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All adventurers of all shapes and sizes! I am grateful for your visit to my website. Are you addicted to AC or are you in desperate need of it? This feat is well worth a look. This is what we are currently talking about dnd 5e defensive duelist feat found in the players handbook and if you’re unfamiliar with how feats work when you get them stuff like that i’ll give you a brief kind of summarization here.

These feats can be obtained at each level. They are more common for certain classes than others. However, your ability score doesn’t increase. They’re essentially extra abilities and traits you can give your characters. That being said let’s take a look at the description for defensive duelist feat 5e.


First, you need to have a prerequisite. Minimum 13 dexterity is required. Assuming that conditions met though there’s nothing else like there’s no race prerequisite or class prerequisite who said it’s just the 13 or higher DEX.

Prerequisite: Minimum 13-level Dexterity

Whenever you’re wielding the finesse weapon with which you’re proficient and also an another creature hits you by a melee attack, you can easily able to use your reaction for adding your proficiency bonus to your AC for that specific attack, potentially causing the attack for missing you.

It is very easy to do. But let’s go through a quick walk-through and break it down just a little bit.


The weapon in your hand can be used for picking your decks and strengths as long you have finesse. After an attack hits you, you have the option to add your proficiency bonus or burn a response on your AC. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how incredibly useful this is.

It can really quite literally save your life and there’s ways to make your AC ludicrously high and if that’s what you’re trying to do then this definitely worth looking into. You can access all features and classes with ease by scaling it up, depending on your level. It’s definitely a good choice. Let’s have a look at my thoughts.

Personal Thoughts

This could be a huge advantage for melee fighters. Especially if you are for example a Gish character that’s using a deck space weapon or you are a rogue that would be super useful if you’re doing a lot of close quarters combat and you can stack it with a shield as well and if you are a war forged rogue with the shield, you can do ludicrously high AC. It’s quite absurd.

That being said i mean outside of frontline fighters i can’t really see anyone else picking this. You can correct me if I am wrong. If you have any ideas or other uses for this or other builds, please post them in the comments. They are always enjoyable to read, and I hope that you have a wonderful day.