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The Best Dungeons & Dragons Feats

Updated December 9, 2019 1.6k votes 178 voters 2.4k views63 items

List RulesVote up the best feats to have when playing Dungeons & Dragons.

D&D feats give characters special capabilities that reflect the characters' background or expertise. As a PC or NPC levels up while playing Dungeons & Dragons 5e, a player can also choose a feat in place of improving ability scores - which can sometimes be an advantage in gameplay.

With feats such as "Lucky" and "Tough," two buffs that heroically bolster abilities, it can be tempting to see feats as an easy way to overpower a character. The catch with feats is that a player often needs to meet specific prerequisites before they can select certain feats. To take the feat of Elven Accuracy, a player can't be anything but an elf, and a Defensive Duelist needs a dexterity of 13 or higher.

Even with the catches, the best D&D feats can be just the thing to give your character a leg up without trying to juggle the math around ability scores. Vote up the best feats to select when building or leveling up a character.

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    Lucky

    Source: Player's Handbook - You have inexplicable luck (Buff; Utility)
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    Sentinel

    Source: Player's Handbook - Take advantage of every drop in any enemy's guard (Control; Warding)
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    Polearm Master

    Source: Player's Handbook - You can keep your enemies at bay with reach weapons (Control; Combat)
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    Sharpshooter

    Source: Player's Handbook - Ranged weapons mastery - make shots that others find impossible (Damage; Buff)
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    Great Weapon Master

    Source: Player's Handbook - You've learned to put the weight of a weapon to your advantage (Damage; Combat)
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    Magic Initiate

    Source: Player's Handbook - Learn basic spells from a chosen class (Buff; Utility)
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    War Caster

    Source: Player's Handbook - You have practiced casting spells in the midst of combat (Combat; Warding) - Prerequisite: The ability to cast at least one spell

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    Crossbow Expert

    Source: Player's Handbook - No loading; no within 5 ft. disadvantage; bonus action attack with hand crossbow (Combat)
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    Mobile

    Source: Player's Handbook - You are exceptionally speedy and agile (Buff; Movement)

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    Resilient

    Source: Player's Handbook - +1 stat and proficiency with saving throws to a chosen ability score (Buff; Warding)

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    Alert

    Source: Player's Handbook - +5 Initiative; can't be surprised; no advantage for hidden attackers (Buff; Detection)
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    Elven Accuracy

    Source: Xanathar's Guide To Everything - +1 Dexterity; Intelligence; Wisdom; or Charisma; reroll advantage dice (Buff; Combat; Racial Feat)
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    Tough

    Source: Player's Handbook - Gain +2 hit points per character level (Buff)
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    Shield Master

    Source: Player's Handbook - Use shields not just for protection but also for offense (Damage; Combat; Warding)
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    Heavy Armor Master

    Source: Player's Handbook - +1 Strength; damage reduction from nonmagical weapons (Buff; Warding) - Prerequisite: Proficiency with heavy armor

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    Spell Sniper (Wizard)

    Source: Player's Handbook - Enhance your attacks with certain kinds of spells (Buff; Combat)
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    Defensive Duelist

    Source: Player's Handbook - Add your proficiency bonus to your AC as a reaction (Combat; Warding) - Prerequisite: Dexterity 13+

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    Ritual Caster

    Source: Player's Handbook - You have learned a number of spells that you can cast as rituals (Utility) - Prerequisite: Intelligence or Wisdom 13+

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    Bountiful Luck

    Source: Xanathar's Guide To Everything - Allow Allies to Reroll a 1 on Attack Rolls; Ability Checks; or Saving Throws (Buff; Racial Feat)
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    Inspiring Leader

    Source: Player's Handbook - Inspire your companions to grant temporary hit points (Healing; Buff; Social) - Prerequisite: Charisma 13+

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    Healer

    Source: Player's Handbook - You are an able physician (Healing)
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    Observant

    Source: Player's Handbook - +1 Intelligence or Wisdom; quick to notice details of your environment (Buff; Detection)
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    Prodigy

    Source: Xanathar's Guide To Everything - Gain a Skill and Tool Proficiency; Skill Expertise; and Language (Buff; Racial Feat)
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    Mounted Combatant

    Source: Player's Handbook - You are a dangerous foe to face while mounted (Buff; Warding)
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    Dwarven Fortitude

    Source: Xanathar's Guide To Everything - +1 Constitution; spend Hit Die with Dodge action (Healing; Buff; Racial Feat)