One of my party rolled up a dragonborn (race) Draconic Bloodline sorcerer in a session and after going through the race, class, and background (outlander), she ended up with just 4 skill proficiencies: 2 from her class, and then 2 from the background.

The other 3 players all have come out with more than this. Having never run a sorcerer before, is this the correct number of skill proficiencies? Or have I missed something here?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you confirm that you're using "Dragonborn sorcerer (Both race and sorceror archetype)" to refer to the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer subclass in addition to the dragonborn race? \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Aug 22, 2020 at 22:04

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Yes, a Dragonborn sorcerer only has 4 skill proficiencies: 2 from sorcerer and 2 from their background.

That said, there are only 3 classes that grant more than 2 skill proficiencies: Bard and Ranger gain 3, and Rogues get to choose 4. Having only 4 proficiencies is therefore quite common, unless your Race grants additional proficiencies, e.g. Elves (Perception), Half-Elves (Any 2) or Half-Orcs (Intimidation).


Yes, this is correct.


Skills: Choose two...

Outlander background:

Skill Proficiencies: Athletics, Survival.


  • \$\begingroup\$ I think it’s just due to the other characters around the table having more, but that’s due to either race or class \$\endgroup\$
    – Richard C
    Aug 22, 2020 at 11:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RichardC it helps if that kind of information is in the question; it provides context on what you’re actually asking. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 22, 2020 at 12:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ Seems like OP wasn’t sure if they were missing something. What seems obvious to you may not be obvious to others, that comment about confusion is unnecessary. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 22, 2020 at 19:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ I went ahead and edited out the last line as it could be read as being a bit condescending towards the OP, though hopefully it was not intended that way. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 23, 2020 at 16:35

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