DnD Feat Guide – Assorted Meeples (2022)

Sometimes you have a feat that is heavy for flavor/roleplaying, aids skill monkeys, and while useful still somehow falls into that group of being more for flavor than use despite its usefulness. Linguist is one of those feats that offers some really cool benefits, has wonderful potential for use in roleplaying or for flavor, but in the average D&D campaign it’s not likely to be too useful. Especially since there are so many workarounds.

The linguist feat sounds great at first glance but is actually one of the weaker feats in D&D 5E. It breaks my heart to say it because it looks cool, it’s a cerebral feat (and one I would LOVE for real life), but unfortunately this is one of the weaker feats in the current 5th Edition.

The 5E linguist feat is not worth taking in most campaigns. It looks great on paper but in an actual game the utility falls short. This feat provides +1 INT, 3 languages, and the ability to create ciphers. This sounds great, but is actually a weak combination in-game.

How can a feat that gives so much be worth so little in practical terms? We’ve got the answer for you right down here!

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Breaking Down the Linguist Feat

The linguist feat is one of my favorites even though it is a weak one. I admit, at first it looked super strong because it does seem to give so much – the problem is what it runs into during actual gameplay.

Directly from the Player’s Handbook:

You have studied languages and codes, gaining the following benefits:

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  • Increase your Intelligence score by 1 to a maximum of 20.
  • You learn 3 languages of your choice.
  • You can ably create written ciphers. Others can’t decipher a code you create unless you teach them, they succeed on an Intelligence check (DC equal to your Intelligence score + your proficiency bonus), or they use magic to decipher it.

Player’s Handbook, p. 167

Let’s look at these benefits in more detail and break them down.

Benefit #1: You get a +1 to intelligence up to the maximum of 20.

Not bad, this helps minimize the loss of another +1 or taking +2 in an ability score. Especially good if you have an odd number in Intelligence. Getting a stat boost is always a good thing, but it does have to be measured against what was passed on to get here.

Benefit #2: You can learn three languages of your choice.

Love this benefit, and in very early game it can be useful if you have the right type of DM. Having players who understood draconic or orc did actually matter in the early game of my campaign I ran for the table, but there’s a problem with this benefit, as cool as it is: there are many, MANY ways around it.

Comprehend Languages, for example, is a 1st Level spell that allows reading and listening of ALL languages. At first level. The Helm of Comprehend Languages is one of the few magical items that does not require attunement, which does the same thing. This means even at the earliest levels it is easy to take care of any language related issue.

Which dampers down the benefit of actually knowing more languages.

Benefit #3: You can create written ciphers that require an intelligence check of Int Score + Proficiency (or magic) to crack.

First of all, this sounds cool AF. It’s like feeling like part of the Thieves’ Guild without having to be part of the Thieves’ guild. And it does scale. The ciphers you could create at high levels would be next to impossible to crack without magical assistance. And from a flavor standpoint I absolutely love this.

The problem? Calling this a niche situation doesn’t even begin to cover it. I’ve never had a campaign where a cipher came up and I’ve played or ran games that had some serious political intrigue going on.

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Then there’s the message cantrip that allows some form of mental communication (though the finger point is a dead giveaway if the DM pays attention to detail) and then sending is at level three. Or sending stones.

So why do you need a cipher?

So as cool as it sounds, unfortunately this benefit falls flat, too.

5E Classes That Are Made for the Linguist Feat

The two that come up immediately are Artificer and Wizard. They are the only intelligence based classes, they fit the image of intelligent characters always learning, always studying, needing languages to grab those rare tomes or instructions not translated to their own language. Having the ability to make a cipher also kind of makes sense for a wizard.

Among the classes out there, Artificer and Wizard make the most sense for fitting in with who the linguist feat was meant for.

5th Ed Classes that should always at least consider take the Linguist Feat: Artificers, Wizards

5E Classes That Should Consider Taking the Linguist Feat

This is one of those “Everyone and No One” type situations where everything is so situational, especially if you’re trying to make this feat do work. This could be situationally interesting for any face character, especially one like the bard which only needs to be very strong in one ability score to function well in-game.

If he’s going to be the face, quietly knowing a bunch of languages could help him pick up on things others are talking about – especially if he has the observant feat.

I also took this with my original ranger character in the first campaign I ever played in. We had a very weird party, no helm of comprehend languages, and no wizard or sorcerer. Because of this, the ranger leading the party into the wilds knowing Orc, Goblin, and Giant actually came in useful in that very narrow circumstance.

Though that was possibly because the DM felt sorry for the noob that picked Linguistics as a feat.

5th Ed Classes that should consider taking the Linguist Feat: Bards, Rangers, a face character

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5E Classes That Should NEVER Take the Linguist Feat

There’s not necessarily a class that should never take this feat, but for some it makes far less sense. And honestly, it’s a feat that is so underpowered that you could make the argument that all classes should be under this section.

Because even for those that it fits with like the wizard or artificer where it makes sense, they arguably need to max out casting stats, Constitution, and take other feats before this one would ever even make the radar. And it’s really hard to argue with that.

5th Ed classes that should never take the Linguist Feat: There’s an argument for all of them.

Final Feat Grade for 5E Linguist

Linguist Feat Grade: D+

Is the 5E Linguist Feat Worth It?

