How to Play a Dumb Character in D&D

Three Methods:For ExpertsFor SpellcastersFor Warriors

In D&D (the slang term for Dungeons & Dragons), you are presented with a wide range of character possibilities. You could be smart, stealthy, charismatic - the list is endless. All personality types are fun, but often, a truly stupid character can give an overly-shakespearean campaign a lighter tone.

Steps

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    Know what your party role is (this will help you with later steps). The three basic party roles are expert, spellcaster, and warrior. Experts (such as bards and rogues) are good at sneaking, solving problems, and knowing useful knowledge. Spellcasters (such as clerics and wizards) cast spells (obviously), but they might also be party healers, long-range attackers, etc. Warriors are good at one thing: fighting. Knowing this, it should be pretty easy to classify your character.
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    Start acting stupidly. Upon character creation, put your lowest ability score roll in Intelligence (regardless of your class). Universal tools of the trade for dumb characters are:

Method 1
For Experts

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    Mix up facts and bits of knowledge and lore with other facts and bits of knowledge and lore
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    Make rash decisions if you happen to be party leader. (This may be annoying if done in life-or-death situations, so only do this in trivial scenarios.)
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    Don't put many ranks into class skills - instead, have outrageous amounts of ranks in cross-class skills.
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    Act exceedingly vain and pompous if your class' key ability score is charisma. Also, try to "accidentally" insult others.

Method 2
For Spellcasters

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    Use sophisticated, long words in improper context and grammar if your class' key ability is Intelligence or Charisma.
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    Bring up seemingly meaningless, pretentious, and totally unrelated philosophical comments about your ideals or deity if your class' key ability is Wisdom.
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    Act exceedingly vain and pompous if your class' key ability score is charisma. Also, try to "accidentally" insult others.
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    Speak with a lisp.

Method 3
For Warriors

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    Communicate via "Stupid-speak" (i.e. "Me want magic sword!" or "You make (insert your name here) mad!").
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    Speak with a lisp.
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    Have high Strength and Constitution but extremely low Dexterity along with Intelligence.
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    Try to bypass negotiations when possible. Always try to resolve conflicts with violence.
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    Refer to all monsters encountered as "trolls" or "orcs", even after being corrected.

Tips

  • If you want your character to be dumb, but also effective Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Paladin, and Barbarian are okay choices. Fighter and Barbarian are the best.
  • These tips should provide you (and the other players) with a silly, fun-to-laugh-at character. Remember to be careful when and where you act stupid, however. (Don't act dumb right after a party member has died in order to lighten the mood. It doesn't work that way).

Warnings

  • A wizard with low intelligence cannot cast spells. See the Player's Handbook for details.
  • Remember that an overtly stupid character can be very annoying. Choose the "right" wrong times to do idiotic things.
  • An Expert character without skills, which are determined by intelligence, is useless baggage for the party.

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