The Wages of War


Fighter is a descriptive term for a combat expert skilled with a variety of weapons and trained to protect other members of a group. A skilled fighter defines the front line of any battle, holding it while their allies maneuver. Any individual fighter can use almost any armor and weapon they choose and benefits from the ability to quickly learn more and more tactical maneuvers. With the proper time and training, fighters become capable of mastering their weapons to the point of killing opponents in a single blow.[1]

Some take up arms for glory, wealth, or revenge. Others do battle to prove themselves, to protect others, or because they know nothing else. Still others learn the ways of weaponcraft to hone their bodies in battle and prove their mettle in the forge of war. Lords of the battlefield, fighters are a disparate lot, training with many weapons or just one, perfecting the uses of armor, learning the fighting techniques of exotic masters, and studying the art of combat, all to shape themselves into living weapons. Far more than mere thugs, these skilled warriors reveal the true deadliness of their weapons, turning hunks of metal into arms capable of taming kingdoms, slaughtering monsters, and rousing the hearts of armies. Soldiers, knights, hunters, and artists of war, fighters are unparalleled champions, and woe to those who dare stand against them.



A pair of Hoplites by Captain Keyes.

Fighters excel at combat—defeating their enemies, controlling the flow of battle, and surviving such sorties themselves. While their specific weapons and methods grant them a wide variety of tactics, few can match fighters for sheer battle prowess.

Suggested ArchetypesEdit


  • The Fighter is by far the most versatile class in the entire history of the D&D game.  The class surpasses the versatility of the rogue.
  • The class's versatility is finally addressed by Weapon styles in AD&D 2nd Edition with Weapon Proficiencies[2], in Pathfinder with Archetypes[3], and  D&D 5th Edition's themes for the Fighter[citation needed].
  • The Fighter first appeared in Dungeons and Dragons as the Fighting Man[citation needed].


  1. Rob Heinsoo, Andy Collins, James Wyatt (June 2008). Player's Handbook 4th edition, p. 75. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-4867-1.
  2. David "Zeb" Cook (1999). Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, 2nd Edition Player's Handbook, p. 71. TSR, Inc.ISBN 0-7869-0329-5.
  3. Jason Bulmahn (2010). Advanced Player's Guide, p. 72. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-246-3.

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