D&D 5E Guide: How To Multiclass – Sorcerer (2023)

D&D 5E Guide: How To Multiclass – Sorcerer (1)


Multiclassing in D&D is a great way to add depth to your character. Spice up your Sorcerer with this 5E Sorcerer multiclass guide.

5E multiclassed Sorcerers are literal fonts of magical power in D&D 5E. All Sorcerers stand out with a few mechanical tricks. These tricks keep them casting more spells more efficiently. They’ve also got better results than other casters, thanks to their metamagic powers.

These players’ subclasses grant them some versatile abilities, and they make an excellent base for many a multiclass build. It’s no wonder they’re among top three most multiclassed classes in all of 5E.

And multiclassing a 5E Sorcerer is surprisingly effective. There are a few considerations you want to keep in mind.

Are you looking to increase your magical prowess? One of the Sorcerer’s weaknesses is their limited number of known spells. Do you just want to complement your quickened spell shenanigans? Or are you looking to add a bit of melee muscle? Because Sorcerers make surprisingly strong Gishes.

Either way, knowing how to multiclass opens up a lot of options for you.

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What Makes Sorcerers So Magical?

The first part of it is metamagic, in particular quicken spell. It lets you cast any spell with a casting time of 1 action as a bonus action instead. This means you’ll still have your action available to do things. First, you’ll want to brush up on the bonus action casting rules.

A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell, provided that you haven’t already taken a bonus action this turn. You can’t cast another spell during the same turn, except for a cantrip with a casting time of I action.

So you won’t be able to cast another spell except for a cantrip when you do this. It really only gets confusing when you mix in something like Fighter, but that’s one of the classes that pairs well with Sorcerer. So, keep that in mind.

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Other key ingredients in a multiclassed 5E Sorcerer are the subclass features. These can open up all new abilities and spell options that can compliment the build.

If you want more magic, origins like Aberrant Mind or Clockwork Soul add new spells to your list. While the Draconic origin adds elemental damage once you get up to 6th level.

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More unusual origins like Shadow Sorcerer or Storm Sorcerer have unique capabilities all their own. Typically as a 5E multiclass Sorcerer, you’ll want to sink as many levels as you can into Sorcerer. But it can be worth it to take a mix in certain builds.


5E Sorcerer Multiclass Options

Sorcerers and Paladins are probably one of the most popular/powerful multiclass combos out there. You’ll need a Strength and Dex of at least 13 to hang, but there are two ways that this build works.

The first requires you to focus on Strength. This makes melee your priority, specifically looking for ways to smite your foes with melee weapon attacks. Your Sorcerer spells will help fuel your smite engine, and when you run out, you can use sorcery points to create even more spell slots.

Depending on how high level you’re playing, you’ll typically want 2 or 6 levels of Paladin to back up whatever Sorcerer shenanigans you’re going for. Level 2 unlocks Smite and a Fighting Style. It also gets you the furthest along in terms of spellcasting.

Going Paladin to level 6 gets you most of what makes a Paladin a Paladin. You gain Extra Attack, Aura of Protection, etc.)

Your subclasses almost don’t matter at this point. If you’re going to pick up Channel Divinity as a Paladin, the Oath of Devotion plays pretty well with a Sorcerer’s focus on Charisma.

But even that’s icing on the cake. The cake itself? The fact that you’ll have at least two levels of Paladin to make you tough in melee.

And with however many levels of Sorcerer, you can use your action to make an attack and smite and quicken a spell to do whatever you need. This can give you some incredibly powerful but spell-slot-hungry turns in combat.

The other way this build works is with a dash of Hexblade. A single level of Hexblade gets you Hex Warrior, which lets you ignore Strength (outside of needing a 13). Instead, it uses your Charisma for determining your attack and damage bonus on melee attack rolls.

You can’t use it on a two-handed weapon, but in these cases, the actual weapon is doing so little work, it almost doesn’t matter. Pick up Duelist fighting style and you’ll be fine.


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Sorcerers andBards make for the most versatile, flexible magical combo. This one is extremely straightforward.

