Best Front Liner in D&D 5e: Paladin Tops Community Poll
This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Class Tier Rankings for D&D 5e: Who is the best Front Liner?" by Dungeon Dudes
TLDR The paladin is considered the best frontliner in D&D 5e, followed by the barbarian and fighter, according to a community poll.
This video ranks the classes in D&D 5e based on their ability to fulfill the front liner role, with S-tier being the best option regardless of subclass choice, but rankings should not discourage players from choosing their desired character and game fantasy.
Artificers are strong front-liners with tanky options and decent armor, while bards can be effective with the right spells and higher level magical secrets, but both have weaknesses in terms of hit points and certain subclasses may not be suitable for front-lining.
Barbarians are the best front liners in D&D 5e due to their high survivability and ability to soak up damage, while clerics are better suited as support characters.
Druids, particularly moon druids, are considered strong frontliners in D&D 5e due to their ability to transform into powerful creatures, but they have vulnerabilities and may not be the best overall frontliner.
The fighter is the best frontliner in D&D 5e due to its versatility, armor, hit points, and defensive tricks, while monks are not ideal frontliners due to their focus on mobility and evasion.
Paladins are the best frontliners in D&D 5e due to their ability to protect the party, high armor class, resistances, and versatility in combat, while rangers can be effective frontliners but may struggle if the rest of the party consists of squishy characters.
Rogues, sorcerers, warlocks, and wizards are ranked low as frontliners in D&D 5e due to their lack of durability and ability to protect others, with the exception of hex blades and blade singers who require specific builds and have weaknesses.
The top three frontliners in D&D 5e, according to the community poll, are the paladin, barbarian, and fighter, with the paladin being ranked number one by 41.9% of respondents.