List of Backgrounds

An “AL Extra” refers to content that was not released in the source listed. Rather, it was created and introduced by the Adventurers League. While they are still legal backgrounds, you may wish to check with your DM before using any of them.

Additionally, any source that starts with “PS” is part of the Plane Shift series and is not inherently allowed. As always, please check with your DM before using it.

Name Source Skills Languages Tools
Acolyte PHB Insight (WIS), religion (INT) Any x2 None
Anthropologist ToA Insight (WIS), religion (INT) Any x2 None
Archaeologist ToA History (INT), survival (WIS) Any x1 Choose 1: cartographer’s tools, navigator’s tools
Black Fist Double Agent CoS (AL Extra) Deception (CHA), insight (WIS) None Disguise kit, and choose 1: artisan’s tools x1, gaming set x1
Caravan Specialist EE (AL Extra) Animal handling (WIS), survival (WIS) Any x1 Vehicles (land)
Charlatan PHB Deception (CHA), sleight of hand (DEX) None Disguise kit, forgery kit
City Watch SCAG Athletics (STR), insight (WIS) Any x2 None
Clan Crafter SCAG History (INT), insight (WIS) Any x1 Artisan’s tools x1
Cloistered Scholar SCAG History (INT), and choose 1: arcana (INT), nature (INT), religion (INT) Any x2 None
Cormanthor Refugee RoD (AL Extra) Nature (INT), survival (WIS) Elvish Artisan’s tools x1
Courtier SCAG Insight (WIS), persuasion (CHA) Any x2 None
Criminal PHB Deception (CHA), stealth (DEX) None Gaming set x1, thieves’ tools
Dissenter PS:A Special (See page) Special (See page) Special (See page)
Dragon Casualty CoS (AL Extra) Intimidation (CHA), survival (WIS) Draconic Special (See page)
Earthspur Miner EE (AL Extra) Athletics (STR), survival (WIS) Dwarvish, Undercommon None
Entertainer PHB Acrobatics (DEX), performance (CHA) None Disguise kit, musical instrument x1
Faction Agent SCAG Insight (WIS), and choose 1: special (See page) Any x2 None
Far Traveler SCAG Insight (WIS), perception (WIS) Any x1 Choose 1: musical instrument x1, gaming set x1
Folk Hero PHB Animal handling (WIS), survival (WIS) None Artisan’s tools x1, vehicles (land)
Gate Urchin RoD (AL Extra) Deception (CHA), sleight of hand (DEX) None Musical instrument x1, thieves’ tools
Gladiator PHB Acrobatics (DEX), performance (CHA) None Disguise kit, unusual weapon x1
Guild Artisan PHB Insight (WIS), persuasion (CHA) Any x1 Artisan’s tools x1
Guild Merchant PHB Insight (WIS), persuasion (CHA) Any x1 Navigator’s tools
Harborfolk EE (AL Extra) Athletics (STR), sleight of hand (DEX) None Gaming set x1, vehicles (water)
Haunted One CoS Choose 2: Arcana (INT), investigation (INT), religion (INT), survival (WIS) Exotic x1 None
Hermit PHB Medicine (WIS), religion (INT) Any x1 Herbalism kit
Hillsfar Merchant RoD (AL Extra) Insight (WIS), persuasion (CHA) None Vehicles (land), vehicles (water)
Hillsfar Smuggler RoD (AL Extra) Perception (WIS), stealth (DEX) Any x1 Forgery kit
House Agent WGE Investigation (INT), persuasion (CHA) None Special (See page)
Inheritor SCAG Survival (WIS), and choose 1: arcana (INT), history (INT), religion (INT) None Gaming set x1, musical instrument x1
Initiate PS:A Athletics (STR), intimidation (CHA) None Gaming set x1, vehicles (land)
Inquisitor PS:In Investigation (INT), religion (INT) None Artisan’s tools x1, thieves’ tools
Investigator SCAG Insight (WIS), investigation (INT) Any x2 None
Iron Route Bandit CoS (AL Extra) Animal handling (WIS), stealth (DEX) None Gaming set x1, vehicles (land)
Knight PHB History (INT), persuasion (CHA) Any x1 Gaming set x1
Knight of the Order SCAG Persuasion (CHA), and choose 1: special (See page) Any x1 Choose 1: gaming set x1, musical instrument x1
Mercenary Veteran SCAG Athletics (STR), persuasion (CHA) None Gaming set x1, vehicles (land)
Mulmaster Aristocrat EE (AL Extra) Deception (CHA) performance (CHA) None Artisan’s tools x1, musical instrument x1
Noble PHB History (INT), persuasion (CHA) Any x1 Gaming set x1
Outlander PHB Athletics (STR), survival (WIS) Any x1 Musical instrument x1
Phlan Insurgent CoS (AL Extra) Stealth (DEX), survival (WIS) None Artisan’s tools x1, vehicles (land)
Phlan Refugee EE (AL Extra) Athletics (STR), insight (WIS) Any x1 Artisan’s tools x1
Pirate PHB Athletics (STR), perception (WIS) None Navigator’s tools, vehicles (water)
Sage PHB Arcana (INT), history (INT) Any x2 None
Sailor PHB Athletics (STR), perception (WIS) None Navigator’s tools, vehicles (water)
Secret Identity RoD (AL Extra) Deception (CHA), stealth (DEX) None Disguise kit, forgery kit
Shade Fanatic RoD (AL Extra) Deception (CHA), intimidation (CHA) Netherese Forgery kit
Soldier PHB Athletics (STR), intimidation (CHA) None Gaming set x1, vehicles (land)
Spy PHB Deception (CHA), stealth (DEX) None Gaming set x1, thieves’ tools
Stojanow Prisoner CoS (AL Extra) Deception (CHA), perception (WIS) None Gaming set x1, thieves’ tools
Ticklebelly Nomad CoS (AL Extra) Animal handling (WIS), nature (INT) Giant Herbalism kit
Trade Sheriff RoD (AL Extra) Investigation (INT), persuasion (CHA) Elvish Thieves’ tools
Urban Bounty Hunter SCAG Choose 2: deception (CHA), insight (WIS), persuasion (CHA), stealth (DEX) None Choose 2: gaming set x1, musical instrument x1, thieves’ tools
Urchin PHB Sleight of hand (DEX), stealth (DEX) None Disguise kit, thieves’ tools
Uthgardt Tribe Member SCAG Athletics (STR), survival (WIS) Any x1 Choose 1: artisan’s tools x1, musical instrument x1
Vizier PS:A History (INT), religion (INT) None Artisan’s tools x1, musical instrument x1
Waterdhavian Noble SCAG History (INT), persuasion (CHA) Any x1 Choose 1: gaming set x1, musical instrument x1