Criminal Background 5E

From this article we’re going over the criminal dnd 5e background or the spy depending on how you want to look at it. The spy is considered to be a variant of this background, however there’s zero mechanical difference between the two. So, it’s really just the same thing. It’s found in the players handbook. This is probably the most popular background chosen, right up there alongside the charlatan or even the urchin. I can see the appeal, to be honest. It is compatible with many of the classes, including the rogue. But who knows? In any case let’s dive right on into its description. After reading this article we recommend you to check all of the backgrounds of dnd if you haven’t checked them yet.


Different backgrounds are part of dnd5e backgrounds. So from those you’re an experienced criminal background 5e because of that you have a dare to break the laws too and of course you have done so many times. You’d got this experience of breaking the law from other criminals with whom you had spent more time among the other criminals and more over you’ve contacts within the criminal underworld too. Of course from all those people you know you are far closer to the world of the murder, theft and also violence which pervades the underbelly of the civilization and of course you’ve survived up to this point by simply flouting most of the rules and regulations of the society.

  • Skill Proficiencies Deception, Stealth
  • Tool Proficiencies: One type of gaming set, thieves’ tools
  • Equipment: A crowbar, a set of dark common clothes including a hood, and a pouch containing 15 gp

Suggested Characteristics

All the criminals in dnd may look like villains from the surface, and many of them are. But there are some endearing and redeeming characteristics among them. Although they may have a lot of honor, criminals rarely show respect for law enforcement or authority.

Personality traits

D8 Personality traits
1 I am polite and respectful.
2 My nightmares are haunted by the memories of war. The images of violence are still etched in my brain.
3 I have lost many friends, and it has been slow for me to make new ones.
4 There are many stories from my military service that can be used to help you in any situation.
5 I can look at a hellhound without blinking.
6 I like to be strong and break things.
7 I have a crude sense for humor.
8 I confront problems head-on. Simple, direct solutions are the best way to succeed.


D6 Ideal
1 Greater Good: We are called to defend others and lay down our lives for their greater good. (Good)
2 Responsibility: I do what is necessary and I obey the law. (Lawful)
3 Independence: If people blindly follow orders, they are embracing a form of tyranny. (Chaotic)
4 Might: In war and life, the stronger force prevails. (Evil)
5 Live and Let Live: Ideals shouldn’t be sacrificed or taken to war. (Neutral)
6 Nation: My country, my nation, or all of that matter. (Any)


D6 Bond
1 I would still give my life to the people with whom I served.
2 My life was saved by someone on the battlefield. To this day, I will never forget a friend.
3 My life is my honor.
4 I will never forget the terrible defeat that my company was forced to suffer or the enemy who caused it.
5 The only ones worth dying for are those who fight beside me.
6 I stand up for the rights of those who are unable to fight for themselves.


D6 Flaw
1 It is still terrifying to think of the monsters we faced in battle.
2 I have little respect and admiration for anyone who has not been a successful warrior.
3 I made a terrible mistake in battle cost many lives – and I would do anything to keep that mistake secret.
4 My hatred for my enemies is blinding and unreasoning.
5 I comply with the law, even when it causes me pain.
6 I would rather eat my armour than admit I am wrong.

Criminal Specialties

Many types of criminals are found in dnd backgrounds. However, members of thieves guilds or similar criminal organizations had their own specialties. Even the d&d criminal’s those who operate outside of the such organizations can have the strongest preferences for certain kinds of crime over the others. So you can select the role that you’ve played in your life when you being a criminal, or else you can simply roll on the below table.

D8 Criminal Specialties
1 Blackmailer
2 Burglar
3 Enforcer
4 Fence
5 Highway robbers
6 Hired killer
7 Pickpocket
8 Smuggler

Feature: Criminal Contact 5E

The best reliable and trustworthy contacts are those who act as your liaison to a network of other criminals. You actually know how to get messages to your contact even from great distances.

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Spy: Spy/Variant Criminal

Even though your abilities aren’t more differ from those of burglar or the smuggler, you’ve learned and also practiced them in a different context; Like an espionage agent. Of course, you might be an officially sanctioned agent of the crown, or else probably you’ve sold the secrets which you’ve uncovered to the highest bidder.

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