DnD 5e: The best version of the Bladesinger wizard

Of all the classes of Dungeons & Dragons, wizards are perhaps the most iconic. With their high intelligence, wizarding characters can be distant scholars of the wizarding world, insightful investigators trying to uncover the secrets of the universe, or even powerful necromancers who desire power over life and death. These archetypes are often represented in the wizarding subclass, with most wizards dedicated to specific types of magic. However, there is one notable subclass that breaks the mold, the Martial and Magical Bladesingers.

Bladesingers first appeared in SWord Coast Adventurer’s Guide, before receiving a major update in Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything. Mechanically, the Bladesingers fall somewhere between a Paladin, a Hexblade Warlock, and a Swashbuckler Rogue. They combine all the perks of a powerful full caster with the melee durability of a frontline warrior. They can also creatively use their bonus actions and reactions to enhance their magic attacks. However, due to the difficulties in dealing with arcane and martial mechanics, players must choose their racial lineage, background, exploits, and spells carefully to get the most out of their Bladesinger.

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Maximize the intelligence and dexterity of the Bladesinger

Although Bladesingers offer more durability than other subclasses of Wizards, they still depend on intelligence for their spellcasting and other class characteristics. A high intelligence score will allow Bladesinger to better understand the world around them, as well as increase their armor class and constitution saving throws while their Bladesong is active.

However, due to a Bladesinger’s position on the front lines, they also need great Dexterity to support their combat skills. A Bladesinger uses dexterity for his weapon attacks, and since he can only use light armor, he will need at least a 16 to be effective in combat. If possible, Bladesinger should also prioritize high constitution, as this will help offset their d6 hit dice.

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Top Racial Picks for Bladesingers

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It’s easy to say that High Elves make the best Blade Singers, with their bonus Dex and Int, additional minor spell, additional weapon skills, and bonus language. However, there are many races that lend themselves to the subclass, including gnomes, humans, and smiths. Smiths in particular can add bonus Con and Intelligence, still have +1 to their AC, and gain resistance to Poison damage.

The best backgrounds for Bladesingers

Bladesingers are unique among wizards, so there’s no need to stick to the standard Sage, Hermit, or Cloistered Scholar track records. As an alternative, consider choosing to build an artist. Bladesingers are already proficient in Performance, so Entertainer gives the magician some Acrobatic skill while allowing him to choose the skill he wants to develop based on the style and flair of his Bladesinger. Other great choices for Bladesinger backgrounds include Soldier, Charlatan, Athlete, and Noble.

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The best exploits for Bladesingers

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After maximizing their Intelligence and Dexterity scores, Achievements can help distinguish Bladesingers from the crowd. Since the Bladesong prevents players from using a shield, consider taking Dual Wielder or Fighting Initiate. Fighting Initiate would allow Bladesinger to add damage to bonus action attacks, while Duel Wielder would further increase their AC and allow them to use higher damage weapons, such as rapiers. However, using two weapons could make it difficult to cast somatic spells, so it’s also worth considering becoming a Warcaster.

Additionally, all Bladesinger should consider taking the feat Tough, which adds two extra hit points per character level and continues to add two hit points each time the character levels up. This would increase their HP to be on par with a fighter with the same constitution score, and rectify the main issue with Wizard’s melee-focused subclass.

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The best spells for Bladesingers

Unlike other martial / spellcasting hybrids like paladins and rangers, Bladesinger wizards gain spells at the same rate as other main spellcasters and have dozens of spells and minor spells to choose from. Minor spells are especially important to Blandsingers, as they have the unique ability to cast a minor spell as one of their two attacks per turn. Powerful melee options include Booming Blade, Green Flame Blade, Shocking Grasp, and Sword Burst, while ranged Bladesinger can consider Chill Touch, Firebolt, Ray of Frost, or Sapping Sting.

When choosing their leveled spells, Bladesinger should consider the economy of action during combat. Bladesinger wizards can use their action to attack twice, or attack once and use a minor spell, so they must prioritize reaction and bonus action spells. Some great choices include Shield, a first-level reaction spell that adds an incredible defensive boost throughout the turn, and Spirit Shroud, which adds bonus damage and slows enemies’ speed as a bonus action. Other fantastic reaction and action spells are Swift Retreat, Misty Steps, and Counterspell or spells like Bigby’s Hand, which can be cast as an action but are controlled in subsequent turns by a bonus action.

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