Pirate DnD 5E Background

Hello adventurers! if you’re wondering is there a pirate background 5e? This article will answer all your questions. today we are going to be going over pirate dnd 5e background which in my opinion is one of the more interesting backgrounds in the player’s handbook. This is because it goes against many of the background options in the player’s handbook. So it is interesting, in any case if you haven’t seen all of our dnd backgrounds list yet and you would like to, please do check out the list by visit our official page. In any case let’s dive right on into the pirate by first checking out its description.


You’ve been sailed on a seagoing vessel for many years. In this particular time of your life, you’ve faced the mighty storms and monsters of the depths. There are also those who would love to see you sink in the bottomless depths. Your first love may be a distant line on the horizon, but you are certain that it is time to explore something new.

With your DM, you discuss the nature of a ship you have sailed before. These are the questions.

Is it a merchant or naval ship, a vessel of discovery, a ship-of-record, or a pirateship? It is how famous is it? It is it well-traveled? Is it still in use?

What were your duties on board – boatswain, captain, navigator, cook, or some other position? Who was the captain and first mate of the ship? Are you on good terms with your crew or are you on the run?

  • Skill Proficiencies Athletics, Perception
  • Tool Proficiencies: Navigator’s tools, vehicles (water)
  • Languages: None
  • Equipment: A belaying pin (club), 50 feet of silk rope, a lucky charm such as a rabbit foot or a small stone with a hole in the center (or you may roll for a random trinket on the Trinkets table in chapter 5), a set of common clothes, and a belt pouch containing 10 gp

Feature: Ship’s Passage

You can easily get free passage on a sailing vessel for yourself or your adventuring companions whenever you feel the need. You could sail on a ship you have served on or another ship with which you have good relations (possibly one skippered by a former crewmate).

Just because of you’re callig in the favor, that you can not be a specific either of a schedule or route that will meet your every need. You will be able to determine how long it takes to get to where you need to go. Your free passage is in exchange for you and your companions being able to help the crew along the way.

Variant Feature: Pirate

You’ve spent all of your youth under a sway of a dread pirate, usually a ruthless cutthroat those who taught you how can you survive in the world of the sharks and savages. However, you’ve indulged in the larceny upon high seas and sent more than a deserving soul for the briny grave. The fear and also bloodshed are no strangers for you, and of course you’ve been garnered a somewhat unsavory reputation in many of a port town.

Alternative: Bad Reputation

Suppose, if your character has this pirate background, then you may do select this background feature instead of the Ship’s Passage. No matter where you go, people will be afraid of you due to your reputation. You can still get away with minor criminal offenses like refusing food at a tavern and breaking down local shops doors. The majority of people will not report your activities to the authorities.

Suggested Characteristics

5e: Pirate Personality Traits

d8 Personality Traits
1 My friends know that they can count on me no matter what.
2 I work hard to be able to play when I’m done with work.
3 I love sailing to new ports and meeting new people over a pint of ale.
4 I tell the truth because it makes for a great story.
5 I find a tavern brawl a good way to meet new people.
6 A friendly bet is always a good idea.
7 My language is as bad as an otyugh nest.
8 I love a job well done, especially when it can be convinced to be done by someone else.

DnD Pirate Background Ideals

d6 Ideal
1 Respect: Mutual respect between crew and captain is what keeps a ship together. (Good)
2 Fairness: All of us do the work and share the rewards. (Lawful)
3 Freedom: The sea is freedom. It’s freedom. (Chaotic)
4 Mastery: I am a predator. The other ships in the sea are my prey. (Evil)
5 People: I’m committed not to ideals but to my crewmates. (Neutral)
6 Aspiration: One day I will own my ship and chart my destiny. (Any)


d6 Bond
1 I will always be loyal to my captain, and all other things second.
2 The ship is most important – crewmates and captains come and go.
3 My first ship will always be with me.
4 A paramour in a harbor town nearly took my eyes from the ocean.
5 I was cheated and deserve my fair share of the profits. I am determined to recover my money.
6 My captain and crewmates were murdered by ruthless pirates, who plundered my ship and left me to die. My revenge will be exact.


d6 Flaw
1 I obey orders, even when they seem wrong to me.
2 To avoid extra work, I will say whatever it takes.
3 I don’t back down if anyone questions my courage, no matter how dire the situation.
4 It’s difficult for me to quit drinking once I have started.
5 I find it hard not to keep track of any trinkets or coins that are left behind.
6 My pride is likely to lead me to my demise.

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