Look, personally I love this feat and it’s one of my favorite pickups, but I can’t let my personal preferences get in the way of a fair grade. Okay, okay, maybe it doesn’t deserve the “+” but it hurt me to put a feat I enjoy so low, but truth be told, it isn’t great. 99% of games won’t use ciphers, so that is fairly useless in most games as cool as that sounds.

A +1 INT is good, but you’re giving up a +2 or +1/+1 to get it. For an odd number this could be worth it if the rest is seen as a bonus worth more than a +1 to another ability score improvement to you, but that’s situational.

The three languages sound great and can be a lot of fun. But again, languages rarely play a role in most D&D campaigns. Even if they do tend to come up a lot, like at our table, there are a multitude of spells that do the same thing, not to mention one uncommon magic item that doesn’t require attunement: Helm of Comprehend Languages, which lets you understand all languages without having to use an attunement slot.

That item is a great item and deserves to be in the D&D world…and it kills this feat completely. I don’t remember a game where we didn’t have access to this before level 10, and it just undoes the feat.

In a vacuum this feat looks really good or even great. But in practice with your average and even deep intrigue campaigns, linguist just doesn’t hold up as a feat while in play.

Linguist Feat FAQ

Do you need to have heard a language in order to take it with the linguist feat?

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There is no place where the linguist feat states that a player must have heard the language in order to learn it. Some DMs may home rule that you need to at least have been exposed to the language in order to pick it up but there’s nothing in book that puts that restriction on your player character.

How can I learn languages in 5E without taking the linguist feat?

You can learn any language that someone else in the party knows how to speak, as long as you let the DM know this is your intention and you are spending long rests with them learning the language. This takes 8 weeks in-game, which is reduced 1 week for every other character in the party who also speaks that language.

Is the linguist feat any good?

The linguist feat is one of the weaker feats in 5E. While it does provide a lot, there are multiple early level workarounds that provide the same (or better) benefits than linguist does. Linguist tries to be a strong feat and looks good in a vacuum but in actual gameplay, it falls badly short.

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DnD Beyond: Basic Rules – Feats.. Quarterstaff and a shield, Polearm Master.. ... SRD Rules Reference for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition .... Anyone can put on a suit of armor or strap a shield to an arm.. Quarterstaff, shield and polearm master.. Hexblade Warlock Spellcasting The Hexblade Warlock likely needs to keep a melee weapon in-hand both for attacking on their own turn and for making opportunity attacks.. A quarterstaff is a simple two-handed melee weapon in the staff weapon group.. Staff of Defense.. DND 5e Core Feats.. All of the feats mentioned in the article can be found in the player's handbook unlike homebrew feats .A feat is a talent or an area of expertise that gives a character special abilities.

· At level 4, all casters (a warlock and a bard) chose moderately armoured as their feat, and now carry a shield and medium armour for an AC of 19, +4 AC for a single feat.. As a Moderately Armored DnD 5E Feat you have been trained to master the use of a medium armor and also the shields, You can be gaining the following benefits too: You can easily increase your Strength or Dexterity score by 1, up to a maximum of 20.. · Moderately Armored 5E Feat.. · You have to take the Moderately Armored feat to get Shield proficiency.. It doesn't matter that you have Medium Armor proficiency from your race; proficiency with Shields is a different proficiency and the Moderately Armored feat is the only way to get it without multiclassing.. What Is the Moderately Armored Feat?. An often overlooked feat, Moderately Armored gives your character a solid dexterity or strength score increase of +1 of your choice and the ability to wear all medium armor, and it grants your character the ability to use shields.. The Moderately Armored or the Athlete Feat can increase a character's Dexterity stat.

· dwarves in heavy armor suffer movement penalty without STR, they are exempt: equipping heavy armor on dwarves lowers their movement by 10 feet (2 squares), a penalty if one does not have STR 13/15.. Example : a Mountain Dwarf (5e PHB) can wear medium armor and be a Wizard, with no penalty.. · The dwarf's speed entry says the character's speed is not reduced by armor; but armor speed reductions come from wearing heavy armor without having a high enough Strength: Heavy Armor : ... the armor reduces the wearer's speed by 10 feet unless the wearer has a Strength score equal to or higher than the listed score.. · Dwarf:They are special characters serving for the kingdoms that are rich in ancient grandeur.Area of operation of the Dwarf 5e is the mountainous range, deep mines and blazing forges.One of the most important characteristics of the Mountain dwarf 5e is its lifelong commitment to clans and traditions.In fact, they hate goblins and orcs because the latter are …. Heavy Armor • If you have Ring mail armor your base armor .... If the Armor table shows "Str 13" or "Str 15" in the Strength column for an armor type, the armor reduces the wearer's speed byss the wearer has a Strength score equal to or higher than the listed score.. · The heavily armored feat is a utility feat that allows classes that can use medium armor to upgrade into proficiency into heavy armor with a +1 Strength.. This is a fairly weak and very situational feat that is primarily used by clerics whose domains give medium armor proficiency instead of heavy armor proficiency.. · The idea of a Wizard at 8th Character level - 7th Wizard - with a 18 ST and/or Co in heavy armor with access to Wizard Spells tickles me But a Medium Armor Mountain Dwarf War Wizard sounds like a different kind if fun.. Out of all of the dwarf options, the Mountain Dwarf is clearly the best.. The Speed trait for dwarves states that "Your speed is not reduced by wearing heavy armor."

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