I'm making a character for my friend's campaign. I want to make him a treasure hunter. I was looking at the backgrounds to see which one would be good for a profession like that, but I didn't see any.

What character background most closely fits treasure hunter?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Perrin, this question would be better if you laid out some criteria on what you feel constitutes "treasure hunter" as a background or a profession. It can be argued that any Rogue is by definition a treasure hunter, regardless of background. Please narrow the scope of the question. \$\endgroup\$ May 15, 2018 at 2:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ That's why I'm asking which background would suit that best, not class. I got my answer though. \$\endgroup\$ May 15, 2018 at 2:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ Perrin, my point is that with the rogue class, any background can fit. Glad that the answer got you what you wanted. \$\endgroup\$ May 15, 2018 at 2:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ah. I see what you mean. \$\endgroup\$ May 15, 2018 at 2:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ Many backgrounds fit it though. A Sage could be studying lost treasures. A Sailor could be a pirate (which is a treasure hunter by default). And that's 1 minute of thought from backgrounds I have in mind. If you don't define it better, any answer is as good as any other answer, which makes the question opinion-based. Good that you got the answer you expected nonetheless. \$\endgroup\$
    – HellSaint
    May 15, 2018 at 3:51

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I think that the closest you'll get are the Archaeologist and Anthropologist from Tomb of Annihilation.

An Archaeologist learns about ancient cultures by studying their remains, ruins, masterworks, and tombs. That could easily be re-flavoured as a treasure hunter if you wanted.

The Anthropologist is a bit of of a stretch, focusing more on a particular culture's customs, but you could make it work.


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