- 1 Class Features
- 1.1 Hit Points
- 1.2 Proficiencies
- 1.3 Equipment
- 1.4 Druidic
- 1.5 Spellcasting
- 1.6 Wild Shape
- 1.7 Druid Circle
- 1.8 Ability Score Improvement
- 1.9 Timeless Body
- 1.10 Beast Spells
- 1.11 Archdruid
- 2 Sacred Plants and Wood
- 3 Druids and the Gods
- 4 Optional Class Features
- 5 Sources
As a Druid, you gain the following class features.
Armor: Light armor, medium armor, shields (druids will not wear armor or use shields made of metal)
Weapons: Clubs, daggers, javelins, maces, quarterstaffs, sickles, spears
Tools: Herbalism kit
Saving Throws: Intelligence , Wisdom
Skills: Choose two from Arcana , Animal Handling , Insight , Medicine , Nature , Perception , Religion , Survival .
You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:
- (a) a wooden shield, (b) any simple weapon
- (a) a scimitar or (b) any simple melee weapon
- Leather armor, an explorer's pack, and a druidic focus
|—Spell Slots per Spell Level—|
|2nd||+2||Wild Shape, Druid Circle||2||3||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|4th||+2||Wild Shape improvement, Ability Score Improvement||3||4||3||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|6th||+3||Druid Circle feature||3||4||3||3||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|8th||+3||Wild Shape improvement, Ability Score Improvement||3||4||3||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|10th||+4||Druid Circle feature||4||4||3||3||3||2||—||—||—||—|
|12th||+4||Ability Score Improvement||4||4||3||3||3||2||1||—||—||—|
|14th||+5||Druid Circle feature||4||4||3||3||3||2||1||1||—||—|
|16th||+5||Ability Score Improvement||4||4||3||3||3||2||1||1||1||—|
|18th||+6||Timeless Body, Beast Spells||4||4||3||3||3||3||1||1||1||1|
|19th||+6||Ability Score Improvement||4||4||3||3||3||3||2||1||1||1|
You know Druidic, the secret language of druids. You can speak the language and use it to leave hidden messages. You and others who know this language automatically spot such a message. Others spot the message’s presence with a successful DC 15 Wisdom (Perception) check but can’t decipher it without magic.
At 1st level, you know two cantrips of your choice from the druid spell list. You learn additional druid cantrips of your choice at higher levels, as shown in the Cantrips Known column of the Druid table.
Preparing and Casting Spells
The Druid table shows how many spell slots you have to cast your spells of 1st level and higher. To cast one of these druid spells, you must expend a slot of the spell’s level or higher. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a long rest.
You prepare the list of druid spells that are available for you to cast, choosing from the druid spell list. When you do so, choose a number of druid spells equal to your Wisdom modifier + your druid level (minimum of one spell). The spells must be of a level for which you have spell slots.
For example, if you are a 3rd-level druid, you have four 1st-level and two 2nd-level spell slots. With a Wisdom of 16, your list of prepared spells can include six spells of 1st or 2nd level, in any combination. If you prepare the 1st-level spell cure wounds, you can cast it using a 1st-level or 2nd-level slot. Casting the spell doesn’t remove it from your list of prepared spells.
You can also change your list of prepared spells when you finish a long rest. Preparing a new list of druid spells requires time spent in prayer and meditation: at least 1 minute per spell level for each spell on your list.
Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for your druid spells, since your magic draws upon your devotion and attunement to nature. You use your Wisdom whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Wisdom modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a druid spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.
Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your Wisdom modifier
You can cast a druid spell as a ritual if that spell has the ritual tag and you have the spell prepared.
Starting at 2nd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before. You can use this feature twice. You regain expended uses when you finish a short or long rest.
Your druid level determines the beasts you can transform into, as shown in the Beast Shapes table. At 2nd level, for example, you can transform into any beast that has a challenge rating of 1/4 or lower that doesn’t have a flying or swimming speed.
|2nd||1/4||No flying or swimming speed||Wolf|
|4th||1/2||No flying speed||Crocodile|
You can stay in a beast shape for a number of hours equal to half your druid level (rounded down). You then revert to your normal form unless you expend another use of this feature. You can revert to your normal form earlier by using a bonus action on your turn. You automatically revert if you fall unconscious, drop to 0 hit points, or die.
While you are transformed, the following rules apply:
- Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast, but you retain your alignment, personality, and Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores. You also retain all of your skill and saving throw proficiencies, in addition to gaining those of the creature. If the creature has the same proficiency as you and the bonus in its stat block is higher than yours, use the creature’s bonus instead of yours. If the creature has any legendary or lair actions, you can’t use them.
- When you transform, you assume the beast’s hit points and Hit Dice. When you revert to your normal form, you return to the number of hit points you had before you transformed. However, if you revert as a result of dropping to 0 hit points, any excess damage carries over to your normal form. For example, if you take 10 damage in animal form and have only 1 hit point left, you revert and take 9 damage. As long as the excess damage doesn’t reduce your normal form to 0 hit points, you aren’t knocked unconscious.
- You can’t cast spells, and your ability to speak or take any action that requires hands is limited to the capabilities of your beast form. Transforming doesn’t break your concentration on a spell you’ve already cast, however, or prevent you from taking actions that are part of a spell, such as call lightning, that you’ve already cast.
- You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if the new form is physically capable of doing so. However, you can’t use any of your special senses, such as darkvision, unless your new form also has that sense.
- You choose whether your equipment falls to the ground in your space, merges into your new form, or is worn by it. Worn equipment functions as normal, but the GM decides whether it is practical for the new form to wear a piece of equipment, based on the creature’s shape and size. Your equipment doesn’t change size or shape to match the new form, and any equipment that the new form can’t wear must either fall to the ground or merge with it. Equipment that merges with the form has no effect until you leave the form.
