August 04, 2021 9 min read
Author:Rhenn Anthony Taguiam
Meta Description:Halflings tend to be the stereotypical D&D 5e character with itchy fingers. However, in this Dungeons & Dragons 5e guide, we'll expand your idea of Halflings.
Halflingadventurers are rare stock in a lot of parties, especially since Halflings appreciate the quiet, comfortable, lives of home. Unfortunately, in Dungeons & Dragons, Halflings always find themselves dragged into adventures and quests they end up making songs and wonderful stories about. And while Gnomes tend to be jolly and adventurers, Halflings tend to be very protective of their homes, family, and friends. If you’re interested in a character that has a strong sense of adventure - or maybe a strong sense of wanting to go home - perhaps a Halfling might be up your alley.
In this quick guide, we’ll explore the many things that make Halflings great. Moreover, we’ll see just how creative characters can get as Halflings: they can be the stereotypical bards with a twist or perhaps your Halfling can be entirely away from how usual stories depict them.
Halflings often get type casted into roles requiring mobility and dexterity - such as a quick-footed Rogue thief or a mobile Ranger. However, these stereotypes are more or less due to the dexterous nature of the Halfling which, coupled with their small stature, make room for a lot of acrobatic displays. Their other characteristics make them some of the jolliest and bravest adventurers around. Here are some of their traits:
Players can also choose to be Lightfoot Halfling, which makes them more agile and flexible compared to others of their kind. They tend to travel more, and as such receive these benefits:
Halflings, despite their homely nature, have a knack for moving around. Thanks to their dexterous nature, Halflings make great rogues and rangers that scout their villages and protect their clan from various threats. However, the jolly Halfling may rely on their Dexterity as a secondary trait, having trained in other arts by virtue of their innate curiosity.
Players interested in making a Halfling can stick to their Dexterity bonus or perhaps rely on the adventure setting to establish a backstory for their chosen class. Here are some of the best classes for Halfling characters:
Who says the jolly Halfling always has to be a Bard adventurer? The homely nature of the Halfling might be a perfect jumping-off point for interesting Player Characters. What might force the Halfling to leave their home and have a life of adventure? Or rather, what would motivate an adventuring Halfling to start heading home?
With these backgrounds below, we’ll explore some great options for players who want to roll an interesting Halfling with potentially compelling life stories: