DnD 5e Deities

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The Gods and Goddesses of the Forgotten Realms  

I think we’ve all rolled up a cleric at one time or another and just picked a god that matched the domain you want, there’s no shame in it. But D&D gods have a lot of history, iconography, and lusciously crafted flavor that you can sculpt your entire persona around. D&D deities come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments, building off a history dating back all the way to the beginning of D&D.

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Forgotten Realm Pantheon

With the prevalence of homebrew pantheons and all the numerous worlds you might end up in, this dnd gods list is in no way comprehensive. Instead the following list of dnd deities encompasses all the Forgotten Realms deities, or at least the current forgotten realms deities, since the pantheon has shifted from edition to edition. We’re also including a little cliff note section, just to give you a better overview of what each deity is all about.

Forgotten Realms Pantheon

Deity 

Alignment

Suggested Domains

Symbol

Cliff Notes

Auril, Goddess of Winter

NE

Nature, Tempest

Six-pointed snowflake

Lots of human sacrifices on icy altars, for evil and ice themed characters only.

Azuth, God of Wizards

LN

Arcana,

Knowledge

Left hand pointing upward outlined in fire

Stereotypical old bearded wizard elevated to godhood, for characters who love them some wizarding.

Bane, God of Tyranny

LE

Order,

War

Upright black right hand, with thumb and fingers together

Lord of being generically evil, think black knights and big evil churches.

Beshaba, Goddess of Misfortune

CE

Trickery

Black antlers

Think Jinx from “Teen Titans” elevated to godhood, loves bad luck and assassins.

Bhaal, God of Murder

NE

Death

Skull surrounded by a ring of blood droplets

Blood for the blood god, murder for the murder god. Bhaal just loves him some killing.

Chauntea, Goddess of Agriculture

NG

Life

Sheaf of grain or a blooming rose over grain

Cornucopias and good harvests, she’s the obvious pick for former farmer characters. 

Cyric, God of Lies

CE

Trickery

White jawless skull on black or purple sunburst

Mad god that successfully pissed off literally everybody, pick at your own risk, nobody is going to like you.

Deneir, God of Writing

NG

Knowledge

Lit candle above an open eye

Nerdier and weaker brother of Oghma, good for the nerdy underdog characters.

Eldath, Goddess of Peace

NG

Life, Nature

Waterfall plunging into still pool

Pacifist lake goddess of healing, good choice for healers and druids.

Gond, God of Craft

N

Forge,

Knowledge

Toothed cog with four spokes

If your character’s whole deal is making stuff, then Gond is a good bet.

Helm, God of Protection

LN

Life, Light, Protection

Light Staring eye on upright left gauntlet 

Knight god who defends the weak, especially children.

Ilmater, God of Endurance

LG

Life, Protection

Hands bound at the wrist with red cord

Martyr god who’s all about persevering for a better future, good for particularly selfless paladins. 

Kelemvor, God of the Dead

LN

Grave,

Death

Upright skeletal arm holding balanced scales

Somber but not evil, dutiful guard of the dead and bastion against undeath.

Lathander, God of Birth and Renewal

NG

Life, Light

Light Road traveling into a sunrise

The morninglord, pure chad energy, kind of vain but great for paladins and artists.

Leira, Goddess of Illusion

CN

Trickery

Point-down triangle containing a swirl of mist

She likes mists, masks and lies, not a bad option for sneaky characters.

Lliira, Goddess of Joy

CG

Life

Triangle of three six-pointed stars

Imagine if a “manic pixie dream girl” became a goddess. Fun bard pick.

Loviatar, Goddess of Pain

LE

Death

Nine-tailed barbed scourge

Quite literally the dominatrix goddess, super kinky.

Malar, God of the Hunt

CE

Nature

Clawed paw

One of the more tolerable evil gods, a good choice for evil druids.

Mask, God of Thieves

CN

Trickery

Black mask

If your edgelord rogue became a god he’d become Mask, and he’s a genuinely still a good pick for edgelord rogues.

Mielikki, Goddess of Forests

NG

Nature

Unicorn’s head

Think Artemis or any other “Huntress goddess” and you’re right on the money, good for rangers.

Milil, God of Poetry and Song

NG

Light

Five-stringed harp made of leaves

The bard god of bards for bardic reasons who loves bards.

Myrkul, God of Death

NE

Death

White human skull

Death god in decidedly evil spooky skeleton flavor.

Mystra, Goddess of Magic

NG

Arcana,

Knowledge

Circle of seven stars, or nine stars encircling a flowing red mist, or a single star

Magical lady devoted to keeping magic from getting out of hand and blowing everybody up.

Oghma, God of Knowledge

N

Knowledge

Blank scroll

God for bards who are about spreading stories and information rather than mischief.

