A character class
is a fundamental part of the identity and nature of characters in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game
. A character's capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses are largely defined by his or her chosen class; choosing a class is one of the first steps a player takes in order to create
a Dungeons & Dragons player character
. A well-rounded party of characters requires a variety of abilities offered by the diverse classes in the game. ''Dungeons & Dragons'' classes have generally been defined in the '''', one of the three core rulebooks; a variety of alternate classes have also been defined in supplemental sourcebooks.
Dungeons & Dragons
was the first game to introduce the usage of character classes
to role-playing. Many other role-playing games have since used the idea as well.
A character's class affects a character's skills and abilities directly. For instance, a fighter is likely to have large amounts of hit points
and possess great skill at attacking an opponent directly in physical combat, while a wizard would be physically frail yet have a selection of powerful magic spells with which to aid the party.
As a character gains experience points
, they are likely to increase the "level" of their class. Each increase grants the bonuses of the next level, strengthening the character. Throughout the editions of Dungeons & Dragons
, an increase in level has generally brought about increased hit... Read More