Introduction to Equipment in D&D 5e

D&D 5e is a classic tabletop role-playing game that allows players to embody their imaginative characters in a world full of fantasy and adventure. In this game, equipment plays a crucial role as it can influence your character's abilities, appearance, and survival chances. This article will introduce the fundamental concepts and classifications of equipment in D&D 5e, along with some common examples of equipment.

What is Equipment?

Equipment refers to any items that your character can use or carry, including weapons, armor, tools, magic items, jewelry, clothing, food, and more. Equipment can be obtained through various means, such as purchasing, crafting, exploration, looting, or inheritance. It can enhance your character's combat prowess, skills, defense, or other aspects of performance while also adding personality and style to your character.

What are the Categories of Equipment?

Equipment can be classified based on different criteria. Here are some common classification methods:

  • Functional Categories: Equipment can be categorized as Weapons, Armor, Magic Items, Adventuring Gear, Tools, and Other. Each category can further be subdivided; for instance, weapons can be classified into melee weapons and ranged weapons, and armor can be categorized as light, medium, and heavy.
  • Rarity Categories: Equipment can be classified as Common, Uncommon, Rare, Very Rare, and Legendary. This rarity level reflects the quality, effects, and difficulty of obtaining the equipment. Generally, rarer equipment tends to be more powerful but also harder to come by.
  • Source Categories: Equipment can be classified as Standard and Nonstandard. Standard equipment refers to items listed in the official rulebooks, such as swords, bows, axes, etc. Nonstandard equipment refers to items that appear in other sources, such as specific settings, modules, or third-party publications, like firearms, airships, robotic arms, etc.

Here are some common examples of equipment in D&D 5e, along with brief descriptions:

  • Longsword: A standard one-handed or two-handed melee weapon dealing 1d8 or 1d10 slashing damage.
  • Leather Armor: A standard light armor providing 11 + Dexterity modifier points of AC.
  • Wand: A standard magic item that can be used as an arcane focus and may also store specific spell effects.
  • Rope: A standard adventuring gear that can be used for climbing, binding, descending, etc.
  • Thieves' Tools: A standard set of tools used for lockpicking, disarming traps, etc.
  • Ring: A nonstandard piece of jewelry that can be used for adornment or sold as jewelry, and it may also have magical effects.


The above provides a basic introduction to equipment in D&D 5e. I hope this is helpful to you.

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