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I'm quite new to D&D. As the group I'm playing with recently finished our first adventure with preset characters, we want to play the next one with characters we made ourselves. We would start at level 1 in the new adventure.

I want my character to be a Dragonborn Renegade with two weapons. I'm not quite sure if it should be a Barbarian or a Fighter. In my imagination, this fits best with holding two weapons at the same time. And because I love longswords, I would like him to have two at the same time. So I want him to have Two-Weapon Fighting and the Dual Wielder feat, but in D&D Beyond's character builder, I can't find a way to combine the two skills.

How can I make this character that can use Two-Weapon Fighting and the Dual Wielder feat?

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    \$\begingroup\$ What level, race (variant human, perchance?), and class is your intended character? Also, when you ask about in a fight, are you asking about the narrative/fiction, or are you asking about the table-mechanics of how many attacks you declare, when you roll what, &c.? \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 May 4 at 0:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, this is two questions in one. It might be worthwhile to split it into two questions: "How do I get Dual Wielder and Two Weapon Fighting at 1st level" and "How do Dual Wielder and Two Weapon Fighting interact". \$\endgroup\$ – Stop Being Evil May 4 at 1:01
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You can have what you want when you get to 4th level

You want a Dragonborn who fights with two longswords. OK, here's how to make that work. If you start as a Fighter at level 1, you can choose Two-Weapon Fighting for the Fighting Style feature (PHB, p. 72):

When you engage in two-weapon fighting, you can add your ability modifier to the damage of the second attack.

But that only works with light weapons, per the general Two-Weapon Fighting rules. You can do the same thing as a Barbarian, but your second weapon won't get the Strength bonus to damage, since you won't get the Fighting Style feature.

The general Two-Weapon Fighting rules, which any character can use to wield two weapons at the same time, state (PHB, p. 195):

When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon that you're holding in the other hand. You don't add your ability modifier to the damage of the bonus attack, unless that modifier is negative.

If either weapon has the thrown property, you can throw the weapon, instead of making a melee attack with it.

At level 4, you gain the Ability Score Improvement feature, and can take the Dual Wielder feat (PHB, p. 165):

You master fighting with two weapons, gaining the following benefits:

  • You gain a +1 bonus to AC while you are wielding a separate melee weapon in each hand.
  • You can use two-weapon fighting even when the one-handed melee weapons you are wielding aren't light.
  • You can draw or stow two one-handed weapons when you would normally be able to draw or stow only one.

Once you gain this feat, you can upgrade the two light weapons you've been wielding to longswords.

You will be using your bonus action to attack with the second weapon in any case.

To get this at level 1, switch race to Variant human

If you are willing to switch your PC's race to Variant Human (PHB, p. 31), you gain a feat at character creation. This means you can wield two longswords (by choosing the Dual Wielder feat) and the same Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style, starting at level 1.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Ah okay, thanks, so if i want it to be a dragonborn i need to be patient until lvl 4? that shoudnt be that much of a deal i guess, not everyone is a master at birth^^ I prefer not to change it to a human, bc i think they are quite boring. So it is only possible as a fighter and not as a barbarian that my Dragonborn can achieve this combination? \$\endgroup\$ – DeVANtHaTeR May 4 at 1:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes. You need to be patient if you want this as dragonborn. You can do the same thing as a barbarian, but your second weapon won't get the Strength bonus to damage. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast May 4 at 1:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ So for this fighting style which i want to be the mainpart of my Char would be better to pick a fighter, isnt it? \$\endgroup\$ – DeVANtHaTeR May 4 at 1:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ @DeVANtHaTeR Only if the lack of the Damage bonus on the second attack is a deal breaker. A Barbarian has some other benefits that may appeal to you. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast May 4 at 1:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ Okay, thanks:) will think about that:) \$\endgroup\$ – DeVANtHaTeR May 4 at 1:34
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You cannot do what you want at 1st level

The general Two-Weapon Fighting rules state (emphasis mine):

When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon that you're holding in the other hand. You don't add your ability modifier to the damage of the bonus attack, unless that modifier is negative.

Two-Weapon Fighting is available to any class, but is limited to light melee weapons. Longswords are not light. Light melee weapons are clubs, daggers, handaxes, light hammers, pickles, scimitars, and shortswords.

If you DM allows the optional rule for feats, you can take the Dual Wielder feat (PHB, p. 165), which allows you to use Two-Weapon Fighting with non-light single-handed weapons, which includes longswords. If you stick with either Barbarian or Fighter, you can do this at 4th level. Alternatively, a variant human (another optional rule) can take this feat at 1st level.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ thanks:) So it would be best, to ask my DM before we start if we are going to allow feats? and its possible for both classes, Barbarian and Fighter? would prefer Being a Dragonborn, I find humans are quite boring in my first experiences:) \$\endgroup\$ – DeVANtHaTeR May 4 at 1:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ @DeVANtHaTeR it’s possible for any class - one with proficiency in longswords would be more effective than one without but if you like a challenge... \$\endgroup\$ – Dale M May 4 at 1:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ I thought that the longsword is counted as simple weapon or Martial weapon, which my character would be if i type it in dnd beyond \$\endgroup\$ – DeVANtHaTeR May 4 at 1:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @DeVANtHaTeR it’s a martial weapon but it isn’t light \$\endgroup\$ – Dale M May 4 at 1:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ ah, now i got what you mean, thaught you mean that there are complications with my class:D thank you for that answer:) \$\endgroup\$ – DeVANtHaTeR May 4 at 2:10

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