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

Which Class is "The Best"?

  • Barbarian

    Votes: 7 5.6%
  • Bard

    Votes: 38 30.2%
  • Cleric

    Votes: 19 15.1%
  • Druid

    Votes: 15 11.9%
  • Fighter

    Votes: 19 15.1%
  • Monk

    Votes: 7 5.6%
  • Paladin

    Votes: 32 25.4%
  • Ranger

    Votes: 5 4.0%
  • Rogue

    Votes: 16 12.7%
  • Sorcerer

    Votes: 8 6.3%
  • Warlock

    Votes: 17 13.5%
  • Wizard

    Votes: 36 28.6%
  • Other (Artificer, etc.)

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

    Votes: 15 11.9%

  • Total voters
    126

Ashrym

Adventurer
What I think is interesting is "always the first to die" and "hide behind the pile of dead bards" leads so strongly followed quickly by "lawful stupid". The most memed are the most voted?
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Speaking of popular, if the fighter only got votes because it was popular (instead of a well designed class), how do you explain the ranger getting so low? The ranger is more popular than most classes in most games thanks to Arragorn and Drizzt. And yet, it’s super low below all the other classes.

perhaps, people actually read the OP and knew what they were voting for, and the “it only got votes cuz popular” isn’t actually true, but it got votes because it does what people expect it to do, and well.

And the ranger was poorly designed to expectations....
 

Undrave

Adventurer
Speaking of popular, if the fighter only got votes because it was popular (instead of a well designed class), how do you explain the ranger getting so low? The ranger is more popular than most classes in most games thanks to Arragorn and Drizzt. And yet, it’s super low below all the other classes.

perhaps, people actually read the OP and knew what they were voting for, and the “it only got votes cuz popular” isn’t actually true, but it got votes because it does what people expect it to do, and well.

And the ranger was poorly designed to expectations....
Does anyone even know WHAT are those expectations to begin with?
 

Undrave

Adventurer
I dunno. I've joined games where no one knew what characters the others were creating and have had a few where several made bards. In one case it was 4 bards and a rogue. The rogue player threw up his hands, took the entertainer background, and went arcane trickster so he could fit the theme.

We also tended to avoid direct combat as much as possible. It's one of the squishiest groups I was ever in as well.
I think you mean "Band", not group.
 

Gladius Legis

Adventurer
Does anyone even know WHAT are those expectations to begin with?
Not being the only class that has actual dead levels -- thanks to Natural Explorer, Favored Enemy, Hide In Plain Sight and Foe Slayer being worthless in many campaigns -- would've been a nice start.

It's not even that the Ranger is severely underpowered. Extra Attack + half-caster status are a strong enough foundation to at least keep it within the curve, performance-wise. It's just that the Paladin built a nice 3-story mansion on that foundation while the Ranger built a straw hut.
 

dnd4vr

Adventurer
WOW! THANKS EVERYONE!!! :)

I got home from work and BAM! nearly three new pages of posts! I am happy to see the poll finally topped 100. Hopefully, more people will chime in and cast their votes as well.

(Of course, I am disappointed people continue to rate the bard so highly... but them's the breaks. ;) )
 

Vael

Adventurer
My favourites to play are definitely: Sorcerer, Bard and Druid
The ones I think are the best classes: Wizard, Bard, Paladin
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
WOW! THANKS EVERYONE!!! :)

I got home from work and BAM! nearly three new pages of posts! I am happy to see the poll finally topped 100. Hopefully, more people will chime in and cast their votes as well.

(Of course, I am disappointed people continue to rate the bard so highly... but them's the breaks. ;) )
the bard is my least favorite class, so I feel your pain.
 

Yaarel

Adventurer
I feel like it's the best version of the Druid since 1e... mainly on the basis of it being the closest we've come to the awesome of the 1e druid - without the dead man's shoes advancement & hard level cap. ;)

It's a neo-Vancian caster with a pretty nifty class power, so a strong candidate by the numbers.

But it's also perennially among the least popular classes (though that didn't stop the Bard). ::sigh::
Whats up with the Druid?

I played a 1e Druid, and loved it.