Savras, god of Divination and Fate

LN

Knowledge

Crystal ball containing many kinds of eyes

Magic god who loves crystal balls and scrying, major occult mystery vibes.

Selûne, Goddess of the Moon

CG

Knowledge,  Life

Pair of eyes surrounded by seven stars

Goddess whose moods change with the phases of the moon, particularly honored by sailors.

Shar, Goddess of Darkness and Loss

NE

Death, Trickery

Black disk encircled with a border

Shadoweaver, knife lady who loves the dark, great for a character who hates the “good” gods.

Silvanus, God of Wild Nature

N

Nature

Oak leaf

I am Silvanus and I speak for the trees! Exclusive pick for druids and tree enthusiasts.

Sune, Goddess of Love and Beauty

CG

Life, Light

Face of a beautiful red-haired woman

Vanity personified, good for characters who want to embody thot energy.

Talona, Goddess of Disease and Poison

CE

Death

Three teardrops on a triangle

Loves making people sick and die, only right for characters who want to spread some plague.

Talos, God of Storms

CE

Tempest

Three lightning bolts radiating from a central point

Talos is basically a eviler Thor who loves wrecking up the place with storms.

Tempus, God of War

N

War

Upright flaming sword

Fights for the fight god, Tempus just loves fighting without any rhyme or reason.

Torm, God of Courage and Self-sacrifice

LG

Protection,

War

White right gauntlet

Basically, the god of paladins, if you want a stereotypical paladin, this is your god.

Tymora, Goddess of Good Fortune

CG

Trickery

Face-up coin

Literally lady luck who favors the bold and the risk takers.

Tyr, God of Justice

LG

Order, Protection,

War

Balanced scales resting on a warhammer

Literal Viking god of extremely lawful goodness, only for those characters committed to real lawful good.

Umberlee, Goddess of the Sea

CE

Tempest

Wave curling left and right

Called the bitch queen for a reason, spiteful sea witch perfect for both evil and sea themed characters.

Waukeen, Goddess of Trade

N

Knowledge, Trickery

Upright coin with Waukeen’s profile facing left

The golden lady, an embodiment of laissez faire trade and a favorite of smugglers.



Patron Deities

In addition to the main pantheon, there are several deities that act as patron gods for specific races, either acting as their progenitors or their guardians. It’s not impossible to worship these deities as a member of a different race, but most of their worshipers belong to the race they claim patronage over. You may need to construct a considerable backstory to explain why your character has such a religious affiliation. 

Racial Patron Deities

Deity

Alignment

Suggested Domains

Symbol

Cliff Notes

Bahamut, Dragon God of Good

LG

Life, Protection, War

Dragon’s head in profile

God of all good dragons and a lot of people who think dragons are cool.

Blibdoolpoolp, Kuo-toa Goddess

NE

Death

Lobster head or black pearl

Big lady with a lobster head, created by the literal insane power of the Kuo-toa.

Corellon Larethian, Elf Deity of Art and Magic

CG

Arcana,

Light

Quarter moon or starburst

Creator of all elves, practically a “Mary Sue” of good elf qualities.

Deep Sashelas, Elf God of the Sea

CG

Nature, Tempest

Dolphin

Maker of sea elves and all things pretty under the water.

Eadro, Merfolk Deity of the Sea

N

Nature, 

Tempest

Spiral design

Maker of the merfolk and the locathah and pretty much only concerned with keeping them safe.

Garl Glittergold, Gnome God of Trickery and Wiles

LG

Trickery

Gold nugget

Gnome prankster god, but genuinely funny and not mean spirited.

Grolantor, Hill Giant God of War

CE

War

Wooden club

If you’re attacked by giants, Grolantor is often the reason why, he’s painfully dumb and hates non-giants.

Gruumsh, Orc God of Storms and War

CE

Tempest, War

Unblinking eye

Orcish motivation for a lot of orc ways, especially hating elves.

Hruggek, Bugbear God of Violence

CE

War

Morningstar

Extremely simple god of bugbears, he likes combat and he likes his bugbears.

Kurtulmak, Kobold God of War and Mining

LE

War

Gnome skull

Creator of the kobolds and hater of gnomes.

Laogzed, Troglodyte God of Hunger

CE

Death

Image of the lizard/toad god

Just a big hungry rotting lizard, his only literal motivation is hunger.

Lolth, Drow Goddess of Spiders

CE

Trickery

Spider

The spider queen has a ton of history in D&D and even more spiders, sacrifices, and slaves.

Maglubiyet, Goblinoid God of War 

LE

Order,

War

Bloody axe

Chop chop, Maglubiyet loves chopping off heads for sacrifices and little else.

