Shields, Leather, Daggers, & Healing Potions: Most Popular D&D Items
  • Shields, Leather, Daggers, & Healing Potions: Most Popular D&D Items


    It's time for another one of D&D Beyond's big data dumps! We've already seen the most common adventures, classes by tier, subclasses, multiclass combos, spells, and more. This time round, they take a look at the most often chosen weapons on their platform. Shields, leather armour, daggers, and potions of healing dominate.


    32% of active characters are equipping a shield, and 42% wear leather armour. Almost nobody wears ring mail. Lots of characters get leather armour for free.



    Daggers are also often free. Rapiers beat longswords. Nobody is Indiana Jones. Duel wielding a weapon counts twice is in this data set.






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    Comments 48 Comments
    1. MonkeezOnFire's Avatar
      MonkeezOnFire -
      Wait, 0.7% of characters have a boomerang. Where is that weapon coming from? Because I want one.
    1. dnd4vr's Avatar
      dnd4vr -
      I want a potion of Helloing!! I wonder what that does exactly???
    1. TwoSix -
      Quote Originally Posted by MonkeezOnFire View Post
      Wait, 0.7% of characters have a boomerang. Where is that weapon coming from? Because I want one.
      Just keep trying to remember where the boomerang is from; I'm sure it will come back to you.
    1. TwoSix -
      Quote Originally Posted by dnd4vr View Post
      I want a potion of Helloing!! I wonder what that does exactly???
      Hello.
      It's me.
      I'm the potion in your haversack that you'd like to drink.
    1. dnd4vr's Avatar
      dnd4vr -
      I'm surprised Leather tops the armor list, but I guess other players make a lot more DEX-based build than I do in general. Of course, padded armor was superior and more common in use than leather. But D&D has gotten that backwards in every edition, so I didn't expect 5E to get it right. I'm trying to revamp all the armors to more accurately reflect how effective they should be and make them more historically accurate.
    1. dnd4vr's Avatar
      dnd4vr -
      Quote Originally Posted by TwoSix View Post
      Hello.
      It's me.
      I'm the potion in your haversack that you'd like to drink.
      OH MY! I have a TALKING potion! Eat your heart out Singing Sword!
    1. TwoSix -
      Quote Originally Posted by dnd4vr View Post
      OH MY! I have a TALKING potion! Eat your heart out Singing Sword!
      I'll trade you my Beatboxing Mail for it. Please. It just never stops.
    1. dnd4vr's Avatar
      dnd4vr -
      Quote Originally Posted by TwoSix View Post
      I'll trade you my Beatboxing Mail for it. Please. It just never stops.
      Tempting... but no.
    1. Mistwell's Avatar
      Mistwell -
      Quote Originally Posted by TwoSix View Post
      Hello.
      It's me.
      I'm the potion in your haversack that you'd like to drink.
    1. Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
      Ralif Redhammer -
      Between that and the high ranking of rapiers and shortswords, I would agree that it looks dex builds are pretty popular right now.

      Surprised the Ring of Resistance didn't clock in on the magic item list. Shield+1 makes total sense - that's a +3 to your AC, right there. That's no small bump to your AC, no matter what armor you're wearing.

      Quote Originally Posted by dnd4vr View Post
      I'm surprised Leather tops the armor list, but I guess other players make a lot more DEX-based build than I do in general.
    1. Barantor's Avatar
      Barantor -
      Dex helps armor, to hit for finesse weapons, to hit for missile weapons, initiative, dex saves (the most used) and a load of skills, it's kinda a no brainer why leather is tops seeing how not only all those bonuses, but that many classes default to dex for their main or secondary stat.

