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5E The Most Popular D&D Classes & Subclasses

D&D Beyond posted these stats on the most popular D&D subclasses by class based on the "high thirties" in millions of characters on the platform. This is a revisit from last year, with updated data, and only includes single-classed characters.

Fighter is the most-played class (as has always been the case with these stats), followed by rogues, warlocks, clerics, and wizards.

The 'free' (SRD) subclasses are the most popular subclasses on D&D Beyond, which is no surprise.

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey


Hussar

Legend
Is it just me, or is the spread between classes much closer now? I seem to remember that fighter used to be far more popular relative to the other classes. It's still most popular, but, not by a heck of a lot, and, if you take out fighter and rogue, everyone else is pretty much dead even.
 







Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Fiend is in the SRD too.

These numbers are always interesting, but I hesitate to draw too many conclusions from then. They only reflect D&D Beyond users, after all, and many of us have still never even used it.
The weakness isn't the numbers -- you don't need that many to get a significant statistical sample, and this is 30M(!) -- it's more (a) the cutoff between free and paid items; and (b) which of these are being played and which are just experimental builds. For example, when they did a by-level comparison, there was a big bump in 20th level characters, which in all likelihood didn't mean that a large percentage were playing Tier 4 games, but that people liked to make experimental level 20 builds on the platform, partly to plan out their advancement.
 


Li Shenron

Legend
I am still very happy of the fairly even distribution.

But something is wrong with the Druid numbers. How is it possible that the 3 most popular subclasses together cover 50% of druids with the 3rd one being 7% only? This means other subclasses are at most 7% each, but there aren't 7 more Druid subclasses to reach the remaining 50% together even considering rounding!
 


Remathilis

Legend
I am still very happy of the fairly even distribution.

But something is wrong with the Druid numbers. How is it possible that the 3 most popular subclasses together cover 50% of druids with the 3rd one being 7% only? This means other subclasses are at most 7% each, but there aren't 7 more Druid subclasses to reach the remaining 50% together even considering rounding!

Well, assuming old UA material is hiding in there (from PCS created during playtests, but the sub hasn't made a book yet) we have:

Dreams (XGE)
Spores (GGR)
Stars
Twilight
Wildfire

The latter three coming from UAs, plus there may be variants (there were playtest versions of spores, dreams, and shepherd) that are likewise mucking up the data. But that's all just a theory.
 


Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
Land druids being weird is because of this:

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From:


Also, Custom homebrew Subclasses aren't counted, but that's a small discrepancy.
 

darjr

I crit!
I love this stuff. I kinda want to build the least popular ones and see if they are viable or try to make them so if not.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Druid is the only one where the most popular class isn’t the free option.
I am still very happy of the fairly even distribution.

But something is wrong with the Druid numbers. How is it possible that the 3 most popular subclasses together cover 50% of druids with the 3rd one being 7% only? This means other subclasses are at most 7% each, but there aren't 7 more Druid subclasses to reach the remaining 50% together even considering rounding!

For both of these points, note that the Druid specifies Circle of the Land (Forest). This suggests that the system would break out Circle of the Land (Arctic), (Mountain), etc. All of which would also be SRD. Wouldn't surprise me if all the Land options added up to a similar amount to the other SRD options.
 

Li Shenron

Legend
For both of these points, note that the Druid specifies Circle of the Land (Forest). This suggests that the system would break out Circle of the Land (Arctic), (Mountain), etc. All of which would also be SRD. Wouldn't surprise me if all the Land options added up to a similar amount to the other SRD options.

Yes! That must be it. They scored druidic sub-subclasses separately, which means that probably Circle of the Land as a whole is the most popular. I didn't notice, thanks!
 

For both of these points, note that the Druid specifies Circle of the Land (Forest). This suggests that the system would break out Circle of the Land (Arctic), (Mountain), etc. All of which would also be SRD. Wouldn't surprise me if all the Land options added up to a similar amount to the other SRD options.
Good point. This would mean Land Druids are considerably more popular than Moon Druids by quite a margin.
 

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