But, 5e, Im not getting into it, and cant put my finger on why.

Maybe part of it is the inability to specialize. Want weather magic, get stuck with animal shapes. Want to shapeshift, get stuck with the four elements.

For me the Druid is:
• Shapeshifter
• Plant-animal mage
• Elemental mage
• Healer

Each of these could have been a separate Druid archetype.

It would be nice to specialize in one aspect, and only dabble in the others if choosing to.

But I feel every Druid is a gish, a warrior-mage.
 
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Yaarel

Adventurer
The fact that we can vote for three choices, affects the results.

Someones favorite class, might
But, Robert - and it's many diminutives, Bob, Bobby, Rob, Robby, Bert, and Robin (yes, really) - is among the most popular names in history! You're totally missing out.
;)
Dont forget Hob and Hobs.
 

Yaarel

Adventurer
View attachment 114912

Here is a current visual.

I am a fan of the curve of magnitude:

• 100, 79, 63, 50, 40, 32, 25, 20, 16, 13, 10

It resembles the Golden Curve, but is base 10.

I like how the same proportions at the macroscopic level are the same ones at the microscopic level, and there is a smooth curve at every level, big or small, for relative comparisons.



33 Bard
33 Wizard

29 Paladin


18 Fighter

15 Cleric
15 Warlock
14 Rogue
13 Druid


8 Sorcerer

7 Barbarian
7 Monk




3 Ranger
 
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Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
That isn't harassment. The forum rules allow me to quote people that have ignored me.
Mod Note:
In the past, we had a block feature such that we didn't need a forum rule about this. The feature we now have is not perfect, so we all need to make some adjustments.

You've been asked to leave a user alone. So long as they also leave you alone, this should not be a big thing to ask. Please back off.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Off topic. But I wonder if it can be construed as harassment if you don't want someone posting in the same thread as you and they continue to do so?
Mod Note:
For our purposes:

It is reasonable to ask, "Please stop responding to my posts in this thread." That's a limited request.

It is not reasonable to ask, "Please stop posting in this thread / in threads I participate." That's too broad.

Let us be clear, folks - If you aren't actively trying to be nice to fellow gamers on this site, you are doing it wrong. If someone has to ask you to leave them be, in all likelihood you have screwed up and should seriously rethink how you've been interacting with people.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
This poll asked for the Best classes, not the Favorite ones.

And we already have mountains of data for that.
I also think it's the worst class, so I got both bases covered! ;)

If you're curious as to why, I think they made the bard too powerful to satiate the people who want to be more special than everyone else. I.e, the "I want to be able to be best at everything--fighting, exploration, and magic, so I'll be a bard!" Being able to essentially steal other classes spells is the cherry on top in this regard.

I voted a while ago, but my top 3 classes that I think are best for how they are designed for what I want/expect, it's cleric, druid, and fighter.
 

dnd4vr

Adventurer
I also think it's the worst class, so I got both bases covered! ;)

If you're curious as to why, I think they made the bard too powerful to satiate the people who want to be more special than everyone else. I.e, the "I want to be able to be best at everything--fighting, exploration, and magic, so I'll be a bard!" Being able to essentially steal other classes spells is the cherry on top in this regard.

I voted a while ago, but my top 3 classes that I think are best for how they are designed for what I want/expect, it's cleric, druid, and fighter.
I'm looking forward to your thoughts here: 5E - Time to remake the Bard
 

Undrave

Adventurer
Whats up with the Druid?

I played a 1e Druid, and loved it.

But, 5e, Im not getting into it, and cant put my finger on why.

Maybe part of it is the inability to specialize. Want weather magic, get stuck with animal shapes. Want to shapeshift, get stuck with the four elements.

For me the Druid is:
• Shapeshifter
• Plant-animal mage
• Elemental mage
• Healer

Each of these could have been a separate Druid archetype.

It would be nice to specialize in one aspect, and only dabble in the others if choosing to.

But I feel every Druid is a gish, a warrior-mage.
You might be right... I'm not one to advocate for that kind of bloat but maybe the Druid needs more spell choices... but probably shouldn't follow the Cleric way of prepping spells if that were the case.
 

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