Playtest: The Sorcerer (Revised)

Become a master of strange magic with this sorcerer revision for the world’s greatest roleplaying game!

Sorcerers have consistently failed to measure up to other spellcasting classes in terms of playability, lacking the versatility of wizards and the spell selection of druids and clerics. Even bards know more spells! Coupled with Wizards of the Coast’s refusal to update earlier subclass choices to include origin spells such as found in those that appear in Tasha’s Cauldon of Everything, the class feels seven years overdue for an update—because it is.

We’ve taken these complaints and done a meaningful rework of the class from the ground up, overhauling both the core mechanics and the subclasses.

What is a Sorcerer?

Sorcerers carry strange power in their veins. Ancient bloodlines carry the magic from other planes—celestials, fiends, fey, and more—through the generations, empowering their scions with remarkable abilities.

Like wizards, sorcerers practice arcane magic, manipulating the mystical energies of the world to create effects. As they grow stronger, they unlock more powerful abilities that mark their unusual origins.

What is this Document?

This document is a playtest. It is not a final version of the class. The rules are written in pencil, not ink. As playtest feedback comes in, the class design will be refined and improved. A survey will be opened shortly for initial feedback, and will remain open until fall 2022 so people can continue to provide their thoughts as their characters gain levels in this class.

D&D 5.5e

The sorcerer class is a candidate to be included in the forthcoming release of D&D 5.5e, a substantial revision to D&D’s fifth edition by Dungeon Master’s Workshop to resolve longstanding complaints about the game while respecting its 50-year legacy. Through the world of Taldaras, the primary plane of the Lost Realm campaign setting, players can experience stories that embrace the tropes that have made D&D the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

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