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Why Do D&D 5e Players Multiclass? (Data)

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Many power builds in D&D 5e involve multiclassing. There are countless character builds on YouTube, Reddit, and other corners of the internet. I noticed a shift in recent years when I observed players talking about multiclassing; they were focusing on roleplaying, re-flavoring, and other concepts that aren’t necessarily about building effective characters. Roleplaying and optimizing are not mutually exclusive, but I wondered what players are prioritizing these days, so I asked them.

The following data is based on responses freely given by visitors of Flutes Loot pages that contained the poll. Pages that contained the poll were relevant to multiclassing, indicating the person who took the poll had likely searched for something related to multiclassing in their search engine of choice to get to the page.

Poll Results: Why Multiclass According to D&D 5e Players

Poll - Why D&D 5e Players Multiclass

Surprisingly, the majority of respondents indicated roleplaying is their main goal when they multiclass. This goes against what I see optimizers discuss in Discord servers that are devoted to optimization. Optimizers typically embrace the “flavor is free” mantra, meaning they play what is mechanically effective while narratively changing why those mechanics work the way they do (re-flavor). An example would be an Echo Knight Fighter who uses ghosts for their abilities instead of alternate reality versions of themselves per the subclass’ written lore.

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Poll Respondent Locations by Country

Here are the locations of respondents if you care to know more about the poll. The most popular countries are not surprising.

Poll - Why D&D 5e Players Multiclass by Location

What Do You Think of This Data?

I’m curious to hear your thoughts about why players are favoring roleplaying over other factors when they multiclass. How do you feel about multiclassing?

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2 thoughts on “<b>Why Do D&D 5e Players Multiclass? (Data)</b>”

  1. I’ve been running games for 20+ years now. The reason I bring that up is that in all of that time, only once out of almost one hundred multiclassed characters has a multiclass ever been spurred on for roleplaying reasons. This one case actually was a detriment to their build. All other builds had a mechanic based motive.

    I’m not saying the data is wrong, I just find it interesting and would like to see more information on the reasons why people answered the way they did.

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