August 06, 2021 9 min read
Author:Rhenn Anthony Taguiam
Meta Description:Gnomes in Dungeons & Dragons 5e usually have a knack for invention and innovation. However, in this D&D 5e guide, we'll explore how Gnomes become more than just the average tinkerer.
Gnomeshave a reputation of being some of the craftiest, jolliest, and most hilarious race in Dungeons & Dragons 5e. Most parties have a wild and fun time when there’s a Gnome always getting themselves and the party in trouble and their presence always adds a lighthearted atmosphere to most adventures. If you’re interested in making a character with a penchant for exploration, invention, and plain ‘ol adventuring, Gnomes might be perfect for your D&D 5eadventure. Moreover, you don’t necessarily have to stick to stereotypical jolly Gnomes, as there’s a ton of ways to make your Gnome character one of the most interesting characters in your party.
As this quick guide will share, you’ll get to know the close-knit communities and the traditions that bind a Gnome’s society together. And this guide will show that Gnomes might be jolly little creatures, but they can be one of the bravest, nimblest, and most skillful adventurers you can add to your party.
Gnomes are a part of the Small humanoid races, and as such enjoy some benefits (and a bit of judgment) due to their height. Regardless, Gnomes compensate for their lack of verticality with their sheer inventiveness and intelligence, often being featured as part of the more technologically advanced races in most D&D 5esettings. Here are some additional benefits:
Players may also choose to play a Rock Gnome, known for their natural curiosity and fortitude. The gain these additional benefits:
Alternatively, players can also create a Deep Gnome. Unlike usual Gnomes, Deep Gnomes have come to believe that safety is found by avoiding making enemies and complicated relationships with others, and as such are known to be quick of thought and quick of foot. Here are some of their traits:
The inventive nature of the Gnome makes them lean towards classes and professions relying on their intellect and understanding of their specializations. As such, a lot of Gnomes end up becoming students and masters of the arcane arts. However, players don't necessarily have to rely on the Gnome's Intelligence to make a mark in an adventure.
In fact, more creative players can tap into the innate Intelligence of the Gnome to make them more tactically sound, despite being of other classes. The inventive nature of a Gnome might force them to innovate their fighting styles, weaponry, or even approach to battle. Here are some great Gnome classes:
When we hear “Gnomes,” we often think of small humanoids with glasses just about done fixing up their newest invention-atron. However, Gnomes don’t necessarily have to be stereotypical “smarty-pants.” These jolly humanoids might apply their tendency to tinker and innovate in other backgrounds - after all, “innovation” isn’t always something we apply to technology. Gnomes of all backgrounds and professions tend to add new spins to their respective tasks.
In the backgrounds below, we explore some backgrounds that can benefit greatly from the Gnome’s innate inventiveness and ingenuity: