Languages in Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) Fifth Edition (5e)
Considering how varied the multiverse of DnD is, there is no wonder there are tons of languages in Dungeons & Dragons. From the interracially spoken common, to dark languages only demons or other rare creatures speak, the possibilities of languages spoken are limitless. Let’s try to understand more on this topic.
What languages are there in Dungeons & Dragons 5e?
Did you ever wonder how many languages are there in Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition? I did too! And the reality is that so far it has been impossible for me to give a proper answer. You have standard languages, exotic languages, race specific languages, class specific languages, languages mentioned only in some of the many Dungeons & Dragons books, etc. It’s tough to give a definite number.
That being said, the following table should give you a first idea on most of those languages, since I have been compiling it from as many sources as I could. Of course this only takes into account languages from official sources, since your Dungeon Master could very well invent a language for your DnD Campaign.
All the Languages in Dungeons and Dragons 5e
|Language||Script||Typical Speakers||Popularity||Appears On|
|Aquan (Primordial Dialect)||Dwarvish||Water Elementals||Exotic||Player’s Handbook|
|Auran (Primordial Dialect)||Dwarvish||Wind Elementals||Exotic||Player’s Handbook|
|Daelkyr||Daelkyr||Aberrations, denizens of Khyber||Exotic||Eberron: Rising from the Last War|
|Deep Speech||–||Mind flayers, beholders||Exotic||Player’s Handbook|
|Draconic||Draconic||Dragons, dragonborn||Exotic||Player’s Handbook|
|Giant||Dwarvish||Ogres, giants||Standard||Player’s Handbook|
|Ignan (Primordial Dialect)||Dwarvish||Fire Elementals||Exotic||Player’s Handbook|
|Quori||Quori||Inspired, kalashtar, quori||Exotic||Eberron: Rising from the Last War|
|Riedran||Common||People of Sarlona||Standard||Eberron: Rising from the Last War|
|Sylvan||Elvish||Fey creatures||Exotic||Player’s Handbook|
|Terran (Primordial Dialect)||Dwarvish||Earth Elementals||Exotic||Player’s Handbook|
|Thieves’ Cant||–||Thieves, beggars, hustlers and rogues.||Secret||Player’s Handbook|
|Undercommon||Elvish||Underdark traders||Exotic||Player’s Handbook|
Now that we have explored all the different languages mentioned in Dungeons & Dragons 5e books, we will continue by answering some popular questions regarding languages spoken by certain races and all the way around.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding D&D 5e Languages
There are certain languages that are easier to understand than others, and by understanding, I don’t mean actually listening to them, but making sense of how they work and who speaks them. That’s why I have created the following list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding Dungeons & Dragons’ languages.
Who Speaks Abyssal Language in 5e?
Abyssal language is mostly spoken by demons in Dungeons & Dragons 5e. Since it is the language spoken in the Abyss, a Chaotic Evil Outer Plane of Existence, other creatures that come from it, will speak it too.
Who Speaks Undercommon Language in D&D?
What is the Abyssal Language in DnD?
What Language Do Dwarves Speak in D&D?
What Languages do Dragonborn Speak in DnD?
What Language Do Demons Speak in 5e?
Do Tabaxi Have Their Own Language in Dungeons and Dragons?
What Language Do Fey Speak in DnD?
What Are the Most Common Languages in D&D 5e?
Unsurprisingly, Common is the most common language spoken in most multiverses of Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition.
It is the main language spoken by the human race, the predominant race in terms of numbers, and it’s the one people will default to when trying to communicate with foreigners. Pretty much like English in the real world.
After that, those languages marked with standard popularity in the table above are also quite widespread. Whenever you visit a tavern, no matter how remote it is, chances are high you will find at least one person you can communicate in Elvish or Dwarvish with.
How Many Languages Can You Learn in D&D?
We are greedy, aren’t we? I’m sure that one of the first things that pops into your mind when reading about languages in Dungeons & Dragons is, how many languages can you learn in DnD? What is the limit of languages for my character? Will I be able to speak every single language in the multiverse?
There are several factors that come into consideration when understanding how many languages you know in D&D 5e:
- Race: each race has a certain number of languages they can speak. Humans can speak, read and write Common and one extra language of your choice. Races like dwarfs, gnomes or dragonborn can speak they own language and Common too. Then, half-elves can speak Common, Elvish and another language of your choice, for a total of three.
- Class: certain divisions of certain classes grant more languages. For instance, the cleric’s Knowledge Domain grants two extra languages at 1st level. Rangers learn one of the languages that their favoured enemy speaks and druids speak Druidic, their secret language.
Can you learn languages in DnD?
How long does it take to learn a language in DND?