The Jedi Knights of the Star Wars universe exemplify many classic heroic archetypes that can be translated into great character concepts for Dungeons & Dragons. Their dedication to peacekeeping, mystical powers, and mastery of melee combat with laser swords lends itself well to the D&D multiverse.
While there are no exact equivalents to the Force or lightsabers in D&D’s magic system, with some creative reflavoring and choice of class features, spells, and equipment, players can craft Jedi-esque adventurers to live out their lightsaber duels and telekinetic feats fantasy at the table.
Here are 5 different builds for Jedi-inspired characters in D&D 5E, drawing inspiration from famous Jedi like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and Ahsoka Tano. Each build includes suggestions for ability scores, starting equipment, and background scenario hooks to help bring your character to life.
1. Obi-Wan Kenobi: Way of the Kensei Monk
Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most iconic Jedi Knights, known for his skills with a lightsaber and calm, disciplined presence. His personality and fighting style translates well to D&D’s Way of the Kensei Monk tradition.
- Ability Scores: Prioritize Wisdom, followed by Dexterity. Strength and Constitution are also important. Charisma should be average.
- Starting Equipment: A longsword or rapier reflavored as a lightsaber, monk’s robes, explorer’s pack.
- Background: Hermit, to represent time spent in isolation on Tatooine.
- Scenario Hooks: You are on a lone mission far from your homeland, relying only on your connection to mystical energies. Or you have taken an apprentice under your wing to train in monastic traditions.
Kensei Monks gain proficiency with martial weapons to represent Obi-Wan’s lightsaber mastery. The kensei weapons count as monk weapons, allowing Obi-Wan to use Flurry of Blows and other ki-powered strikes with his “lightsaber.”
Obi-Wan frequently uses the Force to perform athletic feats akin to a Monk’s Unarmored Movement and Step of the Wind. His Mind Tricks could be the Friends cantrip. For defensive abilities like parrying blows, choose Agile Parry and Deflect Missiles. Projectile Redirect can represent blaster bolts deflected back at an enemy.
At higher levels, abilities like Stillness of Mind and Purity of Body reflect Obi-Wan’s mental and physical discipline. And Emptiness captures a Jedi’s feeling of oneness with the Force. With the right choices, a Kensei Monk makes a great Jedi Guardian like Obi-Wan.
2. Mace Windu: Eldritch Knight Fighter
As an experienced member of the Jedi Council, Mace Windu is a formidable warrior and Force-user. The Eldritch Knight archetype for Fighters captures his combination of lightsaber prowess and Force abilities.
- Ability Scores: Prioritize Strength, followed by Constitution and Charisma. Intelligence should also be decent.
- Starting Equipment: A longsword or rapier as your bonded weapon lightsaber, shield, chain mail.
- Background: Soldier, reflecting your commitment to the Republic.
- Scenario Hooks: You are on a peacekeeping mission on behalf of your mystical order. Or investigating rogue arcanists abusing their powers while balancing the darkness within yourself.
Though not a full spellcaster, Eldritch Knights learn a smattering of spells to represent Force techniques. Spells like Jump, Misty Step, and Dispel Magic mimic Force-empowered movement and manipulation. For damaging spells like Thunderwave or Shatter, describe it as telekinetic blasts rather than “magic.”
Your bonded weapon will be your lightsaber. The War Magic feature lets you make an Extra Attack with Booming Blade, effectively mimicking Mace Windu’s devastating Vaapad lightsaber form. Abjuration spells like Shield and Blur capture his Shatterpoint precognitive ability and skill at defense.
Mace was dedicated to combating the Dark Side, so choose spells thematically like Protection from Evil and Good. Eldritch Strike can represent a Force power disruption against a Sith opponent. As a Fighter, emphasize Strength, Constitution, and Charisma for your force of personality. This build allows you to play a Jedi Guardian skilled in both martial and Force combat like Master Windu.
3. Ahsoka Tano: Bladesinging Wizard
The former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano demonstrates the possibilities of a Force-using warrior that multiclasses into Wizard. She later rejects the Jedi order, forging her own path. This makes the arcane magic of Bladesinging a perfect fit for an exile like Ahsoka.
- Ability Scores: Make Intelligence your highest score, followed by Dexterity and Constitution. Decent Strength helps too.