      Ring Mail has been said to be mostly for NPCS, I believe by either Mearls or Crawford, not really for PCs to use as it's pretty crap.
    1. jmartkdr's Avatar
      jmartkdr -
      Quote Originally Posted by dnd4vr View Post
      I'm surprised Leather tops the armor list, but I guess other players make a lot more DEX-based build than I do in general. Of course, padded armor was superior and more common in use than leather. But D&D has gotten that backwards in every edition, so I didn't expect 5E to get it right. I'm trying to revamp all the armors to more accurately reflect how effective they should be and make them more historically accurate.
      Even in-game, there's no reason not to get studded leather if you can afford it, but it's not available in any of the starting packages, so leather is there instead.

      Unless there's a ton more druids (about 35% of players)
    1. UngeheuerLich's Avatar
      UngeheuerLich -
      I second that these results are biased by starting equippment. No one in their right mind will wear leather longer than a level or two if they can help it. Studded leather is available to the same people.

      Abnd since most non-fighting classes don't get heavy armor they need Dex over Str. The cleric is the exception.
      As a Fighter you can go either way. Dex is not superior to strength, but it seems so on first glance. And it might make you a bit more versatile because you can do ranged combat.
    1. Vexorg's Avatar
      Vexorg -
      Quote Originally Posted by dnd4vr View Post
      I want a potion of Helloing!! I wonder what that does exactly???
      That's what DMs give to players to make them talk to NPCs instead of stab them.
    1. BookBarbarian's Avatar
      BookBarbarian -
      Quote Originally Posted by dnd4vr View Post
      I'm surprised Leather tops the armor list, but I guess other players make a lot more DEX-based build than I do in general. Of course, padded armor was superior and more common in use than leather. But D&D has gotten that backwards in every edition, so I didn't expect 5E to get it right. I'm trying to revamp all the armors to more accurately reflect how effective they should be and make them more historically accurate.
      It's just the most common starting armor. Classes either get leather, a choice of leather or something else, no armor, or is a Paladin.

      (Also I just imaging every armor in the game some type of gambeson as a base layer. my nerd rage has lessened quite a bit since thinking this way.)
    1. Jay Verkuilen's Avatar
      Jay Verkuilen -
      Quote Originally Posted by dnd4vr View Post
      I want a potion of Helloing!! I wonder what that does exactly???
      Plays Adele's stalker songs over and over and over and over?
    1. Istbor -
      Man... daggers.
    1. Jay Verkuilen's Avatar
      Jay Verkuilen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Barantor View Post
      Ring Mail has been said to be mostly for NPCS, I believe by either Mearls or Crawford, not really for PCs to use as it's pretty crap.
      I think they really missed an opportunity with not having a clear mundane gear upgrade path, with starting gear generally being the worse options.

      They hint at it with Splint Mail and Plate but really should have done the same thing with some of the better weapons and other armor, making the mundane but definitely much nicer weapons cost a lot. Saving for better gear is a HUGE motivator for many players and opportunity for people to savor at lower to medium levels. Using the cost differential from Ring to Chain to Splint to Plate as a guide, I think you could easily have some of the better weapons cost similarly. For example, have Rapiers, Longbows, Greatswords, etc., cost like 500 gold or more. That preserves the utility of the cheaper weapons for a while and gives the PCs a reason to get treasure.

      It can even be built into the campaign world, nicely, too, when the PCs outgrow the work the village smith can do and need to head to Waterdeep or Greyhawk to get better armor when the wizard is heading to the same place for better spells.
    1. jasper's Avatar
      jasper -
      Quote Originally Posted by dnd4vr View Post
      I'm surprised Leather tops the armor list, but I guess other players make a lot more DEX-based build than I do in general. Of course, padded armor was superior and more common in use than leather. But D&D has gotten that backwards in every edition, so I didn't expect 5E to get it right. I'm trying to revamp all the armors to more accurately reflect how effective they should be and make them more historically accurate.
      get back to me when You find a dragon pooper scooper job on the rolls of London 1414.
    1. jasper's Avatar
      jasper -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mistwell View Post
      Wanted Bad Bard Lie no. Know for insurances scams. 1 sp reward.
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