Druid: Circle of Wildfire in D&D's Unearthed Arcana

  • Published: 07 October 2019
  • Jeremy Crawford talks about the Circle of Wildfire subclass for the Druid in Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. This new Unearthed Arcana is available now on D&D Beyond.

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Comments • 212

  • Tom Williams
    Tom Williams  4 days back

    So you’re saying I can play Gandalf with his Phoenix and it’s teleportation ability

    • sirachxi
      sirachxi  3 weeks back

      I almost want to light my twilight cleric die so i can bring in my wildfire druid!

      • Shmeshles
        Shmeshles  3 weeks back

        I am making a wildfire druid and am really keen to give it a go. I end up always playing a moon druid because I want my Wild Shape to have a purpose outside of being a situational utility. TBF spore made use of Wild Shape in a different way but the play style felt odd, it wasn't terrible but it just felt like it didn't mix well with what the druid had to offer in terms of spells. Been waiting on a subclass that makes very good use of Wild Shape in a different way from what we've seen and even by some possibility I end up hating it I (which I doubt, seems great on paper) I still hope it gets an official release.

        • Beasto Online
          Beasto Online  1 months back

          I'm sad. Where do I go to tell them Wildfire druid is awesome? and the Phoenix Sorcerer as well while I'm here.

          • Hiroshi Jones
            Hiroshi Jones  2 months back

            No one:
            Todd: Da-roo-id

            • Henshin Rider
              Henshin Rider  2 months back

              This is probably the coolest Druid subclass yet! I hope this becomes official!

              • Jaydn W
                Jaydn W  2 months back

                My ONLY problem with this Druid is that the Wildfire Spirit is a limited maximum usage ability with no way to recover uses

                • Jboogie925 Bandit
                  Jboogie925 Bandit  2 months back

                  feels like this druid is more meant for up close fighting with the abilities it has

                  • We Are One
                    We Are One  3 months back

                    Bad guy: HAHA what can you do you puny druid?
                    Wildfire Druid: *Summons a wildfire spirit and holds a fireball in one hand* BOI WHAT YOU SAY!?
                    *Bad guys wet pants*

                    • Dimius
                      Dimius  3 months back

                      Got to play test this subclass last week. Makes for some interesting gameplay and roleplay flavor. Loved it!

                      • Richard Storey
                        Richard Storey  3 months back

                        Love the fact they are also covering the fact you can flavour the way your character uses spells or abilities to fit your character's playstyle. I am building a way of the sun soul monk, but reskinned it so instead of ki blasts he makes key constructed guns, so I dubbed it Way of the Gun Soul Monk.

                        • DM yumyum
                          DM yumyum  3 months back

                          love druid best spellblade class in my opinion. definitely my favorite class, this new circle is also pretty awesome. though no resistance to fire or even immunity like the storm sorc who gets 2 immunities.

                          • jesse mccaughey
                            jesse mccaughey  3 months back

                            Circle of spores druid needed multi attack

                            • DDespicable
                              DDespicable  3 months back

                              WICKER MAN!

                              • DDespicable
                                DDespicable  3 months back

                                i read you can basically use ur wildfire spirit as a turret (channeling ur spells thru itat its position). would i be able to hold my turn and use a spell after i get the spirit in place during its turn or does the spirit always go after me? Do i need to wait for my next turn or can i increase the range of my fire ball in just one turn is what im mainly asking?

                                • Brennan Gray
                                  Brennan Gray  3 months back

                                  i made a circle of the elements, before i realised that this was out.
                                  went in very different directions though
                                  mine basically made druids a martial class.

                                  • Jeff Miller
                                    Jeff Miller  4 months back

                                    I LOVE this idea? Can't wait to check this out in a game!

                                    • king zephyr
                                      king zephyr  4 months back

                                      Plague druid next?

                                      • Thundrae
                                        Thundrae  4 months back

                                        Damn, everyone getting pets and Beast Master Ranger still needs a buff.

                                        • DRFUZY1
                                          DRFUZY1  4 months back

                                          Please, Jeremy, I'm begging you! Buff the druid of spores!

                                          • zubino snake
                                            zubino snake  4 months back

                                            I LOVE the druid class, have one but it's my favorite one

                                            • Nico Griffin
                                              Nico Griffin  4 months back

                                              I personally think this should've been the Circle of Disaster or something along that line. Spells that cause flooding, thunderstorms and wildfires based on the most raw aspects of nature.

                                              • T. Estable
                                                T. Estable  4 months back

                                                I have played a Pyro Druid (Circle of Dreams), it was awesome. Now I have an archetype for it. Fantastic.

