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How Do You Level Up In DnD 5e?

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Different people play Dungeons & Dragons (DnD) for various reasons. Some play the video game because it provides them an escape into a fantasy land of mystery and role play. Some others play it because of the level-ups, the excellent loots, the numbers, and many more. And a good number of people play it for both reasons.

While you may not know, Dungeons & Dragons is a big game that sometimes makes it difficult for its players to figure out how to level up. This is because they sometimes don’t know where to go or what steps to take to progress to the game’s next level.

Fortunately, leveling up has been made easier in the fifth edition (5e) than in previous stages. However, it can still be quite difficult for players who are new to it.

How To Level Up in DnD 5e

Every character in the DnD levels up by earning experience points. And the threshold for these points increases during your adventure.

Level Proficiency Bonus Experience Points
1 +2 0
2 +2 300
3 +2 900
4 +2 2700
5 +3 6500
6 +3 14000
7 +3 23000
8 +3 34000
9 +4 48000
10 +4 64000
11 +4 85000
12 +4 100000
13 +5 120000
14 +5 140000
15 +5 165000
16 +5 195000
17 +6 225000
18 +6 265000
19 +6 305000
20 +6 355000

How to Gain Experience in DnD 5e?

There are two types of experiences in 5e – Guaranteed experience and GM-based experience.

  • Guaranteed Experience: To earn guaranteed experience points, you have to overcome every threat to your party. That is, you will gain experience points every time you dissuade your opponents from a fight or defeat an enemy.
  • GM-Based Experience: Every monster has its stat block with the GM, such that the total XP of the monster is divided among the party when the monster is defeated. This is in a bid to determine the amount of experience each party member earns.

Apart from distributing monsters’ XP, GMs are also charged with determining how experience points are distributed. Hence, some GMs will award experience to some parties for overcoming traps or solving certain puzzles. Some other GMs will give parties points for making progress on their quests and discovering locations. Some GMs will award experience points to parties for completing side-objectives or a quest in the same vein.

Furthermore, on certain occasions, GMs conduct “milestone” leveling, which informs the player to level up at specific points in the story. While this may seem tedious, it is quite necessary as it saves a lot of paperwork.

After Leveling Up, What Next?

After leveling up 5e and other stages of DnD, you have to decide on the class you want to keep leveling up. A good number of people would choose the class they were previously in, which is absolutely fine. If you are one of them, you have to roll your classes Hit Dice, and at the same time, add your Constitution modifier. Thereafter, you have to add the total to your HP.

Also, add the Hit Dice to your pool to enable it to roll while you take short rests. Then, take a look at the next class level features, such as spellcasting, and include them in your options.

On the other hand, some want to choose a class other than the one they were previously in. This is known as multiclassing, and to multiclass, you have to select a level in the new class. You also have to meet the Ability Score requirements.

You will also earn specific proficiencies as well as the class’ hit dice for your HP and short rests. Finally, you will get the class features of the new class level.

Keep in mind that you can put multiple levels in a multiclass. However, ensure that you track the progress in the classes independent of one another. A good number of people make this process easy on themselves by putting their classes as “Class [Number] / Other Class [Number].” For instance, Fighter 3 / Rogue 4, which is a level 7 character that has three fighter levels and four rogue levels.

Regardless of whether you multiclass or not, know that your Proficiency Bonus keeps on increasing. It is also usually included in all the things you are proficient in.

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