I recently "upgraded" to D&D 5th edition. I decided to play a warlock. However, now I would like to be proficient in Stealth, and a warlock can not have this proficiency.

I am Warlock level 2. Is it possible to now multiclass into rogue, take just one rogue level, and then continue advancing as a warlock afterwards?

My stats are as follows: Str 11, Dex 18, Con 13, Int 11, Wis 6, Cha 18.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to RPGSE. Please add the system-and-edition tag to your question to make it answerable. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 10:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ Thank you for your input. I will try to be more clear. \$\endgroup\$
    – juilo
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 10:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ Please tell us your stats, specifically your Charisma and Dexterity, as these will dictate whether or not you are able to multiclass as a Warlock and a Rogue. \$\endgroup\$
    – Davo
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 11:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ Though this doesn't address your specific question, there IS another way to gain stealth proficiency. The feat "Skilled" could also be useful. See: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/46305/… \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 15:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ @julio "3.5" is the only D&D edition that is listed with a decimal ("."). :) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 19:02

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Yes, you can multiclass and take one Rogue level

You can multi-class just to gain 1 level of Rogue since you meet the requirements. As noted in the basic Multiclassing rules, you need a Dexterity of 13 and Charisma of 13 in order to multi-class from Warlock into a Rogue.


Have you looked at backgrounds?

This is normally something done at character creation, but you could have a word with your DM to see if he is amenable to changing your character.

Each background tends to give proficiency in two skills (as well as tools and/or language). If all you really want is proficiency in Stealth, then you could find a background that grants this such as the Criminal background. If you can't find a background that you like you could also work with your DM to make a custom background (see PHB p. 124-126) that fits your character and grants proficiency in Stealth.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Edited to account for the stats being provided, and while I was in there tossed in a few other things. Please review to make sure you are content. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 13:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ Please note that multiclassing, while widely available in nearly every single D&D 5e campaign, is still technically an "optional" rule that a DM may not wish to use. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael W.
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 16:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ It might be worth noting that the multiclassing rules state that multiclassing into bard also gives one proficiency in any skill, just as multiclassing into rogue grants proficiency in any one class skill. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 19:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ seems like the "alternative" part should have more emphasis, as it's likely to provide a superior outcome for the OP. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ben Barden
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 19:48

The multiclassing rules are explained in the Player's Handbook on page 163 :

Multiclassing lets you combine classes together [...]. Your DM decides whether these options are available in a campaign.

So check with your DM if they are OK allowing this.

Multiclassing allows you to gain levels in multiple classes. Doing so lets you mix the abilities of those classes to realize a character concept that might not be reflected in one of the standard class options. With this rule, you have the option of gaining a level in a new class whenever you advance in level, instead of gaining a level in your current class. Your levels in all your classes are added together to determine your character level. For example, if you have three levels in wizard and two in fighter, you're a 5th-level character.

So you can take 2 levels of Warlock, then 1 level of rogue (as long as you meet the 13 DEX prerequisite for multiclassing into Rogue and the 13 CHA needed to multiclass out of warlock)(thanks @Someone_Evil).

Doing so will give you the following proficiencies :

Light armor, one skill from the class's skill list, thieves' tools

As well as expertise in two skills, Thieves' Cant, and Sneak Attack (thanks @Davo)

  • \$\begingroup\$ This also yields Expertise in two skills, Thieves' Cant, and Sneak Attack. \$\endgroup\$
    – Davo
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 11:51

To add to the answers already posted: When you gain a Level, you may (assuming your GM is allowing multi-classing), choose any Class that you qualify for (by virtue of 13+ Ability Scores). Multi-classing Rules here

So you may begin as a Warlock, take x Warlock levels, then a Rogue Level, and then more Warlock levels (and maybe a Sorcerer level, if you so choose, as you meet the 13 CHA*).

You can swap back and forth between any classes that you qualify for. e.g. if you somehow got your STR to 13, you could then take a level of Barbarian, and then more Warlock, or Rogue levels!

*Not that I would recommend this, but it's your character :)

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    \$\begingroup\$ It might be worth pointing out to OP where in the rules the prerequisites for multiclassing are listed. Also: Don't signal your edits in text. There's no need to leave an edit note; anyone who's interested can view the revision history. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 19:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ Note that 13 Dex will allow Fighter MC as well (Str not required). \$\endgroup\$
    – Davo
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 19:43

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