At 2nd level, you choose to identify with a circle of druids, such as the Circle of the Land. Your choice grants you features at 2nd level and again at 6th, 10th, and 14th level.
|Circle of Dreams||This circle has close ties to the Feywild||Balm of the Summer Court, Hearth of Moonlight and Shadow, Hidden Paths, Walker in Dreams||Canon, Pointer||Fair Use||Xanathar's Guide to Everything|
|Circle of the Land||This subclass draws power form the land.||Bonus Cantrip, Natural Recovery, Circle Spells, Land's Stride, Nature’s Ward, Nature’s Sanctuary||Canon||OGL||SRD-OGL v5.1|
|Circle of the Moon||This circle focuses on beast shape.||Combat Wild Shape, Circle Forms, Primal Strike, Elemental Wild Shape, Thousand Forms||Canon, Pointer||Fair Use||Player's Handbook (5e)|
|Circle of the Nightstalker||Vampire/Witch/Dragon/Ghost Hunter||Enmity, Esoteric Knowledge, Nightstalker Magic, Protection from Creatures of Enmity, Iron Resolve, Turn Creatures of Enmity, Nature's Restorative Protection||User Creation||CC-BY-SA||Rlyehable|
|Circle of the Shepherd||This category deals with spirits of beasts.||Speech of the Woods, Spirit Totem, Mighty Summoner, Guardian Spirit, Faithful Summons||Canon, Pointer||Fair Use||Xanathar's Guide to Everything|
|Circle of Spores||This circle focuses on decay and the life cycle||Circle Spells, Halo of Spores, Symbiotic Entity, Fungal Infestation, Spreading Spores, Fungal Body||Canon, Pointer||Fair Use||Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica|
|Circle of Stars||These druids study the stars||Star Map, Starry Form, Cosmic Omen, Twinkling Constellations, Full of Stars||Canon, Pointer||Fair Use||Tasha's Cauldron of Everything|
|Circle of Twilight||This circle focuses on the transition of life to death.||Harvest’s Scythe, Speech Beyond the Grave, Watcher at the Threshold, Paths of the Dead||Pointer, UA||Fair Use||UA Druid|
|Circle of Wildfire||These druids embody destruction and creation.||Circle Spells, Summon Wildfire Spirit, Enhanced Bond, Cauterizing Flames, Blazing Revival||Canon, Pointer||Fair Use||Tasha's Cauldron of Everything|
Ability Score Improvement
When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th, 16th, and 19th level, you can increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or you can increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you can’t increase an ability score above 20 using this feature.
Starting at 18th level, the primal magic that you wield causes you to age more slowly. For every 10 years that pass, your body ages only 1 year.
Beginning at 18th level, you can cast many of your druid spells in any shape you assume using Wild Shape. You can perform the somatic and verbal components of a druid spell while in a beast shape, but you aren’t able to provide material components.
At 20th level, you can use your Wild Shape an unlimited number of times. Additionally, you can ignore the verbal and somatic components of your druid spells, as well as any material components that lack a cost and aren’t consumed by a spell. You gain this benefit in both your normal shape and your beast shape from Wild Shape.
Sacred Plants and Wood
A druid holds certain plants to be sacred, particularly alder, ash, birch, elder, hazel, holly, juniper, mistletoe, oak, rowan, willow, and yew. Druids often use such plants as part of a spellcasting focus, incorporating lengths of oak or yew or sprigs of mistletoe.
Similarly, a druid uses such woods to make other objects, such as weapons and shields. Yew is associated with death and rebirth, so weapon handles for scimitars or sickles might be fashioned from it. Ash is associated with life and oak with strength. These woods make excellent hafts or whole weapons, such as clubs or quarterstaffs, as well as shields. Alder is associated with air, and it might be used for thrown weapons, such as darts or javelins.
Druids from regions that lack the plants described here have chosen other plants to take on similar uses. For instance, a druid of a desert region might value the yucca tree and cactus plants.
Druids and the Gods
Some druids venerate the forces of nature themselves, but most druids are devoted to one of the many nature deities worshiped in the multiverse (the lists of gods in appendix B include many such deities). The worship of these deities is often considered a more ancient tradition than the faiths of clerics and urbanized peoples. In fact, in the world of Greyhawk, the druidic faith is called the Old Faith, and it claims many adherents among farmers, foresters, fishers, and others who live closely with nature. This tradition includes the worship of Nature as a primal force beyond personification, but also encompasses the worship of Beory, the Oerth Mother, as well as devotees of Obad-Hai, Ehlonna, and Ulaa.
In the worlds of Greyhawk and the Forgotten Realms, druidic circles are not usually connected to the faith of a single nature deity. Any given circle in the Forgotten Realms, for example, might include druids who revere Silvanus, Mielikki, Eldath, Chauntea, or even the harsh Gods of Fury: Talos, Malar, Auril, and Umberlee. These nature gods are often called the First Circle, the first among the druids, and most druids count them all (even the violent ones) as worthy of veneration.
The druids of Eberron hold animistic beliefs completely unconnected to the Sovereign Host, the Dark Six, or any of the other religions of the world. They believe that every living thing and every natural phenomenon-sun, moon, wind, fire, and the world itself-has a spirit. Their spells, then, are a means to communicate with and command these spirits. Different druidic sects, though, hold different philosophies about the pro per relationship of these spirits to each other and to the forces of civilization. The Ashbound, for example, believe that arcane magic is an abomination against nature, the Children of Winter venerate the forces of death, and the Gatekeepers preserve ancient traditions meant to protect the world from the incursion of aberrations.
Optional Class Features
When you reach certain levels you may, with your DM's permission, acquire these features:
Additional Druid Spells