Both of these classes rely on Charisma for their magical abilities, and both benefit from being able to cast spells and have expanded spell lists. And the Sorcerer brings a lot more of the damaging options to a Bard’s spell list.

The best combination is probably College of Lore Bard. That gets you the most magical stuff. If you’re dead-set on playing a melee bard, Sorcerer brings much of what it does to the Paladin build above. But for sheer magical magnificence? Bard is a great combo.

You’ll want to start off as a Sorcerer to lock in your subclass and to begin with proficiency in Con saves. Then switch over to Bard for however many levels as you plan to take.

6 levels will get you everything you want out of the Bard chassis, including Magical Secrets for even more spells, Cutting Words, and expertise. Then just stack in Sorcerer all the way ’til twenty.

You can mix and match as you see fit, but when stacking spellcaster classes together, you want to keep your spell progression moving as seamlessly as you can. The same goes for getting those all-important Ability Score Increases and Feats.

Sorcerersand Warlocksare, unsurprisingly, another great 5E Sorcerer multiclass combo.

Once again, you have nothing but your Charisma to rely on. In spite of all of that, you gain an incredible amount of versatility. Even though the spellcasting structure is a little different– Warlocks have very few spell slots but that refresh frequently– there’s still a lot to be gained.


Sorcerer/Warlock combos have a lot to offer. Two levels of Warlock gets you Eldritch Blast and the Agonizing Blast invocation, which give you the best damage cantrip in the game. And with Quickened Spell, you can cast it twice in a round, giving you effectively more attacks than a fighter.

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If you don’t mind stretching the rules a little, you can also convert your Warlock spell slots into sorcery points, then convert those sorcery points into additional spell slots. Then lather, rinse, and repeat for a while.

Just remember that a long rest will reset everything, and if you don’t rest, you will eventually die of exhaustion (unless you happen to have a huge supply of diamond powder for Greater Restoration).

But even without cheesing the rules, Sor/Locks still get a lot. You can make this build into either a pure spellcasting character, or you can go Hexblade and melee it up with the best of them…

Happy Adventuring! Let us know your favorite 5E sorcerer multiclass builds in the comments.

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Author: J.R. Zambrano

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  • FAQs

    What should I multiclass with sorcerer 5E? ›

    Multiclass Recommendations by Subclass
    • Aberrant Mind Sorcerer Subclass (TCoE)
    • Clockwork Soul Sorcerer Subclass (TCoE)
    • Divine Soul Sorcerer Subclass (XGtE)
    • Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer Subclass (PHB)
    • Shadow Magic Sorcerer Subclass (XGtE)
    • Storm Sorcerer Subclass (XGtE)
    • Wild Magic Sorcerer Subclass (PHB)
    Apr 1, 2022

    Is it a good idea to multiclass in 5E? ›

    You should multiclass when you're looking to address a gap in your character's capabilities, such as poor action economy, low AC, or new spellcasting options. As explained above, many characters work fine as a single-class character, but sometimes new class features can really add a lot to your character.

    At what level should you multiclass 5E? ›

    It is commonly recommended to hold off on multiclassing until you reach at least level 5 in your base class. In an ongoing campaign, when you can multiclass will be largely decided based on your DMs leveling structure.

    What is the most overpowered class in 5e? ›

    The paladin is perhaps the most powerful combatant of all of D&D 5e's classes. It combines the best aspects of the fighter and cleric into a single character. Paladins get a fighter's weapons, spellcasting like a cleric, and several unique features. These make paladins terrifying to fight.

    What is the most powerful multiclass in DND? ›

    Dungeons & Dragons: Best Multiclass Combinations
    • 8 Rogue/Fighter.
    • 7 Barbarian/Rogue.
    • 6 Artificer/Barbarian.
    • 5 Cleric/Druid.
    • 4 Rogue/Artificer.
    • 3 Artificer/Wizard.
    • 2 Cleric/Wizard.
    • 1 Paladin/Fighter.