- Starting Equipment: Two scimitars or shortswords as your lightsabers, studded leather armor.
- Background: Outlander, reflecting your break from the Jedi order.
- Scenario Hooks: On a journey of self-discovery after leaving the traditions of your wizard school. Or seeking lost knowledge and artifacts from ancient civilizations.
Bladesingers excel at combining swordplay with magic, much like a Jedi Knight. With Bladesong active, Ahsoka zips around the battlefield with Extra Attack, boosted speed and AC – evoking her acrobatic, two-weapon fighting style.
Spells like Jump, Misty Step, and Haste simulate Force-enhanced mobility. Use Booming Blade with your attacks for thundering telekinetic blows. Dispel Magic and Counter Spell represent sapping opponents’ Force powers. Spells like Charm Person, Detect Thoughts, and Suggestion can mimic her mental Force tricks.
With access to full Wizard casting, there are many possibilities for reflavoring spells as Force powers. The arcane abilities of a Bladesinger capture Ahsoka Tano’s unorthodox approach to Force use.
4. Yoda: Circle of the Stars Druid
Wise old Jedi Master Yoda exemplifies the mystical connection and balance with the Force that Druids tap into. The cosmic magic of the Circle of the Stars makes a fitting match.
- Ability Scores: Wisdom is your key ability, followed by Constitution. Balance decent Dexterity, Intelligence and Charisma.
- Starting Equipment: Wooden cane reflavored as your lightsaber, explorer’s pack, druidic focus.
- Background: Hermit, given your solitary studies on Dagobah.
- Scenario Hooks: Train the next generation in the ways of nature magic in a secluded forest. Advise rebels fighting against destructive industry and imbalance.
Your wooden cane functions as both a Druidic focus and your lightsaber weapon. Shillelagh makes it magic, and when you use Wild Shape, your lightsaber transforms with you. Guidance invokes the wisdom of the Force guiding your actions.
Spells like Jump and Enhance Ability demonstrate your mastery over physical feats. Healing spells like Cure Wounds represent your ability to mend life force. Spells that charm, fear, or conjure animals resemble Yoda’s talent for taming beasts and swaying minds with the Force.
Higher level abilities like Starry Form and Cosmic Omen tap into divination and spell-enhancing powers fitting for Yoda’s prophetic visions and mastery over the Force. With your wisdom and connection to nature, a Stars Druid makes a great mentor in the Jedi arts.
5. Qui-Gon Jinn: Fighter/Wizard or Cleric Multiclass
The roguish Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn demonstrates how multiclassing can create a great Force-user that doesn’t follow rigid Jedi dogma. A Fighter with a touch of Wizardry or Cleric spells models his unorthodox approach.
- Ability Scores: Make Wisdom your highest ability, followed by Strength or Dexterity. Decent Constitution, and average Intelligence.
- Starting Equipment: Longsword lightsaber, leather armor, explorer’s pack.
- Background: Far Traveler, given your tendency to wander.
- Scenario Hooks: Explore the edges of known regions and mystic energies. Take on an apprentice who will bring balance between realms (with DM permission).
Start as a Fighter for martial weapons, fighting style, and durability. After level 5, multiclass into Wizard or Cleric. Wizard offers utility like Identify, Comprehend Languages, and rituals for wisdom and knowledge. Cleric provides healing, buffs, and divination magic to represent tapping into the Force.
Fighter abilities like Action Surge demonstrate bursts of Force speed, while Second Wind lets you mend wounds. For magical tricks, try spells like Jump, Longstrider, Blur or Mirror Image to show your mastery of Force abilities. Upcasting spells represents growing power over the Force.
Overall, blending fighting skills with the arcane or divine captures Qui-Gon’s sage-like warrior mystique. With your lightsaber and Force powers, you uphold justice like a true Jedi Guardian.
With creative multiclassing and spell/ability reflavoring, D&D provides many paths to craft a Jedi-like guardian of peace and justice in the galaxy. These builds offer just a few of the possibilities.
Remember that the Jedi way is about more than cool powers – it’s a mindset of discipline, wisdom, and selflessness. Work with your DM to describe your abilities as Force techniques, and play your character with nobility, restraint, and compassion. Then you’ll truly bring the spirit of the Jedi Knight to life at the gaming table. May the Force be with you!