                                                • Somanyheadphones
                                                  Somanyheadphones  4 months back

                                                  I've always been a big fan and proponent of refluffling abilities, so I absolutely love hearing the approval of that idea by one of the primary designers of D&D.

                                                  • Tony Favilla
                                                    Tony Favilla  4 months back

                                                    This seems tailor-made for a Fire Genasi druid.

                                                    Additional fire spells...proficiency in scimitars (and Flame Sword)...a wildfire spirit I can flavor as a minor spirit from the Plane of Fire...

                                                    ...basically, they want to become an Efreeti.

                                                    • Nogitsune
                                                      Nogitsune  4 months back

                                                      Hmm... Wildfire Druid/Phoenix Sorcerer...

                                                      • HuffmanTeamGaming
                                                        HuffmanTeamGaming  4 months back

                                                        The UA that they have been releasing is just downright overpowered. I hate to say it but 5e has enough power creep already from Xanathars. The subclasses in that book just blow the base subclasses out of the water. And this is going EVEN further.

                                                        • Zeter Zero
                                                          Zeter Zero  4 months back

                                                          I do love this concept, but I also want to see wild shape letting you do more of what it is supposed to do: let us turn into cool creatures.

                                                          That said I do need to remember that druid is more than wildshape. I like the term "protowizard" and will probably use it in the future. Still...the kaiju loving monster collector in me wants to be able to turn into cool creatures before level 17. Maybe a subclass that let's you mix and match various traits to create a unique wildshape form?

                                                          • Friends and Fireballs
                                                            Friends and Fireballs  4 months back

                                                            I want to homebrew the druid sub class, Circle of the Hurricane.

                                                            • Bianca Brooks
                                                              Bianca Brooks  3 months back

                                                              Friends and Fireballs , a friend of mine was running a Tal’Dore campaign where I was an Earth Ashari Druid. So I know how to rock. ☄️

                                                            • Friends and Fireballs
                                                              Friends and Fireballs  4 months back

                                                              @Bianca Brooks oh you are very welcome wind is my personal favorite element soooo rock on!

                                                            • Bianca Brooks
                                                              Bianca Brooks  4 months back

                                                              And now The Scorpions is playing in the back of my head. Thank you. 🎸

                                                          • UnbreakableLAG
                                                            UnbreakableLAG  4 months back

                                                            Florida Man druid? You have my attention now.

                                                            • Kane Reuter
                                                              Kane Reuter  4 months back

                                                              Its a retread of thematics already seen elsewhere (Phoenix sorc, life cleric, celestial lock) but it's OK.
                                                              BUT the poor Beastmaster Ranger is STILL crying in the corner, and this beastie is a HUGE step up from similar critters like familiars and Artificer defenders.

                                                              • Ben t. Matchstick
                                                                Ben t. Matchstick  4 months back

                                                                I'm playing a 98 year old wily human druid trying to get to timeless body and risking his life at every encounter thinking its his last. So much fun.

                                                                • CapnSkippy
                                                                  CapnSkippy  4 months back

                                                                  they keep remaking the beastmaster ranger but not as a ranger, we've had robo ranger and now a fire spirit ranger

                                                                • Allen Linnen, Jr.
                                                                  Allen Linnen, Jr.  4 months back

                                                                  I'm kinda tired of wild shape druids and I'm not too big on these new fire druids. I like to take one level in druid then go wizard. Can we get a druid school for wizards? Can't druids have their own school of wizardry?
                                                                  Also, why are these druids always protecting the wild? How come they are never helping settlers live in harmony with their new home? Where is the druid for the domesticated species? Where is the druid for the farm and the druid for the city? We need a druid that works within civilization.

                                                                  Anyway, back to shape shifting druids being a turn off. I grew up with Getafix the druid from the Asterix and Obelix comics. Getafix's signature thing was that he made magic potion that made the protagonists super strong, super fast and indestructible. I think it had other effects like curing exhaustion.

                                                                  We don't really need a new kind of druid in the mechanic. What we need is a nature wizard school for wizards that gives access to druid spells and powers to help people live with nature and deal with crops and livestock.

                                                                  • President Waldo
                                                                    President Waldo  4 months back

                                                                    That awkward moment when WoTC low key solves the problem with Beast master ranger but puts it on another class. Seriously though, if you make an animal companion's stat block similar to the fire spirit's stat block in scaling then the companion becomes just sturdy enough and just versatile enough to be a pretty good subclass without outputting too much damage. Aside from other issues with ranger, it would be a good start.

                                                                    • Kona 6966
                                                                      Kona 6966  4 months back

                                                                      Yet storm sorcerers can’t cast call lightning......

