Languages

Languages


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Your race indicates the languages your character can speak by default, and your background might give you access to one or more additional languages of your choice. Note these languages on your character sheet.


Choose your languages from the Standard Languages table, or choose one that is common in your campaign. With your DM's permission, you can instead choose a language from the Exotic Languages table or a secret language, such as thieves' cant or the tongue of druids.


Some of these languages are actually families of languages with many dialects. For example, the Primordial language includes the Auran, Aquan, Ignan, and Terran dialects, one for each of the four elemental planes. Creatures that speak different dialects of the same language can communicate with one another.


Standard Languages

Language 

Typical Speakers 

Script 

Common 

Humans 

Common 

Dwarvish 

Dwarves 

Dwarvish 

Elvish 

Elves 

Elvish 

Giant 

Ogres, Giants 

Dwarvish 

Gnomish 

Gnomes 

Dwarvish 

Goblin 

Goblinoids 

Dwarvish 

Halfling 

Halflings 

Common 

Orc 

Orcs 

Dwarvish 



Exotic Languages


Language 

Typical Speakers 

Script 

Abyssal 

Demons, Devils 

Infernal 

Celestial 

Celestials 

Celestial 

Draconic 

Dragons, Dragonborn 

Draconic 

Deep Speech 

Mindflayers, Beholders 

- 

Infernal 

Devils, Tieflings 

Infernal 

Primordial 

Elementals 

Dwarvish 

Sylvan 

Fey Creatures 

Elvish 

Undercommon 

Underdark Traders 

Elvish 






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