Are the rules in the Player's Handbook different from the Starter Set rules or just more expanded? Can you carry your level 5 character created from the Starter Set forward into "regular" play?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you talking about playing informally with friends, or formally in an Adventurer's league or other official play? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 30, 2015 at 4:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Related, possible duplicate (though this asks about the PHB whereas the other question asks about the basic rules): Difference between DnD 5e Starter Set and Basic Rules \$\endgroup\$
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    Jul 19, 2019 at 0:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ I’ve added the [new-*] tags since this deals with the starter set, which has a high likelihood of being used by new players/GMs, and a new player looking in the tag might be interested in this question. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 21, 2023 at 15:15

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It's all the same game

It was part of the design of 5e D&D that there should be different entry points to the one game. These ended up being:

  • a boxed set of "board game" complexity (the Starter Set)
  • a free version of the core rules with few options (the Basic Rules)
  • the full version of the game, with lots of options (the Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual)

But they are all the same game, and all completely compatible, and you can continue using your Phandelver characters with the full ruleset.


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