• Total Nerd

The Best Languages In Dungeons & Dragons

List RulesVote up the best languages to choose when building your character.

The wide variety of D&D languages adds an extra element of role-play to the game. When surrounded by enemies or those who can't be trusted, a party can choose "converse" in a language they know others don't, which can keep a surprise attack a secret. What languages a character speaks also gives insight into what kind of person they are. A halfling who knows Abyssal must have a fascinating background - as would a human who knows Draconic. And it's not just spoken language that offers advantages, a character who knows Giant will also be able to read Dwarven script, which can be particularly useful when adventuring deep underground.

The best D&D languages can be just the thing to give your character a special insight when adventuring across the Forgotten Realms, Ravinica, and beyond. Vote up the best languages to select when building or leveling up a character.

Photo:
  • 1
    37
    4

    Common

    Type: Eberron's Common Languages - Common script. Typically spoken by humans.

  • 2
    32
    8

    Goblin

    Type: Eberron's Common Languages - Dwarvish script. Typically spoken by goblinoids.

  • 3
    32
    8

    Elvish

    Type: Eberron's Common Languages - Elvish script. Typically spoken by elves.

  • 4
    26
    6

    Draconic

    Type: Exotic Languages - Draconic script. Typically spoken by dragons and dragonborn.

  • 5
    23
    6

    Sylvan

    Type: Exotic Languages - Elvish script. Typically spoken by fey.

  • 6
    30
    16

    Druidic

    Type: Class-Specific
  • 7
    20
    4

    Infernal

    Type: Eberron's Common Languages - Infernal script. Typically spoken by devils.

  • 8
    19
    6

    Halfling

    Type: Standard Languages - Common script. Typically spoken by halflings.

  • 9
    18
    6

    Gnoll

    Type: Monsterous Languages - Available via Favored Enemy or Training.

  • 10
    21
    10

    Undercommon

    Type: Exotic Languages - Elvish script. Typically spoken by Underdark traders.

  • 11
    24
    14

    Sphinx

    Type: Monsterous Languages - Available via Favored Enemy or Training.

  • 12
    15
    6

    Dwarvish

    Type: Eberron's Common Languages - Dwarvish script. Typically spoken by dwarves.

  • 13
    12
    3

    Orc

    Type: Eberron's Common Languages - Dwarvish script. Typically spoken by orcs.

  • 14
    12
    3

    Giant

    Type: Eberron's Common Languages - Dwarvish script. Typically spoken by ogres and giants.

  • 15
    14
    5

    Abyssal

    Type: Exotic Languages - Infernal script. Typically spoken by demons.

  • 16
    14
    6

    Deep Speech

    Type: Exotic Languages - No script. Typically spoken by mind flayers and beholders.

  • 17
    22
    17

    Minotaur

    Type: Ravinica Common Languages
  • 18
    20
    14

    Troglodyte

    Type: Monsterous Languages - Available via Favored Enemy or Training.

  • 19
    17
    11

    Gith

    Type: Race-Specific
  • 20
    19
    15

    Sahuagin

    Type: Monsterous Languages - Available via Favored Enemy or Training.

  • 21
    17
    12

    Aarakocra

    Type: Race-Specific
  • 22
    13
    7

    Blink Dog

    Type: Monsterous Languages - Available via Favored Enemy or Training.

  • 23
    11
    5

    Celestial

    Type: Exotic Languages - Celestial script. Typically spoken by celestials.

  • 24
    16
    13

    Merfolk

    Type: Ravinica Common Languages
  • 25
    17
    15

    Loxodon

    Type: Ravinica Common Languages