Moradin, Dwarf God of Creation 

LG

Forge,

Knowledge

Hammer and anvil

Creator of the dwarves, everything you know about dwarves is true for Moradin ten times over.

Rillifane Rallathil, Wood Elf God of Nature

CG

Nature

Oak

Basically, the world tree smashed together with that magic tree from “Avatar”.

Sehanine Moonbow, Elf Goddess of the Moon 

CG

Knowledge

Crescent moon

Like the other moon goddess but far less interesting and with more elf imagery. 

Sekolah, sahuagin god of the hunt

LE

Nature, Tempest

Shark

Basically, just a gigantic magical shark, he loves seeing the bloodlust in his little sahuagin minions though.

Semuanya, Lizardfolk Deity of Survival 

N

Life

Egg

Big lizardman who’s almost stupidly neutral, he only mildly prefers that the lizardmen live rather than die.

Skerrit, Centaur and Satyr God of Nature

N

Nature

Oak growing from acorn

Big centaur who’s all about keeping the balance and keeping nature communities safe.

Skoraeus Stonebones, God of Stone Giants and Art

N

Knowledge

Stalactite

Great big stone giant who believes that all stone belongs to the giants, which naturally causes some conflicts.

Surtur, God of Fire Giants and Craft

LE

Knowledge, War

Flaming sword

Big old fire giant who loves the “purifying fire” and wants to arm his people for “the fight at the end of the world”.

Thrym, God of Frost Giants and Strength

CE

War

White double-bladed axe

Big aloof ice giant who only respects strength and doesn’t give a damn.

Tiamat, Dragon Goddess of Evil

LE

Trickery

Dragon head with five claw marks

Pretty much the most iconic D&D deity, this 5-headed dragon is worshipped by evil dragons and people who think evil dragons are cool.

Yondalla, Halfling Goddess of Fertility and Protection

LG

Life, Protection

Shield

Creator of the halflings and is super protective of them, feels responsible for them.

 

Deities 5e FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How do you kill a god in D&D?

The short answer is you can’t unless that’s the story’s plot. Earlier editions of D&D have given actual stat blocks and abilities to deities, but at least currently they’re still in an amorphous weight class simply labeled “stronger than you”. Gods in 5e aren’t unkillable, but throughout most of the lore gods are typically only killed by other gods or occasionally demon lords. There isn’t any sort of “magic bullet” established in the lore either, gods died through regular old combat, though at a mythical scale. If your adventure seems to be leading up to a fight against a deity, expect for there to be some extenuating circumstances or a mcguffin of deity slaying, because otherwise any deity should be able to wipe the floor with even level 20 adventurers. 

How many gods are there in D&D?

This is a big question, but let’s shrink it down a bit by assuming 5th edition D&D, counting out the real world pantheons like the Norse and Greek pantheons, and assuming the Forgotten Realms setting. There’s a bit of debate on whether a few should count as deities or not, but by my count there are currently 61 gods in D&D.

How do I make a god in D&D?

This is surprisingly easy to do in 5th edition D&D, as there’s not much to do mechanically. 

 

Firstly, don’t worry about making stats for your god. Gods are in an ethereal category of “very powerful” and nobody should be expecting to duke it out with a deity.

 

The first thing to really do is figure out your lore. Very little of this will have any mechanical meaning, so just work on how they interact with your world. What does this deity care about? Do they care for their followers, or are they pawns to be used? How do their followers accept or interpret their teachings?  What are their places of worship like? Are they grandiose golden proclamations of the god’s glory or are they simple marks and shrines by the roadside? Gods are often closely tied to a setting’s worldbuilding and while I could go on for volumes about world building, just try to figure out this deity’s role in your world.

Now that you have lore, there’s only a few little details you’ll need to nail down for your players to work with: Name, Alignment, Domains, and Symbol

The Name you should already have, but if you’re listing it out for your players, you’ll want their full title.

The Alignment is important thematically so your players can quickly get an idea of your deity’s disposition. It’s not nearly as important as it was in earlier editions, but still make sure to include an alignment for your deity.

The Domains are probably the most important mechanical part. These domains will determine many of the powers and abilities of the clerics that follow your new deity. A lot of deities have only one domain, but 2 or even 3 domains are acceptable if your deity really sits between multiple domains.

Finally, each deity should have a Symbol, this can be anything really, but simpler is easier to remember. A green flaming eye for example is easier to work with and remember than 9 emerald eyes surrounded by rainbow flames with a leaping two-headed liger. You can also make your god’s symbol a specific type of weapon, which adds flavor for clerics and paladins wielding the favored weapon of their god.  

Once you have all that put together, you should be ready to introduce your new deity to your players for your next campaign!

 

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