DND personality traits (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will discuss DND personality traits. We will do that by describing what DND or dungeons and dragons is and how it works. We will later explain the importance of building a character in this game along with choosing their personality characteristics. After that, we will describe different traits and discuss how they can influence the game positively or negatively. 

DND personality traits 

Dungeons and Dragons (DND) personality traits refer to how the character is like in the game. It comprises his/her likes and dislikes. It can also include how the character behaves, his/her mannerisms, quirks, his/her attitude, abilities, skills, talents, and accomplishments. In addition to that, his/her strengths and weaknesses are also part of building a character in DND. All of these can be connected to their back life story and determine how their traits manifest as the game progresses.

Some personality traits have an influence on the game e.g. honesty, suspiciousness, dishonesty. Whereas, others may not have that much of an impact e.g. politeness, soft-spoken, etc. Many players create characters that are similar to them and closer to reality. Whereas, other players let their imagination run free and make characters highly different from themself. It can include how they aspire to be in the future. It really just depends on the creativity of a person and how they make the roleplaying experience exciting for themself.  

What is DND?

Dungeons and dragons, more commonly known as DND, is a fantasy role-playing game. It involves players creating their own character who go on an adventure in a fantasy world. There is a dungeon master who guides the story as well as the setting of the game. The characters play as a group and interact with each other. They solve different problems, battles, and dilemmas. Through the game, they gather experience points that help them pass different levels.

Character Development in DND

DND is a very creative game that allows one to expand the limits of one’s imagination. The important part of the game is developing a character that is well-suited for the storyline. Usually, people create either a character that resembles their real self or who is linked with idealized versions of themself. They give them different traits, manners, skills, and abilities.

The significance of one’s character comes when his or her traits influence the story. This can be in a positive and negative manner. For example, if the character’s trait is to be a risk-taker, it can play as a disadvantage when they make a wrong choice which can have a negative impact on other players. However, at the same time taking risks can open up new challenges in the game and help one move to higher levels. However, it is not necessary that a person’s character always has an influence on the game. 

DND allows one to customize the game rules, character traits, mannerisms, beliefs, likes, dislikes, fears, and habits. These are all part of the development process. 

Personality Traits of Characters in DND

We shall discuss a few important traits that DND characters may have. These are stated as follows:

Aggression

A character who has aggression can easily get triggered. He or she may use his anger to intimidate others and get his way. In some cases, this can act as an advantage. However, in other cases, it may lead to fights that can end in disaster. Although brute force is needed to fight battles yet, a calm mind and a peaceful solution-seeking approach is also something that is required in certain situations.

Brawler

This type of character likes to fight with their hands rather than using any weapons. They believe that their fists are the best source of knocking someone out. They are quick on their feet and can act instantly in situations of battle. However, they may be at a disadvantage when they’re open it has weapons.

Cautious

A cautious character does not trust others easily. He plans his steps quite carefully and ensures the safety of the situation. These characters use various strategies to safely get out of complex problems in a peaceful manner. Although this approach helps them avoid any dangerous situations, it can also make them weak and fearful especially in battles.

Dishonest

Such characters rely on deception to fool others. They are masters of lying and can use it to their advantage to get what they want. This can help them in various situations. However, at the same time, they are always at a risk to get caught. In situations where they tell the truth, others do not believe them.

Easy-going

Such characters are friendly and laid-back. They engage with others and can easily make friends. It helps them to build their social network. However, they may have difficulty when they have to stand up for themselves or engage in battles. Such people can be gullible and need to learn to be more aggressive in situations that require them to be intimidating.

Farsighted

These characters have the ability to rely on their vision and foresee how situations might turn out. This can help them plan their strategy and act accordingly. However, they do not focus on immediate things that are near them which can work against them. In other words, they are not present-oriented.

Honesty

Characters who are honest do not use deception to get through the game. They are sincere and trustworthy. This draws other people to them. However, it can work against them in situations that require them to lie in order to survive. Similarly, since they do not have good practice with lying, they may get easily exposed even when they do make an attempt.|

Illiteracy

Characters who do not have a formal education can be at a disadvantage since the game has various situations where the skills of reading and writing are required. However, they may have other skills to compensate for their lack of literacy. In some cases, they can learn to read and write over time in the game.

