D&D’s Official Alignment Test Explained

Dungeons & Dragons follows a set of personality alignments, and with the help of this test, players can confirm where their characters will fall.

There are many factors that come into play when someone sits down to build a character for a new Dungeons & Dragons campaign. From picking a class to understanding a species, creation can be complex and time-consuming. One of the things that a player must understand before launching into their adventure is Character Alignment. This collection of traits helps players determine how their character may respond in certain situations, and D&D publisher Wizards of the Coast provides a test to help understand how to align a character within the game’s morality system.

A character’s alignment can potentially affect things like which class the D&D character plays and how they respond in social settings. D&D crosses aspects like law vs. chaos with good vs. evil for nine different alignment combinations. A character can be lawful, neutral or chaotic, and that is paired with good, neutral and evil. A lawful character’s choices might be guided by a church, government or other set of rules and laws, while a chaotic character marches to beat of their own drum, not phased by the rules that govern a kingdom, church or town.

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For those who are unsure of which Alignment their character might be or want to double check what they’ve decided on, Wizards of the Coast offers an Alignment test for players to take on behalf of their characters. This test helps guide players who want to make sure their character fits into the correct alignment as dictated by the game’s developers. The test takes the player through a series of questions about personal morals, how the character views society, and what the character feels their place is within a community. Whether the character is willing to kill a king or fight alongside their countrymen against evil will effect the outcome of their alignment.

Dungeons & Dragons’ Test To Help Decide Character Alignment

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There is an issue with the Alignment Test, however, and it comes down to its age. Originally published in 2000, the test is 20 years old, and it could do with a refresh to reflect the changes that have been made to the game over the decades. While most of the questions seem to work well for a basic character, they don’t seem to reflect the complexity of D&D with all that has been expanded through 5e. It might be nice for players to have an updated official version of the test that takes more of the new content into consideration and offers a more up-to-date approach to character alignment, especially for those playing characters that don’t fit the old-school, 3.5e-style gameplay.

Discovering a new character’s Alignment before settling in to play a new D&D campaign with friends is part of the intense process of character creation. With the help of tools like the Alignment Test, players who may not understand the requirements for various alignments can establish where on the sliding scale their character falls. Dungeons & Dragons gameplay is complex, so hopefully players will see Wizards of The Coast refurbish the old Alignment Test to reflect some of the game’s newer changes.

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Updated: November 29, 2020 — 2:34 pm

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