Humans, Fighters, and Life Domain Most Popular On D&D Beyond
  • Humans, Fighters, and Life Domain Most Popular On D&D Beyond


    Yet more stats published by D&D Beyond, the official licensed Dungeons & Dragons electronic tool. Recently they revealed the most commonly viewed adventures, and the most common classes by tier on their platform. This time they're looking at how often people create characters of each race, class and subclass!




    Humans are by far the most common choice, with a total of 22% of the character made on the platform. They're followd up by Half-Elves, Tieflings, and Dragonborn. Deep Gnomes are the least popular listed, with under 1%, although the developer confirms that a lot of other races hover around 0.8%, just below it.






    This is followed up by a look at classes. Fighters come first, and druids last. The "traditional" core four - fighter, rogue, cleric, wizard - make up the top four. The developer mentions that warlocks got very popular just after Xanathar's Guide, but it has returned to normal now.





    Next it's the turn of the subclasses. The lead of the cleric's Life Domain, sorcerer's Draconic Bloodline and The Fiend (despite being a less popular class) are fairly strong. They note that the Hexblade was the most popular last time they looked, but it's down to 2.8% now.

    Of course, these are characters created on the platform, not necessarily played. Lots of people create multiple character builds for fun. According to the developer, that's 8.8 million characters in total.
    Comments 105 Comments
    1. Yunru's Avatar
      Yunru -
      Proof that D&DB isn't a representative sample :P
    1. DQDesign's Avatar
      DQDesign -
      at least those data justify the fact that wotc decided to publish just one splatbook up to now. and it is incidentally in agreement with the minuscule data I can gather from my dmsguild experience, where my PCs' options products sell less than my supplements aimed at DMs.
    1. Barantor's Avatar
      Barantor -
      I wonder how skewed the subclass information is seeing as Basic D&D is free and the champion, thief, life and evocation subclasses are in Basic?

      I do find it interesting that half elf and tiefling are more popular than elves.
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by Barantor View Post
      I wonder how skewed the subclass information is seeing as Basic D&D is free and the champion, thief, life and evocation subclasses are in Basic?

      I do find it interesting that half elf and tiefling are more popular than elves.
      The Evocation School still comes in well below several paid subclasses, but it probably influences the data.

      The Half-Elf and Tiefling are more popualr than any given Elf Subrace, but the Elf combined numbers are more than anybody except Humans by a fair bit.

      In general, also note that these are the cleaned up numbers for Active characters, which corrects for and weeds out test PCs.
    1. ccs's Avatar
      ccs -
      I wonder what the 7 unidentified segments on the race/sub-race chart are?
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Double Post, I apologize.
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by ccs View Post
      I wonder what the 7 unidentified segments on the race/sub-race chart are?
      Hill Dwarf, Drow, Earth Genasi, Duergar, and Forest Gnome are not named on the Chart. Given the presence of Changelings, I will note that Warforged, Shifters, and Kalasthar are not present either.
    1. Wrathamon -
      I just made a deep gnome druid ...
    1. Stalker0 -
      The variant human is almost equal to the standard human is telling to me.
    1. bedir than's Avatar
      bedir than -
      Quote Originally Posted by Stalker0 View Post
      The variant human is almost equal to the standard human is telling to me.
      It's a bit of an indication about how many people are spending money on Beyond. There's only 1 feat available for free.
    1. BadEye's Avatar
      BadEye -
      Quote Originally Posted by bedir than View Post
      It's a bit of an indication about how many people are spending money on Beyond. There's only 1 feat available for free.
      Not so. Out of users that have unlocked the entire PHB, we still see the non-variant human selected more or less as frequently as variant.

      I posit this could mean a smaller percentage of the playerbase is concerned with mechanical "optimization" than those of us that comment on internet threads are.
    1. GlassJaw's Avatar
      GlassJaw -
      People are stupid.

    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by GlassJaw View Post
      People are stupid.
      Is there a reason you said that?
    1. guachi's Avatar
      guachi -
      The subclass numbers are useless.

      8.4% of active characters are clerics and 10.2% of active characters are life clerics. Do you see the problem here?

      The subclass data should only include PCs of level 3 or higher in at least one class so all PCs have at least one subclass.

      It's possible there is multiclassing going on here, but the data is useless without knowing that.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by guachi View Post
      The subclass numbers are useless.

      8.4% of active characters are clerics and 10.2% of active characters are life clerics. Do you see the problem here?
      No, 10.2% of subclasses are life clerics.

      They're are useful as much use you can make of them. Which I assume is zero. But they can be interesting for discussion's sake.

      the data is useless without knowing that.
      What use do you have for the data?
    1. Jay Verkuilen's Avatar
      Jay Verkuilen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      No, 10.2% of subclasses are life clerics.

      They're are useful as much use you can make of them. Which I assume is zero. But they can be interesting for discussion's sake.
      I think what "useless" meant was "miscalculated." As in "how is it that the subclass percentage exceeds that of the base class given that all life clerics are, necessarily, clerics?" That's really, really... weird.

      Part of it might be due to the fact that archetype is only chosen at particular levels that vary for the class in question. Clerics choose that at 1st level while many others don't choose until 3rd level. Also the class breakdowns are pretty much guaranteed to have multiple counting due to multiclass characters.

      So, yeah, these data are misleading as presented, or at least confusing.
    1. Jay Verkuilen's Avatar
      Jay Verkuilen -
      Quote Originally Posted by DQDesign View Post
      at least those data justify the fact that wotc decided to publish just one splatbook up to now. and it is incidentally in agreement with the minuscule data I can gather from my dmsguild experience, where my PCs' options products sell less than my supplements aimed at DMs.
      Not sure I agree there. At least when it comes to third party content, PC options are things that generally require DM permission, which necessarily limits the sales, whereas DMs often buy things they may or may not use. Xanathar's sold quite well. It was featured in the window at the Amazon store on 34th Street by my office in Midtown Manhattan for quite a while!
    1. FrogReaver's Avatar
      FrogReaver -
      The charts make no sense - Only 8.4% of all characters are clerics but 10.2% of all characters are life domain clerics? Say what??? (It's not possible to have more life domain clerics than you have clerics).
    1. ad_hoc's Avatar
      ad_hoc -
      Quote Originally Posted by bedir than View Post
      It's a bit of an indication about how many people are spending money on Beyond. There's only 1 feat available for free.
      Less than half of gaming groups use feats.
    1. GlassJaw's Avatar
      GlassJaw -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      Is there a reason you said that?
      Of course there's a reason!

      A rather crass way to say that some of the things I find least interesting are the most popular. Normal Human Fighter Champion? Bah humbug!

      I do find it interesting though the class distribution is fairly even (after Fighter and Rogue) but the races are much less so. Dwarves, gnomes, and halflings don't seem to be that popular and elves only slightly more so.
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