Polite/courteous

These characters are very well-spoken. Their manner of communication is polite and courteous towards everyone even if they do not like them. This can be used for their advantage as well as disadvantage depending on the context. 

Relentless

Characters who are relentless are quite determined and dedicated. They do not give up in situations quite easily. In other words, they are persistent and stick to various tasks. This can help them in multiple situations. However, it can also exhaust them due to high exertion.

Suspicious

Characters who are suspicious do not trust others quite easily. They are skeptical in their approach and doubt the intentions of others. It enables them to spot liars and deceptive behavior. Although being suspicious helps them, it can also drive people away from them, even those who are genuine.

Slow

Being slow means that one has a gradual and steady pace. These people take their time when doing something and pay attention to detail. Yet, situations that require them to be quick and act fast may work against them. This means that when there are sudden attacks or battles, they will not be able to hold their ground or run from danger swiftly. 

Uncivilized

A character who is uncivilized means that he or she was brought up in the wild. In other words, they relate more to animals than humans. They can have difficulty interacting and being social.

Apart from the above personality traits, there are many other traits one can choose from while deciding the personality of their character. The character development is the most interesting part of the game.  It only depends on how far a person is willing to let their imagination run free.

‘Imagination is the reality of the dreamer’– Scott Rigebach

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FAQs: DND personality traits

How many personality traits can you have in DND?

According to the official rules of Dungeons and Dragons (DND), one can have two personality traits.

What are personality and character traits?

Personality traits refer to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of a person that follow a certain pattern unique to the individual. These traits are consistent, stable, and remain relatively constant. Yet, it does not mean a person remains the same throughout his/her life. For example, if a person is extroverted, he will be social and outgoing in multiple situations. In the game DND, some personality characteristics remain constant. Whereas, others may grow or change as the game progresses. For example, a character who is illiterate may learn to read and write at a later point. 

What are the ideals in DND?

In Dungeons and Dragons (DND), ideals refer to beliefs a character possesses. It can be different ideals such as being motivated or driven by greed, generosity, respect, freedom, tradition, etc. In other words, they direct how a person behaves in the game and how other players view him/her.

What are bonds in DND?

Bonds in Dungeons and Dragons (DND) refer to how the player or character forms connections with other players, different locations, and events in the game. These are linked to the player’s background and direct him/her to actions related to heroism, or working in one’s interest in cases of threats, etc. 

How do you make a DND character fun?

One can make a Dungeons and Dragons (DND) character interesting and fun by deciding on a unique concept of personality. The concept can be borrowed from the DND manual or game guide e.g. a wizard, a fighter, dwarves, dragons, etc. The addition of unique traits is the next step e.g. what the character likes or dislikes. After it, one can add stats related to the character concept and make the background unique and open-ended. This can include a unique life story but it is important to not overdo it. 

Conclusion

In this article, we discussed DND personality traits. We found that Dungeons ad Dragons (DND) personality traits refer to how the character is in the game. It can include his/her likes and dislikes. It can also include how the character behaves, his mannerisms, quirks, his attitude, abilities, skills, talents, and accomplishments. In addition to that, his/her strengths and weaknesses are also part of building a character in DND. All of these can be connected to their life story and determine how the game will play out. 

Some personality traits have an influence on the game e.g. honesty, suspiciousness, dishonesty. Whereas, others may not have that much of an impact e.g. politeness, soft-spoken, etc. Many players create characters that are similar to them and closer to reality. Whereas, other players let their imagination run free and make characters highly different from themself. It can include how they aspire to be. It really just depends on the creativity of a person and how they make the roleplaying experience exciting for themself.  

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Citations

https://www.dndbeyond.com/sources/basic-rules/personality-and-background#:~:text=Personality%20traits%20might%20describe%20the,his%20or%20her%20ability%20scores.

https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/personality/what-are-some-common-dd-personality-traits/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeons_%26_Dragons

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.