    What race is best for sorcerer? ›

    Generally the drow half-elf is a better choice because you get both a cantrip and some leveled innate spells. Standard Half-ElfPHB: Two skills are great if you plan to be the party's Face.

    What skill is priority for sorcerer? ›

    Sorcerer Ability Scores

    The sorcerer's spellcasting ability is based on their charisma, so naturally, charisma is the number one priority when it comes to stats.

    What proficiency is best for sorcerer? ›

    The sorcerer class has weapon proficiencies for light crossbows, quarterstaffs, slings, daggers, and darts, but not other simple weapons. About the only thing I'd recommend keeping track of is a light crossbow. It can come in handy if you're in a situation where magic doesn't work like an anti-magic field.

    What are the downsides of multiclassing? ›

    Every level you multiclass means lopping off potential powers reserved, or even expected of, mid and high level play. Each multiclassed level starts to cut off a casters' access to 9th level spells, and Clerics immediately lose the upgrade that allows Divine Intervention to work automatically.

    What are the disadvantages of multiclassing D&D? ›

    A player who evenly spaces out their levels while multiclassing will take longer to receive new ability score points or Feats. Essentially, this means players who multiclass will lag even farther behind the solo class members of the group over time.

    How do Cantrips work with Multiclassing? ›

    Cantrips act like 4e's At-Will spells and as such level with each "tier" in 5e to maintain their usefulness. Tying this to character level means that players who multiclass or for example start off with a free cantrip (such as High Elves) are still able to make use of those cantrips throughout the whole of the game.

    What character is best to multiclass with? ›

    To those who plan on Multiclassing, ideal options to consider include Artificer-Cleric, Barbarian-Fighter, and Bard-Paladin Multiclasses to maximize both survival and utility offerings.

    How many spell slots should I have multiclass? ›

    You determine your available spell slots by adding together all your levels in the bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, and wizard classes, half your levels (rounded down) in the paladin and ranger classes, and a third of your fighter or rogue levels (rounded down) if you have the Eldritch Knight or the Arcane Trickster ...

    Why is multiclass classification difficult? ›

    Abstract: In classification problems, as the number of classes increases, correctly classifying a new instance into one of them is assumed to be more challenging than making the same decision in the presence of fewer classes.

    What is the most fun character to play in D&D? ›

    Monks are some of the most fun characters you can make in D&D. Being able to dodge attacks with little armor and punch enemies to death never gets old. You can take this to the next level with Shadow Monks.

    What is the most charismatic class in D&D? ›

    Warlocks are a class known for their traditionally high charisma which they utilize in order to cast spells.

    Can you multiclass two subclasses? ›

    By the rules you cannot. The rules for multiclassing state: 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. A subclass is not a new class.

    What is the most broken class combo in 5e? ›


    The warlock and sorcerer are one of D&D 5e's most infamous multiclass combos. A build combining the two is often dubbed the "coffeelock." This build takes advantage of the warlock's ability to regain spell slots on a short rest and the D&D sorcerer's ability to convert spell slots into sorcery points.

    What class has the highest damage in D&D? ›

    1 Wizard - School Of Evocation

    As Evocation spells tend to be some of the highest damaging in the game, it's no surprise that the Wizard's School of Evocation is one of the best DPS subclasses in D&D, abling its adherents to deal massive amounts of damage quickly.

    What is the most powerful 5e build? ›

    The best D&D 5E character builds are:

    Human Polearm Fighter. Warforged Cleric. Aasimar Redeemer Paladin.

    Which is better wizard or Sorcerer 5E? ›

    Unlike a wizard who can accumulate spells over time, a sorcerer has a set amount. They can only gain new spells by swapping one out with another. The advantage, however, is that Sorcerers get access to something called metamagic. These abilities allow them to more precisely control their spells.

    What is the best tiefling variant for a Sorcerer? ›

    If you plan on making a tiefling sorcerer, I recommend choosing either the Glasya tiefling variant or the Dispater tiefling variant. Both of these variants lose that +1 Intelligence bonus for a +1 Dexterity bonus that will make your sorcerer a bit more survivable.

