Hermit Background D&D 5E

Today we’re going to be taking a look at the dnd hermit background 5e which is available on player’s handbook. Personally i haven’t seen a whole lot of use out of the hermit throughout the years. To be fair it’s not a particularly a bad background at all. It is a very different way of viewing your characters, which I believe is the greatest obstacle to people choosing it. By that what i mean is the hermit’s not very exciting it’s not even particularly interesting until you put your own spin on it and in order to do that it requires a little bit of thought. That being said though if this is your first time reading this article on our website and you’d like to stay updated on all that good stuff just check out the more dnd backgrounds i’ll keep it as updated as possible. Let’s dive into the hermit description first.


As a hermit background 5e you had lived in the seclusion – like either in the sheltered community such as a monastery, or else entirely alone – actually for a formative part of your personal life. That is, you sought out solitude and silence in your time away from the bustle of society.

  • Skill Proficiencies Medicine and Religion
  • Tool Proficiencies: Kit for herbalism
  • Languages: Choose one
  • Equipment: A scroll case filled with notes from your prayers or studies, a winter blanket, common clothes, and 5 gp.

Suggested Characteristics

Some hermits had a hermitic background, while others were more suited for solitude. Others could feel chafe and even long for company. No matter how much they love solitude, or if they long to escape it completely, the solitary lifestyle shapes their thoughts and ideals.

Only a few people are driven to madness by their many years of separation from society. The following tables provide a list of suggested characteristics.

Personality traits

D8 Personality Traits
1 Since I was so isolated, I have resorted to grunting and gestures instead of speaking.
2 I can remain utterly tranquil even when faced with disasters
3 Every topic was covered by the leader of my community, and I’m eager to share his wisdom.
4 I feel tremendous empathy and compassion for all those who are in pain.
5 I am oblivious about social expectations and etiquette.
6 I link everything that happens with me to a grand cosmic plan.
7 I can easily get lost in my thoughts and contemplation, losing sight of my surroundings.
8 I love to share my thoughts and am currently working on a great philosophical theory.


D6 Ideal
1 Greater Good. My gifts should be shared with everyone, not just mine. (Good)
2 Logic. Emotions should not overshadow our ability to see the truth and be right. (Lawful)
3 Free Thinking. Progress is built on curiosity and inquiry. (Chaotic)
4 Power. The paths to magical or mystical power are found in solitude and contemplation. (Evil)
5 Live and let Live. It is a problem to interfere in the affairs and affairs of others. (Neutral)
6 Self-Knowledge. Self-Knowledge is the only way to learn. (Any)


D6 Bond
1 Nothing is more important than my fellow members of my order, hermitage, or association.
2 To avoid being pursued by them, I sought refuge in seclusion. They will eventually be faced.
3 I am still searching for the enlightenment that I sought in solitude, but it is still not there.
4 I chose seclusion because I was in love with someone I couldn’t have.
5 If my discovery is made public, it could spell doom for the entire world.
6 My isolation allowed me to see a great evil only I can defeat.


D6 Flaw
1 I now enjoy the world a lot more since I have returned to it.
2 I harbor dark, bloodthirsty ideas that meditation and isolation have failed to dispel.
3 I am rigid in my beliefs and thoughts.
4 I allowed my need for winning arguments to overshadow friendships, harmony, and peace.
5 It would be too risky to recover a bit of knowledge that I have forgotten.
6 I love keeping secrets, and will not share them with anyone.

Feature: Life of Seclusion

Two questions can be asked here, such as: “What is the reason for my isolation?” What did you do to make it possible to get rid of your loneliness? To determine the exact reason for your isolation, you can consult your dungeon master or you can roll on the table below.

D8 The Life of Seclusion
1 I was seeking spiritual enlightenment.
2 I was following the guidelines of a religious order by participating in communal living.
3 I was exiled because I did not commit a crime.
4 After a life-changing event, I chose to retreat from society.
5 I needed somewhere quiet to work on my literature, art, music, or manifesto.
6 I had to connect with nature far from civilization.
7 I was an ancient ruin or relic caretaker.
8 I was a pilgrim searching for spiritual significance.

Discovery: Feature

You have this feature among many dnd backgrounds because of hermit5e. The quiet solitude of your extended hermitage is what has allowed you to make a powerful and unique discovery. The nature of your solitude will determine the nature of the revelation.

This might be a great truth about very few aspects like the cosmos, deities, powerful beings on the outer planes and even different types of forces in the nature. You might be the only person to have ever seen it.

It is possible that you have found a forgotten fact or a relic of the past that could help rewrite history. You might have discovered information that is harmful to those who knew it or made you exile. The reason for your return to society.

Your dungeon master (DM), should be involved in your discovery. This will help you determine its impact on your campaign.

Other Hermits

Among all of the 5e backgrounds this  dnd hermit background do assume a contemplative sort of seclusion which basically allows the room for the purpose of study and also for prayer. The outlander 5e background is for you if you want to be a wild wilderness recluse who lives off the land while shunning all other people.

So on the other hand, if you wanna go in the more religious direction and the acolyte may be the thing that what you’re actually looking for. Or you could be the charlatan pretending to be wise and also holy and even having pious fools support your cause.

Take a look at our top article about acolyte background

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