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5E Which Class is "The Best" - Your chance to VOTE!

Which Class is "The Best"?

  • Barbarian

    Votes: 7 5.6%
  • Bard

    Votes: 38 30.4%
  • Cleric

    Votes: 19 15.2%
  • Druid

    Votes: 15 12.0%
  • Fighter

    Votes: 19 15.2%
  • Monk

    Votes: 6 4.8%
  • Paladin

    Votes: 32 25.6%
  • Ranger

    Votes: 5 4.0%
  • Rogue

    Votes: 16 12.8%
  • Sorcerer

    Votes: 8 6.4%
  • Warlock

    Votes: 17 13.6%
  • Wizard

    Votes: 36 28.8%
  • Other (Artificer, etc.)

    Votes: 4 3.2%
  • None (They are ALL cool and great, right?!)

    Votes: 15 12.0%

  • Total voters


The Smurfiest Wizard Ever!
Prompted by the "Is the Warlock the Best Class?" thread, let's have a poll!

I am sure its been done before, but times change, views change, and people change.

So, what do I mean by the "best"? It doesn't matter. Whatever you consider it to mean, vote that way. Do you want DPR? Do you want most fun? Do you want most popular? Whatever! Vote for what the "best" would mean to you!!

You get three votes (yeah, I know I said the "best" should be only one vote, but for many of us that is just too demanding LOL!).

As always, thanks for voting!

P.S. Obviously, there is no right answer here, it is all personal opinion and preference... so let's keep the arguments out okay? Please? and Thank You! :)

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I've come to really love Clerics - great all-around class, fun for fighting or casting, or support/defense. I have also come to appreciate Druids, but I play my druids just like my clerics, interchangeably. So yeah I love Clerics now apparently


I picked two. My criteria is based on how much fun I had playing those classes.

The Barbarian is so awesome. Resilient, brutal, and just generally a really fun class to play.

The Wizard is my second choice...particularly the Diviner. So very entertaining to drop those critical portents and watch the DM's face fall.


Jewel of the North
Not a big fan of resource management, so fighters and rogues are the best (for me). Third would be the druid. I'm actually in love with the druid's spell list, but the published archetypes are not doing it for me. So I voted cleric because they have the second best spell list. I just wished they add a little more offensive spells taken from the Invoker list from 4e (curses, thundering condemnation, lightnings of judgment, rain of blood etc) to take them even farther away from the heal bot.


Unserious gamer
Out of the PHB, I voted for Barbarian, Rogue, and Monk. They all have interesting mechanics and hit their tropes pretty hard. Only real change I'd make is that I'd like to see Rogue have less power baked into the class framework and more into the subclass.

There are several homebrew classes I use that are superior to any of the PHB classes, though.


The Smurfiest Wizard Ever!
There are several homebrew classes I use that are superior to any of the PHB classes, though.

I find that is the case usually because the homebrews are OP compared to many of the PHB classes IME. I really do like the flavor for some of them that I've seen, so I can totally respect that!

Cleric. I dont care about mechanics so much as I play them for the roleplaying aspect, in the rare event I get to play and not DM these days. Ive never played them as the party healer and have always made the other players in the party show some kind of fealty to the deity I worship. If they dont do anything to promote the goals of the clergy or god in the form of tithing and attending periodical services then they are S.O.L. Lip service wont cut it. OTOH Ive always took the approach that a party has some form of bond/friendship and common goal so within reason I wouldnt stand by and watch a party member die from wounds or a disease, etc if there is something I can do to help them but there has to be a balance here. I dont let them expect to be healed just because Im a cleric, nor do I push my beliefs on them by constantly proselytizing.


Unserious gamer
I find that is the case usually because the homebrews are OP compared to many of the PHB classes IME. I really do like the flavor for some of them that I've seen, so I can totally respect that!
It depends on the homebrew. The best of them are built to be competitive but not better than the strong PHB builds. None of the homebrew I use is stronger than a well built sorlock or a XBE/SS fighter, for example.


I had to vote Rogue. I'm not sure I want to play one yet, but the mechanics are just solid all across the board and there's not a single bad subclass in the lot.

Bard is the best support class in the game and I love Vicious Mockery and Bardic Inspiration so I went with that.

Then, there's the Paladin and its MASSIVE damage potential, healing and those nifty auras! It's a solid wall class.


I love Wizard, Bard, and Paladin.

The 5e Wizard is my favorite version of my favorite class.

The 5e Bard is awesome, now equal to my favorite Wizard. I am so glad the Bard went full-caster, and reconnected more to mythologically accurate Celtic Bard (Filí). Now the Bard is an extremely versatile class, able to represent so many different kinds of concepts. A reasonably accurate Merlin or Taliesin. Norse seiðr. Norse galdr. Norse spá. Likewise, a mythologically accurate shaman from many other cultures. An elven enchanter. A charming minstrel. A spellsinger. A courtly magician advisor. And so on. Especially as a DM, I find the Bard highly useful to portray variegated concepts.

The 5e Paladin. In previous editions, I never have any interest in the Paladin class. But for 5e, the concept, flavor and potency is growing on me.

I hope the Psion when it comes out − along with the psionic archetypes for Player Handbook classes − will count among my best classes.
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You might get three votes, but you should take only one.


Search your feelings. You know this to be true.

I searched and found a paladin standing there.

I tried to ignore him and his nova smites and impossible bonuses to his saves. Truly, I did.

But he just stood there smirking with that "You know it's me" look.

Darn him.

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