ability to use Metamagic. These are Sorcerer-exclusive spells that enhance typical spells. For example, Twinned Spell will let you use SP to cast a certain spell a second time without using additional spell slots. 

How to Roleplay as an Elf Sorcerer

Whether your character has Wild Magic or a Draconic Bloodline, consider how well your character is taking the news. Will your character see it as a blessing or a curse? Does it push your character to seek her true identity or make her want to deny it?

For example, Leivea works as a baker in a small town. Although her father disapproves of her bread-making, it is her passion. Such as it is, she also had a knack for business. One day, she dreams of creating a bakery franchise that will spread throughout Faerun.

That dream came to a halt when Leivea’s budding bakery went up in flames. In desperation and with a scream, Leivea released a cone of dark purple water from her hands. It did nothing to save her bakery, but it opened her eyes to a secret. No wonder her father objected to her passion. Their roots go back to a draconic ancestor, and it was a poison dragon.


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