                                                                      • AlDoesAGood
                                                                        AlDoesAGood  4 months back

                                                                        I may not always like the content WoTC put out for D&D but there no question that I respect the passion and zeal Jeremy and the others have for the game.
                                                                        Their excitement to creat makes me excited to play

                                                                        • tomisabum
                                                                          tomisabum  4 months back

                                                                          It's a pretty rad option. Started talking with my GM whose prepping to run a Tal'Dorei setting game for letting me play this option as someone born in Emon as a fire genasi, born that way due to the draconic elemental disaster post-Thordak that lingers there.

                                                                        • HLoneheart
                                                                          HLoneheart  4 months back

                                                                          druid is honestly my favourite class. Your a buff full spell caster and I think people overlook the class a lot. you get such a wide range of spells and you get to know so many that honestly, I don't use wild shape a lot. As a circle of the land druid your basically a front line wizard/sorcerer as you'll have armor and more health. you get to swap out spells and (as a land druid) you get natural recovery that's just the same as the wizard recovery. you can move to any position of a fight; the barbarian/fighter is getting low on health? you can make it to them for cure wounds without going down from one or two attacks then join the front line fight. you can hang back with a lot of good dps concentration spells. It's also such a freeing class to role play as! druids aren't just tree hugging hippies. you can be as calm as stone or as energetic as an animal.

                                                                          • Martin V
                                                                            Martin V  4 months back

                                                                            Its funny because I forget the Druid has wildshape.

                                                                            • RequiemReforged
                                                                              RequiemReforged  4 months back

                                                                              where will these new subclasses be made available?

                                                                              • Stephen Carmickle
                                                                                Stephen Carmickle  4 months back

                                                                                While fire is a natural force of nature and wildfires can be caused naturally...they are usually from irresponsible humans. Unless you’re the president of Brazil then it’s just completely intentional.

                                                                                But finally I can play as Smoke the Bear and be complete Debby downer to my friends as I rant about wildfires lmao

                                                                                • Ather
                                                                                  Ather  4 months back

                                                                                  I honestly love this new subclass. I always somewhat of hesitated to play a druid. I had the feeling that a druid had to be this shapechanging humanoid turning into something like a bear or bird. That changed after I saw a friend play a spore druid, which was quite impressive, he played a frontline tank, raising armies and just doing tones of damage.
                                                                                  After that I played a moon druid in the next campaign and was yet impressed once again but felt a bit heartbroken that the true folklore druid never got represented enough. When I saw that the wildfire spirit can have any form combined with all the other features I knew that this had changed. I knee what my next character was going to be. A wildfire druid summoning her lost dachshund as a fire spirit, fighting alongside her.

                                                                                  This subclass has really improved my love for the druid even farther. Please keep this outstanding work up. It's so fantastic being a DnD-Fan in this time. A time of improved ideas and unlimited possibilities. Thank you WOTC and of course DnD: Beyond

                                                                                  • Miriromi13
                                                                                    Miriromi13  4 months back

                                                                                    I am so excited to eventually play a Wildfire druid. Never got into druid because I was never big on the Wildshape thing since it felt so 'central' that if I didn't use it I would be doing something wrong so I was better off with a wizard or a half-caster. Also I didn't wanna play mushroomancer because I'm more of a skeleton guy. So yeah, gives me a good theme, lots of roleplay flavor to design a character around... and if I do decide I want to change shape for some reason I can do it in a really flamboyant way! Like maybe I can describe my beast form as (appearance-wise) being a flaming bear made of carved wood and flame and fury.

                                                                                    • Aidan Thornton
                                                                                      Aidan Thornton  4 months back

                                                                                      I kinda want to play a wildfire druid for the descent into averus campaign I'm starting this week.....

                                                                                      • Keyblademaster333
                                                                                        Keyblademaster333  4 months back

                                                                                        Me as my Phoenix Origin Sorcerer: >:/

                                                                                        • Corvus
                                                                                          Corvus  4 months back

                                                                                          So pair this up with phoenix sorcerer and my fire genasi is gonna be a super pyro...tag in wizard level spells for fire and I'm gonna burn the whole world.

                                                                                          • Bluecho4
                                                                                            Bluecho4  4 months back

                                                                                            The idea I now have is a Wildfire Druid with the Soldier background, who was sent to a foreign shore during a war. He was caught in a battle that ended up burning an entire town to the ground, traumatizing him. But when the town was nothing but ashes, a fire spirit attached itself to him, following him back home. He took to drinking heavily, to drown out the memories of the fire and the horror. But in his dreams, the fire spirit whispered, teaching him the magic of nature and flame.

                                                                                            Now something has motivated him towards adventure, so he travels. Struggling with alcoholism, cynicism, and PTSD. Trying despite this to set the natural world aright, and do more with his life than fading away. Even if it means burning out instead.