D&D 5e: Halfling Cleric Guide
Short, friendly, and brave. Offering healing, tanking, and a strong connection with the divine and otherwise. These are the traits that make a Halfling and Cleric. These are the traits you’d want in your character if you’re making Halfling Cleric.
If you’re new to D&D, looking through the systems in the 5th edition Player’s Handbook can be overwhelming. Like Halflings, you’re lucky to have found this page. Below, we’ve got a guide on how to create the perfect Halfling Cleric character.
How to Make a Halfling Cleric
The Player’s Handbook presents two Halfling subraces. The Lightfoot Halfling will give you high Charisma and better chances at hiding. The Stout Halfling presents a hardier subrace with resistance to poison damage.
When you roll your character, place your highest rolls in Wisdom, then Strength. If you want to take the role of the tank in the team, take Constitution instead of Strength. High Wisdom matches the Halfling nature of being insightful. If you want to roll with the natural friendliness of a Halfling, prioritize Charisma next.
Like real-world religions, Clerics can follow different deities and uphold different beliefs. If you’re new to the game, following the Life Domain subclass is a good choice. It’ll give you a lot of healing and recovery power, which is perfect for dungeon diving.
If you want to be more useful outside of the gridded battlefield, pursue the Knowledge Domain. You’ll utilize most of your abilities in roleplay, like reading minds, seeing through time, and more. If you want to add a more chaotic flavor to your Halfling Cleric, use the Trickery Domain subclass instead.
How to Play a Halfling Cleric
Clerics shine the brightest when shooting spells and being in the middle of combat. The class has the most extensive spell list and the best short rest abilities in the game (Channel Divinity). Use these features and capabilities to their fullest.
Because you’re a tank, you don’t need to fear getting struck down early in the game. Plus, you play as a healer to more fragile party members. Here’s a pro tip: get at least one cantrip for attacking/offense, so you don’t often use spell slots in battle.
How to Roleplay as a Halfling Cleric
Many bad Cleric players like to follow a strict moral code that can dampen the party’s chaotic spirit. You don’t need to be a killjoy to play a Cleric well. Use your character’s Halfling heritage to balance out your moral code and taste for fun. Remember, Halflings are a friendly and cheerful race.
Before you join the game:
- Enter the mindset of your character.
- Refer to what makes your character what he or she is now, like his/her background and personality.
- For better immersion, practice the accent that you imagine your Halfling Cleric PC has.
Let’s say you created a Halfling Cleric called Teos Mirthtale, and he is a Tempest Domain Cleric. As a frustrated jeweler and vendor, Teos decided to go to bigger cities to improve his craft and business strategy. On the boat to Waterdeep, a thunderstorm struck their path and sank their ship.
Had it not been for another passenger, Teos would’ve died in the shipwreck. That passenger also shared some wisdom about following his heart earlier that day. Teos decided his heart wanted to serve the goddess Umberlee, as well.