D&D 5E Which characters are the DPR (damage per round) leaders at your table(s)?

That is a REALLLY REALLY cool extension. Gotta get me that one. Is it on the Forge?
Yep :)
And, wow, your Rogue is really running away with things. But your fighter, cleric and bard are getting absolutely caned for damage. Talk about punching bags. Yeeesh.
Pat of that is certainly the way I run NPCs, they are always willing to flank if allowed and try not to get bottled up where they can just hold everyone back with the Cleric. Plus I always try to pick on different PCs at different times, so everyone feels the stress of danger :)

Edit: Also our encounters I run are much harder than those suggested by the DMG. Such as the party can easily handle 4-5 Deadly encounters per day, and sometimes a couple of certain death ones in a single day. So it's pretty likely that they will be moving about to insure damage is spread around everyone.
But I have to ask. How did that rogue do 174 points of damage in a single hit? Holy crap. I'm not questioning the number, I'm just in freaking AWE.
I don't remember that one. I'm sure it had to do with a sneak attack that was a critical. Might have also included poison and or a damage vulnerability. We also use Theogeek's Improved Criticals to make sure crits always do at least 1 more damage than a non crit. It's also possible the rogue rolled damage wrong and we just never went back to the stats and cleaned it up.
And I absolutely love that your bard fails like twice as many saving throws as everyone else. :D I can just hear that at the table. I've got a warlock player in my game that we really should introduce to each other. Maybe combined, their terrible luck will balance out. :D ((Today, on 6 attacks he dealt, 1, 2, 9, 10, 2, and 1 point of damage. :D Now that's some serious swing. ))
lol He is not lucky at all (good thing he has the Lucky feat!)
There's obviously a ton of variables that contribute to all of this. Looking at total damage is a good start, but, it's certainly not the end of things.
Absolutely, and certainly something that should be kept in mind.

There is value in theory crafting, but things often don't play out that way. Especially when the players have other things on their mind, like protecting each other or friendly NPCs, dealing with hazards, looting dead bodies or a thousand other things that come up in diverse play.

I found that I played 4E much more like a combat simulator or MMO. 5E is much more... varied. The goals that I present certainly have combat as a major objective, but they are often dealing with lots of small objectives during a combat. It's been working for us for us.
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Oh, absolutely. Tracking the damage isn't really going to get you to a solid conclusion. It's data, but, it's not nearly the full picture.

The point I was making though about tracking the damage, is that it's often very surprising to see when you do it. According to lots of people, the fighter types should be at the top of the list, for example. Yet, look at @Lordentrail's list, the sorcerer is in the number 2 slot. Sure, the rogue is in #1, but, again, according to "common wisdom" the rogue shouldn't even be in the running.
Its not that weird. Rogue damage through Sneak attack stays very competitive with damage from the Fighter class: 3d6 extra damage is about the same damage as an extra attack will deal when you take into account that the Rogue has a better chance of landing that extra damage through advantage or dual-wielding.

What the Rogue damage is not competitive with is optimised CE/SS or GWM/PAM -leveraging BM fighters. All too often the "common wisdom" is that those are the baseline when it comes to damage dealing, rather than the extremist outliers.


In another thread @Hussar observed that in his experience in 5e, casters' (specifically casters that can put out big AoE such as wizards and sorcerers) overall damage output is higher than martials' overall damage output and that that's just a given.

That has not been my experience. I've found martials, especially well optimized martials, can and do out damage casters, even with AoE counted in.

At your tables (DMing, playing - whatever), what have you noticed? Which classes tend to lead in overall damage output?

This is NOT a question on "effectiveness" or about how classes can contribute in different ways. This is a narrow question on which classes, at the tables you play at, lead in damage output.

Please provide some context for the group. A group that has a bard as the primary caster is going to be very different than a group that has an evoker or blaster sorcerer. And a group that has a sword and board fighter focused on defense is going to be very different from a group that has a crossbow expert/sharpshooter combo!

It depends on the table.

We have one player I play with who always plays a brutish strength barbarian-Fighter martial with GWM. When he is playing he is usually the top damage dealer.

The all time top of any player I have seen played was a Halfing Assassin-Paladin named Mazzy.

Players I played personally is probably Leena a Goblin level 1 Rogue/Level 15 Fey Wanderer Ranger. She did not even attack very often but when she did, she did a lot of damage. In part because she had a girdle of giant strength a Dragontooth Dagger that did 1d6 extra acid damage on a hit and she had a 1d6 sneak, 1d6 psychic and 1d8 favored foe. That party was unique because we had no one that was the meat shield. Besides Leena, we had a human evoker, a Kobold Swashbuckler and a Elven Bard/Cleric. Leena could do a lot of damage, but she only had a 10 constitution and she did not have a great AC. We spent a lot of time using positioning to keep enemies off us or come up with ways to steal actions.

I also am playing Zeek a half elf Scout Rogue 7 -Twilight Cleric 2. He has a heavy crossbow with a bunch of bolts with purple worm poison on them as well as a mind venom dagger that does an extra 1d6 psychic and he knows the cantrip Booming Blade from magic initiate. Those things combined make him pretty good at damage either ranged or melee. Probably good enough to be my 2nd best melee damage dealer I have played.

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