Who's Multiclassing With Who? More D&D Beyond Stats!

D&D Beyond has released yet more stats! We've already seen the most common adventures, classes by tier, and subclasses. This time it's a look at popular multiclass combinations! They use "active characters" which are those not deleted or suspended, and which there is "some reasonable sense that maybe they're played". There was a LOT of data whizzing by very fast in the Twitch stream, so here it is broken down.


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It turns out that 11% of level 2+ characters are multiclass and 27% of level 20 characters are multiclass. This varies by class, of course, with the fighter being the most common, with 33% multiclassed at levels 2+ and nearly 40% at level 20.

In the graphics here, the light blue is characters of level 2+, the dark blue is characters of level 20. The fact that you can take more than just two classes means that these won't add up to exactly 100%.

Fighter/Rogue is the most popular combo, followed by Barbarian/Fighter. Warlock/Bard is the least popular.

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Up at level 20, the figures differ a little.



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Zooming in at the bard, you can see it broken down by level. Level 1 is a popular level as are 3 and 10. The most popular choices for a bard's multi class are the rogue and the warlock.


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And here's the cleric by level. The most popular cleric combinations are fighter, wizard, and rogue.

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Here are druids, one of the least popular multiclasses, with only 8% multiclass druids. There's a peak at 10th level. Barbarians, rangers, and clerics are popular combos.



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Paladins. Levels 2 and 6 are popular. Popular combos are with warlock, fighter, and sorcerer.



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Next up is the ranger. Popular multiclasses are rogue, fighter, and druid.



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Monk is next. Level 17 is a milestone, and it multiclasses with rogue, fighter, and barbarian most.



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Sorcerer. Warlock, paladin, and fighters are common multiclasses.



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And then we have the warlock. A very popular choice for muliticlassing, with 23-25% of warlock characters doing so. Sorcerer, fighter, rogue are the popular multiclasses.



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The wizard has a peak at 10th level. They tend to multiclass with warlocks, paladins, and fighters.



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For the barbarian, we have mainly a low level dip, and lots of fighter multiclasses, followed by druid, rogue and monk.



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This one is the fighter. Very popular for multiclassers, with 33% of characters, and nearly 40% at level 20. Warlock, paladin and... fighter? are popular multiclasses.


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And then we have the rogue! Almost as popular as the fighter (32%). The popular mutliclass choices here are warlock, paladin, and fighter.



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Russ Morrissey

Comments

FrogReaver

Adventurer
[MENTION=84870]D&D[/MENTION] Beyond

Good job guys! As much as I usually criticize your data methodology and presentation I don't find much if anything to complain about in the above presentation.
 

EzekielRaiden

Explorer
I could do without some of the...inaccurate data presentation. Most of the graphs are fine, but the very first one is almost certainly badly constructed: the way the bars are stuck together, it looks like nearly 50% of all Warlocks are multiclassed and over two thirds of all Fighters are. That's...not true. It's not 33.36% and then a further 39.74% of them all, it's 33.36% and then a further (39.74-33.36) =6.38 percentage points. The graph as shown heavily distorts an otherwise very clear data visualization.
 

guachi

Villager
Yeah, the first chart is a mess.

Is like whoever made them went nuts in Excel without really knowing the best way to present data.
 

dave2008

Adventurer
I could do without some of the...inaccurate data presentation. Most of the graphs are fine, but the very first one is almost certainly badly constructed: the way the bars are stuck together, it looks like nearly 50% of all Warlocks are multiclassed and over two thirds of all Fighters are. That's...not true. It's not 33.36% and then a further 39.74% of them all, it's 33.36% and then a further (39.74-33.36) =6.38 percentage points. The graph as shown heavily distorts an otherwise very clear data visualization.
It is odd, it would make perfect sense if the bars were next to each other instead of stacked.
 

bh2

Villager
It's probably already been asked, but can the data nerds in the back get a copy of the data (aggregated or otherwise)?
 

FrogReaver

Adventurer
I could do without some of the...inaccurate data presentation. Most of the graphs are fine, but the very first one is almost certainly badly constructed: the way the bars are stuck together, it looks like nearly 50% of all Warlocks are multiclassed and over two thirds of all Fighters are. That's...not true. It's not 33.36% and then a further 39.74% of them all, it's 33.36% and then a further (39.74-33.36) =6.38 percentage points. The graph as shown heavily distorts an otherwise very clear data visualization.
Considering the first graph doesn't even have a title I don't know how you would have a clue what it is showing without reading the paragraph explaining what that graph is showing. Once you've done that it's perfectly clear.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Considering the first graph doesn't even have a title I don't know how you would have a clue what it is showing without reading the paragraph explaining what that graph is showing. Once you've done that it's perfectly clear.
That’s probably just my rubbishy screenshotting abilities.
 

FrogReaver

Adventurer
Yeah, the first chart is a mess.

Is like whoever made them went nuts in Excel without really knowing the best way to present data.
I like how the first graph's data is presented. It also takes up much less vertical space on a screen that way than trying to do vertically side by side horizontal bars. I'm sure that was a consideration for doing it this way as well. More importantly, the brief decryption below the graph clearly explains what is being shown. It also acknowledges a few important things about the presentation that others might think is strange.
 

FrogReaver

Adventurer
...The fact that you can take more than just two classes means that these won't add up to exactly 100%...
Morrus, I know you are probably just the messenger, but this bit of the first post is inaccurate. Even if they restricted their data to "Active Characters with exactly 2 classes" they would still have a class graph showing over 100%. In fact in that situation it would show exactly 200%. So the reason about having more than 2 classes is incorrect, it's because they are showing a population that accounts for each character once but showing a breakdown that has each character accounted for more than once.

An interesting observation: Their chart for level 2+ characters adds up very closely to 200% without Druid being shown. With him added in it's likely just a little over 200%. What this tells us is that very few characters in that population of level 2+ characters have more than 2 classes.
 

Prakriti

Hi, I'm a Mindflayer, but don't let that worry you
with *whom. Yeah, I went there. :heh:

Also, even after years of playing 5E exclusively, I will never get used to seeing "Fighter/Rogues." They will always be Fighter/Thieves to me.
 

TwoSix

Lover of things you hate
Since these charts agree with my biases, the methodology must be accurate. Science! :)
 

AmerginLiath

Villager
with *whom. Yeah, I went there. :heh:

Also, even after years of playing 5E exclusively, I will never get used to seeing "Fighter/Rogues." They will always be Fighter/Thieves to me.
You just beat me to it (making the grammar save, that is — although I agree on the AD&D terms too)!
 

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