    What do Sorcerers cast with? ›

    As with all classes in D&D 5E, sorcerers cast their spells using one of the particular ability cores present in the RPG. In this case, you'll be using your character's charisma ability modifier to cast spells, along with your proficiency bonus.

    What is sorcerer weakness? ›

    Even when sorcerers become a spirit even without a physical body, they can also possess people. And they can avoid attacks (physical and magical) when these attacks only phased through them and not harm them. Yet, spirit sorcerers are weak against electricity.

    What is the best early weapon for sorcerer? ›

    The players who rely on magic-based attacks and spells, Crystal Sage's Rapier is the best weapon for sorcerer Dark Souls 3. This weapon is the best for long-range and close attacks.

    What alignment should a sorcerer be? ›

    I have read that Neutrals are the best alignments for Sorcerers.

    What stats should I level up as a sorcerer? ›

    If you want a serious Sorcerer on your hands, you'll need to prioritise some stats; Intelligence, Mind, and Vigor, plus a little Dexterity. Intelligence is highly important to this type of mage build, as your equipment and spellcasting relies on it.

    How much Dex should a sorcerer have? ›

    It's generally worth having a +1 or +2 in dex for non heavy armor users. Between dex and con, both are solid choices. Good to know about the attacks.

    Is Multiclassing weaker? ›

    Overall multiclass characters will always be weaker in maximum power output than those that don't because they will have to wait to get the upper level abilities of a class.

    How many times can you multiclass in D&D? ›

    In D&D How many times can a player Multiclass. There's no hard limit on how many times you can multiclass in 5e. As long as you can still gain levels and you meet the pre-requisites, you can gain a level in a new class. You could gain a level in every class if you really wanted to, though it wouldn't be a good idea.

    What is the multiclass penalty 5e? ›

    If a multiclass character's classes are not nearly the same level, then he suffers a multiclass penalty of -20% XP for each class that is not within 1 level of his most experienced class. These penalties apply from the moment the character adds a class or raises a class's level too high.

    Which class to start with when multiclassing? ›

    Unless you really need Heavy Armor (which you probably won't if you're going Bard or Rogue) multiclassing into Fighter (or Paladin) will give you everything you need. But beyond that unless you need a particular set of saving throws or skills Fighter (or Paladin) is by far your best choice for primary class.

    Do you pick a subclass when Multiclassing? ›

    Do You Get to Pick a Subclass For Both Classes? Yes, you get to pick a subclass from both of your classes when multiclassing in Dungeons and Dragons.

    Do you lose spell slots when Multiclassing? ›

    That is correct. The multi-classing rules state that you select the spells known or prepared based on your levels in the specific classes but you receive spell slots based on the combination of classes.

    How does Caster Multiclassing work? ›

    If you multiclass but have the Spellcasting feature from only one class, you follow the rules as described in that class. Spells Known and Prepared. You determine what spells you know and can prepare for each class individually, as if you were a single-classed member of that class.

    Can you use two cantrips if you have two attacks? ›

    They can cast a cantrip in replacement of an attack that they take during the Attack action, but only one. They can't do two cantrips in the same action, they can do one cantrip and one attack.

    Can you have two cantrips active at once? ›

    You cannot cast two cantrips during one action. That's why many cantrips scale as you level. To further explain what you read, if you cast a spell as a bonus action, you can only use your action to cast a cantrip. For example, there's a monster next to you.

    What classes go well together D&D? ›

    A good option for a party of three to four players is the Wizard, Cleric, and Fighter D&D class combination. In a three-party group, this gives players access to magic, healing, and strong attacks. To add to this, both Clerics and Wizards can do well in combat, though they don't have the attack bonuses of a Fighter.

    What is the boon of multiclass 5e? ›

    Boon of Multiclassing[edit]

    You do not gain any more Hit Dice. However, if the Hit Dice of the new class is higher than any of your existing Hit Dice, one of your smallest Hit Dice is upgraded to the new class's Hit Dice. You also gain hit points equal to half of the class's Hit Die size minus three (minimum 0).

    Do you gain skills from multiclassing? ›

    No. The multiclassing rules address this point specifically: When you gain a level in a class other than your first, you gain only some of that class's starting proficiencies, as shown in the Multiclassing Proficiencies table.

    How many spells can a sorcerer cast per day? ›

    As a Sorcerer, you know 5 cantrips. You can cast each of those 5 as many times as you want per day.

    How do spell slots work when multiclassing sorcerer and warlock? ›

    You can use spell slots interchangeably for casting warlock and bard spells. However, spell slots and pact magic slots don't combine when multiclassing. As a result, a level 1 bard has 2 first level slots and a level 4 warlock has 2 second level slots so you have a total of 2 first and 2 second level slots.

    How many spell slots does a sorcerer have at level 8? ›

    Starting Equipment
    LevelProficiency Bonus—Spell Slots per Spell Level—
    17 more rows

    Is multiclassing ever worth it in 5e? ›

    You should multiclass when you're looking to address a gap in your character's capabilities, such as poor action economy, low AC, or new spellcasting options. As explained above, many characters work fine as a single-class character, but sometimes new class features can really add a lot to your character.

    What loss to use for multiclass classification? ›

    Multi-class cross entropy loss is used in multi-class classification, such as the MNIST digits classification problem from Chapter 2, Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks.

    What races are best with Sorcerer? ›

    Generally the drow half-elf is a better choice because you get both a cantrip and some leveled innate spells. Standard Half-ElfPHB: Two skills are great if you plan to be the party's Face. Wood Half-ElfSCAG: Nothing useful for the Sorcerer.

    Is Rogue Sorcerer a good multiclass? ›

    Sorcerer. Though the Arcane Trickster archetype does a pretty good job portraying the magical Rogue, multiclassing with Sorcerer can be fun. They're reasonably effective too. One of the biggest benefits not available to Arcane Tricksters is the increased damage resistance Draconic Sorcerers get.

    What is a Sorcerer good for 5E? ›

    Being able to cast loads of spells in the biggest draw to playing a sorcerer in D&D 5E. As your character gains more levels, they'll be able to learn a greater number of more powerful spells. They'll even be able to switch out old spells for whichever new ones you fancy learning.

    What is the best Sorcerer bloodline? ›

    Arcane. If you just want to be a really fantastic vanilla Sorcerer, the Arcane bloodline is how you do it. You lose the flavor of other bloodlines, but you get to be absolutely fantastic at metamagic, and your bonus spells fill a lot of functions which adventuring parties absolutely need.

    What is the best stat for a Sorcerer? ›

    Sorcerer Ability Scores

    The sorcerer's spellcasting ability is based on their charisma, so naturally, charisma is the number one priority when it comes to stats. Assign the highest value to charisma, and work that score up to a full 20 as soon as possible to make sure the sorcerer is at their best.

    What race is best for mage Sorcerer? ›

    High Elves work great for Magicka Sorcerers for their magicka prowess, giving them higher damage with the sorcerer spells without sacrificing too much sustain.

    Is Sorcerer or Warlock better? ›

    The biggest gameplay distinction from wizards and sorcerers, though, is that Warlocks fare better in combat. Many of their spells are offensive in nature and allow them to take on enemies up close, combining their spells with martial skill.

    Can a multiclass sorcerer wear armor? ›

    Yes. And casters can take the armor proficiency feats to cast in armor. Or multiclass.

    Is Aasimar good for sorcerer? ›

    The innate CHA Ability Score bonus of Aasimar makes them an ideal fit for a Sorcerer, with players being able to add more flair to their character and class should they choose an Aasimar variant.

    What weapon should a sorcerer use? ›

    Typically, Sorcerers will almost exclusively use Magicka for their spells, and Stamina stays full and unused in combat. With a Bow, Sorcerers can totally max their Magicka bar with their spells and switch to a Bow to avoid losing any DPS while Magicka is being recharged.


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